Mechanical Control (e.g., Rotatable Knob, Slider) Patents (Class 345/184)
  • Patent number: 10317202
    Abstract: A parameter setting method of a measuring instrument includes: reading model information, measurement-related setting items, and parameters corresponding to the setting items, which are stored in the measuring instrument, and temporarily storing the read data in a storage unit of a computer; displaying an appearance image of the measuring instrument corresponding to the model information on the screen and displaying icons for selecting an operation on the screen at predetermined positions of the appearance image on the screen in correlation with each other; displaying the setting item, which is able to be selected by an operation in the measuring instrument relevant to the predetermined position corresponding to the selected icon, on the screen when selection of the icon is received; receiving changing of the parameter corresponding to the setting item using the computer; and transmitting the changed parameter from the computer to the measuring instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tsujimoto, Takefumi Kiwada
  • Patent number: 10318135
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a window display position, and a terminal. The method for adjusting a window display position in the present disclosure includes displaying a window in a first position of a terminal screen; acquiring a rotational angular velocity and/or a rotating angle of a terminal; determining a change of a rotation direction of the terminal according to the rotational angular velocity and/or the rotating angle; and adjusting, according to a rotational change direction of the terminal, the window to be displayed in a second position of the screen. In the embodiments of the present disclosure, a function of dynamically adjusting a window display position according to a change of a rotation direction of a terminal is implemented. After the adjustment, a user operation is more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuan Xu
  • Patent number: 10290240
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device includes a flexible display panel, a flexible plate positioned at a rear of the flexible display panel, a rigid bar adjacent to an edge of a back surface of the flexible plate, a drive unit installed to a rear of the flexible plate, and a wing plate connecting the drive unit to the rigid bar and hinge-coupled to the rigid bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kitae Kang, Jinha Heo, Dohyeon Kim, Choonghwoan Lee, Soonhwang Kwon, Deogjin Lee
  • Patent number: 10248769
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for authenticating users on touchscreen devices may include (i) detecting that the computing device is at an authentication step that requires valid authentication input from a user in order to authenticate the user to a service on the computing device, (ii) detecting that the computing device is physically oriented such that a touchscreen of the computing device is facing away from the user of the computing device, (iii) receiving input from the user via the touchscreen, (iv) determining that the input from the user comprises a mirrored version of the valid authentication input that is flipped along a vertical axis relative to the touchscreen, and (v) authenticating the user to the service in response to determining that the input comprises the mirrored version of the valid authentication input. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Jiang, Ilya Sokolov
  • Patent number: 10222831
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a stretchable display panel, a plurality of movable surfaces adjacent the display panel, an actuator connected to rotate the movable surfaces in a direction, and a plurality of case sections accommodating the movable surfaces and the actuator. The case sections are connected to a border of the display panel. The movable surfaces rotate about a center axis in a predetermined region in order to push the case sections in an outward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wonil Choi, Wonsang Park
  • Patent number: 10191560
    Abstract: Example implementations may relate to a haptic hand-holdable controller configured with throttle functionality. An example device may take the form of a haptic controller, which senses tactile information and provides force feedback. The haptic hand-holdable controller may implement a throttle where a motor varies feedback to the hand-holdable controller to simulate a throttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Linnell
  • Patent number: 10163295
    Abstract: A gaming machine for providing a game to a player is described herein. The gaming machine includes a housing, a sound reproduction system coupled to the housing, a display device, and a gaming controller. The sound reproduction system is configured to generate sound features associated with the game and to emit 3D sound effects within a listening space associated with the gaming machine. The gaming controller randomly determines an outcome of the game and display the outcome on the display device, detects a triggering condition occurring in the outcome of the game, and determines a game feature in response to detecting the triggering condition and causes the sound reproduction system to generate a sound feature including a 3D sound effect traveling along a sound path orientated with respect to a listening reference point defined within the listening space to facilitate simulating a game element moving within the listening space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Norikazu Miura
  • Patent number: 10146328
    Abstract: An input device includes: an input unit; a supporting unit supporting the input unit; a first actuator; a second actuator; and a magnetic path forming body forming a magnetic circuit that guides a magnetic flux generated by a first magnetic pole forming unit to pass through a second coil and that also guides a magnetic flux generated by a second magnetic pole forming unit to pass through a first coil. A magnetic resistance to be a resistance in the magnetic circuit is disposed at a middle location along a first connection part that connects an end of a first coil side part to an end of a second coil side part, and a second connection part that connects the other end of the first coil side part to the other end of the second coil side part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Hatanaka, Motoki Tachiiri
