Patents by Inventor Drew Bamford

Drew Bamford 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).

  • Patent number: 10037308
    Abstract: A method for updating a page of an electronic device is provided. The page includes a first row and a second row. Each of the first row and the second row includes one or two tiles. Each tile comprises a picture. The method comprises the following steps. After an update that results in insertion of a plurality of new tiles into the page occurs, three new tiles of the plurality of new tiles are displayed by using either a first tile layout or a second tile layout in a third row and a fourth row. The number of tiles in the third row is one and the number of tiles in the fourth row is two in the first tile layout. The number of tiles in the third row is two and the number of tiles in the fourth row is one in the second tile layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: David Brinda, Jesse John Penico, Drew Bamford, Sheng-Hsin Huang, Fang-Ju Lin, Ying-Jing Wang, Pei-Ju Lee, Peter Chin, Wendy Wai Mun Chan, Keng-Yu Chen, Shih-Wun Peng
  • Publication number: 20180176550
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method, a processing device, and a computer system for video preview. An exemplary method is applicable to a processing device and includes the following steps. A video file is received and decoded to obtain video frames. Each of the video frames is converted into texture data. Shading computations are performed on the texture data to respectively generate render video outputs for video preview, where each of the shading computations corresponds to a different designated video viewing mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Yu-Hsien Chang, Jo-Wei Hsu, Yihsiu Chen, Andrew Charles Hunt
  • Patent number: 9965138
    Abstract: A method of activating an update of a home screen of a mobile communications device is provided. The home screen is displayed on a display panel of the mobile communications device. The home screen includes a plurality of tiles displaying a plurality of feeds from one or more feed sources. The method includes performing one of updating the home screen or activating and displaying a menu bar on the display panel based on a distance of a downward scrolling on a top page of a home screen. A non-transitory computer-readable medium and a mobile communications device for activating an update of a home screen of a mobile communications device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, David Brinda, Peter Chin, Jesse John Penico, Chih-Wei Yang, Huai-Ting Huang
  • Patent number: 9891781
    Abstract: A method of navigating between a plurality of different views of a home screen of a mobile communications device is provided. The mobile communications device includes a home button, a processor, and a display panel configured to cooperate with the processor to display one of the views of the home screen. The method includes selectively displaying one of the views of the home screen on the display panel based on a number of times the home button is activated within a predetermined time period. A non-transitory computer-readable medium and a mobile communications device of navigating between a plurality of different views of a home screen of a mobile communications device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, David Brinda, Peter Chin, Jesse John Penico, Chih-Wei Yang, Huai-Ting Huang
  • Patent number: 9888171
    Abstract: By grading preview images of original images for the purpose of filtering eye blink patterns off and/or introducing face smile patterns, a result image can be generated with least eye blink patterns and most face smile patterns for satisfying image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Chou, Drew Bamford, John C. Wang, Sung-Hao Lin, Jr-Ben Tian, Hao-Wei Miao
  • Patent number: 9575650
    Abstract: A method of switching a screen of a mobile communications device from a screen locked state to a screen unlocked state is provided. The mobile communications device includes a display panel configured to display the screen that has a background section and a first section in the screen locked state. The method includes: moving the first section from a first location to a second location of the screen in the screen locked state when an screen unlocking requirement is determined to be satisfied; and keeping displaying the first section at the second location of the screen after switching the screen from the screen locked state to the screen unlocked state. A non-transitory computer-readable medium and a mobile communications device for switching a screen of the mobile communications device from a screen locked state to a screen unlocked state are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: David Brinda, Matthew John Barthelemy, Drew Bamford, Jason Edward Short
  • Patent number: 9569071
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a graphic menu bar and a recording medium using the same, suitable for a portable electronic device having a touch screen, are provided. First, a graphic menu bar is provided, which includes M graphic items arranged in sequence, where M is a positive integer. Next, the touch screen is divided into N display blocks along a coordinate axis direction for displaying N connected graphic items in graphic menu bar, where N is a positive integer smaller than M. When the touch screen detects a touch signal in display blocks and the touch signal is moved toward the coordinate axis direction for a first displacement, the graphic menu bar displayed on the touch screen is moved toward a direction opposite to the coordinate axis direction for a second displacement, and the second displacement is equal to the product of the first displacement and (M?N)/N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Patent number: 9557886
