Bodily Actuated Code Generator Patents (Class 341/20)
  • Patent number: 11071209
    Abstract: The fitting structure for a conductive sheet of this invention comprises: a conductive member which is arranged within a predetermined region in a front case of an electronic device that has the front case and a rear case, said cases being first and second case pieces that are separably joined to each other, and which is electrically connected to ground patterns of the electronic device; and a conductive sheet which is arranged within the rear case so as to face the predetermined region of the front case and comprises a conductive layer. In a state where the front case and the rear case are joined with each other, the conductive layer of the conductive sheet is in contact with the conductive member and is electrically connected to the ground patterns of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Hayahi
  • Patent number: 11029723
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes: a base member having a top face on which a first unit and a second unit are placed; a driving part configured to relatively move the first unit and the second unit between a storage position and a usage position; at the storage position, the first side face and the second side face meshing with each other while being displaced in a front-rear direction of the keyboard device; at the usage position, the first side face and the second side face meshing with each other without being displaced in the front-rear direction so that the units are placed side by side in a left-right direction of the keyboard device to define a single keyboard; and an operating member configured to move the first unit and the second unit between the usage position and the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Seita Horikoshi, Yoshiyuki Shibayama
  • Patent number: 11023043
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to detecting hand gesture input using an electronic device, such as a wearable device strapped to a wrist. The device can have multiple photodiodes, each sensing light at a different position on a surface of the device that faces skin of a user. Examples of the disclosure detect hand gestures by recognizing patterns in sensor data that are characteristic of each hand gesture, as the tissue expands and contracts and anatomical features in the tissue move during the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Paul Joseph Allec, Xiaoyi Mu
  • Patent number: 11010467
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed to improve password security assigned to a user, the method comprising: a method for performing enhanced security authentication, the method comprises: generating one-time password, by a security server, by filtering original password characters, wherein a security server provides a display on a hardware display screen, in which a plurality of keys are arranged and at least one selected from the arranged keys is used to filter original password characters; storing, by a memory unit, the original password and the one-time password generated; determining, by the security server, whether a user's password entered on the hardware display screen be accepted by comparing the entered password with the one-time password. The system comprises a storage module and a computer program for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BLUE POPCON CO.LTD
    Inventor: Young Man Hwang
  • Patent number: 11009968
    Abstract: Data receiving systems, methods and computer products are provided that include actuators in mechanical communication with fingers. Each of the actuators is arranged to apply a mechanical stimulus to a respective finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Tap Systems Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Schick
  • Patent number: 11009950
    Abstract: A one-handed, chorded data entry system enables an operator to tap a combination of fingers on any surface, thereby causing a character or command to be entered on an electronic device. The fingers can be arranged in any position and neither the fingers nor the fingertips of the user need be aimed at any particular target. Data indicating contact by finger combinations sharing a similar characteristic is mapped to characters sharing a similar characteristic. For example, data indicating contact by only one of five fingers during a data collection period is mapped to a respective one of the five vowels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Tap Systems Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Schick
  • Patent number: 11003246
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to user interface control of a head-worn computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Mentor Acquisition One, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Benjamin Pelis, Preston Douglas Brown, Sean Thomas Mostajo O'Hara, Robert Michael Lohse, Andrew Carl Heisey
  • Patent number: 10990125
    Abstract: A computer is provided, including a keyboard, a rotating plate, a pivot shaft and a screen. The rotating plate is movably disposed on the keyboard. The pivot shaft is connected to the rotating plate, and is movable relative to the keyboard. The screen is connected to the pivot shaft to move relative to the rotating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Wen-Hung Tsai, Gwo-Chyuan Chen, Chi-Jen Yu, I-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 10948562
    Abstract: An RFID system includes multiple antennas and uses amplitude and phase information of the RFID signals received by each antenna to determine the position of RFID tags in the vicinity. More than one antenna can receive the RFID signals during a single read cycle, enabling the RFID system to operate more quickly than a system that energizes antennas separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: FORTISS, LLC.
