Variable Key Legends Patents (Class 341/23)
  • Patent number: 10989978
    Abstract: An information handling system peripheral keyboard sized to rest on an information handling display to accept key inputs has a bottom surface with a selectively opaque layer that transitions between transparent and opaque states based upon a usage scenario. For instance, the keyboard has a transparent state when placed on the display to allow light to pass through the keyboard and illuminate the keys. When removed from the display, an opaque state hides keyboard internals so as not to detract from the keyboard appearance. In one embodiment, the selectively opaque layer is an electronic ink that presents a product brand on the keyboard bottom surface when in the opaque state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Chiu Jung Tsen, John Trevor Morrison, Jace W. Files
  • Patent number: 10958533
    Abstract: A distributed computing environment comprises a plurality of distributed computer systems that execute a plurality of applications. At least one of the distributed computer systems executes a data flow software tool that identifies potential data flows between the applications and generates a GUI that shows at least one upstream application and/or at least one downstream application for a subject application. The data flow software tool receives, via the GUI, from the user, a first input for the at least one upstream application and/or a second input for the at least one downstream application. The first input comprises a verification that the at least one upstream application provides the incoming data flow to the subject application and the second input comprises a verification that the at least one downstream application receives the outgoing data flow from the subject application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Morgan Stanley Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Akshat Khandelwal, Christian Walden, Daren Clarke, Ian Worley, Jasvinder Saggu, Spyridon Soukeras, Stefano Brizzi
  • Patent number: 10936189
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system for randomization of one or more display parameters for a keypad displayed on a touchscreen of a mobile device, said system comprising a randomization subsystem to randomly select one or more variables related to at least one of said one or more display parameters, said one or more display parameters comprising a location of the keypad relative to said edge of said touchscreen; a size of said keypad; one or more sizes of one or more buttons within said keypad, and one or more positions of one or more groups of the one or more buttons within said keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BBPOS LIMITED
    Inventors: Hwai Sian Tsai, Chi Wah Lo
  • Patent number: 10877600
    Abstract: The system manages a keyboard displayed on a touchscreen to address non-responsive regions of the touchscreen. The system monitors usage behavior of the displayed keyboard on the touchscreen. The system determines the non-responsive region of the touchscreen based on the usage behavior. For example, the non-responsive region may result from damage caused by dropping. The system modifies the displayed keyboard to avoid the non-responsive region of the touchscreen. For example, the system may change the location, size, orientation, and/or layout of the keyboard, or keyboard characters thereof, to avoid the non-responsive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ROVl GUIDES, INC.
    Inventor: Madhusudhan Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10862482
    Abstract: An electro-permanent magnet (EPM) key assembly of an information handling system may comprise a pair of scissor plates operably connected to a base contact assembly including an EPM such that each of the pair of scissor plates may rotate away from one another in the presence of downward force on a key cap situated atop the pair of scissor plates for actuation of the EPM key assembly; the EPM comprising a low-coercivity magnet and a high-coercivity magnet; wherein an application of a first current pulse applied to an electrically conductive wire coiled around the low-coercivity magnet places the EPM in a first on state to assert a first magnetic field on a ferromagnetic flange operatively coupled to rotate with at least one scissor plate about a hinge; and wherein an application of a second current pulse applied to the electrically conductive wire places the EPM in a second on state to increase the magnetic field on the ferromagnetic flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Mark A. Casparian, Jason S. Morrison
  • Patent number: 10863228
    Abstract: A control device includes: an output unit that outputs a signal for prompting an electronic device to execute a predetermined operation; a function switch unit that includes a plurality of switches each having a contactor formed such that at least a portion of the contactor is elastically displaceable in a predetermined direction; and a label body that has a display part and a protruding part protruding from the display part, the label body being mounted in a state where the protruding part is inserted into a hole in a housing and the display part is positioned on an outside of the housing. The protruding part of the label body determines a combination of open or closed states of the plurality of switches. The predetermined operation is determined according to the combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norikazu Kaneshiro, Yutaka Higurashi, Hiroki Urabe, Tsukasa Takahashi, Makoto Sekitoh
  • Patent number: 10740449
    Abstract: The invention provides a solution for secure authentication of an individual. The invention comprises methods and apparatus for secure input of a user's identifier e.g. PIN. An image of a keypad is superimposed over a scrambled, operable keypad within a display zone of a screen associated with an electronic device. The keypad image depicts a non-scrambled keypad, in that the keys depicted in the image are in an expected or standardised format or order. The difference in positions of the keys depicted in the image, and those in the operable keypad, provides a mapping which enables an encoded form of the identifier to be generated, such that the un-encoded version is never stored in the device's memory. Preferably, the image depicts a keypad which is standard for the device which it is being shown on. The device may be a mobile phone, a tablet computer, laptop, PC, payment terminal or any other electronic computing device with a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: LICENTIA GROUP LIMITED, MYPINPAD LIMITED
    Inventor: Justin Pike
  • Patent number: 10715986
    Abstract: A control system for hazardous environments decreases flame paths, decreases punctures to the control system when installing interfaces, and increases safety. The control system may be characterized as a “one size fits all” controller that is able to automatically recognize a plurality of user interfaces. The controller has an enclosure to which the interfaces can be attached. The interfaces may interact with control electronics wholly contained in the enclosure using a variety of “wireless” mechanisms. Such mechanisms include reflecting light waves, infrared (IR) communication, radio-frequency identification, inductive coils, short-range wireless communication, camera images, piezoelectricity, and magnetism, and the like. The interfaces may include switches, indicator lights, smoke detectors, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Manahan, Adikaramge Jayawardena, Stephan Iannce, Benjamin Avery Freer
