Key-board Including Keys Grouped To Facilitate Positioning Of Typist's Fingers Patents (Class 400/489)
  • Patent number: 10386936
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a personal mobility vehicle hand control. The personal mobility vehicle hand control includes a housing, a display, a first keypad, a second keypad, and a joystick. The display is proximate an end of the housing. The first keypad is proximate the display. The second keypad is proximate an opposite end of the housing. The joystick is between the first keypad and the second keypad. At least one key of the first keypad is configurable to correspond with a function displayed on the display. At least one key of the second keypad is configurable to correspond with the same function displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Curtis Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Stucki, Thomas Kurzen, Christof Zurbrugg, Marcel Born, Kurt Stump
  • Patent number: 10166291
    Abstract: Described herein are carrier nanoparticles comprising a polymer containing a polyol coupled to a polymer containing a nitroboronic boronic acid and a linkage cleavable under reducing conditions, configured to present the polymer containing the nitroboronic acid to an environment external to the nanoparticle. Targeted versions of the described nanoparticles are also described, as are related compositions, methods and systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mark E. Davis, Han Han
  • Patent number: 9990051
    Abstract: A portable keyboard includes a plurality of key assemblies including a plurality of key tops, a main body of a pillar shape of n angles, which is located in the vicinity of a first key assembly among a plurality of the key assemblies and includes a plurality of sides, a flexible connection member configured to connect a plurality of the key assemblies with the main body, and a main board configured to be embedded in the inside of the main body and process input signals inputted from a plurality of the key assemblies. In this case, the main body includes a first side of which one edge of the first side is connected with the flexible connection member, a second side adjacent to another edge of the first side and the second side of which an angle with the first side is equal to or greater than 90 degrees, and a cradle configured to combine one end of the cradle with the second side using a hinge to make the cradle to be rotated and the cradle configured to be contacted with the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yunjin Choi, Siyoung Park, Kwangsoon Jang, Hyunwoo Yoo, Sooyong Shim
  • Patent number: 9933858
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a keyboard and a key layout method. When an operator holds the keyboard with both hands, thumbs of a left and right hands cannot touch a middle position of the keyboard, the keyboard has at least three rows of keys and more than five keys arranged in each row, and widths of all the keys arranged on a middle line of the keyboard are all greater than a width exceeding a touchable range of the thumbs of both hands in a keyboard width; widths of a left side key and a right side key arranged closest to the middle line of the keyboard are greater than a half of the width exceeding the touchable range of the thumbs of both hands in the keyboard width. All the keys in the keyboard are respectively located at positions touched by the left and right thumbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN HSMC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mengming Luo
  • Patent number: 9921607
    Abstract: A portable user interface device receives user inputs in two modes. The user interface device includes a central portion attached to two side portions. Relative rotation between the central portion and the side portions converts the user interface device between the two modes. In the first mode, the user interface device is suspended on the front of a user's torso. In the second mode, the user interface device may be placed on a substantially flat horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOLATIDO INC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Sherlock
  • Patent number: 9507434
    Abstract: A computer keyboard is designed to accommodate a variety of security features that may be installed in the keyboard during manufacturing, whereby various combinations of devices that impart selected security features or other functions may be assembled. The keyboard assembly includes a base extension for accommodating the security devices, and a number of interchangeable modular tops supporting various discreet input technologies. This modular design is tooled to accommodate different combinations of technologies, such as biometric fingerprint readers, NFC-RFID receivers, auto locking sonar, game cartridges, and connector-supporting modules. Each interchangeable modular top can hold independent modular technology that can be used to construct an integrated device that meets the customer requirements without any substantial modification of the keyboard base or extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Philip J. Bruno, Robert A. D. Schwartz, Paul Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9329637
    Abstract: A configurable keyboard. The configurable keyboard includes a base with a top face, and a first edge. A position adjustable panel containing keyboard keys. The position adjustable panel is attached to the base by a position adjustment device. The position adjustment device includes a shaft and a first connector. The shaft is attached, towards a bottom end, to the base. The first connector connects the position adjustable panel to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary I. Dickenson, Richard Hutzler
  • Patent number: 9170604
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a first keyboard section, a second keyboard section, and a connection structure. The connection structure includes a hook portion, a first operation member, a drive portion, and at least one latch portion. The hook portion, the first operation member, and the drive portion are defined at the first keyboard section, and the at least one latch portion is defined at the second keyboard section. The first operation member is detachably clasped with the hook portion. The drive portion drives the hook portion moving along a first direction to protrude out of the first keyboard section when the first operation member is operated to detach the hook portion. The at least one latch portion is configured for latching with the hook portion to detachably engage the first keyboard section with the second keyboard section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ji-Bing Guo
