Marker Or Pointer Generator Patents (Class 348/601)
  • Patent number: 8903957
    Abstract: A transmission-side information terminal displays a marker whose wavelength changes with time on the basis of a tag ID acquired from a management server. A receiving-side information terminal takes an image to acquire the tag ID, and transmits storage instruction information to a distribution server, the storage instruction information including the tag ID, an area number indicating a position of the receiving-side information terminal and image data acquired by taking an image. The image distribution server stores the tag ID, the area number and the image data in the storage instruction information in association with one another. The transmission-side information terminal transmits query information including the tag ID acquired from the management server and the area number indicating its own position to the image distribution server, thereby acquiring image data associated with the tag ID and the area number from the image distribution server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Kikuchi, Nobuo Iizuka, Keiichi Kaneko, Takeshi Imai
  • Patent number: 8836864
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a first signal processor which processes a first image; a second signal processor which processes a second image; a display unit which displays the processed first image on a main screen and the processed second image on a picture-in-picture (PIP) screen having a predetermined size and at least partially overlapping with the first image; a receiver which receives a pointer signal corresponding to a user's selection; and a controller which determines which one of the first image and the second image shows a pointer corresponding to the received pointer signal located thereon, and controls the second signal processor so that a result from performing an operation corresponding to a location of the pointer on the second image can be processed and displayed on the PIP screen if the pointer is located on the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-wook Choi, Hyun-sig Lim
  • Patent number: 8752967
    Abstract: A projection system and an image processing method thereof are provided. The system includes a projector module, a photography module and a processing module. The projector module projects a first image frame to an object surface. The photography module photographs the object surface to derive a second image frame including the first image frame and an indication point, wherein the indication point is formed by light projected on the object surface by an external device. The processing module analyzes the second image frame to derive coordinate of the indication point in the second image frame, derives coordinate of at least a feature point of the first image frame in the second image frame according to a linear-approximation method, and transforms the coordinates of the indication point in the second image frame to the coordinates in the first image frame by using two-dimensional coordinate transformation equations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Aptos Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Yung-Ching Hung, Meng-Chiou Liao
  • Patent number: 8675136
    Abstract: An image display apparatus is provided which includes an image display unit for displaying a still image or a moving image, an imaging unit for capturing an image in a direction in which the image display unit is displaying the still image or the moving image, a detecting unit for detecting a light emitting unit of a remote controlling device included in the image captured by the imaging unit, and detecting a movement amount of the light emitting unit within the captured image, the remote controlling device controlled by a user, and a control unit for controlling a movement amount of a pointer displayed on the image display unit, depending on the movement amount of the light emitting unit detected by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Shiro Omori
  • Patent number: 8408710
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method thereof for recording a presentation. The presentation recording apparatus includes: a projector operable to project an original image of a presentation onto a screen; a camera operable to capture the image of the presentation projected onto the screen and a light of a pointing device which is irradiated onto the screen; a memory; and a controller, wherein if the projector projects the image of the presentation onto the screen, the controller controls the camera to capture the image of the presentation projected onto the screen, determines coordinate information corresponding to a position of the light of the pointing device irradiated onto the screen, and controls the memory to store the original image of the presentation together with the determined coordinate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-hyuk Jang, Seung-kwon Park, Hee-seob Ryu
  • Patent number: 8269896
    Abstract: An error reduction apparatus includes a combing absence detector to detect absence of combing from a luminance signal, a combing presence detector to detect presence of combing from a color-difference signal, a vertical low-pass filter to receive the color-difference signal, and a selector to select one of the color-difference signal and a color-difference signal to which the vertical low-pass filter is applied based on detection results of the combing absence detector and the combing presence detector, and if combing is absent in the luminance signal and combing is present in the color-difference signal, the error reduction apparatus applies the vertical low-pass filter to the color-difference signal and outputs the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Katou
  • Patent number: 8264619
