Patents by Inventor Jeffrey E. Skinner

Jeffrey E. Skinner 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: 10402042
    Abstract: For controlling a cursor using a force vector input by a user touch, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus for controlling a cursor using a force vector input by a user touch includes a force sensor operatively coupled to a surface, a processor, and a memory that stores code executable by the processor to: measure a force vector input by a user touch at the surface, the force vector including a magnitude and a direction, translate the magnitude into a cursor velocity, and control movements of a cursor based on the cursor velocity and the determined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Geary, Lincoln Penn Hancock, Wesley Abram Luttrell, Christopher Miles Osborne, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Thomas John Sluchak, Aaron Michael Stewart, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu
  • Patent number: 10386931
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, a display accessible to the processor, and storage accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to present a user interface (UI) on the display and present at least a first option on the display and a second option on the display. The first option is selectable to present at the device, at least a first representation of first user input of a first input type. The second option is selectable to present, at the device, at least a second representation of second user input of a second input type. The first user input and the second user input pertain to the UI, and the first input type is different from the second input type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Thomas Ryan Cook, Jeffrey E. Skinner
  • Patent number: 10185403
    Abstract: Devices, methods and products are described that provide information handling devices with touch-based reflective display. One aspect provides a method including: providing a first configuration for one or more areas of a touchable control area of an information handling device, said first configuration comprising a designation of one or more areas of said touchable control area, said one or more areas providing both reflective display and accepting touch-based input, wherein said reflective display substantially only draws power when the display contents are changed; ascertaining a power state; updating said first configuration for said one or more areas of said touchable control area associated with the ascertained power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Stewart, Adam M. Smith, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Thomas J. Sluchak
  • Publication number: 20180367669
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: engaging, at an information handing device, in a conversational session with a user; receiving an input from a source other than the user during the conversational session; and performing, at the information handling device, an action related to the conversational input in response to the received input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Daryl Cromer, Ming Qian, Song Wang, David Alexander Schwarz, Aaron Michael Stewart, Lincoln Penn Hancock, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Jeffrey E. Skinner
  • Patent number: 10126940
    Abstract: An approach is provided for establishing touch zones of soft keys of a soft keypad that is displayed on a touch-screen device. The approach identifies a fingertip size associated with a user of the touch-screen device. Touch zones of one or more keys are then established so that the size of the touch zones is based on the fingertip size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Stewart, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Jonathan J. Yu, Lance W. Cassidy
  • Publication number: 20180314882
    Abstract: For sorting and displaying digital notes on a digital whiteboard, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus for sorting and displaying digital notes on a digital whiteboard includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores code executable by the processor. The processor receives a plurality of digital notes, identifies a plurality of categories, and sorts each digital note with at least one category based on metadata associated with each digital note. The processor displays, on the digital whiteboard, each of the plurality of digital notes at a location based on the at least one category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Lincoln Penn Hancock, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Aaron Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 10048862
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and program product is disclosed for on-screen keyboard management. A touch screen displays an on-screen keyboard, a processor is operatively coupled to the touch screen, and a memory stores code executable by the processor. The code determines a duration associated with a key event in response to a key press on the on-screen keyboard, and ignores the key press in response to determining that the duration associated with the key event satisfies a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Lance Warren Cassidy, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu
  • Publication number: 20180204187
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an indication of users present in a meeting room at a current time, responsive to a user being in the meeting room, obtaining user identification information corresponding to the detected user in the meeting room, obtaining a schedule for the meeting room identifying users invited to attend a meeting during a current time period, comparing the identifications of the detected users to the invited users to determine if an invited user is in the meeting room, applying a first wait policy responsive to no invited user being in the meeting room, and responsive to successful application of the first wait policy, releasing the meeting room to permit the meeting room to be booked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Lincoln Penn Hancock
  • Patent number: 10025915
    Abstract: A method including receiving sensed information corresponding to a contact signature of a user holding a device, generating a contact signature from the sensed information, comparing the contact signature to a library of contact signatures, and authenticating the user based on the comparison to provide access to functions on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Lance Warren Cassidy, James Stephen Rutledge
  • Patent number: 10007421
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method including: detecting, at a touch surface, at least two points of contact of a hand of a user; identifying, based on a configuration of the at least two points of contact, an input provided by the user as handwriting input; and displaying, on a display screen, the handwriting input, wherein the handwriting input is identified as being input at a location relative to the at least two points of contact of the hand of the user. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Aaron Michael Stewart, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Thomas Ryan Cook
