Including Keyboard Or Keypad Patents (Class 341/22)
  • Patent number: 10296211
    Abstract: An apparatus for a foldable electronic device and a method of manufacturing the same. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a foldable display module for an electronic computing device. The foldable display module includes a left display module portion that is foldable relative to a right display module portion. The apparatus further includes a foldable input module for the electronic computing device. The foldable input module includes a left input portion that is foldable relative to a right input portion. The apparatus further includes a connector that pivotally connects the foldable display module to the foldable input module such that the foldable display module is capable of pivotally opening and closing relative to the foldable input module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Jianyu Chen
  • Patent number: 10296568
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enhancing text-based electronic communications. In one embodiment, a sending agent automatically, or upon request by a user, disambiguates identifiers and terms included in a communication internally or in collaboration with a remote device or server based on the identity and history of the sending or intended receiving device or user, the content or context of the communication and/or the sending or intended receiving device or user and automatically or at the request of the sender, appends, enhances or provides certain additional information related to the identifier or terms to the message in real time. This additional information is then included or referenced, but not necessarily initially displayed or communicated, in the communication. The integrated system also may include a receiving agent on the receiving device that can disambiguate the identifier or terms and provide additional information and services related to the identifier or terms in the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: WGRS LICENSING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: S. Lee Hancock
  • Patent number: 10289210
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a multi-function input device, such as a keyboard. The multifunction input device has a touch-sensing layer that enables a user to use the multifunction input device as a standard keyboard and also as a touch sensitive surface such as, for example, a trackpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Liquan Tan, Reza Nasiri Mahalati, Alex J. Lehmann, Aidan N. Zimmerman, Ivan S. Maric
  • Patent number: 10276003
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for bone conduction tags. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a device can receive, via a transducer, a vibration signal from a body of a user. The vibration signal can be generated in response to the user interacting with a bone conduction tag. For example, the vibration signal can be generated in response to the user moving one or more fingers across the bone conduction tag. The device can analyze the vibration signal to determine an action that is to be performed. The device can perform the action or can instruct a further device to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 10275042
    Abstract: The character input keyboard. One shift key and one space key are placed on the home position of the left and right thumb, and one control key is placed between them. These keys have the width from 1 to 1.5 times of the character key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Masashi Kubota
  • Patent number: 10261685
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that leverage machine learning to predict multiple touch interpretations. In particular, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can include and use a machine-learned touch interpretation prediction model that has been trained to receive touch sensor data indicative of one or more locations of one or more user input objects relative to a touch sensor at one or more times and, in response to receipt of the touch sensor data, provide one or more predicted touch interpretation outputs. Each predicted touch interpretation output corresponds to a different type of predicted touch interpretation based at least in part on the touch sensor data. Predicted touch interpretations can include a set of touch point interpretations, a gesture interpretation, and/or a touch prediction vector for one or more future times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Deselaers, Victor Carbune
  • Patent number: 10255426
    Abstract: A keyboard device and a data communication method using the keyboard device. The data communication method includes generating, by the keyboard device, data that is a set of commands to be executed by a computer using a key input signal that is generated when a key is input, transmitting, by the keyboard device, the generated data to the computer, thus allowing the computer to execute each command corresponding to the data, and receiving, by the keyboard device, results of executing the command corresponding to the data from the computer, wherein the command includes a line coding method to be used when the computer transmits data to the keyboard device, and wherein the computer generates a toggle key signal to correspond to the line coding method and transmits the toggle key signal to the keyboard device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: YoungJae Maeng, Jonghu Lee, Hyun Dong Park, Sangwoo Park
  • Patent number: 10249457
