Electronic Book With Display Patents (Class 345/901)
  • Patent number: 10250614
    Abstract: An application delivers educational, entertainment or work-related content including videos and documents to any computing device of a user via an account, each account being uniquely identified. Upon each login, the application checks whether the user is already logged in on another computing device and issues a warning or logs out the new device. The application also checks all user accounts periodically to determine whether one account is logged into more than one computing device. Each video or document is associated with a course and has a corresponding course code. An institution database lists courses that a student is currently enrolled in. Another database records videos watched or documents viewed via a student account. Each student account is allowed a maximum number of courses or is limited by the courses in which they are actually enrolled. The application checks whether the videos watched correspond to more than the courses allowed and if so, then access by the student account is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: STUDY SOCIAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ethan Fieldman
  • Patent number: 10115398
    Abstract: A simple affirmative response operating system is disclosed for selecting a data item from a list of options using a unique affirmative action. Text-based labels in a listing of content are converted to speech using an embedded text-to-speech engine and an audio output of a first converted label is provided. A listening state is entered into for a predefined pause time to await receipt of the simple affirmative action. If the simple affirmative action is performed during the predefined pause time, an associated content item is selected for output. If the simple affirmative action is not performed during the predefined pause time, an audio output of a next converted label in the list is provided. This protocol may be used to control a variety of computing devices safely and efficiently while a user is distracted or disabled from using traditional input methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligently Interactive, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric H. Weingartner
  • Patent number: 10109213
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an educational e-reader platform are provided. The educational e-reader platform may be configured to receive one or more attributes of a student, comprising at least an indication of the student's reading ability, and one or more attributes of digital books available in a library. Using the student and digital book attributes acquired, the educational e-reader platform may create a customized library for the student comprising one or more of the digital books available in the library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LIGHTSAIL EDUCATION
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Steven Gittleson, Jessica Reid Sliwerski
  • Patent number: 9983849
    Abstract: A voice command-driven system and computer-implemented method are disclosed for selecting a data item in a list of text-based data items stored in a database using a simple affirmative voice command input without utilizing a connection to a network. The text-based data items in the list are converted to speech using an embedded text-to-speech engine and an audio output of a first converted data item is provided. A listening state is entered into for a predefined pause time to await receipt of the simple affirmative voice command input. If the simple affirmative voice command input is received during the predefined pause time, the first converted data item is selected for processing. If the simple affirmative voice command input is not received during the predefined pause time, an audio output of a next converted data item in the list is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTELLIGENTLY INTERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventor: Eric H. Weingartner
  • Patent number: 9961265
    Abstract: A method for capturing and storing historic audiovisual data via a digital mirror allows a digital display to be utilized as a digital mirror. The digital display includes a touchscreen that is divided into a first portion with a live video feed and a second portion with a graphical user interface (GUI). An image-capture device and a microphone are able to capture audiovisual media data that is saved onto a data storage device. The audiovisual media data may be searched at a later time in order to view specific audiovisual media data captured at a previous time. The digital display may be activated via a plurality of display activation triggers that is intended to provide security and prevent unauthorized access to the digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Shafiq Ahmad Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 9869810
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electronic product, includes: obtaining a flexible, optically substantially transparent or translucent, substrate sheet; printing a number of electrical conductors on the substrate sheet in accordance with a predefined schematic; printing or disposing a number of electronic components including optoelectronic light emissive, preferably LED (light-emitting diode), components on the substrate sheet in accordance with the schematic, wherein at least some of the printed conductors are configured to provide electrical current thereto; and attaching a flexible, optically substantially transparent, lightguide sheet to the substrate so as to establish a functional multi-layer structure, where the light emitted by the light emissive components is incoupled to the lightguide, propagates therewithin, and is at least partly outcoupled to the environment through the substrate sheet. Related arrangement and electronic device are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TACTOTEK OY
    Inventors: Antti Keranen, Jarmo Saaski, Tuomas Heikkila, Paavo Niskala, Kari Severinkangas, Sami Torvinen
  • Patent number: 9855783
    Abstract: A device comprising a laminate (2) comprising at least two layers (31, 32, 33, 34, 35) and a plurality of electronic components (5, 6, 7, 8) disposed between two layers. At least one of the layers (31, 34) supports conductive tracks (10, 11) arranged to connect electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NOVALIA LTD.
