Variable Key Legends Patents (Class 341/23)
  • Patent number: 10322336
    Abstract: A game controller with haptic Braille chording capability. While a conventional game controller are geared to sighted players, the disclosed controller configurations include various adaptations that provide alternative input and outputs to facilitate game play by sight-impaired or blind users, as well as other users knowledgeable of Braille. A number of paddles may be arranged on a game controller housing so that a player may engage selected ones of the paddles to enable encoding braille characters using the paddles. This input may be used to control a game, enter text into a chat session or take any other action desired. The converse may also occur, where a combination of the paddles may provide haptic feedback detectable by a user holding a game controller so that the paddles encode braille output (or other data), allowing a user to receive output simply by contact with the paddles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jessica Julie Tran, John Richard Porter, III
  • Patent number: 10301871
    Abstract: Thin-film devices, for example, multi-zone electrochromic windows, and methods of manufacturing are described. In certain cases, a multi-zone electrochromic window comprises a monolithic EC device on a transparent substrate and two or more tinting zones, wherein the tinting zones are configured for independent operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Robin Friedman, Vinod Khosla, Rao Mulpuri
  • Patent number: 10063771
    Abstract: At step ST2, an assign key changing item is selected from menu items. At step ST3, an assign key to which a function is assigned is selected. At step ST4, a function to be assigned is selected. The selected function is assigned to the selected assign key. At step ST5, a setting result indication screen appears. When one of two paired functions is assigned, a message which prompts a user to assign the other function. After the message has appeared for a predetermined time, the latest assigned states appear. At step ST6, the latest assign key information is stored to a non-volatile memory. To quit an assigning process, a menu button 8 is pressed and the menu is closed (at step ST8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hisashi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10013075
    Abstract: A light guide is provided for illuminating innumerable constructions, but which is ideally suited for illuminating the keys of a keyboard. The light guide includes a translucent planar plate having a top, a bottom and sides. Further, the light guide includes one or more cavities which project upwardly into the translucent plate from its bottom surface. The cavities are hollow or filled with a translucent material so that the translucent plate and the one or more cavities form translucent interfaces where the cavities interface with the plate. The light guide also includes a reflector which covers the plate bottom and cavity openings. Light produced by a light source, preferably in the form of one or more LEDs, is transmitted to and through the translucent plate until striking the plate-cavity interfaces where the light is refracted into the cavities' interior or reflected upwardly to the plate's upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 9986115
    Abstract: A display device includes a screen, a touch sensor for detecting a contact position of an operation element on the screen, and an input auxiliary device capable of being moved by sliding by a user between a position above the screen and a standby position beyond the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Takehara
  • Patent number: 9971712
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic device is provided. In the method, an electronic cover is connected. Configuration information of the electronic cover is obtained. A User Interface (UI) corresponding to the configuration information is set. Various other embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hun Cheol Oh, Soo-Hyung Kim, Seok-Hyun Yoon, Jin-Woo Kim, Hyun-Jung Kim, Cheol-Ho Cheong, Myunggon Hong
  • Patent number: 9910510
    Abstract: A keyboard specifically designed to reduce errors in medical coding and aid in the coding process by making it easier to locate only the keys needed to accomplish coding. The keyboard moving the I and O to a different location than the remaining 24 alphabetic characters, and arranges those 24 characters in alphabetic sequence. The keyboard may have a first key group having the alphabetic keys inclusive of all the letters of the alphabet except for the letters I and O, a second key group including the numeric keypad and the letters I and O, and a third key group having only function keys. The keyboard increases coding volume by requiring less time than searching a standard QWERTY keyboard for the necessary keys and consequently helps to cut down on coding errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Elizabeth Whitmer
  • Patent number: 9880638
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of identifying and selecting characters from among a plurality of characters. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a computer processor electronically enables identification of each of a plurality of characters arranged in a one-dimensional array. Each character is identified by an integer value that corresponds to the number of positions the character is offset from a reference position of the one-dimensional array. The computer processor electronically enables selection of any of the characters by receiving input resulting from activation of selection keys that specify the integer value of a character desired for selection. In one further embodiment, each selection key has an assigned integer value, and the integer value that identifies the selected character is calculated by summing the assigned integer values of each selection key activated for each instance that each selection key is activated within a selectable-length time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Michael William Murphy
