Including Keyboard Patents (Class 345/168)
  • Patent number: 11386188
    Abstract: An input recognition method carried out by an electronic device implemented by a computer comprises the steps of generating a virtual grid of which the distance between lines is variable, in correspondence with at least a partial region of a display included in or connected to the electronic device; and recognizing, by using an index of the virtual grid, a position selected by a user of the electronic device in the region of the display corresponding to the virtual grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NAVER CLOUD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jungmin Kang, Tae Gyu Kang, Sechun Oh, Ho Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 11385784
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adjusting a user interface presented in a mobile device display. A method for adjusting a user interface presented on a mobile device display includes receiving sensor data from one or more sensors of a mobile device, determining a hand of a user that is holding the mobile device based on the received sensor data, and adjusting the user interface presented on the mobile device display based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Cheng Zhang, Qin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11386682
    Abstract: An image processing system and an image processing method for localising recognised characters in an image. An estimation unit is configured to estimate a first location of a recognised character that has been obtained by performing character recognition of the image. A determination unit is configured to determine second locations of a plurality of connected components in the image. A comparison unit is configured to compare the first location and the second locations, to identify a connected component associated with the recognised character. An association unit is configured to associate the recognised character, the identified connected component, and the second location of the identified connected component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: I.R.I.S
    Inventors: Frédéric Collet, Jordi Hautot, Michel Dauw
  • Patent number: 11356831
    Abstract: An information transmission system is formed by a plurality of input devices for the transmission of an information data, wherein each input device is signally connected to an electronic device. An information transmission method includes the following steps: one of the plurality of input devices receives a connection request from another input device; the input device receiving the connection request creates a wireless communication with the input device that issues the connection request according to the connection request; the input device receiving the connection request receives an information data transmitted by the input device that issues the connection request and transmits the information data to the electronic device connected to the input device that receives the connection request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 11347320
    Abstract: A computing device, such as a wearable device, may include a gesture sensor that generates a gesture signal in response to a gesture of a user performed while the computing device is being worn or held by the user. A calibration sensor may generate a calibration signal characterizing a degree of tightness with which the computing device is being worn or held by the user. The gesture signal may be calibrated using the calibration signal, to obtain a calibrated gesture signal that is calibrated with respect to the degree of tightness. At least one function of the at least one computing device may be implemented, based on the calibrated gesture signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dongeek Shin, David Kim, Sofien Bouaziz
  • Patent number: 11350022
    Abstract: The invention describes an infrared imaging assembly (1) for capturing an infrared image (M0, M1) of a scene (S), comprising an infrared-sensitive image sensor (14); an irradiator (10) comprising an array of individually addressable infrared-emitting LEDs, wherein each infrared-emitting LED is arranged to illuminate a scene region (S1, . . . , S9); a driver (11) configured to actuate the infrared irradiator (10) by applying a switching pulse train (T1, . . . , T9) to each infrared-emitting LED; an image analysis module (13) configured to analyse a preliminary infrared image (M0) to determine the required exposure levels (130) for each of a plurality of image regions (R1, . . . , R9); and a pulse train adjusting unit (12) configured to adjust the duration (L1, . . . , L9) of a switching pulse train (T1, . . . , T9) according to the required exposure levels (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Arjen Gerben Van Der Sijde, Erno Fancsali, Nicola Bettina Pfeffer, Pieter Johannes Quintus van Voorst Vader
  • Patent number: 11334168