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a user interface, and a recording medium using the same are provided. First, a plurality of user interfaces is provided and one of them is displayed on a touch screen of a portable electronic device. Then, the touch screen is used for detecting a touch signal. When the touch signal is moved toward a first direction, the currently displayed user interface is switched to another one. When the touch signal is moved toward a second direction, an item of the currently displayed user interface is switched to another item. Accordingly, a more intuitive and convenient manner for operating the user interface is provided for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Patent number: 9336325
    Abstract: A method for processing data feeds within a entity management application of a mobile device includes configuring a data feed for an entity in the entity management application of the mobile device, retrieving contents of the data feed for the entity, formatting the contents of the data feed to thereby generate formatted contents for displaying on the mobile device, and displaying the formatted contents within the entity management application. A related mobile device includes a processor and a display, where the processor is for configuring a data feed for an entity in the entity management application of the mobile device, for retrieving contents of the data feed for the entity, and for formatting the contents of the data feed to thereby generate formatted contents for displaying on the mobile device, and the display is for displaying the formatted contents within the entity management application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Drew Bamford
  • Patent number: 9230074
    Abstract: A method for switching wallpaper in screen lock state, a mobile electronic device thereof, and a storage medium thereof are provided. In the present method, an input signal is received by a touch screen when a mobile electronic device enters a screen lock state. Then, whether the input signal is located in a specific area of the touch screen is determined. A moving track of the input signal is detected if the input signal is located in the specific area. Finally, wallpaper of the screen lock state is switched according to the moving track. As a result, a user can switch wallpaper arbitrarily even if the mobile electronic device is in the screen lock state, so as to increase convenience of switching wallpaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chin-Ying Hsieh, Sih-Jie Gu, Drew Bamford
  • Patent number: 9128597
    Abstract: A user interface switching method, and an electronic device and a recording medium using the same are provided. First, a plurality of user interfaces are provided, and one of the user interfaces is displayed in a touch screen of the portable electronic device. A representative icon bar and a hot key bar are displayed in the touch screen, wherein the representative icon bar comprises representative icons respectively corresponding to the user interfaces and the hot key bar comprises one or more hot keys corresponding to the user interface currently displayed in the touch screen. When the touch screen detects a touch signal which falls within the representative icon bar and is moved therein, the representative icon bar is moved correspondingly, and the displayed user interface and hot keys are also switched according to the representative icon on which the touch signal is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Patent number: 9124800
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a mobile device, where the mobile device includes an image sensing unit, a touch screen, and a processor. The image sensing unit is configured to receive at least an image of a scene comprising at least an object. The touch screen is configured to display at least an image of a scene and received at least one user input. The processor is configured to identify the object in response to a first user input corresponding to the object is received, determine characteristics of the object, track the object in the scene according to the characteristics of the object, and capture a number of images of the scene according to a motion state of the object. The motion state is determined according to variance of the characteristics of the object in consecutive images received by the image sensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Chou, Drew Bamford, John C. Wang, Sung-Hao Lin, Chung-Ko Chiu, Li-Chun Hsu, Jeng-Yu Yeh, Micah Shotel, Jorge Furuya
  • Publication number: 20150205763
    Abstract: A method for updating a page of an electronic device is provided. The page includes a first row and a second row. Each of the first row and the second row includes one or two tiles. Each tile comprises a picture. The method comprises the following steps. After an update that results in insertion of a plurality of new tiles into the page occurs, three new tiles of the plurality of new tiles are displayed by using either a first tile layout or a second tile layout in a third row and a fourth row. The number of tiles in the third row is one and the number of tiles in the fourth row is two in the first tile layout. The number of tiles in the third row is two and the number of tiles in the fourth row is one in the second tile layout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Applicant: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Brinda, Jesse John Penico, Drew Bamford, Sheng-Hsin Huang, Fang-Ju Lin, Ying-Jing Wang, Pei-Ju Lee, Peter Chin, Wendy Wai Mun Chan, Keng-Yu Chen, Shih-Wun Peng
  • Publication number: 20150143296