    Inventor: Kate Stone
  • Patent number: 9852743
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media directed towards automatic emphasis of spoken words. In one embodiment, a process may begin by identifying, within an audio recording, a word that is to be emphasized. Once identified, contextual and lexical information relating to the emphasized word can be extracted from the audio recording. This contextual and lexical information can be utilized in conjunction with a predictive model to determine a set of emphasis parameters for the identified word. These emphasis parameters can then be applied to the identified word to cause the word to be emphasized. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Yang Zhang, Gautham J. Mysore, Floraine Berthouzoz
  • Patent number: 9619202
    Abstract: A voice command-driven system and computer-implemented method are disclosed for selecting a data item in a list of text-based data items stored in a database using a simple affirmative voice command input without utilizing a connection to a network. The text-based data items in the list are converted to speech using an embedded text-to-speech engine and an audio output of a first converted data item is provided. A listening state is entered into for a predefined pause time to await receipt of the simple affirmative voice command input. If the simple affirmative voice command input is received during the predefined pause time, the first converted data item is selected for processing. If the simple affirmative voice command input is not received during the predefined pause time, an audio output of a next converted data item in the list is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Intelligently Interactive, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric H. Weingartner
  • Patent number: 9489856
    Abstract: An interactive printed article includes a cover and a plurality of printed leaves on which a plurality of touchpoints are distributed. A particular printed leaf among the plurality of printed leaves includes first and second viewed surfaces and first and second inner surfaces and has a touch sensor incorporated therein proximate to a touchpoint among the plurality of touchpoints. At least one of the first and second viewed surfaces has content printed thereon, and at least one of the first and second inner surfaces has a conductive trace formed thereon. The interactive printed article further includes an electronics package electrically coupled to the conductive trace that initiates presentation of a particular presentation corresponding to the touchpoint in response to detection via the touch sensor of selection of the touchpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SMARTBOUND TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Austin Herz
  • Patent number: 9459659
    Abstract: A multi-port mini computer includes a main housing and an adapting stage. The main housing comprises a first male connector, a microprocessor, a wireless network unit, an antenna, a second first male connector and a first casing enclosing above elements. The adapting stage comprises a second female, a third male connector, and a second casing enclosing above elements. The first casing has a sliding rail on outer face thereof and the second casing has a connection member on outer face thereof. The adapting stage is assembled to the main housing by connecting the connection member into the sliding rail. The first male connector, the second male connector and the third male connector are different kinds of male connectors, the second female connector is corresponding to the second male connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Nai-Chien Chang
  • Patent number: 9454258
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed that includes a pleated user interface having a plurality of ridges and a plurality of valleys; a first sensor coupled with a first ridge of the plurality of ridges; a memory storing a plurality of pages; a display; and a controller coupled with the display, the memory, the sensor, and the pleated user interface. The controller may be configured to provide a first page of the plurality of pages to a user through the display; receive a first signal from the first sensor indicating an interaction with at least the first ridge of the pleated user interface; and provide a second page of the plurality of pages to the display in response to receiving the first signal, wherein the second page is adjacent to the first page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Alexander Gilman
  • Patent number: 9348917
    Abstract: An approach is provided for retrieving electronic documents. The approach provides a Web-based graphical user interface that allows users to construct complex queries that include Boolean clauses, proximity clauses and/or keyword phrases, without requiring the users to have a working knowledge of query languages. The Web-based graphical user interface also allows users to specify a semantic meaning for one or more search terms. The approach also allows users to generate various reports for search results. Various filters may be applied to manage the amount of reporting data and semantic meanings may be applied to increase relevancy. A time cost estimator provides an estimated review time for search results. Also included are approaches for using the results of simple searches to perform advanced searches, for estimating the cost and/or time for reviewing search results and for performing tagging analysis and for using logical custodians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Motoyama, Jiang Hong, Candice Lin, Pingping Pan, Yuwen Wu
  • Patent number: 9041648
