Tactile Based Interaction Patents (Class 715/702)
  • Patent number: 10254939
    Abstract: A method includes detecting first movement of a first contact on an on-screen ruler in a first direction around a pivot location; in response to the first movement: rotating the ruler by an angular amount according to the first movement; and when the ruler has entered a snap zone associated with a snap angle upon rotation by the first angular amount, rotating the ruler by a first adjusted amount to bring the ruler into alignment with the first snap angle; detecting second movement of the first contact in a second direction and the second movement satisfies unsnapping criteria; and in response to the second movement, rotating the ruler by a second adjusted amount to bring the ruler into alignment with the first contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William J. Thimbleby, Charles J. Migos, Gustaf Engstrom, Anton M. Davydov, Alexander C. MacLean
  • Patent number: 10254883
    Abstract: An electronic device including a plurality of displays and a method for operating the electronic device are provided. The method includes sensing pressure of an input to at least one of the plurality of displays, executing a first function in correspondence with the input if the sensed pressure is equal to or greater than a threshold, and executing a second function different from the first function in correspondence with the input if the sensed pressure is less than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeng-Seok Choi, Kyu-Hong Kim, Byung-Jin Kang, Cha-Kyum Kim, Na-Jung Seo
  • Patent number: 10248247
    Abstract: A touch sensitive processing method is applicable to a touch sensitive electronic system comprising a stylus, an audio processor coupling to the stylus, a touch screen, and a touch sensitive processing apparatus coupling to the touch screen. The method comprises having the audio processor driving a tip section of the stylus for emitting electrical signals; and having the touch sensitive processing apparatus receiving sensed electrical signals via the touch screen for determining a position where the tip section is touching or approximating the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: EGALAX_EMPIA TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Shang-Tai Yeh
  • Patent number: 10248204
    Abstract: To provide the user with the relationship between the scrolling speed in scroll-displaying and an operation performed on an input surface, a tactile stimulus control apparatus includes an intensity determination unit and a tactile stimulus control unit. In a case where an operation performed by a manipulator on the input surface provided corresponding to a display unit is detected while an image is scroll-displayed by the display unit, the intensity determination unit determines the intensity of a tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator based on the scrolling speed at the timing of detection of the operation. The tactile stimulus control unit controls a tactile stimulus generating unit, which is configured to generate the tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator, to generate the tactile stimulus with the intensity determined by the intensity determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kyota Saito
  • Patent number: 10241648
    Abstract: Media, method and device for providing multiple, context-aware suggestion contexts to a user entering text data. To see the multiple suggestion contexts, the user can use a long-press gesture (or other gesture) to bring up a context-aware suggestion menu. This menu can include various suggestion contexts appropriate to the current text-entry field together with an indication of an additional gesture for each suggestion context. Each of these suggestion contexts can draw autocompletions (or other ways of inputting text) from a different source of completions, such as previous entries, common entries by other users, stored values, automatically determined values, and other sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HRB Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Houseworth
  • Patent number: 10222929
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a virtual keyboard in connection with a multiple screen device are provided. More particularly, information displayed on the screen of a multiple screen device having a current focus of the user is identified, and is presented by a top screen. The virtual keyboard is presented by the bottom screen. The virtual keyboard can be dismissed in response to detecting a change in the focus of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Martin Gimpl
  • Patent number: 10223251
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are disclosed for remotely testing computing devices including dynamic, shapeable tactile touch screens. In an embodiment, a method comprises establishing a communications connection between a computing device under test and a remote testing computer system, the computing device under test including a dynamic, configurable tactile touch screen; and configuring a portion of the touch screen of the computing device under test, in a defined manner, to form three-dimensional physical features on the touch screen for interacting with the touch screen. In an embodiment, the method further comprises transmitting specified information about said configuring, via the established communications connection, from the computing device under test to the remote testing computer system; and generating a defined visual representation on the remote testing computer system, by using the specified information, of said configuring a portion of the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gopal K. Bhageria, Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10223057
