Including Keyboard Patents (Class 345/168)
  • Patent number: 10728700
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for privacy assurance in location based services is provided. The method includes receiving a location of a mobile device corresponding to an end user of a multi-user enterprise application. The method additionally includes identifying a valid location of the mobile device that is at least a threshold distance from the received location and that is a public facility. Finally, the method includes presenting the valid location to other end users in the multi-user enterprise application in lieu of the received location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SUGARCRM INC.
    Inventors: Filipe Guerra, Vladyslav Kulchytskyy
  • Patent number: 10719173
    Abstract: A transcription engine transcribes input received from an augmented reality keyboard based on a sequence of hand poses performed by a user when typing. A hand pose generator analyzes video of the user typing to generate the sequence of hand poses. The transcription engine implements a set of transcription models to generate a series of keystrokes based on the sequence of hand poses. Each keystroke in the series may correspond to one or more hand poses in the sequence of hand poses. The transcription engine monitors the behavior of the user and selects between transcription models depending on the attention level of the user. The transcription engine may select a first transcription model when the user types in a focused manner and then select a second transcription model when the user types in a less focused, conversational manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A Richardson, Robert Y Wang
  • Patent number: 10714717
    Abstract: The present invention provides a battery module, including: a plurality of power batteries, module casing, separating plate, battery connecting strips, detecting terminals and cell module controller; the power batteries are disposed in module casing, separating plate is arranged above power batteries, through-holes are arranged on separating plate corresponding to electrode terminals of power batteries, battery connecting strips are arranged above separating plate, and are connected with electrode terminals of power batteries through through-holes, so that all power batteries are electrically connected, cell module controller is arranged above separating plate, press-fit holes are provided on cell module controller, terminal connecting portion is arranged on battery connecting strip, detecting terminal is located between separating plate and cell module controller, one end of detecting terminal is connected with terminal connecting portion, the other end of detecting terminal is provided with press-fit contac
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CONTEMPORARY AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Chuanlian Chen, Yanhuo Xiang, Derong Wang
  • Patent number: 10712849
    Abstract: A method for controlling a screen and an apparatus using the same are provided in the field of display technology. The screen includes a main display screen and an auxiliary display screen, both of which are touch screens on the same surface. The method includes: displaying a predetermined content on the auxiliary display screen; and receiving a first predetermined operation signal corresponding to the predetermined content and controlling the main display screen to perform a predetermined action according to the first predetermined operation signal, including at least one of adjusting screen brightness and switching an interface. The present disclosure solves the problem of a poor operation manner of a screen of a smartphone in the related art. The disclosure further provides linked operation between the main display screen and the auxiliary display screen, and enriches interactive operation forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yin Zhu, Qian Wang
  • Patent number: 10712872
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes a touch-operation detecting unit, a touch-state determining unit, a setting unit, an input-mode determining unit, and a process executing unit. The touch-operation detecting unit detects a touch operation. The touch-state determining unit determines a touch state in the touch operation. The setting unit sets a plurality of input modes in accordance with the touch state, the input modes including at least a first input mode and a second input mode. The input-mode determining unit determines any one input mode from among the set input modes on the basis of the determined touch state. The process executing unit executes an input process on the basis of the detected touch operation in the determined input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohichi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10705623
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard includes a driving element, a first plate, a second plate and a plurality of keys. The second plate is disposed between the first plate and the keys, wherein the second plate has a plurality of key openings and the keys are respectively aligned with the key openings. The driving element is configured to drive the first plate to move, and thus a plurality of first guide portions on the first plate respectively push a plurality of second guide portions on the second plate so as to move the second plate and adjust the distance between each of the keys and the corresponding key opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Hao-Jen Fang, Ming-Hsuan Ho, Chen-Yi Huang, Kung-Ju Chen, Hsuan-I Chao
  • Patent number: 10705697