    Abstract: A portable device including a main display; a flexible display; a sensor unit configured to sense at least one of expanding of the flexible display and an input signal; and a processor configured to control the main display, the flexible display and the sensor unit, when a first page of a plurality of pages having a sequence is being displayed in the main display. The process also displays an indicator in the main display when the input signal is sensed, the indicator indicating a display direction of additional pages to be displayed when the flexible display is expanded, and indicating a forward direction or a reverse direction based on the first page as the display direction, and displays at least one additional page in the display direction indicated by the indicator when the expanding of the flexible display is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Doyoung Lee, Yongsin Kim, Hyorim Park
  • Patent number: 8982043
    Abstract: An electronic reader device with a physical control disposed on a surface of the device housing. The physical control is operable to initiate a first function. A display disposed on the surface of the housing is operable to show a virtual control that initiates a second function. A sensor detects a drag operation moving the virtual control to a position on a border of the display adjacent to the physical control. A processor associates the second function with the physical control in response to the drag operation and performs the second function upon activation of the physical control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Koobe Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Young Liang, Chin-Lung Ho
  • Patent number: 8972420
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enabling a user to associate a story with one or more referents. In some embodiments, information representing a first version of a story may be caused to be displayed, and in the display of information representing the first version of the story, a user may be enabled to associate a referent with a first point in the first version of the story, where the referent is at least one of an event, a character, an object, a subject, a time, a place and a person. In some embodiments, the referent may be automatically associated with a second point in a second version of the story based at least in part on a point map associated with the first version of the story and the second version of the story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Audible, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy A. Story, Jr., Steven Dzik
  • Patent number: 8963865
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a concentration mode in electronic touch sensitive devices. The concentration mode can be used to highlight given textual content on a line by line basis, or other consumable content. The user can engage the mode with a particular gesture. Once engaged, a UI feature is displayed that assists the user in viewing the given content. In some cases, the UI feature includes a reading pane that encompasses one to three complete lines of displayed text or other content. Background content outside the reading pane can be faded or otherwise softened. In some cases, the UI feature also includes, or alternatively includes, a straight-edged reading guide. The initial placement of the UI feature can be set, for instance, based on the initial contact point touched by the user. As the contact point moves, the UI feature moves accordingly. Concentration mode disengages when user releases contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: barnesandnoble.com llc
    Inventors: Kourtny M. Hicks, Dale J. Brewer, Amir Mesguich Havilio, Gerald B. Cueto
  • Patent number: 8960936
    Abstract: A backlit storybook for the visually impaired comprises an audio and visual storybook including a book, a base, and an integral backlight. Each page of the book comprises images or words. The book is placed upon the base to enable each individual page to backlight the images and words to provide a high-contrast lighted character pattern easily readable by those with impaired vision. The system further includes a speaker for audio to play a corresponding narration and indicates when different pages should be turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Shelley A. Malcolm
  • Patent number: 8935627
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a display module displaying an electronic document screen showing at least one full page among a plurality of pages of an electronic document, and the display module receives a first input for setting a number of pages to be turned among the plurality of pages. The mobile terminal further includes a controller which sets the number of pages in response to the first input, turns the set number of pages in response to a second input received proximate to the electronic document screen, and displays a subsequent page following the set number of pages turned on the electronic document screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyejin Ryu, Miyoung Kim, Seungheon Han, Yeerang Yun, Youngjun Kim
  • Patent number: 8914386
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for displaying relationships between stories. In some embodiments, a plurality of referents that are each related to a first story may be caused to be displayed, where a referent is at least one of an event, a character, an object, a subject, a time, a place and a person. A user may be enabled to select one of the plurality of referents in order to view identification information identifying at least one other story, where the other story is also associated with the selected referent. In response to user selection of one of the plurality of referents, identification information identifying the at least one other story that is associated with the selected referent may be caused to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Audible, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy A. Story, Jr., Steven Dzik
