Patents by Inventor Stefan Holmgren

Stefan Holmgren 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: 20190258389
    Abstract: A vehicle user interface including a vehicle steering wheel including a grip, a sensor mounted in the steering wheel grip detecting objects touching the steering wheel grip, a plurality of individually activatable illumination units illuminating respective locations on the steering wheel grip, and a processor receiving outputs from the sensor, selectively activating a subset of the illumination units adjacent to a detected object, and controlling a plurality of vehicle functions in response to outputs of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Publication number: 20190220149
    Abstract: A sensor including optics configured in accordance with a display that presents a GUI, the optics projecting the GUI above the display such that the GUI is visible in-air, a reflectance sensor including light emitters projecting light beams towards the projected GUI, light detectors detecting reflections of the beams by objects interacting with the projected GUI, and a lens maximizing detection of light at each detector for light entering the lens at a respective location along the lens at a specific angle ?, whereby for each emitter-detector pair, maximum detection of light projected by the emitter of the pair, reflected by an object and detected by the detector of the pair, corresponds to the object being at a specific 2D location in the projected GUI, and a processor mapping detections of light for emitter-detector pairs to their corresponding 2D locations, and translating the mapped locations to display coordinates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Alexander Jubner, Rozita Teymourzadeh, Stefan Holmgren, Lars Sparf, Bengt Henry Hjalmar Edlund, Richard Berglind
  • Patent number: 10324565
    Abstract: A proximity sensor including a housing, light emitters mounted in the housing for projecting light out of the housing along a detection plane, light detectors mounted in the housing for detecting amounts of light entering the housing along the detection plane, whereby for each emitter-detector pair (E, D), when an object is located at a target position p(E, D) in the detection plane, corresponding to the pair (E, D), then the light emitted by emitter E is scattered by the object and is expected to be maximally detected by detector D, and a processor to synchronously activate emitter-detector pairs, to read the detected amounts of light from the detectors, and to calculate a location of the object in the detection plane from the detected amounts of light, in accordance with a detection-location relationship that relates detections from emitter-detector pairs to object locations between neighboring target positions in the detection plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Per Rosengren, Xiatao Wang, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 10282034
    Abstract: A touch system with a curved touch surface, including light emitters projecting light beams over and across the curved surface, such that at least some of the light beams are incident upon and reflected by the curved surface, light detectors detecting reflections, by a reflective object touching the curved surface, lenses mounted such that (i) there is a particular angle of entry at which each light detector receives a maximal light intensity, and (ii) there are target positions, associated with emitter-detector pairs, on the curved surface, whereby light beams emitted by the light emitter of that pair are reflected by the object into the lens corresponding to the light detector of that pair at the particular angle of entry, and a processor calculating a location of the object touching the curved surface by determining an emitter-detector pair that detects a maximal amount of light, and identifying the associated target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Alexander Jubner, Rozita Teymourzadeh, Stefan Holmgren, Lars Sparf, Bengt Henry Hjalmar Edlund, Richard Berglind
  • Patent number: 10254943
    Abstract: A user interface for a vehicle, including a steering wheel for the vehicle, including a grip, a sensor operable to detect objects at a plurality of locations along the grip, and an illuminator operable to illuminate different portions of the grip, a processor in communication with the sensor, with the illuminator and with a controller of vehicle functions, and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions which cause the processor to identify, via the sensor, a location of a first object along the grip, to illuminate, via the illuminator, a portion of the grip, adjacent to the identified location, to further identify, via the sensor, a second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip, and to activate, via the controller, a vehicle function in response to the second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 10140791
    Abstract: A user interface method for an automated door lock, including providing a sensor operable to identify two-dimensional locations of an object within a detection plane that extends outward from a door, providing an unlocker operative to automatically unlock the door, identifying, by a processor coupled with the sensor and the unlocker, a linear movement of the object within the detection plane, in a first direction of motion, further identifying, by the processor, a linear movement of the object within the detection plane, in a second direction of motion substantially orthogonal to the first direction of motion, and activating, by the processor, the unlocker in response to the identifying and the further identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Sairam Iyer, Stefan Holmgren, Per Rosengren
  • Publication number: 20180296915
    Abstract: A proximity sensor, including a housing, an array of lenses mounted in the housing, an array of alternating light emitters and light detectors mounted in the housing, each detector being positioned along the image plane of a respective one of the lenses so as to receive maximum light intensity when light enters the lens at a particular angle, an activating unit mounted in the housing and connected to the emitters and detectors, synchronously co-activating each emitter with at least one of the detectors, each activated emitter projecting light out of the housing along a detection plane, and a processor receiving outputs from the detectors corresponding to amounts of projected light reflected by an object in the detection plane to the detectors, and calculating a two-dimensional location of the object in the detection plane based on the detector outputs and the particular angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Stefan Holmgren, Sairam Iyer, Richard Berglind, Karl Erik Patrik Nordström, Lars Sparf, Per Rosengren, Erik Rosengren, John Karlsson, Thomas Eriksson, Alexander Jubner, Remo Behdasht, Simon Fellin, Robin Kjell Åman, Joseph Shain
