Mouse Patents (Class 345/163)
  • Patent number: 10152150
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing data entry by a user includes a first electronic device configured to be attached to a person's head and including a display for viewing by the person; and a second electronic device configured to be attached to a person's forearm and used in combination with the first electronic device. The first and second electronic devices are configured for wirelessly communications with each other, at least some of the wireless communications representing user input by the person for interfacing with a user interface displayed to the person on the display of the first electronic device, whereby data entry by the person is accomplished. The first electronic device is configured to wirelessly transmit data entered by the person to a computer system for electronic storage in a non-transitory computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: John Sherman
  • Patent number: 10152182
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that relate to sensing touch input and applied force at a common sensor using a common controller. One example provides a touch sensor with (1) a plurality of electrodes forming a transmit electrode array and a receive electrode array; (2) drive circuitry configured to drive the transmit electrode array; (3) receive circuitry coupled to at least the receive electrode array; (4) and one or more jumpers electrically coupling respective pairs of the electrodes, the one or more jumpers having an electrical resistance that varies with applied force. The touch sensor may include a controller configured to determine, based on output from the receive circuitry, a location of a touch input and an applied force of the touch input based on a capacitance associated with the output and on a resistance associated with the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: On Haran, Eliyahu Barel
  • Patent number: 10133359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a 3D input device (1) for controlling the position of an object (8, 14) in space, comprising a manually operable 3D input element (3), at which input element control demands in three spatial coordinates can be input, and a control dial (4), which generates an output signal dependent on the rotational angle when rotated. According to the invention, the 3D input device (1) comprises a control unit (21) which moves the object (8, 14) in space depending on the rotary movement executed at the control dial (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOMTEC GMBH
    Inventor: Bernd Gombert
  • Patent number: 10120459
    Abstract: An image processing method capable of detecting noise includes adjusting a lighting unit to acquire an over-exposure image, comparing each pixel of the over-exposure image with at least one threshold value, labeling a pixel of the over-exposure image as the noise while bright intensity of the pixel is lower than the threshold value, calculating a simulating value according to bright intensity of pixels around the noise and except the noise, and utilizing the simulating value and bright intensity of other pixels except the noise to execute a displacement detecting calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Wei Chen, Ren-Hau Gu
  • Patent number: 10114494
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a pressure detecting unit for detecting a magnitude of a contacting pressure of a contacted object with respect to an input device operated when physically contacted by the contacted object; and a changing unit for changing a display region displayed on a display device of predetermined information to be displayed on the display device according to an output signal output from the input device at a speed corresponding to the magnitude of the contacting pressure detected by the pressure detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 10101887
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts displaying a lower-level user interface that is part of a user interface hierarchy, where the hierarchy includes at least three levels, including the lower-level user interface, an intermediate-level user interface and a higher-level user interface. The device also, while displaying the lower-level user interface, detects an input on a portion of the device that is associated with user interface hierarchy navigation and, in response to detecting the input, in accordance with a determination that the input meets first transition criteria, the device replaces display of the lower-level user interface with display of the intermediate-level user interface and in accordance with a determination that the input meets second transition criteria, the device replaces display of the lower-level user interface with display of the higher-level user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi E. Cieplinski
  • Patent number: 10095399
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for selecting a region on a screen of a device. The method includes recognizing a signal due to dragging from outside of the screen of the device, and determining a selection region based on a location where the drag is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sang-ok Cha, Tae-young Kang, Yeon-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10095323
    Abstract: A mouse device includes a lower shell, an upper shell mounted to the lower shell, a circuit board and at least one button module. A receiving space is formed between the upper shell and the lower shell. The circuit board is fastened in the receiving space. A front of a top surface of the circuit board is equipped with at least one electronic switch. The at least one button module includes a touch element, a connecting shaft and a torsion spring. The touch element is pivotally connected to a front end of a top of the upper shell. The torsion spring is pivotally mounted around the connecting shaft. The torsion spring has a first spring foot elastically abutting against the top of the upper shell, and at least one second spring foot elastically abutting against a top surface of the touch element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Tseng, Yu-Hsiang Ting
