Error Correction Patents (Class 178/18.02)
  • Patent number: 8970507
    Abstract: Methods of waking a portable electronic device are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises: causing the portable electronic device to enter a sleep mode in which a touch-sensitive display is deactivated a force sensing transducer measures forces applied to the touch-sensitive display at a reduced rate relative to a rate of a full power mode when in the sleep mode; causing a force sensing transducer to measure forces applied to the touch-sensitive display at the rate of the full power mode in response to detection of an inertial event; causing the touch-sensitive display to be reactivated in response to detection of a force which is greater than a predetermined wake force threshold; and causing the portable electronic device to wake in response to detection of a touch event within a first predetermined duration of the detection of the force which is greater than a predetermined wake force threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Marc Edward Holbein, Kevin Howard Orr, Aleksandar Sasha Papo, Adam Louis Parco, Christopher James Grant
  • Patent number: 8963859
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a touch panel technology, and especially to an edge grip detection method of a touch panel and a device using the same. The edge grip detection method comprises: determining whether an edge area state has changed; eliminating a first edge signal when the edge area state does not change; and updating the first edge signal as next standard signal when the edge area state changes. The edge grip detection method and an edge grip detecting device of the touch panel opportunely detect and dynamically update state and data of the edge area, thereby eliminating edge grip signals from touch signals of the touch panel to obtain normal touch signals. Thus, impact on the normal operation of the touch panel by edge grips is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TPK Touch Solutions (Xiamen) Inc.
    Inventor: Wan-Qiu Wang
  • Patent number: 8957875
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method for adjusting the sensitivity of a touch panel. A look up table is built. The look up table includes a charging station look up table and a discharging station look up table. The charging station look up table includes a threshold value (V0m) of a touch signal, an electrical quantity (A0i) corresponding to the threshold value (V0m), and a computational method g1. The discharging station look up table includes the threshold value (V0m), the electrical quantity (A0i), and a computational method g2. The current electrical quantity and whether the capacitive touch panel is charging are detected. According to the current electrical quantity, the state of charging or discharging, and the computational method g1 or g2, the threshold value (V0m) is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shih Hua Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Tai Huang, Chien-Yung Cheng
  • Patent number: 8957330
    Abstract: A modular remote with touchscreen including a first member having a first sensor diposed on an anterior end and a first connection port disposed on a rear end; a second member having a touchscreen display disposed upon a top surface, a first connector disposed on a front side, a second sensor disposed on the front side, a second connection port disposed on a rear side; and a third member having a second connector disposed on a forward side; wherein the first connector interconnects with the first connection port and the second connector interconnects with alternately both the first connection port and the second connection port; whereby the first and third members interconnect to operatively communicate remotely with a plurality of household devices, and the second member separates from said first and third members to operatively communicate remotely with a plurality of household devices via interaction with a Graphic User Interface displayed by the touchscreen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Omar Knight
  • Patent number: 8941617
    Abstract: An image input-output device includes a pixel which displays an image and reads an image. The pixel includes a photodetector element, a color layer, and a display element. The color layer is provided over the photodetector element and the display element is provided over the color layer, so that the distance between the photodetector element and the color layer is reduced. Accordingly, light is likely to enter the predetermined photodetector element through the predetermined color layer, and thus, even a color object can be read correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Koyama, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8941619
    Abstract: A display for controlling information display. In one embodiment, the display has a display panel having a display area for displaying information and a peripheral portion surrounding the display area, a plurality of acoustic/ultrasonic transducers, {Xi}, arranged at a plurality of selected locations in the peripheral portion, each acoustic/ultrasonic transducer Xi being configured to transmit a first signal S1i with frequency band fi in a first duration, ?tdi, and to receive a second signal S2i in a second duration, ?Tdi, periodically at each period, where the second signal S2i is reflected from the first signal S1i by at least one object, and a processor in communication with the plurality of acoustic/ultrasonic transducers {Xi} for processing the received second signals {S2i} from the plurality of acoustic/ultrasonic transducers {Xi} to determine a location and a gesture of the at least one object relative to the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventor: Fang-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 8928627
