Mouse Patents (Class 345/163)
  • Patent number: 10324532
    Abstract: Device especially for a display for visually impaired people and display including such a device. The device includes a tactile screen, especially for a display for visually impaired people, said screen including, on one of the edges thereof, a line of icons that each correspond to a piece of software. The surface of the said tactile screen is divided at least into as many columns as icons, and the device includes an element for determining the position of the finger of a user on said tactile screen in order to control the implementation of the software corresponding to the determined position of the user's finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Inside Vision
    Inventors: Denis Le Rouzo, Damien Mauduit
  • Patent number: 10318019
    Abstract: A method for controlling movement of a computer display cursor based on a point-of-aim of a pointing device within an interaction region includes projecting an image of a computer display to create the interaction region. At least one calibration point having a predetermined relation to the interaction region is established. A pointing line is directed to substantially pass through the calibration point while measuring a position of and an orientation of the pointing device. The pointing line has a predetermined relationship to the pointing device. Movement of the cursor is controlled within the interaction region using measurements of the position of and the orientation of the pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: UltimatePointer, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Erik Jan Banning
  • Patent number: 10320965
    Abstract: The electronic device includes a display configured to display at least one of a call screen, a screen of an application, or a transmission application screen, an input unit configured to detect a touch input, a controller configured to execute the application during a call, to detect a touch input for moving an object to be transmitted within the screen of the application, to the call screen, to execute a transmission application based on information on the moved object when the touch input is detected, to generate a transmission message, to which the moved object is attached, through the transmission application based on information on a call counterpart, and a communication unit configured to transmit the transmission message to the call counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seyoup Chu, Soonok Kim, Jinhee Ahn, Bonghee Lee, Kyunglim Choi, Euiyong Hong, Jinwan An
  • Patent number: 10310635
    Abstract: A mouse device includes a mouse casing, a circuit board, a first sensing module, a second sensing module and a switching module. The circuit board is disposed within the mouse casing. The first sensing module and the second sensing module are disposed on the circuit board and partially exposed outside the mouse casing. The switching module is partially exposed outside the bottom part of the mouse casing. At least one of the first sensing module and the second sensing module is exposed outside the mouse casing through the switching module. Consequently, a moving resolution of the mouse device is adjustable according to the practical requirements. When both of the first sensing module and the second sensing module are enabled, the moving resolution is further increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Shi-Jie Zhang, Chih-Feng Chien, A-Ming Chang, Ying-Che Tseng
  • Patent number: 10313260
    Abstract: An architecture and method for managing at least two distinct machines (or objects) in which resources are shared as a single entity (or object) in an agent-based system. The agent-based system comprising a controller, a local agent coupled to the controller, and at least one clustered machine. The at least one clustered machine includes at least two individual agents, the at least two individual agents sharing at least one shared resource/service. The system also includes a virtual non-persistent connection for coupling the at least two individual agents to the local agent. The at least one shared resource/service is accessed by the local agent through the virtual non-persistent connection using a virtual IP address to enable the at least two individual agents of the at least one clustered machine to be represented as a single object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc D. Torrant, Paul Baleme
  • Patent number: 10289298
    Abstract: An interface method for a portable terminal includes generating a separate display area in a display screen when a predetermined area of the display screen is touched and displaying one or more applications in the newly generated display area. Thereafter, when a particular application among the displayed applications is dragged to an outside of the newly generated display area, at least one data item or function associated with the dragged application is displayed within in the newly generated display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Seok Hyun, Young-Hae Kim, Hae-Shik Yea
  • Patent number: 10275048
    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: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventor: Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 10268287
    Abstract: A keystroke type mouse with digital and analog signal outputs, comprises a mouse body, circuit board, switch module, button module, elastic element, magnetic sensor and magnetic element. The circuit board is disposed on the mouse body, the switch module is disposed on the circuit board, the button module is disposed on the mouse body. The elastic element is disposed between the circuit board and mouse body so the circuit board is movable. The magnetic sensor and the magnetic element are disposed on the circuit board and the mouse body respectively. The mouse outputs a digital signal when the button module is clicked by a force lower than a preset value; and the mouse outputs an analog signal when the button module is clicked by a force higher than the preset value that moves the circuit board downward and changes the space between the magnetic sensor and the magnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ting-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10268270