    Abstract: An input system includes a first base portion and a second base portion that each include a keying surface. A base portion manipulation mechanism couples the first base portion to the second base portion. The base portion manipulation mechanism includes a moveable coupling that is configured to allow relative movement of the first base portion and the second base portion into at least one of a tented orientation and a splayed orientation. A locking mechanism provides a biasing force that causes an engagement between portions of the moveable coupling that resists relative movement of the first base portion and the second base portion absent an unlocking force, wherein the locking mechanism is responsive to the unlocking force that overcomes the biasing force to allow relative movement of the first base portion and the second base portion into the at least one of the tented orientation and the splayed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Key Ovation, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Norwalk, Chris Linegar
  • Patent number: 10248640
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for deleting textual input based upon the input-mode in which such textual input is received. Textual input is received via a block-unit-based input and the textual input is converted into a typewritten text segment and displayed in association with a user computing device. The typewritten text segment includes character-units that substantially comprise at least one recognizable block-unit. Upon receipt of a plurality of delete commands, at least a portion of the typewritten text segment is deleted in accordance with the recognizable block-units. That is, one block-unit is deleted for each delete command received. Upon recognition of a boundary between text received via a block-unit-based input modality and a character-based input modality, the action of the delete command is altered such that one character-unit is deleted for each delete command received in accordance with the input modality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandre Pereira, Robert Joseph Disano
  • Patent number: 10242818
    Abstract: A key structure includes a switch circuit board, a triggering assembly, a keycap and an elastic element. The triggering assembly is disposed over the switch circuit board. The elastic element is arranged between the keycap and the triggering assembly. As the keycap is moved, the triggering assembly is pushed by the elastic element. The elastic element includes a concave part. The concave part is located at a top end of the elastic element and contacted with the keycap. When the elastic element is pushed by the keycap, the concave part is subjected to deformation, so that a movable distance of the keycap toward the switch circuit board is increased. By using the key structure, the tactile feel of depressing the keycap is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-An Chen, Chin-Sung Pan
  • Patent number: 10241527
    Abstract: A thermostat for controlling an HVAC system is described, the thermostat having a user interface that is visually pleasing, approachable, and easy to use while also providing intuitive navigation within a menuing system. In a first mode of operation, an electronic display of the thermostat displays a population of tick marks arranged in an arcuate arrangement including a plurality of background tick marks, a setpoint tick mark representing a setpoint temperature, and an ambient temperature tick mark representing an ambient temperature, the setpoint temperature being dynamically changeable according to a tracked rotational input motion of a ring-shaped user interface component of the thermostat. In a second mode, the a plurality of user-selectable menu options is displayed in an arcuate arrangement along a menu option range area, and respective ones of the user-selectable menu options are selectively highlighted according to the tracked rotational input motion of the ring-shaped user interface component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Michael J. Matas, Michael Plitkins
  • Patent number: 10241655
    Abstract: Multiple letters, characters, numbers, strokes and symbols to be assigned to a given physical key on a physical keypad residing on a physical keypad integrated into, or attached to, an electronic device used for electronic financial transactions such as an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Point of Sale (POS) terminal, that is used for data entry on the display screen of an electronic device and the methodology of automatically displaying and inserting the characters assigned to that physical key on the display screen of said electronic device. As the user continues to touch/press said physical key on the electronic devices keypad, the first software module will display and bring into focus the characters assigned to the appropriate time duration of the continued touch/press of said physical key in a visual manner on the display screen of said electronic device and will continue rotating thru the assigned characters as long as the physical key touch/press continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Invysta Technology Group
    Inventors: Gary Streuter, William Pat Price
  • Patent number: 10235006
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the invention provide an approach to organize a user interface, such as a computer desktop, based on the role or activity of the current user. Specifically, a display area configuration of a user device is defined by selecting resources from a plurality of available resources to include in a display area configuration, building a profile from the selected resources to preserve the display area configuration, and saving the profile. The display area is then built on a user device when the profile is selected from the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Vincenzo V. Diluoffo