    Abstract: A light sensing circuit using an oxide semiconductor transistor, a method of manufacturing the light sensing circuit, and an optical touch panel including the light sensing circuit. Because the light sensing circuit includes only one light sensor transistor and one switch transistor formed on the same substrate, a structure of the light sensing circuit is simplified. Furthermore, because the light sensor transistor and the switch transistor have the same structure, a method of manufacturing the light sensing circuit is also simplified. Also, since an optical touch panel or an image acquisition apparatus using the light sensing circuit uses the light sensing circuit having a simple structure and does not use a capacitor, the optical touch panel or the image acquisition apparatus may be made thinner and larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-hun Jeon, I-hun Song, Seung-eon Ahn, Chang-jung Kim
  • Patent number: 8928594
    Abstract: A method of controlling the operation of a mobile terminal is provided. By dynamically selecting or setting a specific function of a mobile terminal according to a change in pressure or contact areas sensed by a plurality of touch sensors which cover the mobile terminal, a user can easily select or set a specific function of the mobile terminal according to his or her intention, and easily recognize information displayed on a screen of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wook Chang, Joon-ah Park, Hyun-jeong Lee
  • Patent number: 8928500
    Abstract: There is provided a state determination device including an input point acquisition section which acquires position information of an input point specified by an operating object, a reference region setting section which sets a reference region including the input point acquired by the input point acquisition section at a current time point, an input point-number acquisition section which acquires a number of input points acquired by the input point acquisition section in past and included in the reference region, and a determination section which determines, based on the number of input points acquired by the input point-number acquisition section, whether the operating object is in a moving state or in a still state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8872761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pointing device and a method for processing signals from such a pointing device, said device comprising a base and an actuator movable with respect to the base, and a detector, said detector adapted for providing at least first and second positional signals indicating a position of the actuator with respect to the base along corresponding first and second axes, wherein said signal processing method comprises the steps of converting the at least two positional signals into a polar coordinate signal comprising a magnitude signal, and thresholding the magnitude signal of the polar coordinate signal to provide a thresholded magnitude signal. In an embodiment the method further comprising the step of applying a conversion curve to the thresholded magnitude signal to produce a velocity magnitude signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Kim Le Phan
  • Patent number: 8847894
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for providing tactile feedback in association with contact to a touchscreen display of a mobile device. One embodiment of the method includes receiving a touch input to a touchscreen display area provided by a user of the mobile device. The touch input selects a predetermined region within the touchscreen display area. Incident to the touch input of the predetermined region, a mechanical indicator on the rear of the mobile device is physically manipulated to provide an indication to the user that the predetermined region was selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Woojae Lee, Sanjay K. Sharma, Peter S. Syromiatnikov, Cesar Perez
  • Patent number: 8836657
    Abstract: A positional information correction device includes a positional information acquisition unit configured to acquire positional information showing a position of an operation body, which is detected by a position detection unit, from a touch sensor that includes a plurality of first electrodes wired along a first direction, a plurality of second electrodes wired along a second direction, and the position detection unit that detects the position of the operation body that approaches the first and second electrodes, based on capacitance on the first and second electrodes, a capacitance value acquisition unit configured to acquire a capacitance value showing a value of the capacitance on the first and second electrodes from the touch sensor, and a positional information correction unit configured to correct the positional information by using a first correction function that includes a first periodic function and a second correction function that includes a second periodic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yamamoto, Takuro Noda, Ikuo Yamano
  • Patent number: 8797275
    Abstract: An HPF eliminates an image of an object which is not to be detected from a captured image, thereby obtaining an HPF image. A binarizing unit performs a binarizing process on the HPF image, thereby generating a binary image. A peak detector extracts, using the binary image as a mask, an image of a region corresponding to an opening of the mask from the captured image. From the image, a peak value and the position of a peak pixel are detected. A determining unit determines whether an object to be detected is in contact with the display surface or not on the basis of the relation between the difference and the threshold. Using the detection result and the determination result in the determining unit, a position deriving unit derives the position on the display surface, of the object to be detected which is in contact with the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Display West Inc.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Tsuzaki, Tsutomu Harada, Kazunori Yamaguchi, Mitsuru Tateuchi
  • Patent number: 8797271
