Button Or Switch Having Specific Function Patents (Class 379/433.06)
  • Patent number: 10044844
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a wireless child phone includes: a) a handheld phone unit with a touch screen type user interface; b) the wireless phone being configured to make calls to only a preset set of callees, and wherein the child phone is adaptable to modify the preset set of callees by an administrator such as to present a modified user interface for a user based on the number of callees in the preset set of callees; c) the child phone being configured to display on the touch screen dialing keys comprising icons or regions for enabling a call to be automatically directed to a callee upon selecting a respective icon or region, wherein the child phone is configured such that upon pressing a respective icon or region, a call is automatically directed to a respective one of the preset set of callees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Brian Parker
  • Patent number: 10034099
    Abstract: A condenser microphone and a method for discriminates a first segment and a second segment in a spoken sound, is provided by using carbon nanotube bundles as capacitor materials. Such capacitor capacitance varies due to the quantum thermal mechanism of CNTs when a spoken sound containing vowel segments and consonant segments passes through the CNTs, so that the vowel segments and the consonant segments can be detected and separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anusha Chippigiri Acharya, Mukundan Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 9942372
    Abstract: A method and device for processing an incoming call when driving are provided. The method includes that when a touch screen terminal receives an incoming call, a function of normally processing an incoming call and a function of urgently processing an incoming call are activated; an incoming call response which is made by a user through the function of normally processing an incoming call or the function of urgently processing an incoming call is detected; and the incoming call is processed correspondingly according to a result of the detected incoming call response. Thus, it is more convenient for a user who receives an incoming call when driving to urgently answer or reject the incoming call, thereby improving the security of the user processing the incoming call with the touch screen terminal when driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Zongjing Yan
  • Patent number: 9176578
    Abstract: There is provided a control apparatus including an input signal receiving unit that receives a first input signal generated in accordance with an operation on a first operation receiving unit provided on a first surface of an operation input apparatus and a second input signal generated in accordance with an operation on a second operation receiving unit provided on a second surface, which is different from the first surface, of the operation input apparatus, an opposing information acquisition unit that acquires opposing information indicating which surface of the first surface and the second surface is opposed to an operator of the operation input apparatus, and a processing controller that changes one of first processing corresponding to the first input signal and second processing corresponding to the second input signal based on the acquired opposing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eisuke Nomura, Ryouhei Yasuda, Kazuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9164614
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a plurality of display screens, a joining part configured to join the display screens relatively movably, touch panels provided on the display screens, a touch panel control module configured to receive signals from the touch panels, a movement sensing sensor configured to sense relative movement between the display screens, and a control module to which signals from the touch panel control module are inputted, the control module being configured to invalidate the input of the signals from the touch panel control module, when the relative movement between the display screens is sensed by the movement sensing sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Kakeru Irie
  • Patent number: 9026175
    Abstract: An electronic device that is accessible to a first storage medium that has no communication function and a second storage medium that has a communication function and is detachable to the device, comprising: an input unit configured to input image data; a designation unit configured to designate at least one of the first storage medium and the second storage medium as a storage medium serving as a storage destination of the image data input by the input unit; and a control unit configured to, if the first storage medium is designated as the storage destination of the image data and the second storage medium is not designated, store the image data in the first storage medium and store the image data in the second storage medium as well so as to transmit the image data to an external apparatus by the communication function of the second storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhisa Kojima
  • Patent number: 8976958
    Abstract: A conference device receives and transmits at least one of images and voice via a communication network. The conference device includes a housing having an upper wall; and an operating unit installed on the upper wall. The operating unit includes a first operating member group made up of a plurality of operating members, and at least one different operating member that has a lower frequency of usage as compared to each of the plurality of operating members of the first operating member group. The plurality of operating members of the first operating member group are arranged in a first direction along a top face of the upper wall. The at least one different operating member is disposed, along with one of the plurality of operating members of the first operating member group, in a second direction that runs along the top face and that intersects with the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Ryota Yano
  • Patent number: 8761748
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of controlling a mobile terminal are provided. The method includes assigning at least a first function and a second function to each of one or more variable function keys and performing a first function assigned to a selected one of the variable function keys when the mobile terminal is in a first operating mode and performing a second function assigned to the selected one of the variable function keys when the mobile terminal is in a second operating mode, while maintaining the functions of non-variable function keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Won Young Lee, Kyung A Hong
