Positional Storage Means Patents (Class 345/162)
  • Patent number: 10055871
    Abstract: Applying an image overlay to an image is provided. A relationship type and a relationship strength between two or more people identified in a first image is determined based on profile data corresponding to each of the two or more people and a set of data elements determined to be common to the profile data corresponding to each of the two or more people. An image overlay is selected to apply to the first image based on the relationship type and the relationship strength between the two or more people and the set of data elements determined to be common to the profile data corresponding to each of the two or more people. The image overlay is applied to the first image generating a second image that includes the first image and the applied image overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Greenberger, Jana H. Jenkins, Nicholas R. Sandonato
  • Patent number: 9438806
    Abstract: A digital camera includes: a display section displaying a photographing image obtained by photographing a subject; a signal processing and control section reading out information related to the subject and information related to surroundings of the subject from a database on the basis of position information and compass direction information about the digital camera; and a display control section selecting the information related to the subject according to the lens condition and performing control so as to display the selected information on the display section by superimposing the selected information on the photographing image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Nonaka, Manabu Ichikawa, Koichi Nakata
  • Patent number: 9317181
    Abstract: A personal user control device suitable for use in cooperation with information systems, such as vehicle information systems, and methods for manufacturing and using same. The personal user control device provides a user-friendly interface system for interacting with the information system. Unlike conventional control devices, the user interface system includes no dedicated buttons and provides a customizable environment for interacting with the information system. When in communication with the information system, the personal user control device can automatically detect system status information, such as available system functionality, available viewing content, and/or a current system operation mode, of the information system and provides a user interface system that instinctively adapts for use with the information system in light of the detected system status information. The personal user control device thereby provides a versatile and intuitive manner for interacting with the information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Sizelove, Cedric Rhoads, Brian Jennings Kirby, Christopher Brian Lundquist
  • Patent number: 8994660
    Abstract: Text correction processing is disclosed. An initial score is assigned to each of a plurality of candidate sequences of one or more characters, based at least in part on a keyboard geometry-based value associated with the received user input with respect to the candidate key. Further processing is performed with respect to a subset of the candidate sequences having the highest initial score(s) to determine for each candidate sequence in the subset a refined score. A candidate sequence is selected for inclusion in a result set based at least in part on a determination that a refined score of the selected candidate is higher than an initial score of one or more candidate sequences that are not included in the subset and with respect to which the further processing has not been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alice E. Neels, Nicholas K. Jong
  • 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: 8970482
    Abstract: Embodiments of the technology involve apparatus and methods for control of displaying of images. In an example, an apparatus may include an image display, a sensor to detect posture of the image display and a processor to control sequentially displaying images of a group of images on the image display based on changes in the detected posture. The processor may control a display of a posture indicator on the image display such that the indicator may represent a relation between a change in the detected posture and an image of the group of images. Optionally, the indicator may be represented by a tilt meter. Moreover, in some embodiments, the sensor may be implemented with a gyroscopic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Kanehira
  • Patent number: 8933880
    Abstract: An interactive presentation system includes: an imaging device; an image analyzer that calculates information regarding a pointed position by using captured-image data; a controller that receives the information and operates based on an input from an input device; a storage device controlled by the controller to store the information; a pattern generator controlled by the controller to generate a pattern image; an image display device that receives an output from the pattern generator; and a projector that enlarges and projects an output from the image display device. Upon initialization based on the input from the input device, the controller defines a pointed position as a boundary position of a command, assigns the command to an area demarcated by the boundary position, and stores the boundary position in the storage device. After initialization, the controller compares a pointed position and the boundary position and executes the command associated to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Takamatsu, Kenshi Tsuruda
  • Patent number: 8928637