    Abstract: The aggregation of multiple inputs in a touch-sensitive input device is disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment comprises receiving multiple inputs related to a virtual object, aggregating the inputs into an aggregated output, and providing the aggregated output to an application that controls the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Doug Kramer, Kevin Kennedy, Maxim Mazeev, Sundaram Ramani, Robert Levy
  • Patent number: 8786558
    Abstract: A control apparatus for controlling a panel module including a touch panel and a display panel is provided. The control apparatus includes: a display driver, coupled to the display panel, for controlling display operations of the display panel according to a plurality of driving signals; and a touch controller, coupled to the touch panel and the display driver, for referring to a level transition of at least one driving signal of the driving signals to generate a touch control signal corresponding to a touch sensing output generated by the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Himax Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Ming-Cheng Chiu, Yi-Long Yang
  • Patent number: 8786578
    Abstract: A pointing device and a display apparatus applying the same are provided. The pointing device corrects an error that occurs in a boundary between block in calculating a current location of the pointing device and calculates the current location. Accordingly, an error occurring in a boundary between blocks in calculating a current location of the pointing device is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-seok Soh, Sang-on Choi, Yong-wan Choi, Mi-ra Yu
  • Patent number: 8780040
    Abstract: A handwriting input device includes a housing and a nib selectively exposed from a bottom side of the housing or hidden in the housing. The device further includes a pressure sensor, a motion sensor, and a microcontroller. The pressure sensor generates pressure signals when the nib is depressed. The motion sensor senses movement of the device. The microcontroller records the sensed movement upon receiving the pressure signals, and processes the recorded movement to obtain track signals of handwritten information when the duration of not receiving the pressure signals exceeds a predetermined time interval. The track signals of handwritten information are then transmitted to an external electronic device communicating with the device to become handwriting shown on a display of the external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ping-Yang Chuang, Ying-Chuan Yu
  • Patent number: 8736563
    Abstract: A touch detection device includes: a plurality of drive electrodes; a plurality of detection electrodes intersecting the plurality of drive electrodes, and each outputting, in response to driving of each of the drive electrodes, a series of detection signals; a signal correction section determining a reference based on the detection signals, and subtracting the determined reference from each of the detection signals; and a detecting section detecting an external proximity object based on corrected detection signals provided from the signal correction section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Display West Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Noguchi, Yoshitoshi Kida
  • Patent number: 8729411
    Abstract: When a user holds an optical scanning device to scan a micro dotmap on a displaying medium, a coordinate of a frame center of a retrieved frame on the displaying medium is calculated according to a decoding method for the micro dotmap in advance. A moving vector corresponding to a difference between difference frames scanned by the optical scanning device at different moments is calculated so that an instant location of the frame center on the displaying medium can be calculated anytime. Therefore, a large number of calculations brought by frequent decoding may be saved since merely a few calculations are required in calculating the moving vector. By further decoding the coordinate of the frame center at moments spaced with constant or variable intervals, errors brought by vibrations of the displaying medium are instantly fixed. Accumulated errors are avoided in the calculated instant locations of the frame center anytime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Shou-Te Wei
  • Patent number: 8723841
    Abstract: A touch sensor that may detect an object away from the sensor is provided. The touch sensor includes one or more drive electrodes; one or more detection electrodes forming capacitance in cooperation with the respective drive electrodes; a detection circuit applying drive signals to the respective drive electrodes to detect the object based on detection signals obtained from the respective detection electrodes in response to the respective drive signals; and a controller controlling to change a range of electric flux lines generated between the drive electrodes and the detection electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Display West, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Ishizaki, Kouji Noguchi, Tsutomu Harada, Takeya Takeuchi, Yoshitoshi Kida, Takayuki Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8717310
    Abstract: A stylus comprises a first shell, a second shell, a first slide enabling member. The first shell has a first hole defined therethough. The second shell is slidably accommodated in the first hole of the first shell. The first slide enabling member couples the second shell to the first shell such that the second shell slides relative to the first shell from a retracted configuration to an extending configuration. The first slide enabling member includes a first pin and a first track that engages the first pin, the second shell slides relative to the first shell along the first pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Shi-Xu Liang, Jun-Lin Chen, Chung-Yeh Sa
  • Patent number: 8692777