  • Patent number: 10140008
    Abstract: A knob for an input device may include a knob housing being rotatable on an axis, a shaft coupled to and extending from the knob housing along the axis, a ratchet wheel axially coupled to the shaft and including a toothed perimeter, and a resistance wheel axially coupled to the shaft and including a smooth perimeter, where the ratchet wheel and the resistance wheel are rotatable on the axis in correspondence with a rotation of the knob housing. A biasing mechanism provides a force on its first end to cause a roller to engage with the toothed perimeter of the ratchet wheel such that a ratcheted rotation occurs when the knob housing is rotated, and further provides a force on its second end to cause the second end to engage with the smooth perimeter of the resistance wheel such that a friction is provided when the knob housing is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Davin O'Mahony, Padraig Mcloughlin, Baptiste Merminod, Antoine Merminod
  • Patent number: 10095379
    Abstract: A method for selecting a list element from a list displayable on a motor vehicle display unit. The list is displayed on a first display unit. First upwards/downwards commands are received upon actuation of an operating element by a user and, corresponding to the first upwards/downwards commands received, a first preselection region, which highlights a plurality of list elements, is moved upwards/downwards within the displayed list. A first selection command is received upon an actuation of the operating element and then a sublist, which exclusively comprises the list elements highlighted by the first preselection region is displayed on a second display unit. Second upwards/downwards commands are received and, corresponding thereto, a second preselection region, which highlights a single list element in the sublist, is moved upwards/downwards within the displayed sublist. A second selection command selects the list element highlighted by the second preselection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ronald Ecker, Simon Stusak
  • Patent number: 10096111
    Abstract: After selecting two or more image series for comparison, images of the image series are interleaved so that they are alternatively displayed in a comparison pane on a display device. In one embodiment, after one or more image series are selected for comparison, an interleaved image series is created containing each of the images of the one or more selected image series, or, alternatively, the interleaved image series comprises links to the images arranged in the interleaved pattern. If differences exist in the images of the multiple image series, these differences may be more easily detectable as the display device cycles between the images. Comparison of images in an interleaved image series may be more advantageous if the images of each selected image series are of a common anatomical area, common image size, and the images are in the same order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: D.R. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan K. Fram, Murray A. Reicher, Steven M. Greim, John J. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10088290
    Abstract: A proximity detecting apparatus for detecting a proximity event includes a capacitive sensing device, an auxiliary detecting device, and a controller. The capacitive sensing device is arranged for generating a capacitive sensing output. The auxiliary detecting device is arranged for detecting an operational status of an electronic device in which the capacitive sensing device is disposed and accordingly generating a status output. The controller is arranged for detecting the proximity event according to the capacitive sensing output and the status output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Pin Chu, Yu-Han Lin, Shu-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 10078381
    Abstract: System for controlling the interior of a vehicle including a center button for selecting a mode, an inner knob for selecting a function, and an outer knob for adjusting that function. The system may include an outer display for graphically displaying different options for adjusting the selected function. The system may also include a processor which may generate instructions to effectuate the function adjustment upon the user actuating the knobs and/or the center button. A display on the center button may display modes, and an inner display located behind the inner knob may display functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jia-Wei Ding
  • Patent number: 10061402
    Abstract: A method can include operating a 3-axis accelerometer having two axes that define a plane and an axis perpendicular to the plane to provide acceleration values for the three axes; increasing a threshold responsive to an increase in magnitude of the acceleration value for the axis perpendicular to the plane or decreasing the threshold responsive to a decrease in magnitude of the acceleration value for the axis perpendicular to the plane; and orienting output to a display in either a portrait format or a landscape format based on comparing the acceleration values for the two axes that define the plane to the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Miles Hunt, John Weldon Nicholson
  • Patent number: 10057504
    Abstract: A display device and a method of controlling the same. The display device includes a display configured to display an image; and a controller configured to perform image processing on the displayed such that a radius of curvature of the displayed image and a radius of curvature of a visible image are different. The image can be enlarged to a maximum area providing in the display device by applying analogous viewing distance calculation method used in the curved display device with respect to the scaling of the image. Accordingly, the discontinuity of the image can be removed by providing continuous scaling, and the perspective, presence, viewing experience can be enhanced while adaptively correcting the brightness. The display device can display the image having the curvature that the user wants, and thus resemble the curved display device. Further, optical illusion of watching the three-dimensional image can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bong-Geun Lee, Dong Hyun Kim, Kil Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10032580