    Abstract: Method and system for generating and processing multiple independent input data streams based on a high priority OS message framework such as an OS provided framework for processing mouse-messages. Multiple input devices generate motion that is sensed by motion sensors located on one or more motion sources, quantify the sensed motion, and provide resulting input data to a computer via one or more communication ports. One or more software subroutines process the provided data, separating them into multiple independent input streams according to their sources, and sending the streams to listening applications. The subroutines are preferably integrated at a low level of the OS architecture, thereby enabling low-latency, fully-functional high priority processing of the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: IMI Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Fairs, Lee A. Mitchell, Vlad Zarney, Michael J. Borch
  • 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: 8907895
    Abstract: An apparatus including at least one processor, and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to receive deformation information from an elastic control device operated by a user. The apparatus is further configured to determine a control signal for the apparatus based on the deformation information, and performing a function associated to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Sami Säilä, Tapani Jokinen
  • Patent number: 8897707
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are described for bumping a mobile device, such as a smart phone, against a fixed poster board display at a store to initiate a download of coupons, advertisements, or other benefits to the mobile device. Products can be rated by a user's up/down bump or other bump patterns. Using accelerometer-based inertial measurements, multiple users can control multiple mouse cursors on a large display with their mobile devices in order to select information to be downloaded to their mobile devices. The multiple users can bump the display in order to select their items simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Patrick Faith, Mark Carlson, Ayman Hammad
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8803919
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an image display method thereof are provided. The display apparatus automatically displays images stored in a memory in a pre-set order, and displays the images in various sequences if a change in position of the display apparatus is detected by a motion sensor. Accordingly, the sequence in which the images are displayed is easily changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-hwan Kim, Seung-soo Kang
  • Patent number: 8760435
    Abstract: Provided is a touch panel which completes touch detection within a specified time even when the maximum number of touch points is set to be large. A control portion assigns priorities for being given a high coordinate precision to the respective touch points based on the state of the touch points. The control portion selects coordinate calculation algorithms having coordinate precisions corresponding to the priorities of the respective touch points from among a plurality of coordinate calculation algorithms, and calculates required calculation time for calculating coordinates of all the touch points. The control portion determines the priorities so that the calculated required calculation time is equal to or shorter than a specified time. The control portion selects coordinate calculation algorithms corresponding to the priorities and calculates the coordinates of the respective touch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Doi, Koji Nagata
  • 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: 8749489
    Abstract: An object is to appropriately transmit operation data from a controller device to an information processing device. The controller device is capable of wirelessly communicating with the information processing device. The controller device includes a generating unit, a communication unit, and a display unit. The generating unit generates operation data based on an operation performed on the controller device. The communication unit receives one image's worth of image data from the information processing device with a first frequency, the image data generated in the information processing device through a process performed based on the operation data, and transmits the operation data to the information processing device with a second frequency that is higher than the first frequency. The display unit displays an image based on the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Ito, Yasuyuki Shimohata, Jumpei Ueki
  • 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: 8686942
    Abstract: An operation input system includes a casing and a motion sensor for detecting a movement of the casing inside the casing and calculates a position of the casing in a predetermined space based on an output of the motion sensor. The operation input system includes a position sensor and a correction section. The position sensor directly detects the position of the casing in the predetermined space. The correction section corrects the output of the motion sensor using an output of the position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8681096
    Abstract: Touchpad devices emulating button functionality (“click pad” devices) that simultaneously emulates multiple functionalities are described herein. In addition, embodiments provide for click pad emulation of both TrackPoint and touchpad functionality. According to embodiments, a click pad device emulating multiple functionalities may enable or disable certain functionalities based on user interaction with the click pad device. For example, a click pad device emulating both TrackPoint and touchpad functionality may enable TrackPoint functionality and disable touchpad functionality if user gestures on the click pad device indicate that the user is interacting with the click pad as a TrackPoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron Michael Stewart, Harriss C. Ganey
  • Patent number: 8659548
    Abstract: Enhanced camera-based input, in which a detection region surrounding a user is defined in an image of the user within a scene, and a position of an object (such as a hand) within the detection region is detected. Additionally, a control (such as a key of a virtual keyboard) in a user interface is interacted with based on the detected position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Evan Hildreth
