Display Peripheral Interface Input Device Patents (Class 345/156)
  • Patent number: 9971413
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a positioning method and apparatus, which relate to the field of computer technologies and may simplify an operation of selecting a target application icon or function button and makes the operation less time-consuming. According to embodiments of the present invention, a gazed area on a screen under the gaze of a user is acquired by detecting a screen gazing operation of the user, a projection area on the screen to be pressed by the user is acquired by detecting the user's hover gesture operation of pressing the screen; when the gazed area does not include the projection area, the user's hover gesture operation of pressing the screen is re-detected to acquire the projection area on the screen to be pressed by the user; when the gazed area includes the projection area, an application icon or a function button included in a match area is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Ye, Yuanwang Liu, Zhen He
  • Patent number: 9973618
    Abstract: An electronic device and its operating method are provided. The method includes, while a display displays content, identifying, by a first processor, state information of the electronic device using a first sensor based on a first cycle, determining, by the first processor, whether the state information is maintained using the first sensor based on a second cycle, when determining that the state information is maintained based on the second cycle, providing, by the first processor to a second processor, first notification information corresponding to the determination, and changing, by the second processor, a state of the display in response to the first notification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jeong Gwan Kang, Byungjun Lee, Hyunsu Hong, Narin Kim, Yunhwa Seo
  • Patent number: 9971427
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention include an input device (e.g., a computer mouse) including a processor, a housing including a top side, the housing configured to support a user's hand, and a detachable cover plate configured to attach to the top side of the housing and support a user's hand. The cover plate can include a shape memory polymer (SMP) disposed thereon, where the SMP is pliable and operable to conform to the user's hand when a temperature of the SMP is at or above a threshold value. Furthermore, the SMP can be firm and non-conforming when the temperature of the SMP falls below the threshold value. A heating unit controlled by the processor can be configured to control the temperature of the shape memory polymer. The detachable cover plate can include the shape memory polymer disposed in areas configured to contact a user's palm and thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Samuel Siegfried, Joseph Lu, Nicolas Ramond, Nicolas Chauvin, Marc Bidiville
  • Patent number: 9971490
    Abstract: The description relates to interactions with a display device. In one example, the interactions can include detecting a user proximate to a display and detecting a non-touch control gesture performed by the user proximate to the display. The example can also include presenting a graphical user interface (GUI) on the display that includes options associated with the control gesture. The example can also include receiving user input selecting one of the options and receiving additional user input from the user to interact with the GUI via the selected one of the options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yinpeng Chen, Zicheng Liu, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Patent number: 9972136
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a device for navigating in a virtual reality scene, using body parts gesturing and posturing are provided herein. The method may include: projecting a synthetic 3D scene, into both eyes of a user, via a near eye display, so as to provide a virtual reality view to the user; identifying at least one gesture or posture carried out by at least one body part of said user; measuring at least one metric of a vector associated with the detected gesture or posture; applying a movement or action of said user in virtual reality environment, based on the measured metrics; and modifying the virtual reality view so as to reflect the movement or action of said user in the virtual reality environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Nadav Grossinger, Emil Alon, Iddo Bar David, Efrat Solodnik
  • Patent number: 9971441
    Abstract: A touch sensor is presented. The touch sensor comprises a first electrode (21a); a second electrode (21b); a spacing layer (22) disposed between the first and second electrodes to separate the first and second electrodes; a first sealing layer (23a) and a second sealing layer (23b), wherein the first and second electrodes and the spacing layer are disposed between the first and second sealing layers; wherein the first electrode, the second electrode, the spacing layer, the first sealing layer and the second sealing layer are bendable; a capacitive touch circuitry (24) arranged to sense a capacitive coupling between the first and second electrodes and to output a capacitive touch signal as a response to a change in the capacitive coupling; and a charge inducing circuitry (25) connected to the first and second electrodes arranged to independently induce electric charge to the first and second electrodes. A touch sensitive system comprising the touch sensor is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Hunt, Samir Drincic, Ola Thörn
  • Patent number: 9971401
