Patents by Inventor Nicolas Ramond

Nicolas Ramond 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: 10416789
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a computer-method includes searching for a receiver having an active first wireless communication protocol. When the receiver is detected, the mobile input device connects to the receiver, and when the receiver is not detected, the method includes searching for a host computer having an active second wireless communication protocol (e.g., Bluetooth®) after the receiver is not detected. The method further includes connecting the mobile input device to the host computer when the receiver is not detected and the active second type of wireless communication protocol is detected. The method then continues to search for the receiver while the mobile input device is connected to the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol, and automatically switches the wireless connection from the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol to the receiver when the first type of receiver is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Patent number: 10379637
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides an input device with a mechanical wheel which includes a touch sensor. In one embodiment, the wheel is a thumbwheel that uses a magnetometer to detect rotation of a magnet inside the thumbwheel. The touch sensor in one embodiment is a cylindrical floating electrode which is capacitively coupled to a bridge electrode connected to a sensing circuit. The thumbwheel may be used for horizontal scrolling, zoom and other gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Arnaud Perret-Gentil, Daniel Bonanno, Patrick Edouard Jean Cerisier, Darragh Luttrell, Nicolas Ramond, Jaroslav Jirousek
  • Patent number: 10317989
    Abstract: In an embodiment there is provided a user interface device for interfacing a user with a computer, the computer comprising at least one processor to generate instructions for display of a graphical environment of a virtual reality simulation. The user interface device includes a sensor for detecting activation and/or a sensor for detecting proximity of a body part of the user (e.g., hand). At least partially based on detection by one of these sensors, a transition between virtual reality states is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Rouvinez, Aidan Kehoe, Mario Gutierrez, Vincent Jalil, Damien O'Sullivan, Mathieu Meisser, Nicolas Ramond, Regis Croisonnier
  • Publication number: 20190079584
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include an input device comprising a housing having a region, a haptic element coupled to the housing, the haptic element configured to generate a haptic feedback and couple the haptic feedback to the region of the housing, and a force-sensitive element coupled to the housing, the force-sensitive element configured to detect a threshold input force applied-to and removed-from the region of the housing, the force-sensitive element being different from the haptic element. The haptic element may generate a first haptic feedback in response to the force-sensitive element detecting the threshold force being applied to the region of the housing, and the haptic element may generate a second haptic feedback in response to the force-sensitive element detecting the threshold force being removed from to the region of the housing, the first haptic feedback being different than the second haptic feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Bonanno, Florent Berney, Nicolas Ramond, Olivier Theytaz, Jan Stoeckli, Jean-Claude Dunant
  • Publication number: 20180329523
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a computer-method includes searching for a receiver having an active first wireless communication protocol. When the receiver is detected, the mobile input device connects to the receiver, and when the receiver is not detected, the method includes searching for a host computer having an active second wireless communication protocol (e.g., Bluetooth®) after the receiver is not detected. The method further includes connecting the mobile input device to the host computer when the receiver is not detected and the active second type of wireless communication protocol is detected. The method then continues to search for the receiver while the mobile input device is connected to the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol, and automatically switches the wireless connection from the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol to the receiver when the first type of receiver is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Patent number: 10082886
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a computer-implemented method includes detecting a graphical control element on a graphical user interface (GUI), determining a type of the graphical control element, generating configuration control data to cause an input device to configure one or more input elements on the input device to perform functions corresponding to the type of the graphical control element, and sending the configuration control data to the input device. In some cases, the configuration control data causes the input device to configure at least two of the one or more input elements to perform functions corresponding to the type of the graphical control element, and wherein the at least two of the one or more input elements are associated with different functions. The type of graphical control element can be one of a video media player, audio media player, hyperlink, word processor document, spreadsheet document, or alphanumeric text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Patent number: 10057934
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a computer-method includes searching for a receiver having an active first wireless communication protocol. When the receiver is detected, the mobile input device connects to the receiver, and when the receiver is not detected, the method includes searching for a host computer having an active second wireless communication protocol (e.g., Bluetooth®) after the receiver is not detected. The method further includes connecting the mobile input device to the host computer when the receiver is not detected and the active second type of wireless communication protocol is detected. The method then continues to search for the receiver while the mobile input device is connected to the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol, and automatically switches the wireless connection from the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol to the receiver when the first type of receiver is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Publication number: 20180181263