  • Patent number: 10572030
    Abstract: A computer system includes a keyboard device and a system device. The keyboard device includes a circuit board and a language identification device. The language identification device is connected to the circuit board and includes an identification circuit. The identification circuit is corresponding to identification information. The identification information is corresponding to a specific language adopted by the keyboard device. The system device includes a processor and a connector connected to the processor. The language identification device is connected to the connector such that the processor obtains the identification information. The processor determines an operating system corresponding to the specific language according to the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Shuo Chen, Wan-Chen Ku
  • Patent number: 10564828
    Abstract: A portable terminal apparatus includes an enclosure and a display attached to the enclosure and displaying at least part of a communication address and a Web page that is addressable by the communication address. An input that receives inputs from an user and a processor operates the Web page according with the inputs received through the input, wherein the communication address is displayed on an upper portion of the Web page, and the processor shifts the Web page along with the communication address downward when receiving a predetermined input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ishihara, Kazumasa Gomyo, Satoshi Iino, Yuji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10561027
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device including a display for data input/output, a bent display having a bent face formed by bending at least portion of a flat-type display and on which a mounted component is exposed, to provide a unique user experience, pleasing aesthetics, increased user function and improved grip capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yong-Hwa Kim, Song Hee Jung, Sangyong Eom, Jin-Ho Lim, Dong-Il Son, Byounguk Yoon
  • Patent number: 10503273
    Abstract: An array display switch includes a plurality of display switches arranged in an array to display different frames. Users press, touch or sense any one(s) of the plurality of display switches to not only change interactively the frames displayed but also turn on/off any one(s) of the plurality of display switches. The plurality of display switches jointly displays an integrated full-screen frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiung Chu
  • Patent number: 10496214
    Abstract: A method of configuring a touch screen for a printer and a configurable touch screen for a printer are provided. A touch screen layout is created using a standard graphics or drawing program. The touch screen layout is saved in a standard computer file. The computer file is loaded onto the printer or a controller of the printer which is in communication with the touch screen. The controller then configures the touch screen in accordance with the touch screen layout of the computer file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TransAct Technologies Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Payne
  • Patent number: 10490064
    Abstract: A codeset is described in a Public Codeset Communication Format (PCCF) as a format block including a plurality of fields having readily decipherable values, such as ASCII character values. One field is a mark/space information field that includes a sequence of mark time indicators and space time indicators for an operational signal of the codeset. A second field is a signal characteristic information field for the operational signal. Signal characteristic information may include carrier on/off information, repeat frame information, toggle control information, and last frame information. The PCCF is a codeset interchange format of general applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: George Vergis
  • Patent number: 10437092
    Abstract: A display assembly including a first display surface in a first plane and a second display surface in a second plane. The second plane overlaps and is vertically offset from the first plane. A control device is mounted over the first display surface and includes the second display surface. The display assembly is configured to simultaneously project images onto both the first display surface and the second display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Guzman, Christopher Levay, Shunji Yamauchi, Gareth Webb, Marc Arceo, Cary Horvath, Michael Lozano
  • Patent number: 10394445
    Abstract: An MFP (Multi-Functional Peripheral) as an information processing apparatus accepts an input through a keyboard selectively displayed on the touch panel of an operation terminal from among a plurality of keyboards configured with software key groups different from each other. The MFP displays a setting screen including a plurality of input areas on the touch panel. When the setting screen appears, the MFP acquires the type of the selectively displayed keyboard and decides an input accepting area that accepts an input through the selectively displayed keyboard, from among the plurality of input areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Shohei Ichiyama, Toshimi Shinchi
  • Patent number: 10384137
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a braille chording accessory for a game controller that includes a housing sized to be removably received by a handheld game controller, a plurality of paddles arranged as a braille cell on the housing, and a control circuit to translate a touch force applied to at least a portion of the plurality of paddles into individual braille characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jessica Julie Tran, Patrick Thomas Gaule, John Richard Porter, III, Dillon Taylor Baker, Catherine Marie Baker, Harrison Tu
  • Patent number: 10359859
    Abstract: Integrated control panel and electronic displays wherein the control panel may be positioned over the electronic display with at least part of the display being visible to the user. The control panel may consist of control elements such as rotary controls or buttons that can be associated with graphics on the display. Light emitters and detectors may be used to detect movement of the control elements such that the region of the display adjacent or juxtaposed to the control elements is not obscured from view of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: LAWO HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Alex Miles
  • 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: 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: 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: 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