Including Keyboard Patents (Class 345/168)
  • Patent number: 11068083
    Abstract: Button functionalities for user interfaces, e.g., for use with a portable multifunction device, are disclosed. Exemplary button functionalities are described for an electronic device with a display, a rotatable and depressible input mechanism, and/or a button. Different device features may be accessed, depending on whether the rotatable and depressible input mechanism or the button is activated, and further depending on whether the activation represents a single press, a double press, or an extended press on the rotatable and depressible input mechanism or the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Patrick Foss, Anton M. Davydov, Dylan Ross Edwards, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Stephen O. Lemay, Kevin M. Lynch, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 11070688
    Abstract: In a case where a setting content includes a destination to which an output product output by executing one application is to be transmitted, and in a case where a software key is selected, a menu screen including at least two of a first item for executing the application using the destination, a second item for executing the application using a setting content, and a third item for executing the application corresponding to a second software key based on the setting content is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 11068151
    Abstract: A content display device includes: a display unit for displaying a content in a displayable area; a position detecting unit for detecting a touch position; a determination unit for determining whether or not the detected touch position is on the displayed content; and, a content movement control unit that, when the determination unit has determined that the detected touch position is on the displayed content while part of the content resides outside the displayable area of the display unit, performs a control so as to move and display the content in such a manner that an entire content is displayed within the displayable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noriyuki Koyama, Satoshi Terada, Kazunori Urano
  • Patent number: 11061482
    Abstract: Force sensitive input device and methods are disclosed. A force sensitive input device may include a button, an analog sensor, and circuitry. The button may be movable along a first axis between first and second end positions and biased toward the first end position. The analog sensor may output an analog signal that is a function of a displacement of the button along the first axis from the first end position. The circuitry may generate both analog and digital input data in response to the analog signal. The analog input data may include a range of values that are monotonically related to the displacement of the button, and the digital input data may include first and second binary values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Aimpad, LLC
    Inventors: Lance William Madsen, Nikhil Bajaj
  • Patent number: 11048303
    Abstract: An electronic device may include: a foldable body transitionable between an unfolded state and a folded state; a flexible display device disposed on a front face of the body, the flexible display being foldable together with the body; and a cover that enclosing at least a portion of a rear face of the body, the cover being foldable together with the body. The flexible display may include an exposed region that remains visible when the foldable body is in the folded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woon-Geun Kwak, Jung-Sik Park, Jae-Ouk Chung, Do-Hun Cha, Kyung-Jung Kim, Seung-Won Oh
  • Patent number: 11042191
    Abstract: A portable information handling system may attach to and support multiple detachable displays in a variety of configurations. A base of a portable information handling system may include a means for attaching to and supporting multiple displays, such as a channel for magnetically attaching to one or more bars of one or more displays. A user may operate the information handling system in a presentation configuration with one display facing towards the user and another display facing towards an audience. If the both displays are facing toward a user, the system can provide a user with an extended display area with more space to view and manipulate information. The second display may be detached from a top side and attached to a bottom side of a laptop for storage during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Hasan Giray Kaya, Bo Hom
  • Patent number: 11042224
