Including Orientation Sensors (e.g., Infrared, Ultrasonic, Remotely Controlled) Patents (Class 345/158)
  • Patent number: 10003732
    Abstract: An image processing device for simulating depth of field in a captured image, the image processing device comprising: a camera sensor configured to capture an image; an orientation sensor configured to determine an orientation of the device from which the direction of capture of the image by the camera sensor is derivable; and a processor configured to apply blur to a first area of the captured image in dependence on the orientation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Foodim Ltd
    Inventors: Romi Kadri, Jim Ingle, Neville Kidd
  • Patent number: 10001806
    Abstract: A dynamic dual displays system is coupled with a computing device to provide at least two display panels for single user or multiple user applications. In one embodiment, two display panels are provided in a back-to-back configuration connected by a hinge to allow rotation motion of the display panels relative to each other. Depending on the relative positions of the display panels and the computing device, the combined system provides a hybrid device that may dynamically serve as a notebook or a tablet computer. The multiple display panels may present the same or different contents simultaneously, depending on application. In a multi-user application, the display panels may be presented to different users, one of which accepts input data through a touch-sensitive surface on the corresponding display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Shang-Che Cheng, Wei-Han Wu, Chia-Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 9998427
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling an electronic device is provided. The system includes a first electronic device for reading a frame buffer to compress a screen and transmitting the compressed screen; a second electronic device connected to the first electronic device to repeatedly receive the compressed screen, receive a communication service related event generated in the first electronic device and output the communication service related event, and receive an event of copying a file between the first electronic device and the second electronic device and pasting the file; and a network for forming a communication channel between the first electronic device and the second electronic device according to an authentication result of authentication information input into at least one of the first electronic device and the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Shinhyun Kim, Taeho Kim, Hongkyun Kim, Hyomin Oh, Yongwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 9989924
    Abstract: A smart watch and motion gaming system are disclosed. The smart watch interacts with the motion-controlled game apparatus, and includes a controller, and a geomagnetic field sensor, a gravity sensor, a gyroscope, and a data transmission circuit, which are electrically connected to the controller. The geomagnetic field sensor detects an orientation of the smart watch and acquires the orientation data. The gravity sensor detects an inclination condition of the smart watch and acquires the inclination data. The gyroscope detects a rate of rotation of the smart watch to acquire the rotation rate data. The controller runs at least one of the geomagnetic field sensor, the gravity sensor, and the gyroscope in response to the user's selection, and accordingly collect the sensing data. The data transmission circuit transmits the collected sensing data to the motion-controlled game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: JRD COMMUNICATION INC.
    Inventor: Yanfeng Huang
  • Patent number: 9989623
    Abstract: A detector for determining a position of at least one object. The detector includes: at least one optical sensor configured to detect a light beam traveling from the object towards the detector, the optical sensor including at least one matrix of pixels; and at least one evaluation device configured to determine an intensity distribution of pixels of the optical sensor that are illuminated by the light beam, the evaluation device further configured to determine at least one longitudinal coordinate of the object by using the intensity distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Robert Send, Ingmar Bruder, Stephan Irle, Erwin Thiel
  • Patent number: 9984285
    Abstract: An adaptive tracking system for spatial input devices provides real-time tracking of spatial input devices for human-computer interaction in a Spatial Operating Environment (SOE). The components of an SOE include gestural input/output; network-based data representation, transit, and interchange; and spatially conformed display mesh. The SOE comprises a workspace occupied by one or more users, a set of screens which provide the users with visual feedback, and a gestural control system which translates user motions into command inputs. Users perform gestures with body parts and/or physical pointing devices, and the system translates those gestures into actions such as pointing, dragging, selecting, or other direct manipulations. The tracking system provides the requisite data for creating an immersive environment by maintaining a model of the spatial relationships between users, screens, pointing devices, and other physical objects within the workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Oblong Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ambrus Csaszar, Dima Kogan, Paul Yarin
  • Patent number: 9982990
    Abstract: A method corrects the position and deviation of a syringe needle in a machine for automatically preparing intravenous medication. The machine includes an automatic actuator, together with a control system, in which are placed the syringe and a one-dimensional position sensor including a measuring plane. The correction method includes steps in which the position sensor obtains position coordinates of a first and a second point of the needle, and steps of correcting the position and deviation error of the needle, by the control system of the automatic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GRIFOLS ENGINEERING, S.A.
