Including Oriental Language Patents (Class 400/110)
  • Patent number: 10289664
    Abstract: For logogram phrase completion from initial strokes, a processor may receive a plurality of initial logogram strokes from an input device. In addition, the processor may identify a logogram phrase based on the plurality of initial logogram strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Ming Qian, Jian Li, Song Wang, Jianbang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10146326
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device includes a keypad having a plurality of keys and a selection member; a display component; and a processor cooperating with the keypad and the display component to provide a display at the display component. The display includes a first representation of a plurality of the keys, and at least one of: (a) a second representation of an activated one of the input members, (b) a third representation including a plurality of diacritics disposed about an activated one of the input members, and (c) a fourth representation including a plurality of diacritics disposed about an activated one of the input members, and a direction of selection between the activated one of the input members and one of the diacritics. The processor cooperates with the selection member to adjust the direction of selection, and select one of the diacritics for display by the display component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Michael George Langlois, John Jong-Suk Lee, Alen Mujkic, Andrew Douglas Bocking, Parul Nanda Gilani
  • Patent number: 9958955
    Abstract: Disclosed in the embodiments of the present invention is a key function conversion method, comprising: detecting a click operation sent by a first key; searching for a second key associated to the first key in a preset key mapping table; converting the click operation sent by the first key into a click operation sent by the second key; and, generating a function trigger signal corresponding to the click operation sent by the second key. A key function conversion device and a key function conversion electronic equipment are also disclosed in the embodiments of the present invention. With the present invention, the compatibility of a terminal unit with application programs can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SUZHOU SNAIL TECHNOLOGY DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Qiu, Weibin Han, Hongjian Wu, Heting Zheng, Jianfeng Li
  • Patent number: 9864782
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for generating matching phrases based on user-defined criteria including a desired stress pattern of a phrase. The system may determine a stress pattern based on user-defined criteria including an auditory file of a melody, and use the determined stress pattern to generate a plurality of matching phrases that include the same stress pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: AV Music Group, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Frank Freimuth
  • Patent number: 8878704
    Abstract: A character and function key input device comprises: a character button unit having character buttons, each of which is assigned to one or more characters of one or more languages or function key elements; a forward button which converts the character or function key element selected from among the characters or the function key elements into characters or function key elements assigned to the selected button or adjacent button in accordance with the dictionary order; and a backward button which converts the character or function key element selected from among the characters or the function key elements into characters or function key elements assigned to the selected button or adjacent button in accordance with the dictionary order, wherein said one or more characters or function key elements assigned to the character buttons are disposed adjacently to one other in the dictionary order, and the character or the function key element having the highest use frequency is used as a basic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jin Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 8669888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Hangeul input keypad and a method using the same. Basic consonants and basic vowels are assigned to the Hangeul input keypad, the number of the basic consonant-assigned keys is less than that of the basic vowel-assigned keys, the consonant keys and the vowel keys are disposed separately, and a shift key converting the basic consonants to extended consonants is disposed adjacent to the consonant keys to which the basic consonants convertible to the extended consonants are assigned. The Hangeul input keypad and method according to the present invention improves speed of Hangeul input, provides convenience in operation of consonant keys and a shift key, and ease of a user's learning of the Hangeul input method by optimizing the disposition of the consonants and vowels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hisayuki Kunigita, Shi Hyong Cho, Yong Ho Lee, Young Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 8568045
    Abstract: This invention relates to any language input system using a keypad or a keyboard comprising a first group of seven keys for inputting a consonant by pressing a single key or simultaneously pressing a combination of keys thereof, and a second group of seven keys for inputting a vowel by pressing a single key or simultaneously pressing a combination of keys thereof, wherein the first group of seven keys are “”, “{dot over (?)}”, “•” and “—”, and the second group of seven keys are “”, “?”, “?”, “—”, and “•”. The advantages of the present invention are improving typing speed and efficiency by using only 14 key faces and relieving finger fatigue during manual data input operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Y. Ahn
  • Patent number: 8496391
