Electrically Powered Patents (Class 400/94)
  • Patent number: 9678580
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved keyboard and keyboard driver for facilitating a reduction in the number of key presses required to create or delete a given data string (i.e. mnemonics, abbreviations, words, sentences, paragraphs etc.). The keyboard includes an array of keys having multi-character indicia and an interface system comprising data storage means; data processing means; and data display means, wherein the data processing means reduces key presses by filtering data stored within the data storage means by initial character, as determined by the character or characters ascribed to a data input key initially pressed by a user, and prioritizing the filtered data in real-time according to user-configurable prioritization parameters (using qualitative and/or quantitative information relating to each data string stored within the storage means). The invention also provides improved calculator functionality and function-lock keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Keypoint Technologies (UK) Limted
    Inventor: Sanjay Patel
  • Publication number: 20140270883
    Abstract: A stenographic machine includes a machine body and a display screen assembly. The machine body has a stenographic keyboard, a display connector, and a stenographic processor operatively connected to the stenographic keyboard and storing stenographic dictation by a stenographer. The display screen assembly has a back rest having a first end pivotally connected to the display connector and a second end. The display screen assembly has a screen body having a display operatively connected to the stenographic processor to display at least one of concurrent and previously stored stenographic dictation to a stenographer, having a screen face and a screen outer back surface, and is pivotally connected to the second end such that, when the display is pivoted downwards, the outer back surface faces upwards and, when the display pivoted upwards, the screen face faces a user and moves closer to the user as pivoting progresses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Advantage Technology and Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent Lu
  • Publication number: 20140255073
    Abstract: A stenographic device includes a display, a memory, keys of a stenographic keyboard, each key having a resting position where the key is un-actuated, a depressed position where the key is actuated to register a key stroke, and a range of depression positions therebetween, and a processor communicatively coupled to the display, memory, and the keys. The processor causes the display to graphically show a respective depression indicator of a current one of the depression positions for each of the keys, stores in the memory a respective key-press registration point for each of the keys, the registration point being a depression position located within the range of depression positions and indicating when the respective key is in the actuated state, and causes the display to graphically show a respective registration indicator corresponding to the stored registration point for each of the keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Advantage Technology and Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Siebert
  • Patent number: 8770872
    Abstract: A stenographic device includes a display, a memory, keys of a stenographic keyboard, each key having a resting position where the key is un-actuated, a depressed position where the key is actuated to register a key stroke, and a range of depression positions therebetween, and a processor communicatively coupled to the display, memory, and the keys. The processor causes the display to graphically show a respective depression indicator of a current one of the depression positions for each of the keys, stores in the memory a respective key-press registration point for each of the keys, the registration point being a depression position located within the range of depression positions and indicating when the respective key is in the actuated state, and causes the display to graphically show a respective registration indicator corresponding to the stored registration point for each of the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Technology and Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Siebert
  • Patent number: 8678685
    Abstract: A keyboard assembly for a stenographic machine includes character keys with a first set of vowel keys that, at a first rest position, together define a first upper touch surface plane, a second set of keys that, at a second rest position, together define a second upper touch surface plane that is higher than the first plane, with each of the second set of keys having a fully depressed position lower than the second plane by a given distance and a key actuator to be operationally connected to a respective key sensor for registering movement of the respective key. A third key assembly has a third assembly key with an upper touch surface that, at a third rest position, is further from the second upper touch surface plane than the given distance, and a third key actuator to be operationally connected to a respective third-key-assembly key sensor for registering movement of the at least one key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Advantage Technology and Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Portia Seely
  • Patent number: 8480320
    Abstract: A device and method for determining key registration settings in a stenographic device, includes a plurality of keys making up a standard stenographic keyboard, each key having a resting position, a depressed position, and a range of depression positions between the resting position and the depressed position, a memory, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and to the plurality of keys. The processor is operable to store in the memory, for at least one of the keys, a depression indicator corresponding to a current depression position of the key selected from the resting position, the depressed position, and one of the depression positions within the range of depression positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Advantage Technology & Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Siebert