    Abstract: Some embodiments related to an input device with a hybrid switch coupled to a depressible element. The hybrid switch can include a first and second switch with both switches configured to activate in response to a depressible element being pressed by a user. In some aspects, the hybrid switch architecture can be used to introduce an interrupt signal when the depressible element is pressed by a threshold distance (thereby generating event data) to ensure that a periodic input device report includes the event data regardless of when a periodic switch status check is performed. In further embodiments, the hybrid switch architecture can be used to calibrate the input device and set a reliable preemptive activation threshold that cause the input device to generate event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Jan Stoeckli, Nicolas Ramond, Olivier Egloff, Regis Croisonnier, Laurent Plancherel
  • Patent number: 11036310
    Abstract: A flexible display apparatus includes a flexible display, a sensor which senses bending of the flexible display, and a controller which determines a screen activation region and a screen inactivation region from among a plurality of display regions of the flexible display based on the sensed bending, and displays a predetermined screen on the screen activation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joon-kyu Seo, Jung-joo Sohn, Hyun-jin Kim, Geun-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 11036307
    Abstract: A touch sensitive mechanical keyboard configured to enable a standard look and feel mechanical keyboard to sense fine hand/finger motion over the surface of the keys. Command and cursor input (e.g., pointing and gestures) can be received from the user on the touch sensitive mechanical keyboard without requiring the user to move the user's hand off the keyboard. Fine hand/finger motion detection can be enabled by embedding clusters of capacitive sensors near the surface of the keyboard's keys. The touch sensitive mechanical keyboard can operate in two or more modes—e.g., a typing mode and a mouse mode—and operating the keyboard in mouse mode or switching between the modes can be facilitated by holding (depressing and holding) or tapping (depressing and releasing) arbitrary combinations of keys, or by detecting the number of fingers touching the touch sensitive mechanical keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: John Greer Elias
  • Patent number: 11030605
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of communicating payment data. The method includes receiving at a server, via a digital communication network, payment data transmitted from a first computing device that is connected to a peer-to-peer network and not in direct communication with the server. The payment data is received directly from a first peer computing device that is in communication with the peer-to-peer network and the server. The method also includes, at the server, analyzing, via one or more processors, the payment data to determine a payment response message. The method also includes transmitting from the server, via the digital communication network, the payment response message to a second peer computing device that is in communication with the server and in communication with the peer-to-peer network. The payment response message is communicated from the second peer computing device to the first computing device through the peer-to-peer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Surendra Keshan, Sanjay Sankolli
  • Patent number: 11030154
    Abstract: A method performed by a digital device including a touch interface display apparatus to simultaneously process files displayed thereon, including providing a file list in a first direction, at least a part of information of each file are displayed in a second direction, tracing a first user input on a first file in the second direction, displaying a command selection GUI on a path of the movement, detecting a stop position of the movement and determining a command corresponding to one of the command icons where the movement stopped as an execution command, and tracing a second user input including a movement of a user touch from the one of command icons in the first direction, detecting a stop position of the movement in a second file of the plurality of files, and executing the execution command for the first file, second file, and files displayed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NHN Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Chang-Yol Baek
  • Patent number: 11029843
    Abstract: A touch sensitive keyboard is disclosed. In one embodiment, a touch sensitive keyboard is provided that has a touchpad area separate from the keyboard keys. The keyboard is configured to disabled touchpad sensitivity when certain touch signals are received. In another embodiment, a touch sensitive keyboard is used as a controller. In a controller mode, keys on a touch sensitive keyboard are adapted to output a signal strength corresponding to a distance between the key and a finger operating as a control. In an embodiment, a touch sensitive keyboard includes a processor adapted to output a keystroke in response to one of the plurality of touch sensitive keys being pressed, and to output one or more touch points determined by interpolating signal strength for each of the plurality of touch sensitive keys on the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Tactual Labs Co.