  • Patent number: 8830169
    Abstract: Peripherals and data processing systems are disclosed which can be configured to interact based upon sensor data. In at least certain embodiments, a method for sensing motion and orientation information for a device includes receiving a motion event from at least one sensor located in a device. The method further includes determining an orientation for a display of the device. The method further includes determining whether the device is currently moving. The method further includes determining whether the device moves within an angle with respect to a ground reference for a first time period. The method further includes switching the orientation of the display of the device if the device moves in excess of the angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Herz, Dan Keen, Wayne Carl Westerman
  • Patent number: 8810508
    Abstract: The display device includes: a flexible display panel including a display portion in which scanning lines and signal lines cross each other; a supporting portion for supporting an end portion of the flexible display panel; a signal line driver circuit for outputting a signal to the signal line, which is provided for the supporting portion; and a scanning line driver circuit for outputting a signal to the scanning line, which is provided for a flexible surface of the display panel in a direction which is perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satohiro Okamoto, Yasuyuki Arai, Ikuko Kawamata, Atsushi Miyaguchi, Yoshitaka Moriya
  • Patent number: 8806382
    Abstract: In a terminal device 10, two rectangular casings 11A, 11B are connected by a hinge section 12, and touch screens TD1, TD2 of the same shape and size (rectangular) are arranged on substantially the entire inner surface thereof, respectively. When a slide operation performed on at least one of the touch screens TD1, TD2 is detected with the two vertically long casings 11A, 11B being horizontally aligned (horizontally opened state), a control section 1 identifies the touch screen on which the slide operation has been performed as an operation screen and performs display control corresponding to the slide operation on the touch screens TD1, TD2 including the operation screen and a touch screen related thereto (such as an adjacent screen). For example, it sequentially performs page turning on display information on the touch screens TD1, TD2, as display control corresponding to the slide operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Casio Mobile Communications, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8739073
    Abstract: Various technologies and techniques are disclosed for providing a table of contents for a document viewer application. A document viewer application is provided that can display a document that has multiple pages of content. Upon receiving a selection from the user to access a table of contents for the document, a table of contents is displayed that contains a representation of at least some of the pages of content in a manner that is overlaid on top of a current position in the document. A navigation feature allows a user to navigate through the table of contents while retaining the current position in the document. A preview size adjustment feature allows the user to adjust a size of the representation of the pages of content for the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Han, Nathan Dunlap
  • Patent number: 8730173
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device which easily selects and executes an application relating to characters inputted by a user. A cellular phone is provided with a display unit which displays a character input screen, an operation unit for inputting characters to be displayed on the character input screen, and a control unit which controls the display unit to display a candidate for conversion or a predicted candidate of the characters inputted using the operation unit. The control unit displays the name of an application or the name of a processing in the application as the candidate for conversion or a predicted candidate, and when either name is selected, executes the processing of the application corresponding to the selected name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Shuuji Ishikawa, Yasumasa Sekigami, Takafumi Oka, Hiroyuki Bamba, Michiko Takei, Nayu Noumachi
  • Patent number: 8724301
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device and a method for a multi-screen laptop book by integrating a plurality of features including a tablet, an electronic book reader, and a notebook. The multi-screen display laptop book provides a capability in one simple and easy to use device. The integrated device utility includes applications for education, healthcare, industrial control, mobile point-of-sale, event self-registration, augmentative communication, personal computing and word processing, multimedia home use and home automation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Mohamed K. Mahmoud
  • Patent number: 8711101