    Abstract: An non-transitory computer-readable storage stores instructions which cause a controller to display an image represented by image data, edit the displayed image through a first indicator, determine whether the first indicator is in a holding state at a certain indicating position on a touch panel, determine whether a second indicator makes a particular contact at another position which is different from the position indicated by the first indicator in the holding state, and confirm the image which has been edited and is currently displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Kusumoto
  • Patent number: 10704299
    Abstract: A method for securing a portable electronic device having a housing to a substantially immovable object utilizing a locking assembly having a security rod or spike formed with an anchoring end separated axially by a protruding end, a locking device with an internal locking mechanism and a cable permanently attached to the locking device at one end, includes several steps. The steps include securedly fixing the anchoring end of the security rod or spike to the portable electronic device upon or through the housing, attaching an other end of the cable to the substantially immovable object and inserting the protruding end of the security rod into an opening in the locking device to actuate the internal locking mechanism and lock the locking device to the captive security rod. Locking the security rod to the locking device concurrently locks the portable electronic device to which it is anchored to the substantially immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Think Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Allen
  • Patent number: 10699032
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connection icon information management system and a method therefor, and the purpose of the present invention is to provide a connection icon information management system and a method therefor, wherein the system distributes a multi-connection icon enabled to connect, by a simple operation in a state of hiding as hidden values, a plurality of communication means and identification information of each communication means, with respect to a counterpart, does not need to input a plurality of pieces of identification information on by one by simply distributing the connection icon, which can turn into the corresponding multi-connection icon and can be distributed through an SMS or e-mail, an MMS and the like, can prevent the intuitive exposure of the identification information, and enables continuous communication connection irrespective of a change in actual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: TW MOBILE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Se-yong Lee, Kyo-sik Hong
  • Patent number: 10690863
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for identifying characteristics of communication cable are described. For example, a connector of a communication cable may include a set of pins. When the connector is plugged into an active device such as a transceiver, a pattern of the set of pins may be determined. This pattern may be associated with a characteristic of the communication cable (e.g., manufacture, manufacturing date, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alaa Adel Mahdi Hayder, Kanika Gupta, Robert Matthew D'Reaux, John R. Childress, Kipper Dale Seljestad, Robert Anthony Smith, Xavier Passy
  • Patent number: 10678303
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for controlling an electronic device and the electronic device. The method comprising: detecting a bending operation for deforming a flexible screen of the electronic device applied by an operator to the electronic device; determining whether the bending operation satisfies a preset condition or not; and when the bending operation satisfies the preset condition, controlling the flexible screen to be deformed from a first bent state to a second bent state, and after the bending operation is no longer applied to the electronic device, controlling the flexible screen to be deformed from the second bent state to a third bent state. The method according to the present disclosure may control a bending angle of the flexible screen accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Ben Xu
  • Patent number: 10671181
    Abstract: Receiving user input. A method includes displaying a set of characters arranged sequentially in a curvilinear or linear fashion such that any one of the characters in the set of characters can be identified for selection by continuous and uniform user input from a user. The method further comprises displaying a plurality of the characters in the set of characters in a fashion where each given character in the plurality of characters is displayed at a level of prominence determined by a probability that the given character is a next character in a string of characters selected by a user. The method further includes receiving user input in a continuous and uniform fashion from a user to identify a character in the set of characters. The method further includes receiving user input selecting the identified character. The method further includes adding the identified character to the string of characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Yaming Xu, Kyohei Tomita
  • Patent number: 10672550
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a charging indication method. The method includes: acquiring a current ratio of a remaining battery capacity to a total battery capacity; determining a target curvature angle of a flexible display screen associated with a terminal based at least on the current ratio; and controlling the flexible display screen to present the target curvature angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Yugui Lin, Jiao Cheng
  • Patent number: 10671281