  • Patent number: 8638242
    Abstract: Methods and systems for digital control utilizing oversampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Latham, Stewart Kenly
  • Patent number: 8624836
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is described that includes providing a watch defining a body and a watch face on a surface of the body, the body having one or more sensors arranged to sense user inputs in an area adjacent to the body. The method further comprises sensing a motion of an object in the area adjacent to, but not touching, the body using the one or more sensors and changing a display of a pointing element on a graphical user interface on the watch in coordination with the sensed motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Miller, Richard C. Gossweiler, III
  • Patent number: 8624839
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques related to a support surface (e.g., a mousepad) for imparting a tactile feedback (e.g., haptics) to a human-machine interactive (HMI) device (e.g., a mouse) supported thereon. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Cody George Peterson, Douglas M. Krumpelman, Andrew P. Huska
  • Patent number: 8604403
    Abstract: An auto-focusing apparatus and method, the apparatus including an emission unit, the emission unit being configured to irradiate light on the organic light-emitting display apparatus; an optical system between the organic light-emitting display apparatus and the emission unit, the optical system being configured to adjust a position of the optical system on an optical axis and focus the irradiated light on the pixel unit; a light-receiving unit, the light-receiving unit being configured to receive light reflected by the organic light-emitting display apparatus and measure an intensity and a wavelength of the reflected light; and a controller, the controller being configured to receive the intensity of light measured by the light-receiving unit, control the position of the optical system, determine that the auto-focusing apparatus is focusing light onto the pixel unit when the intensity of light received by the light-receiving unit is a maximum value, and determine the position of the optical system as an opti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Yun Moon, Hee-Seong Jeong, Sun-Hwa Kim
  • Patent number: 8599135
    Abstract: A controller device transmits operation data to an information processing device. The controller device wirelessly communicates with the information processing device. The controller device includes an operation unit, a generating unit, and a communication unit. The operation unit includes at least a gyrosensor, an acceleration sensor, a direction input unit, and a touch panel. The generating unit generates operation data based on data obtained from the operation unit. The communication unit wirelessly transmits the operation data to the information processing device for each iteration of a predetermined cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jumpei Ueki, Yasuyuki Shimohata, Kuniaki Ito
  • Patent number: 8599138
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided which includes a position acquisition unit for obtaining a display position of an input area in a display area, and a display control unit for controlling, based on the display position of the input area, in the display area a display position of an input operation area in which a character to be displayed in the input area is input. The display control unit displays the input area near the display position of the input area, and makes the input operation area follow the movement of the input area when the display position of the input area is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuma Takahashi, Manabu Yasumi
  • Patent number: 8581844
    Abstract: A mobile device is operative to change from a first operational mode to a second or third operational mode based on a user's natural motion gesture. The first operational mode may include a voice input mode in which a user provides a voice input to the mobile device. After providing the voice input to the mobile device, the user then makes a natural motion gesture and a determination is made as to whether the natural motion gesture places the mobile device in the second or third operational mode. The second operational mode includes an augmented reality display mode in which the mobile device displays images recorded from a camera overlaid with computer-generated images corresponding to results output in response to the voice input. The third operational mode includes a reading display mode in which the mobile device displays, without augmented reality, results output in response to the voice input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Kwok Ching Ho, Sharvil Nanavati
  • Patent number: 8558792
    Abstract: The present invention is a storage medium storing a game program to be executed by a computer in a game apparatus comprising an input device for detecting positions designated by a player on an input surface. The game apparatus calculates an input graphic drawn on the input surface by using the positions detected by the input device. The game apparatus further calculates a degree of similarity between a share of each reference pattern indicated by previously stored shape data and a shape of the input graphic. Also, the game apparatus sets a reference value to each of the reference patterns. The game apparatus identifies the shape of the input graphic from among a plurality of reference patterns by using a result obtained by performing a predetermined calculation for each of the plurality of reference patterns through using the degree of similarity and the reference value set to one process is performed in accordance with the identified shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Momose
