Portable Patents (Class 348/838)
  • Patent number: 10728562
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus may be provided for transmitting a moving image including an alpha channel. The apparatus may include an object region extractor configured to extract an object region from the moving image, a color frame generator configured to generate a color frame corresponding to the extracted object region, an alpha channel frame generator configured to generate an alpha channel frame corresponding to the object region based on the alpha channel included in the moving image, a synthesizer configured to generate a synthesized frame by synthesizing the color frame and the alpha channel frame; an encoder configured to encode the synthesized frame; and a transmitter configured to transmit the encoded synthesized frame to a reproducing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yong-Beom Yi, Zu-Cheul Lee, Yeong-Hwan Jeong, Sun-Young Cho, Won-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10491851
    Abstract: A system and method of interfacing between a source media device, a destination media device and wireless speakers. A media stick provides the output video signal to the destination media device via a wired signal path, and provides the output audio signal to the wireless speakers via a wireless signal path. In this manner, a user may use a single device—the media stick—as both a connector between the devices and to provide the audio signal to the wireless speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: David Matthew Fischer, Timothy James Eggerding, Christian Wolff, Bartosz Budzanowski, Tomasz Bartczak
  • Patent number: 10276929
    Abstract: A device including a receiving antenna on a circuit board and a radome, multiple reflections of the received signals between the radome and the receiving antenna being avoided by using a polarization-rotating structure on the circuit board. The device may in particular be an integral part of a distance controller for adaptive cruise control of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Meyer, Matthias Steinhauer
  • Patent number: 9806756
    Abstract: A phone case with shade including an open topped phone case that can removably retain a standard smart phone, a shade member and a shade holding frame. The shade holding frame is attached to the open topped phone case via hinge members. The shade and the frame are capable of retracting into the phone case when not in use. In the preferred embodiment a plurality of flat panels are hingedly connected to each other and capable of being folded and stacked on the underside of the phone case, or unfolded and frictionally held in position so that they shade the phone stored within the phone case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Leslie Suzanne Jacobs, Jonathan Bradley Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9736420
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes: a housing configured to house an electronic component; a first housing member comprising a first wall; a second housing member comprising a second wall overlapping the first wall with a gap therebetween; a first connecting structure configured to fix the first wall and the second wall; a second connecting structure positioned closer to an end of the first wall or the second wall than the first connecting structure and configured to connect the first wall and the second wall with play between the first wall and the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Minaguchi, Ryosuke Saito
  • Patent number: 9619935
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of methods of three-dimensional synthetic representation of a terrain. These methods are implemented in a vehicle piloting and navigation aid system. The method according to the invention comprises the following steps: Step 1: Computation, for a determined position of the vehicle, of a first part or of the entirety of the terrain seen through the viewing system; Step 2: Computation, for the said terrain portion, of the curvature of the said terrain at each point; Step 3: Computation, as a function of the position and of the orientation of the carrier, of the position of the displayed points; Step 4: Computation of the luminance of each point of the said visible terrain portion according to a determined law, dependent on the said curvature; Step 5: Display by the viewing system of the luminance of each point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Johanna Dominici, Jean-Pierre Gerbe, Emmanuel Monvoisin
  • Patent number: 9584890
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed relating to in-vehicle entertainment, information presentation, and/or processing. Aspects of multimedia in-vehicle entertainment systems that may incorporate removable and/or portable tablet-type computing devices are described. In certain configurations, a hinged tablet computer carrier includes guide rails into which a portable tablet computer may slide while in an open position, and which can hinge into a closed or locked position that holds the tablet computer in place, positions it for viewing, and effects mechanical and electrical coupling of the tablet computer with other components of the in-vehicle entertainment system. Exemplary placement could include headrest, seatback, overhead, or in-dash mounting. Hinging or sliding could be vertical or horizontal. Various other mechanical, electronic, and electro-mechanical aspects of the methods and systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TMI PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Michael Tuccinardi, Roel Castillo Espina, Jon Parker Lawrence, Jonathan Daniel Fether
