Patents by Inventor Daniel S. Simpkins

Daniel S. Simpkins has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20120185492
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Israel, Charles W.K. Gritton, Frank A. Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey, Daniel S. Simpkins, Ryan Stoner, Yizhong Wang
  • Publication number: 20120154449
    Abstract: A visual whiteboard can be provided as an application, or component of a TV internet browser, for operation on a smart TV. The visual whiteboard provides a lightweight social networking mechanism, e.g., for groups who have physical access to the same smart TV. Content identifiers or other group information can be posted to the visual whiteboard by the authorized users for subsequent display on the corresponding smart TV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Bloomfield RAMAGEM, Charles W.K. GRITTON, Negar MOSHIRI, Stephen SCHEIREY, William A. ROUADY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS
  • Publication number: 20120119995
    Abstract: Keyboardless text entry methods and systems are described. Various display tools are used in conjunction with, for example, pointing, scrolling and/or clicking actions to enter text into an interface. Once display tool is a pie widget shape, another display tool uses a box like shape containing other box like shapes which are scaled according to a propationate chance of containing the desirable selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: HILLCREST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank A. HUNLETH, Frank J. WROBLEWSKI, Daniel S. SIMPKINS
  • Patent number: 8169405
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional 3D control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William J. Napier, Daniel S. Simpkins, Frank J. Wroblewski, Kevin Conroy, Charles W. K. Gritton
  • Patent number: 8161082
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Israel, Charles W. K. Gritton, Frank A. Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey, Daniel S. Simpkins, Ryan Stoner, Yizhong Wang
  • Publication number: 20120030613
    Abstract: In one aspect, a widget mechanism for zooming and panning a content item is provided. The widget mechanism includes a first region including a miniaturized and complete version the content item. The widget mechanism further includes a second region including a displayed version of the content item. The displayed version represents a portion of the content item currently displayed on a display. The widget mechanism further includes a third region including a to be displayed version of the content item. The to be displayed version represents a portion of the content item to be displayed on the display upon actuation. The second region is smaller than and within the first region when the content item is zoomed and the second region is coextensive or substantially coextensive with the first region when the content item is fully not zoomed. The third region is adjustable within the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Negar Moshiri, Charles W. K. Gritton, Daniel S. Simpkins, Tom Pixley
  • Patent number: 8046705
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional free space control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William J. Napier, Daniel S. Simpkins, Frank J. Wroblewski
  • Publication number: 20110219395
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a user interface for television control functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Negar Moshiri, Frank J. Wroblewski, William J. Napier, Frank A. Hunleth, Daniel S. Simpkins, Kevin M. Conroy, Peter Wood, Neel Goyal, Jason Witenstein-Weaver, Adam Mark, Scott Anthony Stanchfield
  • Publication number: 20110067068
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional 3D control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frank A. HUNLETH, Negar MOSHIRI, William J. NAPIER, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Frank J. Wroblewski, Kevin CONROY, Charles W.K. GRITTON
  • Patent number: 7839385
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional 3D control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William J. Napier, Daniel S. Simpkins, Frank J. Wroblewski, Kevin Conroy, Charles W. K. Gritton
  • Patent number: 7834849
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a control framework for organizing, selecting and launching media items including graphical user interfaces coupled with an optional 3D control device for collection of the basic control primitives of point, click, scroll, hover and zoom which permit for easy and rapid selection of media items, e.g., movies, songs etc., from large or small collections. The remote control maps natural hand movements and gestures into relevant commands while the graphical display uses images, zooming for increased/decreased levels of detail and continuity of GUI objects to provide easy organization, selection and navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William J. Napier, Daniel S. Simpkins, Frank J. Wroblewski
  • Publication number: 20090150735
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Bruce ISRAEL, Charles W.K. GRITTON, Frank A. HUNLETH, Stephen SCHEIREY, Daniel S. SIMPKINS, Ryan STONER, Yizhong WANG
  • Patent number: 7493341
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for supplying rich multimedia metadata usable to generate, e.g., sophisticated entertainment user interfaces in the home. These methods and systems can be implemented as a server-based software application that feeds multiple, diverse clients. The server functionality could be distributed, even co-located physically with one or more clients, or centralized. The server aggregates, filters, validates, augments and links metadata from disparate sources. The server transforms the metadata into a more manageable and extensible internal format. The server communicates with client devices using a schema-independent protocol, providing metadata in the appropriate format that suites the clients needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Israel, Charles W. K. Gritton, Frank A. Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey, Daniel S. Simpkins, Ryan Stoner, Yizhong Wang
  • Patent number: 7489298
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W. K. Gritton, Mark Turner, Frank A. Hunleth
  • Patent number: 7489299
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a 3D pointing device and methods for 3D pointing which provide accurate translation of movement of the 3D pointing device into user interface commands, e.g., cursor movement. According to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, a 3D pointing device includes a plurality of accelerometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20080222675
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide a user interface for television control functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Applicant: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Negar Moshiri, Frank J. Wroblewski, William J. Napier, Frank A. Hunleth, Daniel S. Simpkins, Kevin M. Conroy, Peter Wood, Neel Goyal, Jason Witenstein-Weaver, Adam Mark, Scott Anthony Stanchfield
  • Publication number: 20080158155
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses hand tremor as an input. One or more sensors within the handheld device detect a user's hand tremor and identify the user based on the detected tremor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Christopher D. Roller, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W.K. Gritton
  • Publication number: 20080158154
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W.K. Gritton, Mark Turner, Frank A. Hunleth
  • Patent number: 7260789
    Abstract: a method for navigating a pointer on a graphical user interface (GUI) includes the steps of: scrolling an input device to locate the pointer corresponding to the input device on a point of interest within the GUI, depressing an actuating button associated with the input device on the point of interest, obtaining a detailed view of the point of interest while centering the point of interest on the GUI and maintaining a position of the pointer on the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Hunleth, Daniel S. Simpkins
  • Patent number: 7239301
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W. K. Gritton, Mark Turner, Frank A. Hunleth