Having Foreign Language Capability (e.g., Japanese, Chinese) Patents (Class 345/171)
  • Patent number: 10636243
    Abstract: A gaming system which displays a first plurality of symbols at each of a plurality of symbol display positions in a matrix format of columns and rows, a placeholder symbol in at least one symbol display position, and a second plurality of symbols in one or more areas separate from the displayed matrix symbols. The system requires a user to slide a virtual bar to select of one of the second plurality of symbols to replace the placeholder symbol, in order to win the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Epic Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wesley Davis
  • Patent number: 10417342
    Abstract: A local processing device contains a bus, an input interface and at least one cellular neural networks (CNN) based integrated circuit (IC). The input interface is receiving a 2-D symbol representing a Chinese poetry or verse. The 2-D symbol is a matrix of N×N pixels of K-bit data that contains a “super-character”. The matrix is divided into M×M sub-matrices each containing (N/M)×(N/M) pixels. Each of the sub-matrices represents an ideogram. K, N and M are positive integers, and N is a multiple of M. CNN based IC is configured for understanding semantic meaning of the Chinese poetry or verse within the “super-character” contained in the 2-D symbol. The ideogram is created by embedded fonts of all of the characters contained in a corresponding phrase of the Chinese poetry or verse or is a pictogram representing artistic conception of each sentence of the Chinese poetry or verse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrfalcon Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Patrick Z. Dong, Baohua Sun
  • Patent number: 10394448
    Abstract: A direction-based text input method, a system and computer-readable recording medium using the same are proposed in the disclosure. The method is applicable to a system having a display and an input device and includes the following steps. A virtual keyboard is displayed on a frame of the display, where the virtual keyboard includes multiple input sets, each of the input sets includes candidate texts, and the input sets include a current input set having current candidate texts. A first moving direction and a second moving direction of the input device respectively with respect to a first axis and a second axis are detected so as to accordingly generate an input text, where the first moving direction is associated with a selection among the current candidate texts, and the second moving direction is associated with a confirmation or a cancellation of the selected current candidate text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Shin-Jan Wu
  • Patent number: 10372829
    Abstract: A method for providing an original sentence and a translation for the original sentence in a user terminal, includes: presenting, by the user terminal, a plurality of images to a user; verifying, by the user terminal, an image selected by the user among the plurality of images; obtaining, by the user terminal, an original sentence corresponding to the image selected by the user and a translation sentence for the image from a database; and providing, by the user terminal, the original sentence corresponding to the selected image and the translation for the original sentence together with the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Seok Kim, Hyoung Gyu Lee, Joong Hwi Shin, Jae Song Lee
  • Patent number: 10331224
    Abstract: A computer implemented system for generating vowel-signs based keypad having predictive capabilities, and a method thereof, have been disclosed. The keypad configured to enable a user to input alphabets in at least one Indian language, and is displayed on a user interface. The keypad layout includes alphabets corresponding to an Indian language, frequently used vowel-signs, and frequently used alphabets, being represented in the form of selectable keys. The user interface cooperates with a processor that processes the alphabet(s) input by the user, and subsequently triggers a display of vowel-signs, consonants, and half consonants on the user interface, in the event that the user inputs a consonant(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: OSLABS PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Rakesh Deshmukh, Sudhir Bangarambandi, Akash Dongre, Hariharan Padmanabhan
  • Patent number: 10048771
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for Chinese language input to a touch screen. A method can include displaying pinyin “initials” on the touch screen and sensing a touch input at a first position of the touch screen. If the touch input is continuously sensed at the first position for a predetermined period of time, the method can include determining a pinyin “initial” and then discontinuing displaying the pinyin “initials” and displaying pinyin “finals” on the touch screen. By sensing a removal of the touch input from the touch screen at a second position, a selected “final” is determined. The method can also include displaying at least one Chinese character on the touch screen based upon the selected “initial” and the selected “final.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Tian-Yang Zhou
  • Patent number: 9904847