  • Patent number: 10230680
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for improving readability and understandability in messages posted on a social media website. The messages posted on a social media website, such as the user's social networking feed, are scanned. The scanned messages are analyzed for topics, meaning and/or tenses using natural language processing. The text in the scanned messages are split into message segments based on topic, meaning, tenses, punctuation, custom identifiers, hashtags and/or @ symbols. These message segments are then grouped based on relatedness of the topics, meaning and/or tenses. The message segments are ordered in each group of message segments, such as based on timestamps. The ordered message segments are then displayed to the user. By displaying these message segments in separate groupings in a logical order, the user will be able to view the messages posted on the user's social media website in a more readable and understandable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Fang Lu, Alaa Abou Mahmoud
  • Patent number: 10216294
    Abstract: A position pointer used to input position pointing operations on a capacitive position detector includes a rod-shaped housing, a sleeve, a cap, a cloth, a support, and a first fastener. The sleeve is connected to a tip portion of the housing. The cap is made of an elastic material and protrudes from the tip portion of the sleeve. The cloth covers the cap. The support is provided inside the housing and supports the cap. The first fastener fastens the cloth to the support. At least one of the cap and the cloth is conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Wacom Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teppei Kanno
  • Patent number: 10216410
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are disclosed that improve error correction in time-dependent character input systems. Error correction algorithms correct inaccurately entered words by identifying alternative button press type combinations that conform to the number of button presses in a button press type sequence. The number of possible alternative combinations compounds as the number of button presses in a sequence increases. The disclosed improvement reduces the number of possible alternative button press type sequences by including interspersed time-independent selection buttons among the time-dependent ones. The algorithm divides the button press type sequence into segments at each time-independent button press type of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Michael William Murphy
  • Patent number: 10216286
    Abstract: A keyboard includes rows of keys defining a keyboard axis and side borders of the keyboard, the keyboard axis disposed mediate the side borders of the keyboard, the rows of keys disposed in series with each other along the keyboard axis, and the keyboard axis being disposed at an acute or obtuse angle relative to a user of the keyboard and being generally aligned along a length of an arm of the user holding the keyboard. Each key may be also defined by a unique region of numeric values or a unique region of color pixels allowing ease in changing keyboard location, size and orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Todd E. Chornenky
  • Patent number: 10203770
    Abstract: A keyboard device according to one embodiment includes: a box-shape body, comprising a first side-wall and a second side-wall arranged opposite to and is pivotably openable relative to the first side-wall; a support assembly, configured to be connected detachably to the first side-wall of the box-shape body such that the box-shape body is adapted to support the electronic apparatus; and a flexible membrane keyboard which is connected with an internal surface of the second side-wall of the box-shape body and switchable between an unfolded condition in which the flexible membrane keyboard functions as a keyboard of the electronic apparatus and a folded condition in which the flexible membrane keyboard is received within the box-shape body. The keyboard device of the embodiments of the disclosure may function as both a keyboard for the electronic device and a support, and is provided with a limited size so as to facilitate portability thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Feng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10203767
    Abstract: A system includes a surface having a demarcated area and discrete areas disposed on the surface. The discrete areas may each be configured to receive user input. At least a portion of the discrete areas overlap the demarcated area. The system further includes a sensing layer disposed underneath the surface. The sensing layer may be configured to sense force applied to the surface in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERLINK ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Christiaan Anna Maria Wackers, Chee Wai Lu, Hock Cheng Ng, Wai Jye Chan
  • Patent number: 10203869
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for modifying an input area, comprising a memory and a processor executing instructions stored in the memory. The processor executes instructions stored in the memory to display a first input area on a device. The processor further executes instructions stored in the memory to detect a user input in a second input area. The processor still further executes instructions stored in the memory to perform, if the user input comprises a first operation, an input function; and modify, if the user input comprises a second operation, the first input area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Yamano
