Cursor Key Patents (Class 345/160)
  • Patent number: 9563332
    Abstract: A method for managing a context-dependent display bar, including identifying a graphical object currently displayed by a graphics software application operated by a user, identifying a current edit mode in which the user is working, wherein the edit mode indicates whether or not the user has selected the identified graphical object for editing, identifying a tool for editing graphical objects currently activated by the user, determining a current context in which the user is working, the context depending upon the identified graphical object, the identified edit mode, and the identified tool, identifying at least one control associated with the current context, wherein different contexts generally have at least one different control associated therewith, and displaying the at least one control associated with the current context within a display bar of the graphics software application, each time that the current context changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ACD Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Landman, Joaquin De Soto
  • Patent number: 9529393
    Abstract: Example embodiments described herein can include a display portion including a display; and a keyboard portion including a plurality of keys. One of the plurality of keys is a multi-function key configured to register a character on the display, and the multi-function key is configured to control movement of a cursor in multiple directions on the display. In yet other embodiments, the multi-function key is a space bar having a surface area substantially larger than other keys of the plurality of keys. The multi-function key can be rectangular shaped and sufficiently large to receive simultaneous contacts associated with each thumb of a user when the user types on the keyboard portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Asbjornsen, Soren C. Knudsen, Stevan Wittenbrock
  • Patent number: 9524097
    Abstract: A two-finger selection method is implemented on a touchscreen of an electronic device. One embodiment involves sensing the touch positions of two fingers on the touchscreen. In response to sensing the two simultaneous touch positions, a selection graphic is displayed and dynamically positioned on the touchscreen as a function of the two touch positions. A specific graphical object, such as a command button having an associated function, is selected in response to a separate selection input received while the selection graphic is positioned on the specific graphical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dean F. Herring, Brad M. Johnson, Adrian X. Rodriguez, Jeffrey J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9448706
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system that facilitates graphical object creation in an electronic design automation (EDA) application. During operation, the system uses a cursor to obtain a sequence of points from a user for creating a graphical object in a layout. Next, the system detects a loop in the graphical object based at least on the sequence of points and a current position of the cursor. Finally, the system modifies the sequence of points to remove the loop from the graphical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SYNOPSYS, INC.
    Inventor: Barry A. Giffel
  • Patent number: 9414420
    Abstract: A method of communicating between first and second communication terminals includes: exchanging data between the first and second communication terminals, the second communication terminal being located within a predetermined range relative to the first communication terminal; and notifying, at the first communication terminal, a user of the first communication terminal of an exchange of data after waiting for a predetermined time period from exchange of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 9329754
    Abstract: A method for operating a menu of a multimedia disk is provided. The method includes first selecting an item in the menu as a focus point and using a cursor controller for moving a cursor in the menu. An input event issued by the cursor controller is then translated into an input event of a key on a keyboard based on a relative position between the cursor and the focus point, so as to shift or select a target title. Consequently, a user can operate the menu of the multimedia disk in a computer system by using the cursor controller, and the convenience of operating the menu can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Corel Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Fon Yang
  • Patent number: 9292033
    Abstract: A force-feedback plane slide input device includes: a base body having a housing space formed in a rectangular shape; a slider configured to move within the housing space along a plane including a first direction and a second direction which are orthogonal to each other; an operation member integrally provided with the slider; a first actuating member configured to be actuated by movement of the operation member in the first direction; a second actuating member configured to be actuated by movement of the operation member in the second direction; and a force-feedback unit configured to feed back a sense of force to an operator. The slider includes a first slider member and second slider member. A length of an edge in the first direction of the housing space is substantially the same as a width in the first direction of the second slider member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Ishikawa, Hironori Takeda
  • Patent number: 9292194