    Abstract: A device for inputting commands includes a casing, a rotatable disk, and a processor. The rotatable disk can rotate relative to the casing, and has a plurality of input modes. The rotatable disk includes a switch button for switching among the input modes. The rotatable disk further includes a pointer. The casing includes an annular area surrounding the rotatable disk. The annular area has a plurality of input positions. The input positions correspond to characters of one character set corresponding to the current input mode. The processor is received in the casing, and can generate a command or control signal according to a character corresponding to an input position when the pointer is aligned with the input position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hung Lai, Chih-Chun Chang, Ming-Yi Liu, Wei-Ting Chien
  • Patent number: 10013063
    Abstract: A system of the present disclosure may include a haptic output device configured to output a haptic effect to a touch surface; a touch sensitive input device configured to detect a first user interaction and transmit a first sensor signal, the touch sensitive input device further configured to detect a second user interaction and transmit a second sensor signal, wherein at least part of the first user interaction occurs at the same time as the second user interaction; a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the first user interaction and the second user interaction; transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9983628
    Abstract: A flexible apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The flexible apparatus includes: a sensor which senses a bending of the flexible apparatus; and a controller which, if a bending line which is formed based on the bending is continuously moved in a first direction and thus reaches a location which corresponds to a display location of at least one object, provides a visual feedback with respect to the at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-jin Kim, Nipun Kumar, Joon-kyu Seo, Kyung-a Kang, Geun-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9977542
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device, a calibration method, and a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium that increase user-friendliness of a touch sensor. An electronic device includes a physical key sensor which is configured to detect an operation to a pressable physical key, a touch sensor, which is disposed in vicinity of the physical key sensor, and a controller. The controller performs calibration of the touch sensor in accordance with releasing of the physical key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Honjo, Takayuki Fujiki, Yuuya Yamaguchi, Ryohei Nakamura, Manabu Sakuma
  • Patent number: 9942387
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program for receiving first orientation signals indicative of orientation of a first portion of a body of an apparatus, which body is capable of being flexed during use of the apparatus at least by any of: bending; and twisting; the body having the first portion and a second portion that move with respect to each other when the body is being flexed; receiving second orientation signals indicative of orientation of the second portion of a body of an apparatus; and determining motion of at least one of the first portion and second portion based on the first orientation signals and the second orientation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Jarkko Rouvinen
  • Patent number: 9895812
    Abstract: A control device with force feedback including: a handle operated by a user, the handle including a grab area for taking hold by the user and a contact end secured to the grab area during at least part of operation of the control device; a robot including a terminal body including a contact area which can come into contact with the contact end; a mechanism measuring relative configuration of the handle and the terminal body; a controller controlling movement of the contact area relative to the contact end; the contact end being movable relative to the contact area during at least part of the operation of the control device, and the contact end and the contact area are shaped such that the robot applies to the handle a force feedback in at least two separate directions during at least part of the operation of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Franck Gonzalez, Florian Gosselin
  • Patent number: 9886167
    Abstract: A display apparatus which executes an application including at least one object and a control method thereof are provided. The control method includes displaying an application execution screen including the at least one object, receiving, as an input, an object position change command including at least one of a position change direction and a position change amount, and displaying the application execution screen including the first object, the position of which has been changed according to the object position change command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hye-Jin Kim, Ji-Young Yun, Jin-Min Chung
  • Patent number: 9880640
    Abstract: A device can display content on a page associated with a dimension. A user can adjust an orientation of the device to adjust a displayed orientation of the page, enabling pages for additional dimensions to be displayed. A user can select one of these dimensions, and adjust an orientation of the device to enable the user to access content for the selected dimension. The change in orientation can be a tilt or flick of the device in a first direction to select a dimension, and then a user could tilt or flick the device in another direction to view pages, sub-dimensions, or other groupings of content among that dimension. Such an approach can enable a user to quickly locate content corresponding to a sub-dimension without having to scroll down a long page of content or otherwise manually navigate to specific content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy T. Gray, Robert K. Stein, III, Jeffrey A. White, Aaron Michael Donsbach, Mark R. Privett
  • Patent number: 9829988