    Abstract: A method of forming words utilizing a character actuator unit in which the character actuators are segregated into certain categories. First and second categories are employed and activated simultaneously to generate the beginning and ending of a word. First and second actuating categories may be combined with third and fourth categories of actuators to further form and modify words in any languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Sherrie L. Benson
  • Patent number: 8428932
    Abstract: A connected text data system for efficiently and accurately translating connected text. The connected text data system includes inputting or receiving connected text, transmitting the connected text to a text iterator, scanning the connected text, identifying a plurality of words in the connected text comprising a coordinate logic to help parse connected text matches into separated text by invalidating words with overlapping coordinates, and translating the connected text to separated text by adding a space between each of the plurality of words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Nathan S. Ross
  • Patent number: 8253596
    Abstract: A digraphic keypad includes a configuration of specific keys. These specific keys include an “S” key, an “O” key, a “U” key, an “A” key, an “N” key, an “I” key, a “T” key, an “E” key, an “R” key, an “H” key, a “D” key and an “L” key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Chan Young Park
  • Publication number: 20110311288
    Abstract: A tool for implementing Korean characters using a consonant-vowel combination system, in which a simple and concise combination system capable of implementing all Korean characters using only six consonants and vowels is constructed, and thus users of the tool may realize originality, superiority, and convenience of Korean letters in daily life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jae Joon Han
  • Patent number: 8032357
    Abstract: A keypad is used to enter complex characters using a phonetic input method editor (IME). The user may enter complex characters by combining consonants, vowels, mid-vowels and tones by selecting keys on a the keypad instead of using a full size keyboard. Instead of a one-to-one mapping between the symbols and keys on a full size keyboard, multiple symbols are assigned to single keys on the keypad. For example, on a keypad having ten keys an average of four phonetic symbols are mapped to each of the ten keys on the keypad. The phonetic symbols are applied to the keypad in layers. For example, the symbols may be may be mapped to a consonant layer; a middle vowels+vowels layer; a vowels layer and a tone layer. Phonetic symbols with similar readings may also be mapped to the same key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan Y. C. Kung, Gary Wang
  • Patent number: 7840073
    Abstract: To make searching for pictographic characters, such as Chinese characters, easier for novice learners of languages using pictographic characters, a subset of pictographic character parts of the pictographic character is generated. Then, the subset of the pictographic character parts is used to generate the pictographic character based on the subset of the pictographic character parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sunrise Group LLC
    Inventor: Roger Dunn
  • Patent number: 7671765
    Abstract: Systems and methods for input of text symbols into an electronic device comprising a reduced keyboard having keys representing a plurality of characters are disclosed. Possible symbol variants are identified based on character inputs received from the reduced keyboard. Each identified symbol variant is grouped into one of a plurality of groups of symbol variants, each group having an associated priority, according to a type of the symbol variant. Within at least one of the groups, the symbol variants are ranked in decreasing order of frequencies of use of the symbol variants. A list of symbol variants comprising the plurality of groups of symbol variants in order of decreasing priority is then displayed, and an input symbol is selected from the list of symbol variants. The symbol variants of the at least one of the groups of symbol variants are thereby sorted by both priority and frequency of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Vadim Fux
  • Patent number: 7636083
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating text input for network applications, such as, for example, wireless applications, are described. Multiple input signals are received from a user, each input signal corresponding to a key within a user input interface and further representing Latin, e.g. English, language phonetic equivalents of at least one language character including a language character intended by the user to form a word construct in a language. Each input signal is further used to generate at least one proposed language character. At least one proposed word construct is further formed in the language using the at least one proposed language character. Finally, the at least one proposed word construct is displayed for the user on a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Tegic Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Naomi Aoki, Pim Van Meurs, Christina James
  • Patent number: 7595742
    Abstract: A diacritic chording system uses a single standard keyboard layout to generate diacritical characters used, for example, by Latin-based languages or languages based on a Roman character set, providing a universal keyboard The key combination required to select a diacritic is consistent, independent of the language the user is typing. The diacritic chording system uses chording to obtain characters modified by diacritics, i.e., diacritical characters. The key combinations in the diacritic chord are chosen in such a way to aid memorization by positional association of the keys or by logic association of the keys within the diacritic chord. The use of a combination of positional association and logical association eliminates conflicts in mapping diacritics for different languages. The diacritic chording system also provides a screen overlay as a mnemonic to illustrate which diacritic chords provide the desired diacritical character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Alex Cozzi, Steve Brent Cousins