    Abstract: An information handling system presents visual images at plural display devices and moves the visual images at the display devices responsive to touches made at one or more of the display devices with movement managed in a point mode or a touch mode as selected by one or more predetermined inputs. In the touch mode, the visual image moves as the touch moves. At detection of the predetermined input to select the point mode, the visual image moves a greater distance than the touch movement so that the end user is able to move the visual image between separate display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Deeder M. Aurongzeb, Michiel Sebastiaan Emanuel Petrus Knoppert, Mark R. Ligameri
  • Patent number: 10216399
    Abstract: Methods for piecewise-linear and piecewise-affine transformations parameter decoupling in High Dimensional Touchpad (HDTP) user touch interfaces including those with multitouch capabilities are described. A calculation chain provides a first-order calculation of a subset of a collection of touch parameters (including for example left-right, front-back, downward pressure, roll angle, pitch angle, yaw angle) responsive in real-time to user touch on a touch-responsive sensor array. A piecewise-affine transformation is applied to these first-order calculations to produce parameter decoupling. The piecewise-affine transformation can be structured to depend only on current numerical values from the first-order calculation. Alternatively, the piecewise-affine transformation can be structured to additionally depend on the positive or negative direction of change over time of at least one numerical value from the first-order calculation, thereby providing a correction for hysteresis effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NRI R&D PATENT LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10198081
    Abstract: A terminal device includes: a sensing unit to generate a motion change information by detecting motions of the terminal device and sensing a motion change of the terminal device; a gesture determiner to compare the motion change information with pre-specified gestures and generate a particular gesture information corresponding to the sensed motion change of the terminal device; an application controller to identify at least one activated application in an active state; and an execution unit to execute preset commands corresponding to the particular gesture information for respective activated applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seunghyeon Cho
  • Patent number: 10191652
    Abstract: An information view may be displayed on a multi-touch display based on a touch input and based on detected pressure and a depth from a three dimensional touch input on a displayed image on the multi-touch display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HJ Laboratories Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Harry Vartanian, Jaron Jurikson-Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10194019
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for initiating a phone call from a wireless communication device based on physical interaction with the wireless communication device. In one example, a method for initiating a call from a wireless communication device, includes: receiving sensor data from a first sensor in the wireless communication device during a user interaction time interval; detecting a number of user interactions on the wireless communication device during the user interaction time interval based on the sensor data; determining a contact number associated with the number of user interactions; and causing the wireless communication device to dial the contact number at an end of the user interaction time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Varun Gaddam, Shaik Malin
  • Patent number: 10185469
    Abstract: A method includes outputting, at a display of an electronic device, a first content item in a sequence of content items, wherein the sequence comprises the first content item and a second content item that sequentially follows the first content item in the sequence, detecting a touch input received at a touch-sensitive component of the electronic device, and identifying a starting location on the touch-sensitive component, wherein the starting location includes a coordinate that corresponds to a location of the touch input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Benedict John Davies, Yaroslav Volovich
  • Patent number: 10185493
    Abstract: A touch panel device includes a display section for displaying a plurality of input fields, an enlarged display section for displaying, at enlarged scale, one of the input fields in which the operator wants to enter data and which is touched by the operator, and an input section for entering processing condition data from the input field displayed at enlarged scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Disco Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Chiba, Jun Takaba
  • Patent number: 10180766
    Abstract: A three-dimensional display device and a user interfacing method therefor are disclosed. The three-dimensional display device according to one embodiment comprises: a display unit for displaying a three-dimensional virtual object; a user input signal generation unit for generating a user input signal by detecting a handling object for handling an operation of the three-dimensional virtual object in a three-dimensional space matched with the three-dimensional virtual object; and a control unit for controlling the operation of the three-dimensional virtual object according to the user input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Jeong Lee, Jae Joon Han, Joonah Park, Yu Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10182141