  • Patent number: 9134759
    Abstract: A dual-mode mobile communication device is provided including a device housing having a front surface, a rear surface and a plurality of side surfaces coupling the front surface to the rear surface. The dual-mode device includes a transceiver for sending and receiving voice and data communications is integrated into the device housing, a display, mounted within the front surface of the device housing, for displaying information to a user of the device regarding voice and data communications, a QWERTY keyboard mounted below the display and within the front surface of the device housing, for generating data communications, and a microphone and a speaker for generating voice communications, wherein the microphone is mounted below the display within the front surface of the device housing and the speaker is mounted above the display within the front surface of the device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason T. Griffin, Mihal Lazaridis
  • Patent number: 9128533
    Abstract: A keyboard and a keyboard circuit, wherein the keyboard acts as an input device for a portable device or a computer. The keyboard circuit comprises an interface for connecting with the computer or the portable device, a detection circuit for detecting the logic level signal of the power supply from the computer or the portable device connected to the keyboard, and a microprocessor determining whether a computer or a portable device is connected to the keyboard in accordance with the logic level signal of the power input. The keyboard circuit uses a first communication circuit to communicate with the computer and a second communication circuit to communicate with the portable device, thus the keyboard is compatible with the computer or the portable device. The keyboard is capable of entering a sleep mode after finishing the transmission of the key codes to the computer or the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fan-Lin Lu, Xin Zhao, Ruey-Shyang You, Xiao-Guang Li, Han-Che Wang
  • Patent number: 9063587
    Abstract: Disclosed an ergonomically improved computer mouse provides several advantageous features and is different in several respects from prior mice. A mouse (100) has an upper casing (101) and a bottom part (102) with spacings, which provide sufficient clearance between upper and rear surfaces of the mouse, and the user's fingers and their hand plane when their hand rests on a working surface in a naturally relaxed curled fingers and hand position while at the same time, their index and middle fingertips are placed in respective moulds or receptacles (117) and (118), which are formed on the upper surfaces of a primary button (105) and a secondary button (106). A wheel button (123) is placed between the moulds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander Boldin
  • Patent number: 9041657
    Abstract: An ergonomic keyboard is described. In one aspect, a keyboard layout for a subject language is developed by determining a percent of frequency of monograph characters and digraphs of characters used in writing in the subject language. Thereafter, each key for the characters from each most frequent digraph is positioned under different hands on the keyboard layout, on a middle row of the keyboard layout, and under the index or middle fingers of a keyboard user. Other most frequent characters are positioned in the middle row of the keyboard layout or in a position on the keyboard layout to be struck using the index or middle fingers. The least frequent monograph characters are positioned in the bottom and top rows of the keyboard, with the least frequent characters under pinky fingers of a keyboard user. An optimized Arabic keyboard layout is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Mohamed Zaki Ramadan Osman
  • Publication number: 20150063891
    Abstract: Overloaded typing apparatuses, and related devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a typing apparatus is provided. The typing apparatus comprises a plurality of overloaded keys in a key layout. The plurality of overloaded keys comprises at least three injectively overloaded keys disposed in a first row of keys. At least one first injectively overloaded key among the at least three injectively overloaded keys is injectively overloaded with a first at least three characters assigned to a first finger in a represented non-overloaded keyboard. The plurality of overloaded keys also comprises at least one second injectively overloaded key disposed outside the first row of keys. The at least one second injectively overloaded key is injectively overloaded with a second at least three characters assigned to the first finger in the represented non-overloaded keyboard. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bjorn Jawerth, Nathan Hall
  • Patent number: 8931969
    Abstract: The invention provides large, vertically elongated keyboard keys strategically chosen and positioned above the alphanumeric section of a standard keyboard (e.g. a laptop PC keyboard) to provide a more ergonomic keyboard arrangement. The invention provides for keys that appropriately address the needs of touch typists when striking frequently used keys located above the alphanumeric section of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Stewart, Hiroki Hirano, David W. Hill, Mitsuo Horiuchi, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Kazuo Nakada, Go Osaki
  • Patent number: 8911165
    Abstract: Overloaded typing apparatuses, and related devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a typing apparatus is provided. The typing apparatus comprises a plurality of overloaded keys in a key layout. The plurality of overloaded keys comprises at least three injectively overloaded keys disposed in a first row of keys. At least one first injectively overloaded key among the at least three injectively overloaded keys is injectively overloaded with a first at least three characters assigned to a first finger in a represented non-overloaded keyboard. The plurality of overloaded keys also comprises at least one second injectively overloaded key disposed outside the first row of keys. The at least one second injectively overloaded key is injectively overloaded with a second at least three characters assigned to the first finger in the represented non-overloaded keyboard. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: 5 Examples, Inc.