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for the recognition of input of multiple objects into a computing device, wherein the computing device has a processor and at least one application for recognizing the input under control of the processor. The application is configured to determine at least one geometrical feature of a plurality of elements of the input, and compare the determined at least one geometrical feature with at least one pre-determined geometrical threshold to determine a positive or negative result. If the comparison yields a negative result, the application considers the elements as belonging to one object in the recognition of the input. If the comparison yields a positive result, the application considers the elements as belonging to multiple objects in the recognition of the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MyScript
    Inventor: Sébastien Onis
  • Patent number: 9880736
    Abstract: A method may include providing for display a first set of touch-screen keys corresponding to a first set of symbols. The method may also include providing for display at least partially underneath the first set of touch-screen keys a second set of touch-screen keys corresponding to a second set of symbols. At least a portion of the second set of touch-screen keys are visible through the first set of keys. The method may also include detecting a touch gesture by the user over the first and second sets of keys intending to input a symbol. The method may also include determining a context of the input by the user. The method may also include selecting based at least in part on the context a symbol in the first set of symbols or a symbol in the second set of symbols as the symbol that the user intended to input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jenny Yuen, Luke St. Clair
  • Patent number: 9792495
    Abstract: A character recognition apparatus includes a stroke extracting unit, a noise-candidate extracting unit, a generating unit, a unit, and a specifying unit. The stroke extracting unit extracts multiple strokes from a recognition target. The noise-candidate extracting unit extracts noise candidates from the strokes. The generating unit generates multiple recognition result candidates obtained by removing at least one of the noise candidates from the recognition target. The unit performs character recognition on the recognition result candidates and obtains recognition scores. The specifying unit uses the recognition scores to specify a most likely recognition result candidate from the recognition result candidates as a recognition result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideto Oda
  • Patent number: 9753544
    Abstract: A Korean character input apparatus using a touch screen is provided. The apparatus includes an input window comprising a consonant input key, a “” vowel input key to the right of the consonant input key, and a “” vowel input key under the consonant input key, a character combining means by which, when one of the “” vowel input key and the “” vowel input key is touch-selected, a consonant corresponding to the consonant input key provided to the left of the “” vowel input key or provided above the “” vowel input key is selected as an initial consonant and is combined with a vowel, an output window for displaying the composed Korean character, and a controller for controlling a touch input on the input window and an output of the composed Korean character on the output window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Jae Hwang
  • Patent number: 9658770
    Abstract: Methods and electronic apparatuses for repeatedly inputting a character or number are described. The method includes identifying a predetermined gesture relating to a soft key on a soft keyboard displayed on a touch screen of an electronic apparatus, using the identified predetermined gesture to determine the number of times the at soft key was input, and processing input of the at soft key the determined number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hyun-Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 9448185
    Abstract: A system for inspecting a body, which includes a first end side, a second end side, and cells extending through the body from the first end side to the second end side, is provided. The system includes at least one light source configured to project light through and out of at least one corresponding group of the cells, a target configured to display the light projected through and out of the at least one corresponding group of the cells, an imaging system configured to determine at least one location of the displayed light on the target, and a system processor configured to compare the determined at least one location of the displayed light with a location of the at least one light source and calculate, from the comparison thereof, at least one of a pointing angle and a pointing vector for the at least one corresponding group of the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven Joseph Gregorski
  • Patent number: 9442664
    Abstract: For efficient FlashCopy backup target volume allocation from a shared resource pool while ingesting a FlashCopy backup in a repository, for dynamically allocating a target volume for the new FlashCopy backup, a global pool of FlashCopy backup target volumes and a consistency group in the global pool of FlashCopy backup target volumes is maintained for use by a new FlashCopy backup upon encountering a collision while an existing FlashCopy target volume containing older FlashCopy backups are being ingested into the repository for dynamically allocating a target volume for the new FlashCopy backup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Dain, Gregory T. Kishi, Osnat Shasha, Christopher Zaremba
  • Patent number: 9400949
