Including Keyboard Or Keypad Patents (Class 341/22)
  • Patent number: 11326937
    Abstract: A vibration transducer module for detecting a vibratory signal, comprising a base, a spring connected to the base at a first location, a mass mechanically coupled to the spring at a second location remote from the first location, and a wall configured to position a first wall electrode and a second wall electrode a selected distance from the first location, the conductive element positioned and sized to contact the first wall electrode and the second wall electrode. The mass comprises a conductive element, and an energy harvester to provide a first voltage signal. The energy harvester may comprise a piezoelectric material or be construct as a SAW device. The module may be combined with a rectifier and an oscillator to form a vibration sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CORNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Amit Lal, Sahil Gupta, Sachin Nadig, Benyamin Davaji
  • Patent number: 11307683
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a touch-sensitive illuminating display includes a transparent flexible touch layer, a transparent top conductive layer adjacent the flexible touch layer, a bottom conductive layer, and an electroluminescent layer and variable-thickness dielectric layer sandwiched between the top and bottom conductive layers. Pressure against the flexible touch layer is to reduce the dielectric layer thickness and bring the top and bottom conductive layers closer together, causing the electroluminescent layer to emit light where the pressure is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jarrid Wittkopf, Robert Ionescu, Ning Ge, Helen A Holder
  • Patent number: 11310358
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a smart phone case combination keyboard for the blind that includes: a cover main body having a mounting space to which a smart phone is mounted so as to expose a display unit on an upper surface, a plurality of lower key holes formed toward downward on a lower surface, and a front key hole respectively formed on a left and right of a surface toward frontward; a keyboard cover embedded in the main body, having a plurality of keys respectively protruded through the lower key holes and operated by a thumb of a hand gripping the cover main body as a first front key and a second front key are protruded through each of the front key holes; a communication module performing communication between the smart phone and the keyboard; and a controller that controls to perform pairing with the smart phone through the communication module and to transmit a key input signal of the keyboard to the smart phone through the communication by the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Tai Hong Choi
  • Patent number: 11289287
    Abstract: A detachable screen key structure mainly includes a key body having a hollow portion, key butting element and screen carrying element, where a key signal connecter is configured in the hollow portion, the screen carrying element is configured with a display element and a key cap is configured on the display element, and the display element is configured with a display butting element adapted to dock the key butting element. Whereby, a user can accommodate the key signal connecter for signal transmission inside the hollow portion so as to increase use beautification. Furthermore, since the display will be connected to the key butting element through the display butting element, the user is allowed to carry out the removal and replacement by themselves, which can increase use convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Yi-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 11278128
    Abstract: A baby changing pad apparatus having a locator, locator receiver, and non-skid grip combination for engaging the baby changing pad apparatus to a first surface. The locator receiver includes a quick connect first portion engaged to the baby changing pad apparatus. The locator includes a quick connect second portion engagable between the quick connect first portion and first surface. The non-skid grip may engage the first surface with or without the locator engaged to the locator receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Regalo International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Michael P. Lane
  • Patent number: 11269423
    Abstract: The signal input device according to an embodiment of the present inventive concept may have effects in that the number of buttons included in the signal input device can be reduced because different types of input signals can be generated depending on a direction of a laterally pushed manipulation force, and a configuration can be simplified, a production cost can be significantly reduced and two or more input signals can be simultaneously generated because a laterally pushed manipulation force can be detected although a separate pressure sensor is not provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Youn Soo Kim, Ki Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 11269499
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus performs control such that an item to be displayed in a display unit is displayed so as to move according to a touch operation, and performs control to not move the position of the item displayed in the display unit even if a touch operation has been started, and, in response to a movement of a touch position having been detected, move the item from the position at which the item was displayed in accordance with a movement amount of the touch position, and after the touch position has been moved, when a position of the touch panel that is in a first direction from a set reference position of the touch panel is tapped, move the item in the first direction by an amount corresponding to a predetermined amount, every time a tap is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Emi Kondo
  • Patent number: 11262794
