For User Input Device Patents (Class 710/73)
  • Patent number: 10296127
    Abstract: An object control method performed by a device including a display, the device, and a computer readable recording medium thereof are provided. The object control method includes: displaying at least one object on the display; receiving an input through an input interface of the display, the input interface comprising at least one of a first input interface and a second input interface; and in response to receiving the input, performing a first function associated with a predetermined input interface of the device if the input interface is the first input interface and the predetermined input interface is the first input interface, and performing a second function associated with the predetermined input interface if the input interface is second input interface and the predetermined input interface is the second input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Il-kook Yun, Chang-soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10235514
    Abstract: A CAPTCHA is presented on a display and a user of a hand-held controller such as a computer game controller is prompted to respond to the image. A correct response entails manipulation of a key on the controller and does not require input from an alpha-numeric keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Cotta, Warren Benedetto
  • Patent number: 10222974
    Abstract: A method for providing quick access to device functionality responsive to a touch gesture may include receiving an indication of a swipe gesture being performed from a first predefined portion of a display to a second predefined portion of a touch screen display, classifying the swipe gesture as a trigger gesture based on insertion of a motion delay of at least a threshold period of time in connection with the swipe gesture, and causing, in response to classifying the trigger gesture, a display of a predefined set of functional elements that cause execution of a corresponding function when a respective one of the predefined set of functional elements is selected. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Duncan Lamb, Timo Koro, Thomas Moltoni, Peter Skillman
  • Patent number: 10201753
    Abstract: A gaming machine of the present invention operates such that when a plurality of positions are inputted, positional information is generated based on the plurality of positions and sign information, indicative of a sign passing across the plurality of positions, is generated based on the positional information upon which comparison is made between sign information, indicative of the signs passing across the plurality of positions, and preliminarily stored sign data to discriminate a correlation between the sign information and the sign data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumasa Yoshizawa, Junichi Kogo
  • Patent number: 10178170
    Abstract: An information handling system (IHS) provides graphical user interface (GUI)-controlled virtual media between a networked management IHS and a managed IHS. At least one user input component is capable of manipulating and/or interfacing with one or more items on a GUI presented on a display device. A network interface enables communication with a network and a managed IHS that is in communication with the network and that controls a remote storage device. A browser application: (a) displays a control affordance on the display device; (b) receives from the at least one user input component a selection of the control affordance; (c) starting a network block device (NBD) server on the management IHS and prompting the managed IHS to start an NBD client kernel that communicates with the NBD server; and (d) maps the remote storage device as a virtual storage device on the GUI for read and write operations using the NBD components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Harikrishnan A. Rajagopalan, Rajeshkumar Ichchhubhai Patel
  • Patent number: 10095270
    Abstract: This application relates to devices and accessories that include or are configured to react with a mixture of electromagnets and permanent magnets. In particular the permanent magnets are configured to maintain persistent connections between components while the electromagnets are configured to pulse or activate periodically to maintain the connections or fix alignment of the various connections in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Stryker
  • Patent number: 10085290
    Abstract: Provided is a wireless communication device including: a first wireless interface configured to send a first wireless signal having directivity; a second wireless interface; and a controller configured to allow the second wireless interface to establish a connection with a first device when a second wireless signal received by the second wireless interface includes an indicator indicating that the first wireless signal is received by the first device being a sending source device of the second wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chihiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 9535581
    Abstract: Driverless programmable human interface devices are provided that may be configured using plain text configuration information, such as may be viewed or edited by a user. The human interface device may provide a graphical user interface via one or more software applications accessible via a virtual storage volume provided as part of the human interface device, and which may be executed directly by a user without requiring installation. The user may view and modify textual configuration information directly, or may utilize the provided graphical user interface to do so indirectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Kinesis Corporation
    Inventors: William Rudolph Hargreaves, Carsten Buus, David Beecher
  • Patent number: 9465474