    Abstract: In a state in which an authentication screen in any one display language of a plurality of display languages is displayed, every time a predetermined number of characters are input to an ID input field, an ID including the characters input to the ID input field in order from a first-input is retrieved from user data. Ids, obtained as a result of the retrieval, are set as candidate IDs. When all display languages selected by users having the candidate IDs are the same, the display language selected by the users having the candidate IDs is set as a first display language. When a display language of an authentication screen, which is being displayed, does not coincide with the first display language, an authentication screen in the first display language is displayed in place of the authentication screen, which is being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Norie Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9330180
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and method of controlling the same are disclosed, by which a terminal user is enabled to input specific commands to the mobile terminal with minimum effort in a manner of configuring a display screen with consideration of enhanced user's convenience. The present invention includes a display unit, a wireless communication unit for an internet access, a user input unit for receiving an input from a user, and a control unit controlling both a text input box and an indicator indicating one selected from the group consisting of at least two functions of the text input box to be displayed on a standby image of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Tae Hun Kim, Jang Jae Jung
  • Patent number: 9292203
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for providing a vertical candidate bar with an on-screen keyboard are presented. In some embodiments, a computing device may display a keyboard on a touch-sensitive display screen. The keyboard may be a split keyboard that includes two panels of keys displayed on opposite sides of the display screen. The device also may display a candidate bar on the display screen, and the candidate bar may be vertically aligned with the keyboard. As character input is received via the keyboard, the device may update the candidate bar to include various candidate characters that are determined based on the received character input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Morgan H. Winer
  • Patent number: 9235264
    Abstract: Organizing messages received and transmitted over a network is described. In one aspect, a method includes tracking where a user is gazing as the user is composing an outgoing message on a first computer system; during a composition time period in which the user is composing the message, determining a number of times the user's gaze dwells on a displayed message after the user's gaze is directed away from the message, determining a relevance rating for the gaze areas, each gaze area associated with one of the messages based on the number of times the user's gaze dwells on the associated message; identifying, based on at least one of the relevance ratings, at least one displayed message that is related to the outgoing message; and associating with the outgoing message an identifier for at least one of the at least one displayed message that is related to the outgoing message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Scenera Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mona Singh
  • Patent number: 9041657
    Abstract: An ergonomic keyboard is described. In one aspect, a keyboard layout for a subject language is developed by determining a percent of frequency of monograph characters and digraphs of characters used in writing in the subject language. Thereafter, each key for the characters from each most frequent digraph is positioned under different hands on the keyboard layout, on a middle row of the keyboard layout, and under the index or middle fingers of a keyboard user. Other most frequent characters are positioned in the middle row of the keyboard layout or in a position on the keyboard layout to be struck using the index or middle fingers. The least frequent monograph characters are positioned in the bottom and top rows of the keyboard, with the least frequent characters under pinky fingers of a keyboard user. An optimized Arabic keyboard layout is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Mohamed Zaki Ramadan Osman
  • Patent number: 9037459
    Abstract: A method for entering text in a text input field using a non-keyboard type accessory includes selecting a character for entry into the text field presented by a portable computing device. The portable computing device determines whether text suggestions are available based on the character. If text suggestions are available, the portable computing device can determine the text suggestions and send them to the accessory, which in turn can display the suggestions on a display. A user operating the accessory can select one of the text suggestions, expressly reject the text suggestions, or ignore the text suggestions. If a text suggestion is selected, the accessory can send the selected text to the portable computing device for populating the text field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin W. Foo
  • Patent number: 9030050
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a voltage amplifier is provided. In this voltage amplifier, a DC/DC boost converter converts an input DC voltage to an output DC voltage, which is higher than the input DC voltage. A DC/AC converter connected to the DC/DC boost converter converts the output DC voltage to an AC pulse-train. A voltage multiplier connected to the DC/AC converter converts the AC pulse-train to an amplified output DC voltage that is higher than the AC pulse-train. A discharger connected to the voltage multiplier can discharge the amplified output DC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Senseg Ltd.
