Patents by Inventor Daniel Simpkins

Daniel 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: 20050188333
    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: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 25, 2005
    Inventors: Frank Hunleth, Daniel Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20050182792
    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: January 18, 2005
    Publication date: August 18, 2005
    Inventors: Bruce Israel, Charles Gritton, Frank Hunleth, Stephen Scheirey, Daniel Simpkins, Ryan Stoner, Yizhong Wang
  • Publication number: 20050174324
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a free space pointing device and methods for free space pointing which provide accurate translation of movement of the free space pointing device into user interface commands, e.g., cursor movement. According to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, a free space pointing device includes a plurality of accelerometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Publication date: August 11, 2005
    Applicant: Hillcrest Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Liberty, Daniel Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20050125826
    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: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventors: Frank Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William Napier, Daniel Simpkins, Frank Wroblewski
  • Publication number: 20050044509
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing techniques for selecting items from a list that can be operated using, for example, a pointing device or a wheel device. According to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, items are arranged in a list as regions along a three dimensional helical surface. For example, each item can be allocated to a wedge-shaped region along the helical surface. The user can select items by, for example, using a pointing device to pick that item's wedge or by using a wheel device to sequence through the items on the helical surface. Alternatively, a combination of a wheel and pointing device can be used to first scroll the helical surface, and then select an individual item. A clipping plane is used to remove parts of the helical surface from view once the user scrolls past them and reveal the selections in the cycle of the helical surface immediately beneath the clipping plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventors: Frank Hunleth, William Napier, Daniel Simpkins
  • Publication number: 20050005241
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention provide graphical user interfaces coupled with an optionally 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 navigation among the media items by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Publication date: January 6, 2005
    Inventors: Frank Hunleth, Negar Moshiri, William Napier, Daniel Simpkins, Frank Wroblewski