    Abstract: User interface control using a keyboard is described. In an embodiment, a user interface displayed on a display device is controlled using a computer connected to a keyboard. The keyboard has a plurality of alphanumeric keys that can be used for text entry. The computer receives data comprising a sequence of key-presses from the keyboard, and generates for each key-press a physical location on the keyboard. The relative physical locations of the key-presses are compared to calculate a movement path over the keyboard. The movement path describes the path of a user's digit over the keyboard. The movement path is mapped to a sequence of coordinates in the user interface, and the movement of an object displayed in the user interface is controlled in accordance with the sequence of coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LC
    Inventors: Harper LaFave, Stephen Hodges, James Scott, Shahram Izadi, David Molyneaux, Nicolas Villar, David Alexander Butler, Mike Hazas
  • Patent number: 9201507
    Abstract: A data inputting system includes a communication device and user-activated control or input device, both coupled to a processor. Data and a focus indicator are displayed or otherwise communicated to a user through the communication device. The position of the focus indicator relative to the displayed data indicates a changeable portion of the displayed data. Changes to the displayed data are made by activating the input device, which may include one or more sets of up and down scroll keys. Each set of scroll keys may be used to change different portions of the displayed data. The processor automatically adjusts the position of the focus indicator based on predetermined criteria, thereby allowing changes to different portions of the displayed data. An associated method is disclosed wherein the focus indicator's position is adjusted after a predetermined time has elapsed from which the input device is deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon F. Eveleigh
  • Patent number: 9195879
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensing apparatus may include a fingerprint sensor system and a control system capable of receiving fingerprint sensor data from the fingerprint sensor system. The control system may be capable of determining fingerprint sensor data blocks for at least a portion of the fingerprint sensor data and of calculating statistical variance values for fingerprint sensor data corresponding to each of the fingerprint sensor data blocks. The control system may be capable of determining, based at least in part the statistical variance values, whether an object is positioned proximate a portion of the fingerprint sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Eliza Yingzi Du, Ming Yu Chen, Esra Vural, Kwokleung Chan, Suryaprakash Ganti, John Keith Schneider, David William Burns
  • Patent number: 9102236
    Abstract: A display control device for a remote control device is disclosed. The display control device is configured to have connection with a display device and a remote control device spaced apart from each other. The display device is configured to display an operation screen having multiple icons for accepting an operation directed to a control target apparatus. When display is switched from a first operation screen to a second operation screen having a different icon arrangement, the display control means shifts an icon selection state from one icon selected on the first operation screen to an initial selection icon pre-set on the second operation screen and causes the display device to display a visual effect indicative of a direction from position of the selected one icon to position of the initial selection icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nozomi Kitagawa, Takeshi Haruyama, Shouichirou Hanai
  • Patent number: 9030412
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of detecting user initiated movement by an input element handled by a user is disclosed. The method may include performing a calibration procedure that is initiated by the user via a physical movement performed by the user. The method may also include positioning at least one sensor to dynamically adjust a size of an effective workspace range capable of detecting the user's movement of the input element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 9013404
    Abstract: A locating device is for locating a pointing device. The pointing device is configured to capture a plurality of images, to measure an angular rate of the pointing device, and to generate and output current coordinate data associated with an orientation of the pointing device when at least one of the images contains infrared light from a light source module. The locating device is configured to receive the current coordinate data and the angular rate from the pointing device, to generate a cursor signal based on one of the current coordinate data and the angular rate, and to transmit the cursor signal to a computing device, which is configured to move a cursor on a display unit, according to the cursor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Unigrand Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Wei Wu
  • Publication number: 20150091801
    Abstract: Example embodiments described herein can include a display portion including a display; and a keyboard portion including a plurality of keys. One of the plurality of keys is a multi-function key configured to register a character on the display, and the multi-function key is configured to control movement of a cursor in multiple directions on the display. In yet other embodiments, the multi-function key is a space bar having a surface area substantially larger than other keys of the plurality of keys. The multi-function key can be rectangular shaped and sufficiently large to receive simultaneous contacts associated with each thumb of a user when the user types on the keyboard portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Steven W. Asbjornsen, Soren C. Knudsen, Stevan Wittenbrock
  • Patent number: 8988351