  • Publication number: 20130051887
    Abstract: A method, device, and computer program product for analyzing multiple keystrokes in an electronic stenographic recording machine having keys forming stenographic keystrokes when actuated includes sensing a depressed state of at least first and second keys and recording first and second depression times, sensing released states of the first and second keys and recording first and second release times, determining an elapsed depression-release time for each of the first and second stenographic keys, determining a percentage of chronological overlap of each of the elapsed depression-release times, and separating the first and second key depressions into separate stenographic keystrokes when the percentage of chronological overlap indicates a lack of correlation between the first and second key depressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: David Siebert, Portia Seely
  • Patent number: 8215853
    Abstract: A method, device, and computer program product for analyzing multiple keystrokes in an electronic stenographic recording machine having keys forming stenographic keystrokes when actuated includes sensing a depressed state of a first stenographic key and recording a first depression time, sensing a depressed state of a second stenographic key and recording a second depression time, sensing a depressed state of a third stenographic key and recording a third depression time, sensing a released state of the first key and recording a first release time, sensing a released state of the second key and recording a second release time, sensing a released state of the third key and recording a third release time, sorting the first, second, and third depression times based on a chronological order of occurrence, determining, within the plurality of sorted depression times, a pair of chronologically adjacent depression times with a greatest chronological variation therebetween, determining an elapsed depression-release t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Advantage Technology and Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: David Siebert, Portia Seely
  • Patent number: 8096714
    Abstract: A device and method for determining key registration settings in a stenographic device, includes providing a plurality of keys making up a standard stenographic keyboard, each key having a resting position, a depressed position, and a range of depression positions between the resting position and the depressed position, receiving information indicating a depression depth of a key on the standard stenographic keyboard, and a processor communicatively coupled to a display and the plurality of keys, the processor operable to cause the display to graphically show, for at least one of the keys, a depression indicator of a current one of the depression positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Advantage Technology and Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: David Siebert, Portia Seely
  • Patent number: 8075208
    Abstract: A case for use with a stenotype machine, portable computer, and cables, power supply equipment, memory devices, as well as paper, writing utensils, and the like to form a mobile workstation. The case includes a top, a bottom, and a circumscribing sidewall, the top removably or hingedly attached to the side wall to cover an interior that is divided into multiple compartments, including at least a first compartment to store the portable computer, a second compartment to store the stenotype machine, and a third compartment to store cables for data and power that are connected to the computer and stenotype machine, the sidewall having an access opening for the stenotype machine to deploy for use while remaining attached to the case, and the case further including a bottom wall to which a stand is removably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Teena Green
  • Patent number: 7572078
    Abstract: A method for recording shadow keystrokes in an electronic stenographic recording machine having keys forming stenographic keystrokes when actuated includes the steps of sensing an extent of an actuation of a subset of the keys as a stenographic keystroke, recording values selected from the group consisting of a full value and at least one intermediate value corresponding to the extent of the actuation of each of the subset of keys, and determining a first subset of possible translations of the stenographic keystroke based upon a second subset of possible combinations of the recorded values of the subset of the keys. Also, an extent of an actuation of at least one key can be sensed and at least one intermediate value corresponding to the extent of the actuation of the at least one key can be recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Advantage Technology & Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Siebert
  • Patent number: 7403375
    Abstract: The adjustable LCD screen assembly for a writing machine includes base and an LCD screen assembly coupled to each other by a hinge assembly. An embodiment of the hinge assembly includes a pivot post and a pair locking set screws, Bellville spring washers, a screw, an anti-rotation washer, a first bracket and a second bracket. The hinge assembly mounts to the base along the first bracket and to the LCD screen assembly along the second bracket. The hinge assembly utilizes a compression mechanism including a spring mechanism to generate frictional force between the elements of the hinge assembly to hold the LCD screen assembly in place with respect to the base under “static conditions,” yet allows for infinite adjustability of the LCD screen assembly, within a given range of motion, under “pivoting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Stenograph L.L.C.