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for determining a key input in computing equipment having a touch screen are provided. The method for determining the key input in the computing equipment includes, upon occurrence of a touch input on the touch screen, determining an input type of the touch input, expanding a key input recognition region of at least one key when the input type is a finger touch input, and detecting the key input according to the expanded key input recognition region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ra-Mi Jung, Jin-Woo Jung, Chul-Hwan Lee
  • Patent number: 9322804
    Abstract: The ability to levitate and detect height and orientation of diamagnetic objects suspended in paramagnetic solutions using an inhomogeneous magnetic field is described. By comparing the measured height and orientation of a sample material with the measured height and orientation of a reference material, quality control of objects can be carried out. The major advantages of this quality control technique are: i) it is a simple apparatus that does not require electric power (a set of permanent magnets and gravity are sufficient for the diamagnetic separation and collection system to work); ii) it is compatible with simple optical detection; iii) it is a cost-effective and simple method that can carry out quality control between sample and reference materials rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: George M. Whitesides, Audrey Ellerbee, Simon Tricard
  • Patent number: 9306323
    Abstract: A cable connector device for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a connector port disposed in the electronic device, one or more magnet coupling parts, each of the one or more magnet coupling parts which is disposed around the connector port, a cable connector device removably coupled to the connector port, and one or more magnet coupling bodies, each of the one or more magnet coupling bodies which is installed in the cable connector device and has the same polarity as that of each of the one or more magnet coupling parts, wherein each of the one or more magnet coupling parts and each of one or more magnet coupling bodies are disposed in positions where they are pushed by repulsive force when the cable connector device is mounted in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9286496
    Abstract: A decodable indicia reading system can comprise a mobile communication terminal and a removable module. The mobile communication terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory, and an imaging device comprising a two-dimensional image sensor, all disposed within a housing. The removable module can comprise a housing at least partially containing an encoded information reading (EIR) device, an illumination module, and/or an optical system configured to focus the light reflected by a physical object located within a field of view of the two-dimensional image sensor onto the two-dimensional image sensor. The decodable indicia reading system can further comprise a decoding program executable by the microprocessor, which can be configured to input an encoded information item the imaging device and/or the EIR device. The removable module can be mechanically attached to the mobile communication terminal. The removable module can further comprise a memory configured to store a secret string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Taylor Smith
  • Patent number: 9256314
    Abstract: Techniques for providing input data type profiles are described. In at least some embodiments, input data type profiles can be implemented to enable applications to receive different types and/or combinations of input data. For example, input data type profiles can specify different types of input data generated based on input to a tactile input device, such as raw touch data, processed touch data, and pen input data. In at least some embodiments, techniques can be implemented to enable an application to receive multiple types of input data (e.g., combinations of touch data and/or pen input data) in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Olumuyiwa M. Durojaiye
  • Patent number: 9256588
    Abstract: A device comprising a magnetic stylus, touch sensor, and reflective display provides new opportunities for content presentation and interaction. A user interface is configured to use input from the touch sensor, the stylus, and one or more magnetometers to modify content presented on the reflective display. This modification may include generating a virtual notebook comprising clippings of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomer Moscovich, Bradley J. Bozarth, Julien G. Beguin, Ilya D. Rosenberg, Tiffany Yun
  • Patent number: 9235388
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing a visual output of a compilation phase is provided. An example method includes receiving input source code for compilation by a compiler and displaying a multi-dimensional coordinate system including first and second axes. The method also includes providing a first user interface object associated with the first axis and providing a second user interface object associated with the second axis. The first user interface object enables a user to select one or more compilation phases, and the second user interface object enables the user to select one or more compiler versions. The method further includes receiving via the first user interface object a user selection of a compilation phase and obtaining an output of the input source code compiled in accordance with the selected compilation phase. The method further includes displaying the output between two axes of the multi-dimensional coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Shakthi Kannan
  • Patent number: 9153207
