Including Keyboard Or Keypad Patents (Class 341/22)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9952683
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a keyboard having multiple, separately moveable keys. The keyboard is configured to function as both a keyboard and a trackpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: William Hamburgen, Glen Murphy, Andrew Bowers, Ji Lee, Kevin Tom, John Nicholas Jitkoff, Amy Han
  • Patent number: 9946360
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device enabled with disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and also provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The disambiguation function can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke interpretation system provided. Additionally, the device can facilitate the selection of variants by displaying a graphic of a special <NEXT> key of the keypad that enables a user to progressively select variants generally without changing the position of the user's hands on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vadim Fux, Michael G. Elizarov, Sergey V. Kolomiets
  • Patent number: 9940016
    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: September 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William A. S. Buxton, Richard L. Hughes, Kenneth P. Hinckley, Michel Pahud, Irina Spiridonova
  • Patent number: 9933179
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controller, a method of receiving signals from a keypad and an HVAC system incorporating the controller or the method. In one embodiment, the HVAC controller includes: (1) a keypad having at least first and second banks, (2) a reference signal source configured to generate a time-varying untransformed reference signal and provide the untransformed reference signal to the first bank, (3) transformation circuitry configured to transform the untransformed reference signal into a transformed reference signal and provide the transformed reference signal to the second bank and (4) a processor having interrupt pins coupled to corresponding keys of both the first and second banks and a further interrupt pin coupled to receive one of the untransformed and transformed reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Darko Hadzidedic, Sakthi Narayan Kumar Murugesan
  • Patent number: 9928450
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automating interaction with a computer system includes linking a control computer system to an input interface and to an output interface of a client computer system, which is operative for producing user interface images on a display device. The control computer system executes distinct software modules that include a virtual operator for simulating actions of a human operator. Execution of the software modules causes the control computer system to capture an image from the output interface, and to recognize information in the image. In response to the information, the virtual operator controls an input device to automatically execute predetermined operations on the client computer system via the input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Geva, Eugene Walach
  • Patent number: 9915980
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a front housing arranged in a front portion of the electronic device, and a bracket connected to the front housing, to which a plurality of electronic parts of the electronic device are affixed. The electronic device also includes a rear housing arranged in a rear portion of the electronic device and including at least one slider and at least one rail. Each of the at least one slider is connected to a respective rail. The at least one slider is slidable on and elastically supported by the at least one rail, without being released from the at least one rail. The rear housing is detachable from the bracket by the at least one slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seung-Hwa Park, Byung-Sun Kim, Hyun-Mi Cheong
  • Patent number: 9910589
    Abstract: A virtual keyboard with dynamically adjusted recognition zones for predicted user-intended characters. When a user interaction with the virtual keyboard is received on the virtual keyboard, a character in a recognition zone encompassing the detected interaction location is selected as the current input character. Characters likely to be the next input character are predicted based on the current input character. The recognition zones of the predicted next input characters are adjusted to be larger than their original sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Zhen Jia, Jing Guo, Lina Yu, Yuqi Cui
  • Patent number: 9905091
    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: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9880737
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically reconfiguring a keyboard layout display to facilitate entry of password characters. The system analyzes the password while setting it, and will save a required keyboard layout for each character. A method includes obtaining an encoded sequence of keyboard layouts mapped to a corresponding characters sequence of a user password, receiving input of a password character and determining whether the character input is correct. If the character entered is correct: decoding the keyboard layout sequence to obtain a correct keyboard layout associated with a next password character to be entered; and automatically displaying the correct keyboard layout associated with a next character to be entered; or if the character entered is not correct: decoding the keyboard layout sequence to obtain one of: a correct or incorrect keyboard layout associated with a next password character to be entered; and automatically displaying the correct or incorrect keyboard layout on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew E. Broomhall, Fabrizio Nascimento Caldas, Christopher R. Dotson, Li Kong, Jia Tao Li
  • Patent number: 9870125