  • Patent number: 8712479
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a terminal body having first and second regions on a front surface thereof, a touch screen part on the first region and configured to display visual information and perform an inputting operation in a tactile manner, and a touch pad part corresponding to the second region and configured to input information corresponding to a touch applied to a pre-set position on the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong-Cheol Lee, Han-Gyu Oh, Hyo-Sung Park, Jun-Hyuck Song, Sang-Min Park, Jea-Woon Park
  • Patent number: 8588405
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment discloses terminals including at least one alterable function key and a display to display in proximity to the key an indication relating to the function of this key, which includes indicating to a communication server which types of indication the terminal is able to display in proximity to this key, sending, from the server to the terminal, information defining at least one KPML command that the server is capable of receiving and that it is capable of executing and information defining at least one indication associated with the command and which must be displayed on the terminal, in proximity to an adaptable function key depending on a telephone state of an active communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Francois Olivier, Jean-Fran├žois Rey
  • Patent number: 8457291
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus is disclosed which comprises a status sensitive input related to a programmed telephone number for conveying a control signal to a controller of a telephone to initiate a function; a detector for determining a status of the telephone and conveying the status to the controller of the telephone; wherein the function initiated by the controller is chosen from two or more functions dependent upon the status of the telephone as determined by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Desjardins, Edward Leonhardt, Henry Chen, Eric K. Weeren
  • Patent number: 8447364
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a terminal body having first and second regions on a front surface thereof, a touch screen part on the first region and configured to display visual information and perform an inputting operation in a tactile manner, and a touch pad part corresponding to the second region and configured to input information corresponding to a touch applied to a pre-set position on the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong-Cheol Lee, Han-Gyu Oh, Hyo-Sung Park, Jun-Hyuck Song, Sang-Min Park, Jea-Woon Park
  • Patent number: 8339291
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an alphabet input device and an alphabet recognition system in a small-sized keypad. The device includes: a first keypad part comprising a plurality of buttons each of which is assigned with a symbol extracted from strokes of alphabet characters so that the alphabet characters be input by one of the buttons or a combination of two or more of the buttons; and a second keypad part comprising one or more buttons each assigned with an alphabet character having a high usage frequency. With the device, alphabet characters can be inputted in a simper and more efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Inha-Industry Partnership Institute
    Inventors: Daehun Nyang, Kyung Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8280461
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a stylus and a housing. An opening may be formed in the housing for inserting and storing the stylus. A function button may be mounted in the housing. The stylus may be adapted to operate the function button when in a stored position inserted within the opening in response to a user applying a predetermined pressure to the stylus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Rodney Owen Williams
  • Patent number: 8249661
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a terminal body having first and second regions on a front surface thereof, a touch screen part on the first region and configured to display visual information and perform an inputting operation in a tactile manner, and a touch pad part corresponding to the second region and configured to input information corresponding to a touch applied to a pre-set position on the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong-Cheol Lee, Han-Cyu Oh, Hyo-Sung Park, Jun-Hyuck Song, Sang-Min Park, Jea-Woon Park
  • Patent number: 8218533
    Abstract: A telephone is described that allows any arbitrary combination of key strokes, including numerical keys, extension keys, as well as function keys such as TRANSFER, CONFERENCE, etc., to be programmed such that the entire sequence of key strokes can be recalled with the touch of a single button. The phone can be programmed directly by operation of the telephone user interface on the phone (i.e., the keys, phone display, and speaker prompting the user) and a program button dedicated to the feature of programming a separate programmable button to map to the specified key sequence. The feature can be implemented in advanced telephones capable of voice over Internet Protocol networks, and supporting the Session Initiation Protocol. In these more advanced phones, the programming can be done by a system administrator or by the user of the phone via a computer with internet access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vikas Vashisht, Anoop Tripathi, Jaideep Abichandani, Hui Dai
  • Patent number: 8170202
    Abstract: There is described a method, a terminal device, and a communication system for programming a button of a communication terminal device whereby a user input on the communication terminal device activates an application on a data processing device associated with the communication terminal device. The activated application triggers the display of button programming information for selection for a respective button programming. The selection of one of the displayed button programming information messages on the data processing device triggers the assignment of the associated button programming to the button on the communication terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Holger Lankes, Thomas Lederer, Stephan Schaade