  • Patent number: 9836213
    Abstract: A device and method provides predictive visual indicators. The method includes displaying a user interface on a pressure sensitive touch screen display device of an electronic device. The user interface includes a plurality of contact areas. The method includes receiving a first touch input data on a first contact area. The first touch input data includes force data. The method also includes determining a second contact area as a function of the first touch input data and the first contact area. The second contact area is indicative of a prediction for a second, subsequent touch input data. The method includes displaying at least one predictive visual indicator that corresponds to the second contact area in response to the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Giannetta, Chari S. Madhusoodhana
  • Patent number: 9804687
    Abstract: A digital television including a display unit configured to display a keypad including a plurality of key buttons which are assigned with different alphabet characters, respectively, and a text window; and a controller configured to receive a first signal selecting a first key button of the plurality of key buttons, display a first alphabet character assigned with the first key button in the text window, and display a first sub key button assigned with a second alphabet character on a first region adjacent to the first key button of the keypad, in response to the first signal, and receive a second signal selecting the first sub key button, and display the second alphabet character next to the first alphabet character in the text window, and display a second sub key button assigned with a third alphabet character on the first region adjacent to the first key button of the keypad, in response to the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Bum Bae Kim
  • Patent number: 9807892
    Abstract: A drive unit is provided, particularly a drive unit for operating flow-control valves, comprising a housing, an electrical input, an electromechanical converter assembly, a mechanical output, and an electronic controller. The controller comprises an input unit having at least one pushbutton, which penetrates the housing and can be depressed against the action of a restoring device, and comprises a contactless switch that is actuated by the at least one pushbutton. A mechanical stop independent of the switch itself is associated with the position of the pushbutton that actuates the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hoerbiger Automatisierungstechnik Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Grödl, Berthold Grimmer, Daniel Haller, Bin Lang, Tobias Rossbach, Carlos Martinez, Norbert Zylka, Jochen Schaible
  • Patent number: 9795537
    Abstract: Methods to enable a visual check on the mixing proper pharmaceutical compounding kits. The methods include providing a kit with a colored inactive to be added to the mixture. When the mixture is uniform or resembles a predetermined color, the mixture is assumed to be properly mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Austin Bonderer, Clark Levi
  • Patent number: 9773240
    Abstract: A method of preventing passcode logging is disclosed. The method may include: presenting a passcode entry interface on an electronic device; receiving a sensor input sequence from a sensor of the electronic device, wherein the sensor input sequence is indicative of a user's interaction with the passcode entry interface; and introducing a fake sensor entry into the sensor input sequence on the electronic device, wherein the fake sensor entry is introduced in accordance to a pattern to later distinguish the fake sensor entry from an actual sensor entry in the sensor input sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Nathan McCauley
  • Patent number: 9727213
    Abstract: When a command key of a controlling platform is activated, the platform performs an operation to initiate a playing of media content and also initiates the retrieval of information from an information source. The information retrieved is related to the media content and is displayed in a display of the controlling platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Lilleness, Han-Sheng Yuh, Weidong William Wang, Wayne Scott
  • Patent number: 9715333
    Abstract: System and method for improving data input by using word frequency to text predict input. Other systems and methods include analyzing words already contained in a document (e.g. spell checking and OCR) and using word frequency to create a proxy system to reduce the space required to store data, allowing for more efficient usage of storage and enhancing the embedded content of matrix codes. The system displays the most common words in a language based upon the previously entered or displayed word(s), or the previously entered or displayed character or characters. Words with the most common frequency of use with the prior word(s) are displayed in a table to enable the user to quickly select one of the displayed words for rapid data entry. The input device can be a touch-sensitive display or non-touch sensitive type device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Spetalnick
  • Patent number: 9665275