    Abstract: A remote control system and method comprising a television and a light pointing apparatus adapted, in a first embodiment, to transmit a first narrow beam having a first frequency corresponding to visible light, which is used to give an indication of where the pointer is pointed, and a second expanded beam surrounding the first beam and comprising a second frequency corresponding to infrared light. In a second embodiment, the pointer transmits a single frequency modulated light beam. In operation, the beam of light is shown on the television screen to activate an on screen menu based user interface via a photo sensor, microprocessor and onscreen display controller. Screen menu items appear on the screen positioned around the periphery of the screen. The user then moves the beam of light on the screen to the periphery of the screen to optically engage one of the plurality of photo conductors, which triggers an appropriate menu sequence or the performance of a television function such as, e.g., channel up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry B. Lowe
  • Patent number: 8184100
    Abstract: An inertial sensing input controller, receiver and interactive system using thereof are provided in the present invention. The inertial sensing input controller functioning to capture motions of a human body comprises an inertial sensing module for sensing a sequence of motions of the human body and generating the corresponding parameters and then transmitting to a receiver connected to an electrical device. In addition, the inertial sensing input controller further integrates a plurality of communication protocols and the electrical device interacting with the inertial sensing input controller can be switched to different control modes according to the parameters received by the receiver. On the other hand, the parameters generated by the inertial sensing input controller can be transmitted to the electrical device directly so that the electrical device can process the parameters and judge the action or scenario with respect to the human movement accordingly for increasing diversity of interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Jr-Wei Lian, Chih-Kai Chiu, Shun-Nan Liou, Ming-Jye Tsai, Chun-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 8085990
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can generate a map. The map can be a hybrid between an orthographic projection map and street-side images, thus including useful aspects from both types of representations. For example, an orthographic projection map is very effective at presenting global relationships among the features of the map but not effective at presenting local detail. In contrast, street -side images show excellent detail but do not convey the global information of an orthographic projection map. The hybrid map can thus provide a richer set of information than conventional maps and can also display objects/features of the hybrid map in multiple perspectives simultaneously on a single representation that is printable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Eyal Ofek
  • Patent number: 7942745
    Abstract: A game operating device (controller) includes a longitudinal housing, and a holding portion held by hand to be wrapped by its palm it is formed in the housing. A direction switch is provided on an upper surface at a position where it can be operated by thumb of the hand holding the holding portion, and a start switch and a select switch are provided backward thereof. An X button 46 and a Y button are further arranged in line on the upper surface of the housing. An imaging information arithmetic unit is provided at a front end of the housing in a longitudinal direction in such a manner that an imaging device thereof is exposed from a front-end surface. A concave portion is formed on a lower surface at a position corresponding to the direction switch. The concave portion includes a valley and two inclined surfaces. An A button capable of being operated by index finger of the hand holding the holding portion is provided on the backward inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Ikeda, Kuniaki Ito
  • Patent number: 7931535
    Abstract: A game operating device (controller) includes a longitudinal housing, and a holding portion held by hand to be wrapped by its palm it is formed in the housing. A direction switch is provided on an upper surface at a position where it can be operated by thumb of the hand holding the holding portion, and a start switch and a select switch are provided backward thereof. An X button 46 and a Y button are further arranged in line on the upper surface of the housing. An imaging information arithmetic unit is provided at a front end of the housing in a longitudinal direction in such a manner that an imaging device thereof is exposed from a front-end surface. A concave portion is formed on a lower surface at a position corresponding to the direction switch. The concave portion includes a valley and two inclined surfaces. An A button capable of being operated by index finger of the hand holding the holding portion is provided on the backward inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Ikeda, Ryoji Kuroda, Masahiro Urata, Kuniaki Ito
  • Patent number: 7840032
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can generate a map. The map can be a hybrid between an orthographic projection map and street-side images, thus including useful aspects from both types of representations. For example, an orthographic projection map is very effective at presenting global relationships among the features of the map, but not effective at presenting local detail. In contrast, street-side images show excellent detail, but do not convey the global information of an orthographic projection map. The hybrid map can thus provide a richer set of information than conventional maps, and can also display objects/features of the hybrid map in multiple perspectives simultaneously on a single representation that is printable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Eyal Ofek
