Patents by Inventor John Weldon Nicholson

John Weldon Nicholson 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: 20160179772
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: accepting, in an input overlay application, handwriting ink strokes; determining handwriting units for the handwriting ink strokes; accepting editing input of the handwriting ink strokes; and reflowing handwriting ink strokes based on the editing input. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Steven Richard Perrin, Jianbang Zhang, John Weldon Nicholson, Scott Edwards Kelso, Bradley Park Strazisar, Matthew Lloyd Hagenbuch
  • Publication number: 20160179364
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: accepting an ink stroke provided to an input application; determining a characteristic associated with the ink stroke; converting the ink stroke input into a gesture command based on the characteristic; selecting a gesture control based on a shape of the ink stroke; and committing at least one action based on the converting. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Jianbang Zhang, David Schwarz, Sarah Jane E Cox
  • Publication number: 20160179764
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: accepting, in an input and display device, handwriting ink strokes; providing, using a handwriting recognition engine, one or more machine words for the one or more ink strokes; determining a characteristic of the one or more handwriting ink strokes; changing, based on the characteristic of the handwriting ink strokes, input formatting for the one or more machine words; and inputting the one or more machine words according to the input formatting. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Scott Edwards Kelso, John Weldon Nicholson, Bradley Park Strazisar, Steven Richard Perrin, Jianbang Zhang, Sarah Jane E Cox, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Publication number: 20160179224
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: accepting, at an input and display device, an ink stroke provided to an input overlay application; providing a display of the ink stroke on the input and display device; converting the ink stroke input into a converted input for an underlying application; providing the converted input to the underlying application; detecting a user input associated with the converted input; and reverting to the ink stroke on the input and display device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Jianbang Zhang, Steven Richard Perrin, Russell Speight VanBlon, Joshua Neil Novak, Bradley Park Strazisar, Sarah Jane E Cox, John Weldon Nicholson, Jonathan Jen-Wei Yu, Aaron Michael Stewart
  • Publication number: 20160170206
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus including: a head mounted display device; a processor; a memory device that stores instructions executable by the processor to: display information; detect at least one predetermined characteristic; and adjust the opacity of at least a part of the head mounted display device, based on the at least one predetermined characteristic. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher Miles Osborne, Aaron Michael Stewart, John Weldon Nicholson, John Miles Hunt
  • Patent number: 9369658
    Abstract: A method can include determining characteristics of a surface; determining a point of view for an object with respect to the surface; and projecting an adjusted image onto the surface, the adjusted image being adjusted based at least in part on the characteristics of the surface and the point of view for the object with respect to the surface. Various other methods, apparatuses, systems, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Howard J. Locker, John Weldon Nicholson, Michaela Rose Case
  • Patent number: 9361890
    Abstract: For context-based audio filter selection, a type module determines a recipient type for a recipient process of an audio signal. The recipient type includes a human destination recipient type and a speech recognition recipient type. A filter module selects an audio filter in response to the recipient type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: John Miles Hunt, John Weldon Nicholson
  • Publication number: 20160154555
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, a touch-enabled display accessible to the processor, and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory bears instructions executable by the processor to receive first input to the touch-enabled display at an area of the touch-enabled display which presents at least partially thereat an icon associated with a first application. The instructions are also executable to, in response to receipt of the first input, initiate the first application and execute a search at least in part based on the first input using the first application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: Steven Richard Perrin, Jianbang Zhang, John Weldon Nicholson, Scott Edwards Kelso
  • Publication number: 20160147407
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: receiving, from an input device, user input; detecting, at an input device, a modifier key input comprising input from a single modifier key location; determining, using a processor, a location of a cursor; and modifying, using a processor, at least one character associated with the location of a cursor based upon the modifier key input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Scott Edwards Kelso
  • Patent number: 9342184
    Abstract: For managing multiple touch sources with palm rejection, a method is disclosed that includes detecting an instrument touch on a touch screen of a computing device, the instrument touch performed by a handheld instrument, disabling user touch for a portion of the touch screen, the disabled portion selected in accordance with a usage pattern, and accepting a user touch of the touch screen outside of the disabled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Matthew Lloyd Hagenbuch, Howard Locker, Matthew Price Roper
  • Patent number: 9338540
    Abstract: A system and method include receiving a headphone worn signal at a system representative of a detection of headphones being worn and controlling selection of a playback device via the system for audible sounds as a function of the headphone worn signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: John Weldon Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9325578
