Mouse Patents (Class 345/163)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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