  • Patent number: 10004985
    Abstract: A system including two handheld electronic devices, each device including a housing, a communicator mounted in the housing continuously receiving images from an internet server, a display mounted in the housing, and a sensor mounted in the housing and connected to the communicator, configured to detect sizes of objects in an adjacent detection zone, and including an analyzer recognizing the other handheld electronic device when the sensor detects that an object in the adjacent detection zone is as long as an edge of the housing, wherein the server receives outputs from the analyzer and partitions each of the images into two half-images, and continuously transmits one of each half-image to the handheld electronic device and the other of each half-image to the other handheld device, such that each full image spans the two device displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Holmgren, Sairam Iyer, Richard Berglind, Karl Erik Patrik Nordström, Lars Sparf, Per Rosengren, Erik Rosengren, John Karlsson, Thomas Eriksson, Alexander Jubner, Remo Behdasht, Simon Fellin, Robin Kjell Åman, Joseph Shain
  • Patent number: 9921661
    Abstract: A proximity sensor including a housing, light emitters mounted in the housing for projecting light out of the housing along a detection plane, light detectors mounted in the housing for detecting amounts of light entering the housing along the detection plane, whereby for each emitter-detector pair (E, D), when an object is located at a target position p(E, D) in the detection plane, corresponding to the pair (E, D), then the light emitted by emitter E is scattered by the object and is expected to be maximally detected by detector D, and a processor to synchronously activate emitter-detector pairs, to read the detected amounts of light from the detectors, and to calculate a location of the object in the detection plane from the detected amounts of light, in accordance with a detection-location relationship that relates detections from emitter-detector pairs to object locations between neighboring target positions in the detection plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Alexander Jubner, Rozita Teymourzadeh, Håkan Sven Erik Andersson, Per Rosengren, Xiatao Wang, Stefan Holmgren, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Jan Tomas Hartman, Oscar Sverud, Sangtaek Kim, Rasmus Dahl-Örn, Richard Berglind, Karl Erik Patrik Nordström, Lars Sparf, Erik Rosengren, John Karlsson, Remo Behdasht, Robin Kjell Åman, Joseph Shain, Oskar Hagberg, Joel Rozada
  • Publication number: 20170309096
    Abstract: A user interface method for an automated door lock, including providing a sensor operable to identify two-dimensional locations of an object within a detection plane that extends outward from a door, providing an unlocker operative to automatically unlock the door, identifying, by a processor coupled with the sensor and the unlocker, a linear movement of the object within the detection plane, in a first direction of motion, further identifying, by the processor, a linear movement of the object within the detection plane, in a second direction of motion substantially orthogonal to the first direction of motion, and activating, by the processor, the unlocker in response to the identifying and the further identifying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Sairam Iyer, Stefan Holmgren, Per Rosengren
  • Publication number: 20170308281
    Abstract: A user interface for a vehicle, including a steering wheel for the vehicle, including a grip, a sensor operable to detect objects at a plurality of locations along the grip, and an illuminator operable to illuminate different portions of the grip, a processor in communication with the sensor, with the illuminator and with a controller of vehicle functions, and a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions which cause the processor: to identify, via the sensor, a location of a first object along the grip, to illuminate, via the illuminator, a portion of the grip, adjacent to the identified location, to further identify, via the sensor, a second object being at the illuminated portion of the grip, and to activate, via the controller, a vehicle function in response to the second object identified as being at the illuminated portion of the grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Publication number: 20170269787
    Abstract: A user interface system, including a display surface displaying thereon a plurality of controls representing different applications, a multi-faceted housing situated along a single edge of the display surface, including an eye-tracker mounted in a first facet of the housing, the first facet being distal from the display surface, the eye-tracker identifying a control on the display surface at which a user's eyes are directed, and a proximity sensor mounted in a second facet of the housing, the second facet being between the first facet and the display, the proximity sensor detecting a gesture performed by an object opposite the second facet, and a processor running the different applications, connected to the proximity sensor and to the eye-tracker, causing the application represented by the control identified by the eye-tracker to receive as input the gesture detected by the proximity sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Robert Pettersson, Stefan Holmgren, Xiatao Wang, Rozita Teymourzadeh, Per Erik Lindström, Emil Anders Braide, Jonas Daniel Justus Hjelm, Erik Rosengren
  • Publication number: 20170262134
    Abstract: A flexible touch surface, emitters projecting light beams across the surface such that the beams are incident upon and reflected by the surface when crossing the surface, detectors detecting reflections, by an object on the surface, of projected beams, lenses oriented such that there is a particular angle of entry at which each detector receives a maximal light intensity when beams enter a lens corresponding to the detector at the angle of entry, and such that there are target positions on the surface whereby for each emitter-detector pair, when the object is located at a target position associated with the pair, then light beams emitted by the emitter of the pair are reflected by the object into the lens corresponding to the detector of the pair at the angle of entry, and a processor synchronously co-activating emitter-detector pairs and calculating a location of the object on the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Alexander Jubner, Rozita Teymourzadeh, Stefan Holmgren, Lars Sparf, Bengt Henry Hjalmar Edlund, Richard Berglind