  • Patent number: 8533633
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for drawing graphics, such as to display a user interface on a display of a mobile device. A graphics stack is used to store pre-computed coordinate values to improve performance for drawing graphics, such as to display a user interface on a display of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Bells, Brian A. Young
  • Patent number: 8532585
    Abstract: Control of multiple functions of an electronic device is provided by using a single control element (102) including a switch body (312) adjustable between multiple switch positions, a primary actuator (302) with lateral (302b) and distal surface (302a) portions extending from the switch body and configured for adjusting the switch body between the switch positions, and a pressure sensor (314) operable via an activation force at the lateral surfaces of the primary actuator. A first function can be controlled responsive to motion of the primary actuator during an activation of the pressure sensor. Additionally, a second function can be controlled responsive to the motion of the primary actuator of the control element exclusive of the activation of the pressure sensor. Further, a third function can be controlled in responsive to activation of the pressure sensor for at least a first period of time exclusive of motion of the primary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Willem Deleus, Robert Jastram, James Teel
  • Patent number: 8502778
    Abstract: A dual-mode input device includes a relative coordinate generator disposed in a casing for detecting motion of the casing and for generating relative coordinate information based on detected motion of the casing, and a processing unit. The processing unit includes a coordinate storing module for storing absolute coordinate information, an absolute coordinate generator for generating updated absolute coordinate information based on the relative coordinate information received from the relative coordinate generator and the absolute coordinate information received from the coordinate storing module, and for storing the updated absolute coordinate information in the coordinate storing module, and an output selecting module operable in one of a relative coordinate mode, in which the output selecting module outputs the relative coordinate information, and an absolute coordinate mode, in which the output selecting module outputs the absolute coordinate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignees: Sunrex Technology Corp., Gimbal Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 8497838
    Abstract: A computing system translates a world space position of a hand of a human target to a screen space cursor position of a user interface. When the cursor overlaps a button in the user interface, the computing system actuates the button in response to a movement of the hand in world space that changes the cursor position by a depth threshold along a z-axis regardless of an initial z-axis position of the cursor. When the button includes an activation lock, the computing system unlocks the activation lock, prior to button actuation, if the cursor path satisfies unlocking criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Adam Jethro Langridge
  • Patent number: 8482517
    Abstract: A control devices includes a key having a top surface configured to be pressed by a user, and a resistance device coupled to the key and configured to provide a resistance force to the key that opposes a user force applied to the top surface. A force sensor is coupled to the resistance device and is configured to detect the user force applied to top surface. A control circuit is coupled to the resistance device and is configured to change the resistance force of the resistance device according to a force profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Denis O'Keeffe, Christophe Dayer, Damine O'Sullivan, Timothy O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8421750
    Abstract: A data processing device includes a cursor position decision unit, a display control unit, a switch operation signal detection unit, a storage unit, an event generation unit and an event execution unit. The storage unit is configured to store, for a predetermined period, at least one of cursor position information outputted from the cursor position decision unit and event information according to one of a plurality of selection options located in a displayed image at a position corresponding to the cursor position decided by the cursor position decision unit. The event generation unit is configured to generate an execution event when a first switch operation signal is detected at a first timing by the switch operation signal detection unit based on the at least one of the cursor position information and the event information stored in the storage unit at a second timing prior to the first timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshimitsu Moritaku
  • Patent number: 8384665
    Abstract: Techniques for selecting a portion of a 3D virtual environment are disclosed, where the portion of the 3D virtual environment may be one or more objects in the 3D virtual environment or one of scenes in the 3D virtual environment. A motion sensitive device (controller) is used. The controller generates sensor data sufficient to derive position and orientation of the controller in six degrees of freedom. In one embodiment, when selecting the portion of the 3D virtual environment, the controller generates a ray to an interaction of a display screen provided to display the 3D virtual environment, wherein the ray is further projected into the 3D virtual environment by a ray tracing technique as if the user had a real laser pointer that crosses from the physical world into the 3D virtual environment being displayed. Further a user is optionally to use a secondary input device to select one or more points or objects in a 3D space to control a distance along the ray being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: AiLive, Inc.