  • Patent number: 10199187
    Abstract: A luminous keyboard comprises a key assembly, a thin-film switch circuit board assembly, a base plate and a light guide plate. The key assembly is disposed on the thin-film switch circuit board assembly. The thin-film switch circuit board assembly is disposed on the base plate. The base plate is disposed on the light guide plate. The base plate and the light guide plate together form an aperture structure. The thin-film switch circuit board assembly includes a thin-film switch circuit board and a light-emitting unit. The thin-film switch circuit board forms a protrusion protruding toward the aperture structure. The light-emitting unit is disposed at the bottom surface of the protrusion and extends downward such that a lower end of the light-emitting unit is lower than a lower surface of the base plate so that the light-emitting unit emits light into the light guide plate directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Fu Yen, Chen-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 10198039
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a processor; memory accessible by the processor; a first housing that includes a first display operatively coupled to the processor; a second housing that includes a keyboard, a second display and a detachable pointing device adjacent to the second display; and a hinge assembly that operatively couples the first housing to the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Perelli, Ali Kathryn Ent, Cuong Huy Truong, Gerard Francis Muenkel
  • Patent number: 10175786
    Abstract: A force touch display device, comprising a display panel and a force touch detecting module, wherein the force touch detecting module is arranged opposite to the display panel, and the force touch detecting module is configured to detect an amount of deformation of the force touch display device so as to determine a force level of a touch force. A force touch control method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chunfang Zhang, Xiangxiang Zou
  • Patent number: 10166471
    Abstract: A system, method, and graphical user interface for playing games and/or executing applications on a tablet-based client. One embodiment of a graphical user interface (GUI) for playing a video game on a tablet-based client device comprises: a virtual controller rendered on a display of the tablet computer, the virtual controller substantially mimicking the control provided by a thumb stick of a physical game controller and providing omnidirectional, free-form movement in a synchronous direction in which a user moves a finger on the display of the tablet-based client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Joshuah Vincent, Nico Benitez, Emily Adams, Jan Chong, Ryan Cook, Paul Marshall, Pierpaolo Baccichet, Matt Piotrowski, Collin Carey, Kevin Koleckar
  • Patent number: 10169414
    Abstract: A structured query language (SQL) query can contain a target text comprising respective characters in un-shaped format (also known as base format). The target text can be shaped according to the position of respective characters within the target text and other factors to generate a plurality of shaped target texts. The plurality of shaped target texts can be combined in a modified SQL query. The modified SQL query can be executed against one or more databases storing text in shaped format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Brodsky, Tomer Mahlin
  • Patent number: 10157360
    Abstract: A method, system and computer product for a Smart-Bricks Information System (IS), which solves the problems of lack of adaptability and lack of flexibility of information systems. In order to provide adaptability and flexibility of the IS, the enterprise's information space is divided into a plurality of universal micro-blocks—Smart-Bricks micro-systems. The Smart-Bricks IS implements the following: contains all necessary and sufficient system parts for the functioning of each micro-system (data, code, interface); self-assembles into “instantaneous info-conglomerates”-Smart-Bricks Instant Performances (SBIP); and runs under control of the Ontological Model of an enterprise subject area, which is adaptable to the changing conditions of a given subject area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Comindware Ltd.
    Inventors: Igor Kholkin, Rinat Gimranov
  • Patent number: 10152581
    Abstract: User identities, password, etc. represent the barrier between a user's confidential data and any other third party seeking to access this data. As multiple software applications, web applications, web services, etc. embody this confidential data it is a tradeoff between easy recollection of said identities, passwords, etc. and data security. Generally for most users the balance is too far to convenience and ease of recollection such that the probability of third party illegally accessing the confidential data increases. Accordingly, it would be beneficial for users as well as organizations providing/controlling access to systems, resources, and data to be provided with an automatic means of entering password and/or security credential information without the user, for example, selecting the password, knowing the password, having access to the password, or entering the password where the organizations providing/controlling access can establish geo-fences relating to the credential information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BluInk Ltd.