  • Patent number: 10078411
    Abstract: An organization mode in a user interface that displays multiple user interface elements. The multiple user interface elements fit over a grid positions that are at least conceptually imposed over a canvas. In organization mode, the grid positions are displayed, allowing the user to more easily see where user interface elements may be placed. As the user moves and/or resizes a user interface element, one or more corresponding grid positions are highlighted to show where the user interface element would be placed if the move or resize operation were to conclude at that moment. The organization mode may also provide a contextual actions menu with respect to a particular user interface element. The contextual actions menu includes multiple organization mode commands, including one or more that may be directed selected from the contextual actions menu to invoke the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Leon Ezequiel Welicki, Mo Wang, Christopher Scrosati, Kristofer John Owens, Jon Harris, Jonah Bush Sterling, Dina-Marie Ledonna Supino, Vishal R. Joshi, Jesse David Francisco, Stephen Michael Danton
  • Patent number: 10078607
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for managing buffers of a device for Universal Serial Bus (USB) communication in a wireless environment. The method includes determining respective current data storage levels of transmit buffers that store different types of data for USB communication; comparing the respective current data storage levels of the transmit buffers with corresponding respective predetermined threshold levels; and controlling an input rate or output rate of a first transmit buffer if it is determined based on the comparison that the first transmit buffer has a current data storage level that exceeds a predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: Sasmung Electronics Co., Ltd, Ajou University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Jun-Hyung Kim, Young-Bae Ko, Jong-Hyo Lee, Keun-Woo Lim, Woo-Sung Jung, Joo-Yeol Lee
  • Patent number: 10070183
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed that generally relate to content delivery techniques in audio-visual systems. In an audio-visual system, a method of using sensors to incrementally present content elements on a display includes presenting a first content element on the display, receiving first data from a sensor, the first data associated with a first distance. An increment coefficient is identified, and a portion size is determined by reducing the first distance by the increment coefficient. Finally, an unseen portion of a second content element is incrementally added to the display, and a presented portion of the first content element is incrementally removed from the display, the size of the portions added and removed being equal to the determined portion size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Digital Media Services Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Kilar, Richard W. Tom, Lonn Lee, Bao Lei, Jiwen Cai, Yanqing Zhou, Jocelyn Lui
  • Patent number: 10061398
    Abstract: An ergonomic computer mouse for comfortably accommodating a user's foot includes a substantially circular pad having a planar upper surface, a planar lower surface and at least one peripheral edge. Outwardly extending from the peripheral edge are a pair of arms, each having a control button at a distal end that functions as either a “left” or “right” button found on a conventional mouse. On the upper surface of the housing are a plurality of peripheral, multidirectional arrows that, when depressed with a foot, move a cursor in a corresponding direction on the screen. Likewise, a centrally disposed zoom button can be manipulated with a foot to enlarge, reduce or scroll through displayed screen content. Accordingly, a user can completely control all typical mouse functions with a foot to prevent wrist and hand stress or injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Jonathan Russell
  • Patent number: 10063229
    Abstract: Provided is a coordinate input device, including: an operation plate that is cantilevered and flexibly supported; a touch sensor that is attached to a rear surface of the operation plate; and a circuit board that is disposed to provide a predetermined gap between the circuit board and the touch sensor and includes a push-in input switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kondo, Yuji Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10048774
    Abstract: A mouse device includes a main body, a press-button, a sliding button movably disposed on the main body, an adjusting member connected to the sliding button, an elastic element disposed on the adjusting member, a loading seat and an arm-swing seat disposed in the main body. The main body has a receiving space and a switch module disposed therein. The press-button has a trigger portion. The loading seat has a first surface and a second surface on a bottom thereof with different level heights. The arm-swing seat has a swing arm disposed between the trigger portion and the switch module. The switch module is triggered by the trigger portion and the arm-swing seat. The elastic element is synchronously moved with the sliding button and has an abutting portion selectively abutted against the first surface or the second surface to provide different loads for the press-button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: DEXIN ELECTRONICS LTD., DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yen-Yao Lai
  • Patent number: 10042434
    Abstract: An LED current ramping method for an optical mouse includes: determining a speed of the optical mouse; setting control bits according to the determined speed; sending the control bits to a digital circuit of the mouse; and decoding the control bits to selectively open and close switches in a constant current LED driver of the mouse to adjust a current according to the speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging (Penang) SDN. BHD.
