Portable (i.e., Handheld, Calculator, Remote Controller) Patents (Class 345/169)
  • Patent number: 10678312
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a first component, a second component, a pivoting device, a cover member and a linkage module. The second component is pivotally coupled to the first component through a pivoting device. The second component has an internal space and a sunken portion. The sunken portion is in communication with the internal space. The cover member is movably embedded in the sunken portion. The linkage module is coupled to the pivoting device and the cover member for selectively pushing the cover member out of the sunken portion with the movement of the pivoting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Shu-Cheng Hsu, Ku-Wu Lai, Hsin-I Wu, Chien-Yu Shih
  • Patent number: 10679530
    Abstract: Systems and methods for projecting images from a vehicle onto a dynamic projection surface within an aerosol are provided. A method may include performing an initial scan of the aerosol to determine a projection surface within the aerosol based upon an aerosol density map. The method may further include projecting an image onto the projection surface within the aerosol. The method may also include performing an updated scan to update the projection surface based on changing depth and changing distance of the projection surface relative to the scanning device over time. The method may additionally include modifying the image being projected based upon a change to the projection surface due to one or more of a motion of the vehicle and a change in the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Schmalenberg, Ercan M. Dede
  • Patent number: 10678343
    Abstract: A keyboard has a keypad layer of resiliently depressible keypads. The keyboard has a skin of dielectric material, covering a base of the keyboard. The skin contacts a capacitive touchscreen in use, and an actuating layer is on a face of the skin of dielectric material away from the base. The actuating layer comprises a plurality of conductive regions, one per keypad. A grounding layer is between the actuating layer and the keypad layer and spaced from the actuating layer during a rest state of the keyboard. Upon depression of a keypad, the keypad presses a region of the grounding layer under the keypad towards a region of the actuating layer such that the region of the actuating layer becomes grounded and causes a change in capacitance detectable by the capacitive touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eliyahu Barel, Amir Zyskind
  • Patent number: 10671269
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a processor and a touch display screen. The touch display screen displays a touch icon. The processor receives a first touch operation and a second touch operation through a touch area of the electronic device. The processor moves the touch icon according to the first touch operation. The processor performs a touch operation at an indication position of the touch icon according to the second touch operation, and the touch operation is the same as or corresponding to the second touch operation. The indication position of the touch icon is located outside the touch area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Min Chan
  • Patent number: 10664056
    Abstract: There is provided a control device. An operation detection unit configured to detect an operation of a user on an operation surface of a panel. A driving unit configured to drive a vibration element attached to the panel to generate a vibration for the panel. When the operation is detected by the operation detection unit, the driving unit drives the vibration element to generate a first vibration for the panel and then to generate a second vibration which has an amplitude greater than an amplitude of the first vibration for the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Shinsuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10664157
    Abstract: A computing device is described that includes at least one processor and a memory including instructions that when executed cause the at least one processor to output, for display, a graphical keyboard comprising a plurality of keys, and determine, based on an indication of a selection of one or more keys from the plurality of keys, text of an electronic communication. The instructions, when executed, further cause the at least one processor to generate, based at least in part on the text, an image based search query, and output, for display, within the graphical keyboard, a graphical indication to indicate that the computing device generated the image based search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Chi-Yuen Kong, Sebastian Millius, Alexa Greenberg
  • Patent number: 10666273
    Abstract: A system includes a very low frequency (VLF) antenna connected to a circuit that has a high pass filter and a low pass filter. The circuit is configured for noise reduction and frequency localization of detected VLF signals. A receiver is configured to receive filtered VLF signals output by the circuit and to separate desired signals for processing. A display is configured to provide a user with visual feedback based at least in part on an even signature extracted by a digital signal processor (DSP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Oren Sternberg, John Rockway, Mitchell Lerner, Israel Perez, Nicholas Lumsden
  • Patent number: 10664853
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing results of an automated survey are provided. In one implementation, a computer-implemented method comprises conducting, by a processing device, an automated survey on a survey recipient associated with a customer location. The automated survey is configured to prompt the survey recipient regarding the quality of a service performed for a customer associated with the customer location. The method also includes receiving survey result information from the survey recipient in response to conducting the automated survey. The method further includes analyzing the survey result information and determining if one or more subsequent follow-up actions are warranted based in part on analyzing the survey result information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: XPO Last Mile, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Meyer, Jonathan Turner