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a novel auto-scanning method for navigating elements within a user interface (UI) of a computing device. This method associates the UI elements into several overlapping groups, with each group having more than one element and having at least one element in common with at least one other group. The method successively identifies a different group of elements as a selectable group for a different duration of time. While a group is selectable, a user can select the group through an input device or mechanism. If a user does not select a first group of elements that is selectable during a first time period, the method identifies a second group of elements as being selectable during a second time period. While identifying the second group as selectable during the second time period, the method identifies the first as not being selectable during this time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Patti P. Hoa
  • Patent number: 9864470
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive apparatus includes an touch sensing part which operates a touch sensor arrangement to provide signal data representing a touch within a touch-sensing region on a front surface of a light transmissive panel; The touch-sensitive apparatus further includes a computer vision system part which operates a camera system to image a scene located externally of the touch-sensitive apparatus, and operates a computer vision controller to detect, based on image data generated by the camera system, at least one object within the scene. The touch-sensitive apparatus enables user interaction by touch control, gesture control and hover control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Tomas Christiansson
  • Patent number: 9864451
    Abstract: A controlling device using a source of energy, such as light energy, to provide the controlling device with a user interface having multiple, different visual appearances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Garfio, Cesar Alvarado
  • Patent number: 9860224
    Abstract: Techniques for improving security of transactions requesting user authentication data entry via mobile devices are described herein. The mobile device is configured to wirelessly communicate using a near field communications (NFC) standard used to communicate over very short distances. The mobile device includes a graphical user interface (GUI) configured to display a virtual keypad arranged in a randomly generated pattern, the pattern being configured to be changed in a random manner at each instance of displaying the virtual keypad. Security of transaction is improved by randomly changing positions of virtual keys of the virtual keypad configured to receive the user authentication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Arupratan Gupta
  • Patent number: 9859753
    Abstract: A system for controlling an appliance enables electrical circuits to be wired up more quickly, and electrical circuits to be reconfigured more easily. The electrical control system including a central control unit; one or more switch units connected in series forming a loop, the loop including a first end and a second end, wherein the first end and the second end of the loop are connected to the central control unit; and one or more appliance controllers connected to a respective appliance and in communication with the central control unit; wherein one or more electrical parameters are measured at the first end of the loop, and the central control unit sends a control code associated with the one or more electrical parameters to the one or more appliance controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sane Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Timothy Richard Bartlett
  • Patent number: 9851890
    Abstract: An input method usable by a terminal including a touch screen display, identifies first touch input locations on a touch screen. The first touch input locations comprise a predetermined number of concurrent multiple touches. A predetermined number of input buttons comprising a predetermined number of areas on the touch screen are associated with corresponding identified first touch input locations. A touch pattern is detected comprising a second touch input of one or more of the predetermined number of input buttons and an alphanumeric input corresponding to the detected touch pattern is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Na Kim, Sang-Hyup Lee
  • Patent number: 9830076
    Abstract: An apparatus, the apparatus comprising at least one processor, and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: change the state of a touch-sensitive input layer from a non-detecting state to a detecting state based on detection of a user input made using a user interface of an electronic device, the user interface comprising the touch-sensitive input layer and a physical key layer wherein the respective layers are at least partly overlying and the detection of the user input comprises detection of actuation using the physical key layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Liang Zhang, Shijun Yuan
  • Patent number: 9831050
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant or tamper-evident keypad device for use in secure transactions. The keypad comprises multiple security mechanisms to prevent tampering to the device, and thus access to users' private information. The keypad is made of resilient materials and contains a tamper-resistant collar for housing the keypad's connector interface. The keypad comprises a multi-layered printed circuit board with at least two internal security-shield layers comprising switch trace protection, as well as additional security layers for tamper protection. The keypad comprises a silicon-rubber keypad actuator that engages tamper switches on the flexible security circuit. The keypad comprises metal discs mounted on the front or rear face of the flexible circuit and an optional dome layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Multinational Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wolfe, Steve Dunham
  • Patent number: 9829928