    Inventors: Frank John Chvojcsek, Dennis John Kras
  • Patent number: 5745875
    Abstract: The present invention involves a stenographic translation system which comprises (a) a stenographic processor device for converting lexical stroke symbols to first output units comprising language text words and sets of undefined lexical stroke symbols; (b) a speech recognition system using clusters of speech word models of a vocabulary to define word output units from speech, the units each having a system clock time value; (c) an output controller for outputting defined words by matching the output units within a time window and selecting a final output word or undefined symbol. A method is provided wherein a human speaker makes an utterance which is received essentially simultaneously by a stenographer and a speech recognition system. The stenographer manually applies first inputs to keys in a stenographic processor device to generate first outputs by using a scan chart with translations to define a word output from the stenographic processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Stenovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny Jay Jackson, Brian Keith Bennett
  • Patent number: 5203635
    Abstract: A stenographic machine includes a keyboard having a first area containing keys designated for at least some of numerals "1", "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8" and "9", a second area containing keys designated for consonant letters, a third area containing, in order from left to right, keys designated for vowel letters "A", "O", "E" and "U", a first additional key designated for numeral "5" and a second additional key designated for numeral "0". The additional keys are located elsewhere than in the first area and are preferably directly below the keys designated for the letters "A" and "O".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: Kenneth Freedman
  • Patent number: 5152617
    Abstract: A stenographic machine of the type having a platen means for supporting a paper tape and a memory means for electronically storing stenographic notes as well as a plurality of keys and associated electromechanical elements for recording testimony and proceedings on the paper tape or electronic memory. More particularly, the stenographic machine and the present invention includes a note marker assembly including at least one input key which is electromechanically connected to initiate the translation of an ink pad into contact with the paper tape, and for simultaneously inserting an electronic mark into a memory means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Xscribe Corporation
    Inventor: Gordon W. Smith
  • Patent number: 4804279
    Abstract: A word typewriter is disclosed. An entire syllable is typed by simultaneously pressing a chord of keys on a keyboard. The chord of keys is decoded according to certain decoding rules and priority rules. The invention produces an output of written text in standard format. The invention produces an output in standard format like a conventional typewriter, but at a speed which is faster than a conventional shorthand machine. A butterfly-shaped keyboard is used which has a center group of vowel keys. Eleven of the most frequently used consonants are placed on either side of the vowel keys, which are arranged in mirror images of each other. Less frequently used letters which are missing from the keyboard are formed by simultaneously pressing two keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Special Systems Industry B.V.
    Inventors: Nicolaas M. Berkelmans, Marius Den Outer, deceased, by Annie Den Outer, legal representative
  • Patent number: 4692042
    Abstract: A computerized system for the rapid rendering of written or spoken material into printed text. A stenographic record of the material is produced by a reporter according to a stenographic system including "automatics" to enable batch translation of the stenographic data. The record thereby produced is translated rapidly and with a high degree of accuracy by a computer having a dictionary of the system stored in its memory. The translation is displayed upon the screen of an editing device for rapid editing by a word processing operator. The edited translation is applied to a transmitting modem. The modem encodes the edited translation for transmission to a remote computerized typesetter. The typesetter is directly programmed with the edited translation to produce a printed text of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Digitext, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Cuff, Jerrold P. Lefler
  • Patent number: 4632578
    Abstract: A computerized system for the rapid rendering of written or spoken material into printed text. A stenographic record of the material is produced by a reporter according to a stenographic system including "automatics" to enable batch translation of the stenographic data. The record thereby produced is translated rapidly and with a high degree of accuracy by a computer having a dictionary of the system stored in its memory. The translation is displayed upon the screen of an editing device for rapid editing by a word processing operator. The edited translation is applied to a transmitting modem. The modem encodes the edited translation for transmission to a remote computerized typesetter. The typesetter is directly programmed with the edited translation to produce a printed text of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Assignee: Digitext, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Cuff, Jerrold P. Lefler
  • Patent number: 4490056
