Patents by Inventor Kenneth P. Fishkin

Kenneth P. Fishkin 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: 20030076343
    Abstract: A device supporting a user interface includes a feedback module for presenting information related to a data structure and a processor for controlling the feedback module and the data structure. The device also has a detector for determining handedness of a user, allowing modification of the displayed data structure based on handedness of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Carlos Mochon, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6542083
    Abstract: A system for identification and tracking of tags distributed in a room, wherein the system includes an electromagnetic pulse generator to produce a local electromagnetic spike, a tag reactive to the local electromagnetic spike to provide a data signal, a data receiver for receiving the data signal, and a tag tracking system receiving input from the electromagnetic pulse generator and the data receiver, the tag tracking system storing state records of position and informational content of the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edward A. Richley, Roy Want, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Anuj Uday Gujar
  • Publication number: 20030038773
    Abstract: Two previously virtual concepts, such as, for example, the concept of “me” and the concept of “my data” are reified into physical objects which can be physically manipulated and interact with legacy technologies such as, for example, desktop or portable computers. In one exemplary embodiment, a portable computing device in the form of an animal, such as, for example, a bear, with a manipulatable user interface, is used to log onto and off of various computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventors: David Goldberg, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Anuj Uday Gujar, Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6498601
    Abstract: A palmtop computer for entering characters using one or more input modes. In one example, a physical sensor is coupled to select the input mode. The physical sensor may be in the form of a button, rocker switch, dial, pressure strip, moveable bar, or accelerometer mounted to the device. The physical sensor may also be mounted to a pen. In another example, a ridge is formed on the digitizer pad and positioned to define input regions associated with particular input mode. In another example, a border is formed around the digitizer pad. The border includes a ridge coupled to select the input mode. The digitizer pad may also be textured. A first textured region is associated with one input mode and a second textured region is associated with another input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Anuj Uday Gujar, David Goldberg, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6457792
    Abstract: The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindles mounted above and on either side of the board surface. The position of the effector platform is adjusted by winding and unwinding the wires. Methods are provided for using the Pendulum Whiteboard Printer to perform various actions and for moving the effector platform to a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Saund, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Thomas P. Moran, Daniel L. Larner, Thomas M. Breuel
  • Patent number: 6446208
    Abstract: A system for identifying multiple electronic tags that includes a plurality of electronic tags attachable to a single object, each electronic tag having a non-overlapping readable region, and each electronic tag having a unique identifier. One or more electronic tag readers are configured to read the unique identifier of each electronic tag within the non-overlapping readable region, and a computing system is connected to the electronic tag reader to provide digital services in response to reading the unique identifier of each electronic tag. In certain embodiments, the electronic tags can have integral sensor systems that detect, for example, light, location, acceleration, or other physical properties, allowing provision of particular digital services related to the sensed properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Anuj Uday Gujar, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6422474
    Abstract: A system for N-space navigation of digital data sets comprising an electronic tag having a digitally readable identifier, an electronic tag reader configured to read the identifier of the electronic tag, and a computing system connected to the electronic tag reader to provide digital navigation services of N-space data sets in response to reading the unique identifier of each electronic tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Gossweiler, III, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Anuj Uday Gujar, Roy Want
  • Publication number: 20020079371
    Abstract: A scanning pen for use in an information management system having multiple modes adapted to scan and process different data types. The scanning pen has an optical scanning head, various user controls, and a wireless link to the information management system. The pen has several input modes of operation governing the interpretation of data received through the scanning head, and feedback on the current input mode is provided to the user through visual, audible, or tactile feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel G. Bobrow, Annette M. Adler, Marvin M. Theimer, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Catherine C. Marshall, Alexander E. Silverman
  • Patent number: 6367902
    Abstract: The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is an effector platform for a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces The effector platform is designed to be suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindles mounted above and on either side of the board surface. The position of the effector platform is adjusted by winding and unwinding the wires. Electrical power is supplied to the effector platform through the suspension wires or from an on-board battery. Control of a pen and/or other apparatus on the effector platform is achieved through modulation of the power voltage. The effector platform may be fitted with a variety of end effectors such as dry-erase markers, gripping elements, and squeegees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Saund, Mark H. Yim, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Daniel L. Larner, Thomas P. Moran
  • Patent number: 6367901
    Abstract: The Pendulum Whiteboard Printer is a fully-automatic robotic device for marking or otherwise effecting whiteboards, pinboards, or other vertical surfaces. The physical device consists of an effector platform suspended by two suspension wires whose lengths are adjusted by motorized spindles mounted above and on either side of the board surface. The position of the effector platform is adjusted by winding and unwinding the wires. Electrical power is supplied to the effector platform through the suspension wires or through an on-board battery. Control of a pen and/or other apparatus on the effector platform is achieved through modulation of the power voltage. A further component of this invention is electronic and computational apparatus for controlling the device, which may include automatic visual interpretation and feedback from a video camera viewing the board and printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Saund, Thomas M. Breuel, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Thomas P. Moran, Daniel L. Larner
  • Patent number: 6342901