    Abstract: The testing of a multi-touch sensor panel for opens and shorts on its drive and sense lines is disclosed by placing a substantially ungrounded conductor diagonally over the touch sensor panel so that at least a portion of every drive line and every sense line is covered by the substantially ungrounded conductor. Pixels under the substantially ungrounded conductor can have strongly positive pixels, while pixels outside the substantially ungrounded conductor can have negative pixels. With the substantially ungrounded conductor in place, a backdrop of negative pixels is formed, and an image of touch can be obtained. By analyzing the image of touch, any opens and shorts on the drive and sense lines, any shorts between a drive and a sense line, or any open drive and sense lines can be quickly identified against the backdrop of negative pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Lawrence Staton, Richard Wei Kwang Lim
  • Patent number: 8692142
    Abstract: The invention provides a circuit for determining positions of contacts on a capacitive position detecting panel. The capacitive position detecting panel includes a plurality of sensing lines and driving lines. The circuit includes a plurality of first amplifiers and second amplifiers. The first amplifiers respectively connect to the sensing lines, and the second amplifiers respectively connect to the driving lines. Input nodes of the first amplifiers are connected to a first input signal source, and input nodes of the second amplifiers are selectively connected to the first input signal source or a second input signal source. When the circuit is operated under a first operation mode, the input nodes of the second amplifiers are connected to the first input signal source; and when the circuit is operated under a second operating mode, the input modes of a plurality of specific second amplifiers are connected to the second input signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chung-Chun Chen, Cheng-Chiu Pai
  • Patent number: 8686960
    Abstract: Methods for piecewise-linear and piecewise-affine transformations parameter decoupling in High Dimensional Touchpad (HDTP) user touch interfaces including those with multitouch capabilities are described. A calculation chain provides a first-order calculation of up to six touch parameters (left-right, front-back, downward pressure, roll angle, pitch angle, yaw angle) responsive in real-time to user touch on a touch-responsive sensor array. A piecewise-affine transformation is applied to these first-order calculations to produce parameter decoupling. The piecewise-affine transformation can be structured to depend only on current numerical values from the first-order calculation. Alternatively, the piecewise-affine transformation can be structured to additionally depend on the positive or negative direction of change over time of at least one numerical value from the first-order calculation, thereby providing a correction for hysteresis effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8681096
    Abstract: Touchpad devices emulating button functionality (“click pad” devices) that simultaneously emulates multiple functionalities are described herein. In addition, embodiments provide for click pad emulation of both TrackPoint and touchpad functionality. According to embodiments, a click pad device emulating multiple functionalities may enable or disable certain functionalities based on user interaction with the click pad device. For example, a click pad device emulating both TrackPoint and touchpad functionality may enable TrackPoint functionality and disable touchpad functionality if user gestures on the click pad device indicate that the user is interacting with the click pad as a TrackPoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Harriss C. Ganey
  • Patent number: 8674956
    Abstract: A touch detection method includes: scanning the row electrodes or the column electrodes in sequence to obtain touch data of the touch sensor; labeling a plurality of coordinates as a touch image according to the touch data; mirror copying the touch data of the touch image corresponding to at least one column electrode and at least one row electrode which are adjacent to an edge of the pixel active area in the x-direction and the y-direction, respectively, to at least one corresponding location which is outside of the touch sensor active area with respect to the edge of the pixel active area; calculating a location (xave, yave) of the central point of the touch image by a weighted average; and outputting the location (xave, yave) of the central point of the touch image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Chimei Innolux Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Sumi, Yoshikazu Matsui
  • Patent number: 8638317
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display apparatus including: a display panel having a display function and a light-receiving/imaging function; a first image processing section configured to generate a detection signal that indicates whether a to-be-detected object has been detected based on a result of first image processing performed on an image taken by the light-receiving/imaging function; a second image processing section configured to perform second image processing on the image processed by the first image processing section, the second image processing having a heavier processing load than the first image processing; and a control section configured to control an operation of the second image processing section in accordance with the detection signal generated by the first image processing section, and, when it is determined that the processing by the second image processing section is not necessary, control the second image processing section to enter a sleep state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Display West Inc.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Harada, Shinya Hashimoto, Naoya Okada, Tadashi Maekawa, Kazunori Yamguchi, Mitsuru Tateuchi, Ryoichi Tsuzaki, Yoshiharu Nakajima, Chiaki Kon
  • Patent number: 8633915