    Abstract: A keyboard module pivotally connected to an electronic device is provided. The keyboard module comprises a bottom plate, a plurality of keys, a keyboard frame and a hinge structure. The plurality of keys are disposed on the bottom plate. The key includes a keycap and a support member for connecting the keycap to the bottom plate. The keyboard frame includes a plurality of openings to expose the keycaps. The hinge structure pivotally connects a display module of the electronic device with the keyboard frame or the bottom plate. When the display module rotates to drive the keyboard frame (or the bottom plate), the keycap moves relative to the keyboard frame (or the bottom plate). An electronic device including the keyboard module is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Chien-Hsing Chiu
  • Patent number: 9823823
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a touch panel display that displays an object, a contact state detection unit that detects a state of proximity or contact of a finger on the touch panel display, a coordinate detection unit that detects proximity position coordinates on a plane of the touch panel display when the state of proximity of the finger on the touch panel display is detected by the contact state detection unit, and an object selection unit that calculates a direction of movement and a speed of movement of the proximity position coordinates in a plane direction of the touch panel display based on the proximity position coordinates and selects the object displayed at a position corresponding to the direction of movement and the speed of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yoonok Heo, Katsuyuki Takama, Sumin Kwak, Tsukasa Aoyama
  • Patent number: 9808716
    Abstract: A method of providing input to a program, such as a video game, that expects input from a mouse and keyboard is disclosed. A plurality of large virtual cells are created on a display, each cell corresponding either to a smaller graphical button displayed by the program or to one or more keystrokes that the program will accept as input. A controller capable of moving the cursor is used to move the cursor onto a virtual cell, and a controller button pressed. An instruction is sent to the program, in the format the program expects, to perform the command corresponding to the user's action. The large virtual cells allow a user to select a command rapidly using various controllers without having to locate the cursor on the small graphical buttons of the program, and are thus well suited to large displays located at some distance from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sixense Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Bellinghausen, Daniel K. Paullus, Scott L. Szyjewicz, Danny G. Woodall, Lup-Yen Peter Young
  • Patent number: 9798717
    Abstract: A method of character recognition for a mobile telephone having a plurality of data input keys. The method facilitates a reduction in the number of user interactions required to create a given data string to less than the number of characters within the data string. The method includes: storing a set of data strings each with a priority indicator; recognizing an event; looking up the most likely subsequent data string to follow the event from the set of data strings; and ordering the data strings for display based on the priority indicator of that data string. If included in the list, the required subsequent data string is selected. If not included in the list, an event is entered and the steps of recognizing the event, looking up and ordering data strings are repeated. The priority indicator of the selected data string and the set of data strings are updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Keypoint Technologies (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Sunil Motaparti, Sanjay Patel
  • Patent number: 9785257
    Abstract: In some examples, a device to facilitate prevention or alleviation of a repetitive motion disorder may include a physical interface and a motor. The physical interface may include a size, a shape, an orientation, and a position. The motor may be operably coupled to the physical interface. The motor may be configured to automatically change at least one of the size, the shape, the orientation, or the position of at least a portion of the physical interface ergonomically and repeatedly during use of the device to facilitate prevention or alleviation of the repetitive motion disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Noam Hadas
  • Patent number: 9772724
    Abstract: Methods of forming a control panel include providing an electrically conductive substrate having a front surface. A first dielectric layer is disposed on the front surface of the substrate. A first electrode layer is disposed on a front surface of the first dielectric layer, wherein the first dielectric layer electrically isolates the first electrode layer from the substrate. The first electrode layer is in electrical communication with a switch circuit adapted to detect a change in a capacitance of the first electrode layer. A substantially transparent film can be provided to cover the electrode. The front surface of the substrate is a decorative surface substantially visible through the first dielectric layer, the first electrode layer, and the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: James Frederick Krier, David Michael Whitton
  • Patent number: 9769413
    Abstract: A display device, a remote control device for the display device, a method of controlling the display device, a method of controlling the remote control device, and a method of controlling a server includes collecting at least one piece of situation information or receiving at least one piece of situation information from a remote control device, determining a current state of a user based on the collected or received at least one piece of situation information, instructing the remote control device to output a notification signal corresponding to the current state of the user, and generating the control command according to the current state of the user and providing a sense-based image service to the user according to the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: In Ji Kim, Yong Hoon Lee, Snag On Choi
  • Patent number: 9757101
