Personal Digitial Assistant Patents (Class 455/556.2)
  • Patent number: 10275153
    Abstract: A multidirectional button, key, or menu for use in a user interface of a computing device (10). An object of the user interface may include a software keyboard (14) on a display screen (16) comprised of multidirectional buttons, keys, or menus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Will John Temple
  • Patent number: 10216318
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a connector detachable from part of an electronic device including a display, and a cover connected to the connector, wherein the cover is capable of covering at least part of the display of the electronic device, and wherein the cover includes a window configured to expose the at least part of the display when the cover covers at least part of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-Cheul Moon, Andy Kim
  • Patent number: 10142448
    Abstract: The technology provides a mobile communication device having separable components, including a control module configured for only short-range wireless communication and a docking station module configured for both long-range wireless communication and short-range wireless communication. The control module includes a touch-sensitive display, a short-range wireless transceiver and a processor that electrically couples the touch-sensitive display and the short-range wireless transceiver. The docking station module includes a docking area that receives the control module, a docking short-range wireless transceiver configured to communicate with the control module, a long-range wireless transceiver that is configured to communicate with a long-range network and a docking processor that electrically couples the docking short-range wireless transceiver and the long-range wireless transceiver. The technology provides a sleek light-weight control module having full functionality of the docking station module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Paul John Kudrna, Benjamin Michael Finney, David Kazmierz Szczypinski, Oleg Los
  • Patent number: 10055088
    Abstract: Some implementations include displaying icons on a home screen of a computing device based, at least in part, on a predicted likelihood that an individual one of the icons will be selected. The predicted likelihoods may be determined based on a current time of day, a geo-location of the computing device, a current mode of the computing device, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lee Boggan, Sasha Mikhael Perez, David Michael Rowell
  • Patent number: 9942658
    Abstract: A method and apparatus increase audio output of a device. A mode of audio output operation of a device can be determined. Audio output can operate in a determined first mode of audio output operation that powers at least one first speaker at a first bandwidth and at a first output level below a first output level threshold. The audio output can operate in a determined second mode of audio output operation. The second mode of audio output operation can power the at least one first speaker at a high pass filtered second bandwidth that filters out low frequencies of the first bandwidth. The second mode of audio output operation can power the at least one first speaker at a second output level below a second output level threshold. The second output level threshold can be higher than the first output level threshold. The second output level can exceed the first output level threshold at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Robert Zurek, Kevin J Bastyr, Joel Clark, Giles T Davis, Adrian M Schuster
  • Patent number: 9924549
    Abstract: A communication method performed at an electronic device includes receiving first identification information through an auxiliary device which is connectable with the electronic device, comparing the received first identification information with second identification information stored in the electronic device, and connecting with an external electronic device through local communication based on at least one of the first identification information or the second identification information, if the first identification information and the second identification information are different from each other. An electronic device includes a processor configured to control the display, the memory, or the communication module, and connect with an external electronic device through local communication based on at least one of first identification information received through the auxiliary device or second identification information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Ki Wan Lee
  • Patent number: 9876895
    Abstract: A cell phone having a normal notification mode and an enhanced silent notification mode. The phone includes a memory, a speaker, a touch screen and a processor. The memory stores contact information for a plurality of contacts including general contacts and emergency contacts. The contact information includes an emergency notification setting for incoming calls and an emergency notification setting for incoming text messages that are selectable by a user via the touch screen on a contact by contact basis. In the normal notification mode, incoming calls and incoming text messages from both the general contacts and the emergency contacts cause the speaker to generate sounds. In the enhanced silent notification mode, incoming calls and incoming text messages from the general contacts do not cause the speaker to generate sounds, but at least one of incoming calls and incoming text messages from the emergency contacts causes the speaker to generate sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Lawrence R. Youst
  • Patent number: 9874862
    Abstract: A method and device to monitor and analyze a biosignal are provided. The device may measure a biosignal from a user of the device, analyze an emotion event associated with the user of the device based on the biosignal, and generate a control command in response to a result of analyzing the emotion event. The generated control command may be used to control an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tak Hyung Lee, Yeong Sook Chae
  • Patent number: 9819705
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates in a first aspect to a method of exchanging data packages between a first portable communication device and a second portable communication device over a bi-directional wireless communication channel, where at least one of the first and second portable communication devices comprises a hearing instrument. The method comprises generating, by the first portable communication device, a plurality of data packages over time and transmitting the plurality of data packages from the first to the second portable communication device through a plurality of spaced apart frequency bands distributed across a predetermined radio frequency range of the bi-directional wireless communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GN Hearing A/S