    Inventors: Bjorn Jawerth, Nathan Hall
  • Patent number: 8908362
    Abstract: A foldable keyboard includes a first input module, a second input module, a folding support member, a magnetic element and a ferromagnetic element. The magnetic element and the ferromagnetic element put on the second input module and the folding support member separately that the folding support member can close with the second input module. Using magnetic element avoid wearing away by traditional fastener and reducing the complexity of production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dexin Corporation
    Inventor: Ting-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 8894305
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard assembly and support mounts and keying layout are provided allowing a user to orient keying modules of the assembly in a variety of desired configurations. In one embodiment, the assembly includes pivoting support plates that allow the flexible adjustments. In another embodiment, at least one lift module is utilized to allow achieving multiple tenting angles expediently. In yet another embodiment, a modular support mount assembly is provided to allow the user to mount keying modules to a structure such as a chair using modular mounts that allow for easy and effective peripheral device supports and reconfiguration of the modular support mount assembly to support keying modules and peripheral devices of various sizes and shapes. Furthermore, a keying layout and assembly is provided to improve efficiency and intuitiveness of using a keying module and for programming the keying modules without use of a separate computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Mark Ando, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8858103
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard includes a first keying module situated pivotably with respect to the second keying module for providing a keyboard having improved ergonomics and comfort, and promoting improved productivity of a user. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are pivotably mounted on a base assembly having fixed opposing tenting angles. In one embodiment the first and the second keying modules are mounted on a pivot link assembly configured to pivot the keying modules with respect to each other. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are configured to also laterally separate. In one embodiment, first and second lift modules space a portion of the first and the second keying modules, respectively, from a supporting surface to form opposing tenting angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs, Mark Ando
  • Patent number: 8824669
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a plurality of keys each of which is associated with indicia corresponding to at least one of alphabetic characters, numbers, or commands. The keys of the plurality of keys associated with alphabetic characters number fewer than 26 and greater than nine. No more than two alphabetic characters are associated with each of the keys associated with alphabetic characters. At least one of the keys associated with alphabetic characters is associated with two alphabetic characters and at least one number. The numbers are arranged and displayed in the format of a phone keypad and the letters are arranged and displayed in a keyboard layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventor: Jason T. Griffin
  • Publication number: 20140199107
    Abstract: An ergonomic keyboard comprises a right hand module and a left hand module. Each of the modules comprises multiple parallel adjacent banks of four aligned keys. Each key is sequentially positioned at a mean distance from a reference position and has a corresponding effective actuation surface defined by an effective height and surface profile orientation. Each of the reference positions is determined by the relative length of the digits of a representative human hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Maria J. Jorge
  • Publication number: 20140186084
    Abstract: A configurable keyboard. The configurable keyboard includes a base with a top face, and a first edge. A position adjustable panel containing keyboard keys. The position adjustable panel is attached to the base by a position adjustment device. The position adjustment device includes a shaft and a first connector. The shaft is attached, towards a bottom end, to the base. The first connector connects the position adjustable panel to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8760404
    Abstract: A keyboard can be comprised of a plurality of alphabetic keys that are disposed in an evenly-spaced grid pattern with respect to one another. In any event, these keys have keycaps configured to comport with touch typing as with a keyboard having a plurality of alphabetic keys that are disposed in an offset pattern (such as the classic QWERTY offset-pattern typewriter-styled keyboard). By one approach, these keycaps can have keycaps having bilaterally-nonsymmetrical tactile features that at least substantially match standard touch-typing finger positions. By one approach these tactile features can comprise an indentation. If desired, these keycaps can share a same form factor. In such a case, some of the keycaps for the alphabetic keys can be disposed on the keyboard at a 180 degree rotation as compared to others of the alphabetic character keycaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Roman Rak
  • Patent number: 8749962
    Abstract: A mobile computing device is disclosed. The mobile computing device comprises a housing that includes a section to retain a keypad assembly. The keypad assembly includes at least a keypad façade that carries a plurality of keys. The keypad façade of the keypad assembly is contoured to adjoin and be substantially flush with the section of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Crooijmans, Yoshimichi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8746999
