Patents by Inventor Patrick A. Worfolk

Patrick A. Worfolk 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: 11175177
    Abstract: A method for determining an amount of ambient light illumination is disclosed. The method includes: estimating a contribution per color component in an optical sensing region of an input frame to be displayed on a display device, wherein the optical sensing region corresponds to a location of an optical sensor in the display device, wherein the input frame comprises digital information for each color component for each pixel of the input frame; causing the optical sensor to detect an amount of illumination in the optical sensing region based on illuminating the display device with a representation of the input frame; and determining the amount of ambient light illumination based on the estimated contribution per color component in the optical sensing region of the input frame and the amount of illumination in the optical sensing region detected by the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Petr Shepelev, Patrick A. Worfolk, Erik Jonathon Thompson
  • Patent number: 11152001
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for voice search. A voice search system for a voice-enabled device captures one or more images of a scene, detects a user in the one or more images, determines whether the position of the user satisfies an attention-based trigger condition for initiating a voice search operation, and selectively transmits a voice query to a network resource based at least in part on the determination. The voice query may include audio recorded from the scene and/or the one or more images captured of the scene. The voice search system may further determine whether the trigger condition is satisfied as a result of a false trigger and disable the voice-enabled device from transmitting the voice query to the network resource based at least in part on the trigger condition being satisfied as the result of a false trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Boyan Ivanov Bonev, Pascale El Kallassi, Patrick A. Worfolk
  • Patent number: 10976432
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing operations based on acoustic locationing are described. An example device includes one or more microphones configured to sense sound waves propagating in an environment. The example device also includes one or more processors and one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors. The one or more memories store instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the device to recover sound wave information from the sensed sound waves, detect a presence of one or more persons in the environment based on the received sound wave information, determine an operation to be performed by one or more smart devices based on the detected presence of one or more persons, and instruct the one or more smart devices to perform the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard R. Schediwy, Patrick A. Worfolk, Kirk Hargreaves, Mihai M. Bulea
  • Publication number: 20200408906
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing operations based on acoustic locationing are described. An example device includes one or more microphones configured to sense sound waves propagating in an environment. The example device also includes one or more processors and one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors. The one or more memories store instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the device to recover sound wave information from the sensed sound waves, detect a presence of one or more persons in the environment based on the received sound wave information, determine an operation to be performed by one or more smart devices based on the detected presence of one or more persons, and instruct the one or more smart devices to perform the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Richard R. SCHEDIWY, Patrick A. WORFOLK, Kirk HARGREAVES, Mihai M. BULEA
  • Publication number: 20200278482
    Abstract: Fingerprint sensors include a plurality of optical sensor elements, a collimator filter disposed above the plurality of optical sensor elements, and a display disposed above the collimator filter, wherein the display is a fingerprint imaging light source. The collimator filter has a plurality of apertures, and the plurality of optical sensor elements is configured to receive light transmitted through one aperture of the plurality of apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: WILL SEMICONDUCTOR (SHANGHAI) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Paul Wickboldt, Patrick A. Worfolk, Steven Molesa, Young Lee, Richard Klenkler
  • Patent number: 10705272
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical imaging are disclosed. The optical fingerprint sensor includes an image sensor array; a collimator filter layer disposed above the image sensor array, the collimator filter layer having an array of apertures; and an illumination layer disposed above the collimator filter layer. The collimator filter layer filters reflected light such that only certain of the reflected light beams reach optical sensing elements in the image sensor array. Employing the collimator filter layer prevents blurring while allowing for a lower-profile image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: WILL SEMICONDUCTOR (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Paul Wickboldt, Patrick A. Worfolk, Steven Molesa, Young Lee, Richard Klenkler
  • Publication number: 20200202856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for voice search. A voice search system for a voice-enabled device captures one or more images of a scene, detects a user in the one or more images, determines whether the position of the user satisfies an attention-based trigger condition for initiating a voice search operation, and selectively transmits a voice query to a network resource based at least in part on the determination. The voice query may include audio recorded from the scene and/or the one or more images captured of the scene. The voice search system may further determine whether the trigger condition is satisfied as a result of a false trigger and disable the voice-enabled device from transmitting the voice query to the network resource based at least in part on the trigger condition being satisfied as the result of a false trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Boyan Ivanov Bonev, Pascale El Kallassi, Patrick A. Worfolk
