Having Programmable Function Key Patents (Class 345/172)
  • Patent number: 10691336
    Abstract: A customized configuration of controls on a dynamic keyboard is provided for an application using a control configuration file separate from the application. The control configuration file includes a control configuration for each custom control and a layout description. Each control configuration includes a visual description and a command description for a corresponding custom control. The visual description provides data regarding visual aspects of the custom control, while the command description includes data regarding behavioral aspects of the custom control. The layout description includes data for positioning visual representations of the custom controls on a dynamic keyboard. When the application is launched, a storage location is scanned to identify the control configuration file, and the control configuration file is used to configure the custom controls on the dynamic keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Jesper Storm Bache, Bradee Rae Evans
  • Patent number: 10673020
    Abstract: A display panel includes a base substrate including a display area surrounding a hole area, a circuit layer including insulation layers, where an opening is defined through each insulation layer to overlap the hole area, an element layer including an organic light emitting element connected to a transistor, an encapsulation layer disposed on the element layer and including first and second encapsulation inorganic layers and an organic layer, a cover inorganic layer overlapping the hole area and disposed between the first encapsulation inorganic layer and the insulation layers. A module hole is defined through the display panel, and a first groove is defined by portions of the cover inorganic layer and the first and second encapsulation inorganic layers which cover inner surface of the opening and the recess part. The cover inorganic layer contacts the inner surfaces of the opening and the recess part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Namjin Kim
  • Patent number: 10671165
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a receiver configured to receive data for at least one user interface element to be displayed on a displayed user interface at a location on a display and a tactile feedback signal indicator associated with the at least one user interface element; a touch sensor configured to determine at least one touch location corresponds to the at least one user interface element location of the displayed user interface; and a tactile effect generator configured to generate a tactile feedback signal to be output by the display dependent on the displayed user interface and based on the tactile feedback signal indicator such that the at least one user interface element provides a simulated experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Thorsten Behles, Marko Yliaho
  • Patent number: 10579729
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a spellcheck module for an enterprise search engine. The spellcheck module includes a candidate suggestion generation module that generates a number of candidate words that may be the correction of the misspelled word. The candidate suggestion generation module implements an algorithm for indexing, searching, and storing terms from an index with a constrained edit distance, using words in a collection of documents. The spellcheck module further includes a candidate suggestion ranking module. In one embodiment, a non-contextual approach using a linear combination of distance and probability scores is utilized; while in another embodiment, a context sensitive approach accounting for real-word misspells and adopting deep learning models is utilized. In use, a query is provided to the spellcheck module to generate results in the form of a ranked list of generated candidate entries that may be an entry a user accidentally misspelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alfio M. Gliozzo, Piero Molino
  • Patent number: 10567538
    Abstract: A method for managing a cache memory network according to a distributed hierarchical cache model is disclosed. The distributed hierarchical cache model includes a plurality of cache levels each corresponding to a delivery rank for delivering data content to users of the cache memory network. The method includes dividing at least one cache memory of the cache memory network into a plurality of cache segments, mapping each of the cache segments to a cache level of the distributed hierarchical cache model, and performing cache management operations over the cache memory network according to the distributed hierarchical cache model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Ngoc Dung Dao
  • Patent number: 10514771
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods concern improved input of radicals. Example apparatus and methods facilitate more efficiently inputting Chinese radicals using a touch screen. One example method includes displaying a labeled soft key on a touch screen device. The label may represent all or a portion of a radical. The example method includes accepting a touch input associated with the soft key and then taking an action based on the label and the touch input. The action may include inputting a radical or updating the display on the touch screen. Updating the display may facilitate iterative and intuitive progress through radical construction leading to radical selection and input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mingyang Xie, Chiwei Che, XiXi Chen, Byron Changuion, Jacky Chen
  • Patent number: 10509535
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) device presents a virtual element in a VR scenario of a VR application. An effective interaction region (EIR) of the virtual element is determined that the virtual element can effectively interact with. A trajectory of an operational focus of the VR application is determined based on a movement sensed by the VR device. The virtual element is selected if an interaction between the trajectory of the operational focus and the EIR satisfies one or more conditions for triggering a selection event of the virtual button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Huanmi Yin
  • Patent number: 10486533
    Abstract: A display and operating device for a motor vehicle includes a display area, and an operating element that is disposed on the display area. The operating element for detecting an operating action is movable on the display area within a region of movement. The operating element is movable in a translatory manner on the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sonja Ruemelin, Christopher Roelle