    Abstract: Carrier nanoparticles comprising a polymer containing a polyol coupled to a polymer containing a boronic acid, configured to present the polymer containing a boronic acid to an environment external to the nanoparticle and related compositions, methods and systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mark E. Davis, Akinleye Alabi
  • Patent number: 8734036
    Abstract: In a preferred form, a keyboard has a single row of eight multi-position keys with the letters arranged in a standard QWERTY keyboard configuration. The eight keys correspond to the eight fingers used when touch typing; each finger operates one key, and that key contains all the letters that the finger normally accesses when touch typing on a standard QWERTY keyboard. With this design, no finger has to move to a different key while typing. When depressed at different locations on its key face, each key either moves straight down, or down while tilting slightly about one of a plurality of axes. Three-position keys have two tilt axes and six-position keys have five tilt axes. The keys utilize contacts located on the bottom of the keys which may be conductive or nonconductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Steven B. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8721204
    Abstract: A keyboard having improvements to the combination wave and curve keyboards of the prior art. In one embodiment, the invention provides a wave shape on a keyboard palm rest. In another embodiment, the invention provides a unique combination of a QWERTY keyboard, with both a wave and a curve, where the D and K keys are the low points of the wave. In another embodiment, a combination of more than one lateral waves and a constant radius curve is provided. Yet another embodiment provides the combination of a curved keyboard and a straight number pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Sylvain Sauvage, Lorenzo Mandelli, Eugene Canavan, Cathal Loughnane
  • Patent number: 8704648
    Abstract: A handheld communication device having a reconfigurable keyfield and a display screen upon which characters are displayed. A plurality of actuable input keys makeup the keyfield, and each has at least one character associated therewith and an engageable top surface for actuation. A microprocessor is configured to receive data indicative of an actuated input key and to output data indicative of an associated character determined to correspond to the indicated input key. At least one of the plurality of actuable input keys is mounted to the handheld communication device by an adjustable interconnection configurable between at least first and second operating orientations. In the first operating orientation, the engageable top surface of the at least one input key faces a first direction and in the second operating orientation the engageable top surface of the at least one input key faces a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Norman Ladouceur, Jason T. Griffin, Roman Rak
  • Patent number: 8681102
    Abstract: An ergonomic, elevated keyboard includes: (a) a typing keyboard including upper level keys; (b) at least one substantially vertical support leg, a top edge of the support leg being attached to a lower surface of the keyboard, the support leg either elevating a front side of the keyboard substantially above a level of an opposite, rear side of the keyboard, forming a negative keyboard slope, or holding the keyboard in a raised, substantially horizontal position, the support leg forming a lower level under the keyboard, with a central, lower level space open to the front of the keyboard; and (c) at least one thumb key on the support leg on the lower level, the thumb key being absent from among the upper level keyboard keys. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Lee Edenborough
  • Patent number: 8662769
    Abstract: A keyboard may include a base portion, a first keyboard portion, a second keyboard portion, and a connection component that couples the second keyboard portion with the base portion. The connection component allows a movement of the second keyboard portion, relative to the base portion and the first keyboard portion, between a first orientation and a second orientation. In some implementations, the keyboard has a longer length dimension when the second keyboard portion is positioned in the second orientation than when the second keyboard portion is positioned in the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Jason Tyler Griffin
  • Publication number: 20140037355
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard assembly and support mounts and keying layout are provided allowing a user to orient keying modules of the assembly in a variety of desired configurations. In one embodiment, the assembly includes pivoting support plates that allow the flexible adjustments. In another embodiment, at least one lift module is utilized to allow achieving multiple tenting angles expediently. In yet another embodiment, a modular support mount assembly is provided to allow the user to mount keying modules to a structure such as a chair using modular mounts that allow for easy and effective peripheral device supports and reconfiguration of the modular support mount assembly to support keying modules and peripheral devices of various sizes and shapes. Furthermore, a keying layout and assembly is provided to improve efficiency and intuitiveness of using a keying module and for programming the keying modules without use of a separate computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Mark Ando, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8559622