    Abstract: A technique is presented for fast input of multi-character compound consonants and vowels on a touch computing device. The technique provides for fast input of multi-character compound consonants and vowels by enabling a user to touch an initial character on a first layout of characters, then slide his/her finger in different directions and/or different distances according to a second layout of characters. The second layout of characters can be based on the first touched character and therefore can have a limited set of characters, e.g., fewer characters in comparison to the first layout of characters. A syllable formed after input of both a consonant and a vowel, represented as one character set, e.g., in the Roman alphabet, can then be transliterated into another language, e.g., Chinese.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Hao Huang, Song Fu, Wei Sun, Hanping Feng
  • Patent number: 9639148
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus includes a display module including a window glass, a touch panel, and a display panel; a display holding frame that secures the display module, the display holding frame having a screw accepting part on a rear surface which is opposite to the display panel; a cabinet case, which encloses the display holding frame, and which has a screw hole corresponding to the screw accepting part of the display holding frame; and a bolt or screw inserted into the screw accepting part of the display holding frame through the screw hole in the cabinet case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kato, Kouichiro Takashima, Koji Endo, Hiroshi Kubo
  • Patent number: 9619675
    Abstract: A system and method for disposing a capacitive proximity and touch sensor in locations where an integrated circuit package may be vulnerable to intrusion by providing electrodes in the packaging that may prevent interception of data obtained by a probe that is brought into proximity of the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CIRQUE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jared G. Bytheway, Steven C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9529528
    Abstract: A method enables a user to fill an input field on a single display. An input field is generated on a user interface, wherein the input field has a plurality of character entry subfields and at least one constraint for at least one of said plurality of character entry subfields. A set of characters selected for input from said input field according to said at least one constraint of at least one of said plurality of character entry subfields is received, and a virtual keyboard on a single display is generated and presented, wherein only said set of characters are presented on said virtual keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua Fox, Itai Gordon
  • Patent number: 9465469
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling a touchscreen in a wireless terminal are provided. The apparatus includes a display unit which is activated when the wireless terminal is in a first operation state, a touchscreen unit which is activated and displays an icon for performing a corresponding function at a current mode when the wireless terminal is in the first operation state, and a control unit which activates the display unit and controls the icon for performing a corresponding function at a current mode to be displayed on the touchscreen unit when the wireless terminal is in the first operation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byeong-Kuk Lee
  • Patent number: 9459793
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a touchscreen configured to display a keypad including a plurality of key buttons having assigned first alphabet characters, respectively; and a controller configured to receive a first key input of a first key button of the plurality of key buttons, to display a first alphabet character corresponding to the first key input on a display portion of the mobile terminal, to predict a word that starts with the first alphabet character, to receive a second key input of the first key button after the first key input, and to display a second alphabet character included in the predicted word on the display portion based on the second key input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Bum Bae Kim
  • Patent number: 9448809
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to providing peripheral device functionality is described herein. In one embodiment, a method of operating a host computing device is described. The method includes communicatively coupling with a keyboard and querying the keyboard for a descriptor. Receiving the descriptor from the keyboard, wherein the descriptor includes data representative of a language, layout, and key mappings for the keyboard. Storing the data from the descriptor at the host and publishing strings for proper translation and interpretation of input received from the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nima Parivar, Jesse Michael Devine, Christopher T. Mullens
  • Patent number: 9448725
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer-usable medium for implementing a virtual keyboard for use with small input devices. A circular keyboard can be graphically displayed, in response to a user input by a user via a small input device. A circular and centrally located key can be graphically located and displayed within the center of the circular keyboard, wherein character keys radiate outward from the centrally located key (i.e., the “central key”). Character keys that are most commonly utilized by the user are preferably located closed to the circular and centrally located key within the circular keyboard. Character keys least commonly utilized by the user are preferably located at the edges of the keyboard, thereby permitting the circular keyboard to function as a self-adapting virtual keyboard for use with small input devices based on the usage of the keyboard by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Amsterdam, William C. Freeman, Brian M. O'Connell, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9430317
