Patents by Inventor Jean-Daniel Zanone

Jean-Daniel Zanone 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: 8970519
    Abstract: A method for applying a first or second set of threshold values for touch sensor gesture recognition based on the presence of one of a plurality of predetermined conditions is described herein. The plurality of predetermined conditions can include one or more of a lift detection, a speed threshold detection, and a button press detection. Lift detection can be detected by one or more of an optical sensor, gyroscope, or accelerometer. Speed detection can be detected by one or more of an optical sensor, gyroscope, or accelerometer. Button detection can be detected by a mechanical button, pressure sensitive button, or a touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Jaroslav Jirousek, Baptiste Merminod, Vincent Mayor
  • Patent number: 8937602
    Abstract: A method of reducing the power consumption of an input device includes operating the input device at a first power level, detecting the presence of a touch object on a touch surface of the input device, determining that the presence of the touch object on the touch surface is static for a predetermined period of time, operating the input device at a second power level, maintaining the input device at the second power level, determining that the presence of the touch object on the touch surface is not static, and operating the input device at the first power level. In some cases, the touch object is a finger. The touch object is static if the touch object's position on the touch surface remains within a predetermined region, where the predetermined region is an area centered around the presence of the touch object on the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Jaroslav Jirousek, Baptiste Merminod, Vincent Mayor
  • Patent number: 8743083
    Abstract: A system includes a touchpad sensor array, a touch circuit, and a proximity circuit. The touch circuit executes a touch mode configured to track the position of a user or conductive object on the touchpad sensor array by detecting a change in an electrical property of the touchpad. The proximity circuit executes a proximity detection mode configured to track the position of a user or conductive object near or proximate to the touchpad sensor array by detecting a change in an electrical property of the touchpad. The system is configured to switch from the touch mode to the proximity detection mode after a predetermined period of inactivity, where the proximity detection mode can operate at one or more reduced polling rates, resulting in a reduced overall power dissipation. The system is configured to switch back to the touch mode when activity is detected by the proximity circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Logitech Europe, S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Mathieu Meisser, Simone Arrigo, Julien Piot
  • Patent number: 8686944
    Abstract: The response to the movement of a scroll wheel varies depending upon the application currently being used. The variation can be in ratcheting vs. free wheeling, speed and acceleration. Ratcheting can be automatic in word processing, with free wheeling automatic in photo editing, for example. In another aspect of the invention, text can be highlighted and searched by pressing a button on an input device to activate a search. The search can either be an Internet search or a desktop search. Different manners of activating the button (such as a short press vs. a long press) can be used to select between an Internet and desktop search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Erik Charlton, Christophe Dayer, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Greg Dizac, Eric Tissot-Dupont, Asif Ashan, Spencer Johnson
  • Patent number: 8519954
    Abstract: A communication protocol in a wireless network of a transceiver and a plurality of devices, in which at least one device is a bidirectional device, and in which one or more other devices can be unidirectional devices. The unidirectional device communicates with the transceiver in a unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver and the bidirectional device communicates with the transceiver either in a bidirectional mode or in an unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver. The communication protocol is configured to determine which transmission mode is to be used for each device. Various techniques are provided in order to optimize the time and energy spent to transmit information from one peer to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Rolf Ambuehl, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Simone Arrigo, Xavier Bize
  • Publication number: 20130194200
    Abstract: A method of reducing the power consumption of an input device includes operating the input device at a first power level, detecting the presence of a touch object on a touch surface of the input device, determining that the presence of the touch object on the touch surface is static for a predetermined period of time, operating the input device at a second power level, maintaining the input device at the second power level, determining that the presence of the touch object on the touch surface is not static, and operating the input device at the first power level. In some cases, the touch object is a finger. The touch object is static if the touch object's position on the touch surface remains within a predetermined region, where the predetermined region is an area centered around the presence of the touch object on the touch surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Logitec Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Jaroslav Jirousek, Baptiste Merminod, Vincent Mayor
  • Publication number: 20130194235
    Abstract: A method of calibration including powering up an input device that includes a touch sensor and placing the touch sensor in a normal mode of operation. The input device scans the touch sensor to detect a user input data and determines whether the user input is detected within a predetermined time period. If no user input is received during the predetermined time period, the method includes placing the touch sensor in a calibration mode of operation, performing a calibration process for the touch sensor, and returning the touch sensor to the normal mode of operation. Typically, the predetermined time period is greater than or equal to 30 seconds. In certain embodiments, the calibration process is performed a single time after powering up the input device. In some embodiments, the method further includes detecting a user input on one or more additional sensors within the predetermined time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Logitec Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Jaroslav Jirousek, Baptiste Merminod, Vincent Mayor
  • Publication number: 20130194201
    Abstract: A method for applying a first or second set of threshold values for touch sensor gesture recognition based on the presence of one of a plurality of predetermined conditions is described herein. The plurality of predetermined conditions can include one or more of a lift detection, a speed threshold detection, and a button press detection. Lift detection can be detected by one or more of an optical sensor, gyroscope, or accelerometer. Speed detection can be detected by one or more of an optical sensor, gyroscope, or accelerometer. Button detection can be detected by a mechanical button, pressure sensitive button, or a touch sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Logitec Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Jaroslav Jirousek, Baptiste Merminod, Vincent Mayor
  • Publication number: 20120236706