  • Patent number: 10466890
    Abstract: A computer-implemented user interface method for a computing device is disclosed. The method includes associating each of a plurality of telephone keys with a direction of each key relative to a center of a telephone keypad, receiving a contact from a user of the device at a location on a touchscreen display of a computing device and an input at a direction relative to the location of the user contact, and causing a telephone number to be entered on the computing device based on the direction of each key relative to the center of the telephone keypad corresponding to the direction relative to the location of the user contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tiruvilwamalai Venkatram Raman, Charles L. Chen
  • Patent number: 10432507
    Abstract: A network system customizes communications and communication channels for delivery to candidate providers registering with the network system. Candidate providers progress through steps of a network registration process by providing input data at the various steps. The network system provides communications to request the input data and facilitate the candidate providers' progress. The network system can use a machine learning model to predict particular types of communications and communication channels (e.g., online messages, phone calls, physical mail, etc.) that are likely to be well-received by candidate providers. Thus, the network system is able to increase the expected number of candidate providers that successfully register to provide services to other users of the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Guangqiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10394446
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more aspects of a dynamic soft keyboard, a user input is received via a soft keyboard having multiple keys. Information describing a current input environment for the soft keyboard is obtained, and a determination is made as to which one or more keys of the multiple keys was intended to be selected by the user input. This determination is made based at least in part on the current input environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erik M. Geidl, Shawn R. LeProwse, Ian C. LeGrow, Reed L. Townsend
  • Patent number: 10386980
    Abstract: An electronic device has a display and has a touch sensitive bezel surrounding the display. Areas on the bezel are designated for controls used to operate the electronic device. Visual guides corresponding to the controls are displayed on the display adjacent the areas of the bezel designated for the controls. Touch data is generated by the bezel when a user touches an area of the bezel. The device determines which of the controls has been selected based on which designated area is associated with the touch data from the bezel. The device then initiates the determined control. The device can have a sensor for determining the orientation of the device. Based on the orientation, the device can alter the areas designated on the bezel for the controls and can alter the location of the visual guides for the display so that they match the altered areas on the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas King, Duncan Robert Kerr, Paul Herbst, Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 10359911
    Abstract: A method and system configures a Device Description Language (DDL) interface on a DDL-based host system in a process plant. Using a device description identification, the system and method updates the host system with the device description for a selected process control device. The device description includes menus for the selected process control device. The method and system expose the DDL menu constructs from the device description to the host system, such that the host system is able to present the DDL constructs as user-selectable elements in a configuration interface, where DDL constructs may be added, deleted and/or modified to create a DDL interface independent of the menu for the process control device as provided in the device description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Christian James Kulus, Walter Hendrik Sigtermans, Thanh Ngan Truong, Katie Grams Frost
  • Patent number: 10318078
    Abstract: An operation knob attachable onto a touch functional display panel includes an operation unit and a transmitting unit. The transmitting unit transmits, to the touch functional display panel, an operation performed to the operation unit at a position distant from a surface of the touch functional display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Okuzumi, Tomohito Kawada, Tomoaki Yamamoto, Sohtaro Okano
  • Patent number: 10205770
    Abstract: A system is provided for integrating a feature rich application platform operating on a mobile device with a vehicle infotainment system. The system includes a head unit configured to control user interface devices including a display, a command entry device, and an audio output device. The head unit also includes computing resources and a communications interface. A content consumer application operates using the computing resources of the head unit, and is configured to communicate user generated commands over a communications interface to a content provider application executing on a mobile device. The content provider application is configured to direct the user generated commands to one of a plurality of sub-applications on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Arvin Baalu, Manu Malhotra, Sangeetha Venkateswaran, Omprakash Meena
  • Patent number: 10198172
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display for detecting touch input, and at least one processor for recognizing a type of an auxiliary input device placed on the display. A method for utilizing the electronic device includes detecting via a touch screen a type of an auxiliary input device placed on a display based on a configuration of at least one or more conductors on the auxiliary input device, detecting an input event generated by the auxiliary input device, and executing via a processor at least one function of an executing program corresponding to the detected input event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo-Kun Choi, Jun-Suk Oh
  • Patent number: 10162478