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide haptic feedback within areas of keyboard using a single haptic device, while isolating the feedback to keys that are being pressed. A keyboard may include multiple key areas. Each key area includes a mechanical actuator. Each key area also includes a sensor layer located below a plurality of haptic key plates and located above the mechanical actuator. Each key area also includes a flexible membrane that dampens haptic feedback and separates each of the haptic key plates from neighboring key plates. Each key area also includes haptic key plates that each include one or more protrusions. When a key plate is pressed, protrusions of the pressed key plate contact the sensor layer to trigger activation of the mechanical actuator to generate haptic feedback. The protrusions of the pressed key plate transmit the generated haptic feedback from the mechanical actuator to the key plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Duane Hrehor, Jace W. Files, John T. Morrison
  • Patent number: 11320872
    Abstract: A convertible electronic device includes a display module including a first region and a second region surrounding the first region and having a lower light transmittance than the first region; a camera module disposed on the display module to overlap the first region; a first housing which accommodates the display module therein, and includes a camera module accommodating portion protruding outwardly to overlap the camera module; a keyboard; a second housing which accommodates the keyboard therein; and a hinge member connecting the first housing to the second housing rotatably to each other with respect to a rotation shaft. The first and second housings are in a first folded state where the first and second housings overlap each other to allow front surfaces to face each other or in a second folded state where the first and second housings overlap each other to allow rear surfaces to face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo Kyung Choi, Young Seok Kim, Han Na Ma
  • Patent number: 11315443
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a display device that includes a housing and a flexible display panel. The display area has an exposed part and an unexposed part, the exposed part is partially or fully exposed within the housing, and the unexposed part is received in the housing, to realize for switching between a large-screen display state and a small-screen display state. Thus, it has effects for small size and long lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen Han
  • Patent number: 11307738
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is method and application navigation system for navigating through an application. The method includes detecting at least one of an operating hand of a user holding a user device and a number of touch points on one or more screens of the application. The application includes a plurality of menu options on each of one or more screens. Thereafter, the method includes selecting a menu option, from the plurality of menu options on one or more screens. The selected menu option corresponds to detecting at least one of the operating hand of the user and the number of touch points on one or more screens. Once the menu option is selected, one or more menu options associated with each selected menu option is provided on a screen subsequent to one or more screens thereby navigating through the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Vaibhav Shukla, Sindhu Shankar Rao
  • Patent number: 11308279
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a user interface by using an AI system are provided. The method includes displaying an input window for displaying a text input, on a first region of the screen, and displaying a first user interface on a second region of the screen, the first user interface being provided to select a symbol, receiving a user input for selecting a first symbol through the first user interface, when the user input is determined as a first input event for inputting a text between the first symbol and a second symbol used as a pair with the first symbol based on a user input pattern, displaying the first symbol and the second symbol on the input window, and changing the first user interface displayed on the second region into a second user interface for inputting a text between the first symbol and the second symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoonjin Yoon
  • Patent number: 11291385
    Abstract: A system controls assistive technologies with an assistive tool for users with movement and/or communication disorders. The system includes an electronic communication interface, a biometric sensor, a calibration module and a processing unit. The interface presents users with stimuli associated with commands and/or information that the user might select. The sensor detects the user's biometric activity and generates a biometric electrical signal. During initial calibration, the calibration module records signal characteristics associated with a biometric electrical signal detected with voluntary biometric activity. The processing unit recognizes, based on the biometric electrical signal and the signal characteristics, the user's voluntary biometric activity and commands and/or information the user wants to select. The processing unit provides control signals to the interface and the assistive tool, based on the user's selection preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: LIQUIDWEB S.r.l.
