Graphical User Interface Tools Patents (Class 345/676)
  • Patent number: 10269150
    Abstract: A method to generate a curved connector includes receiving input effective to designate multiple designated points of the curved connector. The designated points include initial and final endpoints and one or more intermediate points between the initial and final endpoints. The method may also include inferring, for each intermediate point, first and second control points without receiving input effective to directly specify the first control point or the second control point. The method may also include calculating: a first curve to include in the curved connector between a corresponding one of the one or more intermediate points and a preceding one of the designated points based at least on the first control point; and a second curve to include in the curved connector between the corresponding one of the one or more intermediate points and a subsequent one of the designated points based at least on the second control point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LUCID SOFTWARE, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan James Stringham
  • Patent number: 10241599
    Abstract: An electronic device, with a touch-sensitive surface and display, displays a user interface at a first display rate. While displaying the user interface in accordance with the first display rate, the device detects movement of a touch input, including detecting the touch input at a first set of sequential locations on the touch-sensitive surface, including a plurality of locations on the touch-sensitive surface, and predicts for the touch input a first set of one or more predicted locations on the touch-sensitive surface based on multiple locations in the first set of sequential locations. The device updates the user interface in accordance with the first set of one or more predicted locations of the touch input on the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Nilo, David Michael Chan, Jacob A. Xiao, Jason Clay Beaver
  • Patent number: 10083652
    Abstract: A method of compensating for misalignments along a seam of first and second electronic panels installed for a display device is provided. Each of the first and second electronic panels includes a plurality of pixels formed in an i×j matrix, wherein i and j are integers at least one. The method includes controlling a camera device to be placed over the seam, alternately turning on first pixels in a first column of the first electronic panel, the first column being closest to the seam, capturing, using the camera device, images for the respective first pixels, detecting, using a pattern detector, each of the first pixels based on a corresponding one of the captured images, determining one of at least one horizontal displacement or a vertical displacement along the seam, and compensating for the misalignments along the seam based on the determined at least one horizontal displacement or the vertical displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10067559
    Abstract: Methods and systems involving navigation of a graphical interface are disclosed herein. An example system may be configured to: (a) cause a head-mounted display (HMD) to provide a graphical interface, the graphical interface comprising (i) a view port having a view-port orientation and (ii) at least one navigable area having at least one border, the at least one border having a first border orientation; (b) receive input data that indicates movement of the view port towards the at least one border; (c) determine that the view-port orientation is within a predetermined threshold distance from the first border orientation; and (d) based on at least the determination that the view-port orientation is within a predetermined threshold distance from the first border orientation, adjust the first border orientation from the first border orientation to a second border orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Wheeler, Liang-Yu (Tom) Chi, Sebastian Thrun, Hayes Solos Raffle, Nirmal Patel
  • Patent number: 9942540
    Abstract: A method is provided for creating at least one image of a graphics scene that is to be played back on a screen. The graphics scene is made up of graphics objects. The position of a user is known. A graphics object is created in at least one image while taking account of the position of the user. A terminal is provided, which includes including an image-creator for creating at least one image of a graphics scene that is to be played back on a screen of a user occupying a position relative to the screen, the scene including at least one graphics object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Herve Marchand, Guillaume Roul, Cedric Chedaleux
  • Patent number: 9911214
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose a display control method and a display control apparatus, relating to the field of near-to-eye display technologies. The method includes: determining a first display area, in the FOV of a user, of an image displayed on a main display device; and using at least one near-to-eye display device according to the first display area to display augmentation information related to the image. In the method and apparatus of the embodiments of the present application, at least one near-to-eye display device is used to supplement a display that is provided at a suitable viewing distance of a user by a device but cannot fully fill the FOV of the user, and augmentation information is used to fill the FOV of the user as far as possible, so that good immersion media viewing experience can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Liang Zhou
  • Patent number: 9773074
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for building digital objects using component modular objects, such as block objects. The block objects have properties defining their appearance and interaction characteristics. When two or more block objects are placed together to form an object, their interaction characteristics define how they behave and so how the computer system will handle the representation of the block objects and the new object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Daybreak Game Company LLC
    Inventors: Paul Balon, Rosie Rappaport, Jeffrey Butler
  • Patent number: 9721369