    Abstract: A method, a device and computer readable storage media facilitate detecting a scrolling area within digital content comprising a plurality of frames, wherein the detection includes a comparison between a current frame and a previous frame to determine at least one location within the current frame in which pixel values change in relation to a corresponding location of the reference frame, searching for a reference line of pixels within the scrolling area of the previous frame, in response to finding a reference line, searching for a corresponding matching line of pixels in the current frame that matches the reference line, and, in response to finding a corresponding matching line of pixels in the current frame, determining a degree of scrolling of content in the scrolling area of the current frame in relation to the previous frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sawyer Shan, Jeffrey Lai
  • Patent number: 9128669
    Abstract: A method of managing portable computing device (PCD) and PCD docking station security is disclosed and may include determining whether a PCD is mated with a PCD docking station when the PCD is docked with the PCD docking station, initiating a back-end security call when the PCD is not mated with the PCD docking station, querying a user for a primary access code, and determining whether the primary access code is correct. The method may also include terminating the back-end security call when the access code is correct and providing limiting access to PCD content items and applications via the PCD docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas Kevin Collopy, Manjit Singh Gill
  • Patent number: 9086432
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to a rapid configuration adapter system, method and assembly for testing integrated circuit devices including a test circuit board configured to connect to an integrated circuit test device and an interconnect board configured to receive and electrically connect to the test circuit board. The assembly further includes an interface board configured to connect to an external a controller, processor or data collection equipment, and configured to receive and electrically connect to the interconnect board. The assembly further includes a connections board configured to receive electrical connections thereon and configured to receive and electrically connect to the interface board, the connections board being further configured to accept electrical connections thereupon specific to the test circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bruce William Dunlap, Haldane Lawrence Collins
  • Patent number: 9072804
    Abstract: A sterilization, sanitization and/or decontamination device (1) comprising a main body (10) and a detachable control panel, preferably in the form of a lectern (12), the main body having a discharge outlet (16) and containing a humidifier unit, an ozone discharge unit and a controller for controlling the humidifier and ozone discharge units, the detachable control panel including a user interface (40) for wireless remote control of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: DOW Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Dunkley, Mark Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9043518
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of calibrating a memory interface are described. Calibrating a memory interface can include loading and outputting units of a first data pattern into and from at least a portion of a register to generate a first read capture window. Units of a second data pattern can be loaded into and output from at least the portion of the register to generate a second read capture window. One of the first read capture window and the second read capture window can be selected and a data capture point for the memory interface can be calibrated according to the selected read capture window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry M. Grunzke
  • Patent number: 9009374
    Abstract: A portable computer-peripheral apparatus comprises a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector. The apparatus is operable to communicate with a computer terminal (e.g. a ‘PC’). Following connection to the PC, the apparatus initializes (i.e. presents or enumerates itself) as a HID keyboard and then sends to the terminal a first predefined sequence of keycodes automatically without manual interaction; the keycodes complying with the human interface device (HID) keyboard standard protocol. Each keycode represents and simulates a keystroke, such as those performed when a user strikes a key on the PC keyboard. The keycode sequence automates the direct access to content, and/or the initiation of a task or other process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Visible Computing Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Steven Hulbert, Durrell Grant Bevington Bishop
  • Patent number: 9000885
    Abstract: Portable interface devices for controlling machines at control locations. One example device is arranged, in response to a positive verification that it is at a control location, to enable a user to control the machine by means of the device. Another example device is arranged to display information comprising control-location-specific information, based on which of at least two control locations was identified. Another example device is arranged to enable machine control for a limited period of time after a positive detection that it is located at a control location. Another example device includes a barcode reader. The device enables a user to control the machine in response to a positive verification that the barcode read is associated with the at least one control location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventor: Asaf Amran
  • Patent number: 8990461
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the management of a configuration of a first device. The first device includes a control unit and an interface unit managing a communication interface. The communication interface comprises at least one resistive line having a resistance value. The resistance value allows the interface unit to identify a configuration for at least one second device adapted to be linked to the first device via the communication interface. The interface unit: /a/ detects a change of the resistance value on the resistive line corresponding to a configuration of said second device; /b/ processes said change of the resistance value to adapt the configuration of the first device according to the configuration of said second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: St-Ericsson SA