    Inventors: Javier Rubio Aguilera, Oriol Casanova Montpeyo
  • Patent number: 9977531
    Abstract: An optical touch apparatus configured to sense a touch operation of an optical touch stylus is provided. The optical touch apparatus includes a touch operation surface, an optical sensor and a touch controller. The optical touch stylus performs the touch operation on the touch operation surface. The optical sensor is disposed on a side of the touch operation surface and senses the light beam from the touch operation to obtain sensing data. The sensing data include an image of the optical touch stylus and a mirror image generated on the touch operation surface by the optical touch stylus. The touch controller is electrically connected to the optical sensor and calculates a brightness threshold according to the sensing data. The touch controller determines a position of the touch indicator point of the optical touch stylus on the touch operation surface according to the sensing data and the brightness threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Hsien Lu
  • Patent number: 9977506
    Abstract: A primary user input mechanism is recommended to an application that executes on a computing device which supports a plurality of different user input mechanisms that users of the computing device can utilize to input information into the computing device. The utilization of each of the user input mechanisms is monitored on an ongoing basis, where this monitoring includes weighting each of the user input mechanisms based on its frequency of use. Upon receiving an indication to launch the application on the computing device, a one of the user input mechanisms currently having the highest weight is recommended to the application as being the primary user input mechanism. The weighting of each of the user input mechanisms is also provided to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Oren Freiberg, Brandon Walderman, Scott Sheehan
  • Patent number: 9978178
    Abstract: When sharing visible content on multiple display surfaces associated with different users, the hand of a user may be detected and analyzed when placed over the user's display surface. Characteristics of the user's hand, including things such as position, orientation, color, shape, and texture, may be shared with other users. Based on these characteristics, a representation of the user's hand may be depicted over the shared content on the display surfaces of the other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Deborah May Shepard
  • Patent number: 9979473
    Abstract: A system for determining a location of a user is provided that comprises a plurality of transmitters, each associated with a predefined physical location and each comprising a light source to provide an optical location signal; and at least one head-worn locator device with an optical receiver for receiving at least one of the optical location signals. To allow the determination of a location of a user that is wearing the head-worn locator device, each transmitter is configured to provide location information in the respectively provided optical location signal, wherein said location information corresponds to said predefined physical location of the respective transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas K Rosener
  • Patent number: 9962561
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a calibration method including a calibration phantom positioned on an adjustable table on the surface of a mechanical couch, with the phantom's center at an estimated location for the iso-center of a radio therapy treatment apparatus. The calibration phantom is then irradiated using the apparatus, and the relative location of the center of the calibration phantom and the iso-center of the apparatus is determined by analyzing images of the irradiation. The calibration phantom is then repositioned by the mechanical couch applying an offset corresponding to the determined relative location of the center of the calibration phantom and the iso-center of the apparatus to the calibration phantom. Images of the relocated calibration phantom are obtained, and the images are processed to set the co-ordinate system of a 3D camera system relative to the iso-center of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: VISION RT LIMITED
    Inventors: Ivan Meir, Martin Allen, Gideon Hale, Norman Smith, Robert Howe
  • Patent number: 9965027
    Abstract: An application control system and method is adapted for use with an entertainment system of a type including a display such as a monitor or TV and having display functions. A control device may be conveniently held by a user and employs an imager. The control system and method images the screen of the TV or other display to detect distinctive markers displayed on the screen. This information is transmitted to the entertainment system for control of an application or is used by the control device to control an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: I-INTERACTIVE LLC
    Inventor: David L. Henty
  • Patent number: 9965246