    Inventor: Pasquale Fedele
  • Patent number: 11289036
    Abstract: Methods for driving electro-optic displays including updating a first portion of the display using a drive scheme, the drive scheme configured to display white text on a black background; performing a time delay subsequent to the updating the first portion of the display; and updating a second portion of the display using the drive scheme to create a swiping motion across the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventors: Teck Ping Sim, Yuval Ben-Dov
  • Patent number: 11281316
    Abstract: A dynamic touch user interface system includes a touch-input interface, one or more visual indicators, and a plurality of sensors. The touch-input interface has a reference surface that covers one or more touch elements. The touch elements define an active area that allows user communication with a computer through touch. The active area is relocatable along the reference surface in response to detected circumstances. The visual indicators visually identify a location of the active area. The sensors detect the circumstances affecting a relocation of the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franziska Lang, Martin Francisco, Eric Brown, Matthew Potter, Paul Ferraiolo
  • Patent number: 11275466
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having a touch screen and a method present a user interface in the mobile terminal having a touch screen. The method includes: detecting a touched area corresponding to a touch when the touch is sensed in the touch screen; and executing different functions according to whether the detected touched area is equal to or greater than a preset area threshold. Various touch inputs are sensed through a touch screen in the mobile terminal, and the mobile terminal and method present user interfaces corresponding to the respective touch inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Young Kang, Kyung Hwa Kim, Dong Jun Shin
  • Patent number: 11269424
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes: a display apparatus and a host. The display apparatus includes a display controller and a display panel. The host executes an application to render a display image, and transmits the display image to the display controller through an image-transmission channel between the host and the display controller, and the display controller displays the display image on the display panel. The display controller determines whether an external input signal from a user satisfies a predetermined condition. In response to the external input signal satisfying the predetermined condition, the display controller triggers a virtual input signal corresponding to a specific macro key, and transmits the virtual input signal to the host through a data-transmission channel between the host and the display controller, so that the host executes a keystroke sequence corresponding to the specific macro key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Kai Huang, Cheng-Lung Lin, Shih-Pin Chang, Chih-Cheng Huang
  • Patent number: 11262706
    Abstract: A tool for actuating a corrector push-button fitted in a small portable object, wherein this actuation tool includes a body which extends between a rear end which defines a gripping zone of the actuation tool and a front end which defines an actuation zone of the actuation tool, at least the front end of the actuation tool being magnetised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Riedo, Patrice Golay, Alain Zaugg
  • Patent number: 11257641
    Abstract: A split keyboard is disclosed that has wrist support members that are pivotally attached to the front of key array sections and thumb cluster sections that are pivotally attached to the key array sections on a transitional side that extends in diagonal direction from a front side of the key array section to a lateral side of the key array section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZSA Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry Slepov, Erez Zukerman
  • Patent number: 11249636
    Abstract: A method of controlling a repeat rate of a button displayed on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device is described. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a touch-sensitive display, comprising: displaying on the touch-sensitive display a user interface screen including a user interface element, the user interface element being activatable by first control input to perform a single instance of an action; when a variable repeat control mode is activated: in response to receipt of a second control input, repeating the action associated with the user interface element at a rate dependent on the second control input; and when the variable repeat control mode is not activated: disabling ability of the second control input to cause the repeating of the action and enabling the first control input to cause a single instance of the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brent Kenney, Deepankar Banshilal Jain
  • Patent number: 11244138
    Abstract: A hologram-based character recognition method in which representative characters are respectively matched to fingers and a group of characters including character objects is matched to representative characters, includes: displaying, when a first movement of a predetermined finger is detected, in a space a hologram image in which a predetermined representative character among the representative characters matched to the predetermined finger is arranged at a center and the character objects included in the group matched to the predetermined representative character are arranged around the predetermined representative character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventor: Jin Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11243610