    Inventors: Clifton Forlines, David Holman, Stephen Dennis, Ricardo Jorge Jota Costa, Steven Leonard Sanders, David Clark Wilkinson, Braon Moseley, Bruno Rodrigues De Araujo
  • Patent number: 11025790
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display and a processor that is programmed to perform control to display multiple document-addition display components that are formed on the display together with all or some of reduced images of pages included in a first document. Each of the multiple document-addition display components is formed between adjacent ones of the reduced images of pages included in the first document. The multiple document-addition display components are operated by a user to add a second document to the first document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 11016577
    Abstract: A keyboard for live streaming includes an alphanumeric part including from a plurality of keys including alphanumeric keys, modifier keys, and system commands, a plurality of scissor switches, a frame board, and a PCB; a handwriting screen including a capacitive screen and a capacitive pen configured to move on the capacitive screen for inputting letters or numbers; a function switch including a multimedia button for quickly switching between different operating systems; and an audio input assembly including an earphone port, a capacitor port, a mixer port, an output port, and a MIC port. The audio input assembly can be implemented by a live streaming sound card for stereo, volume, and sound mixing controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen Ajazz Tongchuang Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hao Jian, Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 11017157
    Abstract: A method and system for using target audience based attributes for modifying an electronic dictionary is provided. The method includes detecting a communication application being enabled via an electronic device. In response, electronic communications of a user are monitored and analyzed with respect to the electronic device and user attributes. Linguistic patterns associated with the electronic communications are determined and with respect to additional electronic communications of said user and a weighted prioritization list of the common terms is generated and electronic dictionary software is modified accordingly. A specified electronic communication currently being entered into the electronic device is monitored and each term of the specified electronic communication is analyzed. In response to the analysis, suggested terms for entering within the specific electronic communication are presented via a graphical user interface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jill Dhillon, Michael Bender, Jeremy R. Fox, Kulvir Singh Bhogal
  • Patent number: 11010052
    Abstract: A computing device may include one or more dynamically configurable user input devices. In one example, a triggering event, such as, for example, a user input at a user interface of the computing device, may be detected in connection with an application running on the computing device. In response to the detected triggering event, individual elements of the user interface, such as, for example, keys of a keyboard, may be configured, and/or re-configured, to correspond to the input received and/or the application running on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Martin, Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Alexander Friedrich Kuscher, Benjamin Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 11009990
    Abstract: According to an aspect of present invention provides electronic device having a multi-functional human interface, device comprising, first to fifth multi-functional input buttons, wherein each of multi-functional input buttons includes an electrode unit including a transmitter unit and a receiver unit, transmitter unit has first and second transmitters having driver signal periods different from each other, and receiver unit has first to fourth receivers having at least two scan signal periods different from each other, first receiver of fourth multi-functional input button has a scan signal period same as a scan signal period of fourth receiver of second multi-functional input button, second receiver of fourth multi-functional input button has a scan signal period same as a scan signal period of first receiver of first multi-functional input button, third receiver of fourth multi-functional input button has a scan signal period same as a scan signal period of second receiver of first multi-functional input b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: INNOPRESSO, INC.
    Inventors: Jeonghwan Lee, Eunhyung Cho
  • Patent number: 11010027
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface, a display, and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a plurality of words, which include a misspelled word. While a focus selector is at a location corresponding to the misspelled word, the device detects a gesture that includes a contact on the touch-sensitive surface. In response, the device, in accordance with a determination that the contact meets predefined intensity criteria, corrects the misspelled word; and in accordance with a determination that the contact did not meet the predefined intensity criteria, displays a user interface for interacting with the misspelled word within the plurality of words on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Avi E. Cieplinski, Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Julian Missig, May-Li Khoe, B. Michael Victor
  • Patent number: 11004924
    Abstract: There is provided a display device including: a light emitting element; and a drive transistor (DRTr) that includes a coupling section (W1) and a plurality of channel sections (CH) coupled in series through the coupling section (W1), wherein the drive transistor (DRTr) is configured to supply a drive current to the light emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Seiichiro Jinta
  • Patent number: 10996850
    Abstract: A virtual keyboard control apparatus and control method are disclosed. The virtual keyboard control method includes collecting typo data including a desired input key and an erroneously input key, analyzing the typo data, and updating the key mapping of at least one virtual key of the desired input key and the erroneously input key by using the analyzed result. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to implement the optimum key mapping in which a typo is less generated for each user through Reinforcement Learning of Deep Learning by using the reward called a reduction in a typo rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sung Jin Kim, Jeong Heo, Beom Oh Kim
  • Patent number: 10999732
    Abstract: Various systems, mediums, and methods may involve a provider application configured to access a user account associated with a provider server. For example, a system may perform operations to identify one or more other applications installed on the mobile device that may be configured to communicate with the provider server. The system may determine data required by the other applications to perform one or more data transfers with the user account. The system may cause the provider application to send the data required to the other applications. As such, the other applications may be enabled to perform one or more data transfers with the user account based on the data sent to the other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Ward, Vijeyta Aggarwal, Larry Lingjer Wang, Mayank Chaudhary, Nischitha Thimmappa Gowda Sundaramma
  • Patent number: 10983650
    Abstract: A dynamic input surface for an electronic device and a method of reconfiguring the same is disclosed. The input surface has a partially-flexible metal contact portion defining an input area, and a group of indicators. The indicators may be group of holes extending through the contact portion. The group of holes may be selectively illuminated based on a gesture performed on the contact portion. A size of the input area may be dynamically varied based on the gesture. Additionally, the group of indicators indicates a boundary of the input area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Daniel D. Sunshine, Ron A. Hopkinson, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, William F. Leggett, Patrick Kessler
  • Patent number: 10970423
    Abstract: A method for securing a KVM Matrix system by inserting a plurality of input security isolators, each of the input security isolators is placed between a host computer and matrix host adapter of the KVM matrix system to enforce security data flow policy that is applicable for the corresponding host computer. Additionally, a security filter is placed between peripheral devices and a matrix console adapter to enforce security data flow policy that is applicable for the corresponding peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: High Sec Labs Ltd.