    Abstract: A method of outputting screen information using a sound, executed on an electronic device, is provided. The method includes creating a multi-dimensional space of two or more dimensions corresponding to a screen of the electronic device, setting sound information on respective coordinates of the multi-dimensional space, extracting location information of a focused point on the screen of the electronic device, determining coordinates of the multi-dimensional space corresponding to the location information, and outputting a sound according to the sound information set to the determined coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Jae Cho, Dong Heon Kang
  • Patent number: 9958946
    Abstract: User input in the form of image data is received from a user via a natural user interface. A vector difference between an adjustment start position and a current position of the user input is calculated. The vector difference includes a vector position and a vector length. The vector position is compared to stored rail data, and the vector length is compared to a stored threshold length. The rail data describes a plurality of virtual rails associated with an application. Based on the comparisons, the user input is matched to one of the plurality of virtual rails and a notification describing the matching is provided to the application. The application, thereupon, transitions from a first command to a second command corresponding to the matching virtual rail without receiving any explicit termination gesture for the first command from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David William Bastien, Oscar P. Kozlowski, Mark D. Schwesinger
  • Patent number: 9955341
    Abstract: A method for preventing call-up operation errors and system using the same are provided. The method includes the steps of: (S1) a proximity sensor continuously detecting a proximity or distant state of an obstruction; (S2) when detecting that the obstruction approaches, uploading the proximity state in drive program to an upper layer; (S3) when detecting that the obstruction moves far away, the proximity sensor first skipping reporting the distant state at this time, and increasing the transmission power of the proximity sensor; (S4) determining whether the reflection intensity signal exceeds a setting threshold; and (S5) if the obstruction is near the proximity sensor of the mobile phone, the proximity sensor skips uploading the distant state, and the display screen will not light up, if the obstruction is far away from the proximity sensor, the proximity sensor uploading the distant state and then lighting up the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GUANG DONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Zhang, Lizhong Wang
  • Patent number: 9946356
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention describe 3D pointing devices which enhance usability by transforming sensed motion data from a first frame of reference (e.g., the body of the 3D pointing device) into a second frame of reference (e.g., a user's frame of reference). One exemplary embodiment of the present invention removes effects associated with a tilt orientation in which the 3D pointing device is held by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: InterDigital Patent Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew G. Liberty
  • Patent number: 9946338
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a detection unit configured to detect a gaze point of a user in a display image displayed on a display unit, an estimation unit configured to estimate an intention of the user based on the gaze point detected by the detection unit, an image generation unit configured to generates a varying image that subtly varies from the display image to a final display image according to the intention estimated by the estimation unit, and a display control unit configured to control the display unit in a manner that the varying image generated by the image generation unit is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Hayashi, Yoichiro Sako, Takayasu Kon, Yasunori Kamada, Takatoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9939167
    Abstract: A user interface for an HVAC controller includes an electronic display and a proximity sensor for sensing a position of a user relative to the electronic display. A display controller is operably coupled to the electronic display and the proximity sensor and is configured to display one or more display elements on the electronic display. In some embodiments, a location of one or more of the display elements on the electronic display may be based, at least in part, on the position of the user sensed by the proximity sensor. In some embodiments, a size of one or more of the display elements on the electronic display may be based, at least in part, on the position of the user sensed by the proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hoppe, Daniel Murr, Patrick Hudson
  • Patent number: 9939915
    Abstract: An operation device and a method for operating functions of a vehicle involve a gesture detection device allowing detection of gestures carried out by a person in an interior of the vehicle for operating the functions. The gesture detection device has a multitude of operation zones in the interior, each zone being allocated to one of the functions and being selectable for operating the respective function by a gesture allocated to the respective operation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventor: Volker Entenmann
  • Patent number: 9933833