    Abstract: A touch sensor panel having co-planar single-layer touch sensors fabricated on a single side of a substrate is disclosed. The drive and sense lines can be fabricated as column-like patterns in a first orientation and patches in a second orientation, where each column-like pattern in the first orientation is connected to a separate metal trace in the border area of the touch sensor panel, and all patches in each of multiple rows in the second orientation are connected together using a separate metal trace in the border area of the touch sensor panel. The metal traces in the border areas can be formed on the same side of the substrate as the patches and columns, but separated from the patches and column-like patterns by a dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Porter Hotelling, John Z. Zhong
  • Patent number: 8614681
    Abstract: A method for using existing touchpad hardware to detect and track multiple objects such as fingers that are in contact with a touchpad, wherein the method extracts information from data that is already being collected, wherein analysis of the data is simplified by identifying objects by only looking for a positive slopes and negative slopes to identify multiple objects in data from the touchpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Cirque Corporation
    Inventors: Jared C. Hill, Richard D. Woolley
  • Patent number: 8599138
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided which includes a position acquisition unit for obtaining a display position of an input area in a display area, and a display control unit for controlling, based on the display position of the input area, in the display area a display position of an input operation area in which a character to be displayed in the input area is input. The display control unit displays the input area near the display position of the input area, and makes the input operation area follow the movement of the input area when the display position of the input area is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuma Takahashi, Manabu Yasumi
  • Patent number: 8599161
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a display and a first and second substrate. Each substrate has a surface facing toward the display; a surface facing away from the display; and drive or sense electrodes of a touch sensor disposed on the surface of each substrate facing away from the display. The drive or sense electrodes are made of a conductive mesh of conductive material. The apparatus also includes an adhesive layer between the first and second substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Harald Philipp
  • Patent number: 8599150
    Abstract: A touchscreen includes touchscreen electrode elements distributed across an active area of a substrate, and the touchscreen overlays a display. The touchscreen electrode elements are configured to avoid creating moiré patterns between the display and the touchscreen, such as angled, wavy, zig-zag, or randomized lines. In a further example, the electrodes form a mesh pattern configured to avoid moiré patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Harald Philipp
  • Patent number: 8587531
    Abstract: A touch input device includes a substrate, plural sensible conductive layers and plural first switch units. The substrate is provided with an upper surface, the sensible conductive layers are all configured on the upper surface and are arranged in columns and rows. The first switch units are configured on the substrate and are electrically connected with the sensible conductive layers. By the first switch units, same columns of the sensible conductive layers can conduct electrically with one another and same rows of the sensible conductive layers can conduct electrically with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Ta Hsieh, Chien-Ming Lin, Chia-Lin Liu, Chih-Chung Chen, Hsueh-Fang Yin
  • Patent number: 8576182
    Abstract: Some embodiments include apparatus and methods to test a device having a driving layer and a sensing layer. A test signal is applied to electrodes of the driving layer in a capacitive load state, with a capacitive load applied, and in an ambient state, without a capacitive load applied. Measured values are obtained at the sensing layer for each state. The measured values are compared with threshold values. A report is generated when a measured value violates a threshold. In one embodiment, the driving layer and the sensing layer form multiple capacitive electrodes within a touch sensor. The measured values are related to mutual capacitance values of the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Luben Hristov
  • Patent number: 8569636
    Abstract: An angle correcting method for a position pointer induced by a handwritten input device is disclosed. The steps of the method includes: firstly, an inclined angle table is provided. Then, a first induced voltage amplitude of a first position where the position pointer touches and a second induced voltage amplitude of a second position where is near to the first position are induced. The ratio of the first induced voltage amplitude to the second induced voltage amplitude is calculated to generate an amplitude ratio. Finally, the inclined angle table is looked up to find an inclined angle according to the amplitude ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Waltop International Corporation
    Inventors: Yun-Hsiang Yeh, Chang-Sian Chen
  • Patent number: 8513546
    Abstract: When a user holds an optical scanning device to scan a micro dotmap on a displaying medium, a coordinate of a frame center of a retrieved frame on the displaying medium is calculated according to a decoding method for the micro dotmap in advance. A moving vector corresponding to a difference between difference frames scanned by the optical scanning device at different moments is calculated so that an instant location of the frame center on the displaying medium can be calculated anytime. Therefore, a large number of calculations brought by frequent decoding may be saved since merely a few calculations are required in calculating the moving vector. By further decoding the coordinate of the frame center at moments spaced with constant or variable intervals, errors brought by vibrations of the displaying medium are instantly fixed. Accumulated errors are avoided in the calculated instant locations of the frame center anytime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Shou-Te Wei