  • Patent number: 8086283
    Abstract: A wireless child phone that includes means for making calls to only a preset set of individuals and/or means for receiving calls from only a preset set of individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Stephen B. Parker, Robert I. Berg
  • Patent number: 8073137
    Abstract: An audio headset usable for conducting a voice call through a phone, and for playing audio, such as music, from a streaming audio device, by means of a speaker. The headset comprises a signal transceiver, wirelessly connectable to a plurality of devices, including a voice call device and an audio device. A control unit in the headset can be controlled by means of a switch, which is operable to selectively set the control unit to a single point connection setting, in which only audio signals received from a first device are relayed to the speaker, or to a multiple point connection setting, in which audio signals received from the first device or from a second device are relayed to the speaker. The first device is typically a mobile phone, and priority is preferably always given to voice call signals from mobile phone even in the multipoint connection setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Erwin Weinans, Rene Hin, Barteld Trip
  • Patent number: 8073138
    Abstract: An information input device is provided which is to make input of information by operating a disk-shaped rotating member. The device includes the rotating member (36) which is rotatable with one main side thereof being operated, rotation detecting means (23, 32) for detecting a rotation of the rotating member (36), a central switch activator (26) provided at the center of rotation of the rotating member (36), a central switch (270) which is activated by operating the central switch activator (26), and a plurality of peripheral switches (27) which are turned on when a portion, apart from the center of rotation, of the rotating member (36) is pressed. Rotating the rotating member and pressing the apart portion makes input of information, and operating the central switch activator sets the information thus entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Shun Kayama, Yasuhiro Kataoka, Hiroshi Azuma, Yoshihiro Tanabe, Tsuyoshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 8019053
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for storing a language preference and providing the stored language preference automatically without any intervention of a user. The user may have an option to set a desired language preference on the calling apparatus such as a telephone device. A call center may send a query requesting language preference information of the user to the calling apparatus when the user makes a call connection to the call center. The desired language preference saved on the calling apparatus may be sent directly from the calling apparatus to the call center. In this manner, the user may not have to repeat a language selection process for every call made to the call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Indran Naick, Jeffrey Kenneth Wilson
  • Patent number: 7991149
    Abstract: An information input device is provided which is to make input of information by operating a disk-shaped rotating member. The device includes the rotating member (36) which is rotatable with one main side thereof being operated, rotation detecting means (23, 32) for detecting a rotation of the rotating member (36), a central switch activator (26) provided at the center of rotation of the rotating member (36), a central switch (270) which is activated by operating the central switch activator (26), and a plurality of peripheral switches (27) which are turned on when a portion, apart from the center of rotation, of the rotating member (36) is pressed. Rotating the rotating member and pressing the apart portion makes input of information, and operating the central switch activator sets the information thus entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Shun Kayama, Yasuhiro Kataoka, Hiroshi Azuma, Yoshihiro Tanabe, Tsuyoshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 7872595
    Abstract: A terminal with a keypad enables a user to input an alphabet character through the keypad at high speed without modification of the keypad. The terminal comprises receiving a first input character in an alphabet input mode; waiting for a key input for at least one second input character succeeding the first input character; upon receiving a key input for the second input character, searching for a priority table in which a displaying order of a succeeding alphabet character is designated; and controlling a displaying order of the second input character according to the priority table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Park, Young-O Park, Jung-Seung Lee, Hyun-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7860237
    Abstract: An information input device is provided which is to make input of information by operating a disk-shaped rotating member. The device includes the rotating member (36) which is rotatable with one main side thereof being operated, rotation detecting means (23, 32) for detecting a rotation of the rotating member (36), a central switch activator (26) provided at the center of rotation of the rotating member (36), a central switch (270) which is activated by operating the central switch activator (26), and a plurality of peripheral switches (27) which are turned on when a portion, apart from the center of rotation, of the rotating member (36) is pressed. Rotating the rotating member and pressing the apart portion makes input of information, and operating the central switch activator sets the information thus entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Shun Kayama, Yasuhiro Kataoka, Hiroshi Azuma, Yoshihiro Tanabe, Tsuyoshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 7856255
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic apparatus including a casing, a first jog dial, and a pressing operation detection unit. The casing includes a first surface and a second surface. The first jog dial is exposed from the first surface and the second surface, is capable of rotating around a first axis substantially parallel to the first surface and the second surface as a center, and is capable of being pressed from a first direction substantially perpendicular to the first surface and a second direction substantially perpendicular to the second surface. The pressing operation detection unit detects a first pressing operation from the first direction and a second pressing operation from the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Tsuchiya, Hisaya Miyashita