    Abstract: A wearable computing device can detect device-raising gestures. For example, onboard motion sensors of the device can detect movement of the device in real time and infer information about the spatial orientation of the device. Based on analysis of signals from the motion sensors, the device can detect a raise gesture, which can be a motion pattern consistent with the user moving the device's display into his line of sight. In response to detecting a raise gesture, the device can activate its display and/or other components. Detection of a raise gesture can occur in stages, and activation of different components can occur at different stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Tu, Anil K. Kandangath
  • Patent number: 9936257
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and terminal for displaying an application. According to an example, in the method, a terminal creates a user interface (UI) operation controller and an UI operation window for an application when receiving an operation command from a user for the application, wherein when a video displaying command for a video application is received, the created UI operation controller is a video decoder, the created UI operation window is a video displaying window and the video displaying window is displayed in a designated area in a UI provided by the terminal, when the UI operation window for another application is received, the entire UI operation window covers the entire designated area and has a same size with the designated area, or the entire UI operation window is within the designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Zhengyuan Qiu
  • Patent number: 9928653
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for adjusting a presentation on a head-mounted display (HMD). In one or more example embodiments, a method of dynamically orienting a presentation of a HMD includes gathering HMD sensor data via at least one HMD sensor that is installed on an HMD worn by a driver of the vehicle and gathering vehicle sensor data via at least one vehicle mounted sensor mounted to the vehicle. The example method further includes performing an analysis of the HMD sensor data and of the vehicle sensor data to identify a difference between the HMD sensor data and the vehicle sensor data, and calculating, based on the difference, an orientation of the HMD device in relation to the vehicle. The method further includes adjusting a presentation of data on a display of the HMD device based on the orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Dan Atsmon
  • Patent number: 9928660
    Abstract: Hybrid rendering is described for a wearable display that is attached to a tethered computer. In one example a process include determining a position and orientation of a wearable computing device, determining a rate of motion of the wearable computing device, comparing the rate of motion to a threshold, if the rate of motion is above the threshold, then rendering a view of a scene at the wearable computing device using the position and orientation information, and displaying the rendered view of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Deepak Shashidhar Vembar, Paul Diefenbaugh, Vallabhajosyula S. Somayazulu, Atsuo Kuwahara, Kofi Whitney, Richmond Hicks
  • Patent number: 9928571
    Abstract: A stretchable display device including a display unit configured to be stretched in at least one direction; a sensing unit configured to sense information on a stretching force applied to the display unit; and a controller configured to stretch the display unit an amount corresponding to the stretching force applied to the display unit, stretch an entire area of the display unit in response to the stretching force being applied to the display unit without an area designation input for designating a partial area of the display unit to be stretched, and stretch the partial area of the display unit in response to the stretching force being applied to the display unit with the area designation input being applied to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jumin Chi, Sanghyun Eim
  • Patent number: 9921335
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for deriving linear acceleration using an accelerometer. The orientation of a device may be determined using only accelerometer data. The determined orientation may then be used to determine a gravity vector, such that linear acceleration may be derived by subtracting the gravity vector from accelerometer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventor: William Kerry Keal
  • Patent number: 9921645
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to retinal display projection device comprising a projection component arranged for projecting an image directly onto the retina of a user wearing the device. The projection device further comprises an eye gaze detection module arranged to take an eye image of a user's eyes and to activate the projection component if a pupil of the user is in a predetermined position in said eye image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Theytaz, Christophe Constantin, Arash Salarian, Maxim Vlassov, Daniel Bonanno
  • Patent number: 9922179