    Abstract: Methods and systems of delaying the execution of a display event based on a detected user gaze are provided. Display events may be generated and executed to change a user interface of a display. For example, an autocorrect algorithm can automatically replace a typed word with a corrected word in a text field, generating a display event that causes the corrected word to be displayed instead of the typed word. Such a display event may be executed as soon as possible after its generation. However, a gaze detection device can obtain information that indicates a user is not looking at the typed word on the display. In such a situation, it may be more intuitive to delay the execution of the display event until the gaze information indicates that the user is looking at the typed word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Chaudhri, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: 10108317
    Abstract: A system displays simulation data on a canvas. Software instructions stored on a memory device and executable by a processor display a first set of simulation data on a canvas, the first set of simulation data corresponding to a first zoom level of the canvas. Instructions adjust the canvas from the first zoom level to a second zoom level. Instructions display a second set of simulation data on the canvas, said displayed second set of simulation data corresponding to the second zoom level of the canvas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Software, LLC
    Inventors: Ian H. Boys, Douglas Paul Kane, David H. Jerome, Cal Depew
  • Patent number: 10049091
    Abstract: A method, device, and terminal equipment for enabling intelligent association in input method are provided. Wherein, the method includes: receiving a currently inputted keyboard code; searching a word and/or a term associated with the keyboard code as candidate character in a preset lexicon, and calculating a weight of each candidate character; associating the word or the term selected by the lastly inputted keyboard with each candidate character as a combined key word, searching the combined key word in preset lexicon, and calculating a weight of the combined key word according to a search result; and updating the weight corresponding to the candidate character according to the weight of each combined key word, and displaying each candidate character according to the weight corresponding to the candidate character for user selection and confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Sen Lin
  • Patent number: 10013155
    Abstract: A shift controller 113 of a focus management unit 110 decides whether the component designated by a focus position has a handler 131 when shifting a focus. As a result of the decision, if the component has the handler 131, the shift controller 113 shifts the focus in accordance with the processing described in the handler 131. Unless the component has the handler 131, the shift controller 113 decides whether it can shift the focus in accordance with a general rule 112a. As a result of the decision, it carries out control in a manner as to shift the focus if it can shift the focus, but not to shift the focus if it cannot shift it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Tsukitani
  • Patent number: 9986110
    Abstract: A system and method for document processing includes a controller configured for digital control of multifunction peripheral operations. The controller detects a portable data device and receives configuration data through a near field communication interface. The controller selectively enables of document processing operations of the MFP as specified by received configuration data. The controller generates an active display on a touch screen control panel in accordance with the received configuration data and receives user selection data via the active display on the touch screen control panel. The controller commences a document processing operation in accordance with received user selection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Channa
  • Patent number: 9939255
    Abstract: A curvature measuring apparatus includes: a fixing member including: a curvature portion under the display panel, the curvature portion including a bending portion to support the display panel; and a plurality of protrusions at both ends of the curvature portion; a support adjacent to the fixing member to fix the fixing member, the support including a plurality of coupling grooves; and a measuring member above the display panel to measure a curvature of the bending portion of the display panel, wherein one of the protrusions is in one of the coupling grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jongsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9904354
    Abstract: An operating device for a household appliance includes an electronic display panel, and an operating element that is displaceable relative to the display panel to set operating conditions of the household appliance. The operating element has a region which is disposed within an area of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Goss, Oliver Kraemer, Robert Sachon
  • Patent number: 9836267
    Abstract: In an image/audio playback technology in a mobile communication terminal, a single image is divided into two halves, i.e., left-half and right-half images, which are displayed on two mobile communication terminals, respectively. In addition, two mobile communication terminals can play left-side and right-side audio data, respectively, which compose stereo audio data, according to the relative locations of the two mobile communication terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOLDPEAK INNOVATIONS INC
    Inventor: Sun-Dong Lee
  • Patent number: 9798721
    Abstract: An approach includes a method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code tangibly embodied in a computer readable storage medium having programming instructions. The approach further includes the programming instructions configured to receive a bilingual text which comprises a first set of characters in a Latin-based language and a second set of characters in a non Latin-based language. The approach further includes the programming instructions configured to convert the second set of characters in the non Latin-based language in the bilingual text to a third set of characters in the Latin-based language based on a lookup table. The approach further includes the programming instructions configured to add a prefix character and a postfix character to each converted word in the third set of characters. The approach further includes the programming instructions configured to output an encoded representation of the bilingual text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: KING ABDULAZIZ CITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Felwah Alhamed, Sara Aldoweesh, Amr Alasaad
  • Patent number: 9659546
