Mechanical Control (e.g., Rotatable Knob, Slider) Patents (Class 345/184)
  • Patent number: 11561683
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for selecting region of a flexible screen based on a detected curvature of the flexible screen. A mobile device detects a vertex and degree of the curvature of the flexible screen. The mobile device selects a region of the flexible screen that is centered at the vertex and whose size is proportional to the degree of curvature. The mobile device highlights the region of the flexible display to visually indicate the selected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Vinayaka Prakasha Bandishti
  • Patent number: 11558969
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device includes a flexible display panel, a module cover positioned behind the flexible display panel, a panel roller coupled to a lower end of the flexible display panel, a subsidiary roller spaced apart from the panel roller and positioned adjacent to a front side of the flexible display panel, a protective sheet in contact with a front side of the flexible display panel when the protective sheet is wound around the panel roller together with the flexible display panel and the module cover, a filler coupled to the subsidiary roller, wherein a portion of the filler is configured to be in contact with the front side of the flexible display panel and a distance between a rotational axis of the panel roller and a rotational axis of the subsidiary roller is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hoyoung Kim, Dongkyoon Han, Heegun Park, Hyeongjun Kwon
  • Patent number: 11555880
    Abstract: An intelligent bed monitoring device and method are provided in this disclosure. The device is applied to a bed frame, and the bed frame includes a first bed board and a second bed board. The intelligent bed monitoring device includes a plurality of audio sensors, a processor and a controlling module. The processor is electrically connected to the audio sensors and the controlling module. The audio sensors are configured to detect a plurality of audio signals. The processor is configured to receive the audio signals, and calculate an audio source direction according to the audio signals. The controlling module is configured to control one of the first bed board and the second bed board according to the audio source direction to adjust one of the first bed board and the second bed board into a plurality of modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: AI. SLEEP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 11531412
    Abstract: A display control system using a knob includes an input part to receive a touch input signal for a display area, a memory to store a display control program according to the touch input signal, and a processor to execute the program, such that the processor moves a position of a knob to perform function control of an area of the display to which the touch input signal is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Hun Kim, Kyung Hoon Kim, Sung Joon Ahn, Myung Bin Choi, Seung Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 11525694
    Abstract: Superimposed-image display devices and programs superimpose an image on a surrounding environment in front of a vehicle so that the image can be visually identified. The image includes at least one of a first guidance image that prompts a driver to change driving operation and a second guidance image that does not prompt a driver to change driving operation. The second guidance image is displayed in a display mode in which the second guidance image more harmonizes in at least one of a location, brightness, and color with the surrounding environment than the first guidance image, the surrounding environment being a superimposition target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Watanabe, Hiroyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 11526055
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a first camera, a first polarizer, a second polarizer, and a liquid crystal panel disposed between the first polarizer and the second polarizer. The liquid crystal panel includes a first scanning line, a first signal line intersecting the first scanning line, a first switching element electrically connected to the first scanning line and the first signal line, and a first control electrode electrically connected to the first switching element. The first control electrode overlaps the first camera, and is disposed in an annular first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiro Aoki, Hiroyuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11527126
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a gaming device or system that detects, at each input electrode location of a plurality of elastically deformable input electrode locations, an amount of pressure applied to an elastically deformable outer layer at a corresponding input electrode location in response to deformation of the elastically deformable outer layer by physical contact with a player of a gaming device; determines that the player has applied pressure to the plurality of elastically deformable input electrode locations continuously over at least a predetermined time interval; determines a pressure pattern corresponding to the plurality of elastically deformable input electrode locations; compares the pressure pattern to a plurality of different pressure patterns corresponding to a plurality of different player gestures to determine a player gesture corresponding to the pressure pattern; and determines, based on the determined player gesture and a comparison of the amount of applied pressure to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michael Russ, David Froy, Sven Aurich