    Abstract: An input device includes a substrate, a key top, a magnet, magnetic sensors, and electromagnetic converters. The substrate includes first and second surfaces. The key top is arranged on a first surface side, slides from a reference position in directions parallel to the substrate, and moves in a perpendicular direction. The magnet is fixed on a substrate side, and moves together with the key top. The magnetic sensors are fixed on the second surface, are respectively arranged apart in different directions parallel to the substrate, and detect a position of the magnet. The electromagnetic converters are fixed on the second surface, are respectively arranged apart in different directions parallel to the substrate, are arranged at positions different from the magnetic sensors, and generate magnetic force in a direction in which the magnet is away from the substrate in the perpendicular direction, in accordance with a supply of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Casio Mobile Communications, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Okada
  • Patent number: 8970477
    Abstract: A exemplary key assembly for a handheld device includes one or more L-shaped key structures each having a first member configured to receive an input keystroke and a second member substantially orthogonal to the first member; and a frame configured to receive the one or more L-shaped key structures, the frame having a wall aligned with the second member of the key structure, with the wall further comprising a switch for each of the one or more L-shaped key structures associated with an inner surface of the wall, wherein each switch is associated with an actuator associated with the second member of the corresponding key structure such that depression of a given key structure causes the actuator of the second member of the key structure to engage the switch of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Norman Miner Ladouceur, Jason Tyler Griffin, Martin Riddiford, Daniel Jordan Kayser, Tracy Christina Sharp, Rachael Elizabeth Roberts
  • Patent number: 8957855
    Abstract: A stereoscopic cursor method comprising: generating a virtual plane based on a variable cursor scene depth of a stereoscopic cursor for a stereoscopic user interface, the stereoscopic user interface comprising plural stereoscopic buttons, wherein the virtual plane is positioned between a viewer and the plural stereoscopic buttons; and causing the stereoscopic cursor to move along the virtual plane responsive to viewer input, the movement occurring smoothly and gradually adjacent to the plural stereoscopic buttons and varying in depth as the stereoscopic cursor progresses along the virtual plane from one of the plural stereoscopic buttons to another, the generating and causing performed by a processor in a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cyberlink Corp.
    Inventors: Hsin-Wei Lee, Yi-Chiun Hong
  • Patent number: 8947269
    Abstract: A digital processor having a key input unit and a key input method are disclosed. The key unit includes: a base that is fixed at the central position of the key unit; a slider that horizontally moves in parallel to the horizontal plane of the base by the user's operation; a frame that supports the slider so as to horizontally move; and a restoration unit that gives a resistive force against the horizontal movement of the slider and restores the horizontally-moved slider to an original position. Accordingly, it is possible to reduce the number of keys by increasing the number of information to be input by the use of a single key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Se-Woon Jung
  • Patent number: 8941593
    Abstract: A pointer control method and device applicable to a computer system with a keyboard are provided. The keyboard includes control keys and non-control keys arranged in a matrix and each has an X coordinate and a Y coordinates. In the method, after a first key event that more than two non-control keys are pressed simultaneously is detected, a first coordinate is calculated, in which the first coordinate includes an average value of X coordinates and an average value of Y coordinates. A second key event that one non-control key is pressed is then detected, and a second coordinate is calculated, in which the second coordinate includes an X coordinate and a Y coordinate. Finally, a vector defined by the first and second coordinate is calculated, and a moving direction and a moving speed of the pointer are controlled according to the vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hou-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8922351
    Abstract: A wireless output unit of a remote controller 2 having a touch pad 23 or a touch panel wirelessly outputs a coordinate value associated with a continuous contact input for the touch pad 23 to a television 1. A reception unit of the television 1 wirelessly receives the coordinate value associated with the continuous contact input output from the wireless output unit. A display processing unit displays on a display unit 14 a pointer 3 moving on the basis of the coordinate value received by the reception unit. An output unit outputs, when the continuous contact input is finished, acceptance information indicating that an input for an object T displayed on the display unit 14 is accepted at a final coordinate value for the pointer 3 displayed on the display unit 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Motoyama, Akihiro Kumata, Takatoshi Oishi
  • Patent number: 8922479
    Abstract: A user input panel dynamically expands to accommodate user input, such as handwritten or keyboard input. Expansion may occur in one or two out of four possible directions, depending upon the language to be written or typed. For example, when writing English words, the input panel may expand to the right as the user writes and then downward when the input panel has fully expanded rightward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ernest L. Pennington, II, Adrian James Garside, Jeffrey West Pettiross, Shawna Julia Davis, Tobiasz Alexander Zielinski