    Inventors: Jukka Linjama, Timo Latvala
  • Patent number: 9026087
    Abstract: A method for decoding an ambiguous character code. The method includes a user equipment (UE) receiving a character code that refers to a first character in a first language and to a second character in a second language. The method further includes the UE using language discrimination information available to the UE for other purposes to determine whether to display the first character or the second character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Claude Jean-Frederic Arzelier
  • Publication number: 20150113469
    Abstract: Current input methods for Western European portable input electronic apparatuses accommodate only phonemes of Western European languages; however, they do not accommodate the phoneme structures of the same. In the present invention, by performing setting so that, for a number of keys, one key is assigned input for a plurality of alphabet letters in a form which accommodates the entirety of phoneme structures of Western European languages, for across all Western European languages. It is then possible to input the same content as with a current personal computer in methods which use a 3 row, 3 column keyboard and switch keyboards manually, with approximately a 30% increase keystrokes, and in methods which use a 3 row, 5 column keyboard and do not switch keyboards, with approximately a 10% increase in keystrokes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Yasuhiko SATAKE
  • Patent number: 9000957
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for typing Ethiopic characters in a computer system using at most two keystrokes. The rendering of characters is based on the timing between a first and second keystroke and on whether the first and second keystroke are, together, one of a predetermined number of ordered key pairs. Conventional symbol typing may be preserved by a prioritized assignment of the symbols to alternative shift keys. A timing disable key may be defined that allows typing of default characters at a comfortable speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Aberra Molla
  • Patent number: 8988353
    Abstract: Provided are a method and related mobile device for editing, in an integrated, convenient and quick manner, various menu pages selectively used for a home screen. In response to a given input signal, the mobile device outputs a page edit screen including a specific page displayed on the home screen. Then, in response to subsequent input signals, the mobile device may add a new page, delete a selected page, change a title of a selected page, move or remove a selected icon in a page, change a background image of a selected page, or change a positional order of pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Woo Shin, Bong Won Lee
  • Patent number: 8976118
    Abstract: A computer program product is provided and includes a non-transitory tangible storage medium readable by a processing circuit and on which instructions are stored for execution by the processing circuit for performing a method. The method includes enabling retrieval of a keyboard pressed sequence of characters of a first type, permitting a re-selection of characters of a second type, which are associated with the keyboard pressed sequence of the characters of the first type and permitting modification of the keyboard pressed sequence of the characters of the first type to initiate a search for and retrieval of characters of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Jenny S. Li, Wen Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 8970477
    Abstract: A exemplary key assembly for a handheld device includes one or more L-shaped key structures each having a first member configured to receive an input keystroke and a second member substantially orthogonal to the first member; and a frame configured to receive the one or more L-shaped key structures, the frame having a wall aligned with the second member of the key structure, with the wall further comprising a switch for each of the one or more L-shaped key structures associated with an inner surface of the wall, wherein each switch is associated with an actuator associated with the second member of the corresponding key structure such that depression of a given key structure causes the actuator of the second member of the key structure to engage the switch of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Norman Miner Ladouceur, Jason Tyler Griffin, Martin Riddiford, Daniel Jordan Kayser, Tracy Christina Sharp, Rachael Elizabeth Roberts
  • Patent number: 8957869
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided, having a processor configured to automatically format monetary expressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Mihal Lazaridis
  • Publication number: 20150042569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a keyboard for inputting multiple languages using a detachable keypad. More particularly, the present invention includes: a base board; rows of a plurality of key caps that are disposed on the base board; and a plurality of moving mechanism members that connect the key caps to the base board and enable the key caps to vertically move relative to the base board. Each key cap is divided into an opaque portion and a transparent portion, and characters are disposed on the upper surface thereof. The insertion-type keyboard for inputting multiple languages according to the present invention comprises an insertion member that is provided such that a character can be seen by a user through the transparent portion, and a space part in which the insertion member is accommodated between the base board and the transparent portion in the direction in which the rows of key caps are arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jin Won Choi
  • Patent number: 8952897