    Abstract: A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture including a first motion in a first direction along a selected axis in space, followed by a second motion in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the selected axis. Upon detecting completion of the gesture, the non-tactile 3D user interface is transitioned from a first state to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Micha Galor, Jonathan Pokrass, Amir Hoffnung
  • Patent number: 9831872
    Abstract: A vehicle input knob assembly is provided that includes a stationary knob located in a vehicle and having an outer peripheral surface with a plurality of radial extending surfaces such as ribs and a plurality of proximity sensors located proximate to the knob to detect a user rotating a hand around the knob. The assembly also includes a controller generating a control signal based on the detected rotation of the hand. The knob may further include proximity sensors on a front surface for added user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman, James Stewart Rankin, II
  • Patent number: 9814284
    Abstract: A display position of an image is moved in accordance with positional information of a display device having a curved display surface. Displacement of a display device is sensed by a camera portion and an acceleration sensor, and the display position is determined in accordance with the displacement, so that the image is displayed in the display position. In the case where the display device rotates and the like, a desired piece of information can be displayed automatically in a display region that can be easily seen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Tamaki, Tadaaki Maekoya
  • Patent number: 9778760
    Abstract: Magnetic detents for input controls are described herein. In one or more implementations, a rotary input control (e.g., a scroll wheel or dial) includes a rotor assembly configured to employ a magnetic detent mechanism. The rotary input control may be integrated with an input device such as a computer mouse, keyboard, or, stylus. The rotor assembly includes a rotor that rotates around an axis of rotation and includes multiple magnetic elements disposed around the rotor, such as teeth of a gear, spokes, metallic regions, and so forth. At least one permanent magnet is arranged radially outward from the axis of rotation and configured to apply a magnetic field to the magnetic elements. This creates a magnetic detent effect when the rotor is rotated due to changes in rotational resistance produced as the magnetic elements rotate through the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Xianming Huang, Kelong Zhao, Zexin Wu, David M. Lane
  • Patent number: 9721257
    Abstract: A system for remote servicing of customers includes an interactive display unit at the customer location providing two-way audio/visual communication with a remote service/sales agent, wherein communication inputted by the agent is delivered to customers via a virtual Digital Actor on the display. The system also provides for remote customer service using physical mannequins with interactive capability having two-way audio visual communication ability with the remote agent, wherein communication inputted by the remote service or sales agent is delivered to customers using the physical mannequin. A web solution integrates the virtual Digital Actor system into a business website. A smart phone solution provides the remote service to customers via an App. In another embodiment, the Digital Actor is instead displayed as a 3D hologram. The Digital Actor is also used in an e-learning solution, in a movie studio suite, and as a presenter on TV, online, or other broadcasting applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Ratnakumar Navaratnam
  • Patent number: 9710063
    Abstract: A system of the present disclosure may include a haptic output device configured to output a haptic effect to a touch surface; a touch sensitive input device configured to detect a first user interaction and transmit a first sensor signal, the touch sensitive input device further configured to detect a second user interaction and transmit a second sensor signal, wherein at least part of the first user interaction occurs at the same time as the second user interaction; a processor in communication with the sensor, the processor configured to: receive the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the first user interaction and the second user interaction; transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9696797
    Abstract: A head-mounted information system is provided, the head-mounted information system comprising a frame configured to be mounted on a head of a user, a display unit coupled to the frame, a sensor unit coupled to the frame comprising one or more motion sensors, and, a processor unit coupled to the frame and connected to receive signals from the motion sensors. The processor unit comprises a processor and a memory accessible by the processor. The processor unit is configured to monitor the received signals and enter a gesture control mode upon detection of a gesture control enable signal. In the gesture control mode the processor is configured to convert signals received from the motion sensors into menu navigation commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hamid Abdollahi, Dan Eisenhardt, Li Chen
  • Patent number: 9659577
    Abstract: A voice controlled assistant has a housing to hold one or more microphones, one or more speakers, and various computing components. The housing has an elongated cylindrical body extending along a center axis between a base end and a top end. The microphone(s) are mounted in the top end and the speaker(s) are mounted proximal to the base end. A control knob is rotatably mounted to the top end of the housing to rotate about the center axis. The control knob has an outer surface that is substantially flush with an outer surface of the housing to provide a smooth, continuous appearance to the voice controlled assistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Heinz-Dominik Langhammer
  • Patent number: 9645908
    Abstract: A computing device may include a policy agent configured to receive activity information, apply at least one display policy to the activity information, and determine at least one command based on results of the at least one display policy being applied to the activity information, and a multi-colored indicator unit, located on a non-display screen area of the computing device, configured to display at least one of a plurality of colors based on the at least one command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bowers, Felix Jose Alvarez Rivera, Neil Hendin