    Inventor: Kwai Lee Pang
  • Patent number: 10025418
    Abstract: Acoustic sensing provides a mode by which user input is received by a computing device. As an example, a surface is acoustically monitored for interactions with one or more user-manipulated objects, such as a body part of the user or a variety of passive objects. Acoustic analysis of frequencies produced by such objects interacting with the surface enables these objects to be distinguished from each other. Multiple objects interacting with the surface at the same time may be associated with different types of user input to provide a multi-touch user interface for the computing device. The acoustic sensing techniques described herein support motion-based and tapping-based gestures using one, two, or more touch interactions with an acoustically monitored surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Etter Studio Ltd.
    Inventor: Christian Etter
  • Patent number: 10025397
    Abstract: A computer mouse with quick-replaceable micro-switch includes a main body, a switch holder, a micro-switch and a covering panel. The main body has a lower housing, an upper housing, and an accommodation chamber formed therein. The accommodation chamber is formed with an opening on a top portion thereof. A circuit board is disposed in the main body, and has a plurality of conducting members. The switch holder is disposed in the accommodation chamber of the main body. The micro-switch is received in a receiving space of the switch holder, and has a plurality of terminals which are contacted with the conducting members. When the covering panel is removed, the micro-switch in the receiving space of the switch holder can be replaced quickly from the opening. Therefore, a user can replace the micro-switch quickly to adjust a tactile sensation when pressing the button according to personal needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yen-Yao Lai
  • Patent number: 10013080
    Abstract: A manipulation apparatus that generates a manipulation reaction force on a manipulation knob by energizing a coil disposed between a coil-side yoke and a magnet. A permanent magnet is disposed on a contact portion for a housing of a knob base on which the manipulation knob is mounted. An electromagnet is disposed on a support portion of the housing that supports the contact portion. The electromagnet is energized to generate a repulsive force between the support portion and the contact portion. This reduces a friction force exerted between the support portion and the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoki Tachiiri
  • Patent number: 10009935
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein generally include a system and a method of causing an electronic device to perform one or more desirable functions or processes based on the physical movement of the electronic device. In one embodiment, the physical movement of a first electronic device is part of a physical interaction process completed between a first electronic device and a second electronic device. The information gained from at least the physical movement part of the physical interaction process can then be used to cause at least the first electronic device to perform one or more desirable functions or processes. Some aspects of the disclosure provided herein may include an apparatus, method and/or computing device software application that is configured to more easily setup and reliably control an electronic device based on the physical movement of the electronic device and/or the interaction of the electronic device with another electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE, S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Caine
  • Patent number: 9965954
    Abstract: Provided is a computer system and methods for directing mobile peer devices. A method includes receiving an itinerary identifying one or more goals for the peer devices; receiving a priority associated with the itinerary, the priority identifying at least one goal of the one or more goals, the priority listing the at least one goal in order of importance; determining a routing in accordance with the itinerary and the priority; and broadcasting the routing. A computer system includes a routing module coupled to a memory configurable to determine a routing based on priorities and itinerary goals; a receiver coupled to a processor configurable to receive the priorities and the itinerary goals from at least two peer devices over a wireless connection; and a transmitter coupled to the processor configurable to broadcast the routing to the peer devices, the routing configurable to direct the peer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9965052
    Abstract: A computer stylus may have an elongated body with a metal tube that serves as an antenna ground for an antenna. An antenna resonating element for the antenna may be formed from metal traces that wrap around a longitudinal axis for the elongated body. The antenna may be an inverted-F antenna. A ground antenna feed terminal for the inverted-F antenna may be coupled to the metal tube with a sheet metal member, conductive fabric, and solder. A clip may run along a side of the elongated body at a location that does not overlap the metal traces of the antenna resonating element. The antenna may be fed at a location on an opposing side of the elongated body from the clip. Antenna signals from the inverted-F antenna may be reflected towards the tip by metal structures at the end of the elongated body opposing the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Coutts, Qingxiang Li, Robert W. Schlub, Yi Jiang
  • Patent number: 9958965