    Inventors: Nathalie Ballot, Nicholas Florenchie
  • Patent number: 8977792
    Abstract: An audio signal adapter device, an audio signal receiving device and a system for transmitting an audio signal are provided. The audio signal adapter device comprises an audio interface and an adapter end interface. The audio interface is connected with an audio signal sending device, has a ground pin and at least one audio pin. The adapter end interface is connected with the audio signal receiving device, has an audio signal pin and a reference signal pin. The audio pin of the audio interface is configured to receive an audio signal output from the audio signal sending device, connected with the audio signal pin of the adapter end interface, the ground pin of the audio interface is connected with the reference signal pin of the adapter end interface. The audio signal pin and the reference signal pin are configured to output the audio signal to the audio signal receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tendyron Corporation
    Inventor: Dongsheng Li
  • Patent number: 8966142
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inputting and outputting data by using a virtualization technique are provided. The method includes generating a virtual operating system (OS) for the external device, which is connected to a host, based on OS information stored in the external device, setting a partial area of a storage of the host as virtual storage for the external device, and storing the data in the virtual storage or a memory of the external device in response to a request for inputting and outputting the data from the virtual OS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-sung Jang, Seong-yeol Park, Jae-min Park, Sang-Bum Suh, Sung-kwan Heo, Byung-woan Kim
  • Patent number: 8954638
    Abstract: A graphical user interface is rendered on a display screen of a touch screen device. The display screen includes a display area for rendering images, and the graphical user interface of the application is rendered in a portion of the display area. Digital touch data is generated in response to user interactions with a touch-sensitive surface of the touch screen device. A module of an operating system residing on the touch screen device is used to convert the digital touch data into OS touch events. The OS touch events and application location information are received at a system hook. The application location information identifies the portion of the display area of the touch screen device in which the graphical user interface of the application is rendered. The system hook filters the OS touch events based on the application location information and provides the filtered OS touch events to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Perceptive Pixel, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip L. Davidson
  • Patent number: 8949495
    Abstract: An input device with parallel multi-tasking capabilities is disclosed. The input device comprises a controller, a data assigning unit and a plurality of first communication end-points. The input device declares the plurality of first communication end-points as virtual peripheral devices with equivalent performance. When the input device is electrically connected to a host for data communication, the virtual peripheral devices with equivalent performance and a plurality of second communication end-points are respectively establish communication link of point-to-point correspondingly, so that the plurality of second communication end-points receive a plurality of operation slave data for reducing data communication time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dexin Corporation
    Inventor: Shu-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 8949478
    Abstract: An intelligent serial interface circuit in accordance with one embodiment of the invention can include a first communication interface circuit for enabling a first communication protocol. The intelligent serial interface circuit can also include a second communication interface circuit for enabling a second communication protocol. Furthermore, the intelligent serial interface circuit can include a detector circuit coupled to the first communication interface circuit and the second communication interface circuit. The detector circuit can be for automatically detecting a factor that indicates automatically enabling the first communication interface circuit and automatically disabling the second communication interface circuit. The detector circuit can be for detecting a coupling of a pin of the first communication interface circuit that is not used by the second communication interface circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: David G. Wright
  • Patent number: 8924610
    Abstract: SAS/SATA Store-Forward (SSSF) buffering enables SAS/SATA block storage devices capable of slower physical link rates to transfer data at a SAS topology data rate. 6 Gbps SAS and SATA disk drives can exchange data at 12 Gbps with 12 Gbps hosts through 12 Gbps SAS expanders employing an SSSF device. The SSSF device improves data transfer performance in the storage area network by optimizing host-side link utilization. The device includes a host-side interface communicating with the host at a host-side rate, a drive-side interface communicating with the target at a drive-side rate equal to or less than the host-side rate, a buffer receiving SAS frames or SATA FIS's, and control logic to control communication between the host-side interface and buffer at the host-side rate and between the drive-side interface and the buffer at the drive-side rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: PMC-Sierra US, Inc.