  • Patent number: 7710504
    Abstract: A remote control system and method comprising a television and a light pointing apparatus adapted, in a first embodiment, to transmit a first narrow beam having a first frequency corresponding to visible light, which is used to give an indication of where the pointer is pointed, and a second expanded beam surrounding the first beam and comprising a second frequency corresponding to infrared light. In a second embodiment, the pointer transmits a single frequency modulated light beam. In operation, the beam of light is shown on the television screen to activate an on screen menu based user interface via a photo sensor, microprocessor and onscreen display controller. Screen menu items appear on the screen positioned around the periphery of the screen. The user then moves the beam of light on the screen to the periphery of the screen to optically engage one of the plurality of photo conductors, which triggers an appropriate menu sequence or the performance of a television function such as, e.g., channel up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry B. Lowe
  • Patent number: 7139034
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a cursor associated with a dynamic background is described. In a first step, the position of the dynamic background in a first frame is calculated. In a second step, the position of the dynamic background in a second frame is calculated. In a third step, the change in position of the dynamic background from the first frame to the second frame is calculated. Lastly, the position of the cursor in the second frame is adjusted according to the change in position of the dynamic background. The change in position of the dynamic background from the first frame to the second frame can be calculated in one, two or three dimensions. Likewise, the position of the cursor in the second frame can be adjusted in one, two or three dimensions. This advantage allows for easier positioning of the cursor by a user on a desired object in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Princeton Video Image, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Kennedy, Sedim Al-Araji, Carlo Basile
  • Patent number: 7095447
    Abstract: An OSD cursor display method and an OSD image display apparatus are provided, wherein an information that has an own cursor display data is transmitted from a display apparatus to an OSD source, and when said OSD source wants to transmit an OSD cursor to said display apparatus, it is checked whether said display apparatus has an own cursor display data, said OSD source transmits only cursor display location information if said display apparatus has the own cursor display data, and the own cursor display data is displayed at a received cursor display location. Therefore, since the OSD source only transmits cursor display location information to the display apparatus, the processing speed becomes faster, and therefore the location moving time in moving a cursor on a screen becomes faster and the movement of the cursor becomes smooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Lyong Lee
  • Patent number: 7057670
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a novel cursor control system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the invention is a method of manipulating a cursor on a tv screen utilizing a wireless remote control. The method includes detecting a location on the screen pointed to by the remote control. The method also includes Transmitting the location to a set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 6937255
    Abstract: An image apparatus and method of the same use a circular marker having two semicircular portions of first and second color areas separated by a center line. An image of a real space including the marker is acquired and an area of the marker is detected from the image. Center coordinates of the marker, for arranging a virtual object in the real space, are calculated based on coordinates of tangents with the area of the marker in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction of the image. Angles of the marker, for arranging the virtual object in the real space, are calculated based on the area of the marker. Then, an image, which has the virtual object arranged in the real space by the position and angles indicated by the marker, is constructed based on the calculation results and shape data of the virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Tama-TLO, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Fukuda, Hideyoshi Yanagisawa, Manabu Ishii
  • Publication number: 20040070691
    Abstract: An image processing method for sporting events including golf and ski jump, in which an event parameter or variable or the athlete is to reach a predetermined position, wherein electronically processed marker images including lines, drawings, symbols, and colors are overlaid on the original image at a point close to said predetermined position or at multiple points, each distant from said position. This allows TV viewers to see, for example in a golf match, how far the ball is driven and how close the ball is to the cup on the green, as well as the flight of the ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Akio Kojima, Kazuo Ohtake
  • Patent number: 6670998