    Abstract: U.S. Pat. No. 4,067,431 discloses a combinational keyboard in which keys are operated in combinations much as a piano is played. A combination being those keys which are depressed between two periods in which no keys are depressed. Each combination generates a coded character. The present invention covers a modification of this keyboard system in which the character keyed depends upon the sequence in which the keys of the combination are operated as well as upon the combination itself. The preferred system permits the character set of a six-key one-handed keyboard to be expanded to 198 characters. Cost of the keyboard--about sixty grams of silver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Inventor: Ranald O. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 4439798
    Abstract: An improved referencing device for identifying for future reference a portion of a data record as it is being recorded for use in combination with a shorthand machine generating electrical output signals corresponding to the keys depressed, a recording medium, and recorder associated with said shorthand machine for making a data record of the signals generated thereby on said recording medium. The referencing device comprises means for generating a reference signal separate and independent from the output signal generated by said shorthand machine and for inputting said reference signal to said data recorder for making a record of the referencing signal on the recording medium. A portion of the data record may then be identified for future reference by the reference signal record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: Stenograph Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Chvojcsek
  • Patent number: 4421427
    Abstract: A shorthand machine including an electric drive system to advance the platen. In accordance with the invention, the platen can be advanced in a fully mechanical, conventional mode, fully electric mode, or by a combination of electric and mechanical drives. In the electric or electric/mechanical modes, after the shorthand machine operator makes a key stroke and releases the keys, an electric circuit pulses an electric motor connected to the platen to drive the platen for a predetermined duration of time. Subsequent to the driving pulse, power to the motor is reversed to quickly brake the motor and bring it to a rapid stop. The duration of time that the motor is activated may be varied, varying the amount of advancement of the platen, and thus varying the distance between recorded key strokes for each word or part of word generated by the operator of the shorthand machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1983
    Assignee: Stenograph Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Michals, Frank H. Mozer, Ralph E. Zum Bahlen
  • Patent number: 4415283
    Abstract: A shorthand machine having active tactile feedback to the keyboard, providing the operator with a keyboard response permitting the operator to sense return of the keys sufficiently toward their rest position to permit initiation of the next key stroke without stacking of notes. A solenoid or other actuator is energized following initiation of the return of the keys to their rest position after the printing of each word and urges the universal bar toward its rest position, thereby urging the keys toward their rest position. The operator senses this pressure on the keys and thus can tell when the keys are returned sufficiently toward the rest position to permit initiation of the next stroke. As a consequence the operator's timing is improved, and he can write faster and for a longer time without stacking notes and with less fatigue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Assignee: Baron Data Systems
    Inventor: Michael A. Smith
  • Patent number: 4363558
    Abstract: A shorthand machine including an electric drive system to advance the platen. In accordance with the invention, the platen can be advanced in a fully mechanical, conventional mode, fully electric mode, or by a combination of electric and mechanical drives. In the electric or electric/mechanical modes, after the shorthand machine operator makes a key stroke and releases the keys, an electric circuit pulses an electric motor connected to the platen to drive the platen for a predetermined duration of time. Subsequent to the driving pulse, power to the motor is reversed to quickly brake the motor and bring it to a rapid stop. The duration of time that the motor is activated may be varied, varying the amount of advancement of the platen, and thus varying the distance between received key strokes for each word or part of word generated by the operator of the shorthand machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Assignee: Stenograph Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Michals, Frank H. Mozer, Ralph E. Zum Bahlen
  • Patent number: 4205351
    Abstract: A digital data recorder is adapted for receiving a plurality of parallel input data members for defining a single input signal. Any of the input data members may change in identity during the presentation of the single input signal, and the recorder gives priority identity to any input data member which is of the priority identity for any time during the presentation. The recorder produces a serial, digital data output signal comprising a finite sequence of binary data bits in one-to-one correspondence with the parallel input data members, with the binary state of the bit corresponding to the identity of the input member. The serial, digital output signal is suitable for recording on the single channel of a magnetic tape for fully defining the input signal. The recorder is described in detail as adapted for recording the words taken by a shorthand machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1980
    Assignee: Stenograph Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Michals