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for performing functions associated with a non-functional key of a keyboard present on electronic devices such as cell-phones, telephones, ATMs, etc. The electronic device is operated in a non-functional key (NFK) coding mode using NFK codes (108) that are provided to a memory component (202) of the electronic device (102). In the NFK coding mode, a user is allowed to enter functional keys in a coded sequence. Based on the NFK codes (108), the coded sequence is used to identify a function associated with a non-functional key of the keyboard and the identified function is indicated to a processor (204) of the electronic device (102) for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ST-Ericsson SA
    Inventors: Manasi Padhy, Ashwin Kumar T.C., Ravi Kant Singh, Raghavendra Mylarappa, Sachin Vyas
  • Patent number: 9411510
    Abstract: Techniques for preventing typographical errors on digital soft keyboards are implemented by a computing device with a touch-screen display. According to one technique, a plurality of soft keys of a soft keyboard is displayed on the touch-screen display. Each soft key covers an area of the touch-screen display. One or more occurrences of a particular typographical error in which a user erroneously selects an adjacent soft key in addition to or instead of an intended soft key are detected. In response, an activation region of the intended soft key is changed to decrease the probability of the user making the same typographical error in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Ravindra Marotirao Phulari, Mehul Kirtikant Sanghavi
  • Patent number: 9411461
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for facilitating the creation of electronic content on an editing canvas are disclosed. One example involves displaying an editing canvas on a touch screen of an electronic device, displaying a touch block object overlaying a portion of the editing canvas, wherein the touch block object blocks unintentional touches in an area of the touch screen associated with the touch block object, and changing a position of the touch block object with respect to the editing canvas responsive to receiving touch input on the touch screen to change the position of the touch block object. The touch block object may provide easy and convenient access to one or more editing tools or other feature for editing content on the canvas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: R. Brett Marshall, Patrick Martin McLean
  • Patent number: 9299063
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, a computer program product, and a data processing system display a user-defined email preview within a mail folder of an email client. A user can enter a user-defined preview text into a preview field associated with a particular email. When a preview of the email is shown in a mail folder, the user-defined preview text is shown as the email preview instead of a truncated portion of the email body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Travis M. Grigsby, Trevor Livingston, Ravi Mani
  • Patent number: 9292413
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention pertains to debugging program code associated with graphical objects, wherein the code responds to events of user interactions with the object. A menu is generated that includes user interaction events, and an associated program window is adapted to present the menu to a user when requested, wherein the user can select user interaction events from the menu. For each selected event, the method identifies a component of the program code that is responsive to that selected event. The method further includes setting a breakpoint in the program code in selected relationship with each identified program code component, wherein the subsequent occurrence of one of the selected user interaction events triggers a corresponding one of the breakpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony E. Faillaci, III, Matthew C. Hillary, Jorge R. Nogueras, Irina Tyshkevich
  • Patent number: 9292156
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments disclose enabling a user to invoke a function via a shortcut key in a multi-window computing environment by a software component executing on the computer. The exemplary embodiments include displaying, by a software component executing on a processor of a computer, a menu that lists functions invoked in different windows by the shortcut key; receiving a user entered selection of a priority for each of the functions to create a ranked menu of functions for the shortcut key; and responsive to detecting an entering of the shortcut key via a keyboard by a user, selectively invoking one of functions listed in the shortcut key menu regardless of which window is currently active based on the priority of the functions and a number of times the shortcut key is entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pavan K. Immaneni, Steven Ma
  • Patent number: 9224555