  • Patent number: 10649413
    Abstract: User interface sessions in a user interface device are initiated or resumed according to a device type and a target session. A session request is received from a first client device. A device type associated with the session request is determined, and a graphical user interface configuration is identified according to the device type. A target session associated with the session request is identified and a new session is configured for the first client device according to the identified graphical user interface configuration and the identified target session. Data associated with the new session are transmitted to the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen, James H. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10650397
    Abstract: Systems and methods for initiating and conducting an automated survey are disclosed herein. According to some implementations, a processing device of a computer may receive a notification of an occurrence of a trigger event after the occurrence of the trigger event, initiate an automated survey to be offered to the customer, conduct the automated survey with the customer, and receive survey result information from the customer in response to the automated survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: XPO Last Mile, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Meyer, Jonathan Turner
  • Patent number: 10650528
    Abstract: Feature based visual simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) do not produce reliable camera and structure estimates due to insufficient features in a low-textured environment. Moreover, existing visual SLAMs produce partial reconstruction when the number of 3D-2D correspondences is insufficient for incremental camera estimation using bundle adjustment. Systems and methods of the present disclosure provide edge points based monocular visual SLAM that mitigates these problems. The SLAM is initialized through a validation process. A local optimization process is provided for stable pose estimation in situations where camera tracking becomes unreliable in a very low-textured challenging environment. An efficient and reliable loop closing process that uses structural properties of edges in the frames is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Soumyadip Maity, Arindam Saha, Brojeshwar Bhowmick
  • Patent number: 10642933
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for improving word prediction candidate selection in an electronic device. Input of one or more characters is received via a capacitive physical keyboard. A word prediction process generates a set of word prediction candidates, determines a unique character in each word prediction candidate, and displays the word prediction candidates along with visual indicia to indicate the unique character. A second input is then received comprising a tap input of a single character on the keyboard. The electronic device determines whether the second input corresponds to a unique character associated with any of the word prediction candidates, and if so, displays the selected word in an input field on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jerome Pasquero, Donald Somerset McCulloch Mckenzie, Jason Tyler Griffin
  • Patent number: 10642469
    Abstract: A method performed by a vehicle settings adjustment system for facilitating user adjustment of vehicle settings of a vehicle via a display of the vehicle. The vehicle settings adjustment system determines occurrence of user interaction with a physical control interface of the vehicle, user interaction with the physical control interface affecting a therewith associated predetermined vehicle function. The vehicle settings adjustment system further provides on the display a user selectable shortcut adapted to, upon user selection thereof, provide on the display a subset of user selectable setting options enabling adjustment of one or more user adjustable vehicle settings associated with the predetermined vehicle function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Kaspar Raats, Jonas Göthlin
  • Patent number: 10635137
    Abstract: An electronic device according to various embodiments can provide a structure capable of imparting a physical optical effect to a camera unit of a foldable electronic device to which a flexible display is applied. An electronic device according to various embodiments may comprise: a lens unit placed in a partial area of a first side, which does not include a flexible display, through the first side and a second side; a first imaging unit which, when the first side is divided into a first area and a second area on the basis of an axis, is placed adjacent to the first area in which the lens unit is placed; and a second imaging unit which is placed in at least a partial area of the second side and is configured to be combined on the same optical axis with the lens unit when the electronic device is folded on the basis of the axis. In addition, other embodiments are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyunsub Park, Wanho Roh, Jonghoon Lim, Daehyun Kim, Hoseong Seo
  • Patent number: 10602474