  • Patent number: 8907900
    Abstract: A touch-control module for recognizing gesture inputs by a position sensitive device to an electronic device is disclosed. The touch-control module includes an input connected to the position sensitive device for receiving at least one sensing signal generated by the position sensitive device when one or more objects touch a surface thereof; a touch state unit for detecting the sensing signal and determining a touch state of the object(s), such as approaching to or lifting off the position sensitive device; a position and multi-gesture processing unit for analyzing the sensing signal to determine a touch position of the object(s) on the position sensitive device, and tracking the touch state and touch position to determine a corresponding motion factor; and an output connected to the electronic device for outputting the touch state and touch position as well as information corresponding to a motion factor whenever the motion factor is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sentelic Corporation
    Inventors: Jao Ching Lin, Chung Yi Shen, Wen Ting Lee, Lin abel Chu
  • Patent number: 8908107
    Abstract: A remote control system includes a remote control device and an electronic device. The remote control device includes an input element, a wireless transmitter to transmit an absolute coordinate signal and a motion signal and a control unit electrically connected to the input element and the wireless transmitter. The electronic device includes a wireless receiver and a display screen. The wireless receiver receives the absolute coordinate signal and the motion signal, and displays the absolute coordinate signal at the display screen via a cursor. When the electronic device does not receive the motion signal, the absolute coordinate signal is not operated on an application program of the electronic device. When the electronic device receives the motion signal, the absolute coordinate signal is operated on the application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng-Shen Wu
  • Patent number: 8902173
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for determining a deflection of a moveable conductive plate that is moved over a capacitive sensing device. The method may include moving the moveable conductive plate over sensor elements of the capacitive sensing device, and determining the deflection of the moveable conductive plate. In determining the deflection, a deflection magnitude and a deflection direction may be determined by calculating a vector of x- and y-directions or a vector of a radius and an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis Seguine
  • Patent number: 8896527
    Abstract: A user control input system for a host with a display. A controller establishes a communication link with the host and includes a first motion sensor. At least a second motion sensor is also in communication with the host. First user movement induces the first motion sensor to generate a first signal that is communicated to the host such that the host induces movement of a cursor on the display to move with respect to control objects at a first resolution. Second user movement induces the second motion sensor to generate a signal that is communicated to the host such that the host processing unit induces movement of the cursor at a second coarser resolution. The cursor can include first and second indicia such that the second indicium is moved proportional to the second motion at a finer resolution than movement of the first indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sun H. Ahn
  • Patent number: 8884875
    Abstract: Motion information is obtained which is information about a motion applied to an input device housing itself including a pointing device of a plurality of input mean. Next, based on the motion information, a movement amount of the input device housing is calculated. Thereafter, it is determined whether or not the movement amount satisfies predetermined conditions. When the predetermined conditions are satisfied, a position is designated based on an output from the pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Nishida, Tsubasa Sakaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140327618
    Abstract: A computer input method is disclosed which comprises detecting key press by a keyboard having a plurality of permanent keys for entering commands and characters into the computer, a surface area of the plurality of permanent keys having a designated region, detecting touch on the surface area of the plurality of permanent keys, entering into a cursor positioning mode when only one first touch on the surface of the plurality of permanent keys being detected while the key touched by the first touch not being pressed and the first touch being located outside the designated region, entering into a scroll-and-zoom mode when only one second touch on the surface of the plurality of permanent keys being detected while the key touched by the second touch not being pressed and the second touch being located inside the designated region and in a move, and entering into a keyboard mode when two or more simultaneously touched locations on the surface area of the plurality of permanent keys being detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Peigen Jiang
  • Patent number: 8878784