    Abstract: In some examples, a computing device includes at least one processor; and at least one module, operable by the at least one processor to: output, for display at an output device, a graphical keyboard; receive an indication of a gesture detected at a location of a presence-sensitive input device, wherein the location of the presence-sensitive input device corresponds to a location of the output device that outputs the graphical keyboard; determine, based on at least one spatial feature of the gesture that is processed by the computing device using a neural network, at least one character string, wherein the at least one spatial feature indicates at least one physical property of the gesture; and output, for display at the output device, based at least in part on the processing of the at least one spatial feature of the gesture using the neural network, the at least one character string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Shumin Zhai, Thomas Breuel, Ouais Alsharif, Yu Ouyang, Francoise Beaufays, Johan Schalkwyk
  • Patent number: 10664013
    Abstract: A flexible display module and an electronic apparatus comprising the flexible display module are disclosed. The flexible display module comprises a first supporter, a second supporter, a third supporter, a connector, and a flexible screen. The first supporter, the connector, the second supporter, and the third supporter are connected rotatably with one another in sequence. The first supporter, the second supporter, and the third supporter are used for supporting the flexible screen together. According to the present disclosure, not only large size display can be provided, but also part of contents can be displayed after the flexible screen is completely folded. The flexible screen can be completely folded after inward folding once and outward folding once. In this manner, part of the flexible screen can be hidden inside the display device, and the other part of the flexible screen can be exposed outside the display device. The flexible screen has a good portability and a long lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guodong Jiang, Shuru Lin
  • Patent number: 10656719
    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: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brett W. Degner, Daniel D. Sunshine, Ron A. Hopkinson, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, William F. Leggett, Patrick Kessler
  • Patent number: 10656677
    Abstract: A docking station includes a body portion and a pivoting portion. The body portion has a guiding surface. The pivoting portion is pivoted with the body portion and has a connector. A driving force is generated when a portable electronic component abuts against the guiding surface of the body portion and slides toward the pivoting portion, the pivoting portion is driven to pivot from a first position to a second position to expose the connector so as to electrically connect with the portable electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Shiue Jan, Wei-Hao Lan, Cheng-Ya Chi, Jyh-Chyang Tzou, Hsin Yeh
  • Patent number: 10649543
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for arranging a keypad in a wireless terminal, and more particularly, to an apparatus and method for arranging a keypad in a wireless terminal to conveniently perform a key input in the wireless terminal, the apparatus including: a display unit for displaying the keypad in at least one of a right and left side on a screen of the display unit in a horizontal mode of the wireless terminal; and a controller for controlling the display unit to display the keypad in the right and/or left side on the screen of the display unit in the horizontal mode of the wireless terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ja-Min Goo
  • Patent number: 10642416
    Abstract: An example method is performed at a computing system with: a first housing that includes a primary display, and a second housing at least partially containing (i) a physical keyboard and (ii) a touch-sensitive secondary display (TSSD) that is distinct from the primary display. The example method includes: displaying, on the primary display, a user interface. The example method also includes, detecting an input directed to a user interface element in the user interface displayed on the primary display, and the input includes movement. In response to detecting the movement, the method further includes: moving the user interface element towards the TSSD; ceasing to display the respective portion of the user interface on the primary display; and displaying, on the TSSD that is integrated into the second housing that contains the physical keyboard, a representation of the user interface element that was previously displayed on the primary display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Raymond S. Sepulveda, Chun Kin Minor Wong, Patrick L. Coffman, Dylan R. Edwards, Eric Lance Wilson, Gregg S. Suzuki, Christopher I. Wilson, Lawrence Y. Yang, Andre Souza Dos Santos, Jeffrey T. Bernstein, Duncan R. Kerr, John B. Morrell
  • Patent number: 10645049
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for generating a proxy email address for routing messages are presented. An email directed to a user with a proxy email address assigned by the system and with no registered email address is received at a proxy email address. Whether or not the email contains an action message identifier is ascertained. Based on the email containing an action message identifier, a forward email is identified. Text content from the forward email is extracted. A short message based on the extracted text content is generated. At least one communication channel to send the short message is selected based on an engagement level associated with the at least one communication channel. The short message may be caused to be presented at a mobile device associated with the user via the selected communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Xin Hu, Raghu Ram Hiremagalur Venkatesh, Mohak Shroff