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a detector configured to detect an infrared ray emitted from a human body; a state signal generator configured to generate a state signal including at least one of a first state signal component indicating that the human body is approaching the detector and a second state signal component indicating that the human body is leaving from the detector in response to an intensity variance of the infrared ray detected with the detector; and a controller configured to start controlling an external device upon detecting the first state signal component from the state signal generated by the state signal generator but to stop controlling the external device upon detecting the second state signal component from the state signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Tsuneo Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9626004
    Abstract: Integrated control panel and electronic displays wherein the control panel may be positioned over the electronic display with at least part of the display being visible to the user. The control panel may consist of control elements such as rotary controls or buttons that can be associated with graphics on the display. Light emitters and detectors may be used to detect movement of the control elements such that the region of the display adjacent or juxtaposed to the control elements is not obscured from view of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LAWO HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Alex Miles
  • Patent number: 9612660
    Abstract: A touch screen with haptic feedback knob arrangement. The arrangement includes an interactive surface having a controllable electrostatic pressure region across a portion of the interactive surface. The arrangement further includes a controller having an algorithm programmed thereon for controlling the amount of electrostatic pressure applied to the portion of the interactive surface where the electrostatic pressure region is located. A knob is rotatably mounted to the interactive surface and receives rotational resistance from the electrostatic pressure region of the interactive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Adelle Drescher, Tejas Bhupendra Desai
  • Patent number: 9569019
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention includes a display device that operates controls on a display surface independent of a size of the display surface. A touch panel displays a screen on a display surface and inputs a user operation point on the display surface. An extracting part extracts controls that receive a touch operation of a user from content to be displayed on the display surface. A display controller displays auxiliary buttons for providing instructions for input of an extracted control, together with the content on the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaaki Kawase, Satoko Kinoshita, Yoshio Horiuchi, Daisuke Maruyama, Tetsuya Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 9563355
    Abstract: A novel keyboard interface and input method are described. The interface is driven by a dynamic, general-purpose typing and data-entry software application, with a reduced number of keys to minimize screen real-estate requirements, especially for mobile devices. At any given time, the interface presents base characters with built-in key points on or around the base characters that can be selected and/or swiped to generate characters. The key points are strategically placed based on the intuitiveness of such placements, reducing the curve for learning how to use the interface. Its advantage over other methods of input such as handwriting, voice and gesture recognition is that it is less prone to error and privacy issues. The interface occupies a dramatically smaller area of the screen compared to traditional on-screen keyboards and can provide alternate placement as well as transparency to reveal text or images underneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Rajeev Jain, Sahil Jain, Sagar Jain, Sumit Jain
  • Patent number: 9557916
    Abstract: Alternative textual interpretations of each sequence of inputs detected within an auto-correcting keyboard region are determined. Actual keystroke contract locations may occur outside the boundaries of specific keyboard key regions associated with the actual characters of word interpretations proposed for selection. The distance from each contact location to each corresponding intended character may increase with the expected frequency of the intended word. An intended word is selected from among generated interpretations and is automatically accepted for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: B. Alex Robinson, Michael R. Longé, Brian H. Palmer, Keith C. Hullfish, Douglas Brams
  • Patent number: 9547421
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device having a controller to present a plurality of associable actions and a plurality of accessories of distinct operational types, associate an action with an input function of a select one of the plurality of accessories, monitor the selected accessory for a stimulation of the input function, and transmit the action to an operating system to launch a first software application or to convey to a second software application the action or an aspect of the action. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Michael Aronzon, Jacob Wolff-Petersen, Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 9542795
    Abstract: A switch unit is provided, comprising: a display part configured to display an image in at least one input area; an input part provided above the display part, the input part comprising a contact, wherein when the input part is pressed toward the at least one input area displayed on the display part, the contact corresponding to the input area is conducted; and an operating button configured to cause conduction of the contact of the input part, the contact corresponding to the input area, by a press-down operation toward the input area of the display part, wherein the operating button is made of a translucent rectangular parallelepiped member, and at least one side wall of the translucent rectangular parallelepiped member is formed into an inclined surface widening outwardly toward bottom of the operating button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoji Okazaki, Eiji Yasuda, Junya Fujita
  • Patent number: 9507519