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a host, a main display, a keyboard, an auxiliary display, and a supporting mechanism. The main display is pivotally connected to the host. The keyboard is slidably disposed on the host. The auxiliary display is disposed on the host and is arranged side by side with the keyboard. The auxiliary display includes a movable end and a lifting end, the keyboard contacts the movable end, and the movable end is slidably connected to the host. The supporting mechanism includes a first link, a second link, and a third link. The first link is slidably connected to the host and is pivotally connected to the second link. The second link is pivotally connected to the host and is pivotally connected to the third link. The third link is pivotally connected to the lifting end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Chun-Hung Wen, Chun-Hsien Chen, Hui-Ping Sun
  • Patent number: 11256877
    Abstract: An input method includes receiving input end indication information sent by an input module, where the input end indication information indicates that input of a character or a word ends, obtaining a location of a cursor, identifying the input character or word forward from the location of the cursor until a first punctuation input before the character or the word is identified, using the identified character or word as a previous text, and querying a word library for a next text associated with the previous text, and outputting the associated next text to a display module for displaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Konggang Wei, Guanghua Zhong, Gang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11239653
    Abstract: A device having an armature including a main wall; a rotary part intended to be mechanically coupled to a control shaft of an electrical switching unit; a bar integral with the rotary part and able to rotate between a first position and a second position and extending through a slot in the main wall; a position sensor having a movable contact pushed into a retracted position by the bar when the bar is in the first position; a stabilizing device having a resilient strip extending along the slot in order to exert a retaining force on the bar when it is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Brice Jacolin, Michael Mary, Eric Pinero, Nicolas Dormigny
  • Patent number: 11232046
    Abstract: A portable computer-peripheral apparatus comprises a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector. The apparatus is operable to communicate with a computer terminal (e.g. a ‘PC’). Following connection to the PC, the apparatus initialises (i.e. presents or enumerates itself) as a HID keyboard and then sends to the terminal a first predefined sequence of keycodes automatically without manual interaction; the keycodes complying with the human interface device (HID) keyboard standard protocol. Each keycode represents and simulates a keystroke, such as those performed when a user strikes a key on the PC keyboard. The keycode sequence automates the direct access to content, and/or or the initiation of a task or other process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: ARKEYTYP IP LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Steven Hulbert, Durrell Grant Bevington Bishop
  • Patent number: 11226659
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a host, a display, a sliding plate, and a keyboard. The host has an operating surface. The display is pivoted to the host. The sliding plate is slidably disposed in the host, where the display is mechanically coupled to the sliding plate, and the sliding plate includes a plat portion and a recess portion that are arranged side by side. The keyboard is integrated to the host. The keyboard includes a key structure, where the key structure includes a key cap and a reciprocating element, and the key cap is exposed from the operating surface of the host. The reciprocating element is disposed between the key cap and the sliding plate and has a first end connected to the key cap and a second end contacting the sliding plate. The second end is located on a sliding path of the plat portion and the recess portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Chen, Shun-Bin Chen, Huei-Ting Chuang, Yen-Chieh Chiu, Yu-Wen Lin, Yen-Chou Chueh, Po-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 11199966
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more aspects of a dynamic soft keyboard, a user input is received via a soft keyboard having multiple keys. Information describing a current input environment for the soft keyboard is obtained, and a determination is made as to which one or more keys of the multiple keys was intended to be selected by the user input. This determination is made based at least in part on the current input environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erik M. Geidl, Shawn R. LeProwse, Ian C. LeGrow, Reed L. Townsend
  • Patent number: 11190207
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to recognition of simultaneous key presses in a keyboard. The keyboard includes a first group of keys, which includes keys that are to be individually recognized when pressed simultaneously with at least one other key of the first group. Keys of a first sub-group of the first group are connected to key switches that are to be connected to general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins. Keys of a second sub-group of the first group are connected to key switches on at least one of mutually different columns and mutually different rows of a matrix of electrical interconnections. The second sub-group includes at least one key that is not a modifier key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: ShihFeng Yen
  • Patent number: 11188129
    Abstract: An expansion hinge including a torque module, two first brackets, two sliding brackets, two second brackets and two elastic modules is provided. The torque module is configured to provide torques. The two first brackets are rotatably connected to two opposite ends of the torque module. The two sliding brackets are rotatably connected to the two opposite ends of the torque module. The two second brackets are slidably disposed in the two sliding brackets respectively. Each of the two elastic modules is disposed between the respective sliding bracket and the respective second bracket. The two sliding brackets are adapted to synchronously slide with respect to the two second brackets, and each of the elastic modules is configured to push the respective sliding bracket and the respective second bracket to form a pulled-out state or a pushed-in state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Che-Hsien Lin, Chun-An Shen