    Abstract: An input coordinate point is obtained from a pointing device, and either one of first and second controls is selected in accordance with an operation performed by a user. When the first control is selected, a movement vector is calculated based on the input coordinate point and a predetermined coordinate point, and a display area of a virtual space, which is displayed on a display device, is moved. Alternatively, when the first control is selected, the movement vector is calculated based on the input coordinate point and predetermined coordinate point, and an object is moved within the virtual space. When the second control is selected, the object is moved to a position in the virtual space, the position corresponding to the input coordinate point. Then, the display device is caused to display the virtual space within the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8711395
    Abstract: We describe a method of displaying one or more pages of a document on an electronic document reading device using a second, computerised electronic device, the method comprising: running a document display management program on said second electronic device; using said management program to invoke an application running on said second electronic device to open said document on said second electronic device, such that said opening of said document is hidden from said user; using an intermediary code module, in particular a printer driver for said application, coupled to said application to generate image data representing an image of a said page of said document to be displayed on said electronic document reading device; sending said image of said page to said electronic document reading device; and displaying said image of said page on said electronic document reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Plastic Logic Limited
    Inventors: Duncan Barclay, Anusha Nirmalananthan, William Reeves
  • Patent number: 8581834
    Abstract: An electro-optical device includes: a display section that has a plurality of pixels; a control value acquisition section that acquires an initial value of a control value c which is used when an image is displayed on the display section; a calculation section that decreases the control value c whenever the image of the display section is rewritten; and a control section that selects one driving method from a plurality of driving methods on the basis of the control value c and rewrites the image of the display section by using the selected driving method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 8533623
    Abstract: Methods and a system for an electronic device to allow for riffling through pages of a document. A fore edge view of page edges is displayed in a user display of the device and enables pages to be turned to while skipping other pages via inputs received at the user display. The user display has a touch screen interface that senses touch on display. Motion is also detected and when the device is tilted or moved a motion sensed causes the fore edge view to be displayed. Inputs sensed by the touch screen interface cause the fore edge view to be displayed and also allow pages or section of the document to be held concurrently while pages are riffled to in the document. The held pages are easily returned to at will.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. St. Jacques, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8520025
    Abstract: An electronic book system provides interfaces particularly suited to students' use of textbooks. A finger press on a touch screen produces a contextual menu with user choices that relate to where the finger was pressed or what the user was recently doing with the book. A student provisionally navigates through a book by a specific gesture which, when it stops, returns the user to the previous position in the book. Annotations are displayed and hidden using specific gestures and through selective movement of the reader as sensed by its accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: James Patterson, Nathan Moody, Scott Dougall
  • Patent number: 8482481
    Abstract: A dual-screen electronic reading apparatus includes a memory storing files, a non-volatile display unit, a volatile display unit, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor includes a file determining module configured for determining whether text and at least one image exist in one opened file, and for generating a text file and an image file if both text and at least one image exist in the opened file. The microprocessor also includes a display controlling module configured for displaying the text file on the non-volatile display unit and displaying the image file on the volatile display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teh-Shen Lee
  • Patent number: 8482432
    Abstract: The portable traffic barrier with illuminated message display includes at least one lightweight panel having a rigid frame and a matrix of separate illumination units therein. The illumination units are flexibly secured to one another within the panel by links extending between adjacent units. Each illumination unit includes two mutually opposed faces, either or both faces providing illumination from a plurality of small lighting elements (e.g., LEDs) therein. Some of the units may be non-illuminated, if desired. The panel includes an electrical power supply capable of providing power to the illumination units from a solar panel, a portable electrical supply, or from the local power grid, if available. In at least one embodiment, the panel may be folded in accordion fashion for more compact storage when not deployed. A plurality of such panels may be interconnected mechanically and electrically to provide a comprehensive traffic message, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Hussain Y. A. M. Mothaffar
  • Patent number: 8427420