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for telephony tone signal and character code generation for QWERTY keyboards includes a QWERTY style keyboard, a processor and a keyboard mode control software module. The QWERTY style keyboard has a plurality of letter keys, wherein each letter key is configured to generate a unique input signal. The processor is coupled to the keyboard and is configured to convert each unique input signal generated by the letter keys into a character code and/or a telephony tone signal. The keyboard mode control software module operates on the processor, and controls whether the processor converts the unique input signals from the letter keys into character codes or telephony tone signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Wen Zhao, Runbo Fu, Xin Jin, Pokin Yeung, Karen A. Rudnitski
  • Publication number: 20130230345
    Abstract: Wireless handheld mobile communication device and keyboard therefore having a keyfield including a plurality of depressible keys arranged in rows that are distributed about a vertical centerline (Vc) of the keyboard. Each depressible keys has a top engagement surface with an upper inboard portion that is raised relative a lower outboard portion thereof. The top engagement surface of each depressible keys is ramped from the lower outboard portion toward the upper inboard portion. Each top engagement surface is generally crest shaped, with the apex of the crest running generally diagonally across the respective key with a remaining surface falling away from the crest toward the upper outboard portion and the lower inboard portion of the key. The top engagement surface of each of the depressible keys terminates at an upper edge thereof in an elevated ridge down from which the balance of the respective top engagement surface slopes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Roman P. RAK, Jason Tyler GRIFFIN, Norman M. LADOUCEUR
  • Patent number: 8523464
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an ergonomic computer keyboard with an integrated joystick pointing device. The keyboard incorporates a palm support and a key orientation that enables a user to rest his hand on the palm support and access keys. The joystick pointing device is situated on a portion of the keyboard that is closest to the user such that the user can manipulate the joystick pointing device without removing his hands from the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Wm. David Edmister
  • Publication number: 20130202339
    Abstract: A touch-type keyboard with multiple functions associated with each key which functions are uniquely selected based on finger position. Each of a plurality of mechanical keys are associated with at least three functions. Each key has a surface area for actuation by a user's finger. The surface area is mapped to zones associated with each function. Function actuation is determined by detection of the finger position when the key is actuated. In the event of a finger overlapping multiple zones during actuation, unique function selection is determined at least in part from the pattern of finger overlap with the plural zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, Kevin H. Vuong
  • Publication number: 20130183074
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard includes a first keying module situated pivotably with respect to the second keying module for providing a keyboard having improved ergonomics and comfort, and promoting improved productivity of a user. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are pivotably mounted on a base assembly having fixed opposing tenting angles. In one embodiment the first and the second keying modules are mounted on a pivot link assembly configured to pivot the keying modules with respect to each other. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are configured to also laterally separate. In one embodiment, first and second lift modules space a portion of the first and the second keying modules, respectively, from a supporting surface to form opposing tenting angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: KINESIS CORPORATION
    Inventor: KINESIS CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8459885
    Abstract: A compact alphanumeric keyboard providing the clock face familiarity for ease of learning and ease of use, with at least twenty eight alphanumeric keys, where the keys are arranged in a first set of twelve keys, a second set of twelve keys, and a third set of four alphanumeric keys. The first set and second set of keys are arranged to correspond with positions of a set of twelve hours on a clock face and the first set, second set, and third set are concentric with respect to a center, where the ratio of the radii of the first bounding circle, second bounding circle, and third bounding circle is substantially square root of seven, two, and one so that each of the plurality of key areas have substantially of equal area. Each of the at least twenty-eight alphanumeric keys has an indicia surface for being comfortably pressed by a finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Byung Kon Min
  • Patent number: 8454254