  • Patent number: 11180030
    Abstract: A switching device for actuating drive elements includes first switching elements situated on a housing surface to be actuatable by fingers of a person and a second switching element situated on a housing surface to be actuatable by a palm, a palm heel, or a thumb of the person. The first and second switching elements are formed by touch surface sensors without switching contacts. In one variation, actuation of one of the first switching elements causes actuation of a corresponding one of the drive elements only when the second switching element is actuated during the actuation of the one of the first switching elements. In another variation, simultaneous actuation of one of the first switching elements and the second switching element causes a drive element corresponding to the one of the first switching elements to be actuated according to a function corresponding to the second switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: KOSTAL Automobil Elektrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Bleckmann, Uwe Borgmann
  • Patent number: 11175726
    Abstract: A user interface (UI) enables a user to access a set of options relating to an element of the UI by contacting a region of a touchscreen, or hovering a feature over the region, associated with that element. Upon contacting or hovering for at least a determined period of time, an arranged set of options is displayed and the user can swipe or move the feature in a specified direction to select a specific option. The options can be the same for each instance of a type of item. When a user learns the direction of one of these options, the user does not have to contact or hover long enough to bring up the menu, but can contact or hover long enough to indicate the element of interest and then perform the appropriate motion, which can cause the action to be performed without first displaying the menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy T. Gray, Aaron Michael Donsbach, Mark R. Privett
  • Patent number: 11163914
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to managing enterprise security by utilizing a smart keyboard and a smart mouse. The smart keyboard may include pressure sensitive keys, a physical sensor configurable to detect a user characteristic associated with a user of the smart keyboard, an image capturing device configurable to capture an image of an activity in a vicinity of the smart keyboard, and a switch, communicatively coupled to the pressure sensitive keys, the physical sensor, and the image capturing device, where the switch is configurable to activate or deactivate the pressure sensitive keys, the physical sensor, and the image capturing device. The smart mouse may include a wheel, one or more pressure sensitive clickable components, and at least one physical sensor configurable to detect a user characteristic associated with a user of the smart mouse. Systems and methods for utilizing a smart keyboard and a smart mouse are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Elijah Clark, Edward Lee Traywick, George Albero, Elizabeth R. Liuzzo
  • Patent number: 11151061
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a communication module configured to communicatively couple the keyboard to a host computer. The keyboard includes a plurality of keys that are configured to be physically actuated by a user. The plurality of keys can be remapped such that a signal transmitted to the host for a specific key can be changed to a different signal corresponding to a different key. The keyboard can also include an administrative mode that can be accessed in response to the user depressing a series of predetermined keys. While in the administrative mode the user can reconfigure keyboard settings, access debug functions of the keyboard and/or reset memory locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Andrew Coonrad, Jacob Kottage
  • Patent number: 11152166
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes a substrate and keycaps disposed on the substrate. The substrate includes a long slit and an elastic bridge member. The long slit divides the substrate into a first plate having a first side edge and a second plate having a second side edge opposite to the first side edge. A gap is between the first side edge and the second side edge. The elastic bridge member is connected between the first side edge and the second side edge. The first plate is movable relative to the second plate. The first side edge includes a first bridge seat. The second side edge includes a second bridge seat. The elastic bridge member is connected between the first bridge seat and the second bridge seat. The elastic bridge member includes a wedge portion connected to an inner corner between the elastic bridge member and the first bridge seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Chia-Hsin Chen, Chi-Hung Cheng
  • Patent number: 11126283
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for handling user input gestures on an extended trackpad of an electronic device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Denis G. Chen
  • Patent number: 11112944
    Abstract: Provided is a keyboard navigation menu which provides navigation within a software application using keyboard commands instead of mouse/cursor based inputs. The keyboard activation menu can improve upon traditional mouse-based menus which often include hidden tabs or require multiple mouse inputs. In one example, the method may include displaying, via a user interface, a keyboard navigation menu comprising a plurality of different keyboard inputs that when pressed navigate a view of the user interface to a plurality of pages of a software application, respectively, detecting a keyboard input from among the plurality of different keyboard inputs which corresponds to a second page from among the plurality of pages of the software application, and changing a view of the user interface from the first page to the second page of the software application that corresponds to the detected keyboard input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Patrick Simon
  • Patent number: 11086355