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for interfacing a user with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) are provided. One method includes operations for identifying a point of gaze (POG) of a user, and for detecting initiation of an action by the user to move a position of a selector for selecting objects presented on a graphical user interface (GUI). In addition, the method includes an operation for determining the distance between the current position of the selector and the POG. The displacement speed of the selector is adjusted based on the distance between the current position of the selector and the POG, where the displacement speed is reduced as the distance between the current position of the selector and the POG becomes smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 9971407
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a mechanical input configured to rotate in a first direction about a rotation axis in response to a first input at the mechanical input. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a mechanical input sensor coupled to the mechanical input and configured to sense a rotation of the mechanical input about the rotation axis. In some examples, the electronic device comprises a mechanical input actuator coupled to the mechanical input and configured to rotate the mechanical input in a second direction about the rotation axis. In some examples, the mechanical input comprises a shared driving and sensing segment. In some examples, the mechanical input sensor is configured to sense the rotation of the mechanical input at the shared driving and sensing segment. In some examples, the mechanical input actuator is configured to generate magnetic fields for rotating the mechanical input at the shared driving and sensing segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Prashanth Holenarsipur, Albert Wang, Yuta Kuboyama
  • Patent number: 9972068
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for registering and visualizing at least two images, the method comprising the steps of: measuring (S1) a navigation speed used by a user during a scrollable and/or zoomable visualization of a first image of the at least two images and comparing the navigation speed with a navigation speed threshold value; visualizing (S2) the first image by solving deformations of the first image using a first level of computational load, if the navigation speed is below the navigation speed threshold value; and visualizing (S3) the first image by solving deformations of the first image using a second level of computational load, if the navigation speed is above the navigation speed threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marinus Bastiaan van Leeuwen, Jelte Peter Vink
  • Patent number: 9973602
    Abstract: A piezoelectric vibrator is located on a first end portion of a second surface of a panel, and is configured to vibrate while being bent in a first direction, the first end portion extending in the first direction. A double-sided tape is located between the panel and a first case. An adhesive is located between the panel and the first case. The first end portion includes an element region, and has second and third end portions with the element region interposed between the second and third end portions. The second end portion faces the element region, and includes a first adhesive region. The double-sided tape is present between the first adhesive region and the element region, and is not present in a region located closer to an outer edge of the panel than the first adhesive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 9971499
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, and sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays, on the display, an affordance corresponding to respective content at a respective size and detects a gesture that includes an increase in intensity of a contact followed by a subsequent decrease in intensity of the contact. In response to the increase in intensity, the device decreases a size of the affordance below the respective size. In response to the subsequent decrease in intensity: when a maximum intensity of the contact is above a content-display intensity threshold, the device ceases to display the affordance and displays at least a portion of the respective content; and when a maximum intensity of the contact is below the content-display intensity threshold, the device increases the size of the affordance to the respective size and forgoes displaying the respective content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, May-Li Khoe, Nicholas Zambetti
  • Patent number: 9971502
    Abstract: A device with a touch-sensitive surface detects one or more touches that start within a view on the touch-sensitive surface, and processes the one or more touches on the touch-sensitive surface with a software element associated with the view. The device receives, at the software element associated with the view, a touch event that includes data structure including a phase value indicating that a respective touch on the touch-sensitive surface has been canceled by the device. The device responds to receiving the touch event by ignoring the respective touch on the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jason Clay Beaver, Andrew Platzer
  • Patent number: 9962231
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for measuring and displaying the magnitude of traction forces applied to a patient's lower limbs during surgery, and for measuring the direction and magnitude of counter-traction forces applied to the patient's body by the perineal post located at the patient's groin to oppose traction forces applied to the patient's lower limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Trimanus Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Auchinleck, Stephen Lewis Leckenby, Kyle Cameron, Gregory Vincent Browne
  • Patent number: 9965040