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a mobile computing device displays at least part of an electronic form containing input objects to accept user input. A virtual keyboard module parses the form to discover attributes of the input objects and automatically determines whether the form includes a command button or other non-textual input object, based on results of the parsing. In response to discovering that the form includes a non-textual input object, the virtual keyboard module automatically adds a corresponding non-textual virtual keyboard component to a virtual keyboard, and the virtual keyboard module displays the virtual keyboard with the added non-textual virtual keyboard component on the display of the mobile device. The added non-textual virtual keyboard component may be configured to allow a user to invoke, from the virtual keyboard, a function associated with the corresponding non-textual input object in the form. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Aras Bilgen, James Ketrenos
  • Patent number: 9372847
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, device and computer readable recording medium for preventing an input error when information is inputted through a touch screen. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a method for preventing an input error when information is inputted through a touch screen, including the steps of sensing a start and a finish of a touch on the touch screen and acquiring input data corresponding to a point where the touch is finished when the finish of the touch is sensed, and performing a grammar check on the acquired input data and displaying the input data if the input data is determined to be grammatically correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: NHN Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Phill Lim
  • Patent number: 9336198
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer readable medium are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method includes providing polysemous symbols for selection on an initial electronic screen overlay displayed on a display; storing, in a memory, a plurality of the selectable polysemous symbols in association with a pointer identifying display of an electronic screen overlay which is different from the initial electronic screen overlay; and displaying a second electronic screen overlay on the display, in response to initial selection of one of the provided polysemous symbols. In at least one embodiment, the second electronic screen overlay is the electronic screen overlay associated with the selected polysemous symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SEMANTIC COMPACTION SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Baker, Glenna L. Butler, Russell T. Cross, Thomas R. Kovacs, Cindy C. Halloran, John D. Halloran, David H. Hershberger, Rob Read
  • Patent number: 9329767
    Abstract: The disclosed methods, devices, and systems may enable the user of an input device to be identified based on characteristics of the user's input. In one aspect, an example computer-implemented method may involve: (i) receiving an input signal corresponding to a touch interaction on a touch-based interface; (ii) determining, based at least in part on the input signal, one or more characteristics of the touch interaction, where the one or more characteristics of the touch interaction include at least one behavioral characteristic of the touch interaction; (iii) using the one or more characteristics of the touch interaction as a basis for determining a user-profile; and (iv) initiating at least one action based on the determined user-profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Cheryl Grunbock, Claes-Fredrik Mannby, Kevin Anthony Furr
  • Patent number: 9326348
    Abstract: An illumination system comprises at least two light sources (101,102,103) having different emission spectra to one another; a detection circuit (131,132,133) for sensing a light intensity using at least one of the light sources as a photosensor; and driving means (161,162,163) for driving the light source in dependence on the sensed spectral distribution of light. The emission spectrum of a light source with the smallest bandgap overlaps the emission spectrum of a light source with the second-smallest bandgap. The illumination system is possible to measure the intensity of light emitted by the light source with the smallest bandgap by putting the light source with the second-smallest bandgap in detection mode. The illumination system may also sense the spectral distribution of ambient light, to allow the output from the illumination system to be adjusted in dependence on the ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rakesh Roshan, Benjamin James Hadwen, David James Montgomery, Jonathan Heffernan
  • Patent number: 9281727
    Abstract: A user device may include one or more features on a surface of the user device, where a user may interact with the one or more features. In response to a user action with respect to one of the features, a particular sound, frequency, or change in frequency may be output. An augmented reality functional node (ARFN) may detect the sound or frequency and identify a particular operation that corresponds to the sound or frequency. The ARFN may then cause that operation to be performed within an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Coley, Menashe Haskin, Robert A. Yuan, Juli A. Satoh, William Thomas Weatherford
  • Patent number: 9256218
    Abstract: A control mechanism includes a housing that is moveable from a first position to a second position. The housing includes a display area. The movement of the housing from the first position to the second position is detected. A first image is displayed on a display screen responsive to detection of the movement of the housing from the first position to the second position. At least a portion of the first image is optically transmitted from the display screen to the display area via an optical coupling system for display in the display area of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Ian N Robinson
  • Patent number: 9250804
    Abstract: An electronic device detects erroneous key selection entries or inaccurate actuation of a keypad. The device has a keypad with aligned keys. Each of the keys is partitioned into two sensor sub regions. A first one of the sub-regions includes at least a first sensor and a second one of the sub-regions includes a second sensor. A processor with a keypad sensor inputs is selectively coupled to the first and second sensors of each of the sub-regions. The second sensor of the first key and a proximal first sensor of an adjacent second key are coupled to a common keypad sensor input to provide indistinguishable sub-regions of adjacent keys. The processor is programmed to detect an erroneous key selection entry when only a key actuation signal is provided from the common keypad sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR,INC.