  • Patent number: 7107219
    Abstract: A terminal is designed so that a user who employs numerical keys, allocated for the entry of dots, can enter Braille dot combinations that are used for the input of characters. The input characters may be output as speech for feedback. Further, when a terminal accesses a server, Braille dot combinations can be entered in the above described manner, and speech can be fed back from the server. Furthermore, the server can provide a service for the user in accordance with a character string input at the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Nemoto
  • Patent number: 7061403
    Abstract: Systems and methods for input of text symbols into an electronic device comprising a reduced keyboard having keys representing a plurality of characters are disclosed. Possible symbol variants are identified based on character inputs received from the reduced keyboard. Each identified symbol variant is grouped into one of a plurality of groups of symbol variants, each group having an associated priority, according to a type of the symbol variant. Within at least one of the groups, the symbol variants are ranked in decreasing order of frequencies of use of the symbol variants. A list of symbol variants comprising the plurality of groups of symbol variants in order of decreasing priority is then displayed, and an input symbol is selected from the list of symbol variants. The symbol variants of the at least one of the groups of symbol variants are thereby sorted by both priority and frequency of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Vadim Fux
  • Patent number: 7013422
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of validating a byte sequence having a plurality of states, the method comprising designating one or more noise states from among the plurality of states; generating a most probable state sequence for the byte sequence; utilizing said state sequence to identify all noise in the byte sequence; and localizing said noise in said noise states. Once localized, the noise may be deleted from the byte sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. McCarley, Wei-Jing Zhu
  • Patent number: 6847311
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for character entry and more particularly Chinese character entry. The method improves the ease of entry for Chinese characters on a device that has a keypad arrangement of at least a 3×3 matrix (106). For example wireless communication devices such as radiotelephones have a keypad (108) for dialing phone numbers. Arranging the Chinese characters on the device display in a 3×3 matrix to match the at least 3×3 matrix of the keypad allows the user to quickly select from the pin yin list (104) the key on the keypad that corresponds to the desired character in the matching matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Motorola Inc.
    Inventor: Xin-Tian Li
  • Patent number: 6809725
    Abstract: An on-screen Chinese phonetic keyboard includes a function key section, an initial consonant key section, a vowel key section and a candidate section. The function key section is configured to allow on-line editing. The initial consonant key section is configured to enter an initial consonant of a desired Chinese character. The vowel key section includes less than 18 compound vowels and is configured to enter a vowel of the desired Chinese character. The candidate section is configured to enter the desired Chinese character. A method of entering a symbol of English keyboard before and after entering a Chinese character via the on-screen Chinese keyboard includes switching automatically to an English display mode in the candidate section of the on-screen Chinese keyboard; and selecting the symbol of English keyboard in the candidate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Jishan Zhang
  • Patent number: 6765504
    Abstract: To enable Chinese characters to be inputted by means of pinyin symbols inputted with the use of nine numerical keys such as those used in a telephone set or a television remote controller. For inputting pinyin symbols, keys “2” to “9” on a keypad are utilized and a conversion key is allocated, so that pinyin symbol combinations inputted are converted into a Chinese character or word. Because of this, difficulty in learning is reduced and the number of keystrokes is also reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yen-I Ouyang
  • Publication number: 20030231120
    Abstract: A method for arranging 37 Mandarin Phonetic Symbols (MPS) on a keypad includes arranging the 37 symbols onto 12 keys of the keypad. With this particular arrangement, a maximum number of combinations of MPS generated by pressing three keys on the keypad is reduced from 48 to 16, making input of Chinese characters considerably faster and more convenient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Hai-Ming Zhang, Shih-Kuang Tsai, Dai-Shui Ho
  • Patent number: 6646573