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for using a user gesture to display content on a display are described herein. An apparatus comprises a media module, a gesture module, an angle module, a streaming module, and a network device. The media module displays media content on a display of a computing device; the gesture module detects a gesture control on the computing device; the angle module calculates an angle of the gesture control with respect a reference direction; the streaming module selects a display from a plurality of displays based on the calculated angle; and the network device transmits the media content to the selected display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Rider, Shahar Taite, Aviv Ron, David Kaplan
  • Patent number: 9964991
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a display; a housing including a front surface including the display, a rear surface facing a direction opposite to the front surface, and a side surface enclosing at least a part of a space defined between the front surface and the rear surface; a wireless communication module included in the housing; at least one antenna pattern electrically connected to the wireless communication module and configured to form an electromagnetic field or a magnetic field; a detection circuit electrically connected to the antenna pattern and configured to detect a current and/or a voltage associated with the antenna pattern; and a processor electrically connected to the wireless communication module and the detection circuit, wherein the processor is configured to change at least a part of an operation of the electronic device at least partly based on a change of the current and/or the voltage detected by the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Bong-Sub Kim
  • Patent number: 9965058
    Abstract: A mobile terminal, an electronic device and a method of controlling the same are provided. The electronic device can be controlled easily and intuitively by using the mobile terminal including a touch device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sanghyun Cho
  • Patent number: 9965155
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for performing dynamic, stroke-based alignment of touch displays. In one aspect, a method include providing, for output by a first mobile computing device that (i) has a first proximity sensitive display and (ii) has been designated a primary display device, a primary alignment user interface. The methods also includes transmitting, by the first mobile computing device to a second mobile computing device that (i) has a second proximity sensitive display and (ii) has been designated a secondary display device, an instruction to output a secondary alignment user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Keysers, Thomas Deselaers, Victor Carbune
  • Patent number: 9967365
    Abstract: A method is disclosed in which exhibitors or information management softwares at an event provide digital content to a content administrator, who in turn processes the digital content and loads it onto a content delivery device. At the event attendees are issued portable memory devices that, when engaged with a content delivery device, upload the digital content from that content delivery device. Each portable memory device has an information management software that enables the attendee to search, correlate and manage the digital content. In some embodiments digital content is loaded to the portable memory device without use of the content delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: VIRIDISTOR, LLC
    Inventor: Terence J. Mullin
  • Patent number: 9965062
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that relate to selectively enhancing content displayed on a display device. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising tracking a gaze location at which a gaze of a user intersects the graphical user interface, and upon detecting a gaze pattern that meets a defined gaze pattern condition indicative of difficulty in perceiving an item at the gaze location, displaying the item in at the gaze location a visually enhanced form via a user interface object displayed separately from the item at the gaze location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Pablo Luis Sala
  • Patent number: 9965044
    Abstract: An information processing method, device and apparatus are disclosed. An information processing apparatus acquires a mode-enabling gesture information of a user. An input mode corresponding to the mode-enabling gesture information is enabled. The input mode includes a keyboard input mode and a mouse input mode. Gesture information of the user is acquired in the input mode. The gesture information includes at least one of tap-gesture information and slide-gesture information. An operation instruction corresponding to the gesture information is generated according to a preset correspondence between gesture information and an operation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Chen
  • Patent number: 9965830
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus, for displaying image data in accordance with a line-of-sight direction of a viewer, that includes: storage means for storing a plurality of environment maps having different resolutions; obtaining means for obtaining as motion information of the viewer; retaining means for retaining a current area that is being displayed; target area determination means for determining a target area on the basis of the current area and the motion information; path area determination means for determining as a path area an area that includes a path, from the current area to the target area, along which the line-of-sight direction changes; setting means for setting resolutions that respectively correspond to the path area and the target area; and generation means for reading pieces of image data that respectively correspond to the path area and the target area from environment maps having the resolutions set by the setting means, and for generating image data for display in the path ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Hanamoto