    Abstract: The present invention provides an LED illuminated keyboard, which controls LED components with specific color hues to illuminate by pressing a specific key. The LED illuminated keyboard according to the present invention merely uses a micro control unit (MCU) commonly used in a keyboard of a computer, and connects switch circuits capable of controlling the LED components with the specific color hues to an output terminal of a GPIO of the MCU, to make a plurality of keys of the keyboard illuminate with multiple color hues. Therefore, the LED illuminated keyboard according to the present invention brings in advantages of low cost and easy use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: LEETIS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (HK) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hyung Tae Lee
  • Patent number: 9176592
    Abstract: A system for, and a method of, configuring an electro-optical reader as a keyboard device having a selected keyboard layout containing keyboard layout data, encode each of a plurality of configuration symbols with a symbol sequence number, a total number of the configuration symbols, and a fractional amount of the keyboard layout data. During a configuration procedure, all the configuration symbols are electro-optically scanned and decoded, and the symbol sequence number, the total number of the configuration symbols, and the fractional amount of the keyboard layout data are extracted for each configuration symbol. The keyboard layout data for all the configuration symbols are linked in a sequence determined by each symbol sequence number and the total number of the configuration symbols. All the keyboard layout data is processed to configure the reader during the configuration procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yu Sun, John P. Evans, Dayou Wang, Ke Zhang
  • Patent number: 9141406
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides a user interface with respect to a plurality of applications and includes storing operation information regarding common operations performed in the plurality of applications of a device, generating a function window for performing at least one operation performed in the plurality of applications based on the stored operation information, and displaying the generated function window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-hwa Lee, Kyung-do Park, Mi-ra Eom, Ji-won Im
  • Patent number: 9137473
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a plurality of consumer electronic devices by displaying a plurality of broadcast channel identifiers each corresponding to a broadcast channel in a display of a controlling device adapted to command at least channel tuning operations of the plurality of consumer electronic devices. Input is accepted into the controlling device that functions to designate one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers and the controlling device uses the designation of the one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers to cause a transmission of a wireless signal from the controlling device to a one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to thereby cause the one of the plurality of consumer electronic devices to tune to the broadcast channel corresponding to the designated one of the plurality of broadcast channel identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Lee Haughawout, Mauro Dresti, Sandro David Klein, Alex Louie, Han-Sheng Yuh, Steve LanPing Huang, Patrick H. Hayes, Weidong William Wang
  • Patent number: 9122314
    Abstract: Key-input mechanisms are disclosed. An example mechanism includes an arced, resilient keycap, the arc of the keycap having a first central arc angle when un-pressed. The keycap is configured to, when pressed, deform so as to have a second central arc angle, the first central arc angle being greater than the second central arc angle. The keycap is further configured to, when released after being pressed, return to its un-pressed shape having the first central arc angle. The key input mechanism further includes a switch disposed under the keycap. The switch is configured to, when the keycap is pressed, electrically couple two or more circuit traces to indicate a keystroke for the key input mechanism. The switch is further configured to, when the keycap is released, electrically decouple the two or more circuit traces to indicate that the keystroke for the key input mechanism is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Matsuoka, Lawrence Lam
  • Patent number: 9104951
    Abstract: A man/machine dialogue system including: an RFID read/write station including a data processor; an antenna that is magnetically connected or coupled with the read/write station; and a man/machine dialogue member including a man/machine dialogue interface and an electronic tag. The electronic tag includes an internal memory and a processor and is positioned so as to be supplied with power, via magnetic coupling, by the read/write station and so as to be in contactless communication, via magnetic coupling, with the read/write station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Francis Chauvet, Dominique Benni, Alain Tardivon
  • Patent number: 9058320
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with a disambiguation routine that is operable to disambiguate text input. In addition to identifying and outputting representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input, the device is able to perform a spell check routine during input of a text entry and to learn and automatically correct mistakes typically made by the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vadim Fux, Dan Rubanovich
  • Patent number: 9046928
