Mouse Patents (Class 345/163)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 9710062
    Abstract: A setting item for specifying a setting detail to be set is displayed on a setting screen for making a setting about contents. A content item representing the content is displayed on a content screen for displaying the content. An object touching the setting item on the setting screen is given a tactile sensation according to the touched setting item. The object touching the content item on the content screen is given the same tactile sensation as that given when the setting item for specifying the setting detail set for the touched contents is touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 9703393
    Abstract: A method for inputting and identifying a character string, in which several successively inputted user inputs for forming the character string are identified and a confidence analysis is carried out, in which each user input is compared to a number of characters and each of the compared characters is allocated a value of a confidence measure which evaluates the correlation of the user input to the characters. Character combinations are formed from the characters associated with the user inputs. Global confidence measures are determined for the character combinations from the confidence measures associated with the characters. Finally, a partial amount of the character combinations is emitted in accordance with the global confidence measures. Also disclosed is a device for carrying out the method and a vehicle having the disclosed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Mark Peter Czelnik, Lennart Bendewald, Christoph Wäller
  • Patent number: 9703377
    Abstract: The wearable triggering device of the disclosure includes a base, a pressing element, a key structure and a wearable element. The pressing element is pivotally disposed on the base. The key structure is disposed between the base and the pressing element. The wearable element is disposed on the base, so that the wearable triggering device is adapted to be fixed at a body through the wearable element. When the body contacts another body through the wearable triggering device, the body provides an external force to the pressing element, so as to make the pressing element move toward the base and trigger the key structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Jian-Siang Wang, Hung-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 9691300
    Abstract: Text-to-touch techniques, in accordance with embodiment of the present technology, include apparatuses and methods for receiving content including textual portions and non-textual portions. The textual portions include letters, select words, numbers and punctuation having recognized Braille codes. The non-textual portions may include metadata, graphics, formatting, decorations, hyperlinks, radio buttons, submit buttons, check boxes, windows, icons, fields and/or the like. The systems and methods convert the textual portion to Braille codes and select non-textual portions to haptic feedback. The Braille code may then be output to a user. In addition, the haptic feedback associated with various Braille codes may also be output to the user along the associated Braille codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9684396
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for subdividing a touch-sensitive interface of a mouse accessory into a first plurality of sectors for defining a first plurality of mouse buttons, where each sector of the first plurality of sectors corresponds to a distinct mouse button. The method can further include receiving a first signal from the touch-sensitive interface of the mouse accessory, detecting, from the first signal a selection of a sector of the first plurality of sectors, and generating a second signal indicating the selection of the sector. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventor: Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 9665185
    Abstract: An ambidextrous point and click device for a computer work station comprising; a body 1 having an inclined back surface 2 configured for supporting the palm of a user's hand and an upright front surface accessible by the fingers of a user's hand when gripping the device, “right click” 3 and “left click” 4 buttons arranged one above the other centrally of the upright front surface, a scroll dial 5 arranged above and in alignment with the “right click” and “left click” buttons and a select button encircling the scroll dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Posturite (UK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian George Fletcher-Price
  • Patent number: 9646654
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for simultaneously recording a media recording and an event recording includes recording a media recording, recording an event recording simultaneously with the media recording, the event recording encoding a plurality of events, an event being related to one or more user interactions with an input device associated with the media recording and recording the event recording includes for each of a plurality of events of the event recording generating data characterizing the particular event and generating a corresponding time stamp for the particular event by polling a system time of a computer device at the time the particular event takes place, the method further includes providing the data characterizing the particular event and the corresponding time stamp for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Darius Vahdat Pajouh
  • Patent number: 9639187
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the speed and/or position of an input device from vibrational signals is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a response spectrum is generated as the input device moves across a surface. Amplitude and frequency data associated with the response spectrum is analyzed to determine the magnitude of the velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Amm, Omar S. Leung
  • Patent number: 9639259
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a display unit, a sensing unit, and a signal processing unit. The sensing unit includes a proximity sensor. The proximity sensor detects a distance between an object and the portable electronic device. The signal processing unit is electronically connected to the display unit and the proximity sensor. The signal processing unit switches a scrolling mode of an image displayed on the display unit according to a detection of the proximity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Hsien Lo, Che-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 9639185