    Abstract: An image display device has an image output unit for displaying an overall image represented by an image signal, a region designation unit for designating a particular region within the overall image, the region designation unit including a position signal extraction unit for extracting a position signal from a predetermined signal on which the position signal is superimposed and received by the image display device, and a region decision unit for deciding the particular region on a basis of the position signal, and a control unit for selectively controlling an image quality of an image for the particular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshitsugu Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20030189670
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a cursor associated with a dynamic background is described. In a first step, the position of the dynamic background in a first frame is calculated. In a second step, the position of the dynamic background in a second frame is calculated. In a third step, the change in position of the dynamic background from the first frame to the second frame is calculated. Lastly, the position of the cursor in the second frame is adjusted according to the change in position of the dynamic background. The change in position of the dynamic background from the first frame to the second frame can be calculated in one, two or three dimensions. Likewise, the position of the cursor in the second frame can be adjusted in one, two or three dimensions. This advantage allows for easier positioning of the cursor by a user on a desired object in the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: Howard Kennedy, Sedim Al-Araji, Carlo Basile
  • Publication number: 20030038894
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selecting an on-screen menu is provided. In the method, the speed of movement of a pointer between icons of different levels is made faster than the speed of movement of the pointer between icons of the same level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 1999
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: PHIL-TAE KIM
  • Publication number: 20030035066
    Abstract: The tele-illustrator system enables a commentator to mark the progression of a player as defined on a pitch in real time as an event progresses and for this progressive position to be correctly positioned on a video screen regardless of the movement of a video camera creating the video image of the pitch as defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir
  • Patent number: 6469633
    Abstract: An apparatus controls electronic devices, via radio frequency (RF) transmitter and receiver for communication between the apparatus and a user, a central processing unit (CPU) executing software for handling the conversion of an RF signal from the user into a two dimensional location (an X, Y coordinate system) and conversion into a series of remote control commands for transmission to a series of devices equipped for remote control. The user can control the electronic devices of an electronic system, for example a home entertainment system (which might include, by way of example, a television, a DSS or satellite receiver, a CD player, a video recorder, a video disc player, a radio tuner, an amplifier, a tape deck, an audio video preamplifier or a combination of one or more of the foregoing). The CPU also executes software which digitizes real time video and combines it with computer graphics for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Openglobe Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Richard Wachter
  • Patent number: 6362816
    Abstract: In setting a plurality of types of image quality in a single screen, an arrangement is made to facilitate the setting of a range in which each image quality is set. Upon generating a video signal to displayed on a predetermined display unit, the process is performed for inserting predetermined marker signals in the video signal at positions corresponding to at least two corners on the diagonal in a predetermined range of an image to be displayed. At the same time, the positions where the marker signals are inserted are moved in accordance with a predetermined operation input thereby to move the range set in the image to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichiro Kawanami, Naoki Fujisawa, Katsuhiro Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20020021369
    Abstract: An OSD cursor display method and an OSD image display apparatus are provided, wherein an information that has an own cursor display data is transmitted from a display apparatus to an OSD source, and when said OSD source wants to transmit an OSD cursor to said display apparatus, it is checked whether said display apparatus has an own cursor display data, said OSD source transmits only cursor display location information if said display apparatus has the own cursor display data, and the own cursor display data is displayed at a received cursor display location. Therefore, since the OSD source only transmits cursor display location information to the display apparatus, the processing speed becomes faster, and therefore the location moving time in moving a cursor on a screen becomes faster and the movement of the cursor becomes smooth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Sung Lyong Lee
  • Publication number: 20020005910
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a novel cursor control system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the invention is a method of manipulating a cursor on a tv screen utilizing a wireless remote control. The method includes detecting a location on the screen pointed to by the remote control. The method also includes Transmitting the location to a set-top box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Publication date: January 17, 2002
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 6252632