  • Patent number: 9965662
    Abstract: An asset tracking system that optimizes the value per ping by tying the ping to a pattern of movements of the asset. The asset tracking device will send a ping to a remote host (i.e., receiver) when predetermined qualified event is detected by the device. In such a manner, the value per ping is optimized, leading to increased battery life and decreased operational cost. To satisfy these conditions, the asset tracking device is equipped with appropriate sensors, actuators, and trigger mechanism(s). A four-phase methodology or algorithm used to detect and determine when detected motions and movements warrant triggering the data ping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Chep Technology PTY Limited
    Inventors: Brian Lee, Mrinmoy Chakraborty, Jamshed Dubash, Jahangir Nakra
  • Patent number: 9965174
    Abstract: A Method for a measurement system, wherein the measurement system includes a touch-screen, a control-unit for the touch-screen, a measurement hardware, a measurement application and a gesture detection unit, wherein the measurement application interacts with the measurement hardware. In a first step the control-unit detects a position and/or a movement of one or more physical objects on and/or near the touch-screen. In a second step the gesture detection unit assigns the position and/or the movement of one or more physical objects to one gesture within a set of gestures. In a third step the gesture detection unit communicated the detected gesture to the measurement application. Furthermore, the measurement application performs a different function for the same detected gesture depending on a user interface of the measurement application which is displayed on the touch-screen when the gesture is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wlfgang Herbordt, Friedrich Reich, Barry Rowland, Rene Muessig
  • Patent number: 9965484
    Abstract: Methods for extracting data from a source file using a copy template and writing data to a target file using a paste template are described. The copy template may provide grammatical rules for parsing the source file in order to extract tokens corresponding with a plurality of data fields. The paste template may provide a mapping of extracted tokens into the target file. In some embodiments, a source file may comprise a word processing document, spreadsheet, or webpage that includes data displayed in a grid, list, or other structured format. Each row of a grid or list may display a limited number of properties or data values associated with the row. In some embodiments, additional information not displayed in the row may be extracted without having to manually select the additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CA, INC.
    Inventors: Guoqiang Zhang, Lizeng Zhang, Yingwei Cai, Chenyue Duan
  • Patent number: 9967640
    Abstract: A system for vibrationally sensing audio includes a vibration output device. The vibration output device includes a haptic actuator; a haptic actuator driver coupled to the haptic actuator; an antenna configured to communicatively receive a haptic pattern from a base unit; and a processor coupled to the antenna and haptic actuator driver. In some embodiments, a haptic pattern includes at least one frequency range. When a total audio power in at least one frequency range reaches a threshold, the processor activates the haptic actuator driver to drive the haptic actuator to produce vibration on a body surface of a user, an inanimate object surface, or a water surface. In some embodiments, the system further includes the base unit. The base unit includes a base unit processor configured to receive an audio signal from an audio emitting device and process the audio signal into the haptic pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Bodyrocks Audio Incorporation
    Inventor: Derek John Albanese
  • Patent number: 9967386
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments may disclose a mobile device which is connected with an external input device, and includes a first connector for receiving an input signal generated by the external input device through a docking station, the first connector being detachably connected with the docking station; and a first controller for receiving the input signal from the first connector, and executing a pre-stored function corresponding to the received input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Se-Jin Ji, Gyu-Cheol Choi, Kyung-Do Park, Dong-Yul Lee
  • Patent number: 9962128
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wearable terminal includes a display comprising a front side and a rear side, a first sensing unit configured to sense a biometric characteristic and disposed at the rear side of the display to be proximate to or contact a user's body, a second sensing unit configured to sense a movement of the terminal; and controller configured to execute a different function based on the movement of the terminal when a sensing strength of the biometric characteristic via the first sensing unit is greater than a threshold strength level, wherein the sensing strength is varied based on a portion of the user's body which the first sensing unit is proximate to or is in contact with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Yoonwoo Lee, Hyunwoo Kim, Gukchan Lim, Seonghyok Kim, Mihyun Park
  • Patent number: 9956766
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a liquid ejecting section that ejects liquid in response to a drive signal; a drive signal generation circuit that generates the drive signal by using a second frequency band including at least a part of a first frequency band; a non-contact power transmission circuit that transmits power in a non-contact manner by using the first frequency band; and a control circuit that controls the drive signal generation circuit and the non-contact power transmission circuit, in which the control circuit restricts the power transmission by the non-contact power transmission circuit in a case where the drive signal generation circuit has generated the drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Yamada, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 9959746