    Abstract: A control device for controlling a surgical handpiece is suitable for controlling the surgical handpiece according to control parameters. The control device comprises local control means present on the control device, wireless communication means suitable for communicating with remote control means by a wireless communication link. The local control means and the wireless communication means is suitable for receiving instructions to adjust each control parameter. Selector means is provided for selecting either the local control means or the wireless communication means for adjusting each control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Pascal Regere, Charles Reche, Yann Gallard
  • Patent number: 9756396
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing broadcast services are disclosed. One aspect of the invention provides a broadcast receiving apparatus that is connected over a network with a head-end and is configured to output a content on a screen in response to a user's request. The broadcast receiving apparatus includes: a key input receiving part configured to receive a preset key signal as input; a content identification part configured to identify a content outputted on the screen at a time point of inputting the key signal; and an option interface decision part configured to decide an option interface for the identified content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventors: Sung-Woo Nam, Se Rom Ham, Ji Hee Kang
  • Patent number: 9746978
    Abstract: A capacitive touch panel is disclosed. The capacitive touch panel includes a laminated structure. The laminated structure includes a liquid crystal displaying module, a single-layer touch sensor, and a polarizing module. The single-layer touch sensor is disposed on the liquid crystal displaying module. The polarizing module is disposed on the single-layer touch sensor. The single-layer touch sensor includes a plurality of first electrodes and a plurality of second electrodes. The first electrodes and the second electrodes are configured in an asymmetric electrode arranging way, so that one of the first electrodes will be arranged corresponding to at least two of the second electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Raydium Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Ying Lin, Kun-Pei Lee, Hsin-Wei Shieh
  • Patent number: 9740684
    Abstract: For determining homonyms of logogram input, code may recognize a logogram from at least part of a written logogram drawn by a user or a typed logogram. In addition, the code may determine whether homonyms of the logogram are to be made available to the user. The code also may determine multiple logograms having a pronunciation that matches the pronunciation of the logogram if the homonyms of the logogram are to be made available to the user. The code may provide a hint list to the user that contains the multiple logograms to enable selection of a logogram from the hint list. The code may also rank the multiple logograms based on context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Ming Qian, Qigang Wang, Song Wang, Jianbang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9733722
    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 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Key Ovation, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Norwalk, Chris Linegar
  • Patent number: 9714533
    Abstract: In order to provide a biaxial hinge and terminal device which ensure that a first and a second casings can open and close 360 degrees relative to each other, as well as enable a keyboard portion and rubber feet to sink relative to the upper surface of the first casing, from a predetermined opening/closing angle, the biaxial hinge comprises a biaxial hinge portion and an actuating mechanism for actuating operating mechanism(s) working on keyboard and rubber feet. Further, the actuating mechanism comprises a cam part moving in association with the movement of the biaxial hinge portion and together with opening/closing operations of the first and the second casings, and a slide part of which an end contacts with the cam part. The slide part is further provided on the attaching plate attached to the first and the second hinge shafts so as to start moving from a predetermined opening/closing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Ryuta Kuramochi
  • Patent number: 9716591
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for authorizing a second client (C2) to a server (S) for a user account for setting up a secure connection between the second client (C2) and a first client (C1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Deutsche Post AG, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Harald Lemke, Marcel Kulicke, Angelika Schneider, Yves Hetzer
  • Patent number: 9716776
    Abstract: A physical keyboard and a network access method are provided. The physical keyboard is provided with a card slot, and after a wireless network card is inserted into the card slot, the physical keyboard is connected to a wireless network by the wireless network card so that the mobile terminal can achieve network access through the wireless network connected to the physical keyboard while the key-in data input of the mobile terminal is accomplished. The physical keyboard of the present disclosure not only has the key-in data input function but also can achieve the network access by means of the wireless network card. Moreover, the network connected to the wireless network card may be converted into the WLANs such as a Wi-Fi network by the physical keyboard 10 to provide access points for other terminals, and this improves the using experience and meanwhile saves the consumption cost of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuk tung Thomas Liu, Vittorio Di Mauro, Jizhong Li, Chunguang Ma, Wei Ma
  • Patent number: 9710163
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inputting characters in a terminal are provided. The method includes receiving a first key input through a key input unit; storing at least one character corresponding to the first key input; displaying the stored at least one character in a first display area; removing the displayed at least one character from the first display area in response to a second key input received through the key input unit; displaying the removed at least one character in a second display area; receiving input of a selection of at least one character that is displayed in the second display area; and displaying the selected at least one character in the first display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Gyu-Cheol Choi