    Abstract: A method and apparatus which improves QWER-sive text input into an information handling system by gestures on or above a keyboard layout. It is known that languages have a characteristic frequency at which characters will appear. Relying upon such characteristics, a keyboard layout is generated in such a way that the area allocated to individual characters varies among the character set with larger areas being assigned to characters more likely to be used in a language selected by a user. Such enlargement of areas of response may either be visible to the user or concealed, in which latter case all of the individual characters appear to have been allocated areas of the same size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Bruce Kumhyr
  • Publication number: 20150145706
    Abstract: A pin entry device is described. The pin entry device has a plurality of push keys arranged to allow a user to input a pin code, a plurality of value indicators associated with the plurality of push keys, each value indicator being controllable to indicate a value of the associated push key to the user in dependence on a value assignment signal, and a key value controller arranged to dynamically generate a value assignment signal representing an assignment of a plurality of values to the plurality of push keys and provide the value assignment signal to the plurality of value indicators. A user identification terminal having such pin entry device is described, as well as a method of obtaining a pin code using such pin entry device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Enis-Nuri Arif, Christophe Oger
  • Patent number: 9035884
    Abstract: Systems and methods for intelligent language models that can be used across multiple devices are provided. Some embodiments provide for a client-server system for integrating change events from each device running a local language processing system into a master language model. The change events can be integrated, not only into the master model, but also into each of the other local language models. As a result, some embodiments enable restoration to new devices as well as synchronization of usage across multiple devices. In addition, real-time messaging can be used on selected messages to ensure that high priority change events are updated quickly across all active devices. Using a subscription model driven by a server infrastructure, utilization logic on the client side can also drive selective language model updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Phillips, David J. Kay, Erland Unruh, Eric Jun Fu
  • Patent number: 9035806
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a plurality of key tops having areas where light is transmitted; a gear link part provided below the key top and configured to vertically move the key top, a housing part provided below the key top, the housing part being configured to hold the gear link part; a rubber actuator configured to provide a reaction force based on vertical motion of the key top; a membrane sheet provided below the rubber actuator and having a contact, the contact being configured to open and close based on the vertical motion of the key top; a support panel provided below the membrane sheet, the support panel being configured to fix the gear link part with the housing part; a light guide plate provided below the support panel; and a light emitting diode configured to emit the light to a side surface of the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Takeshi Nishino
  • Patent number: 9019132
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, an input-mode adjustment method, and an input-mode adjustment program capable of allowing a user to input intended information are provided. The information processing apparatus determines whether the number of repetitions of deletion operation on information, such as a character string, is greater than a predetermined deletion operation threshold. When the number of deletion operations is greater than the deletion operation threshold, the information processing apparatus determines that a current input mode is not desired by a user, and changes the input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Taniyama
  • Patent number: 9013336
    Abstract: A data entry device including a housing including a top housing portion including key apertures, a plurality of data entry keys mounted in the housing to have data entry key depression travel paths in the housing, the plurality of data entry keys being associated with a substrate, which is disposed below the top housing portion and anti-tampering electrical conductors arranged between the top housing portion and the substrate thereby to prevent unauthorized access to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Eric Schulz, Arnon Aviv, Amihay Avital, Sergey Meron, Mehran Mirkazemi-Moud, Dave Faoro
  • Patent number: 9000956
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a finger sensor that recognizes, in response to contact of a finger, the contact and a movement of the finger; and a conversion unit that converts the movement of the finger recognized by the finger sensor into an input event corresponding to an operation instruction to an application running on the portable terminal. If a period of time from recognition of release of the finger from the finger sensor to recognition of placement of the finger on the finger sensor is less than a predetermined amount of time corresponding to physical limitations of a human, the conversion unit does not convert to the input event the recognition of placement of the finger, and recognition of a movement of the finger until recognition of release of the finger after the recognition of placement of the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masayuki Goto, Makoto Hosoi, Hidekazu Ito, Shigefumi Yamada, Yoshihiro Takamatsuya
  • Patent number: 8963694