  • Patent number: 11490981
    Abstract: An input control device is disclosed. The input control device can be configured to operate in different modes depending on proximity data provided by a proximity detection system. The input control device can include a feedback generator configured to generate feedback in response to the input control device switching between operational modes, the proximity data provided by the proximity detection system, and/or other conditions of the surgical procedure, robotic surgical tool, surgical site, and/or patient. The input control device can include a variable resistance assembly for resisting input control motions applied to an actuator thereof. Additionally or alternatively, the input control device can include an end effector actuator assembly for repositioning the end effector actuator based on feedback from a paired robotic surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Clinton W. Denlinger, Gregory W. Johnson, Charles J. Scheib, Jeffrey S. Swayze
  • Patent number: 11490174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a communication system for automation and process engineering, having a controller (2) as a data receiver and a sensor (3) as a data source, which use a communication line to exchange digital data as voltage signals based on the IO-Link standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: IFM ELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventor: Alfred Wagner
  • Patent number: 11484379
    Abstract: A local haptic hand controller is provided for enabling an operator to remotely perform fine manipulation, such as microsurgery, in conjunction with a remotely located robotic manipulator, for example at which the microsurgery is to be performed. The local haptic hand controller includes a base, a kinematic structure in communication with the base and comprises a gimbal as an end effector. A local surgical tool is provided at the gimbal and has a shape and construction substantially similar to a remote surgical tool provided at the remote robotic manipulator. A control system is in communication with the local surgical tool and with the remote surgical tool, and configured to enable operation of the local haptic hand controller when a local surgical tool identifier matches a remote surgical tool identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: ORBSURGICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Garnette Roy Sutherland, Hamidreza Hoshyarmanesh, Kourosh Zareinia, Sanju Lama
  • Patent number: 11481113
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for shortcut generation obtains motion data of a terminal device held by a user. An operation of the user based on the motion data may be predicted. Moreover, a shortcut for the predicted operation may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ke Du
  • Patent number: 11450462
    Abstract: An operation device that provides a clicking sensation, with a compact size and excellent durability. The operation device includes an operation member operated by a user. A magnet has a plurality of magnetic poles and is fixed to the operation member. A movable member includes a first magnetic pole portion and a second magnetic pole portion and is pivotally movably arranged on the magnet. When the operation member is operated in a state in which an attractive force is acting between a magnetic pole of the magnet and the first magnetic pole portion, the attractive force acting between them is reduced. Further, by the movement of the movable member, an attractive force comes to act between another magnetic pole of the magnet and the second magnetic pole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoma Mizutani, Taro Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 11442511
    Abstract: A pressing module includes a housing, an operation panel, a waterproof fixing frame, and an elastic member. The housing includes a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and a slot. The slot passes through the first surface and the second surface. The operation panel is pressibly accommodated in the slot. The waterproof fixing frame is disposed on the second surface of the housing and the operation panel and covers a junction between the second surface and the operation panel. The elastic member is disposed on the waterproof fixing frame. The elastic member includes a fixed side and a movable side that are disposed on two opposite sides. The fixed side is fixed to the second surface, and the movable side is fixed to the operation panel, so that the elastic member can provide an elastic restoring force for the operation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsung-Han Chiang, Chun-Sheng Li
  • Patent number: 11443878
    Abstract: An operation unit includes an operation member, a gear portion provided on the operation member, a plurality of gears engaged with the gear portion and rotatable, and a plurality of magnets, each of which is provided to a corresponding one of the plurality of gears. The plurality of gears rotate so as to change an attractive force between the magnets, when a user operates the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shoma Mizutani, Natsu Mikami
  • Patent number: 11430838
    Abstract: A display device includes a flexible display module and provides a display area including a fingerprint recognition area, and a non-display area outside the display area. The flexible display module includes a display panel including a light-emitting element, a touch sensing unit disposed on the display panel, and a fingerprint recognition unit overlapping with the fingerprint recognition area. The touch sensing unit is configured to sense pressure applied to the flexible display module in an in-folding mode in which the flexible display module is folded such that a portion of the display area faces another portion of the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Iyong Bok