    Inventors: William Robert Powers, III, Charles Musick, Jr., Dana Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8378795
    Abstract: A haptic signal distribution system capable of distributing haptic synchronous signals includes a master haptic device and groups of slave haptic devices. In one embodiment, the master haptic device is configured to distribute haptic synchronous signals to slave haptic devices. The haptic synchronous signals, for instance, may include information relating to a tempo for a piece of music. A haptic signal distribution system, for example, allows a master wearable haptic device to selectively distribute haptic synchronous signals to one or more groups of slave wearable haptic devices via a wireless communications network. Upon receipt of the haptic synchronous signals, each slave wearable haptic device generates a series of haptic feedback having a rhythm of beats in response to the haptic synchronous signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Steger, Barbara Kruse
  • Patent number: 8380459
    Abstract: An electronic motion-based input device and method for correcting errors in acceleration due to a deviation from a horizontal plane of motion by correcting for gravitational acceleration components due to the deviation in the plane of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Farshid Moussavi
  • Patent number: 8358270
    Abstract: A mouse with a wire arrangement structure is provided. The mouse includes a housing, a base, a connection unit and a wire. The housing includes an opening and an opening edge. The base corresponds to the housing, wherein the base is moved between a first position and a second position, and when the base is in the first position, the base abuts the opening edge to cover the opening, and when the base is in the second position, the base is separated from the opening edge. The connection unit is connected to the housing and the base, allowing the base to move relative to the housing. The wire includes a joint, wherein when the wire is in a receiving state, the wire is wound up around the connection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mou-Ming Ma, Yen-Bo Lai, Po-Jen Shih, Shu-I Chen
  • Publication number: 20130002551
    Abstract: An instruction input device includes: a first direction detection unit detecting the first direction in which the user is looking; a second direction detection unit detecting a second direction in which the user is performing a pointing operation; a gaze position calculation unit calculating a gaze position of the user on the screen; a reference coordinate group calculation unit calculating a reference line in space corresponding to the gaze position and connecting the user and the screen; an offset amount calculation unit calculating a distance of the second direction between the reference line and the input coordinate indicating the user's hand as an offset amount with respect to the gaze position; and a pointer display position calculation unit calculating a position in which a distance of the first screen predetermined direction between the position and the gaze position is the offset amount on the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Imoto, Shigenori Maeda
  • Patent number: 8339513
    Abstract: There is provided a display apparatus which includes a signal processing part which processes a video signal including at a peripheral area thereof a position determining pattern having a plurality of characteristics; a display part which displays a picture on the basis of the video signal processed by the signal processing part; a sensing part which senses the position determining pattern which is included in the video signal; and a control part which controls the signal processing part to adjust a position of the picture displayed on the display part, on the basis of a shift between a characteristic sensed by the sensing part among the plurality of characteristics of the position determining pattern and a predetermined reference characteristic. The position determining pattern has a face shape. Accordingly, the position of the picture can be quickly determined and adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-seung Shim
  • Patent number: 8296685
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for drawing graphics, such as to display a user interface on a display of a mobile device. A graphics stack is used to store pre-computed coordinate values to improve performance for drawing graphics, such as to display a user interface on a display of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Bells, Brian A. Young
  • Patent number: 8284159
    Abstract: An input processing device comprises a display screen and a pointing device for inputting corresponding 2-dimensional coordinates on the display screen. A 3-dimensional space is displayed on the display screen and the 2-dimensional coordinates inputted from the pointing device are detected. Next, shift amounts, per unit of time, of the detected 2-dimensional coordinates are calculated based on a predetermined calculation start condition. And the calculated shift amounts are converted to 3-dimensional coordinate shift amounts in the 3-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Konno, Yoshitaka Ajioka, Yasushi Ebisawa, Kiyoshi Mizuki
  • Patent number: 8259069