  • Patent number: 9704180
    Abstract: A distribution device according to the present application includes a distribution unit. The distribution unit distributes control information to a terminal device. The control information causes the terminal device to execute a detection procedure of detecting a position where a moving operation to move first content being displayed by the terminal device has been performed, and a display procedure of superimposing and displaying second content on the first content, based on the position detected by the detection procedure. For example, the display procedure causes the terminal device to execute processing of displaying, as second content, advertising content that allows an access to a web page provided by an advertiser, when the advertising content is selected by a user of the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Daisuke Kobayashi, Tatsuaki Suzuki, Kensuke Takada
  • Patent number: 9703389
    Abstract: A computer input device is disclosed which comprised a keyboard having a plurality of keys for entering commands and characters into the computer, a touch sensor for detecting one or more touches by one or more objects on a surface area of the plurality of keys, and an input processor coupled to both the keyboard and the touch sensor, where the input processor is configured to switch the computer input device to a mouse mode when the touch sensor having detected one of the plurality of keys being touched prior to the key being pressed, and the input processor is configured to switch the computer input device to a keyboard mode when the touch sensor having detected one of the plurality of keys being touched and pressed at approximately the same starting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Peigen Jiang
  • Patent number: 9690422
    Abstract: Provided is a touch panel apparatus capable of easily setting a touch sense produced by oscillatory waves of plural piezoelectric elements according to a user's taste. To this end, a touch sense pattern table (51) stores a plurality of touch sense pattern values made up of plural parameter values of a voltage table (52), plural parameter values of a frequency table (53), and plural parameter values of a phase difference table (54). A vibration diving control part (18) applies a driving signal to the piezoelectric elements of first to third groups to vibrate the touch panel (12) based on the parameter values acquired from the voltage table (52), the parameter values acquired from the frequency table (53), and the parameter values acquired from the phase difference table (54), correspondingly to the plurality of the touch sense patterns stored in the touch sense pattern table 51.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinya Aono
  • Patent number: 9679714
    Abstract: A multi-use switch for an electronic device includes a pressing piece configured to be pressed by an external force, a number of conducting elements located on the pressing piece and electrically coupled to a number of functional circuits of the electronic device one-to-one, and at least one coupling element configured to be electrically coupled to the conducting elements. The multi-use switch is partially received inside a housing. The coupling element is fixed to the housing. The pressing piece moves along an axis to move the conducting elements relative to the coupling element. The coupling element completes an electric circuit of one of the functional circuits when the corresponding conducting element is moved to electrically couple to the at least one coupling element. One electric circuit of the functional circuits is able to be completed at any one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhou Chen
  • Patent number: 9674336
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a portable processing unit add-on computing device for mobile devices. In one embodiment, the portable processing unit add-on comprises one or more processors, memory and means for remotely displaying and receiving input for its user interface. The portable processing unit add-on interacts with the mobile device in order to allow the mobile device's user to access the portable processing unit's functionality. The portable processing unit typically, but not necessarily, includes a desktop-grade processor, such as one based on the Intel™ x86 architecture, and runs a desktop-grade operating system such as Microsoft Windows™ or Ubuntu Linux™.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Karim Jean Yaghmour
  • Patent number: 9666934
    Abstract: An enhanced portable communication device includes a one-piece metal back plate with integral antennas. The one-piece metal back plate includes four integral antennas in an embodiment, forming an antenna pair at each end of the device. A printed circuit board (PCB) of the device is configured to drive one or more of the antennas capacitivly or, in an embodiment, via a direct feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Michael J Lombardi, Mohammed Abdul-Gaffoor, Joseph L Allore, Joshua D Boerman, Ugur Olgun, Abu T Sayem
  • Patent number: 9658660
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided that includes a body having one or more electronic components. The body may have a first portion and a second portion. The second portion may include a first layer of material comprising a first metal and a second layer of material comprising a second metal. At least one electronic component may be between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yanbing Sun, Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9658694