    Abstract: A system for enhancing the television presentation of an object that can highlight the object without obscuring the image of the object. The system receives a first video image, matches a second video image to a portion of the first video image corresponding to the image of the object. Specific pixels within the portion of the first video image which are not part of the image of the object are modified using a pixel from the second video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Fox Sports Productions, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard H. Cavallaro
  • Patent number: 6020930
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating an on-screen guide by which a user may select channels to view in a multiple channel broadcasting system are provided. According to one aspect of the invention, a program guide is generated comprising a number of still video pictures that represent current programming on a number of channels. The program guide is generated by the system tuning sequentially to each one of a number of channels. A visually usable video frame is captured from one of the number of channels. The visually usable video frame is then decimated. Each of the steps of tuning, capturing, and decimating are then repeated for each of a selected number of channels. Following generation, the program guide is displayed on a screen or display. A system pointer is displayed on the screen along with the program guide, and the system pointer is manipulated in response to input by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ludovic Legrand
  • Patent number: 5949495
    Abstract: Generation of digital cursors for serial digital television waveform monitors includes inputting hexadecimal values for the cursors by an operator via a front panel. The hexadecimal values are received by a microprocessor which loads them into appropriate registers of a co-processor. The outputs of the cursor registers in the co-processor are input to respective inputs of a multiplexer together with a digital signal representing a serial digital television signal. A select signal for the multiplexer is generated by a selection circuit that is enabled by a digital cursor ON command when the waveform monitor is in a cursor mode. The selection circuit at predetermined locations of the digital signal generates the select signal so that the appropriate cursor values are inserted into the digital signal at those locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Tallman, Kenneth M. Ainsworth, Bob Elkind
  • Patent number: 5838386
    Abstract: In an on-screen display (OSD) circuit and position detector, the OSD circuit includes a menu OSD circuit for outputting video signals Rm, Gm and Bm and switch signal Ym, a pointer OSD circuit for selecting displayed menu items and for outputting video signals Rp, Gp and Bp and switch signal Yp, and a pointer or menu selecting circuit for receiving the video signals of the menu OSD circuit, Rm, Gm and Bm and switch signal Ym as inputs, and receiving the video signals of the pointer OSD circuit, Rp, Gp and Bp and switch signal Yp as inputs to then first select the output of the pointer OSD circuit, and then to selectively output the output of the menu OSD circuit if there is no output from the pointer OSD circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: LG Semicon Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 5838384
    Abstract: A home entertainment and information system is provided which assigns and transmits audio programming to audio output devices. Digital and analog signals from a variety of program sources are received by the home entertainment and information system. The system assigns and transmits to an audio output device a program that is distinct from programs assigned and transmitted to other audio output devices within the same system, and thus where two users are viewing different programs visually displayed on the same or different monitors, they hear the audio portion of the respective program they are viewing through individual audio output devices. An audio output device is also assignable to a remote control device such that when a program is selected using the remote control device, the audio portion of the program is transmitted to the assigned audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Gateway 2000, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Schindler, Bradley A. Forrest
  • Patent number: 5822002
    Abstract: When two projecting units or more project two pictures or more obtained from video signals and luminance levels of projected pictures at an overlapped portion thereof are adjusted, a picture to be adjusted is selected from the projected pictures. One of processings for adjusting a correction start point of a correction data, a correction end point thereof and an inclination of a correction curve thereof to be used for a picture adjustment is selected. When the positions of a correction start point and/or a correction end point of the correction data are adjusted by using a remote controller unit or the like, a mark data is superposed on the correction start point and/or the correction end point of the correction data to display a mark formed based on the mark data on the screen together with the projected pictures. Thus, the picture is adjusted by displaying the marks together with the projected pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Chromatek, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomio Tokoro, Masaaki Mitani
  • Patent number: 5724106
    Abstract: An entertainment system has a personal computer as the heart of the system with a large screen VGA quality monitor and a radio frequency remote control device. The remote control device has a pointing device and a plurality of keys on top of the device and a trigger-like button mounted on the bottom of the device which functions as a mouse selection button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Gateway 2000, Inc.