    Inventors: Forrest S. Seitz, Joshua K. Hoyt, Bartley A. Johnson, Tyler J. Seitz
  • Patent number: 10943445
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing haptic effects with airflow and thermal stimulation are disclosed. One illustrative system described herein includes a haptic output device comprising a thermal actuator and a processor communicatively coupled to the haptic output device and configured to: receive a sensor signal from at least one sensor, determine a heat flux property based in part on the display signal or a predefined parameter, determine a haptic effect based in part on the heat flux property and the sensor signal, the heat flux property being representative of a rate of change of temperature, and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Sanya Attari, Hossam Bahlool, Doug Billington, Bruno Garrido
  • Patent number: 10895918
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to computational devices and gesture recognition. A computational device may include instructions that determine, based on a parameterization for a portion of a symbol, complete predicted symbols. The complete predicted symbols may be used as an input for an application operating on the computational device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Andreas Bean
  • Patent number: 10881219
    Abstract: A method may comprise receiving, at a central controller, a command, from a remote control, to adjust a feature of a first component of an air mattress framework; relaying, from the central controller, the command to the first component; receiving from the first component at the central controller, an indication of the success of the command; and relaying the indication from the central controller to the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Matthew Wayne Tilstra, Matthew Glen Hilden, Paul James Mahoney
  • Patent number: 10809813
    Abstract: In a system, a server controller is configured to receive at least part of at least one personal dictionary, and is further configured to generate an adapted dictionary using words of the at least part of at least one personal dictionary. The server controller is also configured to transmit at least part of the adapted dictionary to the apparatus configured to use the adapted dictionary during predictive text entry. The apparatus includes an apparatus controller that is configured to receive at least part of an adapted dictionary from the server. The apparatus controller is also configured to utilize at least part of an adapted dictionary when predictive text entry is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: John Rieman, Minna Hekanaho, Minna Koutonen, Tero Rantonen, John Hard
  • Patent number: 10785887
    Abstract: According to various embodiments an electronic device may include a first housing comprising a hollow portion configured to receive an external electronic device, and a second housing disposed at an angle defined by a portion coupled with at least part of the hollow portion. The second housing may include a first cover facing at least part of the hollow portion and comprising a plurality of first openings, a second cover received in the first cover and comprising a plurality of second openings, and an electric fan motor disposed in a space between the first cover and the second cover, the electric fan motor configured to discharge at least part of intake air from at least some of the first openings to at least some of the second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihwan Jeong, Kyungha Koo, Kiyoun Jang, Se-Young Jang, Han-Shil Choi
  • Patent number: 10769874
    Abstract: A vehicle access control system is disclosed and includes a touch sensitive display for generating an input image and controller configured to control the input image generated on the touch sensitive display responsive to information regarding a height of an operator. The system controls a lock actuatable responsive a signal from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Kristopher Brown, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 10761605
    Abstract: An item such as a glove may be formed from knitted fabric. The knitted fabric may form fingers for the glove and may form pockets in the fingers. Sensors such as inertial measurement units may be placed in the pockets to measure movements of a user's fingers in the glove. The sensors may be coupled to control circuitry in the glove using conductive yarn in the knitted fabric. The conductive yarn may form courses in the knitted fabric that run along each finger. Haptic components and other electrical components may be coupled to the control circuitry using the conductive yarn. Electrodes may be formed from metal-coated strands of material in the fabric on the sides of each finger. The wireless or wired communications circuitry coupled to the control circuitry may be used to convey information such as user finger movement information to external equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Sunshine, Andrew L. Rosenberg, Andrew Sterian, Daniel A. Podhajny, Lia M. Uesato, Maurice P. May, Steven J. Keating
  • Patent number: 10747426
    Abstract: Ergonomic keyboard-less typing may be used to replace traditional typing on a computer keyboard. The user may use an alternative user interface device, such as a smart phone, a tablet, or a wearable device, to make character selections. One of a plurality of user contact types may be received from an input interface, to provide a first indication of the character inputs the user would like to select. A display menu, generated at least in part based on the contact type received, may then present a plurality of gesture types, and one or more characters corresponding to each of the plurality of gesture types. A second indication of one of the plurality of gesture types may be received at the input interface. A selection of one or more characters may then be displayed based on the received first indication and the received second indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TYPYN, INC.