    Abstract: A communication protocol in a wireless network of a transceiver and a plurality of devices, in which at least one device is a bidirectional device, and in which one or more other devices can be unidirectional devices. The unidirectional device communicates with the transceiver in a unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver and the bidirectional device communicates with the transceiver either in a bidirectional mode or in an unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver. The communication protocol is configured to determine which transmission mode is to be used for each device. Various techniques are provided in order to optimize the time and energy spent to transmit information from one peer to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Rolf Ambuehl, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Simone Arrigo, Xavier Bize
  • Patent number: 8207937
    Abstract: A communication protocol in a wireless network of a transceiver and a plurality of devices, in which at least one device is a bidirectional device, and in which one or more other devices can be unidirectional devices. The unidirectional device communicates with the transceiver in a unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver and the bidirectional device communicates with the transceiver either in a bidirectional mode or in an unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver. The communication protocol is configured to determine which transmission mode is to be used for each device. Various techniques are provided in order to optimize the time and energy spent to transmit information from one peer to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Rolf Ambuehl, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Simone Arrigo, Xavier Bize
  • Publication number: 20120127124
    Abstract: A system includes a touchpad sensor array, a touch circuit, and a proximity circuit. The touch circuit executes a touch mode configured to track the position of a user or conductive object on the touchpad sensor array by detecting a change in an electrical property of the touchpad. The proximity circuit executes a proximity detection mode configured to track the position of a user or conductive object near or proximate to the touchpad sensor array by detecting a change in an electrical property of the touchpad. The system is configured to switch from the touch mode to the proximity detection mode after a predetermined period of inactivity, where the proximity detection mode can operate at one or more reduced polling rates, resulting in a reduced overall power dissipation. The system is configured to switch back to the touch mode when activity is detected by the proximity circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Daniel Zanone, Mathieu Meisser, Simone Arrigo, Julien Piot
  • Patent number: 7532872
    Abstract: A wireless peripheral interface is used for coupling with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port for connecting a wireless peripheral with a host computer or controller. Wireless peripheral devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse, trackball, touch pad, joysticks, and game controllers) transmit communication signals, e.g., radio frequency (RF) signals, to the peripheral interface, which are received and processed into formats suitable for transmission to the host computer or controller via USB, either alone or in combination with other standard external bus systems, such as serial and PS/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Lazzarotto, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Gerhard A. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20080022031
    Abstract: A wireless peripheral interface is used for coupling with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port for connecting a wireless peripheral with a host computer or controller. Wireless peripheral devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse, trackball, touch pad, joysticks, and game controllers) transmit communication signals, e.g., radio frequency (RF) signals, to the peripheral interface, which are received and processed into formats suitable for transmission to the host computer or controller via USB, either alone or in combination with other standard external bus systems, such as serial and PS/2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Lazzarotto, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Gerhard Schneider
  • Patent number: 7269400
    Abstract: A wireless peripheral interface is used for coupling with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port for connecting a wireless peripheral with a host computer or controller. Wireless peripheral devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse, trackball, touch pad, joysticks, and game controllers) transmit communication signals, e.g., radio frequency (RF) signals, to the peripheral interface, which are received and processed into formats suitable for transmission to the host computer or controller via USB, either alone or in combination with other standard external bus systems, such as serial and PS/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Lazzarotto, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Gerhard A. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20070019771
    Abstract: A communication protocol in a wireless network of a transceiver and a plurality of devices, in which at least one device is a bidirectional device, and in which one or more other devices can be unidirectional devices. The unidirectional device communicates with the transceiver in a unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver and the bidirectional device communicates with the transceiver either in a bidirectional mode or in an unidirectional mode from the device to the transceiver. The communication protocol is configured to determine which transmission mode is to be used for each device. Various techniques are provided in order to optimize the time and energy spent to transmit information from one peer to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Rolf Ambuehl, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Simone Arrigo, Xavier Bize
  • Publication number: 20050020225
    Abstract: A wireless peripheral interface is used for coupling with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port for connecting a wireless peripheral with a host computer or controller. Wireless peripheral devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse, trackball, touch pad, joysticks, and game controllers) transmit communication signals, e.g., radio frequency (RF) signals, to the peripheral interface, which are received and processed into formats suitable for transmission to the host computer or controller via USB, either alone or in combination with other standard external bus systems, such as serial and PS/2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Publication date: January 27, 2005
    Inventors: Sergio Lazzarotto, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Gerhard Schneider
  • Patent number: 6782245
    Abstract: A wireless peripheral interface is used for coupling with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port for connecting a wireless peripheral with a host computer or controller. Wireless peripheral devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse, trackball, touch pad, joysticks, and game controllers) transmit communication signals, e.g., radio frequency (RF) signals, to the peripheral interface, which are received and processed into formats suitable for transmission to the host computer or controller via USB, either alone or in combination with other standard external bus systems, such as serial and PS/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Lazzarotto, Jean-Daniel Zanone, Gerhard A. Schneider