    Abstract: A system includes a graphical user interface and a trackball device configured to provide controlling input to the graphical user interface. The trackball device includes a trackball configured to allow a rocking motion along an axis of the trackball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Megan McClain, Aaron Rudolph, Ulrich Mueller, Heiko Maiwand
  • Patent number: 9627162
    Abstract: The embodiments herein show a switching device/mouse device activated by proximal phalanx of a finger(s). The switching device/mouse is ergonomically designed to prevent carpal-tunnel effect and bending of fingers. The switching device/mouse includes an enclosure having a top wall, a bottom wall, and sidewalls. The switching device/mouse includes an upper levers/elongated buttons pivotally supported by the top wall. The upper levers/elongated buttons are elevated surfaces to better support a user's fingers in a rest position. The mouse is operated by pressing down on the elevated surfaces of the upper levers with the proximal phalanx of the fingers without bending the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Qiankun Wu
  • Patent number: 9621710
    Abstract: A method for displaying menu items and a terminal for implementing the same are disclosed to improve user convenience. The terminal includes: a display unit; a controller for displaying arbitrary menu items on the display unit such that menu items at a particular position are differentiated from menu items at a different position, and a user input unit for selectively rearranging the position of the menu items by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jun-Serk Park, Moon-Ju Kim, Hye-Jin Ryu, Dong-Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 9613263
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method including: receiving a plurality of handwriting ink strokes; determining, using a processor, at least one grouping of the plurality of handwriting ink strokes, wherein the grouping is determined using spacing associated with the plurality of handwriting ink strokes and at least one attribute associated with at least one portion of the plurality of handwriting ink strokes; sending the at least one grouping to a recognition engine; receiving machine input from the recognition engine; and displaying, on a display device, the machine input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianbang Zhang, Song Wang, Zhao Yonggang, Qigang Wang
  • Patent number: 9606717
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes creating and presenting a first content item for composing by a user; presenting a plurality of icons respectively representing a plurality of content types; in response to the user selecting a specific icon representing a specific content type, presenting a plurality of second content items of the specific content type; and in response to the user selecting a specific second content item, incorporating the specific second content item into the first content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Matas
  • Patent number: 9600053
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for locking and/or unlocking a touch sensitive device using one or more stylus control features. For example, the stylus control feature may be a twistable top button knob. In some instances, the twistable top button knob may be rotated and/or depressed to lock a related device. In some other instances, the twistable top button knob may be used to unlock a related device using a unique rotation sequence, thereby providing a security mechanism. For example, the unlocking sequence may require a user to rotate the twistable top button knob in a first direction to a first reference point, in a second direction to a second reference point, and back in the first direction to a third reference point. The stylus may also include a feedback indicator, such as a multi-colored light-emitting diode (LED), that indicates the lock status of a related device, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC
    Inventors: Kourtny M. Hicks, Dale J. Brewer
  • Patent number: 9594427
    Abstract: The description relates to smart rings. One example can include a finger band configured to accommodate a user's finger. This example can also include a set of pressure sensors positioned on an inner surface of the finger band and configured to sense changes to tendons of the user's finger as pressure differentials and to output associated signals. The example can further include a gesture component configured to interpret the signals from the set of pressure sensors to identify individual actions performed by the user's finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nissanka Arachchige Bodhi Priyantha, Jie Liu
  • Patent number: 9590700
    Abstract: In an interface unit, a shield layer includes an aperture through which magnetic flux generated by a power feeding coil of an antenna passes. Since the antenna is smaller than the shield layer, the aperture is much smaller than the shield layer. Thus, noise constituted by electromagnetic waves that travel from inside to outside of a computer via an aperture provided in an upper surface cover is blocked. During communication, the antenna and the shield layer are electromagnetically coupled to each other, and the shield layer defines and functions as an antenna. This allows proper communication with a communication target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Shinichi Nakano
  • Patent number: 9575570
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to the present invention address these needs and others by providing a handheld device, e.g., a 3D pointing device, which uses at least one sensor to detect motion of the handheld device. The detected motion can then be mapped into a desired output, e.g., cursor movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Liberty, Daniel S. Simpkins, Charles W. K. Gritton, Mark Turner, Frank A. Hunleth
  • Patent number: 9569014