    Abstract: A networked parasitic user interface terminal capable of deriving power from a host. The user terminal, adapted for use in a system for receiving, analyzing, and managing diverse information obtained from a variety of source documents, is structurally mounted to a host structure, such as an electrical appliance or a wall, and receives its power parasitically from its host. The user interface is connected to a digital network via a communications link and receives information to display from a remote processor. The user interface terminal does not receive any data directly from its host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Annette M. Adler, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Matthew E. Howard
  • Patent number: 6342830
    Abstract: A system that identifies multiple electronic tags includes a plurality of electronic tags attachable to a single object, each electronic tag having a non-overlapping readable region, and each electronic tag having a unique identifier. One or more electronic tag readers are configured to read the unique identifier of each electronic tag within the non-overlapping readable region. A computing system is connected to the electronic tag reader to provide digital services in response to reading the unique identifier of each electronic tag. In certain embodiments, the electronic tags can have integral sensor systems that detect, for example, light, location, acceleration, or other physical properties, allowing provision of particular digital services related to the sensed properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roy Want, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Anuj Uday Gujar, Beverly L. Harrison, Wesley R. Irish
  • Publication number: 20020010707
    Abstract: A primary body of data is displayable on a screen and a supporting body of data is relatable to an annotation tag present in the primary body of textual data. An annotation tag having a predetermined size in the primary body of data is selected, and negotiations ensue between the primary body of data and the supporting body to determine a space into which the supporting body of data can be fitted while maintaining a substantially unobstructed view of the primary body of data. Generally, this negotiated space is sized larger than the original predetermined size of the annotation tag. An animation sequence is used to position the supporting body of data in the negotiated space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventors: BAY-WEI CHANG, POLLE T. ZELLWEGER, JOCK D. MACKINLAY, KENNETH P. FISHKIN, TAKEO IGARASHI
  • Patent number: 6340957
    Abstract: A tileable computer display includes a first device having a processor and a display maintainable in communication with a second device having a processor and a display. Specific data to be displayed on both devices is based on respective spatial positions of the first device and second device relative to each other. Communication links can be through radio, optical, or physical interconnects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Annette M. Adler, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Matthew E. Howard, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6340931
    Abstract: A system for identifying multiple electronic tags that include a plurality of electronic tags attachable to a single object, each electronic tag having a unique identifier. One or more electronic tag readers are configured to read the unique identifier of each electronic tag within the non-overlapping readable region, and a computing system is connected to the electronic tag reader to provide digital services in response to reading the unique identifier of each electronic tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Beverly L. Harrison, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Anuj Uday Gujar, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6326946
    Abstract: An enhanced information collage that combines a computational system with a physical information collage to preserve the advantages of conventional information collages while alleviating many problems associated with such collages. A physical information collage (e.g. a pin board with spatially differentiated pin mounted task cards, each card having a detectable identity tag) can be made part of a computational system by sensing the identity, position, and contents of the collage component artifacts. In effect, each collage component has its content and position stored in a database, with movement of a particular component resulting in update of the database to record the new position of that component. Further provided are Operator Icon components which may be used to provide digital services, such as combining, erasing, saving, or transferring, to other collage components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas P. Moran, Eric Saund, Beverly L. Harrison, Roy Want, William J. van Melle, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Anuj Uday Gujar
  • Patent number: 6297838
    Abstract: A method for inputting information to a revolvable device, optionally connected to a deformable piece includes the steps of rotating, spinning, or revolvably orienting the deformable piece to provide a first morpheme input to the device. The first morpheme input normally triggers a first default action by the device, such as controlling a display, modifying a data structure, or communicating with another electronic device. When a user asynchronously manipulates the deformable piece to provide a second morpheme input to the device, the second morpheme input converts the normally triggered first default action to a second action generally not equivalent to the first default action. This mode of interaction allows formation of morphemic sentences to control a graspable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bay-Wei W. Chang, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Takeo Igarashi, Jock D. Mackinlay, Roy Want, Polle T. Zellweger
  • Patent number: 6297805
    Abstract: A plurality of multiple interacting computer devices for transferring data includes a first device having a processor and a first wireless communication module for transferring data, a second device having a processor and a second wireless communication module for transferring data, and a third device having a processor and a third wireless communication module for transferring data. When the first device is connected in substantially simultaneous wireless communication with the second device and the third device, specific data based on respective spatial positions of the first device, second device, and third device can be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Annette M. Adler, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Matthew E. Howard, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6268857
    Abstract: A method for inputting information to a device connected to a deformable piece includes the steps of manipulating the deformable piece to provide a first morpheme input to the device. The first morpheme input normally triggers a first default action by the device, such as controlling a display, modifying a data structure, or communicating with another electronic device. When a user asynchronously manipulates the deformable piece to provide a second morpheme input to the device, the second morpheme input converts the normally triggered first default action to a second action generally not equivalent to the first default action. This mode of interaction allows formation of morphemic sentences to control a graspable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Fishkin, Beverly L. Harrison, Roy Want
  • Patent number: 6249226
    Abstract: A system for identifying multiple electronic tags that include a plurality of electronic tags attachable to a single object, each electronic tag having a unique identifier. One or more electronic tag readers are configured to read the unique identifier of each electronic tag within the non-overlapping readable region, and a computing system is connected to the electronic tag reader to provide digital services in response to reading the unique identifier of each electronic tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Beverly L. Harrison, Kenneth P. Fishkin, Anuj Uday Gujar, Roy Want