    Inventor: Marcos Lara Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10748363
    Abstract: A key fob for retaining a key or other object, including: a body structure manufactured from a printed circuit board material; a key ring structure manufactured from the printed circuit board material coupled to the body structure; and a conductive loop disposed one or more of within, on a surface of, and coupled to the printed circuit board material of the key ring structure. Optionally, the body structure and the key ring structure are integrally formed from the printed circuit board material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Marcon International Inc
    Inventors: Bobby Jain, Ric Stone, Larry Green
  • Patent number: 10739864
    Abstract: A gesture to speech conversion device may receive indications of user gestures via at least one sensor, the indications identifying movement in three dimensions. A 2-dimensional (2D) plane on which a beginning of the movement and an end of the movement is substantially planar and a third dimension orthogonal to the 2D plane may be determined. A change of the movement in a direction of the third dimension in a course of the movement occurring on the 2D plane is detected. The change of the movement in the third dimension is mapped to an emphasis in the movement. The movement is transformed into speech with emphasis on a part of the speech corresponding to a part of the movement having the detected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Willie L. Scott, II, Charu Pandhi, Seema Nagar, Kuntal Dey
  • Patent number: 10719868
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and application that is engineered to “learn” the current location and/or activity of a user by tracking, monitoring, recording, analyzing, etc. where that user goes, as well as what that user is doing, in order to determine if they may be in an area deemed to be a “high touch surface” location and therefore more susceptible to germs and bacteria. If it is the present invention will then utilize artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms in order to recommend to said user a variety of cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and other such products and services for their mobile device, person, vehicle, or other such items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Koenig
  • Patent number: 10701316
    Abstract: A video conferencing system is described that includes an image capture system configured to capture image data of a participant in a video conferencing session, a pose tracker configured to track a pose of the participant based on the captured image data, a user interface (UI) element generator configured to generate a UI element, a rendering engine configured to render, based on the pose of the participant, at a position locked relative to a position of the participant in the image data, the UI element for display by the video conferencing system, a gesture detector configured to detect, from the image data, a gesture performed by the participant with respect to the rendered UI element, and a video conferencing application configured to perform an action in response to the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Charles Cheung, Kent Austin White
  • Patent number: 10682077
    Abstract: Devices and methods for detecting joint motion of a user. In particular embodiments, devices may comprise a deflectable beam coupled to a user via adhesive pads located between the neck and shoulder of the use. Audio and haptic feedback can be provided to the user when the deflectable beam deflects due to motion of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM, SETON HEALTHCARE FAMILY
    Inventors: James S. Sulzer, Jose J. Mendez, Jr., Nicholas D. Phillips, Lisa Stevens, Curtis Merring
  • Patent number: 10666789
    Abstract: A control method for sensors of a mobile terminal is provided, which includes: a to-be-enabled sensor in the sensors of the mobile terminal is determined according to a sensor enabling instruction; when determining that a sensor power-on event of the mobile terminal is triggered, a power-on delay of a target sensor of the mobile terminal is acquired, wherein the target sensor at least includes the to-be-enabled sensor and, when there is one target sensor, the power-on delay of the target sensor is shorter than a maximum power-on delay of the sensors of the mobile terminal; in response to determining that the power-on delay corresponding to the target sensor is reached at a present moment, state resetting is executed on the target sensor; and when the state resetting is completed, the to-be-enabled sensor is enabled to become an enabled sensor, and acquired data of the enabled sensor is reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Qiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10653964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system that connects a game implement to a computer. Two or more persons are allowed to be interconnected and play interactively through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Wilbert Quinc Murdock, Philip Alister Williams
  • Patent number: 10641835
    Abstract: One embodiment of safety apparatus for a lithium ion battery module comprises a health monitoring component configured to detect degradation of a battery cell within the lithium ion battery module and transmit an output signal; and a safety protection component configured to receive the output signal and at least disable operation of the lithium ion battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ASCENDING ENERGY INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Pei-Chang Lee, Chun-Chieh Chang
  • Patent number: 10635222
    Abstract: A touch pad is provided. The touch pad includes a transparent piezoelectric film layer configured to generate an electrical signal varying according to a touch pressure, and an electrode layer including a plurality of transparent electrodes disposed in a plurality of areas of the transparent piezoelectric film layer and configured to sense a voltage of the electrical signal generated from the plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-jin Oh, Sang-ho Kim, Byung-hoon Kang, Sang-wook Kwon, Byung-jik Kim, Chang-byung Park
  • Patent number: 10627943