    Inventor: Aviv Soffer
  • Patent number: 10963066
    Abstract: Disclosed are a keyboard input system and a keyboard input method using finger gesture recognition. The keyboard input system includes: a virtual keyboard display unit configured to overlap and display a virtual keyboard having keys arranged on an image obtained by an image capturing unit; and a virtual keyboard input unit configured to output a key of the virtual keyboard based on a user's finger gesture recognized in the image. The virtual keyboard input unit includes: a finger recognition unit configured to recognize a finger gesture of the user in the image; a click gesture determination unit configured to determine whether the finger gesture corresponds to a set click gesture; and a key output unit configured to determine a key overlapping with a set finger position of the user when the click gesture occurs. The click gesture includes an interaction between at least two fingers of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hyukjae Lee, Taeho Lee
  • Patent number: 10963059
    Abstract: One variation of a system for interfacing a computer system and a user includes: a touch sensor defining a touch sensor surface and extending over an array of sense electrode and drive electrode pairs; a vibrator coupled to the touch sensor surface; and a controller configured to: detect application of an input onto the touch sensor surface and a force magnitude of the first input at a first time; execute a down-click cycle in response to the force magnitude exceeding a threshold magnitude by driving the vibrator to oscillate the touch sensor surface; map a location of the input on the touch sensor surface to a key of a keyboard represented by the touch sensor surface; and output a touch image representing the key and the force magnitude of the input on the touch sensor surface at approximately the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sensel Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, John Aaron Zarraga, Tomer Moscovich
  • Patent number: 10962168
    Abstract: An electronic device including a base, a display and a functional assembly is provided. The display is movably connected to the base and adapted to act between a lower position and an upper position relative to the base. The functional assembly is movably connected to the base and adapted to act between a first state and a second state relative to the base. When the display acts to the upper position from the lower position, the functional assembly acts to the second state from the first state, and when the functional assembly acts to the first state from the second state, the display acts to the lower position from the upper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Ho, Huai-Te Tseng, Ming-Chung Peng, Chen-Yu Liao, Che-Wei Liang, Shih-Ching Hsu
  • Patent number: 10955933
    Abstract: An input device includes a keyboard system where the keyboard system includes a keyboard transmit line electrically connected to an integrated circuit, a keyboard sense line electrically connected to the integrated circuit, and the keyboard transmit line and the keyboard sense line are selectively connectable through a switch incorporated into the keyboard system. The input device also includes a capacitive touch system where the capacitive touch system includes a touch transmit line electrically connected to the integrated circuit, and a touch sense line electrically connected to the integrated circuit. The keyboard system and the capacitive touch system use at least one common component of the integrated circuit during operation, and the keyboard system and the capacitive touch system are executable simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cirque Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Monson, Jared Bytheway, Jon Bertrand
  • Patent number: 10950148
    Abstract: A device including a stretchable display and a method of controlling the device are disclosed. In one aspect, the device includes a stretchable display including a display unit formed on a front side of the stretchable display and configured to display images in a display area. The device also includes a support attached to a rear surface of the stretchable display and including a battery and a controller. The device further includes a sensor formed on the support. The support further includes a folding portion along which the support and stretchable display are configured to be folded and a bending portion along which the support and stretchable display are configured to be bent. The sensor is formed at a position corresponding to the folding portion or the bending portion and the sensor is configured to sense when the device is bent or folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinwoo Choi, Rangkyun Mok, Wonil Choi, Jaeik Lim
  • Patent number: 10942559
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a display panel to display images based on corresponding image data and an image source to pre-render a flip-book including a first image frame for display at a first target presentation time and a second image frame for display at a second target presentation time. The electronic device may also include a display pipeline coupled between the display panel and the image source having image data processing circuitry to process image data for display. The electronic device may also include a controller to instruct the display pipeline to process image data, to determine a power-on time based on a target presentation time, and to instruct the display pipeline to power-gate the image data processing circuitry upon completion of the processing of image data and until the power-on time is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter F. Holland, Brad W. Simeral, Lior Zimet