  • Patent number: 10629193
    Abstract: Non-limiting examples of the present disclosure describe advancements in acoustic-to-word modeling that improve accuracy in speech recognition processing through the replacement of out-of-vocabulary (OOV) tokens. During the decoding of speech signals, better accuracy in speech recognition processing is achieved through training and implementation of multiple different solutions that present enhanced speech recognition models. In one example, a hybrid neural network model for speech recognition processing combines a word-based neural network model as a primary model and a character-based neural network model as an auxiliary model. The primary word-based model emits a word sequence, and an output of character-based auxiliary model is consulted at a segment where the word-based model emits an OOV token. In another example, a mixed unit speech recognition model is developed and trained to generate a mixed word and character sequence during decoding of a speech signal without requiring generation of OOV tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Guoli Ye, James Droppo, Jinyu Li, Rui Zhao, Yifan Gong
  • Patent number: 10620499
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a pixel circuit. The pixel circuit includes a first transistor and a photosensitive component. A first end and a second end of the photosensitive component are connected to a gate line and a pixel electrode, respectively, and the photosensitive component is configured to transmit a signal of the gate line to the pixel electrode in response to receiving an external light signal. Embodiments of the present disclosure further provide a pixel unit including the pixel circuit as well as a display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Deqiang Liu, Feifei Wang, Ning Zhu, Ting Dong, Zhihua Sun, Yujie Gao
  • Patent number: 10613723
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus detects an interaction area of a position detection surface specified by a manipulation object. A focused target extraction unit that extracts at least some of a plurality of focused targets on the basis of the interaction area. A selection candidate extraction unit extracts a selection candidate from the plurality of focused targets, and a display displays at least some of the plurality of focused targets, and emphasizes the selection candidate. Furthermore, a method and non-transitory computer readable storage device cooperate to provide a corresponding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Miyazawa, Ikuo Yamano
  • Patent number: 10614276
    Abstract: A processor in a first portable terminal of a first user advertises an advertising signal including a unique service identification code and a randomly generated identification code and displays a two-dimensional code corresponding to a randomly generated identification code based on profile information of the first user on a screen of the first portable terminal. A processor in a second portable terminal of a second user specifies the first portable terminal of an exchange partner by reading the two-dimensional code displayed on the screen of the first portable terminal and determining coincidence with the received randomly generated identification code, and exchanges the profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MIMIWORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10606369
    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: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Yu-Chuan Cheng, Ling-Fan Tsao, Cheng-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 10606367
    Abstract: A command relay device provides remote assistance or remote use of a computer. It has a data interface for receiving commands directly or indirectly from a remote user, a keyboard interface for transmitting at least one keyboard command to the computer and a command link between the keyboard interface and the data interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LIGHT WAVE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Jack Wisnia, Feng Du
  • Patent number: 10606378
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for systems and methods for operating a display actuator to provide user-configurable actions. An example device for a human-machine interface includes a display on a first surface of the device, an input interface adapted to detect one or more of touch input, rotation input, and push input directed to the device, a controller configured to generate control instructions based on input received from the input interface, the control instructions including display instructions for controlling output on the display, and an output interface configured to send at least a subset of the control instructions from the controller to a receiving device, the device being removably coupled to the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Rashmi Rao, Elijah Auger, Dan DeClerck, Royce D. Channey
  • Patent number: 10599779
    Abstract: An input method, including: receiving input end indication information sent by an input module, where the input end indication information indicates that input of a character or a word ends; obtaining a location of a cursor; identifying the input character or word forward from the location of the cursor until a first punctuation input before the character or the word is identified; using the identified character or word as a previous text, and querying a word library for a next text associated with the previous text; and outputting the associated next text to a display module for displaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Konggang Wei, Guanghua Zhong, Gang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10599230