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method includes detecting, by a first software application, a first window being displayed on a display of a host computing device, where the first window displays graphical content and is generated by a second software application. The method can further include capturing an image of the graphical content on the first window and generating a second window on the display of the host computing device, where the second window is configured as a top-most window on the display, such that subsequent application-level and system-level window pop-ups occur on a window layer below the second window. The method can further include displaying the captured image of the graphical content on the second window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Publication number: 20180176965
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a computer-method includes searching for a receiver having an active first wireless communication protocol. When the receiver is detected, the mobile input device connects to the receiver, and when the receiver is not detected, the method includes searching for a host computer having an active second wireless communication protocol (e.g., Bluetooth®) after the receiver is not detected. The method further includes connecting the mobile input device to the host computer when the receiver is not detected and the active second type of wireless communication protocol is detected. The method then continues to search for the receiver while the mobile input device is connected to the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol, and automatically switches the wireless connection from the host computer having the second wireless communication protocol to the receiver when the first type of receiver is detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Publication number: 20180173326
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a computer-implemented method includes detecting a graphical control element on a graphical user interface (GUI), determining a type of the graphical control element, generating configuration control data to cause an input device to configure one or more input elements on the input device to perform functions corresponding to the type of the graphical control element, and sending the configuration control data to the input device. In some cases, the configuration control data causes the input device to configure at least two of the one or more input elements to perform functions corresponding to the type of the graphical control element, and wherein the at least two of the one or more input elements are associated with different functions. The type of graphical control element can be one of a video media player, audio media player, hyperlink, word processor document, spreadsheet document, or alphanumeric text.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Publication number: 20180173397
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes detecting a first window being displayed on a display of a host computing device, detecting graphical content on the first window, generating a second window (overlay) on the display, wherein the overlay is configured on a window layer above the first window, and changing graphical qualities of the overlay based on the detected graphical content of the first window. The graphical qualities may include at least one of a shape, size, color, transparency, or opacity of the overlay. The method can further include receiving input data corresponding to a movement of a cursor on the first window, setting a transparency of an area around the cursor to a first transparency, and setting a transparency of a remainder of the overlay to a second transparency, such that the area around the cursor appears to highlight a corresponding area of the graphical content on the first window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Guillaume Mathias, Christophe Dayer, Martin Caspar Ruegg, Marten Helwig, Patrick Cerisier, Philippe Chazot, Patrick Salamin, Mauricio Garcia, Nicolas Ramond, Yohan Baillet
  • Patent number: 9971427
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention include an input device (e.g., a computer mouse) including a processor, a housing including a top side, the housing configured to support a user's hand, and a detachable cover plate configured to attach to the top side of the housing and support a user's hand. The cover plate can include a shape memory polymer (SMP) disposed thereon, where the SMP is pliable and operable to conform to the user's hand when a temperature of the SMP is at or above a threshold value. Furthermore, the SMP can be firm and non-conforming when the temperature of the SMP falls below the threshold value. A heating unit controlled by the processor can be configured to control the temperature of the shape memory polymer. The detachable cover plate can include the shape memory polymer disposed in areas configured to contact a user's palm and thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Samuel Siegfried, Joseph Lu, Nicolas Ramond, Nicolas Chauvin, Marc Bidiville
  • Patent number: 9952685
    Abstract: An input device for a computing device includes a first input sensor for receiving a first type of instructions associated with a first operating mode of the input device, the first type of instructions including moving the first input sensor with respect to a reference surface. The input device includes a second input sensor for receiving a second type of instructions associated with a second operating mode of the input device, the second type of instructions including moving an indicator with respect to an active surface of the input device provided with said second input sensor. The input device includes a control sensor adapted to detect the position of at least a portion of the hand of a user with respect to the input device. The control sensor is coupled to a controller adapted to allow the input device to operate in either the first or the second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Jacques Chassot, Jean-Christophe Hemes, Steven Ryutaro Takayama, Christophe Dayer, Nicolas Ramond, Davin O'Mahony, Branko Lukic, Daniele Bonanno