  • Patent number: 10936141
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device, including a display control unit that performs first display control for causing an operation image to be displayed on a display screen and second display control for causing a first display indicating a correspondence relation between the operation image and an operating unit to be displayed at a position related with the operating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Touyama, Kae Nagano, Tomohiro Ishii, Takatoshi Nakamura, Toru Nagara, Kozue Sasaki, Kazuhiro Toma, Nobuaki Kawai
  • Patent number: 10929547
    Abstract: A content management system for collecting files from one or more submitters in a collection folder. A collector, who generates the collection folder, can invite one or more submitters to submit one or more files to the collection folder using email. The one or more submitters have limited rights to the collection folder. The limited rights can include uploading rights and prohibiting a submitter from viewing files that other submitters associated with the collection folder submitted. Thus, the collection folder is able to store files from the one or more submitters, but prevent them from viewing other's submissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventors: Mindy Zhang, Pranav Piyush
  • Patent number: 10921902
    Abstract: A multi-functional human interface device includes a control unit and a first multi-functional input button. The first multi-functional input button includes a cover unit configured to receive a touch input of a user's finger, an electrode unit including a transmitter and a receiver to form an electric field, an elastic unit configured to move from a first height to a second height when a first pressure is applied from the cover unit and configured to move back to the first height when the first pressure from the cover unit is released, and a switch unit configured to generate an electric signal representing an input of a predetermined letter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: INNOPRESSO, INC.
    Inventor: Eunhyung Cho
  • Patent number: 10921863
    Abstract: Conventional laptop computers may utilize a door-hinge style or in a bezel-behind-base style hinge to connect a display with a keyboard of the laptop computer. Typically, these hinges present a discontinuous visual impression to the user. Presenting a more continuous visual impression of the hinge to the user suggests a higher overall quality of the computing device to the user and is thus desirable to the user. The disclosed virtual pivot hinge pivots about a pivot axis running between the display and the keyboard. The hardware of the hinge is located away from the pivot axis, which creates a virtual pivoting action about the axis that maintains a consistent front gap distance (or no front gap) between the display and the keyboard. The resulting visual impression to the user is that the display is floating above keyboard at the same or similar distance regardless of the display angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Brian D. Bitz
  • Patent number: 10921903
    Abstract: An approach, performed by a device, for recommending at least one word to be input through a keyboard is provided. The approach displays the keyboard to be used to input at least one character or text on the device. The approach selects at least one language model. The approach recommends the at least one word related to at least one character or text inputted on the keyboard, based on the at least one inputted character or text and the at least one selected language model, in which the at least one selected language model comprises at least one of a language model based on demographic properties of a user of the device, a language model based on text input histories of the user of the device, and a language model based on a context in which the keyboard is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Won-ho Ryu, Hee-jun Song
  • Patent number: 10917512
    Abstract: A system for sharing sounds on a phone call, using a smartphone having a touchscreen display, having a sound library containing a plurality of sounds, and having an app for facilitating the sound sharing functionality, and for initiating a phone call. The app includes a pad controller view which displays a plurality of pads that may each be associated with one of the sounds in the library and will play that sound upon request. The app includes means for associating the sounds with the pads, for editing the sounds associated with the pads, and for adjusting the relative volume of sounds associated with the pads with a mix that may be provided as outgoing audio on the phone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Steve Antoine
  • Patent number: 10908791
    Abstract: A computing device can be running a current context and displaying a current interface for the current context when a communication is received on the device. The device can display an alert on a portion of a display screen in conjunction with the current interface being displayed. The alert can include information about the communication, which can allow a user to better determine whether or not the communication requires immediate attention. If the user ignores the alert, it will disappear in a specified amount of time. If the user chooses to deal with the communication, he/she can tap on the alert to bring up an overlay interface for replying to the communication without having to switch to another application specifically configured for handling (e.g., viewing, replying to) the communication. After the user replies to the communication using the overlay interface, he/she can be automatically brought back to the current interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy T. Gray, Aaron Michael Donsbach