    Inventors: Brian Dam Pedersen, Klaus Hagen Jensen
  • Patent number: 9806961
    Abstract: A method and Subscription Service Host Server that support a presence service receives multiple subscription requests associated with multiple of subscribers, wherein each subscription request of the multiple subscription requests comprises a request to subscribe to presence information of a status publication source. In response to receiving the multiple subscription requests, a subscription is created for each subscriber of the multiple subscribers. A system condition is monitored and, based on the monitored system condition, a determination is made to suspend a subscription of a subscriber of the multiple subscribers. The subscription of the subscriber is placed into a suspended state to produce a suspended subscription, wherein the Server suspends the subscription without receiving, from the subscriber, a request to suspend the subscription. Subsequent to placing the subscription into a suspended state, a determination is made to one of reactivate and terminate the suspended subscription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Anees Abdulkader Anakkot, Satyanarayana Tummalapenta, Steven E. Vanswol
  • Patent number: 9799207
    Abstract: An event notification system is configured with a record for each one of a plurality of individual responders to a mass notification event. Each record can have preference information that is specified by an individual responder associated with the record, and the event notification system can use the preference information to generate, for each of the individual responders, a single mass notification message that is formatted according to the preferences of each individual responder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Globestar Systems Inc
    Inventor: David Tavares
  • Patent number: 9690445
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer program products for controlling a computing device comprising a touch-screen user interface. A status of one or more applications having access to the touch-screen user interface of the computing device is monitored. In response to the monitoring indicating that a predetermined application is displaying a screen on the touch-screen user interface, at least one overlay portion is configured over a part of the displayed screen. Hence, an augmented user interface experience is provided which allows display of information to a user via an overlay displayed on top of information associated with a predetermined application already being presented to the user. No interaction by the user with the touch-screen user interface is required in order to navigate away from or back to the predetermined application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Liz Rice, Philip Pearl, Felix Palmer, Shaun Crampton
  • Patent number: 9684429
    Abstract: An electronic device displays a first application on the touch-sensitive display, the first application being one of a plurality of concurrently open applications on the electronic device. The device detects a first input and in response, displays a multitasking user interface that is configured to select an open application for viewing and is also configured to select one of a plurality of contactable users to communicate with. The multitasking user interface includes a set of open application affordances, wherein activation of a respective open application affordance selects a corresponding open application in the plurality of concurrently open applications for viewing, and a first set of contactable-user affordances, wherein activation of a respective contactable-user affordance initiates a process for communicating with a corresponding contactable-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 9672658
    Abstract: Portable globes may be provided for viewing regions of interest in a Geographical Information System (GIS). A method for providing a portable globe for a GIS may include determining one or more selected regions corresponding to a geographical region of a master globe. The method may further include organizing geospatial data from the master globe based on the selected region and creating the portable globe based on the geospatial data. The portable globe may be smaller in data size than the master globe. The method may include transmitting the portable globe to a local device that may render the selected region at a higher resolution than the remainder of the portable globe in the GIS. A system for providing a portable globe may include a selection module, a fusion module and a transmitter. A system for updating a portable globe may include a packet bundler and a globe cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Manas Ranjan Jagadev, Eli Dylan Lorimer, Bret Peterson, Vijay Raman, Mark Damon Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9626021
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a control section which, if it is determined that a first object is selected by an operating body, causes a second object, which is obtained by duplicating a part or all of the first object, to be displayed at a predetermined position on a second display surface, and if it is determined that the second object is selected by the operating body, hides the first object displayed at the position indicated by object coordinate information and also updates the object coordinate information with in-second display surface destination coordinate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoya Narita
  • Patent number: 9584651
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of controlling therefore are disclosed. The mobile terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention includes a housing, a display, a sensing unit configured to sense whether a cover is opened on the display in a state that the cover where an opening part is formed to make at least a part of the display to be exposed is installed in the housing, and a controller. If closing of the cover is detected in the middle of executing the first application, the controller controls the display to change a display state of an execution screen of the first application to make the display state of the execution screen of the first application correspond to a position and a size of the opening part of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sehyun Jung, Eunsoo Jung, Songyi Baek, Kyunghye Seo
  • Patent number: 9542062