    Abstract: A haptic keyboard based sound system of an information handling system comprising a coversheet to identify a plurality of key locations of a haptic keyboard and a first key having a piezoelectric element for haptic tactile feedback upon key actuation, a support layer, a contact foil placed between the coversheet and support layer, and a haptic feedback and piezo sound controller operatively coupled to the contact foil to receive the mid-frequency portion of an audio signal and the high frequency portion of the audio signal from an audio controller operably connected to the haptic feedback and piezo sound controller, and send a piezo audio signal to the piezoelectric element to cause the piezoelectric element to generate a mid-frequency and high-frequency sound audio according to the received mid-frequency portion of an audio signal and the high frequency portion of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Priyank Gajiwala, Michiel Knoppert, James H. Hallar, Thomas M. Hinskens, Frank van Valkenhoef
  • Patent number: 11239155
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are structures, devices, and methods for electrostatic discharge protection (ESDP) in integrated circuits (ICs). In some embodiments, an IC component may include a conductive contact structure that includes a first contact element and a second contact element. The first contact element may be exposed at a face of the IC component, the first contact element may be between the face of the IC component and the second contact element, the second contact element may be spaced apart from the first contact element by a gap, and the second contact element may be in electrical contact with an electrical pathway in the IC component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Adel A. Elsherbini, Feras Eid, Johanna M. Swan, Aleksandar Aleksov, Veronica Aleman Strong
  • Patent number: 11231746
    Abstract: A folding screen device includes a first body, a second body, a central processing unit (CPU), a first acceleration gyro sensor, a second acceleration gyro sensor, a first geomagnetic module and a second geomagnetic module. The first acceleration gyro sensor and the second acceleration gyro sensor are configured to obtain a body status of the folding screen device. The CPU is configured to control working statuses of the first geomagnetic module and the second geomagnetic module according to the body status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chaoxi Chen
  • Patent number: 11231818
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system, device, apparatus, and method for detecting and registering contact made with a surface, by both conductive and non-conductive implements. The present disclosure comprises a first conductive layer comprising a plurality of first conductors, a second conductive layer comprising a plurality of second conductors and a plurality of third conductors, orientated substantially coplanar to the first conductive layer; and a dielectric layer disposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer, the dielectric layer comprising a plurality of vias; each of the plurality of first conductors are arranged in a first pattern, each of the plurality of second conductors are arranged in a second pattern, the second pattern correlating to the space between each of the plurality of first conductors, and each of the plurality of the third conductors are substantially shaped and orientated in the first pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuezhe Zheng, Ji Shen
  • Patent number: 11221758
    Abstract: Method for a virtual keyboard, the method being characterized in that it comprises the steps of: defining (301) at least one geometric shape; placing (302), along the outline of the geometric shape, a plurality of character icons corresponding to alphanumeric characters; generating (303), at least one line, crossing said geometric shape, and having at least two crossing points with said at least one geometric shape and with two of its character icons per line, which are thereby designated as currently highlighted character icons; assigning (304) said two character icons to two distinct keys on a controller (200); automatically, successively (305) highlighting pairs of said character icons; awaiting (306) a user input designating either of the two character icons currently highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAST S.A.
    Inventor: Jacek Dobryniewski
  • Patent number: 11216550
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a display, a processor, and a display driver integrated circuit (IC) configured to drive the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Jong Kon Bae, Yo Han Lee, Yun Pyo Hong, Dong Hwy Kim, Dong Kyoon Han, Tae Sung Kim, Kwang Tai Kim
  • Patent number: 11200112
    Abstract: A method and/or system for checking the bus/interface between a host and a memory system during memory access operations includes a memory system having one or more of the data memory devices and a spare memory device; providing a bus/interface between a host and the memory system; selecting information on a per memory device basis to associate with a spare memory device; disassociating the selected information from the one or more data memory devices and associating the selected information with the spare memory device; adding Cyclical Redundancy Check (CRC) code to the one or more data memory devices from which the selected information was disassociated; transferring the CRC code and information over the bus and interface between the host and the memory system; and checking the bus interface with the CRC code added to the one or more data memory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Mcilvain, Warren E. Maule, Stephen Glancy, Kyu-hyoun Kim, Edgar R. Cordero
  • Patent number: 11199915
    Abstract: A monitor includes: a circuit board; a display device controlled by the circuit board; and a touchpad to receive user input for the circuit board. The touchpad is slidable between a retracted position inside the monitor and an extended position where user input can be entered to the touchpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Guynes, John W. Frederick, Syed S. Azam
  • Patent number: 11194423
