Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Traer Bernstein

Jeffrey Traer Bernstein 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: 10289235
    Abstract: Touch and hover switching is disclosed. A touch and hover sensing device can switch between a touch mode and a hover mode. During a touch mode, the device can be switched to sense one or more objects touching the device. During a hover mode, the device can be switched to sense one or more objects hovering over the device. The device can include a panel having multiple sensors for sensing a touching object and/or a hovering object and a touch and hover control system for switching the device between the touch and hover modes. The device's touch and hover control system can include a touch sensing circuit for coupling to the sensors to measure a capacitance indicative of a touching object during the touch mode, a hover sensing circuit for coupling to the sensors to measure a capacitance indicative of a hovering object during the hover mode, and a switching mechanism for switching the sensors to couple to either the touch sensing circuit or the hover sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael King, Omar S. Leung, Paul G. Puskarich, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Andrea Mucignat, Avi E. Cieplinski, Muhammad U. Choudry, Praveen R. Subramani, Marc J. Piche, David Amm, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Publication number: 20190138101
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and a display displays a representation of a clock on the display, detects an input directed to the representation of the clock, while detecting the input directed to the representation of the clock, and provides tactile feedback that corresponds to the clock, wherein the tactile feedback includes a regular pattern of tactile outputs on the touch-sensitive surface. While providing the tactile feedback, the device detects that the input is no longer directed to the representation of the clock, and in response to detecting that the input is no longer directed to the representation of the clock, ceases to provide the tactile feedback corresponding to the clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein
  • Publication number: 20190121493
    Abstract: An electronic device displays selectable user interface elements, detects a touch input on a first user interface element, and in response to detecting a first portion of the touch input, which reaches a first intensity threshold, changes an appearance of the first selectable user interface element to indicate that the input has been detected. The device then detects a second portion of the touch input, including an increase in intensity of the touch input followed by a decrease in intensity, and in response to detecting the second portion of the touch input: displays or forgoes displaying a representation of content corresponding to the first user interface element, including a plurality of selectable controls for interacting with the content, depending on whether the intensity of the touch input increases above the second intensity threshold during the second portion of the touch input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, Avi E. Cieplinski, Matthew I. Brown, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti, Bianca C. Costanzo, David J. Hart, B. Michael Victor
  • Publication number: 20190121520
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a plurality of words, which include a misspelled word. While a focus selector is at a location corresponding to the misspelled word, the device detects a gesture that includes a contact on the touch-sensitive surface. In response, the device, in accordance with a determination that the contact meets predefined intensity criteria, corrects the misspelled word; and in accordance with a determination that the contact did not meet the predefined intensity criteria, displays a user interface for interacting with the misspelled word within the plurality of words on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Avi E. Cieplinski, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, May-Li Khoe, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 10268303
    Abstract: Improved capacitive touch and hover sensing with a sensor array is provided. An AC ground shield positioned behind the sensor array and stimulated with signals of the same waveform as the signals driving the sensor array may concentrate the electric field extending from the sensor array and enhance hover sensing capability. The hover position and/or height of an object that is nearby, but not directly above, a touch surface of the sensor array, e.g., in the border area at the end of a touch screen, may be determined using capacitive measurements of sensors near the end of the sensor array by fitting the measurements to a model. Other improvements relate to the joint operation of touch and hover sensing, such as determining when and how to perform touch sensing, hover sensing, both touch and hover sensing, or neither.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, David T. Amm, Omar S. Leung, Christopher Tenzin Mullens, Brian Michael King, Brian Richards Land, Reese T. Cutler
  • Patent number: 10254927
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a multifunction device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface creates a plurality of workspace views. A respective workspace view is configured to contain content assigned by a user to the respective workspace view. The content includes application windows. The device displays a first workspace view in the plurality of workspace views on the display without displaying other workspace views in the plurality of workspace views and detects a first multifinger gesture on the touch-sensitive surface. In response to detecting the first multifinger gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, the device replaces display of the first workspace view with concurrent display of the plurality of workspace views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Missig, Jonathan Koch, Avi E. Cieplinski, B. Michael Victor, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Duncan R. Kerr, Myra M. Haggerty
  • Publication number: 20190073036