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a display unit, a memory storing program instructions, a processor to execute the program instructions in connection with operating the electronic device, and a main body unit housing the memory and processor. The display unit is rotatably mounted to the main body unit. The main body unit has a sidewall divided into first and second sidewall segments that are moved relative to one another corresponding to the main body unit being shifted between active and storage states. An interface component is mounted within the sidewall of the main body unit. The interface component includes members spaced apart from one another by gaps. The members are moved relative to one another between an operative position corresponding to the main body unit in the active state and a collapsed position corresponding to the main body unit in the storage state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Brian William Wallace, Ali Kathryn Ent
  • Patent number: 11079816
    Abstract: An integrated heat dissipation system for a haptic piezoelectric keyboard of an information handling system comprising a base chassis formed of a C-cover affixed to a D-cover to house the haptic piezoelectric keyboard assembly, a processor, and a heat dissipating layer and the heat dissipating layer thermally coupled to a haptic piezoelectric keyboard assembly and the processor to direct heat away from the keys of the piezoelectric keyboard of the C-cover and toward a vertical edge of the base chassis, where the piezoelectric keyboard assembly comprises a plurality of piezoelectric sensors disposed across a support plate, and a contact foil layer, for detecting deformation of one of the plurality of piezoelectric sensors and registering a keystroke, affixed to the plurality of piezoelectric sensors and the support plate and provide a haptic feedback control signal to generate a haptic response to the keys of the piezoelectric keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Michiel Knoppert, Priyank Gajiwala
  • Patent number: 11057036
    Abstract: A switching operation sensing device is provided. The device includes a touch operation unit that is integrally formed with a housing and includes first and second touch members disposed in different regions; an oscillator circuit configured to generate a first oscillation signal including a variable resonant frequency when the first touch member is touched and a second oscillation signal including a variable resonant frequency when the second touch member is touched; and a touch detector circuit configured to detect whether at least one of the first and second touch members has been touched, and distinguish touch regions based on the first oscillation signal and the second oscillation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Woon Ji, Joo Yul Ko, Joo Hyoung Lee, Byung Joo Hong, Je Hyuk Ryu, Jong Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11040622
    Abstract: An operating device for controlling functions of a motor vehicle, includes an operator control element which can be displaced from a rest position beyond a first actuating position into a second actuating position. The operating device has a control unit which is designed to actuate, in accordance with a function which is assigned to the operator control element, a display device for displaying information associated with the function if the operating element is positioned in the first actuating position. The control unit is configured to trigger the function if the operator control element is positioned in the second actuating position. The operating device is configured to output a tactilely perceptible feedback in at least one of the positions of the operator control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Guenter Horna
  • Patent number: 11030910
    Abstract: Disclosed are a Chinese character structuring member, a system of mortise and tenon joint structures of Chinese characters formed by the Chinese character structuring member and a method for inputting Chinese characters. An entity component of Chinese characters includes the following three structures: an entity component provided with a connecting mechanism at a middle and/or one end or both ends of the entity component configured to join with other entity components of the Chinese characters; an entity component provided with a connecting mechanism entity component extending from one end of the entity component to the other end of the entity component without exceeding the entity component of the Chinese characters; and an entity component provided with at least one connecting mechanism on the entity component that includes a plurality of sub entity components connected end to end and rotatable at the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: CHONGQING HANZIHUI EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY Institute Co., LTD
    Inventor: Xiaoming Gao
  • Patent number: 11029763
    Abstract: An input device and an electronic device are provided. The input device includes one or more force-receiving portions configured to receive an external force applied by an operation object. The input device also includes a moving portion corresponding to each force-receiving portion and configured to move in response to the external force received on a corresponding force-receiving portion satisfying a first condition. In addition, the input device includes a trigger portion corresponding to each moving portion and configured to generate an input signal after a motion of a corresponding moving portion satisfies a second condition. Further, the input device includes one or more radiation portions configured to transmit or receive a wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bingjie Wu, Jen-chen Lu, Bin Shi, Kohei Shibata
  • Patent number: 11012069
    Abstract: A key switch implements a receiving switch conductor and transmitting switch conductor in the key switch. Depressing the key switch will cause the receiving switch conductor and transmitting switch conductor to approach each other. The approach of a finger and movement of the key switch can be detected using the receiving switch conductor and the transmitting switch conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Tactual Labs Co.