  • Patent number: 9741184
    Abstract: A door handle including light emitters for emitting light out of the handle, light detectors, lenses oriented relative to the emitters and detectors such that for each emitter-detector pair, when a reflective object is located at a target position near the handle, corresponding to that emitter-detector pair, then the light emitted by that emitter passes through one of the lenses and is reflected by the object back through one of the lenses to that detector, a keyless lock that, when activated, scans for a digital key via wireless communication, and a processor operable to synchronously activate emitter-detector pairs, to recognize from the amounts of light received by the activated detectors, and from the target positions corresponding to the activated emitter-detector pairs, that the object is approaching the handle and performing a sweep gesture and, in response thereto, to activate the keyless lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Sairam Iyer, Stefan Holmgren, Per Rosengren
  • Patent number: 9709283
    Abstract: A method for operating a stove including providing a plurality of burners beneath a cooktop surface and a plurality of visible-light emitters mounted under the surface for separately, variably illuminating edges of the surface adjacent to each of the burners, providing a touch-and-proximity sensor for detecting objects above the surface, illuminating at least one edge of the surface in response to the sensor detecting a pot suspended above one of the burners, and intensifying the illuminating commensurate with proximity of the pot to the one burner, as further detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Stefan Holmgren, Carl Richard Henriksson, Stefan Östergårde
  • Patent number: 9710144
    Abstract: A computer readable medium storing instructions which cause a processor to generate data structures for an object moving along the perimeter of a curved touch-sensitive user input device, each data structure corresponding to a gesture and including a time stamp, polar angles at which the object starts and ends, a middle polar angle of the object, and an assigned state being one of the group RECOGNIZED, UPDATED and ENDED, wherein the instructions cause the processor to assign the RECOGNIZED state to the data structure when the moving object is initially detected on the perimeter of the device, to assign the UPDATED state to the data structure when the moving object is further detected on the perimeter of the device after the initial detection, and to assign the ENDED state to the data structure when the moving object ceases to be detected on the perimeter of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Jubner, Thomas Eriksson, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Simon Fellin, Stefan Holmgren
  • Patent number: 9678601
    Abstract: Activating a plurality of light emitters and light detectors around a screen, each emitter-detector pair corresponding to a light path crossing the screen, wherein some of the light paths are blocked when one or more objects touch the screen, providing a look-up table, listing, for each cell from a plurality of cells, those light paths that traverse that cell when no object is touching the screen, wherein the cells partition the screen, for each cell: accessing the look-up table to identify those light paths that traverse that cell, determining whether the thus-identified light paths are blocked during the activating and, if affirmative, recognizing that cell as being a touched cell, and combining adjacent touched cells into a common touch location, thereby calculating one or more touch locations wherein each touch location is a combination of one or more constituent touched cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Pettersson, Per Rosengren, Erik Rosengren, Stefan Holmgren, Lars Sparf, Richard Berglind, Thomas Eriksson, Karl Erik Patrik Nordström, Gunnar Martin Fröjdh, Xiatao Wang, Remo Behdasht
  • Publication number: 20170115825
    Abstract: A proximity sensor including a housing including a printed circuit board, the housing configured to be repeatedly attached to and detached from an electronic device, a linear array including interleaved light emitters and photodiode detectors mounted on the printed circuit board, lenses mounted in the housing directing light beams emitted by the light emitters towards an airspace outside the housing, and directing light beams reflected by one or more objects in the airspace towards the photodiode detectors, and a processor generating information regarding a plurality of different gestures performed by the one or more objects in the airspace, based on reflected light detected by the photodiode detectors, and communicating the information to the electronic device as input to the electronic device, when the housing is attached to the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Stefan Holmgren, John Karlsson, Remo Behdasht, Erik Rosengren, Lars Sparf
  • Patent number: 9569095
    Abstract: A cover for a handheld electronic device, including a cover piece that fits over a side surface of a handheld electronic device, a plurality of proximity sensors mounted in the cover piece, and directed outward from the side surface, for detecting user gestures performed outside the side surface, wireless communication circuitry, and a processor configured to operate the proximity sensors, and to cause the wireless communication circuitry to transmit commands to the electronic device in response to gestures detected by the proximity sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Neonode Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Eriksson, Stefan Holmgren, John Karlsson, Remo Behdasht, Erik Rosengren, Lars Sparf
  • Publication number: 20160239153
    Abstract: A light-based touch-sensitive surface, including a housing, a surface attached to the housing for receiving touch input, a plurality of light sources in the housing for emitting light that crosses the surface, a plurality of light receivers in the housing for detecting the light emitted by the light sources, a curved lens adjacent to the surface through which the light emitted by the light sources passes, including two substantially similarly curved exterior panels, one of which forms a curved rim for the surface, and a calculating unit in said housing, connected to the light receivers, for calculating a touch location based on an absence of light expected to be received by the receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Stefan Holmgren, Lars Sparf, John Karlsson, Anders Jansson, Thomas Eriksson, Joseph Shain, Niklas Kvist, Robert Pettersson