Patents by Inventor Yih-Feng Kao

Yih-Feng Kao 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: 8630661
    Abstract: A method, a mobile device, and a computer-readable recording medium for a location-aware application are provided. In the method, at least one signal source around the mobile device and a signal strength thereof are detected by using a signal detecting module. Then, each detected signal source and the signal strength thereof are compared with a signal source and a signal strength thereof recorded in multiple system profiles, so as to find a system profile having matched signal source and signal strength, in which the system profiles include signal sources and signal strengths thereof which are recorded and detected by the mobile device at multiple different locations and a system setting of the mobile device applicable to each location. Finally, a system setting of a matched system profile is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Shiun Jan, Yih-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20130318470
    Abstract: A method of operating a handheld electronic device and a touch interface apparatus and a storage medium using the same are provided. In this method, an operating interface displayed on a touch screen of the handheld electronic device is used to operate a function module of the handheld electronic device. First, the function module of the handheld electronic device is activated to display a user interface corresponding to the function module on the touch screen. Next, an operating function of the function module is activated, so as to display a corresponding operating interface on the touch screen. In the meantime, the user interface of the function module is reduced simultaneously and displayed on an area of the touch screen excluding the operating interface. Accordingly, a convenient operating interface is provided for the user to operate while the content of original displayed frame remains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Chun-Yao Hou, Hui-Wen Wang, Fu-Chiang Chou, Chin-Chung Shih
  • Publication number: 20130298055
    Abstract: A method for operating a user interface and a recording medium for storing a program applying the same are provided. The method includes following steps. First, a touch generated by touching a touch display using an input tool is detected. Then, whether or not the touch is generated on a specific area of the touch display is determined. Next, whether the position of the touch is changed is determined if the touch is generated on the specific area. The user interface is activated or switched if the position of the touch is changed. Accordingly, a more convenient and intuitive method for operating the user interface is provided and the convenience in using the electronic device is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Te-Chuan Liu
  • Publication number: 20130283283
    Abstract: An application usage history of a plurality of applications installed on the portable electronic device is logged. The application usage history includes any combination of when the applications are launched, where the application are launched and application launch patterns. Any combination of a current time information, a current location information and a current application launch pattern are obtained. The applications are selected to provide the application list including at least one application that is possible to be launched according to the application usage history and any combination of the current time information, the current location information and the current application launch pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Hui-Wen Wang, Yih-Feng Kao, Wen-Chih Peng, Kae-Cherng Yang
  • Publication number: 20130265264
    Abstract: An electronic device with switchable user interface and an electronic device with accessible touch operation are provided. The electronic device with switchable user interface includes a display, a touch sensing means, a position detecting module and a processing module. The touch sensing means is used for sensing a touch of an input tool. The position detecting module is used for determining whether or not the touch is generated on a specific area of the touch sensing means. If the touch is generated on the specific area, the position detecting module determines whether the position of the touch is varied. The processing module coupled to the position detecting module is used for activating a user interface on the display if there is a position variation of the touch. Consequently, the convenience of operating the electronic device is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Te-Chuan Liu
  • Patent number: 8532719
    Abstract: Methods and systems for application procedure management are provided. First, an event is received, wherein the event defines a normal procedure and a specific procedure. In response to the event, a sensor is activated to detect a presence of at least one object. If the presence of the object is not detected, the normal procedure for the event is performed. If the presence of the object is detected, the specific procedure for the event is performed. In some embodiments, the executed specific procedure includes inactivating a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Hui-Wen Wang, Yih-Feng Kao, Fu-Chiang Chou, Hok-sum H Luke
  • Patent number: 8525800
    Abstract: A method of operating a handheld electronic device and a touch interface apparatus and a storage medium using the same are provided. In this method, an operating interface displayed on a touch screen of the handheld electronic device is used to operate a function module of the handheld electronic device. First, the function module of the handheld electronic device is activated to display a user interface corresponding to the function module on the touch screen. Next, an operating function of the function module is activated, so as to display a corresponding operating interface on the touch screen. In the meantime, the user interface of the function module is reduced simultaneously and displayed on an area of the touch screen excluding the operating interface. Accordingly, a convenient operating interface is provided for the user to operate while the content of original displayed frame remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Chun-Yao Hou, Hui-Wen Wang, Fu-Chiang Chou, Chin-Chung Shih
  • Patent number: 8487883
    Abstract: A method for operating a user interface and a recording medium for storing a program applying the same are provided. The method includes following steps. First, a touch generated by touching a touch display using an input tool is detected. Then, whether or not the touch is generated on a specific area of the touch display is determined. Next, whether the position of the touch is changed is determined if the touch is generated on the specific area. The user interface is activated or switched if the position of the touch is changed. Accordingly, a more convenient and intuitive method for operating the user interface is provided and the convenience in using the electronic device is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Te-Chuan Liu
  • Publication number: 20130176266
    Abstract: The invention discloses a touch sensing method and a portable electronic apparatus. The portable electronic apparatus includes a capacitive touch sensor unit, an acoustic touch sensor unit and a processing unit. The capacitive touch sensor unit and the acoustic touch sensor unit are used for monitoring a touch input interface. When both of the capacitive touch sensor unit and the acoustic touch sensor unit sense a touch input on the touch input interface at the same time and in response generate a first sensed coordinate and a second sensed coordinate respectively, the processing unit selects or executes an application function on the touch input interface according to the first sensed coordinate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Chih-Feng Hsu, Li-Hui Chen
  • Publication number: 20130143600