    Inventor: Braon Moseley
  • Patent number: 11003221
    Abstract: A keypad bezel for attaching to a housing of a handheld computer comprises a main body including plurality of screw holes and tabs for connecting the main body to the computer housing and a plurality of leverage points in the main body useful for removing the keypad bezel from the housing. To remove the keypad bezel, the screws are removed from the screw holes and a removal tool is positioned so that it mates with recesses the keypad bezel and force is applied to the removal tool in a direction way from the housing. The force removes the tabs out of corresponding slots in the housing allowing the bezel to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Canada, ULC
    Inventors: Jin Liu, Yanmin Mao
  • Patent number: 10996758
    Abstract: An object execution method and apparatus is provided for executing an object based on an input pressure level with a haptic feedback indicative of an attribute of the object. An object execution apparatus may include a display unit, an input unit, and a control unit. The display unit may display at least one object. The input unit may detect a selection of an object and/or a pressure level input for executing the object. The control unit may check a reference pressure value preset for the selected object. The reference pressure value may be indicative of attribute information of the object. The control unit may compare an input pressure value of the pressure level input with the reference pressure value, and may determine whether to execute the object based on the comparison result. The input unit comprising a vibration generator may generate a vibration mapped to the reference pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han Chul Jung, O Jae Kwon, Chang Beom Shin
  • Patent number: 10990280
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification describes a method that includes determining when to send a user selection of a first key on a keyboard to an operating system, where the operating system supports shortcut key combinations. The device identifies the user selection of the first key, as input for an application. The device determines that the first key is part of a shortcut key combination. The processing device determines whether a cursor is visible in a user interface provided by the application. Upon determining that the cursor is visible in the user interface, the device waits for another user selection of one or more remaining keys of the shortcut key combinations before sending the first key to the operating system. Upon determining that the cursor is not visible in the user interface, the device sends the first key to the operating system without waiting for another user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Parallels International GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Grechishkin, Nikolay Dobrovolskiy, Serguei M. Beloussov
  • Patent number: 10983694
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a keyboard engine that operates a keyboard that accepts shape-writing input and radial entry input. A keyboard input module obtains input data from at least one input sensor of the keyboard. An intention disambiguation engine enables simultaneous use of the shape-writing input and the radial entry input acceptance for a user of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William A. S. Buxton, Richard L. Hughes, Kenneth P. Hinckley, Michel Pahud, Irina Spiridonova
  • Patent number: 10976833
    Abstract: A keyboard is configured for inputting letters of an alphabet into a computing device. The keyboard has a left-side keyboard section and a right-side keyboard section. The left-side keyboard section comprises a left-side cluster of letter keys formed from letter keys in multiple different left-side rows, including a left-side top row and a left-side bottom row that each has only a single letter key. Letter keys forming a perimeter of the left-side cluster are arranged around the perimeter in alphabetical order according to said alphabet. Similarly, the right-side keyboard section comprises a right-side cluster of letter keys formed from letter keys in multiple different right-side rows, including a right-side top row and a right-side bottom row that each has only a single letter key. Letter keys forming a perimeter of the right-side cluster are arranged around the perimeter in alphabetical order according to said alphabet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Nolan Jones
  • Patent number: 10969831
    Abstract: A keyboard device is provided with a base plate configured by arranging a plurality of plate members, a plurality of keytops vertically movably supported on the upper surface side of the base plate, a frame attached to the upper surface side of the base plate and having a plurality of hole portions into which the keytops are vertically movably inserted, and a fastening tool provided at a position overlapping with a plate boundary portion formed between the facing end surfaces of the plate members adjacent to each other and simultaneously fastening the adjacent plate members to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kitamura, Satoshi Douzono, Kazumi Nakaju, Takanori Koike