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a user equipment (UE) determines an emergency health condition for a user that is defined based on a set of health-related parameters crossing a corresponding set of thresholds. The UE receives health data from a set of health monitoring sensors that are each configured to monitor one or more health-related parameters of the user. The UE detects, while a restricted mode restricting access to a set of communicative functions of the UE is active, that the emergency health condition for the user exists based on the received health data indicating that the set of health-related parameters have crossed the corresponding set of thresholds. The UE disables the restricted mode in response to the detecting. The UE conveys, using one or more communicative functions from the set of communicative functions that are made available by the disabling of the restricted mode, an alarm related to the detected emergency health condition for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Parthasarathy Krishnamoorthy, Priyangshu Ghosh, Soumen Mitra, Shravan Kumar Raghunathan, Muthukumaran Dhanapal, Prashanth Mohan, Naveen Kumar Pasunooru, Ammar Kitabi, Jayesh Bathija, Praveen Kumar Appani, Hargovind Bansal, Sagar Shah
  • Patent number: 9959291
    Abstract: A system, computer program, and method for storing and sharing images such as photographs via a communications network (16) and for permitting the identification of objects within the images. The invention allows the identification of objects such as persons within the photos without requiring the person submitting the photos to type in identification information for each and every photo in a photo album. The invention also allows users to automatically share their photos with others and to automatically search for photos and/or certain people in photos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Frederick Frigon
  • Patent number: 9958418
    Abstract: A touch detection device capable of operation by a light touch, and of preventing false operations even when used in water handling equipment includes a sensing portion for sensing contact by a target object; a vibration excitation element attached to this sensing portion, a drive circuit for exciting vibration in the sensing portion, and a contact determining circuit for determining whether a target object is contacting a sensing portion based on vibration of the sensing portion after stopping the application of an AC voltage to the vibration excitation element by this drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9958951
    Abstract: A system configured for tracking a human hand in an augmented reality environment may comprise a distancing device, one or more physical processors, and/or other components. The distancing device may be configured to generate output signals conveying position information. The position information may include positions of surfaces of real-world objects, including surfaces of a human hand. Feature positions of one or more hand features of the hand may be determined through iterative operations of determining estimated feature positions of individual hand features from estimated feature position of other ones of the hand features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Meta Company
    Inventor: Yishai Gribetz
  • Patent number: 9958952
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing information between users based on recognition of the users and their associated processing devices in a scene. Interactions can be physical, verbal or a combination of physical and verbal gestures. Movements of the user and other users are tracked and interactions detected between them. User processing devices are connected by detecting users within view of a capture device, the capture device detecting motion tracking data for the user, such as a skeletal model. Information sharing may be controlled by the processing devices directly, by an intermediary server, or by a combination of the processing device and an intermediary server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Garret J. Buban
  • Patent number: 9958994
    Abstract: An input device having a sensing region overlapping an input surface includes a first substrate, a second substrate physically coupled to the first substrate, and a sensor electrode disposed on the first substrate and configured to detect input objects in the sensing region. A first force sensor includes a first electrode disposed on the first substrate and a first conductive portion of the second substrate capacitively coupled with the first electrode. The first conductive portion is configured to move relative to the first electrode such that a first variable capacitance of the first force sensor changes in response to force applied to the input surface in a first direction parallel to the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Mihai Bulea, Scott Shaw, Adam Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9961185
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for establishing a wireless connection based on a touch screen of a wireless device. The wireless device includes a slide-out processing section for determining, in response to a slide-out from an edge of the touch screen, a first slide-out parameter for determining by the other wireless device an object to be connected, and broadcasting the first slide-out parameter. The wireless device further includes a slide-in processing section for determining a slide-in parameter in response to a slide-in from the edge of the touch screen and reception of a second slide-out parameter directionally transmitted from the other wireless device. Furthermore, if the determined slide-in parameter matches the second slide-out parameter, then the slide-in processing section establishes a wireless connection between the wireless device and the other wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Xiao He, Kuang Hu, Guo Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9959811