    Abstract: A method for dynamically adjusting a backlit mode of a backlit keyboard, which is suitable for a host computer that is electrically connected to a keyboard, wherein the keyboard has a backlit module, and the method includes: obtaining a mode signal, and loading the common mode when the mode signal is indicated as a common mode configuring a file, or when the mode signal indicates a custom mode, detecting an application currently running by the host, wherein the application is in a foreground window, obtaining a custom profile corresponding to the application, and the backlit module is controlled to emit a light according to the common configuration file or the custom configuration file optionally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KYE SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Chi-Wai Chan
  • Patent number: 10599328
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed relating to variable user tactile input device with display feedback to guide the user to the keys that the user may want to depress. The display feedback may highlight the keys that are being hovered over but not yet selected for writing to the application window so that the user may ensure that the correct keys are selected to be written to the application window. The variable user tactile input device with display feedback may be a keyboard system with tactile feedback and a virtual keyboard display system that may provide a view of the user tactile input device to the user while using a heads up display (HUD). The invention may provide a user with an input system that may be programmable to be a virtual pad such as a virtual keyboard, a virtual game controller, a virtual number pad and any other user tactile input device that the user may intend to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Jeri Janet Ellsworth, Joseph Leroy Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10592081
    Abstract: A multi-language input method is provided. The method includes sensing a touch input for a letter entry, sensing a touch gesture consecutive to the touch input, and displaying a letter corresponding to the touch input and a symbol corresponding to the touch gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gyoung Ryoul Lee
  • Patent number: 10595192
    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: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Ward, Vijeyta Aggarwal, Larry Lingjer Wang, Mayank Chaudhary, Nischitha Thimmappa Gowda Sundaramma
  • Patent number: 10592030
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including a plurality of pixels and a touch sensor overlapping with the plurality of pixels, the touch sensor. The touch sensor possesses: a first wiring arranged in a first direction and including a plurality of first electrodes; and a second wiring arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction and including a plurality of second electrodes. Each of the first electrodes and each of the second electrodes vary in width continuously or stepwise in the first direction and the second direction, respectively, and satisfy a certain relationship with respect to an area and a total length of sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Tohru Sasaki, Hajime Akimoto
  • Patent number: 10594848
    Abstract: A method of initiating a communication includes detecting, at a mobile device, that a button is being pressed. The method also includes generating sensor information associated with a finger in response to a determination that the finger is pressing the button. The sensor information indicates at least a duration that the finger is pressing the button. The method further includes initiating the communication with a particular contact of a plurality of contacts using contact information for the particular contact. The particular contact is selected based on at least the duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Ashokkumar Narayanaswamy, Amandeep Singh Bedi, Shankar Anand
  • Patent number: 10585584
    Abstract: Examples relate to improving typing accuracy using a virtual keyboard. One example enables detection that a key of the virtual keyboard has been pressed and identification of a finger of a user used to press the key of the virtual keyboard. The key that was intended to be pressed may be determined based on the determined key, the finger of the user, and a mapping of finger placement and keys of the virtual keyboard. Functionality associated with pressing the intended key may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John Chow, Joe Hsu
  • Patent number: 10585583
    Abstract: A text input method, a text input device and a terminal apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: KIKA TECH (CAYMAN) HOLDINGS CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Shijie Ma, Yinan Li
  • Patent number: 10579258
    Abstract: A customizable gesture controller is disclosed for retro-fitting and forward-fitting into existing spaces or structures. One embodiment of the controller comprises a controller board configured to host software; a response layer comprising a plurality of sections arranged sequentially, each of the plurality of sections comprising: one or more center LEDs; one or more runway LEDs; and one or more touch sensors; and an overlay comprising: a glass overlay layer; and a graphic overlay layer comprising a plurality of button icons corresponding to the plurality of sections. The response layer further comprises one or more marks positioned at boundaries between each of the plurality of sections, the one or more marks being configured to identify locations at which to adjust lengths of the response layer using an application of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Mead, Keerthi Jayarajan, Rajendra Prasad Vrukshavai, Sareesh Sivarajan, Satyanarayan Kar