  • Patent number: 10970286
    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: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Brodsky, Tomer Mahlin
  • Patent number: 10963154
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a control unit determining a program being executed, a display unit including a display area of which a portion is protruded or recessed corresponding to an operation of the determined program, and an input sensor unit sensing an external input applied to the protruded or recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD., INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, YONSEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jaeik Lim, Minwoo Kim, Wonsang Park, Hyeyong Chu, Kyungbo Min, Dayoung Ju
  • Patent number: 10955935
    Abstract: A method for processing user input entered via a data entry system includes the steps of receiving a signal representative of a contact of one or more fingers singly or in combination against an arbitrary surface; detecting a predetermined number of contacts within a time window; and mapping the predetermined number of contacts to a secondary character from a set of secondary characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Tap Systems Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Schick
  • Patent number: 10949020
    Abstract: Embodiments may take the form of a system having a user input device and a first sensor coupled to the user input device. The first sensor is configured to sense touch on a surface of the user input device. The system may also include a second sensor in communication with the surface of the user device configured to sense wetting of a user's fingerprint on the surface. The system has a processor coupled to the first and second sensors and configured to estimate an amount of force applied by the user's fingerprint based at least in part upon the sensed wetting of the user's fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Duncan Kerr, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 10952294
    Abstract: A driving method and driving apparatus for light emitting diodes in a keyboard are provided. The driving method includes the following steps: obtaining a first driver color data table unmatched with a key light driver array from a first memory; generating a second driver color data table matched with the key light driver array in a second memory according to an arrangement order of keys in the key light driver array and the first driver color data table; driving the key light driver array according to the second driver color data table; and driving the light emitting diodes corresponding to keys in the keyboard through the key light driver array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ITE Tech. Inc.
    Inventor: Yi-Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 10940262
    Abstract: Devices are provided that include a faceplate for a medical device. In embodiments, an identifier chip adapted to be affixed to an exterior portion of a faceplate provides a unique identifier for the faceplate. Accordingly, the identifier chip enables tracking and monitoring of an associated medical device. And, in embodiments, the faceplate includes a visual communication alert indicator to enable the faceplate to provide visual cues a user. As such, the status of the medical device and the faceplate can be easily communicated to the user. Methods to use the faceplate are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Mark Portnoy
  • Patent number: 10928925
    Abstract: In a method and a system for recommending candidates in an input method, an initial key code and/or an initial key code string inputted by a user using an input method is received; according to the initial key code, a recommended input character is determined; and a weight of the recommended input character is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: KIKA TECH (CAYMAN) HOLDINGS CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuan Gao, Li Tian
  • Patent number: 10922246
    Abstract: Systems and methods of a peripheral devices switching system configured to be connected to a plurality of host computers, including at least one set of peripheral devices, a peripheral devices switch that is to be coupled to said at least one set of peripheral devices and said plurality of host computers, where the peripheral devices switch assigns a color to each host computer, and couple between said at least one set of peripheral devices and an active host computer, and one or more polychromatic light sources that are being comprised in the peripheral devices switch, the at least one of the peripheral devices of the sets of peripheral devices or both, where the peripheral devices switch indicates the active host computer by illuminating at least one polychromatic light source by the color that is assigned to the active host computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HIGH SEC LABS LTD.