    Abstract: Embodiments of a soft input panel (SIP) for an electronic device are disclosed. The SIP can be configured for entering text in a non-English language that uses a more numerous character set than does English. The characters used in the language that are available to be entered using the SIP can be available to be entered using keys on a single page of keys without switching to a different page of keys or using function keys. At least one of the keys of the SIP is a base key that is configured to open a picker window when activated. The picker window comprises plural picker keys that allow a user to select from plural different characters associated with the base key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anukrati Agrawal, Daniel Chang, Sameer Garde, Parul Dalia
  • Patent number: 8928592
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inputting letters by combining basic elements obtained by separating and symbolizing strokes of letters, so as to provide excellent letter intuitiveness and recognition. According to the present invention, a letter may be input by pressing one of or sequentially pressing two of keys to which basic elements , , , , , , , , , , and obtained by separating and symbolizing strokes of letters are assigned, and letters may be rapidly and conveniently input by minimizing key pressing paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shelko Electronics Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Min Oh, Jong Hyok Oh
  • Patent number: 8928591
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique includes determining, at a computing device including one or more processors, one or more scripts in which a user is capable of inputting text. The technique includes determining, at the computing device, whether at least one of the one or more scripts is a script having a right-to-left (RTL) writing directionality. The technique also includes automatically outputting, at the computing device: (i) a first user interface when at least one of the one or more scripts is a script having an RTL writing directionality, wherein the first user interface is configured to allow the user to adjust the writing directionality at the computing device, or (ii) a second user interface when none of the one or more scripts is a script having an RTL writing directionality, wherein the second user interface is not configured to allow the user to adjust the writing directionality at the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Hiro Swartz, Kirill Buryak, Vladimir Lanin, Gadi Guy
  • Publication number: 20140375569
    Abstract: A system for inputting information by utilizing an extension key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: TP-I CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taeun Park, Sangjung Shim, Hee-Myong Ro, Eun-soo Park, Minsub Shim
  • Patent number: 8917242
    Abstract: A computer with an input device having a labeled region including a host, a first monitor, a first touchpad and a cover is provided. The first monitor is electrically connected to the host and serves as a display media of the host. The first touchpad is electrically connected to the host and serves as an input media of the host. The first touchpad includes a touch keypad region, wherein a plurality of touch keys is disposed in the touch keypad region. The cover encloses the first touchpad and includes a labeled region. When the device is power on, the labeled region is corresponding to the touch keypad region of the first touchpad, and the user can distinguish positions of each of the touch keys of the touch keypad region when inputting data by means of the touch keypad region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Tsun-Chih Yang, Hao-Sheng Lo
  • Patent number: 8913013
    Abstract: A keyboard comprises a key module and a backlight module in which the key module comprises a light-transmissive key part and an electric circuit substrate, and the backlight module comprises a light guide plate, a reflection unit and at least one light source. The backlight module is disposed between the key part and the electric circuit substrate. Thus, lights emitted by the light source are projected into the light guide plate from the lateral side of the light guide plate, and the lights are reflected by the reflection unit for directly passing through the light output surface of the light guide plate and the key part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Global Lighting Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Guo-Chen Lee, Jerry Wu, Yu-Jeng Lin, Tsung-Yung Hung, I-Ping Huang
  • Patent number: 8896538
    Abstract: A mobile phone manages display area 12 as twelve partial areas obtained by dividing the display area into a matrix of four rows and three columns, which is identical to an arrangement of keys of a numeric keypad; if plural windows are displayed in a partial area arranged in the same position as a pressed key, assigns a key to each of the windows displayed in the partial area, the key being for selecting the window, and notifies the keys; and if one of the notified keys is pressed, selects a window to which the pressed key has been assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Onda, Izua Kano, Dai Kamiya, Keiichi Murakami, Eiju Yamada, Kazuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 8896543
    Abstract: A system for allowing a user to input text related data using a mobile device having an input and presentation unit. The system includes a virtual symbols keyboard, which includes virtual keys, each indicative of a graphical symbol, each graphically represents at least a part of a character, where the virtual symbols keyboard is configured to allow a user to input each character by touching a designated intermediate area between adjacent keys or by directly touching a virtual key using a single touch for inputting each character; and a processing module, which enables identifying a touch event over the virtual symbols keyboard, occurring over each virtual key and/or over each intermediate area and associating each touch event with a respective associated character according to the identified touch area. The processing module further allows presenting each identified associated character over the input and presentation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Avi Ettinger
  • Patent number: 8890806