    Inventors: Larrie Simon Carr, Sanjay Goyal, Kaihong Wang, Atit Patel
  • Patent number: 8924603
    Abstract: A protocol adapter for transferring diagnostic messages between networks within a vehicle and a host computer. The protocol adapter operates as a voltage translator to support J1708 software. The protocol adapter also recognizes when the protocol adapter is connected to a host computer running the J1939 and/or J1708 protocols and automatically switches to that protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dearborn Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. McClure, David M. Such
  • Patent number: 8909821
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a function extension device that includes a first slim line connector based on SATA, and a terminal device connected to the function extension device. The terminal device includes a detection circuit for outputting a first and second detection signals which indicate whether connection to the function extension device is established and a type of the function extension device, respectively, a control circuit for detecting whether connection to the function extension device is established and for determination of the type of the function extension device by the first and second detection signals, and a second slim line connector based on SATA. The first and second detection signals are signals that passes through pins P1 and S4 of the second slim line connector, respectively, the function extension device connects a pin P1 with a pin S4 of the first slim line connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Minglong Li
  • Publication number: 20140337546
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with a button that is depressed by a driver at any time for inputting intention information indicating an intention of approving a condition or an intention of rejecting the condition. The intention information inputted by the depressing operation of the button is transmitted to an information providing center. The intention information is transmitted together with position information indicating a point where the button is depressed and time information indicating a time. In the center, a server provides related information related to the transmitted intention information as a feedback. The server also supposes the reason why the transmitted intention information is inputted, and transmits the supposed reason to a closed SNS or an open SNS with a response form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Kitahama, Masato Endo
  • Patent number: 8862800
    Abstract: A dispersed storage (DS) unit includes a processing module and a plurality of hard drives. The processing module is operable to maintain states for at least some of the plurality of hard drives. The processing module is further operable to receive a memory access request regarding an encoded data slice and identify a hard drive of the plurality of hard drives based on the memory access request. The processing module is further operable to determine a state of the hard drive. When the hard drive is in a read state and the memory access request is a write request, the processing module is operable to queue the write request, change from the read state to a write state in accordance with a state transition process, and, when in the write state, perform the write request to store the encoded data slice in the hard drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cleversafe, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason K. Resch, S. Christopher Gladwin
  • Patent number: 8856555
    Abstract: A system and method of coordinating power states between two detachable units is disclosed. Only the primary unit has a user-controllable power control. The secondary unit is not directly user controllable. The power states of the two units are coordinated using an actuator mechanism when the units are attached. When the two units are detached, the state of the secondary unit is dependent upon the state of the primary unit and any subsequent commands transmitted by the primary unit to the secondary unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Paul H. Heydron, Christopher Rayburn, Jeffrey C. Hudson
  • Patent number: 8850093
    Abstract: A mouse with a replaceable sensing unit comprises a main body, a processor unit and a sensing unit. The main body has a containing slot and a first electrical interface. The first electrical interface is disposed in the containing slot. The processor unit is disposed in the main body, and coupled to the first electrical interface. The sensing unit is replaceably disposed in the containing slot of the main body, and the sensing unit is coupled to the first electrical interface when the sensing unit is disposed in the containing slot. The processor unit gets via the first electrical interface an input signal generated when the sensing unit senses the movement of the main body, and then relatively outputs a cursor control signal to a computer apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dexin Corporation
    Inventor: Yuan-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 8850077
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a portable document services environment on a computer system is disclosed. An installation application may automatically be loaded from a portable device onto a computer system when the portable device is connected to the computer system. The computer system may automatically access a document service application on the portable device based on information contained in the installation application. One or more document service preferences may automatically be received from the portable device onto the computer system, and an electronic document may be selected. One or more document services may be performed for the selected electronic document based on the one or more document service preferences using the document service application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Barry G. Gombert, Frank M. Goetz, George L. Eldridge