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer program product are described that determine a destination screen for display and provide for a visual transition between an origin screen and the destination screen based on a position of a user input and a direction of the movement component of the input. The origin screen may, for example, associate certain areas of the screen with certain destination screens, such that an input received in one area invokes one destination screen and an input received in another area invokes another destination screen. The destination screen may also be determined based on the direction of the movement component of the input. Thus, one of several destination screens may be accessible to the user and may be determined based on the characteristics of the input received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Christopher Paretti, William Lindmeier
  • Patent number: 10175780
    Abstract: Example systems and methods of providing a user interface are presented. In one example, a graphical object is displayed on an opaque display component on a user-facing side of a computing device. Using a sensing component of the computing device, movement of a physical pointer controlled by a user is sensed. The physical pointer may be located opposite the user-facing side of the computer device. On the opaque display component, a representation of the physical pointer is displayed during the movement of the physical pointer. The graphical object, as displayed on the opaque display component, is modified based on the sensed movement of the physical pointer during the movement of the physical pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Daichi Ito, Nathan Carr, Naoki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10175873
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatus, systems, and computer readable storage media for retrieving data while scrolling through a list of items in a user interface. A display device can display initial data of at least a first presentation of a first one or more items in a list of items. A user input can be received by the display device to cause scrolling through the list of items in the user interface. An initial scrolling velocity can be calculated responsive to the user input, and a second presentation of a second one or more items in the list of items that corresponds to an anticipated stopping of the scrolling can be predicted in accordance with the initial scrolling velocity and a deceleration rate. Data to be displayed in the second presentation can be retrieved before the stopping of the scrolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Sachin Desai
  • Patent number: 10162497
    Abstract: A display operating device includes a storage section storing therein a plurality of character strings, a receiving section receiving a first character, a display section, a touch panel detecting a touch to the display surface of the display section, and an extraction section extracting first character strings each including the first character from among the character strings. Upon receipt of the first character, the first character is displayed within the input frame and the extracted first character strings are displayed outside the input frame. Upon detection of a touch to the input frame displaying the first character strings, the receiving section receives a second character. Second character strings each including the second character are extracted from among the first character strings. Upon receipt of the second character, the second character is displayed within the input frame and the extracted second character strings are displayed outside the input frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10156980
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing input to a computing device based on a toggle gesture performed during a drag gesture are provided. A drag gesture can be performed on a touch screen to manipulate a user interface object. For example, the drag gesture can move the user interface object or resize the user interface object. Such manipulation commands may have alternate modes or options. For example, a user may want to place a copy of the user interface object rather than simply moving it. Accordingly, a toggle gesture can be performed during the drag gesture to choose an alternate manipulation command. For example, a drag gesture can be performed to move an object, and a toggle gesture can be performed during the drag gesture to copy the object instead of moving it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Lehrian, Zachariah N. Paine, Edward P. A. Hogan
  • Patent number: 10146342
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling an operation of an electronic device are provided. The method includes detecting a first input or a second input corresponding to a proximity distance of an input instrument in proximity to a display screen; identifying an input combination which includes at least one of the first input, the second input, or a combination of the first and second inputs which are inputted at a predetermined time interval; and performing a predetermined function corresponding to the identified input combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-Jin Park, Kyung-Hee Kim
  • Patent number: 10120568
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods concern controlling a hover-sensitive input/output interface. One example apparatus includes a proximity detector that detects an object in a hover-space associated with the input/output interface. The apparatus produces characterization data concerning the object. The characterization data may be independent of where in the hover-space the object is located. The apparatus selectively controls the activation, display, and deactivation of user interface elements displayed by the apparatus on the input/output interface as a function of the characterization data and interface state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lynn Dai, Dan Hwang, Bo-June Hsu, Raymond Quan, Eric Badger, Jose Rodriguez, Peter Gregory Davis
  • Patent number: 10112623