    Inventors: Sidney David Autry, Jeffrey Schindler
  • Patent number: 5719637
    Abstract: A television signal receiver equipped with a picture display controller and adapted for selecting a desired program quickly from a multiplicity of broadcast programs. In response to designation of a browsing mode, many subsidiary pictures are displayed successively under a main picture in a manner to be scrollable in any of predetermined directions. When a desired subsidiary picture is displayed within a cursor, the program being displayed on the relevant subsidiary screen is registered in a bookmark list by actuating a bookmark button switch incorporated in a remote commander. A bookmark is additionally displayed relative to the picture of the program registered in the bookmark list. Then the program thus registered is received and displayed as a main picture in response to an actuation of a jump button switch, whereby any desired one of many broadcast channels can be selectively received with rapidity and certainty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiko Ohkura, Takashi Otani, Noriko Kotabe, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Kazumasa Okumura, Akira Yamazaki, Tomoko Shudo
  • Patent number: 5689610
    Abstract: An index print includes a recording sheet having a plurality of imagettes representing images stored on a motion picture image recording medium such as a video tape. The plurality of imagettes are less in number than an entire number of images stored on the video tape. An indicator, such as a time or count from the beginning of the video tape, is provided on the recording sheet adjacent the imagettes for indicating substantially where images, corresponding to the imagettes, are stored on the video tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Manico, David Lynn Patton, John Randall Fredlund, Peter Albert Frosig, Raymond Eugene Wess
  • Patent number: 5673087
    Abstract: A screen overlay device and method, and a television using the same are provided. The screen overlay device overlays a menu and cursor on a screen, and includes a pointing device wireless transmitter for transmitting an infrared (IR) signal corresponding to a key-input and the movement of a pointing device; an IR signal receiver/amplifier; a controller for calculating cursor coordinates corresponding to the movement of the pointing device in response to the amplified signal and outputting on-screen display (OSD) data related to the menu; an overlay unit for receiving the OSD data and cursor coordinates and generating a corresponding RGB signal in synchronization with horizontal and vertical sync signals; and an RGB synthesizer for synthesizing the RGB signal generated by the overlay using an external RGB signal in synchronization with the horizontal and vertical sync signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-suk Choi, Sang-gyun Kim
  • Patent number: 5652630
    Abstract: A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control of the three axis type which controls modification of the visual images displayed. The remote control cooperates with a microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Randal Lee Bertram, Larry A. Black, Jonathan James Hurd, Thomas Kimber Worthington
  • Patent number: 5648821
    Abstract: A cursor control apparatus includes an operable control mounted on a housing for moving a cursor depicted on a video monitor. In one embodiment of the invention, the control and housing is formed of components which may be sterilized without affecting the mechanical and electrical properties of the apparatus. In a second embodiment, a sterilizable flexible and resilient covering covers the top portion of the housing and encases the operable control. The cursor control housing is provided with apparatus for securing the housing to the drape utilized to cover a patient in surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Ricky C. Becker
  • Patent number: 5606374
    Abstract: A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control which controls modification of the visual images displayed. By use of the remote control, a human observer may cause a processor controlling the video display to execute a control program formulated in a particularly concise language and controlling the display of menus and the like. Menus are displayed as overlays onto a live motion video image. A display controller and video reception circuitry cooperating for displaying full motion video visual images occupying substantially the entirety of a viewable screen area and a menu display occupying a minor portion of the screen area and overlying the full motion video visual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Randal L. Bertram
  • Patent number: 5604544
    Abstract: A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control which controls modification of the visual images displayed. By use of the remote control, a human observer may cause a processor controlling the video display to execute a control program formulated in a particularly concise language and controlling the display of menus and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Randal Lee Bertram
  • Patent number: 5602597
    Abstract: A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control which controls modification of the visual images displayed. By use of the remote control, a human observer may cause a processor controlling the video display to execute a control program formulated in a particularly concise language and controlling the display of menus and the like. Menus are displayed as overlays onto a live motion video image. A display controller and video reception circuitry cooperating for displaying full motion video visual images occupying a minor portion of a viewable screen area and a menu display occupying a major portion of the screen area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Randal L. Bertram