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods for shape deformation of a haptic deformation display device are provided. For example, the haptic deformation display device may receive an input signal when the shape of the haptic deformation display device is in a first shape configuration. In response to the input signal, the haptic deformation display device may activate an actuator of the haptic deformation display device. The actuator may move a deformation component of the haptic deformation display device. The deformation component may at least partially defining a shape of the haptic deformation display device, thereby causing the shape of the haptic deformation display device to deform into a second shape configuration different from the first shape configuration. The second shape configuration may be substantially maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li Jiang, David M. Birnbaum, Remy Pieron, Christopher J. Ullrich, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres
  • Patent number: 10258873
    Abstract: A computer mouse with a swingable palm rest cover includes a main body, a switch module, buttons, a magnetic sensor and a magnetic element. The main body has an upper housing and a lower housing. The switch module is disposed in the main body and connected to a circuit board. The buttons are movably disposed on the main body. The palm rest cover is slidably disposed on the upper housing of the main body. The magnetic sensor, which is connected to the circuit board, is disposed on the upper housing or the lower housing. The magnetic element is disposed on the lower housing or the upper housing. When the palm rest cover is swung to left or to right, its displacement can be sensed by the magnetic sensor and the magnetic element, so as to produce a pressure sensing signal and output an analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ting-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10254915
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying a shortcut icon window of a mobile device includes: a display unit that displays a first layer including a plurality of first shortcut icons for executing different applications and a second layer including a shortcut icon window having one or more second shortcut icons, the second layer being located on the first layer; and a controller that, when at least one of the first shortcut icons is selected, controls to display the shortcut icon window on an execution screen of an application corresponding to the selected at least one first shortcut icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seong-Hoon Choi, Seong-Il Shin, Joong-Hwan Lim
  • Patent number: 10257207
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments relating to managed clones of applications. In one embodiment, an application is received. If it is determined that the application should be managed, a managed clone of the application is generated. The managed clone of the application is configured for coexistence along with the application upon a client device under management. The managed clone of the application may then be deployed to the client device under management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AirWatch LLC
    Inventors: Alan Dabbiere, Erich Stuntebeck, Kar Fai Tse
  • Patent number: 10237607
    Abstract: An electronic remote control device, including a body; a touchpad formed by capacitive sensors; a processor and software; and position sensors; wherein the processor and software are arranged to read out inputs from the position sensors and dynamically allocate functions to the capacitive sensors in the touchpad depending on the position of the touchpad in relation to the horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SPIN Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Gerardus Geertruud De Vaal, Johannes Arnoldus Theodorus Van Bremen
  • Patent number: 10228833
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a device, method, system, computer program product and user interface for pointer movement analysis with modal continuous controller conversion. Specifically, some embodiments adapt movements issued from a mouse input device, trackpad, or touchscreen to adjust a position of a UI element. Some embodiments analyze a first set of movements and adapt a subsequent second set of movements to adjust the position of the UI element within a range of UI element positions when the first set of movements satisfies a movement threshold. The movement threshold includes a spiral pattern. In some embodiments, adjusting the position of the UI element includes performing scrolling within a scroll area based on the second set of movements when the first set of movements satisfies the spiral pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intellitact LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Laubach
  • Patent number: 10219319
    Abstract: In order to increase transmission reliability and transmission efficiency in the presence of interference at a transmitting or receiving node of a wireless network a device for controlling the node of the wireless network is provided, wherein the node is associated to at least one load unit. The device comprises a control unit that is adapted to adjust a communication mode of the node based on an operation state of the load unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Tim Corneel Wilhelmus Schenk, Daniel Martin Görgen, Javier Espina Perez, Oscar Garcia Morchon, Marc Aoun
  • Patent number: 10216402
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, there is, a method, comprising detecting a static touch user input defining, responsive to detecting the static user input, a start point for a selection area, and defining the selection area in dependence on a duration of the static touch user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Stephen Kiarie Gachoka, Marko Mikael Myllyluoma, Raphael Mutiso, Julius Sekah Ochiong
  • Patent number: 10209787
    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: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Sai-Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 10203776