  • Patent number: 11413521
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a button including a fixed force magnet coupled to a first housing assembly component serving as a top portion of the button, a variable force magnet coupled to a second housing assembly serving as a bottom portion of the button, and a spring coupled to the fixed force magnetic and the variable force magnet for repelling the fixed force magnet from the variable force magnet according to a spring constant of the spring. The variable force magnet emitting a magnetic field to counter the spring constant and thereby adjust a force required to depress the button. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventor: Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 11402631
    Abstract: The invention concerns a motor vehicle (1) control member (3) comprising: —a gripping element (6) that can be operated by a user in order to implement a control, such as the control of an element installed onboard said vehicle (1), the gripping element (6) being mounted so as to be able to rotate on a guide (12) of the control member (3), and —an encoder (9) configured to deliver a signal that depends on the position or the variation in position of the gripping element (6), characterised in that the guide (12) is configured to be attached to a window (4) of the motor vehicle (1), such as a front windscreen (8), rear windscreen, side window or sunroof, or to a rear-view mirror inside said vehicle (1). The invention further relates to an associated control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventors: Ciprian Musat, Stephane Korczak
  • Patent number: 11400366
    Abstract: A controller includes: a frame having an annular shape, defining an annular axis extending in an extension direction and a central axis, about which the annular axis extends; a first operating member that is located on the frame; and a second operating member that is located on the frame. The frame includes an interior space defining a circular space when viewed along the central axis, the first operating member is disposed on the frame on one side of central axis, and the second operating member is disposed on the frame on an opposite side of the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsunori Nakayama, Akichika Tanaka, Masaki Hanzawa, Yujin Morisawa, Alexis Andre
  • Patent number: 11371713
    Abstract: A knob assembly includes a knob located at a front panel of the knob assembly and configured to rotate about an axis, a knob ring that is located at the front panel, that surrounds the knob, and that rotates about the axis independently of rotation of the knob, an adjusting shaft that extends from the knob through the knob ring in a direction rearward of the front panel and that rotates based on rotation of the knob and causes operation of a device, a first rotation sensing part that senses rotation of the adjusting shaft, and a first sensing target that rotates based on rotation of the adjusting shaft. A position of the first sensing target changes based on rotation of the first sensing target, and the first rotation sensing part senses at least one of the position or a change of the position of the first sensing target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electionics Inc.
    Inventors: Yeonsik Ha, Hyunggu Lee
  • Patent number: 11346927
    Abstract: Techniques for operating an ultrasonic sensor array, the ultrasonic sensor array disposed under a platen, include: making a determination whether or not to recalibrate the ultrasonic sensor array based on whether a first screen protector disposed above the platen has been removed or replaced by a second screen protector; and recalibrating the ultrasonic sensor array, when the determination is to recalibrate the ultrasonic sensor array. In some cases, the techniques include prompting a user to indicate whether or not the screen protector has been changed or removed, and recalibrating the ultrasonic sensor array only after confirmation from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yipeng Lu, Hrishikesh Vijaykumar Panchawagh, Jessica Liu Strohmann, Kostadin Dimitrov Djordjev
  • Patent number: 11314124
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display device. Multiple functional layers on a display panel are provided with a functional region arranged corresponding to a camera module. The functional region includes a light transmissive region arranged corresponding to a first hole and a light shielding region arranged around the light transmissive region. The light shielding region is arranged corresponding to the light shielding member in a backlight module, and the light shielding region shields a light shielding member. Such configuration improves a problem that an aperture of an opening region of an under-screen camera deforms due to the light shielding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Pengfei Yu
  • Patent number: 11281297
    Abstract: A haptic device according to one embodiment can comprise: a database unit for storing acoustic information or receiving the acoustic information from an external device; a control unit for converting the acoustic information into an electrical signal according to a predetermined pattern; a driving unit for generating a motion signal on the basis of the electrical signal; and a transfer unit for transferring a patterned tactile signal to a user by means of the motion signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CK MATERIALS LAB CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyeong Jun Kim, Ji Goo Kang, Jong Hun Lee, Jeong Beom Lee, Jong Hyung Jung