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can acquire a request for a map of a particular region. A first set of one or more map portions for representing a first portion of the particular region can be identified based on the particular region. The first set can be associated with a first map data source. A second set of one or more map portions for representing a second portion of the particular region can be identified based on the particular region. The second set can be associated with a second map data source. The map of the particular region can be generated based on a combination of the first set and the second set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Zawada, Jason Michael Carreiro, Saurav Mohapatra, Kunal Bhalla, Kuan-Yu Tseng
  • Patent number: 9632653
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including a display unit to which multiple divisional screen regions are output, and a control unit that when an input for entering a division mode in which the display unit is divided into the multiple screen regions is received, generates a list region including a list of multiple applications, divides the display unit into first and second screen regions with the list region in between, and executes first and second applications selected from among the multiple applications on the first and second screen regions, respectively, in which the controller executes an application selected from among the multiple applications included in the list on the list region, and in which when an object included in the application being executed on the list region is selected, at least one of the first and second applications uses the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eulina Ko, Hosoo Kim, Chaesung Leem, Minjoo Chung, Hojae Jung, Shinhui Ahn, Juhyun Jung, Yong Kim, Hyoungkeun Kim
  • Patent number: 9606639
    Abstract: There is provided a pointing system including an image sensor, a plurality of reference marks and a processing unit. The image sensor is configured to capture image frames containing at least one reference mark image of the reference marks. The processing unit is configured to recognize an image number of the reference mark image and calculate an aiming point coordinate according to a positioning algorithm associated with the image number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Tsan Kao, Chia-Cheun Liang
  • Patent number: 9541417
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a non-transitory machine-readable medium that stores a program which when executed on a device by at least one processing unit performs panning operations on a three-dimensional (3D) map. The program displays a first 3D perspective view of the 3D map. In response to input to pan the 3D map, the program determines a panning movement based on the input and a two-dimensional (2D) view of the 3D map. The program pans the first 3D perspective view of 3D map to a second 3D perspective view of the 3D map based on determined panning movement. The program renders the second 3D perspective view of the 3D map for display on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Patrick S. Piemonte
  • Patent number: 9470894
    Abstract: Disclosed is a head mounted display (HMD) that provide contents to a user in a state of being worn on a user's head. The HMD includes a display unit configured to include a first region, which displays first contents, and a second region which is disposed next to both sides of the first region and display second contents associated with the first contents, a sensing unit configured to sense a motion of a head of a user wearing the HMD in a state where the HMD is worn on the head of the user, and a controller configured to, based on the sensing result, when a state in which a movement of the HMD is limited is sensed, determine a direction in which the movement of the HMD is limited, and change a display position of at least one portion of second contents which are displayed in a region corresponding to the determined direction in the second region which is disposed next to both sides of the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Doyoung Lee, Jongho Kim
  • Patent number: 9364737
    Abstract: The visual sports score seesaw device includes a miniature seesaw that includes a pair of rival teams and/or mascot-related indicia to be provided on distal ends of the seesaw. The base of the seesaw includes a first score and a second score to be entered in order to reflect the final score of an important rival game. Moreover, the rival team that won the important rival game is raised upwardly while the losing rival team is lowered. An embodiment may include a manual score adjustment knob for both the first score and the second score. Another embodiment may include an electronic display to be used and inputted for the first score and the second score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: William McCurry
  • Patent number: 9129155
    Abstract: Systems and methods for initializing motion tracking of human hands within bounded regions are disclosed. One embodiment includes: a processor; reference and alternate view cameras; and memory containing a plurality of templates that are rotated and scaled versions of a base template. In addition, a hand tracking application configures the processor to: obtain reference and alternate view frames of video data; generate a depth map; identify at least one bounded region within the reference frame of video data containing pixels having distances from the reference camera that are within a specific range of distances; determine whether any of the pixels within the at least one bounded region are part of a human hand; track the motion of the part of the human hand in a sequence of frames of video data obtained from the reference camera; and confirm that the tracked motion corresponds to a predetermined initialization gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Aquifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Michele Stoppa, Britta Hummel, Carlo Dal Mutto, Giuliano Pasqualotto
  • Patent number: 9111135
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking human hands using parts based template matching within bounded regions are described. One embodiment of the invention includes a processor; an image capture system configured to capture multiple images of a scene; and memory containing a plurality of templates that are rotated and scaled versions of a finger template. A hand tracking application configures the processor to: obtain a reference frame of video data and an alternate frame of video data from the image capture system; identify corresponding pixels within the reference and alternate frames of video data; identify at least one bounded region within the reference frame of video data containing pixels having corresponding pixels in the alternate frame of video data satisfying a predetermined criterion; and detect at least one candidate finger within the at least one bounded region in the reference frame of video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Aquifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Britta Hummel, Giridhar Murali