    Abstract: There is provided a mode switching method of a dual mode optical navigation device. The dual mode optical navigation device is configured to be operated on a working surface and has a first bottom surface and a second bottom surface having an included angle with the first bottom surface. The mode switching method includes: determining whether the first bottom surface or the second bottom surface contacts with the working surface; switching the dual mode optical navigation device to a first mode when identifying that the first bottom surface contacts with the working surface; and switching the dual mode optical navigation device to a second mode when identifying that the second bottom surface contacts with the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Sai-Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 9959025
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts displaying a lower-level user interface that is part of a user interface hierarchy, where the hierarchy includes at least three levels, including the lower-level user interface, an intermediate-level user interface and a higher-level user interface. The device also, while displaying the lower-level user interface, detects an input on a portion of the device that is associated with user interface hierarchy navigation and, in response to detecting the input, in accordance with a determination that the input meets first transition criteria, the device replaces display of the lower-level user interface with display of the intermediate-level user interface and in accordance with a determination that the input meets second transition criteria, the device replaces display of the lower-level user interface with display of the higher-level user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi E. Cieplinski
  • Patent number: 9952705
    Abstract: An input apparatus capable of providing, through a touch sensor, a tactile sensation as it were a sensation obtained when operating a key and the like constituted of a mechanical switch, includes a touch sensor configured to detect a contact, a load detection unit configured to detect a pressure load on a touch face of the touch sensor, a tactile sensation providing unit configured to vibrate the touch face, and a control unit configured to control drive of the tactile sensation providing unit, when a position of the contact detected by the touch sensor moves into a predetermined region while the pressure load detected by the load detection unit satisfies a predetermined standard, such that a tactile sensation is provided to an object pressing the touch face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Kono
  • Patent number: 9952685
    Abstract: An input device for a computing device includes a first input sensor for receiving a first type of instructions associated with a first operating mode of the input device, the first type of instructions including moving the first input sensor with respect to a reference surface. The input device includes a second input sensor for receiving a second type of instructions associated with a second operating mode of the input device, the second type of instructions including moving an indicator with respect to an active surface of the input device provided with said second input sensor. The input device includes a control sensor adapted to detect the position of at least a portion of the hand of a user with respect to the input device. The control sensor is coupled to a controller adapted to allow the input device to operate in either the first or the second operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Jacques Chassot, Jean-Christophe Hemes, Steven Ryutaro Takayama, Christophe Dayer, Nicolas Ramond, Davin O'Mahony, Branko Lukic, Daniele Bonanno
  • Patent number: 9927884
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a program causing a computer to execute an image processing method applied to an image sensing device. The image processing method comprises: (a) comparing a frame delta between a reference frame and a first frame with a predetermined threshold value to generate a first comparing result; (b) comparing a frame rate of the image sensing device with a minimum frame rate and/or a maximum frame rate, to generate a second comparing result; and (c) adjusting one of the frame rate and an offset for a correlation window of the image sensing device, according to the first comparing result and the second comparing result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging (Penang) SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Zi Hao Tan, Kevin Len-Li Lim
  • Patent number: 9921614
    Abstract: A multifunctional adapter or interface unit for a portable electronic device, the adapter unit being stored or stowable within the portable electronic device and being operable as a power adaptor, user input/output device, and/or data transfer unit. The power adaptor includes a plug body with a retractable tray for storing a user input/output device, e.g. a peripheral device such as earphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AQUATERRA LIMITED
    Inventor: Julian Richard Ellis
  • Patent number: 9900542
    Abstract: Provided are a computer processing device and a method for providing coordinate compensation and determining errors by using user profile information based on force inputs. The computer processing device includes an information collector unit and an analysis unit. The information collector unit collects information on various inputs entered on a key of a remote control. From among the inputs entered on a same key, the analysis unit compensates an input that corresponds to a level lying in-between a first level and a second level, the first level corresponding to a normal input and the second level corresponding to a force input, in such a way that the input is compensated to be a normal input or a force input. Here, the force input is an input entered with a greater pressure or a larger area than for the normal input on the key of the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: HUMAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Heum Park
  • Patent number: 9880642
