Patents by Inventor Jock Mackinlay

Jock Mackinlay 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: 20070061611
    Abstract: A method for automatically forming the clearest and most useful visual plot for a given dataset of tuples. A best view type is selected for a view that includes a subsequently added new field. The visual plot is populated with the data in the view and then automatically rendered for the user. A dataset that is retrieved from a storage is analyzed to identify all the data types found in the dataset, and to determine the best view type to assign to the dataset's views. The visual plot is then populated with the data according to this best view type, and is automatically rendered for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Inventors: Jock Mackinlay, Christopher Stolte, Patrick Hanrahan
  • Publication number: 20060150080
    Abstract: A system and method that calls attention to a location of departure in a display includes and interaction system and a content presentation system. The interaction system identifies each interaction with an area in a first display. The content presentation system upon return to the first display from a second display changes the first display to draw attention to the identified area with an animation. The animation expires after a first period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Polle Zellweger, Bay-Wei Chang, Jock Mackinlay
  • Publication number: 20060033762
    Abstract: A system is described for displaying images of a virtual three-dimensional book having one or more virtual pages. The system comprises a display system capable of executing a display program wherein images of the virtual three-dimensional book are produced on the display system. The display system may include a magnification function producing a virtual magnifier moveable over the virtual pages. The display system may also include a the “stretchy page” display method wherein one section of the page is directly magnified, while other adjacent sections may be directly magnified in a horizontal or vertical direction, but not both directions. Moreover, a virtual page may also be tilted about a central axis of the virtual page to accommodate viewing of a desired section on the display system. Finally, a computer program product comprising a computer usable medium having computer readable code embodied therein for producing images of a virtual three-dimensional book is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: Stuart Card, Richard Gossweiler, Allison Woodruff, Jock Mackinlay
  • Publication number: 20050151742
    Abstract: A system and method for turning pages of a three-dimensional electronic book. A closed three-dimensional electronic book is modeled as at least one three-dimensional object having length, width and thickness dimensions. An opened three-dimensional book electronic is modeled as at least two three-dimensional objects having length, width and thickness dimensions, representing the left side of the opened book and the right side of the opened book. The page(s) to be turned is modeled as at least a three-dimensional object having length, width and thickness dimensions. The cross-section parallelogram having a width dimension and a thickness dimension based on the width and thickness dimensions of the closed three-dimensional electronic book, and a user-selected number of page(s) to be turned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Applicant: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Lichan Hong, Stuart Card, Jock Mackinlay
  • Publication number: 20050134606
    Abstract: A system and method for annotating three-dimensional electronic documents. A user specifies, on a two-dimensional screen, a portion of a page of a three-dimensional document as a specific page area to be annotated. The annotation is displayed to the user with the transparent polygon technique, the vertex coloring technique and/or the texture coloring technique. These display techniques support highlighting annotations, free-form annotations, and text annotations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Applicant: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Lichan Hong, Stuart Card, Jock Mackinlay
  • Publication number: 20050086610
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to improve communication through selective display of attention shifting display elements. A focus of attention is determined, display events located and attention shifting display elements displayed. The attention shifting display elements suggest display events as candidate foci of attention based on the display event, the display event location and the distance from the focus of attention. Attention shifting display elements are composed of attention directing portions, and optional attention attracting and informing portions. The attention directing portions help direct attention across distances. The attention attracting portions help attract attention to a point in the display space. The informing portions indicate availability of information associated with the display event occurring outside the focus of attention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventors: Jock Mackinlay, Stuart Card
  • Publication number: 20050083331
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to manage seams between discrete displays. Output image information is determined at the level of an application output call, an operating system output call, a device driver, a video controller level or at any other output level. Display layout adjustments are applied to the output image information based on user input and/or the type and/or location of the output image information. Interpolable output image information and non-interpolable output image information are determined. Display layout adjustments of non-interpolable output image information selectively move the non-interpolable output image information away from the seam. Display layout adjustments of interpolable output image information at the seam selectively redraw the interpolable output image information through the seam. Techniques for applying seam information as a constraint in the initial layout of the output image information are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Inventor: Jock MacKinlay
  • Publication number: 20050005245
    Abstract: A system is described for displaying images of a virtual three-dimensional book having one or more virtual pages. The system comprises a display system capable of executing a display program wherein images of the virtual three-dimensional book are produced on the display system. A degree of interest (DOI) function is provided for allocating available space on the display system. A page selection function may provide a user-selectable scale along a long axis of the virtual book for selecting virtual pages. Virtual chapter tabs may also be provided for navigating within the virtual book. The display system may also include a page flipping function with several different page flipping speeds and several different page flipping animations for moving between virtual pages in the virtual book. Moreover, a scroll bar function provided to facilitate page navigation wherein space on the scroll bar is allocated using a DOI function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Publication date: January 6, 2005