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomously scanning a sensor panel device is disclosed. A sensor panel processor can be disabled after a first predetermined amount of time has elapsed without the sensor panel device sensing any events. One or more system clocks can also be disabled to conserve power. While the processor and one or more system clocks are disabled, the sensor panel device can periodically autonomously scan the sensor panel for touch activity. If one or more results from the autonomous scans exceed a threshold, the sensor panel device re-enables the processor and one or more clocks to actively scan the sensor panel. If the threshold is not exceeded, the sensor panel device continues to periodically autonomously scan the sensor panel without intervention from the processor. The sensor panel device can periodically perform calibration functions to account for any drift that may be present in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph H. Krah, Minh-Dieu Thi Vu, Thomas James Wilson
  • Patent number: 11194363
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses an electronic device including a flexible display having an expandable display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chungha Kim, Sungkwon Kim, Sangmin Hyun, Geunyong Park
  • Patent number: 11194599
    Abstract: A system for processing a handwritten message received by a messaging app can modify playback over time of the handwritten message based on a set of rules to determine how to modify the playback. In one embodiment, graphics data (e.g. vector graphics data) that represents the handwritten message is processed using the rules to determine how to modify the playback such that the resulting playback includes at least one modification over a portion of time of the playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon M. Tennant, Conrad R. Carlen, Bradley Griffin
  • Patent number: 11188155
    Abstract: A motion-based character input method and apparatus are provided. The method includes following steps: matching each of a plurality of representative objects with one of bodies, where the plurality of representative objects are respectively included in object groups each of which includes one or more objects; when a first motion of a first body part matched with a representative object among the plurality of representative objects is detected, recognizing the representative object as a first input; and when a second motion of a second body part matched with an object in an object group including the representative object is detected after the detection of the first motion, recognizing the object as a second input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Jin Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11175745
    Abstract: A haptic keyboard typing profile personalization system of an information handling system comprising a processor to receive a plurality of haptic hardware typing behavior parameter values for a user via a piezo haptic keyboard controller and input the plurality of haptic hardware typing behavior parameter values into a personal typing profile comprising weight matrices of a machine learning neural network correlating the input with one or more haptic setting values defining haptic feedback movement one of a plurality of piezo electric elements of a haptic keyboard to identify an output describing the personal typing profile with learned, custom haptic setting values optimized for the user, and the piezo haptic keyboard controller applying a voltage of specific magnitude, polarity, or duration to the haptic keyboard to cause a piezo electric element to operate according to the personally typing profile learned, custom haptic setting values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Michiel Knoppert, Priyank Gajiwala
  • Patent number: 11176930
    Abstract: Systems including physical devices, such as button and switches, that receive audio when a user performs a specific interaction are described. The audio may correspond to a particular spoken command to be executed by a system in a time-delayed fashion. At a later time, when another interaction is performed with the physical device, the device may send the stored audio to a server for processing to determine a command associated with the audio. A device may store multiple audio data segments corresponding to multiple different commands, and each piece of audio data corresponding to a command may be associated with a specific physical operation of a device. If audio data is determined as corresponding to a multiple-input command, additional information needed to perform the multiple-input command may be audibly gathered from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Edward Bliss, Michael Douglas McQueen
  • Patent number: 11177093
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to touch-sensitive mechanical keyboards and methods for detecting touch events and key depression events on the touch-sensitive mechanical keyboard. The keypad can include a plurality of domes, a plurality of key make electrodes, first touch electrodes, and second touch electrodes. The first touch electrodes may be located underneath the plurality of key make electrodes, and the second touch electrodes may not. Both touch electrodes can detect touch events based on self-capacitance sensing. A key depression event can cause the key make electrode to make electrical contact with a corresponding first touch electrode, creating a short circuit that may cause the measured signal to saturate. The keyboard can include a plurality of sensing circuits coupled to the key make electrodes, the first touch electrodes, and the second touch electrodes. The plurality of sensing circuits can be used to detect both touch events and key depression events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Karan Jain, William P. Yarak, III, Chia Chi Wu, Nicole Wells
  • Patent number: 11169620