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard assembly and support mounts and keying layout are provided allowing a user to orient keying modules of the assembly in a variety of desired configurations. In one embodiment, the assembly includes pivoting support plates that allow the flexible adjustments. In another embodiment, at least one lift module is utilized to allow achieving multiple tenting angles expediently. In yet another embodiment, a modular support mount assembly is provided to allow the user to mount keying modules to a structure such as a chair using modular mounts that allow for easy and effective peripheral device supports and reconfiguration of the modular support mount assembly to support keying modules and peripheral devices of various sizes and shapes. Furthermore, a keying layout and assembly is provided to improve efficiency and intuitiveness of using a keying module and for programming the keying modules without use of a separate computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Mark Ando, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8419303
    Abstract: A physical keyboard includes a plurality of multi-functional keys with a reduced column QWERTY key arrangement overlaid with a numeric phone key arrangement for use in both text entry and telephony. Another physical keyboard includes a plurality of multi-functional keys having an array of alphabetic characters and an overlaid numeric array of numbers. A handheld mobile station has a first user interface having a standard alphabetic key arrangement and a second user interface having a numeric phone key arrangement. The space key of the keyboard may be taller than the remainder of keys in the row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8413904
    Abstract: A keyboard layout for a handheld electronic book device is described herein. The device includes a display screen adapted for displaying visible representations of textual or graphic content related to the electronic book. The device also includes a keyboard for controlling presentation of the content. The keyboard includes two sets of keys. A first set of keys is arranged in an arcuate configuration relative to a first point of reference on the device. A second set of keys is arranged in an arcuate configuration relative to a second point of reference on the device. The second point of reference is spaced from the first point of reference on the device. One or more of the first set of keys and one or more of the second set of keys are arranged in a horizontal row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventors: Gregg E. Zehr, John E. Johnston, Symon J. Whitehorn, Thomas J. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8414207
    Abstract: An ultra compact mobile keyboard. The keyboard has a plurality of mechanical keys suitable for touch typing. Each such key has a travel distance sufficient to provide a touch type feel and a rigid cap for crisp actuation by a user. The keyboard has a deployed configuration for touch-typing use and a collapsed configuration for transport and storage. In the collapsed configuration, the keyboard fits within bounding volume of less than 180 cubic centimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Synerdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Knighton, Mydul R. Islam, Tzyy-Woei R. Sung, J. Douglas Logan, Kevin H. Vuong
  • Patent number: 8391468
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for telephony tone signal and character code generation for QWERTY keyboards includes a QWERTY style keyboard, a processor and a keyboard mode control software module. The QWERTY style keyboard has a plurality of letter keys, wherein each letter key is configured to generate a unique input signal. The processor is coupled to the keyboard and is configured to convert each unique input signal generated by the letter keys into a character code and/or a telephony tone signal. The keyboard mode control software module operates on the processor, and controls whether the processor converts the unique input signals from the letter keys into character codes or telephony tone signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Ltd
    Inventors: Wen Zhao, Runbo Fu, Xin Jin, Pokin Yeung, Karen A. Rudnitski
  • Patent number: 8384676
    Abstract: A label having an identifier 41L is applied to the upper left corner of the key top of each character key in a left hand region of a keyboard device. A label having an identifier 41R is applied to the upper right corner of the key top of each character key in a right hand region. The identifier 41L is a mark of a reversed L shape and the identifier 41R is a mark of a mirror image pattern of the identifier 41L. Further, different colors are applied to the identifiers 41L and 41R depending on regions for individual fingers. As a consequence, the identifiers 41L and 41R have a function to visually display information representing which hand is to be used to press a key and information representing which finger is to be used to press the key. The keyboard device enables a user to naturally understand the arrangement of the keys and the use of the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Toshihiko Kondo
  • Patent number: 8355914
    Abstract: A method for selecting text created in a mobile terminal by word and correcting it or changing it to another word, and a mobile terminal implementing the same are disclosed. The mobile terminal includes: a display unit to display one or more words of text, and to display tags for each of the one or more words; an input unit to select at least one of the tagged one or more words as selected one word; and a controller to display candidate words having a similar pronunciation to that of the word selected via the input unit, select one of the candidate words as selected one candidate word, and change the selected one word from the text to the selected one candidate word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae-Min Joh, Jae-Do Kwak, Jong-Keun Youn
  • Patent number: 8297861