  • Patent number: 9521448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for extracting digital content using an interactive television application. The interactive television application may allow the user to record programs on a set-top box. The interactive television application may also allow the user to extract the audio from one of the recorded programs and transfer the extracted audio to removable media (e.g., a CD-R). The interactive television application also be configured to perform a future transfer of digital content to removable media. The future transfer may occur without requiring any further user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Thomas E. Westberg, Brian Fife, Joseph DiGiovanni, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9298519
    Abstract: A method for controlling a display apparatus and a mobile phone is provided. According to the method, the display apparatus transmits an application to the mobile phone, the mobile phone executes the application and transmits specific information received from a user, and the display apparatus controls an execution state of the application according to the specific information. Accordingly, a user controls the display apparatus using the mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mi-kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 9215822
    Abstract: A base station, includes: an electronic unit; a housing, including a resin, configured to accommodate the electronic unit; a valve, provided in the housing and including a communication channel communicating an inside of the housing with an outside, configured to open the communication channel if an internal pressure of the housing exceeds a value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kenichi Uesugi, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Hideki Sonobe, Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Atsushi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9105201
    Abstract: A behavioral modification system including an apparatus and a method of use thereof. The behavioral modification system further includes a locket and a plurality of milestone elements that are operable to be releasably secured to the locket. The locket further includes a central processing unit and an electromagnet disposed therein. A timing chip is circumferentially mounted to the plurality of milestone elements and is operably coupled with the central processing unit. A reward element is further included wherein the reward element is operable to provide access to the interior volume of the locket. The milestone elements and the reward elements are formed in the shape of keys and function to provide physical representations of achieved goals directed toward a behavior change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Shelton
  • Patent number: 9052533
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an energizable ophthalmic lens with a smartphone event indicator, wherein the ophthalmic lens may wirelessly receive smartphone event data from a smartphone. The energizable ophthalmic lens may comprise energizable components encapsulated by the soft biocompatible portion or may comprise a media insert that may encapsulate the components. The media insert may be included in ophthalmic lens. The ophthalmic lens may include a verification mechanism, wherein a pairing with a specified smartphone may limit wireless communication to communication between the two specified devices. The receipt of smartphone event data may activate an indicator in the ophthalmic lens. The ophthalmic lens may allow for user response to the notification of the smartphone event. The response may trigger an internal action within the ophthalmic lens, or the ophthalmic lens may transmit response data to the smartphone, triggering an action in the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Braxton Pugh, Adam Toner, Camille A. Higham
  • Patent number: 9042819
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 9020429
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 9014631
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 9007534
    Abstract: A portable terminal device includes a display screen; a pico projector for receiving an image signal of a predetermined format and projecting image light onto the display screen according to the image signal of the predetermined format, so that an image corresponding to the image signal of the predetermined format is displayed on the display screen; and a main body part, for fixing the display screen and the pico projector. The main body part includes a first part and a second part that are hinged by a hinge part. The display screen is fixed on the first part and the pico projector is positioned at the edge of the first part and is fixed on the first part, the second part or the hinge part. The pico projector forms a predetermined angle between the pico projector and the display screen while projecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohta Nomura, Ke Shang, Fang Xu
  • Publication number: 20150092116
    Abstract: The improved collaboration system of the present invention is a high tech mobile conference room packaged in a low-cost, compact, and mobile unit to help users better collaborate, communicate, and increase productivity. The system allows multiple users to concurrently connect their personal electronic devices to the system wirelessly, through a hard connection, or across the internet to utilize the attached high definition monitor display. Integrated technology allows multiple users to be displayed simultaneously on the monitor display, eliminating the need for users to present in a linear fashion, one after the other. Attached whiteboards promotes active participation and collaboration by allowing users to convey their thoughts immediately. An attached pull-out conference table provides a large surface area to conduct meetings, presentations, and hold conferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Tracer McCullough
  • Patent number: 8971803