  • Patent number: 10908815
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distinguishing between a gesture tracing out a word and a wiping motion on a touch-sensitive keyboard are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a method includes: displaying a plurality of keys on the touch-sensitive keyboard. The method also includes: detecting a contact at the plurality of keys, followed by a sliding movement of the contact. The method also includes: automatically determining whether the user is tracing out a word. In accordance with a determination that the user is tracing out a word, the method includes: displaying one or more characters. In accordance with a determination that the sliding movement corresponds to a wiping motion, forgoing display of characters contacted during the sliding movement of the contact. The wiping motion includes an input that simultaneously contacts multiple keys and moves as the input remains in contact with multiple keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Randal J. Marsden
  • Patent number: 10908643
    Abstract: A portable information device has a configuration in which a body chassis and a display chassis are turnably coupled by hinge mechanisms. The portable information device is provided with an operation portion operable from the outside and a power transmission portion provided between the operation portion and the hinge mechanism and transmitting an operating force to the operation portion to the hinge mechanisms to turn the body chassis and the display chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Shibayama, Eiji Shinohara, Hiroaki Agata
  • Patent number: 10904720
    Abstract: The invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for deriving signal location information removing private information. A privacy infrastructure can apply data privacy operations to user information prior to, during, or after any of signal ingestion, event detection, or event notification. A raw signal is ingested. A partially normalized signal is derived from the raw signal. A list of one or more geo cells where the raw signal potentially originated is accessed. A location annotation identifying a geo cell from among the one or more geo cells can be formulated. The partially normalized signal is annotated with the location annotation. In one aspect, deriving the partially normalized signal includes identifying user information contained within the raw signal. At least one data privacy operation is applied to the user information. The partially normalized signal is generated subsequent to applying the at least one data privacy operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: safeXai, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Gratton, Rish Mehta, Damien Patton
  • Patent number: 10896560
    Abstract: An operation communication system is provided including a server, a mobile device, and a reader device. The server and the reader device communicate data with one another via the mobile device. The mobile device may communicates with the reader device via Bluetooth, for example. The mobile device may communicate with the server via the Internet, for example. Associated methods, devices and apparatuses are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Gabriel D. Focke, Michael S. Henney
  • Patent number: 10885273
    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: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoonjin Yoon
  • Patent number: 10884610
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for use in recognizing content associated with handwritten stroke input to a computing device is provided. The computing device is connected to an input interface. A user is able to provide input by applying pressure to or gesturing above the input interface using a finger or an instrument such as a stylus or pen. The computing device has an input management system for recognizing content defined by the input. The input management system is configured to detect input of a handwritten stroke with respect to the interactive key layout, characterize the detected handwritten stroke by a reference stroke by determining a sequence of reference points associated with a sequence of interactive keys of the interactive key layout, assign probability scores to candidate characters, and cause recognition of sequences of characters by applying a language model in accordance with the assigned probability scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MYSCRIPT
    Inventors: Guillermo Aradilla, Gael Manson
  • Patent number: 10884511
    Abstract: An input device including a plurality of press buttons and a touch control area is provided. The press buttons provide a key input function, and the touch control area provides a touch input function. Each of the press buttons pushes against an elastic pad which is used as a sensing electrode of the touch input function and as an elastic recovery element of the key input function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Chia-Yi Lee
  • Patent number: 10877646