    Abstract: A device virtualization service (DVS) is provided that uses a generalized thick client resident on a mobile device to provide user interface generation support to a myriad of services providing mobile device content. The DVS abstracts device specifics from services to provide device independent user experiences to be described by the service and then rendered on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William D. Sproule, Antonio Winslow Fernando
  • Patent number: 9514209
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a data processing method and a data processing device. If to-be-compressed data includes a data fragment that is the same as a first half of a variable block in a duplicate database and is different from a second half of the variable block, a new variable block with granularity smaller than that of the matching variable block can be generated, and the new variable block is added to the duplicate database. The granularity of the new variable block is smaller, which increases the probability of subsequent to-be-compressed data matching the updated duplicate database, thereby improving compression efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Xindong Teng
  • Patent number: 9507376
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first electrical display; and a second electrical display movably connected to the first electrical display between a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration the first and second electrical displays generally face each other. In the second configuration the first and second electrical displays do not generally face each other and are viewable from a same direction. The first and second electrical displays are sized and shaped such that in the first configuration a portion of the second electrical display is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Mikael Kontkanen, Jussi Ropo, Pasi Tuomo Antero Kemppinen, Vicente Calvo Alonso
  • Patent number: 9467797
    Abstract: In this system is provided with a mobile telephone, a server and a vehicle-mounted device with different input/output methods, when an application unit of the mobile telephone is started, control programs and settings suitable for the combination of the vehicle-mounted device, the mobile telephone and the application unit are acquired from the server for an input switching unit, output switching unit, vehicle-internal communication control unit, input control unit and display control unit of the vehicle-mounted device and for an input switching unit, output switching unit, vehicle-internal communication control unit, input control unit, display control unit, input conversion unit and output conversion unit of the mobile telephone, and, after setup and installation, mobile telephone application programs can be remotely controlled by the vehicle-mounted device by running this application unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nagai, Atsushi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9405436
    Abstract: Methods and systems for associating a standardized electronic icon with a user and displaying the icon with electronic communications of the user are disclosed. A computer implemented method includes: determining one or more icons to associate with an individual when the individual creates an electronic message; and at least one of selectively and automatically appending at least one of the one or more icons that are associated with the individual to the electronic message. The at least one of the one or more icons is subsequently displayed with the electronic message to a recipient to provide information about the individual to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Ruthie D. Lyle, James W. Seaman
  • Patent number: 9398431
    Abstract: A method for running applications using a mobile device and a playback apparatus supporting a BD-J specification is disclosed. In accordance with the present invention, a function that cannot be provided by the playback apparatus supporting the BD-J specification is provided by the mobile device, thereby preventing the lack of resources and the rise of suppressing the manufacturing costs of the playback apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wonjang Baek
  • Patent number: 9389880
    Abstract: A program execution method, a server, a mobile terminal, and a system. The method includes: receiving a user action UA record sent by a mobile terminal; searching the UA record for a UA sequence that repeatedly appears; determining an association relationship between UAs in the UA sequence that repeatedly appears; creating a corresponding use mode according to the association relationship; and sending the use mode to the mobile terminal, so that the mobile terminal uses a use mode corresponding to a monitored UA, wherein the user action refers to an operation performed on an application program on the mobile terminal. In addition, a corresponding server, a mobile terminal, and a program execution system are provided. The present invention meets a personalized requirement of a user, and moreover reduces complexity of a user operation, saves the user's time and energy, and improves user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9374079
    Abstract: A level jump reset IC design circuit is provided, comprising a reset IC, a reset circuit, and a switching circuit. The reset circuit and the switching circuit both are connected to signal input pins of the reset IC. The level jump reset IC design circuit can make mobile phones effectively realize reset shutdown and restart, and make the mobile phones enter a Recovery model. Reset pulse time can be set by a user according to requirements, so that the user can distinguish two different operations of reset shutdown and restart. When the model phones enter the Recovery model, the switching circuit deactivates the reset circuit, so the mobile phones can enter the Recovery mode normally and effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Yuanqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 9332106
    Abstract: A method of access control in an electronic device includes monitoring for input at the electronic device, for each input determined to be one of a plurality of predefined gestures including gestures from a touch-sensitive input device or from a movement sensor, mapping the input to a respective Unicode character and adding the respective Unicode character to a passcode to provide an entered passcode, comparing the entered passcode to a stored passcode, and changing an access state at the electronic device if the entered passcode matches the stored passcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Runstedler, Brian Groux, Jonathan Cardy
  • Patent number: 9319838
    Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for providing event information. A one-time use app is downloaded to a user device when a user elects to purchase the app. The app receives event-related information from an event database. The event database receives information from a plurality of sources. The sources are each associated with an application programming interface. The app provides event-related information to the user through purchased options. The app can filter information based on a user profile before providing the information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: John E. Cronin, Joseph George Bodkin, Christopher Michael Huffines
  • Patent number: 9294542
    Abstract: A cellphone with a camera takes a photo of a barcode in a screen that can show different images. The barcode is decoded into a URL, and the cellphone uses wireless Internet access to visit the website of the URL. The website then makes a different image that also has a barcode of a URL, and sends it to the screen for display. This can increase the interactivity of the screen and its value to advertisers. Several users with cellphones might simultaneously interact with the screen in this manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Wesley John Boudville
  • Patent number: 9229491
    Abstract: A tablet computer includes a mobile phone mounting portion which has determined width and length and is formed in the rear of the tablet computer in a recessed manner, guide grooves which are longitudinally formed on both lateral walls of the mounting portion, and a separation prevention member which is fixedly inserted into the guide grooves and has width and length corresponding to those of the mounting portion. The separation prevention member includes wing fixing portions which are fixedly inserted into the guide grooves of the lateral walls, determined width of wings which are extended upwards from the wing fixing portions and formed to bend toward the center of the mounting portion, respectively, and a determined width of cover which is provided in the range between one end of the separation prevention member and the wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Han Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9225582
    Abstract: A communications device receives a trigger event and, in response to the trigger event, retrieves identification information and identifies a correspondent entity associated with the trigger event based on the identification information. Communication information relating to one or more communications events associated with the correspondent entity is then retrieved, organized, and displayed in one or more views on the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Conway
  • Patent number: 9172779
    Abstract: A cellular modem device that is integrated with a proprietary dock connector of a mobile device, such as the proprietary 30 pin dock connector of an iPod Touch or iPad, permits the mobile device to connect for Internet access to the associated cellular carrier. The device is usable in circumstances where the mobile device does not contain internal cellular modem circuitry, and/or the device is unable to use WiFi-based Internet and/or the device's internal cellular circuits are out of range of cellular service of the carrier for which those circuits are designed, and/or the internal cellular circuits are not activated on the associated cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysalis, LLC
    Inventor: Nathanael Charles Ellis
  • Patent number: 9128551
    Abstract: A touch display method is configured for an electronic apparatus including a touch display module and an embedded controller. The touch display module includes a touch display device and a touch input controller. The method includes following steps: loading a BIOS to perform an initialization operation when the electronic apparatus has not loaded an operating system; defining a virtual input area in the touch display device; and further displaying an input interface on the virtual input area. Generate a touch event when the touch display device is touched and translate the touch event into a coordinate by the touch input controller. If the coordinate is in the input interface, the touch input controller outputs a function signal to the embedded controller through the hardware interface. The embedded controller translates the function signal into a scan code for the electronic apparatus to execute operations corresponding to the scan code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 9125040
    Abstract: A notification system and notification distribution method to distribute notification communications are provided. The notification system in one example includes a plurality of wireless communication devices (WCDs) configured to transfer a corresponding plurality of subscriber profiles and plurality of WCD locations to a notification distribution system, and the notification distribution system configured to receive the plurality of subscriber profiles and the plurality of WCD locations for the plurality of WCDs, receive a notification communication, with the notification communication including at least a notification type, a notification location, and a notification data, filter the plurality of WCDs by comparing the notification communication to the plurality of subscriber profiles and the plurality of WCD locations and select one or more WCDs to receive the notification communication, and multi-cast the notification communication to the one or more selected WCDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivasarao V. N. S. Penugonda, Feng Xie, Manikandan Ramanujam
  • Patent number: 9118059
    Abstract: The electronic equipment disclosed in the present application realizes a battery attachment/detachment mechanism with the reduced number of components, by biasing a slide lever 11 to a protrusion position by a biasing force of a switch lever 13a of a switch 13. More specifically, in the electronic equipment disclosed in the present application, it is unnecessary to provide biasing means for biasing the slide lever 11 to the protrusion position in addition to the switch 13, the number of components is reduced as compared with the configuration provided with biasing means in addition to the switch. By reducing the number of components, the cost is reduced and the assembly time in assembling notebook computers is reduced, thereby improving workability in the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kawada, Masaru Furujiku
  • Patent number: 9059597