    Abstract: An e-book reader in which destruction of a driver circuit at the time when a flexible panel is handled is inhibited. In addition, an e-book reader having a simplified structure. A plurality of flexible display panels each including a display portion in which display control is performed by a scan line driver circuit and a signal line driver circuit, and a binding portion fastening the plurality of display panels together are included. The signal line driver circuit is provided inside the binding portion, and the scan line driver circuit is provided at the edge of the display panel in a direction perpendicular to the binding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama, Yasuyuki Arai, Ikuko Kawamata, Atsushi Miyaguchi, Yoshitaka Moriya
  • Patent number: 8411072
    Abstract: A method of saving input content on an electronic device is disclosed. A setting module sets M bits grayscale per sampled pixel, M is a whole number. A creating module creates a file to store input content. An obtaining module obtains data of the input content. A storing module stores the data in the file and stores M bits grayscale per sampled pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qing-Hua Liu
  • Patent number: 8400291
    Abstract: An information display apparatus includes a display unit including a non-volatile display medium. The information display apparatus further includes: a temperature detecting unit configured to detect a display unit temperature which is temperature of the display unit; a temperature determining unit configured to determine whether the display unit temperature is outside of a set temperature range which is predetermined based on characteristics of the display unit; and a display control unit configured to perform on the display unit a burn prevention display which is predetermined based on the characteristics, when the display unit temperature is outside of the set temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatoshi Sugiura
  • Patent number: 8379060
    Abstract: Device, system, and method for display calibration. For example, an apparatus includes: one or more color sensors, embedded within a body of a mobile device, to measure one or more color attributes of a visual element displayed by a display unit of the mobile device when a lid of the mobile device is in a closed position; and a color calibrator to calibrate one or more parameters of the display unit based on the one or more color attributes measured by the one or more color sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Wah Yiu Kwong, Hong W. Wong
  • Patent number: 8352876
    Abstract: Interactive electronic book operating systems and methods for displaying and allowing customization of content of scientific, engineering and other technical and professional digital books. The display screen can include icons for forward and backward page turning, generating of dynamic indexing and tables of contents, bookmarking, color themes, floating pages, highlighting, adding sticky notes, hiding selected content on the pages, quizzing the reader, lecturing the reader, tutoring the reader, showing the reader additional designs and practical relevance, and allowing the instructor to generate uniform seed numbers for problems and designs and/or allowing the instructor to generate random seed values for problems and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Issa Batarseh, Ghaith Haddad, Rashad Oreifej, Rawad Al-Haddad
  • Patent number: 8345073
    Abstract: Layers of a touch sensor array used by electronic devices may be incorporated into other components, such that a touch sensor array is formed upon assembly of the other components. This touch sensor array may then be used as an input device by a user. For example, one layer of a touch sensor array may be integrated into the back of a display component, forming a first integrated package. Similarly, a second layer of the touch sensor array may be integrated into the front of a battery, forming a second integrated package. Upon assembly of the display atop the battery, the touch sensor array is formed. Such integration results in simpler and less expensive assembly, reduces the count of discrete parts during assembly, and minimizes the electronic device's physical profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, David C. Buuck
  • Patent number: 8271891
    Abstract: A computing environment logbook logs events occurring within a computing environment. The events are displayed as a history of past events within the logbook of the computing environment. The logbook provides search functionality to search through the history of past events to find one or more selected past events, and further, enables an undo of the one or more selected past events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Gordon C. Osbourn, Ann M. Bouchard
  • Patent number: 8264437
    Abstract: A device including a housing and a display provided on a surface of the housing. The device also includes a light sensor provided on the surface of the housing, and a controller coupled to the display and the sensor. The controller is configured to change a display mode of the display from a first display mode to a monochromatic display mode when a light level of ambient light sensed by the light sensor exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nitanda
  • Patent number: 8253648
    Abstract: A portable terminal comprises a first body 104 on which the first display surface 102 is formed, a second body 108 on which the second display surface 106 is formed, and hinge units which combine the first body 104 and the second body 108 in a foldable way. The first display surface 102 and the second display surface 106 form a combined display 112 continuously at a time of opening the first body 104 and the second body 108, and it further comprises a display control unit which displays one information on the whole combined display 112. Two display screens respectively formed in the individual bodies are used effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Michio Nagai, Hideo Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8243021