  • Patent number: 5589893
    Abstract: A television remote control system includes an on-screen cursor that is controllable by a viewer-operated remote transmitter. The remote transmitter includes a trackball that yields X,Y coordinate information responsive to rotational movement thereof and a switch that generates an activate signal responsive to depression of the trackball. A microprocessor in the television receiver controls the on-screen cursor display and updates the cursor position in response to transmitted IR X,Y position signals. A microprocessor in the remote transmitter monitors the trackball, the trackball operated switch and any other functional key switches. The television screen is divided into different control function areas and the areas are illuminated as each area is accessed by the cursor, i.e. as the designated cursor position impinges on the area. The cursor movement defined by the position signal is divided into a series of smaller movements to produce smooth cursor movements on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Zenith Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Gaughan, Thomas J. Zato
  • Patent number: 5539478
    Abstract: A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control of the three axis type which controls modification of the visual images displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Randal L. Bertram, Larry A. Black, Jonathan J. Hurd, Thomas K. Worthington
  • Patent number: 5539479
    Abstract: A video display, which may be a television receiver with associated set top device, an intelligent television receiver, or a personal computer system enabled for television display, has associated therewith a remote control which controls modification of the visual images displayed. By use of the remote control, a human observer may cause a processor controlling the video display to execute a control program formulated in a particularly concise language and controlling the display of menus and the like. Menus are displayed as overlays onto a live motion video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Randal L. Bertram
  • Patent number: 5414471
    Abstract: A picture selector includes a controller such as a mouse controller for controlling the movement of a cursor on a display screen of a display device capable of performing multi-picture display. The cursor on the display screen is moved onto a desired one of plural displayed picture frames by manipulation of the mouse controller, and then the mouse controller is clicked to display the desired picture frame as a main picture frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsumasa Saitoh, Shigeyuki Sano, Katsumi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 5396281
    Abstract: An image input apparatus has a video camera which photographs an object placed on a stage of the apparatus and which outputs a video signal for reproducing an image of the object on a screen of an external device, such as a monitor. The operator can designate a selected part of the reproduced image by displaying an arrow mark on the image. Display position of the arrow mark is designated by operating cursor keys of a control panel of the image input apparatus while referring to the monitor. The display position is entered in the form of a pair of coordinate values of X-Y coordinates which are defined on the screen. In accordance with the coordinate values, data for displaying the arrow mark as a dot pattern is read from a memory in synchronism with the video signal and mixed with the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Maeda
  • Patent number: 5283841
    Abstract: There is disclosed an image processing method for obtaining a pictorial image from an input image. In this method, image data is input from an image input unit. A paint brush pattern is formed on the basis of an input from an operator. Painting processing of the formed paint brush pattern is executed on the input image data. There is also disclosed an image processing apparatus for carrying out this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeki Yamada
  • Patent number: RE40324
    Abstract: Various x-y input devices are disclosed that are adapted to allow a user to hold and operate the input device with a stress-reducing, open grip posture with the thumb pointing forward and on top of the device. One preferred embodiment discloses an input device for a computer comprising an x-y input sensor (such as a touchpad) positioned perpendicular to the thumb such that the user provides input with the thumb tip by using pivotal movement of the thumb. Various stress-reducing zero force touch switches are disclosed including zero force touch switches that can be adjusted to accommodate variations in user finger length. The mode of x-y cursor control can be altered through the use of x-y input sensor perimeter inputs. One preferred embodiment discloses a thumb actuated scroll select touch switch that alters the response to actuation of the finger actuated zero force touch switches from mouse button input to scroll wheel input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Dhol New Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Peter James Crawford