    Inventor: Laurence Hamid
  • Patent number: 10148286
    Abstract: A keyboard scanning circuit includes a plurality of switching elements, M scanning lines and N sensing lines. Each of the sensing lines has a common node extended to M transmission lines. A switching element is coupled where one of the transmission lines and one of the scanning lines intersects. Two scanning lines correspondingly coupled through two switching elements to two transmission lines extended from one sensing line are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chien-Chih Chen, Er-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 10146383
    Abstract: An input device is operable to detect input. The input device is a deflection based capacitive sensing input device. Deflection of a metal frame of the input device causes a change in capacitance that is used to control a function of an electrical device. The input device appears invisible because it is made of the same material as the housing it is contained in. Invisible backlit holes may make the input selectively visible or invisible to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Omar S. Leung, David T. Amm
  • Patent number: 10142577
    Abstract: A handheld combination television remote control and wireless telephone apparatus, comprising: a microprocessor; an infrared remote control transceiver; a wireless telephone transceiver; a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transceiver; microphone, loud speaker, power source, and housing; a combination television remote control and telephone alphanumeric keypad and/or touch screen display communicating with the microprocessor to direct the handheld combination television remote control and wireless telephone apparatus to communicate with a remote television, remote set top box, wireless telephone system provider, wireless network, Bluetooth device, and base station combination television remote control and wireless telephone apparatus and: switch the handheld combination television remote control and wireless telephone apparatus from television mode to telephone mode and vice versa; control the remote television and/or remote set top box; control remote television and/or remote set top box settings and retrieve information
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Noble Laird
  • Patent number: 10133363
    Abstract: A portable object including a case in which at least one electronic module is placed, the at least one electronic module configured to execute plural functions and to provide information relating to the functions to a display, the electronic device further including a controller including at least one contact area allowing a user to act on the at least one electronic module, each function being associated with a predetermined time threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Bovet, Martin Jufer, Andre Nussbaum, Laurent Christe
  • Patent number: 10133362
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method to type a phonetic language without the use of a timer. The present invention also relates to keyboards associated with typing a phonetic language where the number of characters for the language exceed the number of keys possible on a keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Aberra Molla
  • Patent number: 10126906
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the invention provide an approach to organize a user interface, such as a computer desktop, based on the role or activity of the current user. Specifically, a display area configuration of a user device is defined by selecting resources from a plurality of available resources to include in a display area configuration, building a profile from the selected resources to preserve the display area configuration, and saving the profile. The display area is then built on a user device when the profile is selected from the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Vincenzo V. Diluoffo
  • Patent number: 10120457
    Abstract: For displaying a logogram indication, a processor identifies a logogram input received from an input device. The logogram input is selected from the group consisting of a context logogram and a sub-logogram. The processor further displays a logogram indication selected from the group consisting of a selected logogram and a logogram hint list of candidate logograms in response to identifying the logogram input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Ming Qian, Jian Li, Song Wang, Jianbang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10122873
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device that includes a plurality of keys in which the character types of input candidate characters are switched using a toggle input method and a key control unit that changes an initial value of the character type of an input candidate character in the toggle input method to the character type of the character that is input and confirmed already when an arbitrary key among the plurality of keys is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kikuo Ueno
  • Patent number: 10114506
    Abstract: There is provided a portable apparatus capable of detecting a touch position where a user touches the portable apparatus and a touch strength with which the user touches the portable apparatus. The portable apparatus includes: a rectangular frame on which a display panel unit is to be mounted; four touch detection-dedicated legs respectively extending from vicinities of four corners of the frame; a first strain gage attached to each of the touch detection-dedicated legs; and a calculation unit that finds the touch position and the touch strength based on an output of the first strain gage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sato, Naoyuki Terada, Kazumasa Adachi, Makoto Furuta, Takahiro Shimura, Shigeyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 10101774