    Abstract: A reduced keyboard system for the Japanese language which uses word-level disambiguation of entered keystroke sequences, and which enables the user to select the desired interpretation of an ambiguous input key sequence as kana, and then select the desired textual interpretation associated with the selected kana interpretation. The system uses a highly compressed database format which has several advantages in terms of reduced size and minimal processing requirements during operation. Also disclosed is a reduced keyboard system which uses sequences of two keystrokes to specify each syllable, including the syllables with palatalized vowels that are written with two kana each. Input sequences of keystrokes are interpreted as ordered pairs of keystrokes which select a character according to its position in a two-dimensional matrix. The first keystroke of each ordered pair specifies the row of the matrix in which the desired character appears, and the second keystroke of each pair specifies the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: America Online, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford A. Kushler, Edward P. Flinchem, Ethan R. Bradford, Daiju Matsuo
  • Publication number: 20030206123
    Abstract: A system and method is directed to filtering an entry associated with a Far East language character. A potential keystroke is determined for each entry in a database, contact list, text file, and the like. In one embodiment, the entry is a Unicode associated with the Far East language character. An index is determined from the Unicode based in part on the Far East language character. The index is employed to determine the potential keystroke associated with the Far East language character. If the potential keystroke approximately matches a received keystroke, the entry associated with the Far East language character is selected. In one embodiment, the Far East language character associated with the selected entry is provided to a display device. The Far East language character may include a Korean, Japanese, and Chinese language character.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Daryn E. Robbins
  • Patent number: 6636163
    Abstract: A numeric key-based Chinese-language inputting method, which enables the rapid inputting of a Chinese-language address in accordance with using numeric keys includes determining as to a numerical inputting mode, or a single Chinese character inputting mode, or an address inputting mode, and for a numerical inputting mode, processing in accordance with a numerical processing step, and for a single Chinese character inputting mode, processing in accordance with a single Chinese character processing step, and for an address inputting mode, and processing in accordance with an address data processing step. Thereafter, a Chinese-language address, made up of characters and numerals detected in accordance with each step, is outputted to a display portion for visual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsien-Fen Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6636162
    Abstract: A reduced keyboard system for the Japanese language which uses word-level disambiguation of entered keystroke sequences, and which enables the user to select the desired interpretation of an ambiguous input key sequence as kana, and then select the desired textual interpretation associated with the selected kana interpretation. The system uses a highly compressed database format which has several advantages in terms of reduced size and minimal processing requirements during operation. Also disclosed is a reduced keyboard system which uses sequences of two keystrokes to specify each syllable, including the syllables with palatalized vowels that are written with two kana each. Input sequences of keystrokes are interpreted as ordered pairs of keystrokes which select a character according to its position in a two-dimensional matrix. The first keystroke of each ordered pair specifies the row of the matrix in which the desired character appears, and the second keystroke of each pair specifies the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: America Online, Incorporated
    Inventors: Clifford A. Kushler, Edward P. Flinchem, Ethan R. Bradford, Daiju Matsuo
  • Patent number: 6604878
    Abstract: A keyboard and method for inputting graphical indicium representations of language characters formed from one or a combination of character units. The keyboard includes a plurality of keys, each key having at least one unit associated therewith but with selected keys, at least, having two or more units associated therewith. Included also is a key mapping for each key whereby selection of a key generates a mapped value of a unit associated with the selected key, the mapped value having a relational correlation with one or more relevant characters. The keys are so arranged on the keyboard that visually similar units are associated with the same or adjacent keys, and units which usually form left, right, top or bottom character parts are associated with keys generally located in physically similarly related positions on the left, right, top and bottom, respectively, of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: EasyKeys Limited
    Inventor: Constant Tsai Shi Wong
  • Patent number: 6535145
    Abstract: Ideographic keyboard and method in which an array of characters are printed on one side of a panel and optically readable data corresponding to the characters is recorded on the other side of the panel. A character selector is moved about the first side the panel for selective alignment with the characters, and an optical reader is linked to the character selector for movement about the recorded data in concert with the character selector. The data corresponding to a selected character is read, and a coded signal for the selected character is output in response to the data which is read. In one disclosed embodiment, the data is recorded in the form of bar coding, and the reader is a bar code reader. Precise alignment of the reader with the data for the selected character is assured by reading data from a region larger than the data field itself and extracting the character data in software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventors: Reynold B. Johnson, Kenneth A. Fesler, Eugene W. Weber
  • Publication number: 20020158779
    Abstract: To enable Chinese characters to be inputted by means of pinyin symbols inputted with the use of nine numerical keys such as those used in a telephone set or a television remote controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Yen-I Ouyang