    Abstract: A touch panel-equipped mobile terminal is configured to be used as a mouse according to a mouse function provision method. The mouse function provision method includes displaying a mouse operation image on a screen of the display unit in response to a mouse host application execution request; detecting a touch gesture made with a touch input tool on the mouse operation image; determining, when movement of the touch input tool is detected, whether a touch hold time counted from the detection of the touch gesture is greater than a first hold threshold; and transmitting, when the touch hold time is greater than the first hold threshold, an object move command to an output terminal and, when the touch hold time is not greater than the first hold threshold, a pointer move command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Changjin Jeong, Taewon Kwak
  • Patent number: 9874948
    Abstract: A mouse device with a movable signal input module includes a housing, a control module, and a signal input module. The signal input module is movably disposed in the housing and coupled to the control module. The signal input module includes a roller partially protruding from the housing. The signal input module is linearly movable relative to the housing along a travelling direction to allow the roller to in sync linearly move relative to the housing along the travelling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yi-Shun Chen
  • Patent number: 9864501
    Abstract: A method comprising causing to be displayed in a display window at least one of a defined plurality of information items, causing to be displayed in a scrolling region a moveable element, in response to a scrolling input, moving the moveable element within the scrolling region and causing others of the plurality of information items to be displayed in the display window, causing to be displayed in the scrolling region a marker associated with one of the plurality of information items, the position of the marker relative to the moveable element indicating a direction of a scrolling input that would be needed to cause the one of the information items to be displayed in the display window, and causing the marker to be updated in response to an event associated with the one of the information items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Apaar Tuli
  • Patent number: 9867295
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a ball grid array connection include providing a circuit board having a circuit board surface including a plurality of pads. A ball grid array component includes a plurality of solder balls. The ball grid array component is coupled to the circuit board to position each of the plurality of solder balls adjacent a respective one of the plurality of pads. A solder reflow process is then performed to produce a plurality of soldered connections from each of the plurality of solder balls and a respective one of the plurality of pads. At least one spacer member is provided between the ball grid array component and the circuit board during the solder reflow process to provide a mechanical stop between the ball grid array component and the circuit board and a minimum height for each of the plurality of soldered connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Bhavesh Patel, Sandor Farkas, Wallace Huson Ables
  • Patent number: 9857883
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wireless tailed mouse which comprises a mouse housing, a master circuit board arranged in the mouse housing, a visual signal current mouse tail externally connected to the mouse housing, and a wireless signal receiver inserted into a computer. The visual signal current mouse tail comprises at least one light emitting element. The master circuit board comprises a master control circuit microprocessor, and a control circuit board of the light emitting element, a wireless signal transmitting modular component, a mouse displacement detector, a mouse button switch and an encoder which are connected with the master control circuit microprocessor. The present invention has the visual signal current mouse tail which has the function of emitting light and the display function of displaying a current flow state of signal transmission, has diverse changes and has a strong fashionable and dynamic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Zhengkai Yin, Shicong Xie
  • Patent number: 9857872
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer-readable media, and other means are described for utilizing touch-based input components that provide localized haptic feedback to a user. The touch-based input components can be used and/or integrated into any type of electronic device, including laptop computers, cellular telephones, and portable media devices. The touch-based input components can use, for example, a grid of piezoelectric actuators to provide vibrational feedback to a user, while the user scrolls around a click wheel, slides across a trackpad, or touches a multi-touch display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Terlizzi, Jahan Minoo
  • Patent number: 9857938
    Abstract: A unique system and method is provided that facilitates pixel-accurate targeting with respect to multi-touch sensitive displays when selecting or viewing content with a cursor. In particular, the system and method can track dual inputs from a primary finger and a secondary finger, for example. The primary finger can control movement of the cursor while the secondary finger can adjust a control-display ratio of the screen. As a result, cursor steering and selection of an assistance mode can be performed at about the same time or concurrently. In addition, the system and method can stabilize a cursor position at a top middle point of a user's finger in order to mitigate clicking errors when making a selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Hrvoje Benko, Andrew D. Wilson, Patrick M. Baudisch
  • Patent number: 9853639