    Abstract: A method is provided including: detecting, by an electronic device, at least one signal that is generated while a predetermined content is displayed on a display; identifying a security-related object associated with the content based on the signal; comparing, by the electronic device, information relating to the object with specified security setting information; and releasing a restriction on access to a resource based on an outcome of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Il Son, Jong Chul Choi, Yang Wook Kim, Chi Hyun Cho, Pil Kyoo Han, Chang Ryong Heo
  • Patent number: 9916012
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including a hand shape recognition unit that performs hand shape recognition on an input image to detect a position and a size of a hand with a specific shape in the input image, a determination region setting unit that sets a region in a vicinity of the hand on the input image as a determination region used to recognize a gesture performed using the hand, based on the position and the size of the hand, and a gesture recognition unit that recognizes the gesture by monitoring movement of the hand to the determination region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Jun Kimura, Akio Ohba
  • Patent number: 9916015
    Abstract: A recognition device includes an acquisition unit and a processor. The acquisition unit acquires first and second informations. The first information relates to a first signal corresponding to a state of a first portion of a body performing an action. The first signal is generated by a first element mounted to the first portion. The second information relates to a second signal corresponding to a state of a second portion. The second signal is generated by a second element mounted to the second portion. A relative positional relationship between the first portion and the second portion changes according to the action. The processor calculates a first feature based on the first information and a second feature based on the second information. The processor recognizes a type of the action based on a change of the first feature and a change of the second feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nakasu, Tsukasa Ike, Yasunobu Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9916085
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a mobile terminal including a display unit configured to enable a touch input, and a controller configured to execute a first touch sensing mode for processing a touch input applied to a specific position of the display unit as a control command for the specific position, wherein the controller configured for cooperating with the display unit to: execute a second touch sensing mode which is a different type of sensing mode from the first touch sensing mode, sense a user's touch input within a first region of the display unit in the second touch sensing mode, and process the user's touch input as a control command corresponding to a touch input to a second region of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Suyoung Lee, Hyunjoo Jeon
  • Patent number: 9907999
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for tracking, collecting, or analyzing user data for gyms. For example, the system can include a mobile device associated with a user and a tracking device attached to an exercise device. The tracking device can be configured to detect when the mobile device or the user enters within a proximity value of the tracking device and notify the mobile device with a notification signal and identification information of the exercise device. The mobile device can be configured to receive the notification signal from the tracking device, detect a received signal strength (RSS) of the notification signal, and determine whether the RSS is above or at a pre-determined threshold. When the RSS is above or at the pre-determined threshold, the mobile device records the identification information of the exercise device. When the RSS is below the pre-determined threshold, the mobile device ignores the notification signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tinoq Inc.
    Inventors: Daxiao Yu, Yang Sun
  • Patent number: 9911037
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking a viewer's focus and attention by displaying an object on a screen and instructing the user to look at such object. A camera captures an image of an eye of the user as he looks at the object, and then captures one or more further images of the eye of the user to determine when or if the user looked away from the object. A duration of time during which the user looked at the object may be used as a measure of focus or attention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Umoove Services Ltd.
    Inventor: Yitzchak Kempinski
  • Patent number: 9912851
    Abstract: Provided is an image-capturing device that reduces the effect of direct incident light on an image-capturing element and allows a high contrast image to be obtained. An image-capturing device includes: an image-capturing element; a light emitting element; and an image data correction unit, wherein the light emitting element irradiates a subject with light, the image-capturing element senses the light reflected by the subject and generates an image data, and the image data correction unit corrects the image data by subtracting incident light directly entered into the image-capturing element from the light emitting element without being reflected by the subject from the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NEC LIGHTING, LTD.