    Abstract: The invention refers to a computer mouse with an adjustable top part (2). The lock can be tilted around a joint (15) to a chosen rotational position. The computer mouse is equipped with a locking device (12, 13a-b, 16) which locks the top part in the chosen position and the computer mouse is equipped with an unlocking device (13a-b) which enables the locking organ to be released from the locked position. The unlocking device (13a-b) may be a pushbutton (13a) or a handle (13b). In one design of the invention the top part is kept in position by a fastener equipped with teeth (4-5), where the locking device (12, 13a) locks the teeth in a position where they are meshed to each other. In an additional design of the invention the top part is kept in position by a locking device (13b, 16) which grabs the joint so that this cannot be tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gunnar Drougge
  • Patent number: 9569077
    Abstract: Responsive to a user marking a region, identifying each object present in the region and storing an indication of the region and identified object(s), preserving a positional relationship in which the identified object(s) are displayed in the region; upon detecting that the identified each object is not displayed in the window, displaying the region as a sub-window located at the periphery, the displayed sub-window containing the identified each object in the preserved relationship; and upon detecting that the region subsequently shifts into the window, deleting the sub-window. Responsive to a user selecting a displayed object and marking a displayed region, storing an indication of the region and the object; while the object of the region is not displayed in the window, displaying a sub-window in a periphery of the window, the sub-window displaying the object in the region; and automatically closing the sub-window in response to the object being again displayed in the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Horiuchi, Harumi Itoh, Tadahiko Nakamura, Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9544009
    Abstract: An input device for switchable use between first and second computer systems. A controller of the input device can execute switching logic to direct a radio transceiver of the input device to switch an operating channel of the radio transceiver to a first channel monitored by the first computer system in response to a first event, and thereby, the input device can be utilized to insert data into the first computer system. The controller can execute switching logic to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a second channel monitored by the second computer system in response to a second event, and thereby, the input device can be utilized to insert data into the second computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Brillhart, Christopher J. Dawson, Nicholas J. Karels, James W. Seaman
  • Patent number: 9536272
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an information processing apparatus causes a display device to display a first image in a display range. In this embodiment, the first image is from images associated with an observation target object. The images include a first image, a second image, and a third image. In response to a request to change the display range, the information processing apparatus changes the display range at a first speed, and causes the display range to display the second image. In response to a request to terminate the change of the display range, the information processing apparatus changes the display range at a deceleration speed, and causes the display range to display the third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeatsu Yoshioka, Yoichi Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9516593
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal and an access point in an active mode for multi-user transmission opportunity (TXOP) power saving that may decrease power consumption by changing an operation state of the terminal from an awake state to a sleep state if there is no stream of data to be transmitted during a TXOP duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Soo Kim, Ui Kun Kwon
  • Patent number: 9489058
    Abstract: The invention refers to a coordinate device (1) which enables manual control of x- and y- coordinates. The coordinate device (1) comprises a rolling cylinder (5) which freely can rotate around a rotation axle, be translated along the rotation axle and be pressed down to generate a pressure signal. The rolling cylinder (5) is carried in an upper support rail (8) and is held in this in bearings which allow the rolling cylinder to rotate. A lower support rail (11) receives the upper support rail (8) and comprises motion detector elements (13) which detect the rotation and translation of the rolling cylinder (5). The control element (5, 8, 11) comprising the rolling cylinder (5) and the upper (8) and lower (11) support rails are mounted to be pressed down from a standby position in a cover (2, 15) and activate a pressing down sensor (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Drougge Gunnar
  • Patent number: 9482554
    Abstract: A method, a filtering module, and a computer-readable medium are configured to filter measurements acquired in a sensor reference system. Filtered measurements of motion sensors and a magnetometer attached to the device may then be used to determine orientation of a device in a non-inertial reference system. The measurements are filtered in a reference system, whose position relative to the sensor system can be calculated, and in which gravity and Earth's magnetic field have substantially constant direction and magnitude during the filtering window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan A. Cook, Yun Li, Matthew G. Liberty
  • Patent number: 9480088
    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: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Caine
  • Patent number: 9467796
    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: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Caine
  • Patent number: 9457277
    Abstract: A method has steps tracking states for objects in a virtual world by software (SW) executed by a processor from a non-transitory physical medium, noting that physics simulation is necessary to determine a change in display for a particular object, noting characteristics of the particular object, selecting from a plurality of modules, a specific physics simulation module optimized for objects having the characteristics of the particular object, and applying the physics simulation module selected to determine display change for the particular object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Roblox Corporation
    Inventors: Tim Loduha, Kevin Kaichuan He, David Baszucki
  • Patent number: 9436918