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 8959562
    Abstract: A method includes displaying content on a television, detecting a personal display device in proximity of the television, detecting a selection of content displayed on the television, detecting an instruction associated with the selection, displaying, based on the instruction, information associated with the selection on the personal display device and displaying on the television an alert indicating that the information associated with the selection is on the personal display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Garner, Tomoko Shintani
  • Patent number: 8928822
    Abstract: A novel handheld media and communication device with a detachable projector unit is disclosed. A media library for media assets is included in a file storage system of the projector unit while metadata of the assets is stored in a file storage system of the media and communication device. The device is used as a remote control device to control the operation of delivering media assets through the projector unit after the unit is detached from the device. The projector unit may also be used to connect to a media delivery unit such as a desktop projector, a TV terminal or an audio system for delivering media assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Yang Pan
  • Publication number: 20140375901
    Abstract: A handheld computing device is disclosed. The handheld computing device may have a frame, and a video screen supported within the frame. The handheld computing device may also have a shade operatively connected to the frame and adjustable to block light from the video screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin R. STOCKETT
  • Patent number: 8915588
    Abstract: Eyewear is provided including a frame, a visor attached to frame and a heads up display. The heads up display may be housed in the visor. The visor may be configured to be positioned in multiple positions relative to the pupil of a wearer's eye, and/or adjustably positioned so that the heads up display may be transitioned between positions within the line of sight of the wearer and out of the line of sight of the wearer. The heads up display may be configured to be controlled by a remote controller, e.g. a wrist watch. The heads up display may be monocular or binocular. The eyewear may also include an electro-active lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: e-Vision Smart Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Blum, William Kokonaski, Dwight P. Duston
  • Publication number: 20140267940
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a wearable, reprogrammable electronic display device that is configured to present user selected content with little to no power. The electronic display device may be programmed to display a specific image or string of text to be worn by the user. A personal computing device is configured to wirelessly or directly communicate with the electronic display device to program the content into the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nathan Ackerman, Daniel Wilson Bauman
  • Patent number: 8819744
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system including a portable device capable of displaying information from, and transmitting commands/controls to, a base station audio/video/data source via a local transceiver module. The audio/video/data source may be embodied in a portable or stationary satellite receiver/decoder, a local video source, or any similar device. The present invention allows for highly portable access to satellite information, without need for a satellite reception antenna associated with each portable device, and without disturbing the equipment in direct contact with the satellite as the portable devices are moved in a highly portable manner. Other embodiments of the present invention provide a distribution method and apparatus for use in theater or stadium settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur R. Tilford
  • Patent number: 8810734
    Abstract: A portable digital television (DTV) comprises a processor, a channel and volume changing button arrangement, and a navigational button arrangement. Either or both button arrangements can be used in at least a bi-modal operation. In a first mode of operation, the button arrangements provide their normal functions, and in the second mode of operation, the button arrangements provide an interactive application interface to the user. Preferably, one of the two button arrangements is selected for the bi-modal operation. The selected button arrangement is associated with at least an optical element for lighting the button arrangement. The controller operates the optical element such that the selected button arrangement has one color in one mode of operation and has a different color in the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Eric Andrew Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8806543
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying in-flight passenger information. In-flight passenger information for flight of an aircraft is identified during operation of the aircraft. A timeline and the in-flight passenger information in association with the timeline are displayed on a display system during the operation of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Vicki Ann Curtis, Menaka Apana, Peizhong Xu, Lixia Zhang, Joel Vanboening, Sooshin Choi
  • Patent number: 8781525