    Abstract: A touch panel, a method of driving a touch panel, and a touch device are provided. The touch panel includes a first detection electrode, a piezoelectric material layer and a position touch structure. The piezoelectric material layer is on the first detection electrode. The position touch structure comprises a touch electrode or a plurality of touch electrodes and is on the piezoelectric material layer. The touch electrode or at least one of the plurality of touch electrodes is configured to function as a second detection electrode as well, and the second detection electrode together with the piezoelectric material layer and the first detection electrode constitutes a piezoelectric sensing structure for implementing a touch pressure detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoliang Ding, Xue Dong, Haisheng Wang, Yingming Liu, Wei Liu, ChihJen Cheng, Yuzhen Guo, Pengpeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10620803
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises at least one processing unit, at least one memory, a pressure level sensitive user input device, and a graphical user interface. The at least one memory stores program instructions that, when executed by the at least one processing unit, cause the apparatus to detect that a pressure level applied on the pressure level sensitive user input device at a touching point exceeds a predetermined pressure level, the touching point corresponding to a location on the graphical user interface, detect an increase in the applied pressure level, and expand a selection area from the location in response to the increase in the applied pressure level to select at least one graphical user interface item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Jansky, Apaar Tuli, Erkko Anttila, Timo-Pekka Viljamaa
  • Patent number: 10613692
    Abstract: The invention concerns a system comprising a touch sensor and a touch interactor, wherein the touch sensor comprises a touch sensitive surface configured to detect the position of a touch of an object on the touch sensitive surface, wherein the touch interactor comprises a support surface for placing the touch interactor on the touch sensitive surface and an activation member for generating a user input command for the touch sensor by its movement relative to the touch sensitive surface, wherein the touch interactor comprises an active detection point for transmitting an active signal, wherein the touch sensor is configured to determine a coverage, position, orientation and/or identity of the touch interactor on the basis of the active signal, when the touch interactor is placed on the touch sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Silicon SA
    Inventors: Hussein Ballan, Marc Pastre, Sylvain Maréchal
  • Patent number: 10614154
    Abstract: A method for processing input from a user of an application in an electronic device includes: obtaining a first sequence of one or more key presses typed by the user of the application in the electronic device as a representation of an intended input content, obtaining a second sequence of one or more key presses as a representation of a context content of the application under the input coding scheme, identifying a subsequence in the second sequence that matches or closely matches the first sequence, and displaying on a display screen of the electronic device at least a portion of the context content corresponding to the identified subsequence in the second sequence as a candidate for the intended input content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Yi Gao, Hongqiang Wang, Yunyuan Ge
  • Patent number: 10591996
    Abstract: A haptic device comprises a signal generator that is configured to receive an input word that is a unit of a language written using consonant-vowel pairs. The signal generator converts the input word into one or more consonant-vowel pairs of the input word. The signal generator further converts the one or more consonant-vowel pairs into a sequence of actuator signals. The sequence of actuator signals is formed from a concatenation of sub-sequences of actuator signals. Each phoneme corresponding to a unique sub-sequence of actuator signals. The haptic device further comprises a two dimensional array of cutaneous actuators configured to receive the sequence of actuator signals from the signal generator, each of the actuator signals mapped to a cutaneous actuator of the two dimensional array of cutaneous actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Alexander Knott, Venkatasiva Prasad Chakkabala
  • Patent number: 10579194
    Abstract: An electronic device capable of processing a user input without direct contact is disclosed. The electronic device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may include a plurality of contact electrodes having one end thereof contacted with a user's body respectively to be electrically connected to the user's body, at least one body contact interface electrically connected to the plurality of contact electrodes through the user's body and having a predetermined impedance value, and a signal processing unit connected to other end of the plurality of contact electrodes respectively to form a circuit through the plurality of contact electrodes, the at least one body contact interface, and the user's body, and determining a user input corresponding to an impedance characteristic of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Sung Yong Shin, Jong Moo Sohn, Chang Mok Oh
  • Patent number: 10572029
    Abstract: A method for dynamically adjusting a keyboard output signal is applicable to a host that is electrically connected to a keyboard, and the method includes: obtaining a mode signal, obtaining a common configuration file when the mode signal is indicated as a common mode, or when the mode signal is indicated as a custom mode. Detecting the application currently running on the host, wherein the application is in the foreground window, and obtaining the key configuration file corresponding to the application, and after the common configuration file or the keyboard configuration file is obtained, blocking the key or a combination of keys on the keyboard. And generating at least one standard key code, and outputting the custom key code combination to the host according to the at least one standard key code and selectively according to the common configuration file or the key configuration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KYE SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Chi-Wai Chan
  • Patent number: 10552026
    Abstract: A method for detecting a continuous circle gesture, has the following steps: receiving vectors representative of an object movement by a object detection unit; determining from the received sequence velocity vectors a sequence of velocity vectors or an approximation thereof; estimating an angle between subsequent velocity vectors; and determining a rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Axel Heim
