Patents by Inventor Torbjorn Hovden

Torbjorn Hovden 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: 9933906
    Abstract: An example processing system for a capacitive input device includes a first interface coupled to at least one first electrode of at least one lighting element and a second interface coupled to at least one second electrode of the at least one lighting element spaced apart from the at least one first electrode. A controller is configured to: forward-bias the at least one lighting element during first time periods to provide illumination; drive the at least one first and the at least one second electrodes with substantially the same voltage during second time periods; and drive the at least one first electrode with a modulated voltage relative to a reference voltage while guarding the at least one second electrode during third time periods to measure capacitance. A determination module is configured to determine presence of at least one input object in a sensing region based on changes in the capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Joseph Kurth Reynolds, Torbjorn Hovden, Mihai M. Bulea, Joel C. Jordan
  • Publication number: 20170277295
    Abstract: An example processing system for a capacitive input device includes a first interface coupled to at least one first electrode of at least one lighting element and a second interface coupled to at least one second electrode of the at least one lighting element spaced apart from the at least one first electrode. A controller is configured to: forward-bias the at least one lighting element during first time periods to provide illumination; drive the at least one first and the at least one second electrodes with substantially the same voltage during second time periods; and drive the at least one first electrode with a modulated voltage relative to a reference voltage while guarding the at least one second electrode during third time periods to measure capacitance. A determination module is configured to determine presence of at least one input object in a sensing region based on changes in the capacitance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph Kurth REYNOLDS, Torbjorn HOVDEN, Mihai M. BULEA, Joel C. JORDAN
  • Patent number: 9444454
    Abstract: In a keyboard of the type including a key cap and a capacitive sensor disposed underneath the key cap, a method including operating the capacitive sensor in a first mode configured for near field detection and generating a first variable capacitance, and operating the capacitive sensor in a second mode configured for far field detection and generating a second variable capacitance. The method further includes determining key motion based on the first variable capacitance and determining finger presence based on the second variable capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Torbjorn Hovden
  • Publication number: 20150280707
    Abstract: In a keyboard of the type including a key cap and a capacitive sensor disposed underneath the key cap, a method including operating the capacitive sensor in a first mode configured for near field detection and generating a first variable capacitance, and operating the capacitive sensor in a second mode configured for far field detection and generating a second variable capacitance. The method further includes determining key motion based on the first variable capacitance and determining finger presence based on the second variable capacitance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventor: Torbjorn Hovden
  • Patent number: 8947364
    Abstract: A touch sensor device and method is provided that facilitates improved device usability. Specifically, the touch screen device and method provide user interface functionality while reducing the possibility of inadvertent activation of certain functions. The touch screen device comprises a proximity sensor adapted to detect object presence in a sensing region, a display screen overlapping the sensing region, and a processor. The touch screen device is adapted to provide user interface functionality by facilitating the display of user interface elements and the selection and activation of corresponding functions. For certain functions, the touch screen device and method uses the presence of a second object to confirm selection of a function before that function will be performed. So configured, the touch device screen is able to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent activation for certain functions on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: John Morgan Feland, III, Thuy Thanh Bich Le, Mark Andrew Huie, Torbjorn Hovden, Phillip Frank Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7884807
    Abstract: A proximity sensor device and method is provided that facilitates orientation changes in displays. The proximity sensor device and method provide a user with the ability to indicate an orientation change in a display using the sensing region of a proximity sensor device as a user interface. In one specific embodiment, proximity sensor device is implemented to indicate an orientation change in a first way responsive to detected object motion along the sensing region in a first direction, and is further implemented to indicate an orientation change in a second way responsive to detected object motion along the sensing region in a second direction. Thus, a user can cause orientation changes of different ways through the use of object motions in different directions along the sensing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Torbjorn Hovden, Mark Andrew Huie, Thuy Thanh Bich Le, Phillip Frank Acker, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090051660
    Abstract: A touch sensor device and method is provided that facilitates improved device usability. Specifically, the touch screen device and method provide user interface functionality while reducing the possibility of inadvertent activation of certain functions. The touch screen device comprises a proximity sensor adapted to detect object presence in a sensing region, a display screen overlapping the sensing region, and a processor. The touch screen device is adapted to provide user interface functionality by facilitating the display of user interface elements and the selection and activation of corresponding functions. For certain functions, the touch screen device and method uses the presence of a second object to confirm selection of a function before that function will be performed. So configured, the touch device screen is able to reduce the likelihood of inadvertent activation for certain functions on the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John Morgan Feland, III, Thuy Thanh Bich LE, Mark Andrew HUIE, Torbjorn HOVDEN, Phillip Frank ACKER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20080284738
    Abstract: A proximity sensor device and method is provided that facilitates orientation changes in displays. The proximity sensor device and method provide a user with the ability to indicate an orientation change in a display using the sensing region of a proximity sensor device as a user interface. In one specific embodiment, proximity sensor device is implemented to indicate an orientation change in a first way responsive to detected object motion along the sensing region in a first direction, and is further implemented to indicate an orientation change in a second way responsive to detected object motion along the sensing region in a second direction. Thus, a user can cause orientation changes of different ways through the use of object motions in different directions along the sensing region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Torbjorn HOVDEN, Mark Andrew HUIE, Thuy Thanh Bich LE, Phillip Frank ACKER, JR.
  • Patent number: 5825350
    Abstract: Pointing apparatus and method provide for control of cursor movement and selection of elements on a computer screen. Gyroscopic elements within the pointing apparatus indicate yaw and pitch movements in free space, and a mouse ball and mouse ball encoders indicate movement on a surface. Data indicative of the distance and direction the cursor is to be moved is generated from outputs of the gyroscopic elements and the mouse ball encoders. Certain amounts of movement are deemed unintentional, and, if necessary, the pointing apparatus adjusts the data so as not to indicate movement of such amounts. By doing so, the pointing apparatus minimizes unintentional cursor movement caused by instability of the gyroscopes and the inability of a person to hold the pointing apparatus absolutely motionless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignees: Gyration, Inc., Saratoga, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Whipple Case, Jr., Torbjorn Hovden, Gregory Clark Smith, Steven Porter Hotelling, Michael Kenneth Sabina
  • Patent number: 4723501
    Abstract: An arrangement for spacing a floating body from a mother vessel during borehole-seismic measurements, wherein the floating body includes at least two buoyant bodies connected by a rigid framework and which supports the seismic equipment, the floating body is maintained in a correct position for transmitting seismic pulses by a crane or boom mounted on the mother vessel, a tube or hose system is mounted on the framework for ejecting a pressurized medium, preferably water, against the side of the vessel through nozzles, and the pressurized medium is transferred to the system through a hose coupled to a source of pressurized fluid on board the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Geco Well Services A.S.
    Inventors: Torbjorn Hovden, Inge Dragsund, Oddbjorn Hjelle