    Abstract: Electronic devices may use touch pads that have touch sensor arrays, force sensors, and actuators for providing tactile feedback. A touch pad may be mounted in a computer housing. The touch pad may have a rectangular planar touch pad member that has a glass layer covered with ink and contains a capacitive touch sensor array. Force sensors may be mounted under each of the four corners of the rectangular planar touch pad member. The force sensors may be used to measure how much force is applied to the surface of the planar touch pad member by a user. Processed force sensor signals may indicate the presence of button activity such as press and release events. In response to detected button activity or other activity in the device, actuator drive signals may be generated for controlling the actuator. The user may supply settings to adjust signal processing and tactile feedback parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi Cieplinski, Brett W. Degner, Duncan Kerr, Patrick Kessler, Paul Puskarich, Marcelo H. Coelho, Aleksandar Pance
  • Publication number: 20190065043
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and a display, displays a user interface that includes a plurality of representations of content, including a respective representation of content corresponding to respective content associated with a respective application, wherein the respective representation of content is different from the respective content associated with the respective application. In response to detecting a gesture that includes a contact on the respective representation of the content on the touch-sensitive surface, the device displays the respective content in the application user interface of the respective application if the gesture meets criteria for displaying an application user interface for the respective application associated with the respective representation of content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Zambetti, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 10209877
    Abstract: A technique for providing more intuitive user interfaces that use direct finger manipulation to interact with an object on a touch screen display. In particular, the technique displays, on the touch screen display, an object and detects a finger contact to interact with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein
  • Publication number: 20190042078
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive display detects an input on the touch-sensitive display, which includes detecting a contact on the touch-sensitive display while the touch-sensitive display is in a low power mode. In response to detecting the input on the touch-sensitive display while the touch-sensitive display is in the low-power mode, if the input meets display-activation criteria, the device displays a respective user interface on the touch-sensitive display, wherein the respective user interface was not displayed on the touch-sensitive display when the touch-sensitive display was in the low-power mode. And, if the input does not meet the display-activation criteria, the device maintains the touch-sensitive display in the low-power mode after detecting the input without displaying the respective user interface on the touch-sensitive display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi E. Cieplinski, Duncan R. Kerr, Nicholas V. King
  • Publication number: 20190042075
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, touch-sensitive surface and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a virtual keyboard, and outputs characters corresponding to respective keys in the virtual keyboard when character-output criteria are met. While displaying an autocorrect user interface for changing a string of characters to a modified string of characters, the device detects an autocorrect input that includes an increase in intensity of a contact above a first intensity threshold while a focus selector is over a respective user interface element in the autocorrect user interface, and then either changes the string of characters to the modified string of characters, or maintains the string or characters, depending on whether the contact has an intensity that meets first predefined criteria with respect to the first intensity threshold and a second intensity threshold that is higher than the first intensity threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi E. Cieplinski
  • Patent number: 10198108
    Abstract: Detecting a signal from a touch and hover sensing device, in which the signal can be indicative of concurrent touch events and/or hover events, is disclosed. A touch event can indicate an object touching the device. A hover event can indicate an object hovering over the device. The touch and hover sensing device can ensure that a desired hover event is not masked by an incidental touch event, e.g., a hand holding the device, by compensating for the touch event in the detected signal that represents both events. Conversely, when both a hover event and a touch event are desired, the touch and hover sensing device can ensure that both events are detected by adjusting the device sensors and/or the detected signal. The touch and hover sensing device can also detect concurrent hover events by identifying multiple peaks in the detected signal, each peak corresponding to a position of a hovering object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael King, Omar S. Leung, Paul G. Puskarich, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Andrea Mucignat, Avi E. Cieplinski, Muhammad U. Choudry, Praveen R. Subramani, Marc J. Piche, David Amm, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 10191627
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a graphical object inside of a frame on the display, and detects a gesture. Detecting the gesture includes: detecting a contact on the touch-sensitive surface while a focus selector is over the graphical object, and detecting movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface. In response to detecting the gesture: in accordance with a determination that the contact meets predefined intensity criteria, the device removes the graphical object from the frame; and in accordance with a determination that the contact does not meet the predefined intensity criteria, the device adjusts an appearance of the graphical object inside of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Avi E. Cieplinski, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, May-Li Khoe, B. Michael Victor
  • Publication number: 20190028650