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods described herein may couple a base component associated with a portable electronic device (PED) to a display component associated with the PED such that the display component is capable of sliding and rotating relative to the base component. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rick Feightner, Wah Yiu Kwong, Katherine Mills, George K. Korinsky, Khanh Q Tran
  • Patent number: 8243053
    Abstract: A flexible display panel includes a flexible panel body and at least one integrated circuit driver (IC driver). The flexible panel body has a first end surface, a second end surface, a plurality of side surfaces and at least one convex cambered surface. The first end surface has a display area. The second end surface is opposite to the first end surface. Each of the side surfaces connects the first end surface and the second end surface. Each adjacent two of the side surfaces connect each other. The convex cambered surface connects adjacent two of the side surfaces and connects the first end surface and the second end surface. The IC driver is disposed at the flexible panel body, located outside the display area, and adjacent to the convex cambered surface. In addition, another flexible display panel having a gravity-changing device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: E Ink Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Tzu-Ming Wang, Yuan-Chih Tsai, Ted-Hong Shinn
  • Patent number: 8207947
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to an electronic document readers and reading devices, that is to a device that presents a document to a user on a display to enable the user to read the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Plastic Logic Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Marsh, Timon Botez, Nicole Hodgkinson, David Tonge
  • Patent number: 8207942
    Abstract: A portable viewing and computing apparatus. In one embodiment, the present invention is comprised of a bus, a memory unit coupled to the bus, and a processor coupled to the bus. The memory unit is for storing data and instructions. The processor is for processing data and instructions. The portable viewing and computing apparatus is further comprised of a display device coupled to the bus. The display device is comprised of a viewing panel viewable from a front side and a back side. The portable viewing and computing apparatus is further comprised of a display device controller coupled to the bus. The display device controller is for sensing the orientation and rotation of the display device, and in response thereto, for controlling and rendering data on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Northway, John Cardozo
  • Patent number: 8203546
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to an electronic document reading device, that is to a device such as an electronic book which presents a document to a user on a display to enable the user to read the document. A portable flex-tolerant electronic document reading device, the device including a flex-tolerant display coupled to a flex-tolerant layer of pixel driver circuitry, and wherein said device has a physical configuration comprising a planar display surface and a rear surface having a frame around its outer perimeter to stiffen the device, the frame defining a central region of relatively reduced thickness compared with a thickness of said frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Plastic Logic Limited
    Inventors: Ben Watson, Nick Sandham, David Fisher, Duncan Barclay, Simon Jones, Carl Hayton, Anusha Nirmalananthan
  • Patent number: 8174547
    Abstract: A tablet PC capable of providing continuous utilization of a sound signal collected from a microphone without requiring any user intervention when a use mode thereof has been changed from a PC use mode to a tablet use mode is disclosed. The tablet PC includes a set of microphones to form a microphone array. The tablet PC is able to operate in a sound emphasis mode wherein sound signals collected from the microphones are processed while forming an emphasis space, and to operate in a non-processing mode wherein the sound signals are processed without forming the emphasis space. When a user manipulates a chassis orientation of the tablet PC from a PC use mode to a tablet use mode, the tablet PC operates to process the emphasis space so that the sound signals collected by the microphones can be utilized in the tablet use mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaharu Yoneda, Hironari Nishino, Hidetoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 8149183
    Abstract: Various embodiments and methods relating to driving a stacked arrangement of display panels are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter James Fricke, Alan R. Arthur
  • Patent number: 8095949
    Abstract: A viewer for displaying electronic books and having various features for restricting access to their content. A user may assign ratings to stored electronic books, or use standard ratings, and assign access levels to potential users. The ratings and access levels determine which electronic books, or portions of the electronic books, a particular user may access on the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Adrea, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Hendricks, Michael L. Asmussen