Patents by Inventor Ricky J. Hoobler

Ricky J. Hoobler 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: 20170075316
    Abstract: A smart watch includes a watch casing with a display disposed along the watch casing. One or more processors are operable with the display. An energy storage device powers the one or more processors. When an amount of stored energy in the energy storage device is above a predefined threshold, the one or more processors perform a timekeeping function and at least one additional function. When the amount of stored energy in the energy storage device falls below the predefined threshold, the one or more processors disable the at least one additional function while continuing to perform the timekeeping function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Berdinis, Shakil Barkat, Ricky J. Hoobler
  • Patent number: 9377762
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for displaying notifications on a watchface. In one or more implementations, a watchface is displayed on a display of a smartwatch. The watchface occupies an entire display area of the display and indicates a current time in a first region of the watchface. In some cases, the watchface uses one or more rotating pointers or rotating dials to indicate the current time. Responsive to receiving a notification, the notification is displayed at a second region of the watchface such that the current time is visible in the first region of the watchface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ricky J. Hoobler, Daniel T. Jacobs, Megan Knight
  • Publication number: 20150378320
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece (102) includes an electronic watch dial display (106) having a chapter ring (108) with a plurality of circumferentially-disposed hour positions including a zero hour position (103). The electronic timepiece further includes an event management component (736) that stores event information (120, 122) identifying a start time of a scheduled event (180) and a dial display controller (714) coupled to the electronic watch dial display and the event management component. The dial display controller controls the electronic watch dial display to activate display of a countdown timer feature (130) in response to a current time being within a threshold duration (148) of the start time. The countdown timer feature extends counter-clockwise on the watch dial display from a point aligned with the zero hour position and has a length based on a number of minutes remaining until the start time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Megan Knight, Ricky J. Hoobler, Daniel T. Jacobs
  • Publication number: 20150346694
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for displaying notifications on a watchface. In one or more implementations, a watchface is displayed on a display of a smartwatch. The watchface occupies an entire display area of the display and indicates a current time in a first region of the watchface. In some cases, the watchface uses one or more rotating pointers or rotating dials to indicate the current time. Responsive to receiving a notification, the notification is displayed at a second region of the watchface such that the current time is visible in the first region of the watchface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Ricky J. Hoobler, Daniel T. Jacobs, Megan Knight
  • Publication number: 20100271331
    Abstract: A touch sensitive display for an electronic device includes a display (201) for presenting information to a user and at least four infrared transceivers (202,203,204,205) disposed about the display (201). The four or more infrared transceivers (202,203,204,205) can be disposed about the display (201) such that infrared light (206,207,208,209) from each of the infrared transceivers (202,203,204,205) projects across a surface (303) of the display (201). A controller (214), which is operable with the infrared transceivers (202,203,204,205), is configured to detect which of the infrared transceivers (202,203,204,205) has the most reflected signal (702). The controller (214) can then correlate this and other information with one of a plurality of user modes of operation. A control menu (802) can then be presented on the display (301) in accordance with the user mode of operation to mitigate finger blockage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Roger Ady, Dale Bengtson, Ricky J. Hoobler, Jin Kim, Jeffrey Olson
  • Publication number: 20100271312
    Abstract: A method (100) and electronic device (700) for presenting user actuation targets (1101,1102,1103) on a touch sensitive display (701) includes a controller (805) configured to determine a user actuation target arrangement (1500) having a hierarchy of precedence (1501). A display driver (809) is then configured to present the user actuation targets (1101,1102,1103) on the touch sensitive display (701) in accordance with the user actuation target arrangement (1500). This can include presenting user actuation targets (1201,1202) having a higher precedence closer to a user's finger (1206) than user actuation targets (1203,1204) having a lower precedence, or by magnifying user actuation targets (1201,1202) having a higher precedence. Precedence can be determined by most frequently selected targets, most recently selected targets, or other factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Roger Ady, Dale Bengtson, Ricky J. Hoobler, Jin Kim, Jeffrey Olson, Hoi Young
  • Patent number: D706804
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Yash N. Vora, Ricky J. Hoobler, Cheng Xu
  • Patent number: D736210
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Michael F Paradise, Daniel T Berg, Kent Campbell, Eric Dayringer, Ricky J Hoobler, Dickon Isaacs