    Abstract: A speckle-based trackball apparatus with an optical architecture employing curved-wavefront illumination beam or a modified imaging lens and aperture configuration is provided. The apparatus includes a trackball configured to be rotated by a user. In the curved-wavefront embodiment, an illuminator is configured to illuminate a spot area of the curved surface of the trackball with a curved-wavefront illumination beam so that an ensemble of optical features used for motion sensing interact with the illumination beam at different phase points as a function of a location within the illuminated spot area on the curved surface of the trackball. In the modified imaging lens and aperture configuration, the aperture is positioned between the back focal plane and the image plane of the imaging lens, and the illuminator may be configured to illuminate a portion of the trackball with a planar-wavefront illumination beam. Other embodiments, aspects and features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Jahja I. Trisnadi, Clinton B. Carlisle
  • Patent number: 8228294
    Abstract: A cursor control device is shown for enabling a user to input directional commands; a display for displaying a plurality of discrete areas and a cursor; a cursor controller for controlling the movement of the cursor in the display in response to the directional input commands, having: a first operational state in which a cursor is moved, in response to input directional commands from the cursor control device, within a first discrete area in a free-roaming manner and a second operational state in which a cursor is moved, in response to input directional commands from the cursor control device, in a discrete-roaming manner from discrete area to discrete area; and a user operable switching means for controlling the operational state of the cursor controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Kimmo Rämö
  • Patent number: 8179367
    Abstract: An electronic appliance includes detectors that are assigned to detection zones defined on a display. The detection zones correspond to push buttons that are arranged in an operation menu displayed on the display. Each of the detectors includes a temporal difference filter. The temporal difference filter includes a detection zone image memory, a peripheral zone image memory, a subtracter, and a motion quantity calculator. The detection zone image memory stores an image of the corresponding detection zone. The peripheral zone image memory stores an image of a peripheral detection zone defined around the corresponding detection zone. The subtracter finds a difference between the image stored in the peripheral zone image memory and a present image of the peripheral detection zone. According to the difference, the motion quantity calculator calculates first data representative of the size of an object that is present in the peripheral detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: JVC Kenwood Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Kitaura
  • Patent number: 8170619
    Abstract: An event display apparatus and method of a mobile terminal are disclosed. The event display method of a mobile terminal includes: detecting events in the mobile terminal; displaying time graphics on a screen; and positioning the detected events on the time graph according to their types. Various scattered events in the mobile terminal are detected and displayed on the time graphics indicating time according to types of the detected events, so the events can be easily viewed and managed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Min-Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 8156449
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for drawing graphics, such as to display a user interface on a display of a mobile device. A graphics stack is used to store pre-computed coordinate values to improve performance for drawing graphics, such as to display a user interface on a display of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Bells, Brian A. Young
  • Patent number: 8139030
    Abstract: The use of magnetic field sensing to perform sophisticated command control and data input into a portable device is disclosed. A magnetic field sensor is embedded or fixedly attached to a portable device to measure changes in the magnetic field strength and/or direction accompanying movement, motion or tilt of the device in one-, two- or three-dimensions when the portable device is used to air-write or make gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Memsic, Inc.
    Inventors: Yang Zhao, Pan Guozhi, Yu Jianping, Haidong Liu
  • Patent number: 8130194
    Abstract: Method and system for generating and processing multiple independent input data streams based on a high priority OS message framework such as an OS provided framework for processing mouse-messages. Multiple input devices generate motion that is sensed by motion sensors located on one or more motion sources, quantify the sensed motion, and provide resulting input data to a computer via one or more communication ports. One or more software subroutines process the provided data, separating them into multiple independent input streams according to their sources, and sending the streams to listening applications. The subroutines are preferably integrated at a low level of the OS architecture, thereby enabling low-latency, fully-functional high priority processing of the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: IMI Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Fairs, Lee A. Mitchell, Vlad Zarney, Michael J. Borch
  • Patent number: RE44658
    Abstract: An input processing device comprises a display screen and a pointing device for inputting corresponding 2-dimensional coordinates on the display screen. A 3-dimensional space is displayed on the display screen and the 2-dimensional coordinates inputted from the pointing device are detected. Next, shift amounts, per unit of time, of the detected 2-dimensional coordinates are calculated based on a predetermined calculation start condition. And the calculated shift amounts are converted to 3-dimensional coordinate shift amounts in the 3-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Konno, Yoshitaka Ajioka, Yasushi Ebisawa, Kiyoshi Mizuki