    Abstract: An electronic device and a keypad structure thereof are disclosed. The keypad structure includes a first key group, a second key group and a third key group. The second key group is disposed on the left side of the first key group, and the third key group is disposed on the right side of the first key group. Each key area of the second key group is smaller than that of the first key group, and each key area of the third key group is also smaller than that of the first key group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Wang, Yi-Shen Wang, Yi-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 8289684
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard includes a first keying module situated pivotably with respect to the second keying module for providing a keyboard having improved ergonomics and comfort, and promoting improved productivity of a user. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are pivotably mounted on a base assembly having fixed opposing tenting angles. In one embodiment the first and the second keying modules are mounted on a pivot link assembly configured to pivot the keying modules with respect to each other. In one embodiment, the first and the second keying modules are configured to also laterally separate. In one embodiment, first and second lift modules space a portion of the first and the second keying modules, respectively, from a supporting surface to form opposing tenting angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Hargreaves, Carsten Buus, Jonathan H. Biggs, Mark Ando
  • Patent number: 8284078
    Abstract: An exemplary control method includes the following steps. Judging if a hot key is pressed. Updating a data in a data field when the hot key is pressed. Judging if a first function key is pressed. When the first function key is pressed, outputting a first key code according to the data in the data field and the first function key. Executing a first service process according to the first key code. A control system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Lin
  • Patent number: 8264384
    Abstract: A keyboard control circuit for a keyboard having P keys includes an array module that includes P key switches, and a key-matrix having N scan lines that intersect M return lines to form N×M intersections, where P<N×M. The intersections include ghost key positions free of the key switches, and safe key positions being of a number at least equal to P. Each key switch is disposed at a corresponding safe key position. Each ghost key position cooperates with a corresponding group of first, second and third ones of the safe key positions to constitute four corners of a rectangle in the key matrix. A processing unit provides a scan signal to each scan line during a scan period, receives at least one scan line from the return lines in response to operation of at least one key switch, and outputs an input signal corresponding to operation of the at least one key switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Silitek Electronic (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., Lite-On Tehcnology Corp.
    Inventors: Mao-Ta Tsao, Wen-Tong Liu
  • Patent number: 8264382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a keyboard with a plurality of sensitive key elements (10, 12, 14) arranged on said keyboard according to a predetermined scheme. Each of the key elements (10, 12, 14) provides an analogue electric signal (U1, U2, U3). The analogous electric signal (U1, U2, U3) depends on the position of a fingertip. A contact surface of the key element (12) is subdivided into zones (A, B, C, D). The zones (A, B, C, D) are defined in such a way, that the zones (A, B, C, D) have different distances from the adjacent key elements (10, 14). Each zone (A, B, C, D) corresponds with a range of relationships between the signal (U2) of the key element (12) and the signal (U1, U3) of at least one adjacent key element (10, 14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V
    Inventors: Thibaut Rigolle, Andrea Rossi, Laurent Jeanneteau
  • Patent number: 8253598
    Abstract: A light-emitting keyboard is disclosed, which comprises: a light guide plate, configured with a light entrance surface, a light emitting surface, a bottom surface and a side surface in a manner that the light emitting surface is arranged opposite to the bottom surface, and the light entrance surface and the side surface are arranged respectively next and connecting to the light emitting surfaced and the bottom surface while being sandwiched therebetween; a light source, disposed next to the light entrance surface of the light guide plate; a frame, disposed on the light emitting surface of the light guide plate; a first reflector, disposed on the bottom surface of the light guide plate; and a second reflector, disposed on the side surface of the light guide plate. With the aforesaid structure, light from the light source can be fully utilized so that the overall brightness of the light-emitting keyboard can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Shin-Cheng Ho
  • Publication number: 20120207527
    Abstract: A method for positioning keys in a limited key space in handheld computing and communication devices for efficient finger operation, has the steps of, (i) selecting a set of keys from a full set of keys, where the selected set is useful for use in small handheld devices based on their mode of use and operation, (ii) partitioning the selected keys in two groups of more-used and less-used keys, (iii) positioning the more-used keys in a top center area of the keypad space and the less-used keys in a remainder key space including a bottom, a left, and a right area of the key space, and (iv) adjusting the layout of the keys in the key space based on the size and the orientation of the key space with an correspondingly adjusted key size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Tara Chand Singhal