    Abstract: In a cellular phone 100, a directional coupler 20 provided between a transmitter for communication 32 and a duplexer 30 extracts a transmitted signal, and a detector 21 detects the signal and detects a transmission power level. Next, the comparator 22 compares a comparison level generated by a base voltage source 23 which generates a base voltage corresponding to a received field strength of a broadcast signal with an output level from the detector 21. When the output level exceeds the comparison level, the comparator generates a selection instruction signal of level ‘H,’ and switches a path so as to insert a filter between a TV receiving antenna ANT 1 and a TV receiver 13 using an input selection switch 10 and an output selection switch 12. Accordingly, deterioration of viewing quality due to suppressed sensitivity caused by transmission power of wireless communication can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8780282
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system including a video system having a video monitor and a cradle secured within a vehicle. The cradle is shaped and dimensioned for selectively receiving and securely holding the video system. The cradle includes a docking port with a faceplate that is substantially flush with an upper end of a seat back of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Voxx International Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J. Vitito
  • Patent number: 8768256
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Publication number: 20140146243
    Abstract: A head-mounted electronic device and an audio processing method includes a fixing unit, by which the head-mounted electronic device can be worn on the wearer's head; a processing unit, provided in the fixing unit and configured to perform audio processing and output a first audio signal; a first bone conduction unit, provided on the inner side of the fixing unit, configured to generate vibrations according to the first audio signal, so that the wearer can hear the first audio through the generated vibration, wherein the inner side of the fixing unit is the side which is closer to the wearer's head when the head-mounted electronic device is worn on the wearer's head, and when the head-mounted electronic device is worn on the wearer's head, the first bone conduction unit contacts the wearer's head, so wearer can sense vibrations generated by the first bone conduction unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicants: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd., Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Junfeng Liu, Yunfeng Pan, Fei Wu
  • Patent number: 8711291
    Abstract: A display apparatus has a structure in which a circumference of a front surface thereof is exposed to the outside. A front panel manufactured by an injection compression molding and formed of a transparent material is attached to a front surface of a display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Joo Kim, Jong-Hyun Byeon, Moung-Youb Lee
  • Publication number: 20140111705
    Abstract: An electronic display apparatus with deployable handles is provided. Portion(s) of the electronic display apparatus may be lifted to form handles. The deployable handles may be configured to form an even and smooth surface of the electronic display apparatus when not in use. When needed, the deployable handles can be rotated (e.g., deployed) to function as handles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Wade, Robert Huntress
  • Patent number: 8675144
    Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, an electronic apparatus, such as a television, includes a housing, battery cells in the housing, and a supporting portion between the battery cells. The supporting portion is thicker than one of the battery cells. The electronic apparatus can also include case including a base and a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hisaya Nishioka, Yuichi Koga
  • Patent number: 8675142
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a television apparatus includes a main body, a housing, an exothermic component, and a heat transfer mechanism. The main body has a display screen, and is used in a first orientation where one side of the display screen is positioned on the upper side and in a second orientation where another side is positioned on the upper side. The housing at least partially constitutes the outline of the main body. The exothermic component is housed in the housing. The heat transfer mechanism includes a heat receiving portion that receives heat from the exothermic component, a heat releasing portion that releases heat, and a heat transferring portion that houses a medium to transfer heat from the heat receiving portion to the heat releasing portion. In both the first orientation and the second orientation, the heat receiving portion is located lower than the heat releasing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Satoshi Yokote, Mitsuhiro Murakami, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Masataka Tokoro, Kohei Wada, Tetsuo Okazaki, Ryosuke Kasaya
  • Publication number: 20130342704
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable low-power audio-visual (A/V) device including: a housing enclosing a computer board, a projector, a speaker, a power supply and optionally a webcam. The power supply may be one or more power converters connected to a DC battery. The A/V device may include a user interface enabling web browsing with functions including scroll, refresh, home, listing playable/viewable files, and generating a projection screen keyboard. Navigating on the screen can be achieved by a user input system that is calibrated to be used on a projected image, such as an infrared point source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Richard Williams, Roja Nunna, Rachelle Morris, Alyssa Belisle, Kielan Crockett Crow
  • Patent number: 8548381
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 8531605
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing an output setting in a portable terminal includes an external output setting unit and a controller. If a connection with an external device is determined, the external output setting unit determines an output format supported by the external device. The controller automatically changes system setting suitably to the determined output format of the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Kwon Jung