    Abstract: Distributed systems, controllers and methods for processing information from a plurality of devices are provided. A distributed system includes a plurality of devices distributed in an environment. Each device has at least a communication capability for interchanging information with others of the devices and/or with a communication system. Each of at least some of the devices has one or more sensors for acquiring sensor data related to the environment proximate to the device. At least one of the communication system or one or more of the devices is configured as a controller configured to: select a subset of devices from among the plurality of devices, receive information based on the acquired sensor data of the selected subset, and combine the received information from the selected subset to determine a characteristic of the environment proximate to one or more of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven W. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10579158
    Abstract: An information handling system integrated keyboard selectively retracts and extends keys based upon detected conditions, such as housing configuration, housing motion and end user indications. Extension and retraction shuttle plates motivated by actuator wires moves a sliding plate to extended and retracted positions that define the key positions. Nickel titanium alloy actuator wires shorten upon application of current to pull the shuttle plates to the extended or retracted positions that are maintained by a lock. Limit switches remove current at detection of a desired shuttle plate position. One or more controllers manage actuator wire operation based upon detected conditions and actuator wire temperature and electrical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jason S. Morrison, Mark S. Sears, Robert D. Hrehor
  • Patent number: 10580355
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a display device including one or more methods for modifying the display brightness by automatically adapting to ambient lighting conditions. A light sensor may measure the ambient light. Ambient light detection may be provided without requiring an additional opening in the device housing to support such detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: William Bryson Gardner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10564911
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic apparatus having a first display and a second display, and a processor which may detect a pressure touch that is input on an object displayed on either of the first and second displays, and may display the object on the other of the first and second displays corresponding to the pressure touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jae-Ik Lee, Ji-Yeon Kwak, Hyo-In Ahn
  • Patent number: 10558296
    Abstract: Disclosed is a touch-sensitive controller system employing a controller comprising a plurality of separate FMT sensor patterns adapted to detect a variety positions of the human hand. The controller system outputs both touch events as well as data reflective of the hand interaction with the controller. The FMT sensors may be driven by a common signal generator, and can look at body-generate crosstalk to aid in understanding the position, orientation and grip of a hand on the controller. In an embodiment, signal injection can supplement FMT sensor data. Fusion among the data transmitted and received by the plurality of FMT sensors and additional injected signals may provide improved fidelity in both touch and hand modeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Tactual Labs Co.
    Inventors: Bruno Rodrigues De Araujo, David Holman, Ricardo Jorge Jota Costa, Braon Moseley
  • Patent number: 10556408
    Abstract: A surface of an electronic device includes a reduced friction surface that comprises a glass beaded film. The glass beaded film includes glass beads disposed in a polymer layer or in an adhesive layer, where a portion of the glass beads protrude from a surface of the polymer or adhesive layer. The reduced friction surface is disposed over at least a portion of the surface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: James J. Niu, Craig C. Leong, Michael K. Pilliod, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 10558067
    Abstract: A support frame, a display device and mounting method thereof. The support frame includes a main body and a protrusion disposed at a side of the main body; the main body includes a first portion located on the protrusion and a second portion located under the protrusion, a thickness of the first portion is at least equal to a thickness of a touch cover plate; a thickness of the second portion is at least equal to a thickness of a backlight module; and a thickness of the protrusion is at least equal to a thickness of a display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chenru Wang, Haiwei Sun, Yeong Ho Jeon, Ruijun Dong, Guangquan Wang, Yuefeng Su
  • Patent number: 10551587
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lens moving apparatus including a bobbin including a first coil disposed on an outer circumferential surface thereof, a housing provided with first and second magnets for moving the bobbin by interaction with the first coil, upper and lower elastic members each coupled to both the bobbin and the housing, and a first position sensor for detecting a sum of intensities of magnetic fields of the first and second magnets, wherein the first position sensor is disposed in a space between the first magnet and the second magnet when the bobbin is disposed at an initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Ok Park, Jun Taek Lee, Byung Wook Son, Sang Jun Min, Kyoung Ho Yoo
  • Patent number: 10540013
    Abstract: A method of performing a function of a device based on motion information of the device in a standby mode of the device, a device for performing the method are provided. The device includes a sensor configured to detect movement of the device in a standby mode of the device; a storage configured to store motion information based on information related to the movement and at least one piece of function information corresponding to the motion information; and a processor configured to control the device to perform a function corresponding to the motion information in the standby mode based on the information related to the movement, the motion information, and the at least one piece of function information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jong-hyun Ryu, Yong-gook Park, Han-joo Chae, Won-young Choi, Jeong-gwan Kang, Nam-hoon Kim, Hyun-su Hong, Jin La