    Abstract: An electronic device has multiple cameras and displays a digital viewfinder user interface for previewing visual information provided by the cameras. The multiple cameras may have different properties such as focal lengths. When a single digital viewfinder is provided, the user interface allows zooming over a zoom range that includes the respective zoom ranges of both cameras. The zoom setting to determine which camera provides visual information to the viewfinder and which camera is used to capture visual information. The user interface also allows the simultaneous display of content provided by different cameras at the same time. When two digital viewfinders are provided, the user interface allows zooming, freezing, and panning of one digital viewfinder independently of the other. The device allows storing of a composite images and/or videos using both digital viewfinders and corresponding cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer BERNSTEIN, Lukas Robert Tom GIRLING, Linda L. DONG, Henrique PENHA, Paulo Michaelo LOPEZ, Behkish J. MANZARI
  • Patent number: 10185491
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface and one or more intensity sensors displays content. While a focus selector is over the content, the device detects a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, the gesture including a contact on the touch-sensitive surface and movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to movement of the focus selector on the display. In response to detecting the gesture, when the contact has an intensity below a selection intensity threshold, the device scrolls the content on the display in accordance with the movement of the focus selector on the display. In response to detecting the gesture, when the contact has an intensity above the selection intensity threshold, the device displays an enlarged representation of a portion of the content corresponding to the location of the contact on the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig
  • Publication number: 20190018506
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to interacting with an electronic device without touching a display screen or other physical input mechanisms. In some examples, the electronic device performs an operation in response to a positioning of a user's hand and/or an orientation of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer BERNSTEIN, Lukas Robert Tom GIRLING, Julian N. MISSIG, Golnaz ABDOLLAHIAN
  • Patent number: 10175757
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and a display displays a user interface object on the display, detects a contact on the touch-sensitive surface, and detects a first movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface, the first movement corresponding to performing an operation on the user interface object, and, in response to detecting the first movement, the device performs the operation and generates a first tactile output on the touch-sensitive surface. The device also detects a second movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface, the second movement corresponding to reversing the operation on the user interface object, and in response to detecting the second movement, the device reverses the operation and generates a second tactile output on the touch-sensitive surface, where the second tactile output is different from the first tactile output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Julian Missig, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10168826
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a user interface in a first display state. The device detects a first portion of a gesture on a touch-sensitive surface, including detecting intensity of a respective contact of the gesture. In response to detecting the first portion of the gesture, the device displays an intermediate display state between the first display state and a second display state. In response to detecting the end of the gesture: if intensity of the respective contact had reached a predefined intensity threshold prior to the end of the gesture, the device displays the second display state; otherwise, the device redisplays the first display state. After displaying an animated transition between a first display state and a second state, the device, optionally, detects an increase of the contact intensity. In response, the device displays a continuation of the animation in accordance with the increasing intensity of the respective contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, Avi E. Cieplinski, Matthew I. Brown, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti, Bianca C. Costanzo, David J. Hart, B. Michael Victor
  • Publication number: 20180364904
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays, on the display, an affordance corresponding to respective content at a respective size and detects a gesture that includes an increase in intensity of a contact followed by a subsequent decrease in intensity of the contact. In response to the increase in intensity, the device decreases a size of the affordance below the respective size. In response to the subsequent decrease in intensity: when a maximum intensity of the contact is above a content-display intensity threshold, the device ceases to display the affordance and displays at least a portion of the respective content; and when a maximum intensity of the contact is below the content-display intensity threshold, the device increases the size of the affordance to the respective size and forgoes displaying the respective content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti
  • Publication number: 20180335936
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a home screen and detects a first input on a first application launch icon; in response to detecting the first input, replaces the home screen with a first user interface; while displaying the first user interface, detects a second input by a second contact that includes movement across the display in a first direction; and in response to detecting the second input: if the second input meets dock-display criteria (e.g., includes movement of the second contact that is above a first movement threshold), displays a user interface object overlaid on a portion of the first user interface; and in accordance with a determination that the second input meets home-display criteria (e.g., includes movement of the second contact that is above a second movement threshold that is greater than the first movement threshold), replaces display of the first user interface with display of the home screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Julian K. Missig, Rachel L. Ciavarella, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Linda L. Dong