  • Patent number: 8488069
    Abstract: One or more buttons are associated with an electronic display screen. The display screen is configured to display various information, such as button labels. The buttons are configured, such as by being at least partially transparent, so that the display is visible there through. Input to or activation of the buttons is determined passively, such as by a RF board located at an opposing side of the display screen from the button(s), the board configured to transmit and receive radio frequency signals, and an interface configured to provide a data connection to an electronic device. In this embodiment, the one or more buttons comprise one or more RF transponders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Casino Technology AD
    Inventors: Dimityr Dimitrov, George Spasov
  • Patent number: 8477250
    Abstract: A rollable circular display device (10) is disclosed, comprising, in one embodiment, a ring-shaped display (6) expandable in two dimensions between a stored configuration and an expanded configuration and a body for winding the ring-shaped display in the stored configuration. In another embodiment, the rollable circular display device (10) comprises a housing (20), a circular display (6) expandable in two dimensions between a stored configuration in which the circular display (6) is stored within the housing (20) and an expanded configuration in which the circular display is fully viewable, and an inner cone, being arranged co-axially within the housing (20) and rotatable within the housing, wherein the circular display (6) is wound around the inner cone in the stored configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Creator Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Nicolaas Willem Schellingerhout, Kenny Darmadji, Raymond Wilhelmus Louis Lafarre, Hjalmar Edzer Ayco Huitema
  • Patent number: 8463184
    Abstract: A wireless media player and a related system and methodology are disclosed. One aspect of the wireless media player system pertains to a virtual connector system, apparatus, and method for the automatic establishment of wireless connectivity with other electronic devices. In one embodiment, the media player device employs the use of integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to exchange communication settings, media capability, and other parameters with an external device that also has integrated RFID technology. The automatic exchange of settings and other information via a proximity-based RFID data exchange allows a media player to quickly establish a secure communication link with another device via a commonly supported wireless protocol such as Ultra Wideband (UWB) or Bluetooth. Another aspect of the media player system pertains to a method of using the captured media capability of the connecting device to customize certain menu options and software parameters in the media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Robin Dua
  • Patent number: 8400767
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a display panel which displays an image; a cover unit which covers the display panel; and support system including a support member. The support member which includes a hinge unit which is rotably formed in the forward and backward directions in the rear side of the cover unit, a first support which is downwardly bent and extends from the hinge unit, and a second support which is upwardly bent and extends from the hinge unit. The configuration of the support system on the electronic apparatus permits a stable support at a variety of angles on an installation plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-pil Yeom, Sung-woo Park, Jin-hyuk Ahn
  • Patent number: 8400370
    Abstract: In a multiple image display device that is provided with a plurality of image display devices and that displays a single input image, the image display devices each divide the input image into division images that are individually displayed on the image display devices, and enlarge and display them. In particular, the image display device provided in an edge portion of the multiple image display device enlarges the division image toward a side opposite from the side of the edge portion. In this way, the edge portion of the input image is displayed on the multiple image display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonori Yoshida, Jiaqiang Sun, Chunping Liao
  • Patent number: 8363171
    Abstract: A monitor mounting assembly (1) has a first hinge (2) arranged in a recess (3) of a housing (4). A monitor (6) is arranged flush with the housing (4) inside the recess (3) in a first position. The monitor (6) can be arranged in a second position by rotating the monitor (6) around the axis of rotation (7) of the first hinge (2). The angle of rotation of the first hinge (2) lies essentially between 0° and 90° degrees. A second hinge (11) is provided that has an axis of rotation (12) in a plane essentially parallel to the axis of rotation (7) of the first hinge (2). The second hinge (11) is arranged outside the recess (3) of the housing (4) when the first hinge (2) is substantially fully opened. A swivel joint (31) may be provided for rotating the monitor (6) around an axis of rotation (32) orthogonal to the axes of rotation of the first and the second hinge (7, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: GVBB Holdings S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Milan Duchenne, Erwin Schmit, Noortje Bos
  • Patent number: 8330878