  • Patent number: 10572149
    Abstract: Text entry with short, incremental, partial word completions improves virtual keyboard efficiency; ergonomics are improved by far fewer, but far larger, more relevant keys, in highly condensed layouts, retaining familiar structural patterns of standard keyboards like QWERTY, and utilizing curved thumb typing formats. The keyboard continuously adjusts numbers of keys, key sizes, predictive values and layouts, to minimize keystrokes and reduce errors, while providing the most ergonomic, minimalist interface possible at any moment, scaling to any size device. Keys display normal default characters but concatenated with supplemental predictive values, each representing the longest common building block shortcut of likely intended words derivable from a key's default value. The most relevant keys can generate larger numbers of highly predicted words; the more relevant, the larger the key; these longer more precise values provide look ahead spelling guidance, reducing misspellings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Forbes Holten Norris, III
  • Patent number: 10572148
    Abstract: An electronic device and a display method thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a touch screen including a main display region positioned on a front surface of the electronic device and an auxiliary display region displaying a first keypad, a sensor configured to sense a first touch input for selecting at least one of user interaction (UI) elements included in the first keypad, and a controller configured to control the touch screen so that a character corresponding to the selected UI element is displayed in the main display region according to the touch input sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrzej Grupiński, Michaeł Łukasz Gajewski, Tomasz Robert Gdala, Natalia Paszkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10564757
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a force touch sensor, a display device and a driving method thereof. The force touch sensor comprises a driving electrode, a sensing electrode, a piezoelectric material layer and a piezoresistive material layer, wherein the piezoelectric material layer and the piezoresistive material layer are disposed between the driving electrode and the sensing electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzhen Guo, Xue Dong, Haisheng Wang, Chun Wei Wu, Yingming Liu, Rui Xu, Yanan Jia, Lijun Zhao, Yunke Qin, Pinchao Gu, Changfeng Li, Xiaoliang Ding
  • Patent number: 10540034
    Abstract: To provide an input device having optimal portability and electronic apparatus including the same. The input device includes an input section, a control section, a power supply section, and a support section. The input section has a detection surface, and outputs a detection signal corresponding to a pressing position and a pressing amount on a detection surface. The control section determines the pressing position and the pressing amount based on the detection signal. The power supply section supplies electricity to the input section and the control section. The support section is user wearable, and supports the input section, the control section, and the power supply section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Kawaguchi, Manabu Kodate, Munetake Ebihara, Sayaka Izumi
  • Patent number: 10521025
    Abstract: Systems and methods for interacting with virtual objects in a three-dimensional space using a wearable system are disclosed. The wearable system can be programmed to allow a user to interact with virtual objects using a user input device and poses. The wearable system can also automatically determine contextual information such as layout of the virtual objects in the user's environment and switch the user input mode based on the contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Powderly, Savannah Niles, Frank Hamilton, Marshal A. Fontaine, Rony Abovitz, Alysha Naples
  • Patent number: 10493366
    Abstract: An electronic device may be configured to present a user interface via which a user can select from a plurality of commands associated with a particular video game. In response to a selection of one of the plurality of commands, the electronic device may transmit the selected one of the plurality of commands to a user interface device. The selected command may cause said user interface device to transmit a corresponding one or more simulated user inputs to a game console. The selection of the command may occur automatically in response to detection, by audio processing circuitry, of an occurrence of the particular audio clip in an audio signal output by the game console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari, Kevin Robertson
  • Patent number: 10488988
    Abstract: A method of disregarding unintended touches applied to a handheld electronic device includes dividing a display area of a touch display into a plurality of subareas. When a touch operation is detected, the location of touch in one of the plurality of subareas is determined. A function corresponding to the operation is performed according to the one of the plurality of subareas the operation is generated in, and the method allows for simultaneous or almost simultaneous touches on other subareas being disregarded where the touches do not meet certain conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsueh-Tsen Tsai, Shu-Kai Wu
  • Patent number: 10481793