    Abstract: Systems, circuits, and devices for reducing leakage current in a mobile device with an embedded battery are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for reducing leakage current in a mobile device with an embedded battery comprises a power management integrated circuit (PMIC), a switch device electrically coupled to the embedded battery and the PMIC, and a low power personal area network (PAN) module coupled to the embedded battery, the PMIC, and the switch device. The low power PAN module is configured to maintain the switch device in an open state while an application processor (AP) of the mobile device is off and to close the switch device in response to a receipt of an AP ON request signal to wake up the AP, where the open state of the switch device blocks leakage current flowing from the battery to the PMIC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Sungho Woo, Jaeyoung Choi, Hoon Jo, Hyeonchang Choi, Jongseok Park, Okhyun Jeong, Giwon Kang, Hong Jo Shim, Jungseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9037190
    Abstract: A dynamically tuned repeater system for improved communication system performance is disclosed. The repeater circuit consists of power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, filters, switches and antennas along with tuning circuits integrated and controlled to provide an optimized system for RF transmission improvement. Dynamic tuning provides the ability to maintain optimized system performance as required by communication link characteristics. Inputs from proximity sensors are used to further optimize system performance. The repeater topology is capable of transmission and reception enhancement at a multitude of frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ethertronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Desclos, Sebastian Rowson, Jeffrey Shamblin, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Patent number: 9037191
    Abstract: A cellular communication system includes a cellphone interface unit that includes a transceiver for low power RF communication; a microphone; an earphone; a display; a keypad; a hub device that includes a transceiver for low power RF communication; an antenna for high power RF communication and circuitry and appropriate software components for establishing a communication channel between the hub and a base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Nisim Sela
  • Patent number: 9031614
    Abstract: An electronic business card is provided with voice data associated with the card owner. In some embodiments, the voice data is a digitized voice sample; in other embodiments, the voice data is a selection of pre-processed voice recognition data associated with a voice sample. In some implementations, the electronic business card can be transferred to other parties using a Bluetooth personal network. A user application can then make use of the voice sample or pre-processed voice recognition data for security or user identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Unify, Inc.
    Inventors: Rami Caspi, William J. Beyda
  • Publication number: 20150126231
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that detects a first location of the information processing apparatus; receives information representing a target location from a target information processing apparatus; detects a target direction from the first location toward the target location; detects an orientation of a casing of the information processing apparatus; calculates an angular difference between the target direction and the orientation of the casing; determines a perceptual strength of each of a plurality of active elements disposed in different locations on or within the casing based on the angular difference; and controls each of the plurality of active elements based on the perceptual strengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Tatsuya OOKA
  • Patent number: 9026180
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus has a display, keypad, sensor and controller. Keys of the keypad are distributed within a keypad area in at least a first plane and are arranged for user actuation transversally to the first plane to provide a first type of user input. The sensor is positioned to sense navigating user actuation at the keypad area in or coincident with the first plane to provide a second type of user input. The controller is configured to control a focus position on the display in response to the second type of user input; associate a plurality of display subareas of the display with respective keys of the keypad; and accept, for user input of the second type, user actuation of an actuated key among the keys as a selection of a selectable item presented at the focus position in a particular display subarea associated with the actuated key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Unwired Planet, LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Strom
  • Patent number: 9024869
    Abstract: An input apparatus of a display apparatus, a display system, and a control method thereof, are provided herein, the input apparatus including: a communication unit which communicates with the display apparatus; a sensing unit which detects angular speed and acceleration from a motion of the input apparatus; a storage unit which stores position information on a position of the input apparatus; and a controller which calculates the motion information based on the detected angular speed and the position information and transmits the calculated motion information through the communication unit if the input apparatus moves, and updates the position information in the storage unit based on the detected acceleration if the input apparatus does not move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-seok Choi, Sang-on Choi, Mi-ra Yu
  • Patent number: 9023295
    Abstract: An adapter for use with a hand-held electronic device for use in detecting the optical properties of a sample. The adapter includes a backing plate having an integral surface that secures the adapter to the electronic device. The adapter also includes a sample housing having a sample holder and a cap. The sample holder is configured to receive the placement of a sample and/or a sample vessel. The backing plate includes an orifice that allows the passage of light from the sample to the detector of the electronic device. The backing plate may also include another orifice that allows for light emitted from an emitter of the electronic device to enter into the sample holder. The sample holder may also include reflective surfaces that direct light to/from the sample as well as filters that filter the wavelength of light sent to sample and/or detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Promega Corporation
    Inventors: Rob Chumanov, Julia Krueger, Steve Krueger, Sydnor T. Withers, III
  • Patent number: 9019203