    Abstract: Embodiments provide mechanisms for actuating the retraction of the keys of a retractable keyboard based on the angle of the rotation of a coupled display, such as in a 2-in-1 IHS (Information Handling System) that may be operated as a tablet or a laptop. In a first mode, where the display of the IHS is in a laptop configuration, the provided mechanisms actuate the retractable keys to their extended positions allowing use of the IHS as a laptop. As the user rotates the display to various tablet configurations, the provided mechanisms actuate the keycaps to a second mode, in which the keycaps are retracted and may be further disabled to promote use of IHS as a tablet. Certain embodiments utilize a gear and cam mechanism to link the rotation of the display to the actuation of the keycaps. Certain other embodiments utilize a gear and crank mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael David, Ernesto Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10091826
    Abstract: In a wireless environment, a dockee informs a docking station of the dockee's access point connection credentials and parameters in order for the docking station to become an intermediate proxy for the connection between the dockee and the access point. The docking station takes over the connection between the dockee and the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Walter Dees, Koen Johanna Guillaume Holtman
  • Patent number: 10073618
    Abstract: A method and system. A first computer device receives a selection of a form field in a web page from a second computer device that is displaying a virtual keyboard on a display screen in the second computer device. The first and second computer devices are different computer devices. The first computer device determines one or more candidate character keys. The first computer device removes one or more matching character keys from the one or more candidate character keys that match keys in the virtual keyboard. The first computer device determines one or more supplement character keys. The first computer device communicates the one or more supplement character keys to the second computer device. The first computer device causes the second computer device to simultaneously display, on the display screen in the second computer device, the virtual keyboard and the one or more supplement character keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tamer E. Abuelsaad, John E. Moore, Rajeshkumar N. Singi, Robert R. Wentworth
  • Patent number: 10061510
    Abstract: A computer keyboard includes position sensors such as capacitive sensors on each of the keys for monitoring positions of fingertips on the keys. A processor receives an indication of contact of a finger on a surface of a key, including an identity of the key and an indication of a position of the contact on the surface. The processor also receives an indication of a motion gesture comprising displacement of the position of the contact on the surface of the key. Using the identity of the key and the indication of the motion gesture, an input from a human operator is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Pate
  • Patent number: 10042987
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for, e.g., providing a statutory audio content service on a portable device that complies with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The user can select a playlist subject to DMCA restrictions but cannot access individual items. Content playback, including skipping of content, is restricted to enforce relevant DMCA provisions. Encryption used to implement digital rights management (DRM) may be modified to enforce such content play rules or, alternatively, an additional layer of encryption may be imposed. Limitations on playback are stored along with the playlist structure in a form that is protected against modification. Information logging content playback is maintained in protected form to be uploaded and relayed to the service provider for the purpose of calculating royalty payments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Murgesh Navar, Andrey Yruski, Rajiv Puranik, Michael Hsu
  • Patent number: 10037081
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic fiddling are disclosed. In one embodiment, a sensor signal indicating an interaction with an electronic device is received by the electronic device. In response to receiving the sensor signal, the electronic device may output an output signal. The output signal may be output to a display, a haptic output device, an audio device, and/or another output device. The output signal can correspond to a modality. After outputting the output signal, another sensor signal indicating another interaction with the electronic device may be received by the electronic device. This interaction may be associated with the previously-received interaction. In response to receiving this interaction, the electronic device may output another output signal to the same output device(s) and/or different output device(s). The second output signal may correspond to one or more different modalities than the previous output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Vincent Levesque, Amaya Weddle, David Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10037087
    Abstract: A portable information handling system keyboard retracts from an extended position to a retracted position, the retracted position bring the keys into the portable information handling system housing to provide a compressed closed position of the housing. The keyboard keys are biased to the extended position with a metal dome that interacts with a scissor support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Hampton, Richard W. Schuckle, Jace W. Files, John T. Morrison, Vinh X. Bui, Chiu Jung Tsen, Gerald R. Pelissier, Wen-Pin Huang