  • Patent number: 10542647
    Abstract: A belt-shaped cover adapted to an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a first part and a second part. The second part is movably connected to the first part, and an opening is adjustably formed between the first part and the second part. The belt-shaped cover includes an adjustable belt and a sensing element. The adjustable belt connects the first part and the second part to adjust the size of the opening. The sensing element is disposed on the adjustable belt to sense a connecting mode of the adjustable belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Wai-Tong Chan
  • Patent number: 10539426
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle-associated device with an operating unit by means of which at least alphanumerical characters and/or symbols can be selected and assembled to form a character or function group, and with a display device by means of which, using a display unit 1, selectable characters and/or symbols can be displayed in at least one selection field 2, and selected characters, symbols, a character or function group can be displayed in at least one input field 3, with a storage device with data stored therein, and with a data processing unit for selecting data from data stored in the storage device, on the basis of predeterminable criteria and taking into consideration the characters and/or symbols selected so far by a user, wherein the device is set up in order to display, on the display unit 1, a completion designation 4 in the area of the selection field 2 in the immediate vicinity of a character or symbol selected most recently by a user, to the extent that a possible completion of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tahar Bouaziz, Michael Betz, Emanuel Angelescu, Carolin Köberle, Jürgen Steinle
  • Patent number: 10527701
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system for magnetic self test. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) including a controller. Only one sensor is electrically coupled to the ECU, wherein the sensor includes a sensing element, a signal conditioning element electrically coupled to the sensing element and the controller, and a wire-on-chip (WOC) device disposed next to the sensing element. The system further includes a WOC stimulus element provided in the ECU or the sensor to drive the WOC to create a WOC magnetic field, wherein the system is configured to compare an expected sensor output signal that is caused by the WOC magnetic field with an actual sensor output signal by the controller or an additional signal assessment element in the sensor to identify whether the sensor is still functioning correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Frank Heinrichs, Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 10525350
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus performs predetermined game processing based on operation inputs from a plurality of operation devices and generates a game image based on the game processing. Then, in accordance with the number of the operation devices used for the game processing, the information processing apparatus generates a game image for multiplayer play using a split screen, and performs a restriction process for, in a case where an output destination to which the game image is to be output is a display, placing a restriction so that multiplayer play is not performed by players exceeding a predetermined number of players, and in a case where the output destination to which the game image is to be output is an external display, not placing the restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shiraiwa, Mifune Hayata, Hideaki Nishihara, Chiharu Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 10515114
    Abstract: A facial recognition search system identifies one or more likely names (or other personal identifiers) corresponding to the facial image(s) in a query as follows. After receiving the visual query with one or more facial images, the system identifies images that potentially match the respective facial image in accordance with visual similarity criteria. Then one or more persons associated with the potential images are identified. For each identified person, person-specific data comprising metrics of social connectivity to the requester are retrieved from a plurality of applications such as communications applications, social networking applications, calendar applications, and collaborative applications. An ordered list of persons is then generated by ranking the identified persons in accordance with at least metrics of visual similarity between the respective facial image and the potential image matches and with the social connection metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Petrou, Andrew Rabinovich, Hartwig Adam
  • Patent number: 10510110
    Abstract: A network system including a home appliance, a server, and a communication terminal. The home appliance is provided with a control portion configured to control an operating state of the home appliance, an information setting portion configured to set information corresponding to current state of the control portion, and a transmitting portion configured to externally transmit a result of information set by the information setting portion through the communication line. The communication terminal is configured to display a specific advice, the specific advice being based on data, obtained from the multiple entries of data provided by the server, being suitable with a result of information transmitted by the home appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Yuki Takahashi, Hitomi Saeki, Hirokazu Izawa, Yuuki Marutani, Kazuhiro Furuta, Kota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10509484