  • Patent number: 9990117
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, a display accessible to the processor, and storage accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to present a first portion of a user interface (UI) on the display and receive user input to present an expanded view of the UI and/or to pan within the UI. The instructions are also executable to, in response to receipt of the user input present the expanded view of the UI and present, in the expanded view, an indication of a location of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Ryan Cook, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Aaron Michael Stewart, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu
  • Patent number: 9965170
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method, including: accepting, at a touch input component, touch input; rendering, on a display device, the touch input; determining, using a processor, multi-touch controlling input for controlling the touch input; mapping, using the processor, the multi-touch controlling input to a predetermined control action; and applying the control action to the touch input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Feng, Jeffrey E. Skinner
  • Patent number: 9904510
    Abstract: Devices, methods and products are described that provide information handling devices with touch-based reflective display. One aspect provides a method including: providing a touchable control having one or more areas, said one or more areas providing both reflective display and accepting touch-based input; displaying data on a display device of an information handling device which does not overlap the reflective display of said one or more areas; ascertaining touch-based input to said one or more areas of said touchable control area; and executing one or more functions responsive to said touch-based input. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Stewart, Adam M. Smith, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Thomas J. Sluchak
  • Patent number: 9874992
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, comprising: displaying text data on a display device; receiving, using a processor, a user input positioning a cursor within the text data; and displaying, on a preview pane, at least a portion of the text data in which the cursor is positioned. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Skinner, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Aaron Michael Stewart
  • Publication number: 20170357403
    Abstract: For controlling a cursor using a force vector input by a user touch, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus for controlling a cursor using a force vector input by a user touch includes a force sensor operatively coupled to a surface, a processor, and a memory that stores code executable by the processor to: measure a force vector input by a user touch at the surface, the force vector including a magnitude and a direction, translate the magnitude into a cursor velocity, and control movements of a cursor based on the cursor velocity and the determined direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Geary, Lincoln Penn Hancock, Wesley Abram Luttrell, Christopher Miles Osborne, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Thomas John Sluchak, Aaron Michael Stewart, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu
  • Publication number: 20170325038
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus, including: a device housing; a sensor disposed within the device housing; a plurality of audio devices disposed within the device housing; a processor operatively coupled to the plurality of audio devices; and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to: activate a first set of the plurality of audio devices; detect, using the sensor, a use mode; and change, using the processor, to a second active set of the plurality of audio devices based on the use mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Aaron Michael Stewart, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Lincoln Penn Hancock
  • Patent number: 9807499
    Abstract: In one aspect, a first device includes a processor and storage accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to receive information pertaining to a location of a user and, based at least in part on the information, determine an apparatus to actuate from among plural apparatuses to participate in communication concerning audio data. The instructions are also executable to, based at least in part on the determination, participate in communication with the apparatus concerning audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Jeffrey E. Skinner, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Lincoln Penn Hancock
  • Publication number: 20170289676
    Abstract: In one aspect, a first device includes a processor and storage accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to receive information pertaining to a location of a user and, based at least in part on the information, determine an apparatus to actuate from among plural apparatuses to participate in communication concerning audio data. The instructions are also executable to, based at least in part on the determination, participate in communication with the apparatus concerning audio data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: AARON MICHAEL STEWART, JEFFREY E. SKINNER, JONATHAN JEN-WEI YU, LINCOLN PENN HANCOCK
  • Publication number: 20170212643
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, a display accessible to the processor, and storage accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to present a user interface (UI) on the display and present at least a first option on the display and a second option on the display. The first option is selectable to present at the device, at least a first representation of first user input of a first Input type. The second option is selectable to present, at the device, at least a second representation of second user input of a second input type. The first user input and the second user input pertain to the UI, and the first input type is different from fee second input type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Thomas Ryan Cook, Jeffrey E. Skinner
  • Publication number: 20170212676
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method including: detecting, using a processor, user input to a surface, the user input being associated with a virtual interface; identifying, within the user input, a palm input pattern; and adjusting the virtual interface based on at least one aspect of the identified palm pattern. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Skinner, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Aaron Michael Stewart