    Abstract: A method, a mobile device, and a computer-readable recording medium for a location-aware application are provided. In the method, at least one signal source around the mobile device and a signal strength thereof are detected by using a signal detecting module. Then, each detected signal source and the signal strength thereof are compared with a signal source and a signal strength thereof recorded in multiple system profiles, so as to find a system profile having matched signal source and signal strength, in which the system profiles include signal sources and signal strengths thereof which are recorded and detected by the mobile device at multiple different locations and a system setting of the mobile device applicable to each location. Finally, a system setting of a matched system profile is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Shiun Jan, Yih-Feng Kao
  • Patent number: 8456442
    Abstract: An electronic device with switchable user interface and an electronic device with accessible touch operation are provided. The electronic device with switchable user interface includes a display, a touch sensing means, a position detecting module and a processing module. The touch sensing means is used for sensing a touch of an input tool. The position detecting module is used for determining whether or not the touch is generated on a specific area of the touch sensing means. If the touch is generated on the specific area, the position detecting module determines whether the position of the touch is varied. The processing module coupled to the position detecting module is used for activating a user interface on the display if there is a position variation of the touch. Consequently, the convenience of operating the electronic device is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Te-Chuan Liu
  • Patent number: 8423995
    Abstract: An electronic device and a user interface display method thereof are provided. The electronic device organizes a plurality of computer programs executable on the electronic device into a virtual book. Each page of the virtual book includes a user interface of one of the computer programs. The electronic device displays one of the pages as a current page so that the user interface of the current page is accessible to a user of the electronic device. The electronic device senses movement and/or pressure caused by the user and interprets the movement and/or the pressure as operating actions of the user on the virtual book. The electronic device downloads new computer programs from a download server and adds corresponding new pages into the virtual book. At lease one of the computer programs provides a service of a corporate operator of a wireless service network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Ting Hsieh, Tai-Ling Lu, Yih-Feng Kao
  • Patent number: 8411043
    Abstract: An electronic device including a casing, a touch display and a processor is provided. The casing has an opening, and the touch display is disposed inside the casing for receiving the operation of an input tool. The opening exposes a portion of the touch display. The touch display has a sensing surface. The processor is coupled to the touch display, and the user interface displayed by the touch display is determined by the processor. As a result, the convenience of operating the electronic device is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Chih-Feng Hsu, John C. Wang, Chin-Chung Shih, Chun-Yao Hou
  • Patent number: 8411042
    Abstract: An electronic device that has a sensing function with no-hindrance touching is provided. The electronic device includes a casing, a touch display and a processor. The casing has an opening, and the touch display is disposed inside the opening for receiving an operation of an input tool. The touch display has a sensing surface which allows the input tool to slide smoothly over the sensing surface and the casing. The processor is electrically coupled to the touch display, and the user interface displayed by the touch display is determined by the processor. As a result, the convenience of operating the electronic device is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng Kao, Chih-Feng Hsu, John C. Wang, Chin-Chung Shih, Chun-Yao Hou
  • Patent number: 8285323
    Abstract: A communication device and a method for auto-locking an input interface thereof are provided. In the present invention, an external volume received by the communication device having the input interface is determined when the communication device enters a communication mode. Thereafter, the external volume is compared to a predetermined volume. An input function of the input interface is disabled if the external volume exceeds the predetermined volume. As a result, activation of other functions due to unintended touch of the input interface during a phone call can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Hua Wang, Yih-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20120236036
    Abstract: An electronic device, a control method, and a computer program produce of the same are provided. The electronic device includes a touch panel and a display panel. The display panel is controlled to display a software input panel (SIP). The SIP includes a number of software keys. Each software key is corresponding to a touch region of the touch panel. The control method includes a number of steps. A touch input for a software key is received. According to the software key, one or more candidate software keys are identified. One of the candidate software keys has its corresponding touch region being enlarged. A layout of the SIP is kept substantially unchanged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Yih-Feng KAO
  • Publication number: 20120185803
    Abstract: A portable electronic device, a control method and a computer program product of the same are provided for providing a shortcut on a lock screen of the portable electronic device. The control method includes the following steps. An application usage history of a number of applications of the portable electronic device is stored. At least one of a current time and a current location of the portable electronic device is obtained. A most-likely-used application is determined from the applications according to the application usage history and at least one of the current time and the current location. A shortcut icon of the most-likely-used application is displayed on the lock screen of the portable electronic device. The most-likely-used application is opened when the portable electronic device is unlocked from the lock screen via a shortcut icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Hui-Wen Wang, Yih-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20120176236
    Abstract: An event notification method and a portable apparatus with event notification function are provided. The method comprises the following steps: A notification event is detected. Whether the notification event is read after no operation is applied to an electronic device for a first time interval is determined. If not, whether the electronic device changes to a second moving state from a first moving state and maintains the second moving state for a second time interval is determined. If so, a notification signal indicating the occurrence of the notification event is outputted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yih-Feng KAO, Hui-Wen Wang
  • Patent number: 8134536
    Abstract: An electronic device with no-hindrance touch operation is provided. A processor in the electronic device receives an input signal through a touch display. Then the processor determines the type of the input tool which generates the input signal. Finally, a user interface corresponding to the tool type is switched and displayed. In addition, the electronic device may open or close specific functions automatically according to the tool type. As a result, the efficiency of switching user interfaces is improved, and furthermore the convenience of operating the electronic device is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Feng Hsu, Yih-Feng Kao, John C. Wang
  • Patent number: 8120586
    Abstract: Electronic devices with preselected operational characteristics and associated methods are disclosed. The electronic devices can include a sensing component that senses a touch from an input mechanism and an input circuitry that measures at least one parameter of the touch from the sensing component. The electronic devices can also include a processor that performs an analysis of the measured at least one parameter of the detected touch and causes the user interface to navigate on the display based on the performed analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Feng Hsu, Yih-Feng Kao, John C. Wang