    Abstract: A portable storage device having a memory and a wireless remote control receiver is equipped for connection to a digital content player, which is controllable by a wireless remote control transmitter. The memory stores digital content data. The remote control transmitter communicates with the remote control receiver to play the digital content data on the digital content player. Accordingly, an additional remote control transmitter is not necessary for the remote control playing of digital content data residing on the portable storage device. The digital content data may be loaded from an external source, such as a personal computer. The personal computer can also be controlled to play the digital content data by using remote control transmitter using a known protocol. Thus, a user wishing to play the digital content data stored in the portable storage device does not need to acquire an additional specially-matched remote control transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sandisk IL Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Raines, Ran Carmeli
  • Patent number: 8314892
    Abstract: To reduce latency during channel change, when a user changes the TV channel on a mobile TV device such as a wireless phone, the device leaves the power save mode and enters, for a limited timeout period, a fully energized mode in which the receiver and front end logic of the device remain energized during periods in which content from the old channel, content from the new channel, and content from a “next” channel are interleaved into the broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Behram Mario DaCosta
  • Patent number: 8294835
    Abstract: Provided is a stage apparatus and a control method for the stage apparatus capable of increasing a degree of freedom in terms of movement of a display part, and diversifying stage presentation in which the display part is utilized. A plurality of display parts (31) display video. At least one supporting member (32) supports the display part (31). A control part controls a position of the display part (31) such that the plurality of display parts (31) are moved to have a predetermined positional relation with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Next One Create, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniyoshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8284329
    Abstract: An electronic device assembly includes a protective apparatus, a first electronic member, and a pivotal mechanism. The protective apparatus includes an upper housing and a lower housing. The first electronic member is housing in the upper housing. The pivotal mechanism received in the lower housing rotates the upper housing relative to the lower housing. When the upper housing is unlatched by the pivotal mechanism from the lower housing, the first electronic member leaves the protective apparatus, and when the upper housing is driven by the pivotal mechanism to latch to the lower housing, the first electronic member is shielded in the protective apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Er-Zheng Zhao, Tay-Yang Lin, Hong-Wei Zhu, Hai-Yang Yu
  • Patent number: 8274614
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a television apparatus includes a main body, a housing, an exothermic component, and a heat transfer mechanism. The main body has a display screen, and is used in a first orientation where one side of the display screen is positioned on the upper side and in a second orientation where another side is positioned on the upper side. The housing at least partially constitutes the outline of the main body. The exothermic component is housed in the housing. The heat transfer mechanism includes a heat receiving portion that receives heat from the exothermic component, a heat releasing portion that releases heat, and a heat transferring portion that houses a medium to transfer heat from the heat receiving portion to the heat releasing portion. In both the first orientation and the second orientation, the heat receiving portion is located lower than the heat releasing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Satoshi Yokote, Mitsuhiro Murakami, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Masataka Tokoro, Kohei Wada, Tetsuo Okazaki, Ryosuke Kasaya
  • Patent number: 8243428
    Abstract: A display assembly includes a flat panel display and a stand. The flat panel display includes a display screen, a housing and an angular adjusting mechanism. The angular adjusting mechanism includes a rotation motor and a transmission unit coupled to the rotation motor. The stand is pivotably attached to the flat panel display. The stand includes a wheel. The wheel is disposed in the housing of the display. The wheel is configured to engage with the transmission unit. The rotation motor is capable of being controlled to actuate the transmission unit and the wheel, thereby driving the stand to laterally rotate relative to the flat panel display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Fu
  • Patent number: RE45157
    Abstract: An audio/video control device for providing audio and/or video signals to a user. The audio/video control device includes a base unit and a portable unit. The base unit includes a housing having a recess extending therein and a first processor for controlling operation of the base unit. A first audio/video storage and reproduction device is positioned within the housing and controlled by the processor to store and reproduce audio and video signals. A device for connection with an external source of audio and video signals is also connected to the first processor. The processor is able to receive control commands for operating the device through a microphone. The portable unit is releasably connected within the recess of the base unit either jointly or separably. The portable unit includes a second processor and a connector for selectively connecting the second processor to the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Trevor R. Mathurin