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for affecting diagonal movement of a cursor 171 on a display screen 322 of a handheld communication device 300. The method includes sensing movement at an auxiliary user input 328 of the handheld communication device 300 indicative of a user's desire to affect diagonal movement of the cursor 171 on the display screen 322 of the handheld communication device 300. X-direction signals and Y-direction signals are produced based on the sensed movement at the auxiliary user input 328. During that time while necessary signals are being collected and processed, the cursor 171 is held steady on the display screen 322 until a predetermined criterion is met for discriminating whether the user has indicated x-direction cursor movement, y-direction cursor movement or diagonal cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Lee, Andrew Bocking, David Mak-Fan, Steven Fyke, Matthew Bells
  • Patent number: 8872784
    Abstract: A character input method and apparatus in an electronic terminal are provided. The character input method includes displaying a virtual keypad having at least one key area to which a plurality of characters are associated, displaying a plurality of areas when a touch is detected on the at least one key area, detecting whether the touch includes a drag and inputting, after the drag is detected, a character mapped to an area corresponding to a point where the drag is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hee-Jun Kang
  • Patent number: 8872761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pointing device and a method for processing signals from such a pointing device, said device comprising a base and an actuator movable with respect to the base, and a detector, said detector adapted for providing at least first and second positional signals indicating a position of the actuator with respect to the base along corresponding first and second axes, wherein said signal processing method comprises the steps of converting the at least two positional signals into a polar coordinate signal comprising a magnitude signal, and thresholding the magnitude signal of the polar coordinate signal to provide a thresholded magnitude signal. In an embodiment the method further comprising the step of applying a conversion curve to the thresholded magnitude signal to produce a velocity magnitude signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Kim Le Phan
  • Publication number: 20140313131
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus which enables a pointer to move a long distance on a screen at a time is provided. The present invention comprises an operation means equipped with a plurality of keys, a display means which displays a pointer for indicating a position on a screen, and a control means which divides at least part of the screen of the display means into a plurality of areas corresponding to plurality of keys, and when either key among plurality of keys is selected in order to move the pointer, moves the pointer to the area corresponding to the selected key and makes a display means perform a display highlighting the pointer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki SAKANABA
  • Patent number: 8866745
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a touch input interface for information, computing and control devices. In accordance with an embodiment, the systems and methods described herein, in a high level conceptual embodiment, can be used to provide interface devices and methods that naturally and organically present a preview of the action that will take place, if and only if the element (or elements) of the interface that is (are) currently indicated, is (are) definitely commanded by further confirmation. Otherwise the state of the device will be maintained, and the display will be restored to its previous state if no such action is taken, and/or if the indication is removed or changed. In most embodiments, the feedback is to be presented in a natural way that does not distract, such as in the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Brad Schrick
  • Patent number: 8854302
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing data being displayed on at least one monitor screen based on monitoring user's attention in relation to the monitor screen. In one embodiment, upon detecting that the user's attention is leaving at least a portion of a screen, the system may alert the user of such an event. Alternatively, the system could alert the user upon detecting a triggering condition while the user's attention is away from the at least a portion of the screen. The step of alerting the user may include modifying at least a portion of a display on a monitor not being viewed by the user. Additionally, the system may initiate preparation of a report including any data not being viewed by a user during the time period when the user is not viewing a portion of the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Trading Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Buck
  • Patent number: 8842097
    Abstract: Provided are a command input device, a mobile information device, and a command input method which can easily be operated by a user even when the input unit in the device is small. A first and a second detection modules arranged on a device which is brought into contact with a user body detect vibration caused by a tapping operation on the user body and transmitted via the user body. The position of the tapping operation on the user body is identified according to analysis data obtained by analyzing the vibration relations detected by the first and the second detection modules such as a known correspondence between a time difference between the detection timings and the position of the tapping operation on the user body. Since the user body can be used as a space for inputting a command, it is possible to secure a sufficient input space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shin Norieda
  • Patent number: 8831691