  • Publication number: 20150138244
    Abstract: According to the invention, a method for changing a display based at least in part on a gaze point of a user on the display is disclosed. The method may include receiving information identifying a location of the gaze point of the user on the display. The method may also include, based at least in part on the location of the gaze point, causing the display to scroll content on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Erland George-Svahn, Rebecka Lannsjö, Aron Yu
  • Patent number: 9030502
    Abstract: A system and method for organizing photos and other documents include a user interface for displaying photos and data nodes. A photo may be placed at a data node by selecting a facial image in the photo and then moving the facial image (e.g., using a drop and drag technique) to associate the facial image with the node. In alternative embodiments, a portion of a photo other than a facial image may be selected, or an entire photo may be selected, and then placed at the node. The user can identify nodes based on the person in the facial image and tag the photo with identifying information. In some embodiments, existing nodes (e.g., in a family tree) can be displayed in order to have photos placed therein. Relationship nodes can be suggested as facial images are associated with nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Brookhart
  • Publication number: 20150124001
    Abstract: A method and an electronic apparatus for achieving translation of a screen display interface are provided. The method comprises sensing a first operation action of a user on a sensing screen generating a first operation instruction when the first operation action is sensed determining whether the first operation instructions belongs to a translation instruction that is preset for translating the display interface; if determining the first operation instruction belongs to the translation instruction, translating the screen display interface to a preset region by a preset distance towards a direction of an action region according to the first operation instruction for displaying, where the action region is a position region mapping the first operation action to the sensing screen. In this way, the present disclosure can allow a user to operate the full screen of a large sensing screen with a single bond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Publication number: 20150116369
    Abstract: A display device (9) includes a display unit (91) capable of displaying display information in each of a plurality of display areas, an operation unit (92) that detects a position of an action performed on a display surface, the display information being displayed on the display surface in the display unit (91), and a control unit (93) that performs control so that, when a movement of the action position detected by the operation unit (92) from the position on the display information is detected, the display information is displayed in another display area located in a direction of the movement of the action position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Yuko Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9019222
    Abstract: In a method for motion detection of an electronic device, data on a touch screen of the electronic device is shared to a user. The method prevents the touch screen from being touched inadvertently when the electronic device is handed to or is picked up by the user. The method determines whether a movement of the electronic device is generated, wherein the movement is a motion generated when the electronic device is handed to the user. When the movement is generated, the method further locks a display of the touch screen, and determines whether the movement is finished. When the movement is finished, the method unlocks the display of the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Long Sie, Her-Ching Shyu
  • Patent number: 8970634
    Abstract: An operation control device includes a contact detection unit for detecting contact of an operation body with a display surface of a display unit on which information is displayed, a pressure detection unit, provided on the display unit, for detecting a pressure at which the operation body presses the display surface of the display unit, and an operation control unit for changing a display state of the information displayed on the display unit in a forward or reverse direction on the basis of an amount of pressure detected by the pressure detection unit until the operation body makes contact with and is separated from the display surface of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Fuminori Homma, Shunichi Kasahara, Yusuke Miyazawa, Tatsushi Nashida
  • Patent number: 8963963
    Abstract: A method of using stereo vision to interface with a computer is provided. The method includes capturing a stereo image, and processing the stereo image to determine position information of an object in the stereo image. The object is controlled by a user. The method also includes communicating the position information to the computer to allow the user to interact with a computer application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Evan Hildreth, Francis MacDougall
  • Patent number: 8952994
    Abstract: To provide an information processing device capable of enhancing convenience of a user using the information processing device by considering a dominant hand, habit, or the like, of the user without imposing on the user a task of inputting information of the user's dominant hand, habit, the like. In a case where it is determined that a user's designated position is included in a determination area corresponding to an object, the object is moved in accordance with movement of the designated position. In a case where at least one of one object and another object moves, processing relevant to the objects is executed based on a result of collision determination executed with respect to the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Seiichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 8947423
    Abstract: An interactive 3-D drawing method supports 3-D modeling of real-world scenes captured in the form of multiple images taken from different locations and angles. The method enables the user manipulate a 3-D drawing primitive without changing its appearance on a selected input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ocali Bilisim Teknolojileri Yazilim Donanim San. TIC. A.S.