  • Patent number: 7787902
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal having a roll-key and method of processing an input signal using the same are disclosed, by which a hot-key function can be performed using a rotational input device in a standby screen mode. The present invention includes a roll-key outputting a signal according to a rotational action of a roller projected from a prescribed portion of a front side of the terminal in part, a control unit outputting a control signal to execute a hot-key operation corresponding to a recognized action of the roll-key, and a display unit outputting an image to implement a corresponding operation according to a signal provided by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ho Sung Ryu
  • Patent number: 7787616
    Abstract: A portable communication apparatus includes arrow keys for moving a highlight bar to select one of a plurality of information items displayed on screen and an Enter key for executing a selected information item. The arrow keys and the Enter key are disposed close to each other within one area on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Deguchi
  • Patent number: 7751788
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes a wireless communication device housing member, and a modular keypad removably attachable to the wireless communication device housing member without use of a separate tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi R. Otani, Scott H. Plunkett
  • Patent number: 7751650
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus and an image processing program, and an image processing method for making various operations be performed more comfortably. A rotation input section 14 is provided substantially at the center of a mobile phone 1. When the rotation input section 14 is rotated in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, an image displayed on a display section 13 is rotated to be displayed. In addition, when the rotation input section 14 is pressed at an upper, lower, left or right portion thereof toward inside of the mobile phone 1, a display range of the image displayed on the display section 13 is switched. For example, in a case where a map is displayed, the map is rotated when the rotation input section 14 is rotated, and the map is scaled up/down when a predetermined position of the rotation input section 14 is pressed. The present invention may be applied to mobile phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan
    Inventors: Naoki Tada, Kouichiro Takashima
  • Patent number: 7751543
    Abstract: Systems and methods for button-independent dispatch communications are provided. A dispatch station monitors a microphone input to determine whether it provides voice information. When the input provides voice information, the dispatch station then determines whether the floor of the dispatch communication is open. When the floor is open, the dispatch station seizes the floor and transmits the voice information. When the floor is not open, the dispatch station can store the voice information and transmit it once the dispatch station is able to seize the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Nextel Communications Inc,
    Inventor: Peter R. Langlois
  • Patent number: 7720218
    Abstract: A user interface, telephony device, and method for managing user control settings associated with a telephony device is described. The user interface displays a label array on a display device of the telephony device. The label array includes at least one row of labels, each representing a discrete function or feature associated with the telephony device. A button array is provided in the vicinity of the display device. The button array includes a corresponding row or rows of buttons, each button representing a discrete function or feature for the telephony device and corresponding to a label within the label array. One or more buttons in the button array are selectively illuminated to indicate a status of one or more functions or features associated with one or more labels in the label array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra R. Abramson, James Farber
  • Patent number: 7710947
    Abstract: A VoIP device has at least one programmable button to enable the user to initiate a VoIP or SIP call to another device. The button can be programmed by the device user, the device manufacturer, and/or a VoIP service provider. The VoIP device does not have a dial pad, visual numbers display, or other certain standard features on a SIP phone. Thus, the VoIP device allows simplified dedicated communication. Numerous uses are possible, which result in advantages over conventional SIP phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew McRae
  • Patent number: 7684829
    Abstract: An input apparatus of a mobile terminal and its display method are disclosed. The input apparatus of the mobile terminal according to an embodiment includes a keypad having a plurality of keys and generating key signals corresponding to a selection of the keys; a plurality of light emitting elements positioned at the plurality of keys, respectively, for illuminating the keys; a key sensor for sensing the key signals from the keypad; a storage unit for storing the key signals; and a controller for displaying, on the keypad, information corresponding to the key signals by selectively controlling the plurality of light emitting elements based on the key signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ji-Myong Jeong
  • Patent number: 7663509
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic equipment adapted to receive data input is disclosed, comprising an oblong main body, a display arranged on said main body, said display being adapted to display a keyboard with a plurality of symbols, and a selecting device arranged on said main body, said selecting device enabling a user to select and input a symbol from said keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Tony Shen
  • Patent number: 7653049