  • Patent number: 8514204
    Abstract: A capacitive touch panel has a plurality of traces including a boundary trace, and a virtual trace is defined outward of the boundary trace and assigned with a virtual coordinate and a virtual capacitance for interpolation to position a touch point around the boundary of the capacitive touch panel, thereby eliminating the non-addressable region of the capacitive touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Elan Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hung Nien, Yi-Hsin Tao, Chih-Hsien Teng, Hsin-Shieh Tsai, Chun-Chung Huang, Chia-Hsing Lin
  • Patent number: 8445793
    Abstract: This invention is related to user input devices that accept complex user input including a combination of touch and push (or pick) input. The invention provides for selective ignoring or rejection of input received from such devices in order to avoid interpreting unintentional user actions as commands. Furthermore, some input signals can be modified. The selective rejection or modification can be performed by the user interface device itself or by a computing device that includes or is attached to the user interface device. The selective rejection or modification may be performed by a module that processes input signals, performs the necessary rejections and modifications and sends revised input signals to higher level modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, Christopher Tenzin Mullens
  • Patent number: 8436832
    Abstract: Provided are a multi-touch system and a driving method thereof. The method includes, extracting using a digital processor a touch frequency and at least one angle associated with at least one touch from image information captured by each of at least two cameras, selecting a touch mode on the basis of sum value of the touch frequencies extracted from the image information captured by the cameras, and performing a touch function corresponding to the selected touch mode using a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Ho Sohn, Jong Seong Choi, Hyung Uk Jang, Sang Hyuck Bae, Byung Chun Yu
  • Patent number: 8421765
    Abstract: A touch sensing device capable of accurately detecting a touched position on a touch panel includes a touch panel, a conversion unit and a calculation unit. The touch panel having a plurality of horizontal sensing lines and vertical sensing lines generates a plurality of horizontal sensing signals and vertical sensing signals in response to a touch on the touch panel. The conversion unit generates a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) sensing signals according to the horizontal and vertical sensing signals. The calculation unit determines a touched position on the touch panel according to the 2D sensing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Kang Liu, Guo-Kiang Hung
  • Patent number: 8416188
    Abstract: A system for controlling movement of a cursor on a display device, the system comprising: a substrate having a position-coding pattern disposed on or in a surface thereof; a sensing device comprising: an image sensor for optically imaging the position-coding pattern; and a processor configured for: generating absolute motion data by determining a plurality of absolute positions of the sensing device relative to the surface using the imaged position-coding pattern; generating orientation data indicative of an orientation of the sensing device relative to the substrate; and using the orientation data to translate the absolute motion data into relative motion data, said relative motion data being indicative of relative motion of the sensing device from the perspective of a user; and communication means for communicating the relative motion data to a computer system; and the computer system configured for: receiving said relative motion data from the sensing device; interpreting said relative motion data as curso
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Robert Newman, Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8368668
    Abstract: At a first time, an image sensor captures a first image including images of an object. At a second time, the image sensor captures a second image including images of the object. A coordinate calculation device calculates a first coordinate of the object at the first time according to the first image, and a second coordinate of the object at the second time according to the second image. A coordinate correction device calculates a displacement between the first time and the second time according to the first coordinate and the second coordinate, and corrects an output coordinate of the object at the second time according to the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsin Lin, Ren-Hau Gu, Tzung-Min Su, Cho-Yi Lin
  • Publication number: 20130021267
    Abstract: Techniques for using multiple sampling frequencies to detect the location of touch inputs of a user at a touch panel of a touch device. A determination is made as to which of and second sampling frequencies is provided to a receiver for use in sampling the touch inputs from the touch panel. The user touch inputs are first sampled from the touch panel during first and second successive time frames using first and second different sampling frequencies, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yung-Sen Lin
  • Patent number: 8350821
    Abstract: Pre-stored no-touch or no-hover (no-event) sensor output values can initially be used when a sensor panel subsystem is first booted up to establish an initial baseline of sensor output values unaffected by fingers or other objects touching or hovering over the sensor panel during boot-up. This initial baseline can then be normalized so that each sensor generates the same output value for a given amount of touch or hover, providing a uniform response across the sensor panel and enabling subsequent touch or hover events to be more easily detected. After the initial normalization process is complete, the pre-stored baseline can be discarded in favor of a newly captured no-event baseline that may be more accurate than the pre-stored baseline due to temperature or other variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Richards Land, Wayne Carl Westerman, Steve Porter Hotelling