    Inventors: Ogan Ocali, Ali Erol, Umut Sezen
  • Patent number: 8947726
    Abstract: A screen image displaying image-data items in list form is displayed over a predetermined time period. Then, the display color of an image-data item of the image-data items, the image-data item corresponding to predetermined classification information, is changed so that the image-data item can be differentiated from other image-data items. Consequently, a user can clearly identify the classification of the image-data items and easily find an image-data item satisfying a condition without performing a complicated operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeki Hachiro
  • Patent number: 8922592
    Abstract: A map display apparatus includes a display that displays a map viewed at a given angle for bird's eye view with respect to the ground; a touch panel that is disposed on the display; a determining unit that determines strength of touch of an object on the touch panel; a display controller that controls a display format of the map displayed on the display, based on a result of determination by the determining unit, where the display controller scrolls the map when the strength of touch is at most a given strength, and changes the angle for bird's eye view when the strength of touch exceeds the given strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Chihiro Hirose, Yozo Takehara
  • Publication number: 20140362122
    Abstract: Techniques for an input object for routing input for visual elements are described. In at least some embodiments, a region of a display area includes multiple graphic elements that can be generated and/or managed by different graphics functionalities. For instance, a graphical user interface (GUI) for an application can include a primary window and visual elements within the primary window, such as banners, control buttons, menus, Tillable fields, and so forth. In at least some embodiments, the primary window of the GUI can be managed by a first graphics functionality, while one or more visual elements within the primary window can be managed by a second graphics functionality. In accordance with one or more embodiments, an input object is employed to route input to visual elements to a graphics functionality responsible for managing the visual elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Raju Ramanathan, Pravin Kumar Santiago, Thomas Olsen, Reiner Fink, Alice M. Tang
  • Patent number: 8903691
    Abstract: Systems and computer program products for providing usability predictions are set forth herein. A system includes a test case collector for obtaining test cases for analyzing usability of a graphical user interface of a given software application, the test case collector having at least a memory storing the test cases. The system further includes a human performance model generator for automatically generating a human performance model based on the test cases. The system also includes a usability predictor for generating the usability predictions based on the human performance model. The test case collector automatically generates at least some of the test cases from an analysis of the given software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Myra B. Cohen, Bonnie E. John, Padmanabhan Santhanam, Amanda M. Swearngin
  • Patent number: 8903690
    Abstract: Methods of providing usability predictions are set forth herein. A method includes obtaining test cases for analyzing usability of a graphical user interface of a given software application. The method further includes automatically generating, using a processor, a human performance model based on the test cases. The method also includes generating the usability predictions based on the human performance model. At least some of the test cases are generated automatically from an analysis of the given software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel K. E. Bellamy, Myra B. Cohen, Bonnie E. John, Padmanabhan Santhanam, Amanda M. Swearngin
  • Patent number: 8881043
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a position determination unit for determining whether or not a position of an information input area included in a display area of a first application and a position of an information output area included in a display area of a second application satisfy a predetermined first positional relationship, and a coordination processing unit for inputting, in a case it is determined that the predetermined first positional relationship is satisfied, output information of the second application that is associated with the information output area to the first application as input information associated with the information input area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunichi Kasahara, Yuya Aoki, Mitsuru Nishibe, Takahiro Okayama
  • Patent number: 8878845
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, article of manufacture, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to create and edit a surface object in a computer implemented surface modeler. A surface object creation process is commenced and a surface object type is selected. During the surface object creation process, visual affordances are presented. The visual affordances are grips that can be used to inject modification into the surface object creation process. Subsequent to creation of the surface object, the same visual affordances are displayed and used to edit the surface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans-Frederick Brown
  • Patent number: 8854317
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a display section capable of displaying information on its display surface, a touch panel capable of detecting a position in the display surface where an operation tool has contacted with as a contact position, a pressure value detection section detecting a pressure value which is a size of a pressure applied to the contact surface by a contact between the operation tool and the contact surface, a process control section specifying a first processing or a second processing as a processing subject to be executed in accordance with a change of the detected pressure value, a first processing section executing the first processing when the first processing is specified to be a processing subject to be executed, and a second processing section executing the second processing when the second processing is specified to be a processing subject to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Fuminori Homma, Tatsushi Nashida
  • Publication number: 20140292815
    Abstract: A display method and apparatus and an electronic device are provided, in which a second image is displayed in accordance with a relative relationship between a user and a displaying supporter, i.e., the distance between a first operation object and a second operation object in a first image is different from that in a second image, in the case that the relative relationship satisfies a first preset condition. Therefore, when the distance between the operation objects is too small, the distance between the operation objects is enlarged and then the operation objects are displayed in the second image. When the distance between the operation objects is too large, the distance between the operation objects is reduced and then the operation objects are displayed in the second image. Therefore, the distance between the operation objects changes with the relative relationship between the user and the displaying supporter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lu Cao, Xiaoping Zhang, Yaqiang Wu, Zhepeng Wang