  • Patent number: 11249606
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method for controlling a flexible capacitive touch display panel and a corresponding touch display apparatus. The capacitive touch display panel is provided with a plurality of signal lines arranged in a grid shape, and a signal line extending in a first direction and a signal line extending in a second direction are electrically insulated from each other. In this method, for each of the plurality of signal lines, a drive signal is applied to the signal line as a drive signal line. An induction signal is received from a signal line parallel to and adjacent to the drive signal line as an induction signal line. If an intensity of the induction signal is increased, it is determined that the capacitive touch display panel is bent at a bending location between the drive signal line and the induction signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI XINSHENG OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Tian, Lei Zhang, Zouming Xu, Xiaodong Xie, Jing Wang
  • Patent number: 11243673
    Abstract: A method and a handheld device for displaying interactive elements are provided. The method includes: controlling the touch screen to display a first application icon in a first location of a display space of the touch screen and display a second application icon in a second location of the display space of the touch screen; controlling the touch screen to display a third application icon in a third location of the display space of the touch screen; detecting a sliding gesture on the touch screen; in response to the sliding gesture, controlling the touch screen to display the first application icon and the second application icon from being invisible to becoming gradually more opaque as the sliding gesture continuously performs on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John SanGiovanni, Benjamin B. Bederson
  • Patent number: 11244656
    Abstract: In the use of a display of a converter, method for operating a converter, and converter, the converter having an address code switch, in particular on its housing, and in an actuation of the address code switch and during a subsequent, predefined period of time, a respective value corresponding to the respective switch position of the address code switch is displayed by the display. Operating information of the converter is displayed in all other cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Nikola
  • Patent number: 11226654
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to a pivoting plate flexible display. For example, an apparatus includes a flexible display device and a support structure adjacent to the flexible display device. The apparatus also includes a pivoting plate device coupled to the support structure, where the pivoting plate device is capable of pivoting about a central connector connected to the support structure to allow the flexible display device to transform from a flat configuration to a curved configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen De Saulles, Stacy L Wolff, Kevin L Massaro, Dimitre Mehandjiysky
  • Patent number: 11224800
    Abstract: An example game controller includes L and R buttons provided in both left and right end portions on an upper surface of a housing and ZL and ZR buttons provided to sides of the L and R buttons closer to a back surface of the game controller. The ZL/ZR button includes a protruding portion protruding in the direction of the back surface of the game controller and the direction of a side surface of the game controller. This makes it possible to increase the area of an upper surface of a key top of the ZL/ZR button and improve the operability of the ZL/ZR button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fumiyoshi Suetake, Hitoshi Tsuchiya, Takanori Okamura
  • Patent number: 11217185
    Abstract: A display device includes first and second pixel areas spaced apart from each other so that corresponding scan lines are separate from each other, a first non-pixel area at a periphery of the first pixel area, a second non-pixel area at a periphery of the second pixel area and opposite to the first non-pixel area with at least one pixel area interposed therebetween, first scan lines in the first pixel area, second scan lines in the second pixel area, a first scan driver in the first non-pixel area and connected to the first scan lines, a second scan driver in the second non-pixel area and connected to the second scan lines, first wires in the first non-pixel area and connected to the first scan driver, second wires in the second non-pixel area and connected to the second scan driver; and connecting wires connecting the first wires and second wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Jin Tae Jeong, Ji Hyun Ka, Tae Hoon Kwon, Min Ku Lee, Seung Ji Cha
  • Patent number: 11209781
    Abstract: An electronic device includes first and second processors, and first and second display units. While the first and second processors cooperate with each other and perform a display operation including a time display, the first processor can be set to a normal mode, a low power mode in which a power consumption is lower than a power consumption in the normal mode, or a pause mode in which a power consumption is lower than the power consumption in the low power mode, and the first processor is stopped. In the normal or low power modes, the first processor controls such that the first display unit displays a time, and the second processor controls such that the second display unit does not display a time. In the pause mode, the first display unit is turned off, and the second processor controls such that the second display unit displays a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Minami, Kimiyasu Mizuno, Hideo Suzuki, Takashi Suenaga, Keiichi Nomura, Shuhei Uchida, Munetaka Seo