  • Patent number: 8345022
    Abstract: A linear compensation method of a touch panel is utilized to a touch control computer system. According to the method, a compensation reference table, including reference temperatures and reference surface resistances at pre-determined reference points having known coordinates at the reference temperatures, is obtained at first. Then, a set of user calibration resistance at the pre-determined reference points is obtained through a user calibration process, so as to obtain ratios of the user calibration resistances to interpolation surface resistances as correction weights. Under different temperature, interpolation surface resistances corrected by utilizing the correction weight to derive the current correction surface resistances that are corrected and nearly identical to actual surface resistances. Therefore, relatively precise coordinates are obtained through resistance-coordinate conversion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chang-Han Shen
  • Patent number: 8319749
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of easily improving the detection accuracy of a touching or proximity object is provided. An offset noise (a reset image R) is obtained by an image pickup process in a state (a reset state) in which an image pickup device is initialized. Moreover, a fingertip extraction process is performed in consideration of the offset noise on the basis of a picked-up image (a shadow image A or a display light-using image B) which is obtained by picking up an image of a proximity object to obtain object information about the proximity object. While an offset noise in the apparatus is easily reduced, object information about the proximity object can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Harada, Shinya Hashimoto, Tadashi Maekawa, Naoya Okada, Kazunori Yamaguchi, Mitsuru Tateuchi, Ryoichi Tsuzaki, Go Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8310464
    Abstract: Various apparatuses, methods and systems for detecting simultaneous touches at multiple locates are disclosed herein. For example, some embodiments provide an apparatus for detecting a touch, the apparatus including a resistive touch screen and a controller connected to the touch screen. The touch screen includes a number of electrically conductive columns and rows. In various embodiments, the touch screen is an analog matrix, with the overlapping columns and rows forming a matrix of cubics that can each detect one touch at a time, and with the location of the touch detectable in an analog fashion within each cubic. The resolution of the analog matrix in these embodiments is thus higher than that of the columns and rows. The controller includes an analog to digital converter switchably and sequentially connected to each of the columns and rows. The controller also includes a voltage source switchably and sequentially connected to each of the columns and rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Wendy Xiaowen Fang
  • Patent number: 8294675
    Abstract: A touchpad assembly for use in an electronic device is provided. The touchpad assembly may include a touchpad frame operative to be placed within an opening in an electronic device frame. The touchpad assembly may include a support plate for supporting a touchpad, and a bracket for receiving a pick button. The support plate and bracket may be manufactured into a same component to increase the rigidity of the touchpad assembly. The pick button may include a varying height to prevent the pick button from deflecting and to make the pick button travel for providing a selection instruction uniform. The pick button may be coupled to the frame using any suitable approach, including using springs connected the ends of the pick button to the frame. The frame may also include pads to muffle the sound of the pick button when it returns to its initial position after having been pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mathew, Chris Ligtenberg, Brett William Degner, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., John Brock
  • Patent number: 8294047
    Abstract: This is related to user input devices that accept complex user input including a combination of touch and push (or pick) input. The invention provides for selective ignoring or rejection of input received from such devices in order to avoid interpreting unintentional user actions as commands. Furthermore, some input signals can be modified. The selective rejection or modification can be performed by the user interface device itself or by a computing device that includes or is attached to the user interface device. The selective rejection or modification may be performed by a module that processes input signals, performs the necessary rejections and modifications and sends revised input signals to higher level modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Carl Westerman, Christopher Tenzin Mullens
  • Patent number: RE44658
    Abstract: An input processing device comprises a display screen and a pointing device for inputting corresponding 2-dimensional coordinates on the display screen. A 3-dimensional space is displayed on the display screen and the 2-dimensional coordinates inputted from the pointing device are detected. Next, shift amounts, per unit of time, of the detected 2-dimensional coordinates are calculated based on a predetermined calculation start condition. And the calculated shift amounts are converted to 3-dimensional coordinate shift amounts in the 3-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Konno, Yoshitaka Ajioka, Yasushi Ebisawa, Kiyoshi Mizuki