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of navigating a GUI can include, responsive to a user input initiating a navigation mode, overlaying, atop of the GUI located within a first layer, a virtual keyboard within a second layer, wherein the virtual keyboard includes a plurality of virtual keys. The method can include, for each virtual key, associating the virtual key with a region of the first layer including an area of the GUI beneath the virtual key. The method can include mapping each virtual key with a physical key of a physical keyboard communicatively linked with a computer rendering the GUI and, responsive to a user input selecting a physical key of the physical keyboard, selecting a region corresponding to the selected physical key. A level of magnification for the selected region can be increased within the first layer while keeping the virtual keyboard sizing constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rebecca Hughes, James Martineau, Michael S. McCowan
  • Patent number: 11163378
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device including a camera configured to capture an image of at least one object, a display, a memory storing one or more instructions, and a processor configured to execute the one or more instructions stored in the memory to recognize at least one text included in the image received from the camera, generate one or more recommendation words having a priority based on the recognized at least one text and context information, and control the display to display the generated one or more recommendation words, according to the priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Przemyslaw Gralewicz
  • Patent number: 11157114
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to project an icon onto a surface having a pattern, capture an image of the icon and the pattern, identify a change between the pattern in the image and a default pattern, identify a user input based on the change from the default pattern, and actuate a component based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler, Nunzio DeCia
  • Patent number: 11152167
    Abstract: A reconfigurable control device, in particular for use in a vehicle. Input keys on the reconfigurable control device allow a user to trigger different selection of modes. The control device is reconfigured by performing a first step of selecting a function mode by pressing one of the at least two input keys on the control device and a second step of selecting a function displayed on an array of mechanical switches. The selection of functions is refreshed with user trigger a fresh selection of mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Ling Chih Teng, Jason Choon Leng Tan
  • Patent number: 11150741
    Abstract: An input device comprises a depressible element with two switches including a first switch configured to generate a first signal when the depressible element is depressed by a threshold distance and a second switch configured to generate a second signal indicating when the depressible element is depressed by the threshold distance and the second switch is in an active state. One or more processors may be configured to receive the first signal from the first switch; configure the second switch to change from an inactive state to an active state in response to receiving the first signal; receive the second signal from the second switch in the active state; determine whether the second signal indicates that the depressible element is depressed by the threshold distance; and generate event data confirming that the depressible element is depressed by the threshold distance in response to receiving the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jan Stoeckli, Nicolas Ramond, Olivier Egloff, Regis Croisonnier, Laurent Plancherel
  • Patent number: 11144254
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including an operation device, a key activation setter that sets whether to enable or disable a predetermined input operation, a function executer that executes a function selected by the operation device, and a storage that stores immediately preceding setting information containing setting values of setting items of a function executed immediately before. The operation device includes re-operation instruction keys that instruct an operation for the function executed immediately before. After the function selected is executed, setting values of setting items used during the execution are stored as the immediately preceding setting information, and the key activation setter enables an input operation with a re-operation instruction key for a fixed time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 11144522
    Abstract: The systems and methods described here can reduce the storage space required (memory and/or disk) to store certain types of data, provide efficient (fast) creation, modification and retrieval of such data, and support such data within the framework of a multi-version database. In some embodiments, the systems and methods can store each field of a set of records as a vector of values, e.g., a data vector. A set of records can be represented using a vector hash vector, or “vhash” vector, wherein each element of the vhash vector contains a unique identifier of a data vector, based on a cryptographic hash of the data vector. A header table can store associations between labels and “vhash” vectors that pertain to those labels. Identical data vectors can be re-used between different record sets or vhash vectors needing that vector, thus saving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Kinaxis Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nigel Walker, Marin Creanga, Dylan Ellicott
  • Patent number: 11136047
    Abstract: A tactile and auditory sense presentation device includes an actuator configured to impart vibration to an operating surface on which an operation is performed, a sound output unit configured to output a sound, and a controller that is configured to present a cross-modal feedback by controlling the actuator such that the actuator applies the vibration to the operating surface as well as controlling the sound output unit such that the sound output unit outputs the sound at a timing of when the vibration is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Takashi Ueno
  • Patent number: 11139128