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a cooktop having at least one sensor operating field. The at least one sensor operating field has at least one scroll field for step by step modification of a multi-value operating parameter of the cooking appliance. The at least one scroll field has a number of discretely disposed sensor keys which are disposed below a cooktop plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Berr, Michael Hegendörfer
  • Patent number: 9853970
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed for techniques for wireless docking. According to some embodiments, a mobile device may scan for an available docking device, for example a device with one or more I/O devices such as a display. The mobile device may automatically establish a secure wireless link with the docking device, for example, if the docking device is known to the mobile device. However, I/O services to be provided by the docking device are not activated. Instead, the docking device will prompt a user for identification data. If the identification data passes verification, the I/O services may be activated. According to some embodiments, the identification data obtained by the docking device may also be used to wake the mobile device, to login to the mobile device, and/or to unlock the mobile device for user access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Glik, Paz Pentelka, Tal Davidson, Eran Sudak
  • Patent number: 9851814
    Abstract: A foldable mouse comprises a substrate, a thin-film battery, a touch module, a signal processing module, and a communication module. The substrate is a foldable structure. The thin-film battery is electrically connected to the touch module, the signal processing module, and the communication module; the signal processing module drives the touch module, receives signals from the touch module, and sends the signals to the communication module. The substrate comprises a main body structure sandwiched between a first support plate and a second support plate. The first support plate and the second support plate are symmetrically located at two opposite sides of the main body and foldable connected to the main body structure. The main body structure comprises a first surface and a second surface, and a minidisc is integrated on the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Deng, Ying-Ri Sun, Guang-Hong Han, Ling Zhang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9812273
    Abstract: A command selector includes a scroll wheel mounted in a support and free to rotate about a main axis, a fixed printed circuit board, a detection wheel rotating about a secondary axis, a means of transmission rotationally connecting the scroll wheel to the detection wheel of which the rotations are detected by a rotation sensor arranged on the printed circuit board. The main axis and the secondary axis are non-parallel, the means of transmission defines an angle, and the detection wheel rotating in a plane parallel to the printed circuit board, the secondary axis being perpendicular to the printed circuit board, so as to minimize the circumscribed volume of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pascal Breich, Emmanuel Cordier, Claude Simon, Nicholas Tual
  • Patent number: 9805339
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of systems, computer medium and computer-implemented methods for sensing health characteristics of a user using a computer mouse having a location sensor configured to sense movement of the computer mouse relative to a work surface on which the computer mouse is located, a temperature sensor, a blood condition sensor and a blood pressure sensor. A method including transmitting, to a computer workstation, location data corresponding to sensed movement of the computer mouse for use in determining movement of the mouse, receiving temperature data from the temperature sensor, blood condition data from the blood condition sensor and blood pressure data from the blood pressure sensor, and transmitting, to the computer workstation, health data corresponding to the temperature data, the blood condition data, and the blood pressure data for use in determining the body temperature, the blood saturation level, and the blood pressure of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Samantha J. Horseman
  • Patent number: 9798387
    Abstract: A computer input device system that includes a finger-wearable input unit that is capable of providing inputs in a two-dimensional plane or in three-dimensional space. The inventive subject matter also includes a mouse frame that receives the finger-wearable unit, allowing a user to quickly transition from the finger-wearable unit to the mouse frame for traditional table-top mouse operation and back. The mouse frame includes features that allow for simple, easy and precise docking and undocking of the finger-wearable unit. The finger-wearable unit can be made up of separable modules and links that allow for reconfiguration of the finger-wearable unit according to a user's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Anoop Molly Joseph
  • Patent number: 9792040
    Abstract: The disclosed pen-mouse is a tracking menu that tracks the position of the pen. A pen cursor that corresponds to the pen is moved about within the pen-mouse graphic by the pen and the pen-mouse remains stationary. The pen-mouse is moved when the location of the pen encounters a tracking boundary of the pen-mouse. The tracking boundary coincides with the graphic representing the mouse. While moving within the pen-mouse, the pen can select objects within the pen-mouse body, such as buttons, wheels, etc. The selection of a button or other virtual control causes a corresponding computer mouse button function to be executed. The execution is directed at any object designated by a pen-mouse tracking symbol, such as an arrow, that is part of the pen mouse graphic. The pen-mouse emulates functions or operations of a mouse including single button clicks, double button clicks, finger wheels, track balls, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: George Fitzmaurice, Gordon Paul Kurtenbach, William A. Buxton, Robert J. Pieke