  • Patent number: 9636575
    Abstract: A mobile terminal, a control method for mobile terminal, and a program that make it possible to enjoy a game even in a situation in which only one hand can be used. A mobile terminal according to the invention is a mobile terminal used in a game. The mobile terminal according to the invention includes a detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the mobile terminal and a control unit configured to change over a manipulation mode of a game depending upon the orientation of the mobile terminal detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NEILO INC.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hirai
  • Patent number: 9630499
    Abstract: A screen-based operating system includes a housing having a screen accommodated therein and a rotary ring rotatably mounted to the housing. A first part of the rotary ring is mounted axially into the housing and a remaining second part of the rotary ring extends out of the housing and above the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Blaesing, Ralf Boebel
  • Patent number: 9619026
    Abstract: An input apparatus has a touch sensor for receiving an input, a load detection unit for detecting a pressure load on a touch face of the touch sensor, a tactile sensation providing unit for vibrating the touch face, and a control unit, when the pressure load detected by the load detection unit satisfies a first standard for providing a tactile sensation, for controlling drive of the tactile sensation providing unit such that a click sensation is provided to a pressing object (pressing means) pressing the touch face. The control unit, when the pressure load detected by the load detection unit satisfies a second standard lower than the first standard after the click sensation is provided in pressing, controls drive of the tactile sensation providing unit such that a release sensation corresponding to the click sensation is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomotake Aono
  • Patent number: 9571891
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system, method and apparatus for opinion polling of broadcast or live streamed media. The scalable system enables real time analysis and display of continuously updated audience opinion data. A computing device with a touchscreen may be used to input personal opinion, view program content, and observe compiled audience reaction, simultaneously. Content and reaction may also be viewed separately. Granularity of data is substantially improved as is nuanced comprehension of responses. Iterative opinion input is enabled, in both numerical rating and textual comment. Unsolicited, top-of-mind audience reaction is accommodated while latency is reduced to a near conversational level. A rich consumer data base may be correlated to opinion. The apparatus enabling system function communicates tactilly to the user the opinion being output by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Brooke Curtis Palmer
  • Patent number: 9557809
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electronic or computer system includes receiving a plurality of input values from a plurality of fluid current sensors and using the plurality of input values and gradients between the plurality of input values to control an action of the electronic or computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Pierre Bonnat
  • Patent number: 9552049
    Abstract: An activation signal is provided in response to a user gripping force incident to a grip switch. Electronic circuitry transitions from an inactive state to an active state in response to the activation signal. The activation signal may also include encoded information regarding user identity, gripping force magnitude, user input gesturing, and the like. The electronic circuitry may use the information encoded in the signal to select or perform particular functions or operations. Power consumption of a stylus, user device, or other apparatus is reduced, or various functions are improved, accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David George Butler, Richard William Mincher
  • Patent number: 9514737
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus capable of providing a user not only with guidance, but also with all of the guidance, operational procedure, operation screen and recognition vocabulary, that is, with an operational transition that is defined by the guidance, operational procedure, operation screen and recognition vocabulary, while altering the operational transition in accordance with the recognition vocabulary comprehension level of the user. Thus, it can increase the possibility for a user with a low recognition vocabulary comprehension level to achieve a task, or for a user with a high recognition vocabulary comprehension level to improve the comfortableness of the operation, thereby being able to provide all the users with the optimum operational transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takumi Takei, Yuki Furumoto
  • Patent number: 9459656
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices which include flexible display sheets or other flexible elements, whereas by physically manipulating said flexible display sheets or elements, interaction with said device may be facilitated. Flexibility features may be employed to provide methods of interaction which include manipulating flexible section. Some of said methods of interaction are disclosed. Further disclosed are units which can connect to flexible display sheets, for interacting with said flexible display sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Saar Shai
  • Patent number: 9400570
    Abstract: A stylus may have an elongated body with opposing first and second ends. Electronic equipment may have a touch sensor that receives electromagnetic signals from one or more electrodes at the first end. The stylus may have a six-axis inertial sensor at the second end. Force sensors may be located at the first and second ends. User input from the force sensors, the inertial sensor, and other input-output devices may be used to supply the stylus with mode change commands. In response to the mode change commands the stylus may transition between operating modes such as a touch sensor mode and one or more inertial sensor modes. Inertial sensor data may be used to allow the stylus to operate as a joystick, a rotational controller, an air mouse, or other input devices in addition to serving as a touch sensor input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Ray L. Chang