  • Patent number: 10551917
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a glove for a human hand, and a sensing network coupled to the glove. The sensing network includes a strand of compliant material with a center axis and a multi-region angular displacement sensor connected to the strand. The multi-region angular displacement sensor includes a first angular displacement unit in a first sense region of the stand. The first angular displacement unit is used to determine a first angular displacement in response to deformation of the first angular displacement unit by a first joint of the human hand. The multi-region angular displacement sensor also includes a second angular displacement unit disposed in a second sense region of the strand. The second angular displacement unit is used to determine a second angular displacement in response to deformation of the second angular displacement unit by a second joint of the human hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Bend Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn P. Reese, Jared K. Jonas, Matt W. Ball, Colton Allen Ottley
  • Patent number: 10552027
    Abstract: A domestic appliance for treating objects includes a control device and an operating device being an external or internal touch screen. The control device displays a display field within a screen display having an operating element and a display element setting and displaying a control variable of the appliance settable by touch. The operating element contains a sensor element having segments. A lowest value of the control variable or an OFF function deactivating the control variable is associated with a first segment and different values of the control variable are associated with further segments. The control device displays at least two display elements after and/or simultaneously with touching the sensor element. The first display element displays lowest settable value of the control variable or OFF function and the second display element displays highest settable value of the control variable. A method for operating the appliance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jonas Breme, Johannes Geyer, Swetlana Gorodezki, Christian Ivanis, Hans-Peter Kadel, Bastian Koch, Manuel Milde
  • Patent number: 10509507
    Abstract: If a user operates a touch panel, a display device notifies the user of a factor of change into a state in which a touch operation has been accepted to restore a state in which a normal touch operation is accepted. The display device monitors coordinate information output from the touch panel, and if it is determined that an operation disabled area located in a first touch panel area excluding the position of an assigned key has entered a state of being designated and a second touch panel area has entered a state of being designated, displays, on a display screen, that the operation disabled area has been designated. The display device thereby notifies the user that operations are not accepted because of a touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shozo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10500486
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments provide an analog stick for use with an electronic controller. The analog stick preferably includes a top construct having a downward-facing substantially flat surface and a bottom construct which attaches to the top construct and contains an upward-facing substantially flat surface. A bearing is preferably positioned between the upward-facing surface and downward-facing surface. The top and bottom constructs can be attached using a number of different methods. Preferably, the bearing surrounds a portion of both the top and bottom constructs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Dakota Sidwell
  • Patent number: 10503254
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to detecting hand gesture input using an electronic device, such as a wearable device strapped to a wrist. The device can have multiple photodiodes, each sensing light at a different position on a surface of the device that faces skin of a user. Examples of the disclosure detect hand gestures by recognizing patterns in sensor data that are characteristic of each hand gesture, as the tissue expands and contracts and anatomical features in the tissue move during the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Paul Joseph Allec, Xiaoyi Mu
  • Patent number: 10488928
    Abstract: A tactile sensation providing system includes an electronic device and a tactile sensation providing apparatus, which includes a wearable part worn on fingers, vibrating elements disposed at portions corresponding to the fingers, sensors that detect touches of the fingers onto a manipulation input surface, and a second controlling part able to communicate with a first controlling part. Upon receiving from the second controlling part a signal representing that a touch of one finger is detected by one sensor, the first controlling part obtains, based on data representing the finger and on coordinates detected by a detector, a type of the finger touching the surface and the coordinates where the finger touches the surface, and generates a driving signal representing a tactile sensation corresponding to the data representing the finger, the coordinates, and a displayed image. The second controlling part drives one of the vibrating elements using the driving signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi Katsuki, Fumihiko Nakazawa, Osamu Toyoda, Akihiko Yabuki
  • Patent number: 10474298
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display with integrated capacitive touch sensors has an LCD display with at least one alphanumerical or graphic symbol, and at least one capacitive touch sensor arranged above a display layer or within transparent layers of the LCD display forming the alphanumerical or graphical symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Keith Edwin Curtis
  • Patent number: 10463850
    Abstract: A mouthpiece for providing non-invasive neuromodulation to a patient, the mouthpiece including an elongated housing having an anterior region and a posterior region, the elongated housing having a non-planar exterior top surface and internal structural members disposed within the housing, the internal structural members elastically responding to biting forces generated by the patient, a spacer attached to the top surface of the housing for limiting contact between a patient's upper teeth and the exterior top surface of the elongated housing, and a printed circuit board mounted to a bottom portion of the elongated housing, the printed circuit board having a plurality of electrodes for delivering subcutaneous local electrical stimulation to the patient's tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Helius Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Fisk, Mark Guarraia, Aidan Petrie, Joseph M. Gordon, Faith David-Hegerich, Shane Siwinski, Adam Muratori, Jeffrey M. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10444862