  • Patent number: 6462678
    Abstract: A phonetic Korean Hangul keyboard system comprises a keyboard having an upper row, a middle row, and a bottom row. The upper row has a left upper section and a right upper section, the middle row has a left middle section and a right middle section, and the bottom row has a left bottom section and a right bottom section. The left upper section has at least five key faces and the left middle section has at least five key faces such that more than ten basic Korean consonants are distributed along the left upper and the left middle key faces. The right upper section has at least five key faces and the right middle section has at least five key faces such that more than seven basic Korean vowels are distributed along the right upper and the right middle key faces. The left bottom section has at least five key faces and the right bottom section has at least five key faces such that more than ten basic Korean consonants are distributed along the left bottom and the right bottom key faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Matthew Y. Ahn
  • Patent number: 6411948
    Abstract: During composition of an ideograph which is entered into a text string in a data processing system by phonetic spelling on a typically data processing system keyboard, the keystrokes entered by the user are automatically captured and stored in a second field of a multi-field data packet into which the text string is being entered. The captured keystrokes thus provide a phonetic representation of the text string for users unfamiliar with the character set of the text string language. Intermediate representations, such as hiragana or katakana representations of a Japanese Kanji character, may also be automatically captured and stored in a third field within the multi-field data packet for other purposes. By switching the field displayed for the multi-field data packet containing the text string, a user may utilize the alternative representations to determine the correct meaning and pronunciation for the text string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David James Hetherington, David Bruce Kumhyr
  • Patent number: 6362752
    Abstract: An apparatus for inputting ideographic characters such as Chinese and Japanese characters, comprising an input pad having at least three rows and three columns of keys, forming a square with four corners and one corner key at each corner. At least two of the corner keys (1, 3, 7, 9) have corner-shaped stroke representions shaped approximately in correspondence with the corresponding corners. This gives a user a useful visual aid. Keys of a left-hand row (1, 4, 7) represent strokes that predominate in left-hand portions of characters and radicals, and keys of a right-hand row (3, 6, 9) represent strokes that predominate in right-hand portions of characters and radicals. A lower-left key (7) represents a stroke having a right hook and a lower-right key (9) represents a stroke having a left hook. These features lend themselves to ergonomic efficiency in character entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Guo, Carlos Isak McEvilly, Figen Ulgen
  • Patent number: 6356258
    Abstract: A keyboard input apparatus, where a plurality of main keys are pressed for character inputting operation. Five keys are set individually as character keys for inputting characters “A”, “I”, “U”, “E”, and “O” of the Alphabet expressing vowels. Further provided are key input detectors to detect the number of key pressing operations of each of the main keys, and a key input processor for outputting the character keys corresponding to the number of key pressing operations. Setting of in the Japanese and English language frequently used vowels on independent keys enables inputting of vowels by only a single key pressing operation and when compared with a conventional art where a plurality of key pressing operations are required, the number of key pressing operations can be reduced at the time of inputting vowels, whereby manipulation of the apparatus and the inputting speed can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignees: Misawa Homes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiya Kato, Syunji Kato
  • Patent number: 6340937
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for allowing the entry of text in any number of languages using any keyboard chosen by the user. The computer implemented method monitors a user's keystrokes detecting the entry of multiple identical consecutive keystrokes of any diacritical character in a predefined set of characters, then maps the keystrokes to replacement characters. A diacritical character is a character with diacritical variations that change the sound or accent of that character. A predefined set of characters is that set of characters defined as the characters in a predefined or selected language that have diacritical variations. Thus, once multiple identical consecutive keystrokes of any key are detected, the method determines whether the multiple keystrokes are of a diacritical character or whether they are of some other character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventor: Matej Stepita-Klauco
  • Patent number: 6307541
    Abstract: A Chinese-character input method and system is provided to allow users to input Chinese characters to a data processor with a reduced keyboard, such as a mobile-phone handset with a CCITT-compliant (Consultative Committee in International Telegraphy and Telephony) keyboard having only 12 keys. This Chinese-character input method and system allows the user to input Chinese characters to the data processor through a plurality of virtual keyboards which collectively display a set of phonetic symbols, such as those in the Mandarin Phonetic Symbol Set or the Roman Symbol Set, so that the user can perform the input operation through a pronunciation-based input scheme. The Chinese-character input method and system arranges the virtual keyboards in relational layers in accordance with the Mandarin Phonetic-Symbol Combination Rules or the Chinese Roman-Symbol Combination Rules, so that the user can perform the task of Chinese-character input to the data processor more conveniently and efficiently than the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Chi-Yu Ho, Chun Jiang, Chang Wang