  • Patent number: 11181993
    Abstract: An operation knob device includes a holder arranged adjacent to a display panel, a rotor arranged in a holding portion so as to allow rotation around an axis, a knob for which relative movement in a direction along the axis with respect to the rotor is allowed and relative movement in a circumferential direction around the axis is restricted, a conductive transmission member arranged on a first end side of the rotor. The transmission member includes a first transmission member that moves along the axis in conjunction with the knob, a second transmission member that is attached to the first end so as to rotate integrally with the rotor, and a connecting member that conductively connects the first transmission member and the second transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignees: JAPAN DISPLAY LTD., U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Nishimoto, Nobuo Tsubokura, Kaoru Taketa, Kenji Ito
  • Patent number: 11168973
    Abstract: A device may include a flexible material defining an exterior of a cavity, an interior electrode located within the cavity, a first peripheral electrode peripherally located with respect to the interior electrode on a first side of the interior electrode, a second peripheral electrode peripherally located with respect to the interior electrode on a second side of the interior electrode where the interior electrode is between the first peripheral electrode and the second peripheral electrode, a controller electrically connected to the interior electrode, the first peripheral electrode, and the second peripheral electrode, and programmed instructions written into memory of the controller where the programmed instructions cause the controller, when executed to measure a first capacitance between the first peripheral electrode and the interior electrode and measure a second capacitance between the second peripheral electrode and the interior electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cirque Corporation
    Inventors: Jared Bytheway, Paul Vincent
  • Patent number: 11144198
    Abstract: A control method of a touch display apparatus applicable to a probe station is provided. The probe station includes a movable element. The movable element is a chuck stage, a camera stage, a probe platen, or a positioner. The control method of a touch display apparatus includes displaying a first window and a second window on a touch display apparatus; displaying an operation interface on the first window and displaying a real-time image on the second window; and detecting a touch instruction generated on the operation interface, where the movable element moves according to the touch instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: MPI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Chen, Guan-Jhih Liou, Lin-Lin Chih, Stojan Kanev
  • Patent number: 11108466
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an electronic equipment. The electronic equipment includes a transmission component, a reception component, and a functional component. The transmission component is configured to transmit signals of a specific type into a surrounding environment of the electronic equipment. The reception component is configured to receive signals of the specific type from the surrounding environment of the electronic equipment. The functional component is located between the transmission component and the reception component to reduce a size of the electronic equipment. Further, the transmission component and the reception component are located with a distance in a first direction. The transmission component, the functional component, and the reception component are arranged along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yucong Yang, Yan Zheng, Gang Liu
  • Patent number: 11106066
    Abstract: A display device which is an electro-optical device includes a panel including a first substrate, a second substrate, and a liquid crystal layer and having a display region, a transparent region provided inside the display region, and a frame region provided between the transparent region and the display region. A backlight unit is provided below the panel so as not to overlap with the transparent region. A bezel is provided below the backlight unit so as not to overlap with the transparent region. A cover member is provided above the second substrate so as to overlap with the transparent region. Also, a cap film made of a material different from that of the bezel covers at least a lateral side of the backlight unit in the frame region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Kaoru Inoue, Hiromichi Tanaka, Takeshi Kaneki
  • Patent number: 11099667
    Abstract: A mouse device includes a casing and a roller module. The roller module is installed within the casing. The roller module includes a roller wheel, a movable magnet, a first magnet and a second magnet. In response to a repulsive force between the first magnet and the movable magnet, the roller module is in a tactile feel mode. In response to an attractive force between the second magnet and the movable magnet, the roller module is in a smooth scrolling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Kuei Cheng, Sheng-An Tsai, Yung-Ming Tsai, Shu-An Huang, Chun-Che Wu
  • Patent number: 11093052
    Abstract: A direction control pad includes a body with a top side. The top side includes a center surface with a plurality of cardinal surfaces oriented at an angle to the center surface and a plurality of diagonal surface oriented at an angle to the center surface. The cardinal surfaces are recessed below the cardinal surfaces. Each of the cardinal surfaces connect to the center surface at a discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Eugene Whitaker