    Abstract: An IP telephone system includes IP telephone apparatuses and an ENUM server. The IP telephone apparatuses, connected to an IP network, perform a voice communication. The ENUM server stores NAPTR resource records containing file transfer protocols supported by the IP telephone apparatuses and returns the NAPTR resource records, responding to a query of the IP telephone apparatuses. In the IP telephone system, when receiving a voice communication instruction from a user of a source IP telephone apparatus the source IP telephone apparatus inquires the ENUM server for NAPTR resource records of a destination IP telephone apparatus. When receiving a file transfer instruction during a voice communication, the source IP telephone apparatus transfers a file to the destination IP telephone apparatus, using a file transfer protocol specified in the NAPTR resource records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuto Kobayashi, Akira Miyajima
  • Publication number: 20090316882
    Abstract: A communication terminal is disclosed, comprising a first audio input/output element arranged in vicinity of a first end of a body of the communication terminal; a second audio input/output element arranged in vicinity of a second end of the body of the communication terminal; an accelerometer arranged to determine force applied on a mass in the communication terminal, wherein the first and second audio input/output elements are each arranged for selectable performance as microphone or speaker such that depending on the determined force on the mass, one of the first and second audio input/output elements is assigned for speaker operation, and the other for microphone operation. A method and computer program are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB
    Inventor: Ido DE HAAN
  • Patent number: 7626516
    Abstract: A key arrangement that includes a plurality of keys arranged in a pattern including a first column, a last column, and one or more middle columns. At least one of the middle columns includes a multidirectional navigational key. The first and last columns have keys in each row. A plurality of the keys and the multidirectional navigational input key have alphanumeric indicia. The multidirectional navigational input key may be integrated with the keys in a reduced QWERTY, QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, or DVORAK layout and may additionally be integrated with the keys in a telephony pad numeric layout. A touchpad or rotatable rim may also be disposed about the multidirectional navigational input key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Steven H. Fyke
  • Patent number: 7595726
    Abstract: A device including a display for displaying operational and/or functional parameters of the device and a control unit with at least one control element for controlling the display and/or device, wherein the display is at least partly rotatable with respect to the device, and/or wherein the position of the at least one control element is modifiable or changeable with respect to the device. In some embodiments, the control functions of at least two control elements of the device are interchangeable. In some embodiments, the display is provided by data sent to the display at intervals, whereby the display is updated. In embodiments in which several display parts are rotatable, data is processed by a processing module prior to being sent to the display. A method of display and/or display and control manipulation is encompassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Disetronic Licensing AG
    Inventors: Robert Nissels, Kurt Friedli, Reto Sigrist, Stefan Lindegger, Philip Etter
  • Patent number: 7574237
    Abstract: A system and method to obtain a nickname for records, particularly records having number fields. A set of triplets is identified in a record 401. Criteria, at least at a strict level, is set to establish that used triplets are many, and hard to avoid 403. Using this criteria, triplets may be processed in order 405. Each triplet is checked against the criteria 407. Avoidance of the used criteria, i.e. that the current triplet is not used, enables the triplet to be associated with the record 413. Failure to avoid the used criteria enables a loop to continue if the exit criteria 409 is not met. A next triplet is obtained 410 if the inner loop continues. Otherwise, a check to get a more relaxed used triplet criteria is made 411. If a relaxed used triplet criteria is available 411, the relaxed used triplet criteria (having fewer used triplets) is used 415, and an outer loop continues with processing of the list of triplets 405 again. Otherwise, a triplet may manually be associated with the record 417.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Rolnik, Andrew Wilken, Douglas Deeds, Steven W. Bryant, Monika Bryant
  • Patent number: 7561674
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for storing a language preference and providing the stored language preference automatically without any intervention of a user. The user may have an option to set a desired language preference on the calling apparatus such as a telephone device. A call center may send a query requesting language preference information of the user to the calling apparatus when the user makes a call connection to the call center. The desired language preference saved on the calling apparatus may be sent directly from the calling apparatus to the call center. In this manner, the user may not have to repeat a language selection process for every call made to the call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Indran Naick, Jeffrey Kenneth Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090175439
    Abstract: A telephone accessory device and system for facilitating communication between a wireless headset and wireline telephone. The telephone accessory device includes a device body configured to rest on top of a base of the corded telephone, a device platform connected to the base portion and configured to support a corded handset on a first surface, and a head portion disposed on a second surface of the device platform opposite the first surface. The system includes a wireless headset, a headset base wirelessly coupled to the wireless headset, and the telephone accessory device coupled through a control signal cable to the headset base unit. When the handset is resting on the first surface, in response to control signals from the wireless headset, the head portion is operable to reversibly depress and release a switch hook button of the cradle speaker recess while the device body and device platform remain stationary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventors: Zheng Yong Jian, Ma Hong Zhen
  • Patent number: 7536010