    Abstract: In some examples, a first keyboard includes a plurality of light-sensing electrodes, where individual ones of the light-sensing electrodes correspond to individual keys of the first keyboard. The first keyboard includes a microprocessor electrically coupled to individual ones of the light-sensing electrodes. A second keyboard comprised of light-transmitting material may be placed on top of the first keyboard. The second keyboard may include a plurality of keys, with individual keys including a keycap having opaque material attached to a bottom surface and a scissors mechanism to lower the opaque material when a predetermined amount of pressure is applied to the keycap. The microprocessor is configured to perform operations including determining that the opaque material is obstructing light to a first particular light-sensing electrode of the plurality of light-sensing electrodes and sending a signal indicating a selection of a first key corresponding to the first particular light-sensing electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Sathish Kumar Bikumala
  • Patent number: 10503400
    Abstract: A communication device for users with limited physical dexterity. More specifically, the presently disclosed technology relates to a communication device, such as a cellular phone, that allows a user having limited physical dexterity to more effectively and accurately provide input into the device. The presently disclosed technology teaches a communication device with at least a touchscreen input device and a physical keyboard, wherein the control capabilities of the touchscreen input device may be disabled and/or re-enabled. The disabling and/or re-enabling may occur based on an input received into an input device or may occur automatically based on the contextual usage of the communication device. Still further, the electronic device may include a touchpad that may comprise a non-slip surface and may be sized and/or shaped such that users with limited physical dexterity may more efficiently navigate the interface of the communication device using the touchpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Bynum
  • Patent number: 10489054
    Abstract: Described herein is a split virtual keyboard that is displayed on a tablet (slate) computing device. The split virtual keyboard includes a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being separated from the second portion. The first portion includes a plurality of character keys that are representative at least one respective character. The tablet computing device is configured to support text generation by way of a continuous sequence of strokes over the plurality of character keys in the first portion of the split virtual keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. Paek, Bongshin Lee, Asela Gunawardana, Johnson Apacible, Anoop Gupta
  • Patent number: 10489491
    Abstract: To provide an information processing device and information processing method capable of presenting a plurality of pieces of link information to a user of an information processing terminal highly conveniently, there is provided an information processing device including: a link information acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of link information correlated with object identification information based on reception of the object identification information for identifying an object from an information processing terminal; a layout information generation unit configured to generate layout information including the plurality of pieces of acquired link information and used to generate a link list image in which information acquired from a link destination indicated by each of the plurality of pieces of link information is displayed; and a transmission control unit configured to cause the generated layout information to be transmitted to the information processing terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Keiji Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10467970
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a display panel, a display module, a method for driving the display module, a driving device and a display device. The display panel includes a plurality of pixel repeat units, each of the pixel repeat units includes first monochromatic sub-pixels, second monochromatic sub-pixels and third monochromatic sub-pixels of different colors, each of the pixel repeat units includes three pixel units arranged in sequence in a row direction, each of the pixel unit includes two monochromatic sub-pixels in a first row and two monochromatic sub-pixels in a second row, the two monochromatic sub-pixels in the first row and the two monochromatic sub-pixels in the second row are staggered, and a color of each monochromatic sub-pixel is different from colors of adjacent monochromatic sub-pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Xiaochen Niu, Xue Dong, Xiaochuan Chen, Wenqing Zhao, Pengcheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10453094
    Abstract: Provided is a system, apparatus, and method that includes selectively providing and/or receiving advertisement information from an advertiser based on a coarse synchronization, that provides the advertisement information within expected preset time durations based on a received synchronization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongwook Lee, Sang-joon Kim, Seungkeun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10423221
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for controlling a portable terminal. The apparatus includes a contact sensing unit which senses an area of an external surface of the portable terminal contacted by a user as the user holds the portable terminal, a recognizing unit which recognizes a function mode of the portable terminal based on information about the contacted area sensed by the contact sensing unit, and a control unit which changes the portable terminal to a function mode recognized by the recognizing unit. Since a function mode of the portable terminal is controlled according to the way a user holds the portable terminal, convenience of changing a function mode of the portable terminal is provided through a single manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Jung-hyun Shim, Kee-eung Kim, Hyun-jin Kim, Joon-ah Park, Ho-yeal Lee, Hyun-jeong Lee, Wook Chang, Seung-nyang Chung, Sung-jung Cho