    Inventors: Yonggang Chen, Changhao Shi, Jianxin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9208594
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer readable medium are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method includes providing polysemous symbols for selection on an initial electronic screen overlay displayed on a display, a plurality of the provided polysemous symbols including a visual indicator indicating a link to a different next level electronic screen overlay; storing, in a memory and in association with each one of the plurality of polysemous symbols, a pointer identifying display of the next level electronic screen overlay which is different from the initial electronic screen overlay; and displaying the next level electronic screen overlay which is different from the initial electronic screen overlay on the display, in response to initial selection of a respective one of the plurality of polysemous symbols including the visual indicator, the next level electronic screen overlay being the electronic screen overlay associated with the selected polysemous symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: SEMANTIC COMPACTIONS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Baker, Russell T. Cross, Thomas R. Kovacs, Cindy C. Halloran, John D. Halloran, David H. Hershberger, Rob Read
  • Patent number: 9202298
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer readable medium are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method includes providing polysemous symbols for selection on an initial electronic screen overlay displayed on a display; storing, in a memory, a plurality of the selectable polysemous symbols in association with a pointer identifying display of an electronic screen overlay which is different from the initial electronic screen overlay; and displaying a second electronic screen overlay on the display, in response to initial selection of one of the provided polysemous symbols. In at least one embodiment, the second electronic screen overlay is the electronic screen overlay associated with the selected polysemous symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SEMANTIC COMPACTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Baker, Glenna L. Butler, Russell T. Cross, Thomas R. Kovacs, Cindy C. Halloran, John D. Halloran, David H. Hershberger, Rob Read
  • Patent number: 9176595
    Abstract: A speed adjustable USB keyboard is provided. The keyboard comprises a plurality of keys, wherein each of the keys generates a press signal when being pressed and a release signal when being released; and a control module, coupled between the keys and a computer, for simulating a part of the press signal as the release signal to respond to polling signals from the computer according to the setting of at least one of a repeat delay and a repeat rate of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Duckychannel International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Chuan Chao
  • Patent number: 9142188
    Abstract: A method including selecting a luminance setting for at least a portion of a display from a plurality of luminance settings; controlling the insertion of blank fields with respect to frames of data displayed on the display for the selected luminance setting at a duty ratio, at least some of the luminance settings having an associated range of duty ratios for reducing flicker and/or blur perceived by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Jarmo Juhani Kurikko
  • Patent number: 9071272
    Abstract: A controlling device has a configurable key. An overlay, such as a sticker, is provided to the configurable key and includes an indicia representative of media content and machine readable data indicative of an identity of the media content represented by the indicia. A memory of the controlling device stores a correspondence between the configurable key and data indicative of a source of the media content. Upon activation of configured, configurable key, the controlling device uses select command codes from a library of command codes and the correspondence between the configurable key and the data indicative of the source of the media content to transmit one or more commands for causing one or more appliances to access the source of the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy K. Black, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9043235
    Abstract: A cloud computing system for object location, object identification, object picking, object picking by line, object loading onto one or more transport devices, or object delivery that can include using a cloud based server comprising a cloud based processor in communication with a cloud based data storage. The cloud based server can be in communication with at least one mobile processor in communication with a mobile data storage and a display. The method can also include sending instructions to an operator from the cloud based computer to a mobile processor associated with an operator to instruct the operator to perform a logistics operation. The logistic operation can include one or more of object location, object identification, object picking, object picking by line, object loading onto one or more transport devices, and object delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SYSTEMS APPLICATION ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Dennis Sacks, James Michael Parks, Gregory Parker Braun, Christopher Burks Parr
  • Patent number: 9041652
    Abstract: Touch sensitive mechanical keyboards for detecting touch events and key depressions on the keyboard are provided. The keyboard can include a set of individually depressible mechanical keys having a touch sensitive area located on their surface. A touch sensor can be included to detect touch events on the surface of the keys. A keypad can also be included to detect a depression of the mechanical keys. One or more of the depressible mechanical keys can be multi-purpose keys capable of being depressed to multiple levels. The touch sensitive mechanical keyboard can receive key depression input, touch event input, or combinations thereof at the same time. The touch sensitive mechanical keyboard can further include a processor for distinguishing detected touch events from detected key depressions. The processor can generate a key depression command or a touch event command in response to the detected touch events and key depressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Greer Elias, Steven J. Martisauskas
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150138097
    Abstract: A system and method for entering characters that form a radio station channel and tune in a radio station channel on a radio tuner interface includes a touch screen display which displays a radio tuner interface. The radio tuner interface includes a plurality of character keys on a keypad that can be enabled or disabled to allow a user to touch input an available AM, FM, or satellite radio station channel that is in broadcast range of the location in which the vehicle is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Yamada