  • Patent number: 9785258
    Abstract: An ambidextrous mouse is disclosed. The ambidextrous mouse is configured for both left and right handed use. The mouse may include right handed buttons on the front side of the mouse and left handed buttons on the back side of the mouse. The user may change the handedness of the mouse by rotating the mouse about a vertical axis of the mouse such that the left hand can use the left hand buttons and the right hand can use the right hand buttons. The mouse may include a handedness selection system for configuring the mouse for right handed or left handed use even though the mouse has the capability for both right and left hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Hotelling, Brian Huppi
  • Patent number: 9778759
    Abstract: A user interface assembly includes an interface that may be in electrical communication with an extrinsic electronic device. The interface may be manipulated such that the interface converts hand and finger motions into vertical scrolling commands and horizontal scrolling commands. A control circuit is positioned within the interface. The control circuit is in electrical communication with the extrinsic electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Kashif Huda
  • Patent number: 9772661
    Abstract: Portable terminal equipment as a mobile telephone includes a display device disposed with a front surface of a housing. A first touch sensor is provided in the display device. A lateral recess is formed in at least one side surface of the housing. A side touch sensor is disposed in the housing in a range including the lateral recess. Preferably, the lateral recess is constituted by plural lateral recesses formed in the one side surface. Also, a state detection device recognizes a lateral recess where contact is detected among the plural lateral recesses by use of the side touch sensor. A disabling device disables the side touch sensor from detecting contact in a lateral recess among the lateral recesses other than the lateral recess where contact is detected, for adaptation to finger operation of one of right and left hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Samito Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9740309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a finger-driven computer mouse. The finger-driven computer mouse includes a mouse housing and finger retention device adjacent thereto. The user inserts his or her finger tips in the finger retention device and can position the mouse across a flat surface by actions of the fingers except the thumb which is used to operate mouse buttons arranged on a side surface. The finger-driven mouse allows the wrist and hand muscles to be in a relaxed, natural posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: David Y. Wang
  • Patent number: 9740308
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a computer mouse with an automatic grip angle control function for reducing a sense of wrist fatigue by continuously changing a grip angle in a constant period during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY), GWANGJU UNIVERSITY INSTITUDE FOR EDUCATIONAL-INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION
    Inventors: Dong-Hee Choi, Song-Il Lee, Jih-Hyeon Lee, Gyou-Hyung Kyung, Kyoung-Jong Park
  • Patent number: 9733887
    Abstract: A wireless transfer system includes a wireless transfer device having a wireless module, microprocessors for executing transfer protocols, a motion sensing module, and an infrared sensor; a central server; and one or more display devices, the wireless transfer device, and the central server being connected though one or more networks, the one or more networks comprising at least one of wireless communications networks and wired communications networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Wise Balls, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Foster
  • Patent number: 9733675
    Abstract: An elastic body and an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a casing, an electronic component, and a conductive base. The electronic component and the conductive base are installed in the casing. The conductive base includes a base body and the elastic body. The base body has a first opening. The elastic body includes a bottom plate and an elastic part. The bottom plate is installed on the base body and has a second opening. The first opening is communicated with the second opening. The elastic part is connected to the bottom plate and has a contacting portion. The contacting portion is installed corresponding to the second opening, and the contacting portion contacts the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Jing Liao, Chih-Wei Tu
  • Patent number: 9734358
    Abstract: Methods, devices and system for enhancing computer information security by physically blocking unused USB ports with self-locking devices, or by providing USB port self-locking device with internal circuitry that qualifies and secures user peripheral device attached to the computer, and by continuously communicating with a management software application that provides real-time monitoring and warnings when any USB self-locking device is being removed or tampered. The self-locking devices use a spring loaded teeth in the USB plug that lock into tab spaces in the USB jack. Visual indicator provides positive assurance when all ports are secure. Each self-locking devices include a security circuit which is uniquely paired with the protected port. Some self-locking devices include data filters that only enable connecting authorized peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HIGH SEC LABS LTD
    Inventor: Aviv Soffer