  • Patent number: 10394281
    Abstract: A display in a portable information handling system may have a narrow or no border. A display panel cover included with the display may be formed with an insert molding that is co-molded with an outer panel for high bonding strength and high stiffness, as well as providing a desired high quality external appearance to information handling system. Additionally, an exterior insert molding may be formed to include an exterior surface of the information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Schwager, Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Chi-Chou Cheng, Kai-Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 10394274
    Abstract: A flexible electronic device is provided herein. The device may include a display unit having a continuous display area extending across a first section, a second section, and a transition section of the device, where the transition section is positioned between the first section and the second section. The device is configured to bend about a first axis positioned in a same plane as a center of the transition section, at a distance greater than zero from a first surface of the device positioned in the plane. The device may be configured to bend about a hinge positioned at least partially within the transition section. The device may include a sensor configured to identify a position of the first section relative to the second section of the device, and a processor configured to determine which image or images to display on the display unit based on the identified position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Govind Ramaswamy, Deepak Mani
  • Patent number: 10387096
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for operating an electronic device. A method for operating an electronic device may include: determining an angle between a first body and a second body in an electronic device including the first body having a first display and the second body having a second display, the second body being rotatably connected to the first body; determining a movement state of the electronic device; and displaying a first screen on the first display and displaying a second screen on the second display based on the determined movement state of the electronic device and the determined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cha Kyum Kim
  • Patent number: 10365803
    Abstract: A method for generating a touch control instruction, includes: loading an instruction condition definition table, where the instruction condition definition table includes a plurality of touch control instructions, and each touch control instruction includes a plurality of instruction conditions and definition values corresponding to the instruction conditions; reading a first key signal output by a physical keyboard corresponding to a touch on a keycap; recognizing a touch control event according to multiple consecutive first key signals; obtaining a plurality of detection values of the touch control event and comparing the detection values with the definition values; if the detection values match definition values of all instruction conditions of a touch control instruction, stopping tracing of the touch control event; and executing the matched touch control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Bing-Yang Yao
  • Patent number: 10359907
    Abstract: A portable electronic device displays a plurality of icons (e.g., graphical objects) in a region in a touch-sensitive display; detects a predefined user action, with respect to the touch-sensitive display, for initiating a predefined user interface reconfiguration process; and varies positions of one or more icons in the plurality of icons in response to detecting the predefined user action. The varying includes varying the positions of the one or more icons about respective average positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Freddy Allen Anzures, Scott Forstall, Greg Christie, Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 10334346
    Abstract: A system, method and personal area network for communicating utilizing a wireless earpiece. Sensor measurements of a user are performed utilizing sensors of the wireless earpieces. The sensor measurements are analyzed. A determination is made whether the sensor measurements exceed two or more thresholds. An alert is communicated to the user in response to the two or more thresholds being exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Vincent Boesen, Martin Steiner
  • Patent number: 10331271
    Abstract: A displaying and operating device having a display unit and at least one proximity sensor, wherein a penetration of an object into at least one monitoring space can be detected by the proximity sensor, wherein at least one representation on the display unit is changed as a function of a penetrating object, wherein the displaying and operating device has a unit wherein a chronological sequence of receive signals from the proximity sensor is evaluated by the unit, wherein a constant receive signal is detected and stored within a predetermined time interval and, for subsequent operating, is ignored as a static receive signal of the display unit, wherein a change in the representation is carried out only if a subsequent receive signal exceeds the static receive signal by a predetermined value. Also disclosed is a method for operating a displaying and operating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Christoph Wojzischke
  • Patent number: 10318065