    Abstract: The invention relates to a remote control (1, 48) comprising: a first data read-in device (24, 78) and a second data read-in device (24, 78) which are each designed to read in data in a pressure direction (20, 61) on the basis of a pressure exerted by a user, a first pressure take-up element (30) assigned to the first data read-in device (24, 78) and a second pressure take-up element (30, 85) assigned to the second data read-in device (24, 78), which elements each have a pressure take-up side (35, 89) for taking up the pressure applied by the user, and a pressure output side for outputting the pressure, which was taken up, to the respective data read-in device (24, 78); and a flexible printed circuit board (31, 86, 97) which connects the pressure take-up sides (35, 89) of the pressure take-up elements (30, 85) to each other and on which at least one capacitive measurement transducer (38, 39, 93, 94) is formed whose capacitance is dependent on the position of a finger of the user on the flexible printed circui
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: FM MARKETING GMBH
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: 11138943
    Abstract: An electronic cover according to an embodiment of the disclosure may include a light-transmissive first electrode layer, a light-transmissive second electrode layer disposed below the first electrode layer, a liquid crystal layer disposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer and including a liquid crystal reacting to an electrical field generated when power is supplied to the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, a color layer disposed below the second electrode layer and including a light-transmissive color material, and a reflective layer disposed below the color layer and including a light-reflective material. Various other embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Na-Kyoung Lee, Harim Kim, Min-Sung Lee, Song Hee Jung, Na-Young Kim, Dong Hun Kim, Youngsang Jang, Seongwon Cha, Hyun Soo Kim, Dong-Hyun Yeom, Chang-Ryong Heo
  • Patent number: 11132068
    Abstract: An information display method for a computer having a keyboard. The method includes selecting a first system information among a plurality of system information, wherein the system information is configured to respectively indicate statuses of a plurality of devices of the computer; selecting a first display pattern among a plurality of display patterns according to the first system information; selecting a first keyboard region for applying the first display pattern; and showing the first system information in real-time by a plurality of first buttons corresponding to the first keyboard region of the keyboard according to the selected first display pattern, the first keyboard region and the first system information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Yu-Chuan Cheng, Ling-Fan Tsao, Cheng-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 11119582
    Abstract: Touch sensitive mechanical keyboards and methods of configuring the depressibility of one or more keys of a keyboard are provided. A touch sensitive mechanical keyboard can accept touch events performed on the surface of the keys. Additionally, the keyboard can accept key depressions as textual input. The keyboard can be placed in a gesture operation mode, which can lock the keys to prevent a user from inadvertently depressing a key while attempting to perform a touch event on the surface of the keys. The keyboard can also be placed in a key press mode, which can allow depression of the keys by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Martisauskas
  • Patent number: 11119379
    Abstract: An optical device includes an electrochromic layer, a plurality of electronic drivers, and a controller. The electrochromic layer includes a plurality of electrochromic regions separated from each other. The plurality of electronic drivers are arranged to electrically connect with and drive respective of the electrochromic regions. The controller is configured to control the plurality of electronic drivers to individually address each of the plurality of electrochromic regions to selectively drive some of the plurality of electrochromic regions to change light transmission of the selectively driven plurality of electrochromic regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo L. Tiana, Eric P. Stratton, Christopher A. Keith, Robert D. Brown, Robert W. Wood
  • Patent number: 11093048
    Abstract: A haptic keyboard of an information handling system comprising a coversheet to identify keys of the haptic keyboard, a contact foil and a piezoelectric element to receive an applied mechanical stress at a first key of the coversheet and generate an electric actuation signal. A processor executing instructions of a haptic smart typing assistance system to detect and anticipate a next letter of a word being typed and a controller to receive an instruction of the anticipated next letter and increasing force required actuate at least one key for a letter adjacent to the anticipated next letter, and to send a response haptic feedback control signal to the piezoelectric element to cause the piezoelectric element to generate a first haptic feedback at the first key if the anticipated next letter is selected and to generate a second haptic feedback if a typographical error is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Michiel Knoppert, Priyank Gajiwala, Frank van Valkenhoef
  • Patent number: 11093086
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inputting data for an electronic data entry device are provided. In one embodiment, identification of an input object such as the particular fingers of a user that are used to actuate a key region is performed. The symbol associated with the actuated key region and the finger (or other input object) used is determined. In other embodiments, virtual input devices with interfaces such as QWERTY style keyboards, phone keypads, and multi-touch capable touchpads or tablets are provided in input regions. One or more video capturing devices remotely acquire actuation information from the input regions during data entry. User inputted symbols or functions are determined based on the actuations, their locations and identified input object sets that caused the actuations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: AITECH, LLC
    Inventor: Dong Ge Li