  • Patent number: 8837142
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for protecting a portable computing device wherein the system comprises a device housing adapted to protectively encase a portable computing device, a protectively hardened user input device in communication with the device housing, and a protectively hardened display in communication with the device housing. When the portable computing device is encased within the device housing, a user of the portable computing device can operate the portable computing device via the protectively hardened user input device and the protectively hardened display. The device housing may further comprise sealing elements, insulating elements, and shock-absorbing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Technology Advancement Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John Arthur McEwan, James Stewart McEwan
  • Patent number: 8825931
    Abstract: There is set forth herein a computer program product, device, and method. In an example method, at least one of one or more processors of a device including one or more wired connectors and a wireless communication device receive a video output from a computing device via at least one of one or more wired connectors. At least one of the one or more processors send the video output to a wireless-enabled device via the wireless communication device using a wireless communication protocol. At least one of the one or more processors receive a keyboard or mouse input from the wireless-enabled device via the wireless communication device using the wireless communication protocol. At least one of the one or more processors send the keyboard or mouse input to the computing device via at least one of the one or more wired connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David French, Kenneth D. Maness, Victor R. Villarreal
  • Patent number: 8806093
    Abstract: To address the need for efficient and reliable testing of integrated devices, system on chips, and computers, deterministic behavior for an interface is accomplished by fixing variation in latency associated with receiver and transmitter data stream. The interface may be a serial interface that is PCIe compliant and corrects latency variations in the receiver that consequently results in deterministic transmit data. Consequently, the data received and/or transmitted is predictable with respect to time and facilitates testing and validation of the devices and logic associated with the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bibbin Chacko, Guadalupe J. Garcia, Saurabh Upadhyay
  • Patent number: 8795078
    Abstract: Techniques for providing compatibility between two different game controllers are disclosed. When a new or more advanced controller is introduced, it is important that such a new controller works with a system originally configured for an existing or old controller. The new controller may provide more functionalities than the old one does. In some cases, the new controller provides more sensing signals than the old one does. The new controller is configured to work with the system to transform the sensing signals therefrom to masquerade as though they were coming from the old controller. The transforming of the sensing signals comprises: replicating operational characteristics of the old controller, and relocating virtually the sensing signals to appear as though the sensing signals were generated from inertial sensors located in a certain location in the new controller responsive to a certain location of the inertial sensors in the old controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AiLive Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Musick, Jr., Robert Kay, William Robert Powers, III, Dana Wilkinson, Youding Zhu
  • Patent number: 8799521
    Abstract: A peripheral device includes a file system manager, a command interpreter, and a controller. The peripheral device receives file access commands from a host device. The file system manager determines if the file access commands have embedded control commands and, if so, extracts the control commands. The file system manager sends the control commands to the command interpreter. Based on analyzing the commands, the command interpreter causes the controller to perform a selected function at the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Samuel L. Mullis, II, Philip Elcan
  • Patent number: 8793411
    Abstract: Embodiments of a bridge circuit and system are disclosed that may allow for converting transactions from one communication protocol to another. The bridge circuit may be coupled to a first bus employing a first communication protocol, and a second bus employing a second communication protocol. The bridge circuit may be configured to receive transactions over the first bus and store parameters associated with the received transactions. The bridge circuit may be further configured to modify the received transaction, convert the modified transaction to the second communication protocol, and transmit the converted transaction over the second bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Deniz Balkan, Gurjeet S Saund
  • Patent number: 8793414
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for status information saving among multiple computers. In one embodiment, a selected computer is operated using a plurality of input/output devices over switched input/output signal paths passing through a KVM (keyboard video mouse) switch positioned between the selected computer and the plurality of input/output devices. Status data is carried over signal paths passing through the KVM switch wherein the status data represents status information for a plurality of computers connected to the KVM switch. The status data passing through the KVM switch is stored in a memory coupled to the KVM switch. Other embodiments are described and claimed. Other embodiments are contemplated, depending upon the particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arun Batish, Phong Doan Ly, Jason Charles Myers, Sham Mysore, Paul Vu