  • Publication number: 20170262045
    Abstract: In an embodiment there is provided a user interface device for interfacing a user with a computer, the computer comprising at least one processor to generate instructions for display of a graphical environment of a virtual reality simulation. The user interface device includes a sensor for detecting activation and/or a sensor for detecting proximity of a body part of the user (e.g., hand). At least partially based on detection by one of these sensors, a transition between virtual reality states is triggered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Rouvinez, Aidan Kehoe, Mario Gutierrez, Vincent Jalil, Damien O'Sullivan, Mathieu Meissier, Nicolas Ramond, Regis Croisonnier
  • Publication number: 20170003759
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention include an input device (e.g., a computer mouse) including a processor, a housing including a top side, the housing configured to support a user's hand, and a detachable cover plate configured to attach to the top side of the housing and support a user's hand. The cover plate can include a shape memory polymer (SMP) disposed thereon, where the SMP is pliable and operable to conform to the user's hand when a temperature of the SMP is at or above a threshold value. Furthermore, the SMP can be firm and non-conforming when the temperature of the SMP falls below the threshold value. A heating unit controlled by the processor can be configured to control the temperature of the shape memory polymer. The detachable cover plate can include the shape memory polymer disposed in areas configured to contact a user's palm and thumb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Samuel Siegfried, Joseph Lu, Nicolas Ramond, Nicolas Chauvin, Marc Bidiville
  • Patent number: 9489061
    Abstract: A method includes placing an input device in a passive mode of operation and periodically monitoring a displacement sensor of the input device, receiving an indication of displacement from the displacement sensor, and placing the input device in an active mode of operation characterized by a power consumption level. The method also includes determining a passing of a predetermined time period since receiving the indication of displacement, placing the input device in a second active mode of operation characterized by a second power consumption level less than the power consumption level, and periodically monitoring one or more of a plurality of touch sensors. The method further includes receiving an indication of input from the one or more of the plurality of touch sensors and placing the input device in the active mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Julien Piot, Baptiste Merminod, Christophe Dayer, Niall White, Stephen Harvey, Frederic Fortin, Mathieu Meisser, Nicolas Ramond, Olivier Mathis, Regis Croisonnier
  • Patent number: 9411439
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention include an input device (e.g., a computer mouse) including a processor, a housing including a top side, the housing configured to support a user's hand, and a detachable cover plate configured to attach to the top side of the housing and support a user's hand. The cover plate can include a shape memory polymer (SMP) disposed thereon, where the SMP is pliable and operable to conform to the user's hand when a temperature of the SMP is at or above a threshold value. Furthermore, the SMP can be firm and non-conforming when the temperature of the SMP falls below the threshold value. A heating unit controlled by the processor can be configured to control the temperature of the shape memory polymer. The detachable cover plate can include the shape memory polymer disposed in areas configured to contact a user's palm and thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Samuel Siegfried, Joseph Lu, Nicolas Ramond, Nicolas Chauvin, Marc Bidiville
  • Publication number: 20160224133
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention provides an input device with a mechanical wheel which includes a touch sensor. In one embodiment, the wheel is a thumbwheel that uses a magnetometer to detect rotation of a magnet inside the thumbwheel. The touch sensor in one embodiment is a cylindrical floating electrode which is capacitively coupled to a bridge electrode connected to a sensing circuit. The thumbwheel may be used for horizontal scrolling, zoom and other gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Arnaud Perret-Gentil, Daniel BONANNO, Patrick Edouard Jean CERISIER, Darragh LUTTRELL, Nicolas RAMOND, Jaroslav JIROUSEK
  • Patent number: 9367146
    Abstract: An input device includes a housing for supporting a user's hand and a displacement sensor, mounted in the housing, for providing a displacement signal. The input device also includes a first portion of the housing operable to receive a first digit of the user and a first solid-state touch sensor disposed in the first portion and operable to detect movement of the first digit along the first portion. The input device further includes a second portion on the housing operable to receive a second digit of the user and a second solid-state touch sensor disposed in the second portion and operable to detect movement of the second digit along the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Logiteh Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Julien Piot, Baptiste Merminod, Christophe Dayer, Niall White, Stephen Harvey, Frederic Fortin, Mathieu Meisser, Nicolas Ramond, Olivier Mathis, Regis Croisonnier
  • Patent number: 9201559
    Abstract: A method of operating an input device in conjunction with a host device includes determining that the input device is in a stationary state and receiving a first signal from a first sense zone of the input device. The method also includes determining an input command based on determining that the input device is in the stationary state and the first signal and transmitting a signal associated with the input command from the input device to the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Julien Piot, Baptiste Merminod, Christophe Dayer, Niall White, Stephen Harvey, Frederic Fortin, Mathieu Meisser, Nicolas Ramond, Olivier Mathis, Regis Croisonnier