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display, a timer and computing hardware configured to execute a software product. Execution of the software product results in generating and rendering a graphical user interface on the display with four or more user-selectable graphical objects. Selection of a first user-selectable graphical object at a first spatial position on the graphical user interface and a movement of the selected first user-selectable graphical object along a path towards a second user-selectable graphical object at a second spatial position is detected and a position of the first user-selectable graphical object is exchanged with the position of the second user-selectable graphical object. If, during a predetermined time period, a selection of a third user-selectable graphical object and a movement of the third user-selectable graphical object towards a fourth user-selectable graphical object is detected, the positions of the third and fourth objects is exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Supercell Oy
    Inventors: Mikko Kodisoja, Antti Mattila, Riku Rikala, Chih-Han Hsu, Drussila Hollanda, Patrick Corander
  • Patent number: 10877571
    Abstract: A method for switching interface device input between computing devices can begin with connecting a primary computing device to a secondary computing device using a physical connector cable using the appropriate communications port of each computing device. An interface input control program can be configured to establish a unique interface trigger that defines a user-selected series of inputs that switches the primary computing device between a first input state and a second input state. Input from the interface input devices of the primary computing device can be interpreted by a device driver. In the first input state, the input can be directed to the operating system of the primary computing device. In the second input state, the input can be redirected to the secondary computing device via the physical connector cable, which can be recognized as having originated from local interface input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fabio De Angelis, Nicola Milanese, Sandro Piccinini, Sergio Tarchi
  • Patent number: 10877569
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a touch device and an operating method thereof. The touch device includes a touch panel, a positioning structure, and a detecting module. The touch panel bears a detachable keyboard module. The positioning structure fixes the detachable keyboard module on the touch panel, wherein the detachable keyboard module fixed on the touch panel partially covers the touch panel. The detecting module detects the detachable keyboard module fixed on the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventor: Chueh-Pin Ko
  • Patent number: 10866651
    Abstract: A smart terminal system includes a touch panel device and an integrated physical keyboard as an option to the terminal's built-in virtual keyboard. In an embodiment, the physical keyboard is coupled to the touch panel device such that the built-in virtual keyboard is turned off when the physical keyboard is detected. In one embodiment, the physical keyboard is made of a touch sensitized material (silicone rubber or plastic etc.) to enhance the user's natural feel touch experience. The physical keyboard is overlaid onto the screen such that its layout and input coordinates match these of the virtual keyboard. The physical keyboard is transparent to allow viewing of the display screen beneath the physical keyboard in the space previously occupied by the virtual keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Ramzi Khalil Maalouf, Jinrong Yang
  • Patent number: 10863311
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, comprising: detecting, using a processor, a notification at an information handling device; detecting, using a processor, availability of an input associated with an user at the information handling device; and selecting, using a processor, an operating mode of the information handling device, wherein the selected operating mode of the information handling device comprises a mode that modulates a noise. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Amy Leigh Rose, Jennifer Lee-Baron, Nathan J. Peterson, Bryan L. Young, John Scott Crowe
  • Patent number: 10852778
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body, a second body and a hinge assembly. The hinge assembly includes a bearing base, a movable base, a first hinge mechanism, a second hinge mechanism and a switching member. The bearing base is connected to the first body and has a first engaging portion. The first hinge mechanism is connected between the movable base and the second body. The second hinge mechanism is connected between the movable base and the bearing base. The first and second hinge mechanisms are connected to adjacent sides of the movable base. The switching member includes a main body slidably connected to the movable base in a switching direction, a second engaging portion engaged with or disengaged from the first engaging portion as the main body moves, and an interference portion entering or exiting the first hinge mechanism as the main body moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chien-Chih Cheng, Hung-Jui Lin
  • Patent number: 10852844
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring the layout of a hovering keyboard using gestures are described. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution by the processor, cause the IHS to: detect a hand gesture using proximity sensors disposed on a hovering keyboard coupled to the IHS, and configure a layout of the hovering keyboard based on the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Kamepalli, Deeder M. Aurongzeb