    Abstract: A keypad assembly for a portable radiotelephone and a method for controlling the keypad assembly. The keypad assembly includes: a printed circuit board having a plurality of metal domes; a keypad rubber disposed on the printed circuit board and having bosses formed integratedly on the positions corresponding to the respective metal domes; a sensing means disposed on the keypad rubber; and a key button part disposed on the sensing means, such that a touch screen function using the sensing means or a key button function electrically contacting the metal domes is selectively used according to the mode of the radiotelephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae-Goo Choi, Young Choi
  • Patent number: 8831649
    Abstract: Emoticon message composition is supported in a portable terminal. An edit window in the form of a lattice is displayed for message composition. During special character input selection, a list window including a plurality of special characters is displayed in the edit window. The list window is arranged such that a plurality of lines are shown in the edit window. The special characters displayed in the list window are arranged in a sequence of being stored in a queue that includes one of a special character queue for a message recipient or a basic special character queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8830176
    Abstract: A mobile wireless communications device includes a housing to carry a wireless transceiver, a display, a keyboard, and a processor cooperating with the wireless transceiver to perform at least one wireless communication function. The processor also cooperates with the display and the keyboard to permit selection of a keyboard mode from among a plurality of different keyboard modes, at least one of the keyboard modes having multiple different letters selectable from a given key. The processor generates a respective different cursor on the display based upon the selected keyboard mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bos, Leonid Vymenets
  • Patent number: 8823651
    Abstract: Operating a pointing device in a low power manner by receiving first tracking information from a first tracking device, de-activating the first tracking device when the accuracy of the first tracking information is determined to be inadequate, activating a second tracking device in order to acquire second tracking information when the first tracking device is deactivated, wherein the first tracking device is substantially lower power device that the second tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Joshua Strickon, Brian Huppi, Christoph Krah
  • Patent number: 8823649
    Abstract: A pointing device and method for providing both translational and rotational input to a computer, to manipulate graphical objects. In one embodiment, a pointing stick is cantilevered to a base. One or more translational sensors are coupled to the pointing stick to generate translational signals in response to lateral forces applied to the pointing stick. One or more rotational sensors are coupled to the pointing stick to generate rotational signals in response to rotational forces applied to the pointing stick. The rotational sensor may sense torque, such as with a piezoelectric sensor configured to detect rotational strain on a fixed pointing stick. The rotational sensor may alternatively sense rotational displacement, such as with a potentiometer configured to detect rotation of a rotatable sleeve about a fixed shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: James McArdle
  • Patent number: 8826341
    Abstract: A digital broadcast receiver controlled by a screen remote controller and a space remote controller and controlling method, the method including according to an embodiment displaying a screen remote controller, partitioning a portion of a whole screen of the broadcast receiver into at least two control regions, displaying a pointer to enable a first pointing signal outputted from the space remote controller to indicate one control region of the screen remote controller, receiving a second pointing signal from the space remote controller, and executing a function corresponding to the one control region indicated by the pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Dae Young Jung
  • Publication number: 20140218294
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a method for a remote control to input characters to a display device includes: in response to a character input request sent by a remote control, displaying an input box and a soft keyboard, where the soft keyboard includes a plurality of preset single characters or strings, and each string at most includes four characters; in response to a position movement instruction sent by a button on the remote control, moving a cursor to a target character, where buttons on the remote control include arrow buttons and an Ok button; and in response to an input confirmation instruction sent by a button on the remote control, inputting the target character to the input box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SHENZHEN SKYWORTH-RGB ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Zhi-Guo Wang, Xian-Hui Zeng, Jia Liu, Ming Chen, Wei-Long Lv
  • Patent number: 8791899
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of detecting user initiated movement by an input element handled by a user is disclosed. The method may include performing a calibration procedure that is initiated by the user via a physical movement performed by the user. The method may also include positioning at least one sensor to dynamically adjust a size of an effective workspace range capable of detecting the user's movement of the input element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Kevin Usey
  • Patent number: 8786548