  • Patent number: 11084379
    Abstract: A user interface capable of controlling various functions of a vehicle is disclosed. More particularly, an in-vehicle function control apparatus using a detachable knob and a method of controlling the same are disclosed. A method of controlling a vehicle function using a detachable knob includes an integrated operation unit detecting an attachment position of the detachable knob among a plurality of attachment positions in a vehicle, transmitting information on a result of the operation from the detachable knob to the integrated operation unit when an operation unit provided in the detachable knob is operated, and the integrated operation unit controlling a controlled function corresponding to the attachment position of the detachable knob based on the information on the result. The detachable knob is fixed at any one of the plurality of attachment positions using magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Si Hoon Sung, Jae Hoon Chung, Sung Un Kim
  • Patent number: 11061493
    Abstract: A mouse roller module includes a roller assembly, a sensing unit and a control unit. The roller assembly includes a stator and a rotator. When the roller assembly is in a first usage mode, the rotator is rotated relative to the stator in response to an applied force of a user. A rotating speed of the rotator relative to the stator is sensed by the sensing unit. If the rotating speed of the rotator relative to the stator reaches a threshold value when the roller assembly is in the first usage mode, the roller assembly is switched form the first usage mode to a second usage mode under control of the control unit. While the first usage mode is switched to the second usage mode, the roller assembly is switched to an enabled state, so that the stator drives rotation of the rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Kuei Cheng, Yung-Ming Tsai, Chun-Che Wu
  • Patent number: 11036381
    Abstract: A flexible device according to various embodiments of the present invention may comprise: a touch panel for detecting contact with respect to at least a part of the flexible device; and a processor for judging bending information of the flexible device, judging the properties of each of one or more contact areas detected by the touch panel, and controlling a function of the flexible device on the basis of the judged bending information and a change in the judged properties of the one or more contact areas. In addition to the various embodiments of the present invention, other embodiments may also be possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ha-Young Jeon, Sun-Young Yi, Chae-Kyung Lee, Won Lee
  • Patent number: 11029778
    Abstract: A method for generating display data comprises detecting user input via an input interface. A processor is in communication with the input interface to generate display data comprising a display object for display by a display device. The display object is representative of an action that will subsequently be performed by the processor on continuation of the user input. The display data on the display device is output whilst the user input is being detected. Alternatively, the display object is caused to appear on the display device over time as the user input is being performed, wherein the rate at which the display object appears is different to the rate of performance of the user input. A device and executable computer program for performing the steps of the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Chakirov
  • Patent number: 11023052
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for outputting a command by detecting a movement of an object, which includes the following steps. First, an image capturing device captures images generated by the movement of the object at different timings by. Next, a motion trajectory is calculated according to the plurality of images. Further next, a corresponding command is outputted according to the motion trajectory. The present invention also provides a system which employs the above-mentioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu-Hao Huang, Yi-Fang Lee, Ming-Tsan Kao, Nien-Tse Chen
  • Patent number: 10998148
    Abstract: A display cover apparatus having a display cover for a push button on a push button switch, a holder for the display cover, and a housing. The display cover has lock hooks and the holder has a hollow interior, a top end with lock slots that reversibly connect to the lock hooks, a bottom end, a flexible retaining washer in a groove at the bottom end, and a locking key between the top end and the bottom end. The holder is positioned on a circular shelf in an interior of the housing. The circular shelf has an internal circular flange with a locking slot that receives the locking key to prevent rotation of the holder in the housing. The flexible retaining washer is positioned beneath the flange. The circular shelf and the flexible retaining washer prevent linear movement of the holder in the housing. An alignment hook on the display cover reversibly connects to an alignment slot on the holder, thereby preventing the display cover from rotating on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: David Worsham
  • Patent number: 10996780
    Abstract: A multi-touch touch panel and a method of detecting touches is disclosed. The touch panel comprises at least one hole in an active region of the touch panel, having a selected size for mechanically mounting a respective user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ZYTRONIC DISPLAYS LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew Morrison, Christopher Graham John Caldwell, Stephen Michael Ormston, Philip Andrew Rudland