  • Patent number: 8788730
    Abstract: A method for sending a keycode of a non-keyboard apparatus is provided and includes the following steps. The non-keyboard apparatus determines the connection status between itself and a computer by the time required for device enumeration. Then, according to a value generated from device enumeration, the non-keyboard apparatus identifies the kind of operating system running on the computer. The non-keyboard apparatus sends to the computer a keycode corresponding to the Num Lock key and/or a keycode corresponding to the Caps Lock key such that a sending time and a feedback time are obtained. A parameter related to the efficiency of the computer is then calculated based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tenx Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Hung Huang, Wei-Chih Yeh, Bo-Wen Cheng
  • Patent number: 8769163
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for controlling the operating condition of a peripheral device based on the mode of interconnection of the peripheral device of a host device. The apparatus includes a first connector for connecting the peripheral device, a second connector for connecting the host device and a coupling system operatively interconnecting contacts of the first connector and contacts of the second connector. The coupling system is further configured to provide a supply signal to the peripheral device via the first connector, wherein the supply signal is at least in part indicative of one or more characteristics of the power available to the peripheral device from the host device. The supply signal may provide a means for the peripheral device to control operation thereof in light of the characteristics of the power available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: NETGEAR, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Philippe Kielsznia
  • Patent number: 8762609
    Abstract: A method of chaining a plurality of engines for a system on chip (SOC) controller device and a SOC controller device are disclosed herein. The method comprises: generating, at an initiator, a super-descriptor for providing instructions to the plurality of engines of the SOC controller; passing the super-descriptor from the initiator to a first engine of the plurality of engines; and executing a portion of the super-descriptor at each of the plurality of engines in series without the intervention of the initiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: PMC-Sierra US, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Lam, Cheng Yi
  • Patent number: 8749407
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and system for detecting hidden ghost keys on a keyboard matrix. The keyboard matrix is composed of multiple rows crossing with multiple lines that form multiple key-locating positions. The method comprises: selecting multiple preset keys from the matrix; detecting ghost keys among the matrix based on the selected preset keys; selecting multiple examining keys from the preset keys and the detected ghost keys, based on that at least one ghost key is included in the examining keys; and determining hidden ghost keys based on the examining keys. The system detects ghost keys among the matrix via a preset key selecting unit and a ghost key detecting unit, which selects multiple examining keys via an examining key selecting unit, and determines hidden ghost keys based on the examining keys through a hidden ghost keys detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Lite-On Electronics (Guangzhou) Limited, Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Tong Liu, Chien-Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 8750469
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for processing calls. A call is received at a softswitch or other call processing system from a caller intended for a first subscriber. The first call is associated with signaling information, the signaling information including a phone number associated with the caller. A determination is made as to whether the first subscriber has previously received a call associated with the caller phone number at the softswitch. If the first subscriber has not previously received a call associated with the caller phone number at the softswitch, a first message is played to the caller. An indication that the first message was played to the caller is stored in association with an account record associated with the first subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Van Haaften, David Giannini, Eric Johnson, David F. Hofstatter, David S. Trandal, Robert Duva, Robert F. Smith, John R. Day
  • Patent number: 8745296
    Abstract: An embodiment may include circuitry to (a) convert, at least in part, at least one serial storage protocol compatible frame into at least one packet that is compatible, at least in part, with a multi-lane input/output (I/O) protocol, and/or (b) convert, at least in part, the at least one packet into the at least one frame. The at least one packet may be transmitted via a physical layer that is compatible, at least in part, with the multi-lane I/O protocol. The at least one packet may comprise frame information structure (FIS) information of the at least one frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ngek Leong Guok, Chai Huat Gan, Eng Hun Ooi
  • Patent number: 8719471
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for alleviating processing requirements of a central computer in a vessel. Each apparatus is placed in close proximity to one or more pieces of electronic equipment implementing a legacy interface. The apparatus processes data to and from the electronic equipment, including converting data to formats consistent with the formats used by the intended recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Fusion Technologies
    Inventors: James Fleming, David McKean