  • Patent number: 9361000
    Abstract: A dial switch is operative to be rotated or tilted and to be pushed down, which can select any one of icons displayed on a menu screen of a display portion and display information regarding a function of an onboard apparatuses corresponding to a selected icon on the display portion. A central pushing switch is configured to function as a home key such that a default-state menu screen is displayed on the display portion whenever this switch is pushed down. Left or right pushing switches is configured to function as a shortcut key such that information regarding a function of an onboard apparatus corresponding to left-positioned or right-positioned icons positioned on left and right sides of a central icon is displayed on the display portion whenever the left or right pushing switches is pushed down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Aya Furue, Keiichirou Yamamoto, Akihiro Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9357135
    Abstract: An image display device that displays image information includes an image retrieving unit that retrieves image information; a device status identifying unit that identifies a status of the present device; an image condition specifying unit that specifies an image condition that indicates a condition which the image information needs to satisfy to be displayed, based on the status identified by the device status identifying unit; and a display unit that displays the image information retrieved by the image retrieving unit if the image information satisfies the image condition specified by the image condition specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nitaki
  • Patent number: 9292084
    Abstract: A head-mounted information system is provided, the head-mounted information system comprising a frame configured to be mounted on a head of a user, a display unit coupled to the frame, a sensor unit coupled to the frame comprising one or more motion sensors, and, a processor unit coupled to the frame and connected to receive signals from the motion sensors. The processor unit comprises a processor and a memory accessible by the processor. The processor unit is configured to monitor the received signals and enter a gesture control mode upon detection of a gesture control enable signal. In the gesture control mode the processor is configured to convert signals received from the motion sensors into menu navigation commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hamid Abdollahi, Dan Eisenhardt, Li Chen
  • Patent number: 9285959
    Abstract: A given page of an e-book is displayed when an input is detected that is sustained for an amount of time that exceeds a threshold. After the amount of time exceeding the threshold, the pages of the e-book are transitioned by clusters or chapters. The transitioning by clusters or chapters can be sustained for some duration that is determined by, for example, the duration of time during which the input is sustained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Kobo Inc.
    Inventors: Tony O'Donoghue, Charles Joseph
  • Patent number: 9239621
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: George Anastas, David W. Bailey, Gregory Tashjian, Raymond Yu
  • Patent number: 9195308
    Abstract: An operator control apparatus has an operator control element with haptic feedback. The operator control element has an input area and can be operated by an operator using an input member. The operator control apparatus includes a first and second ferromagnetic areal components and a first and second flat coils that are arranged between the first and second components. The first and second components have their largest areas oriented toward each other and are configured to move relative to each other. The input area is either configured as a part of the first or second component or coupled to the first or second component using a coupling apparatus. The first coil is associated with the first component and the second coil is associated with the second component such that a flow of current through the first and second coils causes the first and second components to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Thorsten Kern, Ingo Zoller
  • Patent number: 9176593
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus and method for controlling a function of a display apparatus are provided. The remote control apparatus includes a communications device for communicating with a display apparatus; buttons for receiving a user command relating to function control of the display apparatus; a jog switch for allowing directional movement manipulation and push manipulation; and a controller for, after the user command is input through the buttons, generating and sending a control signal to set a different function of the display apparatus based on a manipulation state of the jog switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-joo Jung, Seok-hun Kang
  • Patent number: 9158380
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recognizing 3-D human motions are described. In some embodiments, the present disclosure contemplates a variety of methods and systems for recognizing a 3-D motion on 2-D planes. The 3-D human motions may include, but is not limited to, kinematic based gestures, such as clapping, spell casting, security gestures, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: NET POWER AND LIGHT, INC.
    Inventor: Gleb Dubovik
  • Patent number: 9137669
    Abstract: This specification relates to a mobile terminal capable of executing a lock state of restricting a touch input and a control method thereof. The control method for the mobile terminal, which displays a lock screen in the lock state of restricting an input of a control command for an application, includes displaying an execution screen of an application on the lock screen, and controlling the lock screen based upon a touch input detected in the lock state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yoonhee Kim, Silhee Sung, Juha Hyun