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with a disambiguation routine that is operable to disambiguate text input. In addition to identifying and outputting representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input, the device is able to perform a spell check routine during input of a text entry, with the output from the spell check routine being visually integrated into the output from the disambiguation routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vadim Fux, Harry Richmond Major
  • Patent number: 8878704
    Abstract: A character and function key input device comprises: a character button unit having character buttons, each of which is assigned to one or more characters of one or more languages or function key elements; a forward button which converts the character or function key element selected from among the characters or the function key elements into characters or function key elements assigned to the selected button or adjacent button in accordance with the dictionary order; and a backward button which converts the character or function key element selected from among the characters or the function key elements into characters or function key elements assigned to the selected button or adjacent button in accordance with the dictionary order, wherein said one or more characters or function key elements assigned to the character buttons are disposed adjacently to one other in the dictionary order, and the character or the function key element having the highest use frequency is used as a basic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jin Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 8872761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pointing device and a method for processing signals from such a pointing device, said device comprising a base and an actuator movable with respect to the base, and a detector, said detector adapted for providing at least first and second positional signals indicating a position of the actuator with respect to the base along corresponding first and second axes, wherein said signal processing method comprises the steps of converting the at least two positional signals into a polar coordinate signal comprising a magnitude signal, and thresholding the magnitude signal of the polar coordinate signal to provide a thresholded magnitude signal. In an embodiment the method further comprising the step of applying a conversion curve to the thresholded magnitude signal to produce a velocity magnitude signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Kim Le Phan
  • Patent number: 8854301
    Abstract: A method of disambiguating an input into a handheld electronic device storing a plurality of objects includes a plurality of word objects is described. The method may include detecting an ambiguous input, outputting a number of first character permutations of the ambiguous input that each correspond to one of the word objects, and determining that the first character permutations are fewer in quantity than a predetermined number. The method may further include outputting a number of second character permutations of the ambiguous input that each correspond to an artificial variant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vadim Fux, Michael G. Elizarov, Sergey V. Kolomiets
  • Patent number: 8854311
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software that is operable to disambiguate text input. The device is structured to identify and output representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input. The device is additionally structured to identify and output representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a known spelling substitution particular to a language active on the handheld electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Vadim Fux, Dan Rubanovich
  • Publication number: 20140285442
    Abstract: A method performed in an apparatus based on touch screen may comprise grouping Korean consonants into at least one consonant-group and Korean vowels into at least one vowel-group and determining a delegate consonant for each of the at least one consonant-group and a delegate vowel for each of the at least one vowel-group; allocating the delegate consonant and the delegate vowel to independent keys in a predetermined order, and displaying the keys; and displaying at least one key corresponding to at least one family consonant belonging to a same group with the delegate consonant to a key selected among the displayed keys. Therefore, all Korean consonants and vowels can be inputted by using a restricted number of keys, and inputted quickly and easily without any learning or training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hyuk JEONG, Jae Ho LEE, Kwang Hyun SHIM
  • Patent number: 8836665
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user is likely to have intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The learning function is disabled, however, when the relevant words are found to be in a special category for which frequency learning, i.e., frequency revision, is not employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Vadim Fux
  • Publication number: 20140253457
    Abstract: Among other things, a method for use in causing Chinese characters that comprise shape elements to be constructed by an electronic device is described. A user is enabled to enter any of a set of Chinese characters sufficient to enable typical communication to a Chinese reader. The method comprises associating groups of shape elements with respective non-numerically associated touch locations of the electronic device, and upon receipt of an indication that one or more of the touch locations have been invoked, constructing a Chinese character based on the shape elements associated with the invoked touch locations. The shape elements are a complete set of shape elements from which all Chinese characters in the set are formed. Every one of the shape elements belongs to one of the groups. All shape elements in each group resemble each other in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: JETZI, INC.