  • Patent number: 6281884
    Abstract: A general Chinese phonetic keyboard setting apparatus enables the user to define a phonetic keyboard in a computer system. The user can define a key to correspond with a Chinese phonetic character (one key, one sound), or one key to correspond with several Chinese phonetic characters (one key, several sounds), or a Chinese phonetic character to correspond with several keys (one sound, several keys). Based on mutual acceptance and mutual rejection among finals, initials, medials and tones of the Chinese phonetic characters, whether or not the Chinese phonetic keyboard that was defined by the user is rational can be automatically verified to aid the user in defining a logical Chinese phonetic keyboard. Not only can the Chinese character input habit of different people can be satisfied, the Chinese character input speed can also be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ling-Min Chang, Ming-Shiun Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6231252
    Abstract: A character input system (and method) is actualized using an “easy-to-operate” keyboard, which is downsized by reducing a number of keys and which has a good efficiency in performance and operation without increasing key-pressing numbers so much. The keyboard contains a first group of keys for inputting five vowel characters of Japanese in roman letters and a second group of keys for inputting consonant characters (and symbols). Herein, the first group of keys are separated in positions from the second group of keys on a panel of the keyboard. Two consonant characters are assigned to each of the keys of the second group in such a way that an unvoiced consonant character is input by a single key-pressing operation while a voiced consonant character is input by a double key-pressing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takuo Kitamura
  • Patent number: 6094666
    Abstract: A Chinese character input scheme groups and arranges Chinese symbols into ten symbol groupings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Peng T. Li
  • Patent number: 6062749
    Abstract: A dial input device is provided. A dial is rotatably arranged on a support member and has a plurality of kinds of characters circumferentially allocated thereto. n (n.gtoreq.1) first contact member(s) arranged in a manner concentric with the dial is/are circumferentially divided into s (s.gtoreq.2) divisional parts and formed by electrically conductive portions and electrically non-conductive portions arranged in a mixed manner. A second contact member is arranged in a manner concentric with the dial and circumferentially divided into m (m.gtoreq.2) parts each of which is formed by an electrically conductive portion alone. n.times.s first brushes are arranged on the dial in a manner circumferentially corresponding to the s divisional parts of each of the n first contact member(s). A second brush is arranged on the dial in a manner corresponding to the second contact member. The characters are expressed by k (k.ltoreq.2.sup.(n.times.s) .times.m) identifying patterns out of 2.sup.(n.times.s) .times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Oikawa, Hiroshi Kuriyama, Eiji Tukahara, Kenichi Nakajima, Kenji Watanabe, Takanobu Kameda, Tomoyuki Shimmura
  • Patent number: 6054941
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) and method for inputting ideographic characters. The apparatus (100) has an input pad with a predetermined number of input keys (102, . . . 111). Theoretically, at least a stroke and a radical are mapped to each input key (102, . . . 111). After the apparatus (100) receives at least a first and a second input key entry, based on a number of input key entries received, the apparatus (100) determines whether the first input key entry is one of the following: a stroke and a radical. Thus, the method solves the ambiguity problems caused by such a mapping of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Xixian Chen
  • Patent number: 6007261
    Abstract: A host computer checks the frequency of type data such as a character code or a graphic pattern in print data. Type data with a high frequency is registered in a registered character management area in correspondence with a data ID and sent to a printer. The printer registers the received ID and data in a print data registration area. Thereafter, the host computer sends print data obtained upon replacement of the type data with the ID to the printer. The printer identifies an ID included in the print data, replaces the ID with the corresponding type data, and outputs the print data. With this processing, data with a high use frequency can be registered in the printer. Therefore, the data transfer amount from the host computer can be decreased, and the printing processing speed is increased. In addition, since the frequency is totalized, the memory in the printer can be effectively used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Fujita, Tomokazu Mikawa
  • Patent number: 6007339
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mandarin phonetic inputting apparatus by using sixteen keys. It achieves the purpose of conveniently operating for those people are not skilled in typewriting, and provides a capability of detecting ambiguous tones in mandarin language for degrading reentering caused by misunderstanding the ambiguous tones, and furthermore, to serve as a user input interface in a handhold calculator with more economical efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Eten Information System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Zen, Simon Hwang