    Abstract: A text span forming either a single word or a series of two or more words that a user intended to select is predicted. A document and a location pointer that indicates a particular location in the document are received and input to different candidate text span generation methods. A ranked list of one or more scored candidate text spans is received from each of the different candidate text span generation methods. A machine-learned ensemble model is used to re-score each of the scored candidate text spans that is received from each of the different candidate text span generation methods. The ensemble model is trained using a machine learning method and features from a dataset of true intended user text span selections. A ranked list of re-scored candidate text spans is received from the ensemble model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Pantel, Michael Gamon, Ariel Damian Fuxman, Bernhard Kohlmeier, Pradeep Chilakamarri
  • Patent number: 9423888
    Abstract: An object navigating apparatus, which comprises: a sensing apparatus, for sensing an object; and a control unit, for computing at least one displacement that the object is relative to the sensing apparatus. The control unit increases the sensing resolution if the control unit detects the displacement is larger than a first predetermined value for continuous N times, or if the control unit detects the displacement is larger than the first predetermined time for at least N times in a first sensing time interval. The N is a positive integer larger or equals to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Yu-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 9423889
    Abstract: An ergonomic computer mouse includes a mouse body, left and right lug members, a palm resting body having a height-adjusting member, an actuator configured to be manually operable to deliver a rotational force, and a cam assembly. The height-adjusting member has a pivot portion pivoted to the mouse body and a liftable portion opposite to the pivot portion. The cam assembly is disposed to convert the rotational force to a translational force, and is configured to couple the actuator to the liftable portion such that the translational force is imparted on the liftable portion, to thereby move the liftable portion between upper and lower positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: COMPUCASE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Chun Huang, Shu-Shang Chang
  • Patent number: 9424759
    Abstract: Disclosed is a Braille display device. The device supports an array of individual Braille cells with corresponding tactile pins. The pins can be selectively lifted by way of reeds to generate Braille characters that can be felt by the user. The Braille characters can correspond to visible characters, such as characters on a computer screen. The display is refreshable to allow for the sequential display of lines, paragraphs, or pages. In accordance with the disclosure, the Braille cells are constructed in a manner that minimizes manufacturing costs and that also permits the size of the display to be greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Murphy, Todd Conard, Waldemar H. Tunkis, Michael Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 9417726
    Abstract: A human interface sink device may be selectively enabled with at least one of an embedded keyboard, embedded mouse, touch-based keyboard, a touch-based mouse function in addition to a multi-touch function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Srikanth Kambhatla, Steven B. McGowan
  • Patent number: 9411474
    Abstract: An apparatus including: an array of capacitive sensor electrodes including a plurality of distinct capacitive sensor electrodes distributed over a sensing area; conductive traces connected to respective ones of the plurality of distinct capacitive sensor electrodes; and a shield electrode overlying, in the sensing area, conductive traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jyri Kalervo Rauhala, Seppo Tapio Turunen
  • Patent number: 9405460
    Abstract: A method used in a touch mouse includes: providing a touch area; using the touch area to detect a touch of a user's finger on the touch area to sense and generate a touch signal; and, generating a corresponding key output signal to a host by simulating a condition of pressing at least a key of a keyboard device according to the touch signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Yin-Hui Lee, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 9405383
    Abstract: An input device and method for use with an electronic system include a chassis having an interactive region; an input surface configured to deflect relative to the chassis in response to applied force, the input surface having a first region and a second region; and a processor communicatively coupled to the input surface and configured to disambiguate the first and second regions based on interaction between the input surface and the interactive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Chris Rehn
  • Patent number: 9400575
    Abstract: A user can use a finger, or other such object, to provide input to a computing device. The finger does not have to contact the device, but can be positioned and/or oriented in such a way that the device can determine an input that the user is attempting to provide, such as an element or icon that the user is intended to select. One or more cameras can capture image information, which can be analyzed to attempt to determine the location and/or orientation of the finger. If the finger is at least partially outside a field of view of the camera(s), the device can use a sensor (e.g., EMF) to attempt to determine a location of at least a portion of the finger, which can be used with the image information to determine the location and/or orientation of the finger. Other estimation processes can be used as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Karakotsios, Isaac S. Noble, Dong Zhou
  • Patent number: 9395867
    Abstract: A method and method for displaying an image via a graphical user interface on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device includes detecting a predetermined relation between a selection tool and the image. The image is panned in response to movement of the selection tool along the touch-sensitive display. The image is zoomed on in response to depression of the touch-sensitive display. An optional cursor may be activated upon detection of a first tap of the selection tool on the touch-sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Mihal Lazeridis, Todd Wood, Harry Richmond Major, David Paul Yach