    Abstract: An input device and a mobile terminal having the input device are provided. The input device includes a key button with a transparent material having an internal space, an illumination sensor located in an internal space of the key button to sense ambient illumination of the key button, a light-emitting portion located at one side of the illumination sensor to output a light signal to the outside of the key button for detecting a touch applied to the key button, and an input signal generation unit configured to generate a touch input signal according to the light signal being input to a light-receiving portion of the illumination sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myungseok Oh, Hungchol Chin
  • Patent number: 8766923
    Abstract: A character input apparatus and method in a terminal are provided, in which a touch screen displays a first key set and a second key set. The first key set includes first letter keys with all consonants and a second letter key with symbols indicating Tone Marks (Tms) and positions of predetermined vowels, for inputting all vowels and Tms. The second key set includes the predetermined vowels or Tms. Upon selection of a symbol by the second letter key, the controller controls the touch screen to display the second key set and receives at least one letter by the first key set and the second key set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Se-Hwan Park
  • Patent number: 8760406
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device is provided with a display and a unique edge to edge qwerty keypad. The specially arranged qwerty keypad has special side keys and intermediate keys which cooperate with the housing to provide a waterproof casing (case) and sealing system to seal and protect the keys, backlighting, flexes, domes and printed circuit board (PCB) from water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Andrew B. Herrmann, David G. Fliszar, Michael J. Formenti, Roger W. Harmon, Thomas A. Petrella
  • Publication number: 20140160022
    Abstract: For modifying touchpad function, a control module employs interim controls in an interim state for a touchpad in response to detecting use of a pointer embedded in a keyboard in a touchpad state. The control module further employs pointing controls in a pointing state in response to satisfying pointing criteria in the interim state. The control module also employs touchpad controls in a touchpad state in response to satisfying touchpad criteria in the pointing state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE, LTD.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Xin Feng, Masaki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8749589
    Abstract: An information handling system is disclosed including a display, a base coupled to the display and a keypad with a plurality of keys disposed on the base. The system further includes a touchpad located proximate the keypad and a point stick located substantially between at least two of the plurality of keys, wherein the point stick is configured to be a scroll control device. A method for manipulating information on a display of an information handling system is further disclosed herein. The method includes moving a cursor on the display using a touchpad proximate a keypad on the information handling system and scrolling the information on the display in a direction corresponding with the direction of pressure applied to a top portion of a point stick located substantially between at least two keys of the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ronald LeBert, Robert C. Nerhood, II, Kevin Mundt
  • Patent number: 8743050
    Abstract: A handheld device includes a housing and a keypad assembly configured within the housing. The keypad assembly includes one or more groups of keys configured for movable positioning between a first orientation in which a top surface of an individual key is exposed to a user, and a second orientation in which the top surface of the key pivotally retracts into the housing so as to expose an edge surface of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Norman Miner Ladouceur, Jason Tyler Griffin
  • Patent number: 8723643
    Abstract: In a method of switching a locked state of an electronic device with a user-verifying function, a biologic feature data from a user is captured while receiving an input from the user for an operation when the electronic device is in a locked state. Whether the biologic feature data conforms to a reference biologic feature data is then determined. If it is determined that the biologic feature data conforms to the reference biologic feature data, the electronic device is switched from the locked state into a non-locked state and directly controls the electronic device to perform the operation according to the input when the biologic feature data is determined conforming to the reference biologic feature data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Wang, Fu-Chiang Chou
  • Patent number: RE45085
    Abstract: A system for indexing displayed elements that is useful for accessing and understanding new or difficult materials, in which a user highlights unknown words or characters or other displayed elements encountered while viewing displayed materials. In a language learning application, the system displays the meaning of a word in context; and the user may include the word in a personal vocabulary to build a database of words and phrases. In a Japanese language application, one or more Japanese language books are read on an electronic display. Readings (‘yomi’) for all words are readily viewable for any selected word or phrase, as well as an English reference to the selected word or phrase. Extensive notes are provided for difficult phrases and words not normally found in a dictionary. A unique indexing scheme allows word-by-word access to any of several external multi-media references.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sentius International, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Bookman, Brian Yamanaka