  • Publication number: 20200200596
    Abstract: A method for determining an amount of ambient light illumination is disclosed. The method includes: estimating a contribution per color component in an optical sensing region of an input frame to be displayed on a display device, wherein the optical sensing region corresponds to a location of an optical sensor in the display device, wherein the input frame comprises digital information for each color component for each pixel of the input frame; causing the optical sensor to detect an amount of illumination in the optical sensing region based on illuminating the display device with a representation of the input frame; and determining the amount of ambient light illumination based on the estimated contribution per color component in the optical sensing region of the input frame and the amount of illumination in the optical sensing region detected by the optical sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Petr SHEPELEV, Patrick A. WORFOLK, Erik Jonathon THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 10168843
    Abstract: Devices and method are provided that facilitate improved input device performance. Specifically, the systems and methods are configured to identify a portion of an image of sensor values as corresponding to at least one sensed object in the sensing region, determine a polygon corresponding to the identified portion of the image, and determine a contact characterization of the at least one sensed object based on the polygon. The determination of a polygon corresponding to a sensed object facilitates improved contact characterization of the sensed object. For example, the determined polygon may be used to determine if the sensed object is actually more than one object. As a second example, the determined polygon may be used to determine the orientation of the sensed object. In addition, determined polygons may be used to more accurately track changes in the position of the sensed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Worfolk, Joel Jordan
  • Publication number: 20180081098
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical imaging are disclosed. The optical fingerprint sensor includes an image sensor array; a collimator filter layer disposed above the image sensor array, the collimator filter layer having an array of apertures; and an illumination layer disposed above the collimator filter layer. The collimator filter layer filters reflected light such that only certain of the reflected light beams reach optical sensing elements in the image sensor array. Employing the collimator filter layer prevents blurring while allowing for a lower-profile image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Paul Wickboldt, Patrick A. Worfolk, Steven Molesa, Young Lee, Richard Klenkler
  • Patent number: 9829614
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical imaging are disclosed. The optical fingerprint sensor includes an image sensor array; a collimator filter layer disposed above the image sensor array, the collimator filter layer having an array of apertures; and an illumination layer disposed above the collimator filter layer. The collimator filter layer filters reflected light such that only certain of the reflected light beams reach optical sensing elements in the image sensor array. Employing the collimator filter layer prevents blurring while allowing for a lower-profile image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Paul Wickboldt, Patrick A Worfolk, Steve Molesa, Young Lee, Richard Klenkler
  • Patent number: 9721365
    Abstract: This disclosure generally provides an input device that includes a by-pass path for improving latency between a touch controller and a display driver. In one embodiment, the by-pass path directly connects the touch controller and display driver, thereby by-passing a host processor (e.g., a central processing unit (CPU) or graphic processing unit (GPU)) in the input device. By doing so, the input device can detect user input and update a display to reflect the user input faster than if the display driver had to wait until updated display frames are sent from the host processor. For example, the host processor may transmit touch data received from the touch controller to an application that uses the touch data to change the display. In some input devices, this process can take hundreds of milliseconds, which may be enough time for the user to notice a delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Patrick Worfolk
  • Patent number: 9690438
    Abstract: A processing system for an input device having a sensing region overlapping an input surface and an array of sensor electrodes configured to form a plurality of proximity pixels and a plurality of force pixels. The processing system is configured to: determine a proximity image indicative of positional information for input objects; determine a force image indicative of local deflection of the input surface in response to force applied by the input objects; determine a respective group of proximity pixels from the proximity image corresponding to each input object; determine a respective group of force pixels from the force image corresponding to each determined group of proximity pixels; determine the position of each input object based on the determined groups of proximity pixels; and determine the force associated with each input object based on the determined groups of force pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Worfolk, Vijay Venkatesh Mahalingam
  • Patent number: 9632638