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program product provide a simplified method for unlocking an electronic device that uses soft keys, such as capacitive touch keys, or proximity detection areas and patterns. The keys may be implemented in the form of areas of a sensor, and a processing circuit observes a touch pattern (or proximity pattern, or characteristic pattern such as a capacitance pattern of a user's finger) and compares the same with the registered pattern to determine if there is a likeness. In doing so, the electronic device is operated at a low power state, and in that low power state observes whether a predetermined pattern is observed and when it is, unlocks the electronic device for interaction with a user at a fully operational state. By operating in the low power state while waiting to observe a predetermined pattern before unlocking the user interface, the device does not waste power on false positive detections, and allows for convenient wakeup and accessibility by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anatol Ward, Kouichiro Takashima
  • Patent number: 10481738
    Abstract: A light touch apparatus includes a light emitting unit, an imaging unit, an optical signal processing unit, and a position processing unit. The light emitting unit emits a projection light ray. The imaging unit captures an external image, where the external image includes multiple two-dimensional pixels, and corresponding to relative positions of the two-dimensional pixels, the projection light ray of the light emitting unit forms multiple projection spots. The optical signal processing unit receives multiple pieces of reflection light information, and analyzes the pieces of reflection light information to correspondingly generate multiple pieces of analysis spot information, where the pieces of analysis spot information include touch vibration information, and the touch vibration information includes a touch vibration wave whose frequency domain is different from a frequency domain of the projection light ray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: inFilm Optoelectronic Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 10474199
    Abstract: Input device attachment techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a device includes a portion (e.g., an input portion or cover) is configured to be positioned over a display device of a computing device to cover the display device. The device also includes a spine (e.g., a mid-spine) that is physically attached to the portion in a manner that supports rotational movement of the portion in relation to the display device. The physical attachment of the spine is configured to be removable using a magnetic coupling between the spine and a surface of the computing device that includes the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Longo, Andrew William Hill, Eugene Lee, James H. Wise
  • Patent number: 10474225
    Abstract: An input cueing system and method that allows a user to manually draw an image, input text, interface and gesture on an input surface, which is then brought into a computer such that the visual output from the computer is combined in an overlapping manner with the visual imagery of the user's hands, and then shown on a display. Located above the drawing surface is an image capturing device that captures live video images of the user's hands or other objects placed on the drawing surface. One or more reflectors and/or image repeating devices are disposed between the input surface and the image capturing device to effectively reduce the height and/or focal length so that the visual image is properly aligned and oriented to provide a real ‘live’ view of the users hands and/or action on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: HAWKVISION EMMERSION COMPUTING LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10454684
    Abstract: Method for authenticating a user to a central server (130) and using an electronic device (120,122) with a screen display (121,123). The method comprises the following steps: a) associating each of the devices or users, with a unique set of codes (132), and each code with a piece of information; b) providing a software function, accessible from the selected electronic device; c) providing, on the screen display, a user interface activatable in several different ways, corresponding to different codes; d) specifying pieces of information and determining the corresponding codes; e) calculating a one-way function; f) communicating the calculated value to the central server; g) calculating a comparison output value; and h) authenticating the user if the values are equal. The invention also relates to a system (100) and a computer software product arranged to cooperate with such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOKON SECURITY AB
    Inventors: Neal Hindocha, Christopher Lindfeldt
  • Patent number: 10453560
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and apparatus for electronically drawing and editing representations of chemical structures using an intuitive user interface. This user interface, the context-aware virtual keyboard, makes it faster and easier to draw and edit chemical structure representations by guiding the user through the sequence of steps required to produce the representation in a context-based, non-linear fashion. The context-based virtual keyboard allows a user to quickly create graphical representations of complex chemical structures by using the structure itself as a basis for presenting efficient options for subsequent drawing/editing steps. Different possible and/or likely actions (e.g., edits to a chemical structure being drawn) are presented to the user based on a selected navigation position on the drawing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Informatics, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Morieux, Michael Wilson, Jeffrey F. Lowrie