    Abstract: An apparatus, program product, and method are disclosed for receiving an automation setting from a sharing participant, the automation setting being associated with the sharing participant, comparing the received automation setting to a corresponding local automation setting, and adjusting the local automation setting based on the comparison of the received automation setting to the corresponding local automation setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Michaela Rose Case, Howard Locker, John Weldon Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9323739
    Abstract: For identifying words for a context, a monitor module monitors first communications at a digital processing system and determines usage frequencies of a plurality of words in one or more contexts. An identity module identifies a first word in response to a usage frequency for the first word exceeding a use threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Robert A. Bowser, John Miles Hunt, Jian Li, Matthew Price Roper, Jianbang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9288577
    Abstract: For preserving phase shift in spatial filtering is disclosed, an electronic device includes a microphone array. A filtering module spatially filters a plurality of received audio signals from the microphone array to increase the signal-to-noise ratio in one or more corresponding output audio signals. A phase module preserves a phase shift of at least one received audio signal in the corresponding output audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jianbang Zhang, Jian Li, John Weldon Nicholson, Steven Richard Perrin
  • Patent number: 9285969
    Abstract: An approach is provided to direct data to different applications based upon the amount of pressure applied by a user of a pressure sensitive touch-enabled screen. In this approach, a touch input is received at a location of the pressure sensitive touch-enabled screen. The various applications currently being displayed at the location are identified along with the physical pressure level (amount of pressure applied) at the location on the pressure sensitive touch-enabled screen. One of the applications running on the device is selected based on the amount of pressure applied and the touch-based input provided by the user is directed to the selected application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, James Stephen Rutledge, Song Wang, John Miles Hunt
  • Publication number: 20160073087
    Abstract: Methods, devices and program products are provided that capture image data at an image capture device for a scene, collect acoustic data indicative of a distance between the image capture device and an object in the scene, designate a range in connection with the object based on the acoustic data, and combine a portion of the image data related to the object with the range to form a 3D image data set. The device comprises a processor, a digital camera, a data collector, and a local storage medium storing program instructions accessible by the processor. The processor combines the image data related to the object with the range to form a 3D image data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Mark Charles Davis, John Weldon Nicholson
  • Publication number: 20160042165
    Abstract: For secure handwriting input for password fields, an apparatus for using a tone indicator to identify language in text recognition is disclosed. The apparatus may include a processor, a handwriting input unit operatively coupled to the processor, a display operatively coupled to the processor, a handwriting element module that identifies a handwriting element from handwriting input, an input replication module that controls the display to present the handwriting element, and a privacy module that controls the display to obscure the handwriting element in response to a predetermined trigger event. Obscuring the handwriting element may include removing the handwriting element, rendering transparent the handwriting element, replacing the handwriting element and an area surrounding the handwriting element with a colored area, and/or replacing the handwriting element with an anonymizing symbol. A method and computer program product also perform the functions of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Scott Edwards Kelso, Steven Richard Perrin, Jianbang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20160012315
    Abstract: For context-aware handwriting recognition for input fields, an apparatus, system, method, and computer program product are disclosed. The apparatus may include a processor, a handwriting input unit operatively coupled to the processor, a display operatively coupled to the processor, a field metadata module that obtains metadata related to an input field, a field type module that identifies a field type of the input field associated with the handwriting input based on the metadata, and a recognition tuning module that adjusts a handwriting recognition engine based on the field type. Adjusting the handwriting recognition engine may include increasing a weight given to text having particular characteristics, based on the field type. Obtaining the metadata related to an input field may include querying an application for properties of the input field and/or identifying text adjacent to the input field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Steven Richard Perrin, Scott Edwards Kelso, John Weldon Nicholson, Jianbang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9232201
    Abstract: The color of a projected image is dynamically corrected by sensing the color of the surface onto which the image is projected before the image is projected, and/or sensing the color of the surface between frames of the projected image, and/or by sensing the projected image as it is displayed on the surface and comparing what is sensed to the original image. Corrections to the color of the projected image are then made based on the sensed information from the surface onto which the image is projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Aaron Michael Stewart, Michaela Rose Case
  • Patent number: 9223340
    Abstract: For organizing display data on a multiuser display, a position module determines a user position from an audible signal. An organization module organizes display data on a multiuser display in response to the user position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Howard Locker, Michaela Rose Case, John Weldon Nicholson, Aaron Michael Stewart