    Inventor: Shusaku Kon
  • Patent number: 9910561
    Abstract: A method for highly efficient and parallel data transfer and display with event alerting includes employing an aggregation server to receive and filter multiple Internet data feeds, including an event list, streaming each Internet data feed to an input device as a streamed data segment, displaying each data segment in an interactive stacked ticker display on the remote computing device, determining a location of the input device, displaying an event alert in the interactive stacked ticker display if the input device location comes within a threshold distance of an event location, and enabling a user to purchase tickets to the event corresponding to the event alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vection Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Craig Simpson
  • Patent number: 9901814
    Abstract: A housing of a game controller is capable of being held with one hand of a player. A direction instruction section is provided in the housing for performing a direction instruction input. Movement detection means is means for detecting movement of the housing. Movement direction control means of a game apparatus is means for determining a movement direction of an object, which appears in a virtual game world, in accordance with an operation of the direction instruction section. Posture control means is means for determining a posture of the object in the virtual game world in accordance with detection by the movement detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toyokazu Nonaka, Toshiharu Izuno, Kentaro Nishimura, Kenta Tanaka, Norihito Ito, Masayuki Okada
  • Patent number: 9904444
    Abstract: A device which provides a user interface through which a user further easily selects an object and a method of providing the user interface are provided. The device includes at least one sensor which senses a motion of the device, a processor which compares a motion value determined by using the sensor with a preset threshold value and determines a movement value of the object based on a result of the comparing, and an Input/Output (I/O) unit which displays the object, wherein the object moves according to the movement value of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-hyun Cho, Kil-su Eo
  • Patent number: 9895604
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for initiating real-time geo-game using geocast messaging according to a scalable tiered geocast protocol. The method includes a first wireless terminal (WT), programmed with a geo-gaming application and the scalable tiered geocast protocol, geocasting a game declaration to a destination geocast region containing potential participants. The method also includes a second WT, of one of the potential participants, and programmed with the geo-gaming application and the scalable tiered geocast protocol, receiving the game declaration in the destination geocast region and responding by geocasting a response message indicating interest in participating in the real-time geo-game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9892761
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating an overview for videos by reconstructing a representation of underlying content and linking from points in the overview to specific points in the video. Mechanisms are provided to create three different types of navigable overviews for different types of how-to and instructional videos. A two-dimensional overview is generated when content is two-dimensional, such as instructional videos on electronic whiteboard or other flat content. The three-dimensional overview is created when the content is three-dimensional, such as how-to videos illustrating the use of specific three-dimensional tangible articles. In three-dimensional case, when 3D model is available, the video segments are directly linked to corresponding points on the model. When a model is not available, a rough overview is first created from the captured video and camera orientation metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Scott Carter, Matthew L. Cooper, John Adcock, Stacy Branham
  • Patent number: 9891712
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to creating user-defined interaction spaces and modalities in a three dimensional (3D) sensor space in response to control gestures. It also relates to controlling virtual cameras in the 3D sensor space using control gestures and manipulating controls of the virtual cameras through the control gestures. In particular, it relates to defining one or more spatial attributes of the interaction spaces and modalities in response to one or more gesture parameters of the control gesture. It also particularly relates to defining one or more visual parameters of a virtual camera in response to one or more gesture parameters of the control gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEAP MOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Isaac Cohen, Maxwell Sills, Paul Durdik
  • Patent number: 9884586
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle lighting device intended to improve convenience and safety. A vehicle lighting device includes a light disposed in a vehicle interior, a controller controlling the light, and a detecting unit detecting position or motion of a detecting object by detecting a detection object at a plurality of positions, and the controller controls the light when the position or motion of the detection object is detected by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: PIONEER CORPORATION, TOHOKU PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Abe, Satoshi Suzuki, Kenji Kawamura, Shingo Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9884252
    Abstract: There is provided a computer that can implement an operation object display output function, a target object display output function, and a form determination function. The operation object display output function can be a function of outputting operation object display information with which an operation object having a certain form is displayed so as to be visible from a certain direction in a graphical scene of a game having three-dimensional information. The target object display output function can be a function of outputting target object display information with which a target object having a form relating to the certain form is displayed. The form determination function may be a function of determining whether the operation object and the target object correspond to each other by comparing the form of the operation object with the form of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruoyi Ye, Hiroki Kamobayashi