  • Patent number: 5999895
    Abstract: The apparatus and method of the invention relate to data entry and menu selection. Applications include: (a) data entry for ideographic languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean; (b) fast food ordering; (c) correction of documents generated by optical character recognition; and (d) computer access and speech synthesis by persons temporarily or permanently lacking normal motor capabilities. In a preferred embodiment, each option of a menu is associated respectively with a selectable region displayed adjacent an edge of a display, forming a perimeter menu and leaving a region in the center of the perimeter menu for the output of an application program. Selectable regions may be on the display, outside the display, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Donald K. Forest
  • Patent number: 5936556
    Abstract: This novel computer input system consists of a keyboard with gojyuon-based key arrangements and software that is used in conjunction with the keyboard. The novel key arrangement of the keyboard of this invention uses the basic characteristics of the gojyuon table, but each key on the keyboard shows notations for both the Japanese gojyuon and English alphabet letter. For inputting Japanese, the column (or consonant) and the row (or vowel) of the gojyuon table are input in sequence. The gojyuon column keys are placed substantially on the right half of the keyboard, and the gojyuon row keys are placed substantially on the left half. The only letter consisting of a consonant in Japanese, (N), which is called hatsu-on, is input by pressing the key that represents the (NA) column of the gojyuon table with no vowels after it. Each letter of the English alphabet is assigned to the key that represents the same (or a similar) sound in the Japanese gojyuon row or column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Masami Sakita
  • Patent number: 5893133
    Abstract: Phonetic Chinese (Pinyin and BPMF) is entered into a computer system and accurately converted into the Hanzi form. The system has a keyboard with diacritic keys (and corresponding ASCII coding) that permit the user to annotate each entered phonetic text syllable with a diacritic that indicates the tone of the syllable. A process executing on the system determines that a syllable has been entered when a diacritic (or delimiter) key is struck. An entered phonetic syllable is then compared to a list of acceptable phonetic syllables and abbreviations. If the entered syllable is on the list, the correctly spelled and accented syllable is stored in memory and displayed on a phonetic portion of a graphical display. The process continues for succeeding syllables until a delimiter is entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Chenjun Julian Chen
  • Patent number: 5861821
    Abstract: A keyboard-type input apparatus has a main key area consisting of at least fifteen keys arranged in a three-line and five-column state to include a basic side either on right or left side of the column, of which two-column belongs to the basic side being provided as a vowel sound area to input vowel sounds and other columns composed of three-column being provided as a consonant sound area to input consonant sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignees: Misawa Homes Co., Ltd., Yoshiya Kato, Syunji Kato
    Inventors: Yoshiya Kato, Syunji Kato
  • Patent number: 5791792
    Abstract: Ideographic typewriter and method in which a set of characters are printed on a keyboard panel in optically readable form and scanned to provide a bit map of a character which is to be printed. A printer is actuated in accordance with the bit map to form an image of the selected character on an output medium. Characters beyond those included in the set printed on the keyboard panel can be written on a calligraphy pad near the keyboard and scanned to provide bit maps for use in the printing of those characters. Information associated with the characters is prerecorded in tracks on a magnetic medium positioned beneath the keyboard panel and transduced in a manner which substantially eliminates crosstalk between the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventors: Reynold B. Johnson, Kenneth Alan Fesler, Eugene W. Weber
  • Patent number: 5790055
    Abstract: This invention is for encoding of Chinese & Japanese ideographic characters which are digitized into a numeric format compatible for computer access and retrieval. Each Chinese & Japanese character is indexed by a numerical code. Each character is individually identified by an eight(8)-digit Geo-Stroke code, comprised of a four (4)-digit "FRAME" code and a four (4)-digit "ID" code. The coding method conforms to general writing habits, resulting in an input method both easy and convenient for an operator to learn and utilize. Each of the (10) Geostrokes used to input Chinese & Japanese character is assigned to a numeric digit (0-9). Each of the Geostrokes resembles one of the numeric digits available on the 10-key pad. By using this method both Chinese and Japanese ideographic character can be easily input and retrieved by using a 10-key design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Cho Jen Yu
  • Patent number: 5746524
    Abstract: In a printer that normally prints 1-byte characters as well as 2-byte characters in such a manner that a size of a 2-byte character is smaller than twice the size of a 1-byte character, a device and method for adjusting an interval between 1-byte character and a 2-byte character so that the printed size of the 2-byte character containing this character interval is twice the size of the 1-byte character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotaka Koizumi