    Abstract: A non-limiting example game system includes a game apparatus to which a television functioning as a stationary-type display device is connected. The game apparatus performs game processing basically according to operation data from a controller. An input terminal device functioning as a portable-type display device is kept at a user's hand, for example. A course selecting screen is displayed on a screen of the television and an information presenting screen corresponding to the course selecting screen is displayed on a screen of the input terminal device. In the information presenting screen, a comment input by another user is displayed near a course mark, and a designating object which designates the presence of the comment is displayed at a corresponding position in the course selecting screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Asuke, Masataka Takemoto, Daiki Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 9020431
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to obtain transaction information are described. One example method includes conducting a transaction using a proximity-based communication link, storing information related to the transaction in a database of a mobile device, identifying a service based on the information, querying the service from the mobile device, wherein the query is based on the information, and obtaining detail of the transaction from the service based on the information. Other implementations are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Ryan Walker, Steven Henry Fyke
  • Patent number: 9012790
    Abstract: Secured broadband devices and methods for providing broadband communication are provided. A broadband device may include a housing, at least one broadband component, and a securing mechanism. The at least one broadband component may be situated within the housing and configured to receive a broadband signal. Additionally, the at least one broadband component may be configured to output at least a portion of the broadband signal for receipt by one or more external devices. The securing mechanism configured to secure the housing to an electrical outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Edgar V. Shrum, Jr., Francisco Gonzalez, John Civiletto
  • Patent number: 9008723
    Abstract: The present embodiments relates to wireless adaptors. In one embodiment, a method is provided. The method may include obtaining an adaptor-device identification that identifies both a wireless adaptor and a wired device coupled with the wireless adaptor; and communicating with a network device via a wireless network using the adaptor-device identification, the wired device being distinguishable from other wired devices using the adaptor-device identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
    Inventor: John Albert Toebes
  • Patent number: 9001624
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of setting an alarm therein are provided. The mobile terminal includes a controller, a display unit, and a memory unit. The controller controls the display unit to display an alarm setting screen on which alarm dates are arranged in a first direction and alarm time points are arranged in a second direction, the alarm screen being displayed in an alarm setting mode and sets an alarm at a selected time point of each alarm date in response to selection of the alarm time point. The controller also controls the memory unit to store a set alarm on an alarm date and alarm time point. The display unit displays an alarm image at an intersection of an alarm date and an alarm time point of each set alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Yeob Oh, Ji Sun Yang
  • Patent number: 9002326
    Abstract: A method is provided which comprises, upon detecting a particular event, determining that a notification is to be provided for the particular event; and activating a light source acting as a camera flash to provide the notification. The method may further comprise determining if an image capture application is currently active and only having the light source emit the camera flash as the notification if the image capture application is not currently active. The method may also comprise determining an orientation of the mobile device, determining if the image capture application is active, and only having the light source emit the camera flash as the notification if the orientation is indicative of visibility of the light source and if the image capture application is not currently active. The method may also comprise determining that the camera flash is to be modulated; and having the light source modulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: William Donald Santo, Jong-Suk Lee, Sherman Wang, Gregory Jason Fields
  • Patent number: 8983537
    Abstract: A locating system and method for locating objects, such as keys, is disclosed. The locating system may include a transmitter for transmitting an encrypted code in the 900 MHz band. The transmitter may be powered by a battery. By transmitting in the 900 MHz band, the battery power consumed by the transmission may be relatively low and the encrypted code may travel a relatively long distance, such as 100 feet or more. The locating system may include a battery-powered locator device that is configured to detect, receive, and/or decode the encrypted code and determine whether the encrypted code is associated with the locator device or an attached object. After which, the locator device may provide an indication of its position. For instance, an audible sound of 85 dB or greater may be generated. The transmitter may be a self-contained device, or affixed onto or incorporated into a communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn Johnson
  • Patent number: 8983535
    Abstract: Medical device that scans medical parameters and communicates via a cell phone. The cell phone can communicate the parameters to a remote location and/or or can analyze them. The medical device can be powered by the cell phone or can be wireless. A relatively large area for a pad that forms the surface area that determines the medical information can thus be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation
    Inventors: Connie Jordan, Christopher Carmichael
  • Patent number: 8984537
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of maintaining data states upon forced exit are disclosed. In one aspect, an application program executing on the mobile device can maintain a connection to a remote data store and retrieve and cache data from the data store. When the mobile device receives an event that forces the application program to terminate, the mobile device can provide a time window in which the mobile device can perform various state preservation actions. During the time window, the mobile device can store data states, including states of the connection and states of the cached data. When the application program is re-launched, the mobile device can use the stored data states to restore a connection and a displayed view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Maeckel, Christopher Crim