  • Patent number: 9886090
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a haptic input device, such as a haptic trackpad, that provides tactile feedback when receiving input. The electronic device may determine that one or more system level events occurs and utilize the haptic input device to provide one or more haptic notifications via one or more surfaces other than the haptic input device, such as a portion of a housing of the electronic device. In some cases, the electronic device may be configurable between a first position where the haptic input device is exposed and a second configuration where the haptic input device is covered but the surface via which the haptic notification may be provided is still exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Mikael M. Silvanto, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg
  • Patent number: 9880635
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein includes a system comprising a processor coupled to display devices, sensors, remote client devices, and computer applications. The computer applications orchestrate content of the remote client devices simultaneously across the display devices and the remote client devices, and allow simultaneous control of the display devices. The simultaneous control includes automatically detecting a gesture of at least one object from gesture data received via the sensors. The detecting comprises identifying the gesture using only the gesture data. The computer applications translate the gesture to a gesture signal, and control the display devices in response to the gesture signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Oblong Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwindla Hultman Kramer, John Underkoffler, Carlton Sparrell, Navjot Singh, Kate Hollenbach, Paul Yarin
  • Patent number: 9875019
    Abstract: A system and method for indicating a transition from a gesture based input to a touch surface is provide herein. The system includes a detection monitor coupled to a detection device to detect the transition; and an alert transmitter to alert an output device based on the detection. The gesture based input is a non-contact interface associated with an electronic system, and a touch surface is a contact interface associated with the electronic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shadi Mere, Theodore Charles Wingrove, Kyle Entsminger
  • Patent number: 9876669
    Abstract: A high-performance handheld mobile computing resource need not be provided a display or any peripheral devices to augment the performance of a client device. The mobile computing resource may include a motherboard, a central processing unit (CPU), a read-only memory (ROM), a random access memory (RAM), a basic input/output system (BIOS), and an operating system (OS). A wireless module may be provided to enable wireless services. A power module may be provided to allow the mobile computing resource to serve as a power source. The mobile computing resource may serve as local cloud computation and storage resources to the client device, or as a remote desktop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: ICE COMPUTER, INC.
    Inventors: Shang-Che Cheng, Catherine Cheng
  • Patent number: 9874943
    Abstract: An optical navigation device for controlling an operation of a pointer on a display apparatus is provided, the optical navigation device includes a device body, a substrate, a light source, an image sensor, and a processing module. The light source, the image sensor, and the processing module are respectively disposed on the substrate. The device body has a housing with an accommodating space formed therein. The substrate is arranged in the accommodating space of the housing. The light source operatively generates a light illuminating a navigation surface of the optical navigation device through the opening of the housing. The image sensor is oriented at a preset angle with respect to a long axis of device body and is configured for capturing images of the navigation surface. The processing module generates a displacement information of the optical navigation device relative to the navigation surface according to the images captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING (PENANG) SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Willie Song, Zi Hao Tan, Joon Chok Lee
  • Patent number: 9870061
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: capturing, using a camera, an image of an object in contact with a hand of a user; determining, using a processor, that the hand of the user contacts the object; thereafter capturing, using the camera, controlling gesture input; detecting, within the controlling gesture input, a gesture that emulates use of a pointing device; and controlling an application running on an information handling device based on the controlling gesture input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Sugiyama, Susumu Shimotono, Ryohta Nomura
  • Patent number: 9870070
    Abstract: A pointing device includes accelerometers and rotational sensors that are coupled to a processor. The processor samples the accelerometers and rotational sensors to detect gravity and pointing device motion and uses algebraic algorithms to calculate roll compensated cursor control signals. The processor transmits the cursor control signals to a receiver that is coupled to an electronic device that moves the cursor on the visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Movea SA
    Inventors: Michael Mathews, Walter M. Mason
  • Patent number: 9864515
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to providing a virtual joystick on a touch-sensitive screen. The virtual joystick is associated with an area on the touch-sensitive screen and may be provided for display along with a virtual keyboard. A touch input may be detected on the touch-sensitive screen. A determination may be made as to whether at least a portion of the touch input is within the area on the touch-sensitive screen associated with the virtual joystick. An action associated with a text cursor may be performed based on the touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Eugene Louis Charles Girard