  • Patent number: 10025391
    Abstract: A keyboard with keys arranged in at least three distinct sections, left, right, and supplementary. The left and right sections include left and right sets of keys, respectively, that contain letters and other commonly used keys. The left and right sections are arranged at between 20 and 30 degrees relative to a perpendicular to the user direction, and between ?20 and ?30 degrees relative to the perpendicular, respectively. The keys in the left and right sections are arranged in non-staggered columns, and the supplementary section containing supplementary keys arranged at between ?5 and ?15 degrees relative to the perpendicular, with keys arranged in non-staggered columns. The keyboard having a substantially uniform total height that does not exceed 1 centimeter, and which is arranged to sit flat on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Reuben Firmin
  • Patent number: 9984228
    Abstract: An approach is provided for password re-usage identification based on an Input Method Editor (IME) analysis. The approach analyzes a number of keystrokes received from a user at the IME that is running on the information handling system. A set of keystrokes received at the IME are identified as a possible new password that is being established by the user. A set of existing password data is searched with the search being based on the possible new password. The set of existing passwords are stored in a data store accessible from at least one of the processors of the information handling system. In response to the searching identifying that one of the existing passwords matches the possible new password, a notification, or warning, is displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rhonda L. Childress, Itzhack Goldberg, David B. Kumhyr, Su Liu, Neil Sondhi
  • Patent number: 9980024
    Abstract: The hearing system comprises a finger ring and a hearing device body. The finger ring includes: a first short-distance wireless communication portion; a vibration output portion disposed at a position that contacts a finger to convert a voice signal, which is received by the first short-distance wireless communication portion, into a cartilage conduction vibration and outputs it; and a first power source portion that supplies power to the first short-distance wireless communication portion and the vibration output portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: Rohm Co., Ltd., Finewell Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosoi, Yoji Hosoi, Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9973229
    Abstract: Tablet computers are increasing in popularity due to their versatility and portability. However, despite the ease with which such touch-screen devices may be operated in certain circumstances, there are situations in which a conventional desktop computer and/or laptop computer are preferred. The present invention provides a portfolio case in which a tablet may be secured to an inside surface of the lid for operable connection to a fold-out keyboard and power pack retained within the case. In this way, a tablet computer may achieve all the functionality of a laptop computer, while retaining the versatility of a tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Kapil Rana
  • Patent number: 9973190
    Abstract: A capacitive proximity and/or contact switch includes a cover plate having an upper side and an underside. The upper side provides a sensitive area of the switch and the cover plate, at least in the region of the sensitive area, is at least partially non-conductive. A conductive sensor face is disposed at a distance from the underside of the cover plate. The dielectric system of this capacitive proximity and/or contact switch is formed of the cover plate, at least one non-conductive element facing towards the sensor face and at least one conductive element between the cover plate and the non-conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Diehl AKO Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Charles Hahs, Dirk Golz, Bernd Theobold, Uwe Heimann
  • Patent number: 9964996
    Abstract: A portable information handling system keyboard retracts from an extended position to a retracted position, the retracted position bring the keys into the portable information handling system housing to provide a compressed closed position of the housing. The keyboard keys are biased to the extended position with a metal dome that interacts with a scissor support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Hampton, Richard W. Schuckle, Jace W. Files, John T. Morrison, Vinh X. Bui, Chiu Jung Tsen, Gerald R. Pelissier, Wen-Pin Huang
  • Patent number: 9958949
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a plurality of electrode chambers, a measurement chamber, and an accommodation chamber which are connected in annular relationship permitting expansion and contraction. Each of the plurality of electrode chambers has a measurement electrode. The measurement chamber has a biological potential measurement circuit which is connected with each measurement electrode via electrically conductive wiring for measuring biological potential of the user by using the measurement electrode. The accommodation chamber has an internal protrusion. The wiring which connects at least one measurement electrode and the biological potential measurement circuit is provided around the protrusion, the wiring having a length which enables longitudinal feeding in accordance with an amount of elongation when the sensor device is elongated. A maximum clearance S between the accommodation chamber and an adjacent chamber is greater than a maximum clearance R between any two adjacent chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Morikawa, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Koichi Ikemoto, Satoshi Kanai