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices are described for use with an electronic system. The device includes a pliable component having an input surface and a first plurality of sensor electrodes; a support substrate spaced apart from the pliable component; a second plurality of sensor electrodes disposed on a second substrate; a spacing layer disposed between the pliable component and the support substrate, the spacing layer configured to locally deform in response to a force applied to the input surface; and a shield electrode layer disposed between the first plurality and the second plurality of sensor electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Patrick Worfolk
  • Publication number: 20160253008
    Abstract: Devices and method are provided that facilitate improved input device performance. Specifically, the systems and methods are configured to identify a portion of an image of sensor values as corresponding to at least one sensed object in the sensing region, determine a polygon corresponding to the identified portion of the image, and determine a contact characterization of the at least one sensed object based on the polygon. The determination of a polygon corresponding to a sensed object facilitates improved contact characterization of the sensed object. For example, the determined polygon may be used to determine if the sensed object is actually more than one object. As a second example, the determined polygon may be used to determine the orientation of the sensed object. In addition, determined polygons may be used to more accurately track changes in the position of the sensed object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick Worfolk, Joel Jordan
  • Publication number: 20160253007
    Abstract: A processing system for an input device having a sensing region overlapping an input surface and an array of sensor electrodes configured to form a plurality of proximity pixels and a plurality of force pixels. The processing system is configured to: determine a proximity image indicative of positional information for input objects; determine a force image indicative of local deflection of the input surface in response to force applied by the input objects; determine a respective group of proximity pixels from the proximity image corresponding to each input object; determine a respective group of force pixels from the force image corresponding to each determined group of proximity pixels; determine the position of each input object based on the determined groups of proximity pixels; and determine the force associated with each input object based on the determined groups of force pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick Worfolk, Vijay Venkatesh Mahalingam
  • Patent number: 9430097
    Abstract: A processing system includes a transmitter module, a receiver module, and a determination module. The transmitter module includes drives a first optical transmitter with a first optical coded signal based on a first code, and drives a second optical transmitter with a second optical coded signal based on a second code. The first code and the second code are non-orthogonal, and the first optical transmitter and the second optical transmitter transmit at overlapping times. The receiver module receives a resulting signal that includes effects corresponding to the first optical coded signal and the second optical coded signal. The determination module determines a first measurement between the first optical transmitter and the optical receiver, determines a second measurement between the second optical transmitter and the optical receiver, and determines positional information for an input object based on the first measurement and the second measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Patrick Worfolk
  • Patent number: 9411458
    Abstract: A processing system for an input device having a sensing region overlapping an input surface and an array of sensor electrodes configured to form a plurality of proximity pixels and a plurality of force pixels. The processing system is configured to: determine a proximity image indicative of positional information for input objects; determine a force image indicative of local deflection of the input surface in response to force applied by the input objects; determine a respective group of proximity pixels from the proximity image corresponding to each input object; determine a respective group of force pixels from the force image corresponding to each determined group of proximity pixels; determine the position of each input object based on the determined groups of proximity pixels; and determine the force associated with each input object based on the determined groups of force pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Worfolk, Vijay Venkatesh Mahalingam
  • Publication number: 20160224816
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical imaging are disclosed. The optical fingerprint sensor includes an image sensor array; a collimator filter layer disposed above the image sensor array, the collimator filter layer having an array of apertures; and an illumination layer disposed above the collimator filter layer. The collimator filter layer filters reflected light such that only certain of the reflected light beams reach optical sensing elements in the image sensor array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Paul Wickboldt, Patrick A. Worfolk, Steve Molesa, Young Lee, Richard Klenkler
  • Patent number: 9367191
    Abstract: Devices and method are provided that facilitate improved input device performance. Specifically, the systems and methods are configured to identify a portion of an image of sensor values as corresponding to at least one sensed object in the sensing region, determine a polygon corresponding to the identified portion of the image, and determine a contact characterization of the at least one sensed object based on the polygon. The determination of a polygon corresponding to a sensed object facilitates improved contact characterization of the sensed object. For example, the determined polygon may be used to determine if the sensed object is actually more than one object. As a second example, the determined polygon may be used to determine the orientation of the sensed object. In addition, determined polygons may be used to more accurately track changes in the position of the sensed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Worfolk, Joel Jordan