    Abstract: In an example, an input device includes a substrate and an elastomeric material. The substrate includes a plurality of sensor electrodes disposed thereon. The elastomeric material is mechanically coupled to the substrate and overlaps the plurality of sensor electrodes. The elastomeric material includes an inner portion disposed such that an area of contact between the inner portion and at least some of the plurality of sensor electrodes changes in response to at least one of a lateral force or a vertical force applied to the elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard Schediwy, Douglas M. Krumpelman, Mihai Bulea, Joseph Kurth Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10444858
    Abstract: A two-dimensional navigation module of a cursor controller includes a top plate, a first rod, a sliding roller sleeved at the first rod, and a first OTS sensor. The top plate has an elongated groove recessed thereon. The first rod is arranged in the groove. Two opposite ends of the first rod are fastened to the top plate. The sliding roller is movable along the first rod between a first position and a second position, and the sliding roller is spinable along the first rod in a range of 0˜360 degrees. When the sliding roller is moved, a center segment of the first rod keeps touching the sliding roller. The first OTS sensor is arranged under the center segment of the first rod for detecting at least one of a moving distance and a spinning angle of the sliding roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Ching-Lin Chung, Jr-Shen Yang
  • Patent number: 10427037
    Abstract: A video game controller can include a body with a top surface and a bottom surface, multiple control inputs (e.g., thumbsticks, directional pads, buttons), and a face plate removably coupleable to the body over the top surface so that the plurality of control inputs extend through the face plate. One or more of the multiple control inputs are removable and replaceable without the use of tools by decoupling the face plate from the body and decoupling the control input from the body without disassembling the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Yannik Wiggemans
  • Patent number: 10425791
    Abstract: A wireless sensor device can include a primary body, a primary processor mounted to the primary body, a first plurality of sockets mounted to the primary body and in electrical communication with the primary processor, a first transducer mounted to the primary body, a secondary body mounted to the primary body through a first socket of the first plurality of sockets, a secondary processor mounted to the secondary body, a second plurality of sockets mounted to the secondary body and disposed in electrical communication with the secondary processor, a tertiary body mounted to the secondary body, a tertiary transducer mounted to the tertiary body and disposed in electrical communication with the secondary processor, and a first wireless transceiver disposed in electrical communication with and selectively controlled by the primary processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Percev LLC
    Inventors: Gerald Roston, Andrew Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10401961
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of actuator control mechanisms for haptic effects are disclosed. The apparatus can include an actuator and a controller for controlling a haptic cell. Depending on the type of haptic effect desired, as well as the damping characteristics of the system, the controller can generate a kick-in pulse followed by a main pulse to create an increased acceleration response, and/or a breaking pulse to provide a damping effect for a short mechanical type of haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant, Robert W. Heubel
  • Patent number: 10391402
    Abstract: A server device that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a memory and a processor. The processor can identify first and second players present at first and second physical locations, to identify first and second boundary and topographical information of the first and second physical locations, to map the first and second boundary and topographical information of the first and second physical locations to a virtual gaming space, to capture first and second position and orientation information for the first and second players, to map the first and second position and orientation information to the virtual gaming space, to generate first and second virtual players corresponding to the first and second players, and to transmit to first goggles information representative of the second virtual player for display superimposed onto a transparent viewing apparatus for viewing of the virtual gaming space. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Michael Aronzon, Bruce Hawver, Francis Arnold Grever
  • Patent number: 10394866
    Abstract: The invention provides a session-based bi-directional multi-tier client-server asynchronous information database search and retrieval system for sending a character-by-character string of data to an intelligent server that can be configured to immediately analyze the lengthening string character-by-character and return to the client increasingly appropriate database information as the client sends the string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MasterObjects, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Hans Smit, Stefan M. van den Oord
  • Patent number: RE48242
    Abstract: Provided is a character input method and apparatus for automatically switching an input mode in a terminal having a touch screen. If a press event occurs in one of key regions displayed in the touch screen, it is determined whether a drag event occurs prior to occurrence of a release event. According to whether the drag event occurs, one of a separate input mode for inputting one of characters of a corresponding character group and a text input mode for inputting a word including one of the characters of the character group is executed. Thus, a user can easily input a character by rapidly selecting a desired input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keun-Ho Shin, Young-Seop Han