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a graphic menu bar and a recording medium using the same, suitable for a portable electronic device having a touch screen, are provided. First, a graphic menu bar is provided, which includes M graphic items arranged in sequence, where M is a positive integer. Next, the touch screen is divided into N display blocks along a coordinate axis direction for displaying N connected graphic items in graphic menu bar, where N is a positive integer smaller than M. When the touch screen detects a touch signal in display blocks and the touch signal is moved toward the coordinate axis direction for a first displacement, the graphic menu bar displayed on the touch screen is moved toward a direction opposite to the coordinate axis direction for a second displacement, and the second displacement is equal to the product of the first displacement and (M?N)/N.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Publication number: 20150113437
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a user interface, and a recording medium using the same are provided. First, a plurality of user interfaces is provided and one of them is displayed on a touch screen of a portable electronic device. Then, the touch screen is used for detecting a touch signal. When the touch signal is moved toward a first direction, the currently displayed user interface is switched to another one. When the touch signal is moved toward a second direction, an item of the currently displayed user interface is switched to another item. Accordingly, a more intuitive and convenient manner for operating the user interface is provided for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Patent number: 9001055
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method for operating a portable device. The portable device comprises a touch screen displaying a plurality of objects. The method comprises steps of receiving a touch signal through a contacted location on the touch screen to select one of the objects corresponding to the contacted location, wherein the touch signal is correspondent with a continued pressing motion and a dragging motion following the continued pressing motion on the touch screen. According to the continued pressing motion, at least a button corresponding to an operating function is displayed on the touch screen. When the dragging motion is towards to the button corresponding to the operating function, the operating function is executed on the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Paul Kristopher Cole, Chuan-Feng Yeh, Sheng-Hsin Huang, Hsu-Jung Chen
  • Patent number: 8947460
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a graphic menu bar and a recording medium using the same, suitable for a portable electronic device having a touch screen, are provided. First, a graphic menu bar is provided, which includes M graphic items arranged in sequence, where M is a positive integer. Next, the touch screen is divided into N display blocks along a coordinate axis direction for displaying N connected graphic items in graphic menu bar, where N is a positive integer smaller than M. When the touch screen detects a touch signal in display blocks and the touch signal is moved toward the coordinate axis direction for a first displacement, the graphic menu bar displayed on the touch screen is moved toward a direction opposite to the coordinate axis direction for a second displacement, and the second displacement is equal to the product of the first displacement and (M?N)/N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Patent number: 8935632
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a user interface, and a recording medium using the same are provided. First, a plurality of user interfaces is provided and one of them is displayed on a touch screen of a portable electronic device. Then, the touch screen is used for detecting a touch signal. When the touch signal is moved toward a first direction, the currently displayed user interface is switched to another one. When the touch signal is moved toward a second direction, an item of the currently displayed user interface is switched to another item. Accordingly, a more intuitive and convenient manner for operating the user interface is provided for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Micah Shotel
  • Patent number: 8751968
    Abstract: A system and method for accessing multimedia items using an electronic device determines a set of first level categories based on multimedia items associated with the electronic device. The system determines second level category graphics and first level category graphics corresponding to the set of first level categories. The first level category graphics are generated based on one or more second level category graphics associated with the first level category. The system displays a first view that comprises some or all of the first level category graphics. In response to a user input selecting a particular first level category graphic, the system shows a second view that simultaneously displays first level category graphics and second level category graphics associated with the selected first level category. In response to a user input selecting a second level category, the system displays accesses a multimedia item associated with the selected second level category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, Yi-Shan Lin, I-Fen Shih, Shih-Hao Yeh, Hsu-Jung Chen
  • Publication number: 20140123078
    Abstract: A method of switching a screen of a mobile communications device from a screen locked state to a screen unlocked state is provided. The mobile communications device includes a display panel configured to display the screen that has a background section and a first section in the screen locked state. The method includes: moving the first section from a first location to a second location of the screen in the screen locked state when an screen unlocking requirement is determined to be satisfied; and keeping displaying the first section at the second location of the screen after switching the screen from the screen locked state to the screen unlocked state. A non-transitory computer-readable medium and a mobile communications device for switching a screen of the mobile communications device from a screen locked state to a screen unlocked state are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: David Brinda, Matthew John Barthelemy, Drew Bamford, Jason Edward Short