    Abstract: A sensing unit measuring a bending degree of a flexible substrate includes: a first line formed on the flexible substrate; a second line adjacent to the first line; and a first controller applying a first sensing signal to the first line and measuring a change of crosstalk generated in the second line by the first sensing signal according to bending of the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eun-Jung Lee
  • Patent number: 9961257
    Abstract: An imaging method includes determining a gazed object of a user according to an image at the user's eye fundus; and changing a size of a target image of the gazed object according to a predetermined zooming rule. A device comprises: an object determination unit configured to determine a gazed object of a user according to an image at the user's eye fundus; and a processing unit configured to change a size of a target image of the gazed object according to a predetermined zooming rule. The size of the target image can be changed by optical zoom processing, so that the user feels that the gazed object is observed with an appropriate size of the image at the eye fundus at an appropriate distance, thereby facilitating the user to observe the gazed object and improving the observation efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuifei Yu, Lin Du, Wei Shi
  • Patent number: 9952704
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for a user interface system configured to detect a user's action. In various examples, an electronic device operable by a user may include an annular sensor and a processor. The annular sensor may be configured to detect a touch input. The processor may be operatively coupled to the annular sensor, and configured to determine an action by the user that corresponds to the touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Shuichi Kurabayashi
  • Patent number: 9952706
    Abstract: A flexible apparatus with a bending interaction guide is provided. The flexible apparatus includes a sensor which senses a bending that deforms the shape of the flexible apparatus, and a controller which performs a controlling operation corresponding to the bending, when a previously set bending is sensed. The controller adds and provides the bending interaction guide based on a bending set with respect to each of the objects that are displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shi-yun Cho, Chang-soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9954573
    Abstract: A mobile device case is described that comprises an outer shell, a blade and one or more integrated display screens. The case is reversible in that a user can place a mobile device within the case in either of a forward or backward orientation while maintaining functionality on the display screen of the mobile device and/or on the one or more integrated display screens of the case. The case protects the mobile device, and particularly its display screen, while still allowing the user to access and use the functions of the mobile device. Further, the case helps to conserve the battery life of the mobile device by deactivating some or all of the display screen of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: I-BLADES, INC.
    Inventors: Jorge Fernandes, Val Nunes
  • Patent number: 9950542
    Abstract: A facility for processing ink input is described. In one example facility, the facility receives ink input from an input device. The facility generates and renders ink stroke data structures in response to received ink input in accordance with an ink input processing pipeline. The facility provides to an executing application access to information traversing the ink input processing pipeline at a selected point in the ink input processing pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yibo Sun, Krishnan Menon, Connor Weins, Xiao Tu, Olumuyiwa Durojaiye
  • Patent number: 9952680
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for accepting inputs into a vehicle or other conveyance to control functions of the conveyance. A vehicle control system can receive gestures and other inputs. The vehicle control system can also obtain information about the user of the vehicle control system and information about the environment in which the conveyance is operating. Based on the input and the other information, the vehicle control system can modify or improve the performance or execution of user interface and functions of the conveyance. The changes make the user interfaces and/or functions user-friendly and intuitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOCONNECT HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 9952669
    Abstract: Systems and methods that dynamically render etching inputs are provided, and include a touch surface having a sensor and configured to detect user input, and a non-transitory memory, wherein the non-transitory memory includes instructions for capturing an etching input that is applied to an image or video file, determining a haptic effect that corresponds to the etching input, the haptic effect depending on a type of etching input, and transmitting a modified image or modified video file that includes the etching input and the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: William S. Rihn, David M. Birnbaum, Anthony Chad Sampanes
  • Patent number: 9953460