    Abstract: A mouse with interchange capability includes a mouse body, a circuit board, an interchangeable module and a button module. The mouse body has an accommodating space, and the circuit board is disposed within the accommodating space. The interchangeable module is coupled to the circuit board. The button module is disposed on the mouse body and vertically movable. The button module has a trigger that activates the interchangeable module when the button module is clicked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., DEXIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yi-Shun Chen
  • Patent number: 10203775
    Abstract: A switching assembly for changing relative states of a first object and a second object is provided. The switching assembly includes a fixing member fixed on the first object, a first guiding rod, a second guiding rod, and a moving member movably disposed on the first object. The fixing member has a guiding rib with an extension direction parallel to a first axis, and the first guiding rod is slidably coupled to the guiding rib to move along the first axis. The second object is movably coupled to and driven by the moving member. The second guiding rod is pivoted between the first guiding rod and the moving member in the first axis. The first guiding rod is suited for being forced to move the second guiding rod and the moving member, so as to rotate the second guiding rod relative to the first guiding rod and the moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Tong-Bo Lin, Xiao-Lei Du
  • Patent number: 10203801
    Abstract: A remote control is described herein that is configured to sense a variety of user input types on a specific button and that can also sense a variety of user input types on a click pad or region/location of the click pad. By utilizing these capabilities, the remote control can provide a very powerful and versatile user interface. Furthermore, the foregoing can be achieved with only a relatively small number of buttons, thus also providing a user interface that is simple, clean and elegant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventors: Andrew E. Einaudi, Ashish D. Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10200035
    Abstract: A photoelectric switch, including: a main body, an upper cover, an infrared tube, an elastic shading mechanism, a bridge piece, a slidable switch member, a key, a sound mode trigger block, a silent mode trigger block, and an accommodating space. The slidable switch member is transversely slidable between the main body and the upper cover. The handle of the slidable switch member protrudes out of the main body. Both the sound mode trigger block and the silent mode trigger block are up-down movably disposed on the slidable switch member and move along with the slidable switch member. When the slidable switch member is slid to one side, the sound mode trigger block is disposed right beneath the key; and when the slidable switch member is slid to the other side, the silent mode trigger block is disposed right beneath the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan City Kaihua Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fuxi Wu
  • Patent number: 10191557
    Abstract: A hand-held unit for a wireless interaction system is provided, the hand-held unit having a spherical, elastic and at least partially transparent outer housing, the housing comprising: a light source; a pressure sensor for determining an external pressure exerted on the hand-held unit; an orientation sensor for determining an orientation of the hand-held unit; a wireless communication unit; and a processing unit, wherein the processing unit is configured to operate in at least one of two modes: a two-dimensional mode in which the processing unit operates when the pressure sensor detects that the hand-held unit is rolled along a surface, wherein signals from the orientation sensor are transmitted via the wireless communication unit to an external wireless receiver device; and a three-dimensional mode wherein the light source is emitting light for indicating the position of the hand-held unit to an external light detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PS-Tech B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhemus Josephus Koomen, Marc Frederik Lausberg, Arjen Johan Brinkman, Jacobus Josephus Adrianus Maria Goris, Martijn Constant Liem, Mayssara Telhine
  • Patent number: 10191567
    Abstract: An either-handed replaceable mouse includes: a mouse body, having a first button part and a second button part, and a replaceable top cover, covering the mouse body and having a first button area and a second button area. The first button area and the second button area are correspondingly located on the first button part and the second button part respectively. During replacement of the replaceable top cover, a height from the top of the first button area on the first button part to the bottom of the mouse body is greater than or less than a height from the top of the second button area on the second button part to the bottom of the mouse body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dexin Corporation
    Inventor: Ching-Tsun Hong
  • Patent number: 10185415
    Abstract: A stylus device includes circuitry that includes hardware and/or software for configuring a digitizer communication protocol for communicating with a digitizer of a host device. The stylus device communicates with the host device according to a device specified communication protocol. The protocol specification command is received during concurrent communication with the digitizer according to the first communication protocol and indicates a second communication protocol for communicating with the digitizer of the host device. The stylus device generates and transmits a signal to the digitizer of the host device according to the specified second communication protocol. The stylus device is configured to dynamically change communication protocols based on host protocol specification commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Shoham Dekel
  • Patent number: 10156913
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a mouse may be provided. The mouse may include: a housing including a plurality of panels; a moveable member coupled to the plurality of panels such that a movement of the moveable member causes a movement of each panel of the plurality of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuf Ali Roland
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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