  • Publication number: 20140285528
    Abstract: A graph display control apparatus includes a figure display control unit, a graph figure change unit, a coordinate value calculation unit and a figure prominent display control unit. The figure display control unit sets a coordinate system to a display unit and displays (i) a first graph figure and (ii) a coordinate axis or a second graph figure in the system. The graph figure change unit moves or transforms the first graph figure in the system in response to a user operation to change the first graph figure. The coordinate value calculation unit detects an intersection point of (i) the changed first graph figure and (ii) the coordinate axis or the second graph figure and calculates a coordinate value of the intersection point. The figure prominent display control unit prominently displays the changed first graph figure when the coordinate value is an integer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki YOSHIZAWA
  • Patent number: 8830272
    Abstract: Multiple views, or windows, of an image of flowgraph nodes can be modified to facilitate viewing the nodes. In one embodiment, each window includes at least one boundary that is shared with another window so that when a window is changed by moving a particular boundary it causes another window sharing the particular boundary to correspondingly change. Window subsections can be used for viewing a different portion of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Sukendeep Samra, Makoto Kawamura, Shingo Kawabe, Kyoko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8810596
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for applying an effect to a digital image using a cursor. An effect can be applied to an image at a region under a cursor. The cursor has an outer periphery and an effect indicating periphery within the outer periphery. The outer periphery defines a maximum extent to which the effect is applied. The effect indicating periphery indicates how the effect will be applied to the image, such as providing a visual indication of a softness setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Joseph Ahmann, Mark Lee Kawano
  • Patent number: 8812985
    Abstract: A method and device for enhancing scrolling operations in a display of a device is disclosed. The method includes detecting a scrolling operation on a list of objects in a linear direction. During the scrolling operation, it is determined whether the list of objects is reaching an end and at least one object at the end of the list of objects is extended in the linear direction in response to reaching the end of the list of objects. Further, the method includes determining that the object(s) is reaching a peak length of extension in the linear direction and retracting the object(s) in a reverse linear direction in response to reaching the peak length or in response to detecting that the scrolling operation is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Venkata Sastry Akella
  • Patent number: 8797264
    Abstract: Predetermined image processing is performed in accordance with an input operation performed by an input device having image pickup means for taking an image of one or a plurality of imaging targets. Target image data, which is obtained from one target image of the one imaging target or a plurality of target images of the plurality of imaging targets in the image taken by the image pickup means and which indicates a distance between the plurality of target images or a size of the one target image, is sequentially obtained. A display image is enlarged and reduced in accordance with a change in the target image data. Then, the display image processed in such a manner is displayed on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keizo Ohta
  • Patent number: 8786639
    Abstract: A method includes: displaying a collection of objects; detecting a gesture made by a contact on the touch-sensitive surface, the gesture comprising a first movement of the contact on the touch-sensitive surface followed by a pause in movement of the contact followed by a second movement of the contact on the touch-sensitive surface; selecting a plurality of objects in the collection of objects in accordance with the first movement; and, after detecting the pause in movement of the contact, moving the selected plurality of objects away from unselected objects in the collection of objects in accordance with the second movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Patrick McCullough, Peter Glen Berger
  • Patent number: 8773472
    Abstract: To provide an information display device for displaying at least one item of display target information in respective screen element, receiving, while catalog display takes place, an instruction operation which is made utilizing display target information shown in the screen elements displayed as a catalog, and executing a process based on the instruction operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Kouichi Aoki, Takuya Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8767020
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a moderator that defines an editing space providing access to multiple applications. The moderator associates a first portion of the editing space with a first application and aligns the editing space over a work area of the first application. The moderator creates first content with the first application through the first portion of the editing space, such that the first content is bounded according to the dimension of the first portion of the editing space. The moderator further associates a second portion of the editing space with a second application. The moderator aligns the editing space over a work area of the second application. The moderator creates second content in the second application through the second portion of the editing space as the editing space displays the representation of the saved first content in the first portion of the editing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: S. Monikandan
  • Publication number: 20140160170
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer readable storage medium that is configured to cause the apparatus at least to cause provision of an image element at a first location on a display worn by a user; and in response to receiving sensor information indicating that the location of the display relative to a head of the user has changed, cause provision of the image element at a second, different, location on the display, wherein the first location and the second location relate to substantially the same position in a field of view of the user is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Kent M. LYONS
  • Publication number: 20140146087
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display method for improving the usability of an electrical device. The method comprises acquiring a first operation; judging whether the first operation meets a preset condition; when it is determined by the judgment that the first operation meets the preset condition, adjusting the position of a first object comprised in the common region from a first position in the display unit to a second position in the display unit, the first position being different from the second position. The present invention also discloses an electrical device for implementing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicants: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD., BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD.