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a user input device and methods for expanding an input area in response to an estimation of the accuracy of touch input or the likelihood that a series of touches will hit an intended touch target area. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a first capacitive area defined by a first electrode and a second capacitive area defined by the first electrode and a second electrode. The embodiment further includes a processing unit that may be configured to, in a first mode, execute an operation in response to a touch received in the first capacitive area. The processing unit may be configured to, in a second mode, execute the operation in response to the touch received in the second capacitive area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Peterson, Mark A. Bunney, Jr., Daniel M. Strongwater, Benjamin G. Jackson, Thomas S. Hulbert
  • Patent number: 10293250
    Abstract: A game device (information processing device (4)) includes a communication unit communicable with a portable terminal (2), an executing unit that executes a game application, a rendering unit that renders a game screen of a game based on the game application, and a switching unit that switches an operating state. The game device is configured to be usable in an independent use form in which the executing unit executes the game application and the rendering unit renders the game screen to cause the game to progress and a task processing form in which the executing unit processes a partial task of a game application executed in the portable terminal (2) and transmits a processing result of the partial task to the portable terminal (2). The switching unit carries out switching to any of the independent use form and the task processing form to cause the game device to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Shizuto Fukuda, Shinji Aizawa, Hisao Wada
  • Patent number: 10285623
    Abstract: A registration method whereby a sensor-based approach is used to establish initial registration and whereby upon the commencement of navigating an endoscope, image-based registration methods are used in order to more accurately maintain the registration between the endoscope location and previously-acquired images. A six-degree-of-freedom location sensor is placed on the probe in order to reduce the number of previously-acquired images that must be compared to a real-time image obtained from the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Dorian Averbuch, Oded Zur, Oren Weingarten
  • Patent number: 10289212
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a touch screen arranged on the housing, a plurality of first software keys arranged along a first edge of the touch screen, a plurality of second software keys arranged along a second edge of the touch screen, a plurality of physical keys arranged along the first edge, and at least one controller. The at least one controller is configured to execute a process according to an operation on any one of the first software keys, the second software keys and the physical keys. The at least one controller is further configured to allocate characters “Q”, “W”, “E”, “R”, “T”, “Y”, “U”, “I”, “O” and “P” to the physical keys respectively, characters “A”, “S”, “D”, “F”, “G”, “H”, “J”, “K” and “L” to the first software keys respectively, and characters “Z”, “X”, “C”, “V”, “B”, “N” and “M” to the second software keys respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Yushi Nagasaka, Masato Fujishiro, Atsuhisa Inakoshi, Katsuhiro Mitsui, Yukiko Takaba
  • Patent number: 10289176
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body, a second body, a shaft, a cam, a cover plate, a fulcrum and a lever element. The first body has a convection groove. The shaft is connected to the second body. The fulcrum is connected to the shaft and disposed in the first body. The second body is pivoted to the first body through the shaft and the cam. The cover plate is movably disposed on the first body and configured to operably hide the convection groove. The fulcrum is disposed in the first body. The lever element is disposed in the first body and pivots about the fulcrum. The lever element includes a first end and a second end, respectively located at two opposite sides of the fulcrum. The cam abuts against the first end, and the second end is movably coupled to the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Chen, Huei-Ting Chuang, Shun-Bin Chen, Kai-Yu Chuang, Yen-Chieh Chiu
  • Patent number: 10278036
    Abstract: A telephone with a card reader is disclosed. The telephone includes means for providing a first communication service. The card includes a memory, which stores information, where the telephone reads the information stored in the memory and provides a means for providing a second communication service based on the information. In providing the second communication service, the telephone obtains second communication service information from a datastore, which includes pairs of information and corresponding second communication service information. The telephone may include the datastore. The telephone may alternatively obtain the second communication service information from or a service server in response to a request. Alternatively, the information stored in the memory can be the second communication service information itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 10268239
    Abstract: A first electronic device comprises a body, a docking portion that is provided on the body and is detachably coupled to the second electronic device, a terminal that comes into contact according to the coupling of the second electronic device, and a controller that identifies the coupling to the second electronic device, determines the basic performance of the second electronic device, determines the extended performance that can be provided by the first electronic device based on the basic performance of the second electronic device, and controls the second electronic device according to the basic performance of the second electronic device and the extended performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Park, Han-Kil Yoon