    Abstract: Techniques for three-dimensional garment simulation using parallel computing are presented herein. An access module can be configured to access a three-dimensional garment model of a garment. The garment model can include garment points that represent a surface of the garment. A processor, having a plurality of cores, can be configured by a garment simulation module to calculate one or more exerted forces on a subset of garment points. Additionally, the garment simulation module can generate cross pairs and apportion the generated cross pairs among the plurality of cores. Moreover, the garment simulation module can determine, using the plurality of vector execution units in parallel based on an organized data layout, whether boundaries of the first subgroup of cross pairs are overlapping based on the one or more exerted forces. Subsequently, the garment simulation module can calculate one or more simulated forces acting on the garment points based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jatin Chhugani, Jonathan Su, Mihir Naware
  • Patent number: 9953340
    Abstract: A companion advertisement is displayed on a control client which is also used to control the content being shown on a display client. The companion advertisement is related to a video or advertisement being displayed on the display client. Such a companion advertisement takes advantage of previously unused screen real estate and enables the user to interact with the advertisement or view further information without any interruption of the content being displayed on the display client. A server keeps the content displayed on the display client and control client synchronized. The server recognizes when a user is logged into both a display client and a control client and notifies the control client that an advertisement should be displayed. The control client then retrieves an advertisement related to the content on the display client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Simon Ratner
  • Patent number: 9953601
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a bending action recognition device and a flexible display device, the bending action recognition device comprises: a first electrode, a second electrode, a current detecting unit and a plurality of electrical conductors, a first voltage is applied on the first electrode, a second voltage is applied on the second electrode, first ends of all the electrical conductors are connected to the first electrode, different electrical conductors are located at different positions on the flexible substrate, and different electrical conductors have different resistances; when the flexible substrate is bent backward, at least one electrical conductor is electrically connected to the second electrode, and a first current is generated on the first electrode and the second electrode, and when different electrical conductors are electrically connected to the second electrode, the first current has different current values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Song Song, Shiming Shi
  • Patent number: 9953380
    Abstract: A method for setting a relationship between users of a plurality of mobile terminals includes receiving, from a plurality of mobile terminals, information on gestures made on, and recognized at, the plurality of mobile terminals, respectively, with respect to a single user gesture; determining a gesture correlation between the recognized gestures and the single user gesture based on information on the recognized gestures; and determining whether to set a relationship between users of the plurality of mobile terminals based on the gesture correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventor: DongWook Kim
  • Patent number: 9952712
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for communication between a touch control device and an external device, comprising the following steps: when an external device communicates with a touch screen, sending, by the external device, 1-bit data to the touch screen within each sending period, wherein the 1-bit data sent within each sending period is a combination of a valid signal and an invalid signal, or an invalid signal; scanning, by the touch screen, the bit data based on a predetermined scanning period to obtain N frames of scanned data, wherein the predetermined scanning period is 1/N of the sending period; obtaining a strength of an LCD interference signal according to one frame of data having a minimum signal strength among the N frames of scanned data; and reducing noise for the N frames of scanned data according to the strength of the LCD interference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO, LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaoxiang Chen, Jun Fang
  • Patent number: 9952629
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device, a User Interface (UI) method in the electronic device, and a cover of the electronic device. The electronic device includes a touch screen, and a controller configured to determine whether a cover covers the touch screen, to define a first area and a second area on the touch screen respectively in correspondence with a window area and a keyboard area of the cover, when the cover covers the touch screen, and to control display of a keypad related to contents displayed in the first area in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Soo-Hak Chae, Jae-Ho Kim, Saet-Byeol Lee, Jae-Yup Hwang
  • Patent number: 9952627
    Abstract: An information handling system may be in the form of a tablet computer such as a tablet computer. The tablet computer has a bendable display and may be foldable about an axis to cause the display to be bended and form an outer surface of the folded tablet computer or portion thereof. When the tablet computer is folded, the bended display may be displaced relative to a portion of the housing of the tablet computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Jung-Hwan Hong, John Trevor Morrison, Brian H. Leonard