    Inventors: Stuart Card, Richard Gossweiler, Allison Woodruff, Jock MacKinlay
  • Publication number: 20050005246
    Abstract: A system is described for displaying images of a virtual three-dimensional book having one or more virtual pages. The system comprises a display system capable of executing a display program wherein images of the virtual three-dimensional book are produced on the display system. A degree of interest (DOI) function is provided for allocating available space on the display system. A page selection function may provide a user-selectable scale along a long axis of the virtual book for selecting virtual pages. Virtual chapter tabs may also be provided for navigating within the virtual book. The display system may also include a page flipping function with several different page flipping speeds and several different page flipping animations for moving between virtual pages in the virtual book. Moreover, a scroll bar function provided to facilitate page navigation wherein space on the scroll bar is allocated using a DOI function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Publication date: January 6, 2005
    Inventors: Stuart Card, Richard Gossweiler, Allison Woodruff, Jock MacKinlay
  • Patent number: 5515488
    Abstract: A computer controlled display system providing for graphical representation of a query to a database and creation and traversal through a search history. A database search is typically performed by a sequence of narrowing queries. Each narrowing query is performed in a query window. A query window is comprised of an input area for entering query expressions, an query results display area, an indicator of a search scope associated with the query window and a history indicator area. A suitable information visualization technique is used to graphically display the search results in the query results display area. From these visualizations, new search scopes and query windows are created. A search path comprising the query windows for the current search path are displayed at any instant of time of the search. A history mechanism provides for ready traversal through the search history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Hoppe, Ramana B. Rao, Jock Mackinlay
  • Patent number: 5513303
    Abstract: In response to user signals requesting motion of a displayed object, a system presents a sequence of images, each including an object perceptible as a moved continuation of the previously displayed object. The user can independently request radial motion and lateral motion, and the system presents a sequence of images in which the object is displaced radially by the requested radial motion and laterally by the requested lateral motion. The user can request lateral motion by operating a mouse and can request radial motion by operating keys on a keyboard, with one key requesting motion toward a radial source and another key requesting motion away from the radial source. The radial source can be the viewpoint. The object's motion toward the viewpoint includes two phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Jock Mackinlay, Stuart K. Card
  • Patent number: 5359703
    Abstract: In response to user signals requesting motion of a displayed object, a system presents a sequence of images, each including an object perceptible as a moved continuation of the previously displayed object. The user can independently request radial motion and lateral motion, and the system presents a sequence of images in which the object is displaced radially by the requested radial motion and laterally by the requested lateral motion. The user can request lateral motion by operating a mouse and can request radial motion by operating keys on a keyboard, with one key requesting motion toward a radial source and another key requesting motion away from the radial source. The radial source can be the viewpoint. The object's motion toward the viewpoint includes two phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Jock Mackinlay, Stuart K. Card
  • Patent number: 5339390
    Abstract: A processor presents a sequence of images of a workspace that is stretched to enable the user to view a part of the workspace in greater detail. The workspace includes a middle section and two peripheral sections that meet the middle section on opposite edges. Each of the sections appears to be a rectangular two-dimensional surface and they are perceptible in three dimensions. When the user is viewing the middle section as if it were parallel to the display screen surface, each peripheral section appears to extend away from the user at an angle from the edge of the middle section so that the peripheral sections occupy relatively little of the screen. When the user requests stretching, the middle section is stretched and the peripheral sections are compressed to accommodate the stretching. When the user requests destretching, the middle section is destretched and the peripheral sections are decompressed accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Jock Mackinlay, Stuart K. Card
  • Patent number: 5295243
    Abstract: A processor presents a sequence of images of a hierarchical structure that is perceived as three-dimensional. The hierarchical structure includes conic substructures that can have vertical or horizontal axes. Each cone has a parent node at its vertex and children nodes along its base, each with a link to the parent node. Each child can in turn be at the vertex of another cone. The cones can be rotated in steps that produce the perception of object constancy for each node. For example, if the user requests that an indicated node be moved to a primary viewing position, each of the cones along the path from the indicated node to the root node is rotated in the direction that most directly moves the indicated node to the primary viewing position. Each node can include a selectable unit for indicating it, and a node can also include a grow tab that can be selected to request presentation of its children nodes and links to them. The user can request that the children nodes of a node be replaced by a grow tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: George G. Robertson, Jock Mackinlay, Stuart K. Card
  • Patent number: 5276785
    Abstract: Images are presented on a display to produce the perception of viewpoint motion in a three-dimensional workspace. The user can indicate a point of interest (POI) or other region on a surface in an image and request viewpoint motion. In response, another image is presented from a viewpoint that is displaced as requested. The user can request viewpoint motion radially toward or away from the POI, and can also request viewpoint motion laterally toward a normal of the surface at the POI. Radial and lateral viewpoint motion can be combined. The orientation of the viewpoint can be shifted during lateral motion to keep the POI in the field of view, and can also be shifted to bring the POI toward the center of the field of view. In a sequence of steps of viewpoint motion, the radial viewpoint displacement in each step can be a proportion of the distance to the POI so that the radial displacements follow a logarithmic function and define an asymptotic path that approaches but does not reach the POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jock Mackinlay, George G. Robertson, Stuart K. Card