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a button telephone set, comprising function keys equipped with light emitting devices, respectively, display device which displays character information, failure information receiving unit which receives data notified from the exchange, display determining unit which determines display types of the function keys from types of the received data, light emitting device control unit which display-controls the light emitting devices of the corresponding function keys in response to an instruction from the display determining unit, display device control unit which performs a data display onto the display device in accordance with the instruction from the display determining unit, key operation determining unit which determines depressed states of keys of the button telephone sets including the function keys, and key operation transmission unit which transmits the depressed states of the keys to the exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takahiro Ozaki
  • Patent number: 7536020
    Abstract: A wearable communication device includes a bone conduction actuator which is applicable for being in contact with a user's wrist, hand, back of the hand, finger or nail in order to transmit voice signals. The user inserts the user's finger into the user's ear canal, or touches the user's finger to a part near the user's ear, or puts the user's fingertip or nail on the user's ear canal so as to block the user's ear canal when the user uses the wearable communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Fukumoto, Yoshinobu Tonomura
  • Patent number: 7526081
    Abstract: A telephone is described that allows any arbitrary combination of key strokes, including numerical keys, extension keys, as well as function keys such as TRANSFER, CONFERENCE, etc., to be programmed such that the entire sequence of key strokes can be recalled with the touch of a single button. The phone can be programmed directly by operation of the telephone user interface on the phone (i.e., the keys, phone display, and speaker prompting the user) and a program button dedicated to the feature of programming a separate programmable button to map to the specified key sequence. The feature can be implemented in advanced telephones capable of voice over Internet Protocol networks, and supporting the Session Initiation Protocol. In these more advanced phones, the programming can be done by a system administrator or by the user of the phone via a computer with internet access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Vashisht, Anoop Tripathi, Jaideep Abichandani, Hui Dai
  • Patent number: 7489953
    Abstract: A mobile communication device includes a housing having a front wall, a rear wall, and two side walls, a display associated with the front wall, and a keyboard associated with the front wall. Each of the side walls includes a recessed channel that extends along at least part of the length of the side walls. In addition, a reduced key keyboard has arcuate rows, with a top row that includes a send, end, and web browser key. The top row of the keyboard is also arcuate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7483531
    Abstract: A modified phone base and handset in which an individual can limit outgoing calls and limit external access to the phone. The phone base and handset could be used in either a residential or commercial setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Cuthbert Gordon
  • Patent number: 7480379
    Abstract: In an mobile electronic equipment in which an upper cabinet is openably and closably coupled with a lower cabinet, cutout portions from which a track ball is exposed are formed to the coupling portions of the upper and lower cabinets, and the track ball is interposed between a pair of hinge mechanisms for connecting both the cabinets to each other. With this arrangement, since the track ball is exposed in any of the opened state and the closed state of the mobile electronic equipment, a user can manipulate the track ball in any of the opened state and the closed state. Accordingly, there can be overcome the disadvantageous operability of a conventional folding type mobile electronic equipment, which has a track ball as a pointing device, in that a job for opening the equipment is required to manipulate the track ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Masahide Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 7480376
    Abstract: An apparatus and method use logical network connections to telephones interconnected by the network to obtain the status of station-specific telephony function information and then to convert the status of station-specific telephony function information to audio information that is presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: David Ray Burritt, Paul Roller Michaelis
  • Patent number: 7456759
    Abstract: A key arrangement that includes a plurality of keys arranged in a pattern including a first column, a last column, and one or more middle columns. At least one of the middle columns includes a multidirectional navigational key. The first and last columns have keys in each row. A plurality of the keys and the multidirectional navigational input key have alphanumeric indicia. The multidirectional navigational input key may be integrated with the keys in a reduced QWERTY, QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, or DVORAK layout and may additionally be integrated with the keys in a telephony pad numeric layout. A touchpad or rotatable rim may also be disposed about the multidirectional navigational input key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Steven H. Fyke
  • Patent number: 7444163
    Abstract: A mobile digital device comprises a ten-key pad being comprised of a key mat 21 on which ten-key buttons 21a-21c with respective projections 21aa-21cc on the under surfaces thereof are laid out and a key circuit board on which respective contacts 22a-22c corresponding to the projections are laid out, an electrostatic capacity sensing pad 30 for sensing an electrostatic capacity change to detect a touched region and having through holes to be inserted the projections corresponding thereto and being provided with between the key mat 21 and the key circuit board 22, and a controller for selecting a function corresponded to a feature of the touched region detected by the electrostatic capacity sensing pad and executing the selected function. Owing to such constructions, a desired function can be selected by way of finger touching to the mobile digital device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Takeshi Ban, Atsushi Furukawa, Akiko Inami, Yachiyo Itou, Takashi Sugiyama, Noriyoshi Usui, Masao Nakada