  • Patent number: 10990182
    Abstract: A force sense is presented to a person who has operated an input device, without using an electromagnet. A force sense presenting object includes a first object and a second object. The first object includes a first surface, which is preliminarily magnetized with a first texture including an S-pole region and an N-pole region, and is disposed on an input surface of a touch panel. The second object includes a second surface, which is preliminarily magnetized with a second texture including an S-pole region and an N-pole region, and is worn, gripped, or supported by an acting subject performing an input operation with respect to the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kentaro Yasu
  • Patent number: 10955959
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose an interaction method, an interaction apparatus, and user equipment. The method comprises: determining shape related information of a deformable touch sensing surface, where the shape related information corresponds to a first shape of the deformable touch sensing surface after a folding deformation; determining multiple effective interaction areas on the deformable touch sensing surface at least according to the shape related information, where the multiple effective interaction areas meet the following conditions: in nonadjacent positions on the deformable touch sensing surface, and adjacent in a spatial position in the first shape; and using the multiple effective interaction areas as an interaction area at least according to a first relative position of the multiple effective interaction areas in the spatial position in the first shape to provide a touch sensing interface to at least one interaction object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuifei Yu, Ran Xu
  • Patent number: 10921862
    Abstract: An electronic device including a first body, a second body and a rotating switch is provided. The second body is pivoted to the first body. The rotating switch is disposed at a side of the first body, and the rotating switch includes a rotary knob, a rotation sensor and a switch component. The rotary knob is configured to rotate around and slide along a reference axis, and the rotary knob includes a rotating portion and an actuation portion opposite to the rotating portion. The rotation sensor is sleeved on the actuation portion. The switch component is disposed at a side of the actuation portion. On the reference axis, the actuation portion is aligned to the switch component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Shu-Hsien Chu, Wang-Hung Yeh, Hsin-Chieh Fang, Ching-Shiang Chang
  • Patent number: 10890978
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to provide haptic feedback to a user based on an input action associated with an input device. The electronic device includes a haptic engine operably connected to a processing device. The haptic engine includes an electromagnetic actuator that detects an input action associated with the input device. The electromagnetic actuator also produces a haptic output in response to the detection of the input action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Benjamin J. Kallman, David M. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10871944
    Abstract: A computing device and a method for controlling narration. The computing device comprises a display device displaying a visual user interface including textual information and an electronic processor configured to map the textual information to an implicit audio narration, wherein mapping textual information to the implicit audio narration has a scalable level of precision to the textual information depending on the visual user interface, and the electronic processor further configured to output the implicit audio narration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Brian S. Stucker, David Lu, Allen L. Ussher, Jennifer L. Bost
  • Patent number: 10841481
    Abstract: The present invention enables one to easily set an image capturing condition, and to easily grasp a state of a captured image. For doing so, an instruction of either a zooming-in control or a zooming-out control of the image capturing apparatus, is determined based on a position relation of a first coordinate and a second coordinate instructed with respect to an image from the image capturing apparatus displayed on a display unit. The image capturing apparatus is controlled based on the result of that determination, the first coordinates and the second coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Nagao, Toru Nakanishi, Takumi Kimura, Motoo Ohnishi, Takahiro Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10838523
    Abstract: A touch screen device includes a display screen having a touch surface, an input knob, and a microcontroller programmed to execute a method. The knob has a stationary member with conductive base pads facing the surface and a moveable member. The knob lacks a direct electrical connection to the surface. The microcontroller receives encoder signals as the moveable member moves with respect to the stationary member, with the signals being indicative of discrete touch events between the moveable member and the screen, e.g., via an intervening switch. The microcontroller processes the encoder signals to determine a direction of movement of the knob, and derives a true position of a center point of the knob using a position of each of the base pads. The microcontroller then controls an operation of the touch screen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos A. Lopez, Omar Alejandro Martinez Vega, David Whitton