    Abstract: A touch-sensitive sheet member contains a body having predetermined hardness and a sheet shape and a sense-of-touch-representing unit that represents a sense of touch. The sense-of-touch-representing unit has a predetermined size and is arranged at positions of the body or at a predetermined position of the body. The touch-sensitive sheet member also contains a medium-supplying unit that supplies medium to the sense-of-touch-representing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Shun Kayama, Takashi Sawada, Yukiko Shimizu, Tsutomu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9652067
    Abstract: There is provided an input apparatus including: a pressure detecting unit which detects press pressure of an operational body applied to a virtual key having one or more input candidates allocated selectively; and an input control unit which varies a selection state of the one or more input candidates selectively allocated to the virtual key for every pressing operation having, as a single time of pressing operation, timing that the press pressure detected by the pressure detecting unit exceeds a predetermined selection threshold value or timing that the press pressure becomes smaller than the selection threshold value as being attenuated after exceeding the selection threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ikuo Yamano, Yusuke Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9652050
    Abstract: An input system includes at least one base portion. A plurality of multi-function keys, a function lock key, and a function activation key are located on the at least one base portion and coupled to a key function engine. The key function engine is configured to provide the plurality of multi-function keys in a first function mode. The key function engine may then change the function mode of the plurality of multi-function keys from the first function mode to a second function mode in response to receiving a first input through the function activation key that is followed by a second input that is received through the function lock key. The key function engine may then change the function mode of the plurality of multi-function keys between the second function mode and the first function mode in response to each subsequent input that is received through the function activation key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Key Ovation, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Norwalk, Chris Linegar
  • Patent number: 9645655
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for implementing integrated keys on a user input device. In one embodiment, the method includes detecting an initial input in either a first or second proximity sensor device. The first proximity sensor device may be integrated into a first key of the user input device and the second proximity sensor device may be integrated into a second key of the user input device that is proximate to the first key. The method may further include starting a first timer upon sensing the initial input. The method may further activate one of a first input mode or second input mode. The first input mode may be activated absent detection of a key input before the first timer expires. The second input mode is activated if a key input is detected before the first timer expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary I. Dickenson, Richard Hutzler
  • Patent number: 9639219
    Abstract: A touch panel sensor includes a substrate and an electrode having a detection electrode and an extraction electrode connected to a detection electrode. The electrode, in any cross-section thereof in the thickness direction, includes a metal layer which occupies at least part of the cross-section. The metal layer of the detection electrode and the metal layer of the extraction electrode are formed integrally at a joint between the detection electrode and the extraction electrode. The detection electrode includes a conductive mesh having conductive wire arranged in a mesh pattern, the conductive wire having a height of not less than 0.2 ?m and not more than 2 ?m and a width of not less than 1 ?m and not more than 5 ?m. The conductive wire of the conductive mesh each have a base surface on the substrate side, and a flat top surface located opposite to the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ishii, Yuichi Miyazaki, Youichirou Oohashi
  • Patent number: 9626355
    Abstract: An operating sequence for a handheld computing device manages the device to automatically detect cues describing the device's environmental and user actions performed with the device, learn which cues and cue combinations are relevant to predict user actions, and then in response to occurrence of the relevant cues, predictively implementing the appropriate user action or configuring the device in anticipation of user action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Ethan R. Bradford, David J. Kay, Michael Longe, Pim Van Meurs, Gaurav Tandon
  • Patent number: 9626104
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for reconfiguring touch controls on a device, such as a cell phone, in reaction to a user's changing mode of operation. For example, a standard display of icons that works well in two-handed operation may not work as well for one-handed operation where the user tries to operate the controls with a thumb of the holding hand. In such a case, a device can detect that the user is trying to operate the controls with a thumb of the holding hand and the controls can be reconfigured to be more suitable for thumb operation. Reconfiguration can also occur in other modes of operation, such as when the user is using a stylus, multiple fingers of a second (non-holding hand), fingers on both hands, etc. In some embodiments, detection of the mode of operation can be automatic such as where a camera takes an image to determine the mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Charles J. Kulas
  • Patent number: 9625992
    Abstract: A remote control with a shared touch sensor such as a touch pad is disclosed. The touch sensor is responsive to input from two different surfaces of the remote control providing attendant space and cost advantages. The touch sensor may be responsive to continuous touch input or to tactile input buttons adapted to activate the touch sensor when depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: David L. Henty