    Inventor: BERLING LEE
  • Patent number: 8831649
    Abstract: Emoticon message composition is supported in a portable terminal. An edit window in the form of a lattice is displayed for message composition. During special character input selection, a list window including a plurality of special characters is displayed in the edit window. The list window is arranged such that a plurality of lines are shown in the edit window. The special characters displayed in the list window are arranged in a sequence of being stored in a queue that includes one of a special character queue for a message recipient or a basic special character queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8816966
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer media for selecting characters through touchscreen input are provided. A user selection of a first character, such as a Japanese kana character, displayed on a touchscreen is received. A plurality of additional characters syllabically related to the first character are identified. A presentation order of the plurality of additional characters is identified. In response to receiving the user selection of the first character, at least a first and a second additional character from the plurality of syllabically related additional characters are displayed. The first additional character is displayed adjacent to the first character, and the second additional character is displayed adjacent to the first additional character. The displayed first and second additional characters are selectable by a user touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Taketoshi Yoshida, Yasuhiko Mori, Takeshi Tanaka, Shinji Morimitsu
  • Patent number: 8799779
    Abstract: A text input method in a portable device and a portable device supporting the same are provided. The portable device includes, a touch screen including a display unit for displaying a text input area and a text display area including at least one consonant and vowel, and a touch panel provided at an upper side of the display unit for generating a touch event, and a control unit for controlling text displayed according to a touch event generated from the touch screen, in which the control unit detects multi-touch events for at least two key icons output on the text input area, and controls the display of a specific text composed of a combination of the multi-touched key icons based on the detected multi-touch events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Se Hwan Park, Sung Wook Park, Hyung Jun Kim, Ji Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 8786552
    Abstract: A handheld device includes a plurality of input members, a first set of which each have a Roman character assigned thereto, a least some of which have a first non-Roman and a second non-Roman character assigned thereto. In response to an actuation of a first one of the input members, a first one of the non-Roman characters that is assigned to the first one of the input members is displayed. Based on one or more rules which govern permissible character sequences in the subject language, the display of a second one of the non-Roman characters in response to an actuation of a second one of the input members having the second one of the non-Roman characters assigned thereto immediately following the actuation of said first one of the input members is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Dan Rubanovich, Vadim Fux, Aleksej Trefilov, Panul Nanda Gilani, Timothy Koo
  • Patent number: 8786555
    Abstract: Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and a touchscreen device manipulating user-input elements are provided. Generally, manipulation includes identifying a predefined configuration associated with a request received from a user and/or application, deriving configuration settings from the predefined configuration, and transmitting the configuration settings to an electromechanical device that adjusts a portion of user-input elements to an extended orientation and activates a portion of user-input elements. In embodiments, the extended user-input elements positioned in the extended orientation are activated, while the remainder are set to an idle condition. Typically, the extended user-input elements produce outwardly-extending protrusions expressed at a flexible touchpad incorporated in the touchscreen device. These outwardly-extending protrusions may replicate keys of a standard keyboard and correspond with the presently-running application implemented on the touchscreen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Eric M. Bloomcamp, Shane R. Werner, Warren B. Cope
  • Publication number: 20140191975
    Abstract: An electronic device for a segmental writing including a touch screen is provided. The touch screen is configured to: receive a first touch signal of touching a consonant key; display at least one predicted units in response to the first touch signal; receive a second touch signal of touching an expanding key in a temporary display region; display the predicted units in response to the second touch signal; receive a third touch signal of touching one of the predicted units; and display the touched predicted unit in response to the third touch signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Peter Chou