Patents by Inventor Rick Duncan

Rick Duncan 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: 9875149
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques performed by an application executing on a computing device. The application may have a graphical user interface (GUI) comprised of graphic objects displayed on a display of the computing device. The application may also have state data managed and stored by the application. The state data may specify features and layout of the GUI. The graphic objects may be displayed according to the state data. The application may dynamically adjust a threshold to different levels by monitoring user interactions with the GUI via an input device and setting the threshold to the different levels according to the user interactions with the GUI. Operations from an external source directed to the GUI are received. Each operation has a corresponding priority specific to the operation. The priorities and threshold levels are compared to determine whether to implement the operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sarah McDevitt, Clement Fauchere, Rick Duncan, Chris Whytock, Adrian Garside
  • Patent number: 9417701
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Emily K. Rimas Ribikauskas, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Leroy Bertrand Keely, Jr., Matthew R Lerner, Robert J. Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140359602
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to synchronizing configuration information between devices associated with a user. The synchronized configuration information can relate to application installations and uninstallations as well as to user modifications to user interfaces for managing and invoking the applications. For example, layouts of application representations provided by respective application launchers on a user's respective devices are kept automatically synchronized when the user modifies any of the layouts. Installations and uninstallations are similarly synchronized between the user's devices. Installations and uninstallations that might stem from synchronization may be circumscribed in various ways, such as by allowing the user to specify whether specific applications are to be installed/uninstalled only on specific devices or globally, by filtering propagation of synchronization updates according to hardware or software features and incompatibilities, or others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft
    Inventors: Samer Sawaya, Henri-Charles Machalani, Clement Fauchere, David Amenta, Bahram Bahram Pour, Sarah McDevitt, Benjamin Srour, Thomas Alphin, Marina Dukhon Taylor, Chris McGuire, Chester Macklin, Rick Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140325379
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques performed by an application executing on a computing device. The application may have a graphical user interface (GUI) comprised of graphic objects displayed on a display of the computing device. The application may also have state data managed and stored by the application. The state data may specify features and layout of the GUI. The graphic objects may be displayed according to the state data. The application may dynamically adjust a threshold to different levels by monitoring user interactions with the GUI via an input device and setting the threshold to the different levels according to the user interactions with the GUI. Operations from an external source directed to the GUI are received. Each operation has a corresponding priority specific to the operation. The priorities and threshold levels are compared to determine whether to implement the operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sarah McDevitt, Clement Fauchere, Rick Duncan, Chris Whytock, Adrian Garside
  • Patent number: 8847973
    Abstract: A method for processing an image such as a computer wallpaper identifies a characteristic color representative of the image. Image pixels with similar colors are separated into groups, and the average value of the R,G,B color components in each group is determined, after filtering out pixels with R,G,B values representing white, black, or grey. The group with the maximum difference between the highest average color component value and the lowest average color component value is identified as the characteristic color. Groups representing a number of pixels less than a certain percentage of all of the pixels are not considered. The characteristic color can be used in other displayed images at an intensity ? determined by setting maximum and minimum values of ?, with ? being the lesser of ?max and ?min plus the average color span of all pixels in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John Calandrino, Rick Duncan, Kyle Beck, Sanjeev Verma, David Perry
  • Patent number: 8754855
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to simultaneously presenting a virtual touchpad and a graphical user interface of an operating system on the same display. A user can interact with the OS using the virtual touchpad, and user touches are read by a touch-screen portion of the display assigned to the touchpad. Touch input software converts touch packets from user touches into data packets relevant to the screen and display resolution of either the display or a portion of the display presenting the OS. Gesture-recognition software applies rules to the converted packets to determine which actions the user meant by the touches. And an application controlling a mouse cursor manipulates the mouse cursor according to the mouse actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rick Duncan, Tom Alphin, David Perry, Chris Devaraj
  • Publication number: 20130182098
    Abstract: A digital camera surveying system and method allows digital images of other surveying tools, such as an inclinometer and gyro compass, to be captured during surveying. The digital camera provides a protective housing securing a lens assembly and flash lap positioned to capture images of other surveying tools. Further, the protective housing may also provide an interface window that allows an operator to command operation of the digital camera and to connect external devices to the digital camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Rick Duncan, Kevin Clift
  • Publication number: 20120154420
    Abstract: A method for processing an image such as a computer wallpaper identifies a characteristic color representative of the image. Image pixels with similar colors are separated into groups, and the average value of the R,G,B color components in each group is determined, after filtering out pixels with R,G,B values representing white, black, or grey. The group with the maximum difference between the highest average color component value and the lowest average color component value is identified as the characteristic color. Groups representing a number of pixels less than a certain percentage of all of the pixels are not considered. The characteristic color can be used in other displayed images at an intensity ? determined by setting maximum and minimum values of ?, with ? being the lesser of ?max and ?min plus the average color span of all pixels in the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Calandrino, Rick Duncan, Kyle Beck, Sanjeev Verma, David Perry
  • Publication number: 20100251116
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily K. Rimas-Ribikauskas, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Leroy B. Keely, Matthew Rubin Lerner, Robert J. Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Patent number: 7761814
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily K. Rimas-Ribikauskas, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Leroy B. Keely, Matthew Rubin Lerner, Robert J. Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Publication number: 20090322687
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to simultaneously presenting a virtual touchpad and a graphical user interface of an operating system on the same display. A user can interact with the OS using the virtual touchpad, and user touches are read by a touch-screen portion of the display assigned to the touchpad. Touch input software converts touch packets from user touches into data packets relevant to the screen and display resolution of either the display or a portion of the display presenting the OS. Gesture-recognition software applies rules to the converted packets to determine which actions the user meant by the touches. And an application controlling a mouse cursor manipulates the mouse cursor according to the mouse actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rick Duncan, Tom Alphin, David Perry, Chris Devaraj
  • Patent number: 7627834
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily K. Rimas-Ribikauskas, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Leroy B. Keely, Matthew Rubin Lerner, Robert J. Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Patent number: 7614019
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily K. Rimas Ribikauskas, Jeffrey W. Pettiross, Leroy B. Keely, Matthew Rubin Lerner, Robert J. Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Publication number: 20060055662
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Publication date: March 16, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily Rimas-Ribikauskas, Jeffrey Pettiross, Leroy Keely, Matthew Lerner, Robert Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Publication number: 20060055685
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Publication date: March 16, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily Rimas-Ribikauskas, Jeffrey Pettiross, Leroy Keely, Matthew Lerner, Robert Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan
  • Publication number: 20060055684
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a flick gesture has occurred is described. A flick gesture is a simple gesture that may be easily detected and is characterized by minimal interference with other applications or gestures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Publication date: March 16, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Emily Rimas-Ribikauskas, Jeffrey Pettiross, Leroy Keely, Matthew Lerner, Robert Jarrett, Sriram Viji, Rick Duncan