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for selecting a remote controlled device to be controlled from among a plurality of remote controllable devices. The system includes an electronic device having a registration interface configured to register device data corresponding to the plurality of remote controllable devices, a position locator configured to determine position data corresponding to a position of the electronic device, and an orientation interface configured to receive orientation data corresponding to an orientation of a user. A controller is configured to select the remote controlled device based on the device data, the position data, and the orientation data. The plurality of remote controllable devices each may include a respective data source configured to provide the device data, and a headset may be configured to generate the orientation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Martin Nystrom, Erik Ahlgren
  • Patent number: 8963696
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing key control includes an integrated circuit (IC) arranged to detect a key press according to some input/output signals of a key matrix, where the input/output signals include first input/output signals corresponding to a first direction and second input/output signals corresponding to a second direction. In addition, the IC includes a plurality of first pins and a plurality of second pins, for transmitting the first and the second input/output signals, respectively. In particular, during the detection of the key press, the IC controls at least one first pin of the first pins to be in an output mode and controls the second pins to be in an input mode in a first time period, and controls at least one second pin of the second pins to be in an output mode and controls the first pins to be in an input mode in a second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: MEDIATEK Inc.
    Inventor: Tzu-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 8941511
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic device has a keyboard with a plurality of keys, each key having a substantially flat contact surface extending to the sides of each key. One of the sides of the key is beveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8943246
    Abstract: A character input device of the present invention includes a skill estimation unit that estimates the skill of a user in character input operation, based on the history of key operation by the user. In this character input device, a determination period for determining an input character being selected by a character input interface unit is increased or decreased, according to the skill estimated by the skill estimation unit. The character input interface unit selects the character based on the number of times at which a same key has been depressed, and judges whether or not the determination operation of the character has been performed, based on the determination period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Casio Mobile Communications, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naomichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8928502
    Abstract: A keyboard for entry of text characters is described. The keyboard comprises: a plurality of keys and a processing means for detecting when at least one of the plurality of keys is pressed. Each of the plurality of keys has an indicia marked on its surface. When the processor detects that two or more of the plurality of keys have been pressed within a predetermined time period of each other, data corresponding to a text character visually resembling the combination of the indicia marked on the two or more of the plurality of keys is output. A corresponding method of text entry is also described. The output from the keyboard visually resembles the combination of the indicia on the keys. This enables a user to use the keyboard without requiring special training, or to learn particular key combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan Maber
  • Patent number: 8909676
    Abstract: A codeset database for a universal remote control device includes a device index table, a key index table, protocol tables, and a set of keycode data structures. A keycode data structure includes a plurality of keycode data structure pointers (KDSPs) and one or more optional keycodes. In a star linking method, a keycode data structure is linked to multiple keycode data structures by pointing to those keycode data structures using multiple KDSPs. In a cluster linking method, a keycode data structure is linked to multiple keycode data structures by being pointed by those keycode data structures. A keycode data structure may not contain any actual keycodes, but a plurality of keycode data structure pointers and other information. A special value inside the keycode data structure is used to indicate whether and how keycode data structures are linked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: UEI Cayman Inc.
    Inventor: Oscar C. Miramontes
  • Patent number: 8896469
    Abstract: A system and method of selecting a letter for display in a communication device having a display and a reduced-key keyboard is provided. One of the plurality of keys on the reduced-key keyboard is selected and a default letter associated with the selected key is displayed. A backspace key is selected to display a cursor in the position of the default letter on the display. The key associated with the default letter is selected again and an alternate letter associated with the selected key is displayed in place of the default letter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Mihal Lazaridis, Jason T. Griffin