    Inventor: Gaofeng LIN
  • Patent number: 8723892
    Abstract: A map display control apparatus includes: an accepting section configured to accept a search character; a search section configured to search for a landmark on a map, wherein a name of the landmark at least partly matches the search character; a position adjusting section configured to adjust a display position of the map such that the searched landmark search results appear in the map; a search refining section configured to perform a new search for the landmark and refine the landmark search results whenever a new character is added to the search character; and a position movement section configured to move the display position of the map, depending on a number of the refined landmark search results or a position of the refined landmark search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiro Nishiya
  • Patent number: 8704851
    Abstract: When an obstacle does not exist in a horizontal direction, a PC coordinate is set as a point of gaze. When the player character comes close to a high wall such that the obstacle exists in the horizontal direction, a first virtual straight line that has a predetermined length and intersects with the wall is set in the predetermined direction. A second virtual straight line that has the predetermined length and extends in an opposite direction is set at an intersection point of the first virtual straight line and the face of the wall. Next, it is determined whether the second virtual straight line intersects with another obstacle. When the second virtual straight line does not intersect with another obstacle, the coordinate of the tip end of the second virtual straight line is set as the point of gaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Square Enix
    Inventor: Hidetaka Saneshige
  • Patent number: 8704852
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium, and system for generating a composite image map includes obtaining a plurality of sprites for an application page and determining coordinates of each of the obtained plurality of sprites. A composite image map is generated based on the obtained plurality of sprites and the determined coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Adams
  • Publication number: 20140098142
    Abstract: A system and method for generating and manipulating one or more curves in a dynamic graph in response to user input. The system provides a user interface for interacting with (e.g. manipulating) curves in a dynamic graph of a drawing program. In response to user input (e.g. interaction with the graph and/or curve therein), the user interface graphically generates and/or modifies the curve. Generation/modification of the curve is based on an algorithm configured to intuitively and dynamically move control points of the curve in response to the user input. The user input may include direct interaction with portions of the curve itself, as well as direct control of the end points and/or control points. The algorithm ensures that the generated/modified curve represents a valid mathematical function, while further ensuring that the generated or modified curve appears visually smooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SCHOOL YOURSELF, INC.
    Inventors: John J. Lee, Zachary D. Wissner-Gross, Kenny Peng, Vivek Venkatachalam
  • Publication number: 20140085343
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method, an apparatus, and a terminal for adjusting a display area of a page. The method includes: obtaining displacement of a mobile communication terminal from a first time point to a second time point; and adjusting a display area of a currently browsed page according to the displacement. Through technical solutions of the present invention, a user may adjust the display area of the page through the mobile communication terminal, so as to solve a problem in the prior art that a mis-operation is easily caused when the display area of the page is adjusted in a manner of dragging on a touchscreen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei WANG
  • Patent number: 8682524
    Abstract: A view control system is communicably connected to a display device for displaying data in accordance with an information resource. The view control system includes a view control device. The view control device includes a regulation determiner, a view regulator, and a resource data sender. The regulation determiner determines whether to regulate visible output of the information resource. The view regulator associates regulatory data with the information resource upon determining to regulate visible output of the information resource. The resource data sender sends resource data including the information resource, associated regulatory data, and a message conveying that visible output of the information resource is regulated. Either the message or data generated in accordance with the information resource is sent to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Eiji Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 8670957
    Abstract: A computer-aided design station for use in computer-aided design of a modeled object includes a display device configured to display the modeled object and at least one secondary object in a viewing area, an interface device configured to receive user inputs relating to the modeled object and the viewing area, and a processor operably coupled to the display device and the interface device. The processor is configured to cause the display device to display an alignment tool in the viewing area in response to user input and cause the display device to display at least one attach point of the secondary object in response to user input. The processor is also configured to detect when the alignment tool is moved to a position within a first preselected distance from the secondary object and automatically align the secondary object with respect to the alignment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dassault Systemes
    Inventors: Guillaume Romain Dayde, James René Michel Dugalais, Christophe René Francis Delfino