    Inventor: Aviv Soffer
  • Patent number: 10915147
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is provided and includes a first display module, a second display module, a keyboard device, a sensing unit and a control unit. The second display module is pivotally connected to the first display module. The sensing unit is configured to sense a position of the keyboard device relative to the second display module to output a sensing signal. The control unit is configured to control a displaying image of the second display module according to the sensing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Chen Yi Liang, Keng-Hsien Yang, Hsin Ting Ho, Cheng-Wei Chang, Fang-Wen Liao
  • Patent number: 10884517
    Abstract: An input device of the present disclosure includes an electrode sheet, a plurality of keys, and a controller. The electrode sheet directly senses a change in capacitance at a position where an object approaches when the object approaches the electrode sheet. The plurality of keys are depressibly disposed on the electrode sheet. The controller detects capacitance change amounts at a plurality of positions on the electrode sheet, outputs positional information indicating the position, among the plurality of positions, at which a capacitance change amount detected satisfies a first given condition, and outputs key information indicating a key among the plurality of keys corresponding to the position, among the plurality of positions, at which a capacitance change amount detected satisfies a second given condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsuya Shibata
  • Patent number: 10878715
    Abstract: A system and method for typing training are disclosed in which a fingerprint recognition system is included. The system recognizes a typist's fingers or fingerprints while the typist types the keys on a keypad such that the system determines which finger has pressed a particular key and can notify the typist when an incorrect finger is used to press a particular key. The system is well suited for tutorial typing where the typist is reinforced to use the correct finger to type each particular key. The system may be implemented using a specially designed keyboard or it may be implemented as an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Type A+ LLC
    Inventor: Barbara Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10866667
    Abstract: A touch pressure control method and device are provided. The touch pressure control method comprises: determining, according to a first pressure value and a second pressure value generated in response to a single touch operation, a pressure level and a touch point position corresponding to the touch operation; and selecting, according to the pressure level and the touch point position, a corresponding function or application from a function and application list, and controlling an implementation of the function or application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Weifang Goertek Microelectronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wentao Wang, Tianduo Zhou, Zhongkai Li
  • Patent number: 10852858
    Abstract: An electronic device and method for identifying a detached cover device and a cover device therefor are provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a wireless communication circuit disposed within the housing, a touch screen display exposed to the exterior, and a processor disposed within the housing and electrically connected to the wireless communication circuit and the touch screen display. The processor may be configured to sense mounting of the cover device on the touch screen display, identify a conductor pattern of the mounted cover device by scanning the touch screen display on which the cover device is mounted, and identify the mounted cover device on the basis of the identified conductor pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Jin Paik, Joo-Hoan Do, Seong-Hoon Kang, Kum-Jong Sun, Tae-Hyeon Yu, Young-Oog Kim, Yeong-Su Choi
  • Patent number: 10832879
    Abstract: An input device includes a base plate and a push button rotatably provided on a top surface of the base plate. The base plate has a bearing part protruding from the top surface. The push button has an operation surface part receiving a push down operation and a positioning part rotatably supported by the bearing part. The positioning part positions the push button in the plate thickness direction of the bearing part by an abutting part abutting on a first face of the bearing part and a pushing part resiliently biased toward and pushing a second face of the bearing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kitamura, Satoshi Douzono, Takanori Koike, Kazumi Nakaju
  • Patent number: 10817028
    Abstract: A keypad module for a mobile computing device includes: a base member including: a base plate having (i) a lower surface configured to engage with a keypad mount of the mobile computing device, (ii) an opposing upper surface, and (iii) a light receiving region at the lower surface; a light pipe riser extending from the base plate and having a light emission region at an input surface of the keypad module; wherein the base plate and the light pipe riser define a light path from the light receiving region to the light emission region, configured to receive light from the mobile computing device and emit the light at the light emission region; and a keypad assembly supported on the upper surface of the base plate, the keypad assembly including a plurality of keys exposed at the input surface of the keypad module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Coproration
    Inventors: I-Heng Tsai, Yanmin Mao, Huang Chih Huang, Timothy Kyowski