    Abstract: A sensory stimulation system for autonomous vehicle (AV) can determine a set of maneuvers of the AV. Based on each respective maneuver, the sensory stimulation system can determine a set of visual stimulation outputs to provide a passenger of the AV with visual indications of the respective maneuver. The sensory stimulation system can then display the set of visual stimulation outputs on a display unit within the interior of the AV prior to executing each respective maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Sweeney, Emily Bartel
  • Patent number: 10108337
    Abstract: An information handling system input device coordinates presentation of keyboard augmentation panels proximate a keyboard resting on a horizontally-disposed touchscreen display. The keyboard augmentation panels relate keyboard and other inputs to an application active on the information handling system to enhance end user interactions. A keyboard augmentation module tracks the keyboard position on the touchscreen display to adapt content presentation in the keyboard augmentation panels based upon expected end user inputs. In other embodiments, other physical devices are augmented to have hybrid graphical interfaces that enhance multi-hand end user interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mark R. Ligameri, Michiel Sebastiaan Emanuel Petrus Knoppert
  • Patent number: 10101831
    Abstract: The subject technology provides embodiments for flinging digital content between proximate computing devices. The computing devices may each have varying display characteristics depending on the specifications of the device. A first computing device may display an interface including representations of digital items. A user may perform a flinging gesture on a touch-sensitive display screen on the first computing device, which selects at least one digital item for sharing with another proximate computing device in a direction of the flinging gesture. Some embodiments further provide for capturing multiple representations of digital items, which may then be stored as snapshots. A given snapshot, including such representations of digital items, can then be shared to one or more other proximate computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Dhairya Dand
  • Patent number: 10078424
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed. In the method, a start position of an item list comprising a plurality of items is determined in response to a session-in event. An end position of the item list is determined in response to a session-out event. The reviewed sub-list and unreviewed sub-list are differently displayed. The reviewed sub-list is at least a part of the item list and comprises items from the start position to the end position in the item list. The unreviewed sub-list comprises items outside the reviewed sub-list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lu Chen, Ke Gong, Jin Shi, Ting Ting Wu, Hai Dong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10078422
    Abstract: A method for a device to update a list displayed on the device, includes: acquiring a triggering signal with respect to a first list item and a second list item adjacent to the first list item among a plurality of list items of the list displayed on the device, the triggering signal being configured to trigger updating the list; obtaining at least one updating list item according to list data for updating the list; and displaying the at least one updating list item between the first list item and the second list item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Gao, Hongqiang Wang, Hai Long
  • Patent number: 10073609
    Abstract: An exemplary information-processing device includes: an operation receiving unit that receives an operational input made by a user for moving a display area that has area that overlaps with a predetermined area; a display controlling unit that controls a display unit to display a graphic in the display area; a determining unit that determines a velocity of movement of the display area in accordance with a value derived from the operational input, and; an area managing unit that manages the display area to move the display area at the velocity of movement under a condition that, when a portion of the display area moves outside a predetermined portion of the predetermined area, a distance between the display area and the predetermined area does not exceed a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka, Seita Inoue, Ryota Oiwa
  • Patent number: 10066959
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for interacting with mapping applications. In one example, a virtual assistant server can efficiently communicate with a map server to provide a user with map data in response to spoken user requests received at a user device. In another example, communicatively coupled electronic devices can be synchronized such that a location marker generated on one device can be displayed on the other device. In another example, an electronic device can display simplified views of individual route directions that can be updated based on movement of the user or in response to user requests. In another example, an electronic device can selectively display an interface including a current location of a user or an interface including a route to a predicted destination based on contextual information associated with the user. The interfaces can include affordances for launching an associated mapping application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aroon Pahwa, Britt K. Nelson, Stephen O. Lemay, Imran Chaudhri
  • Patent number: 10054987
    Abstract: A display module includes a display part and a bending part. The display part includes a display region for displaying an image and at least one bending guide line. The bending part bends the display part along a bending line which corresponds to the bending guide line, when the bending guide line is selected based on an input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sunggon Jung, Heesoo Yoo
  • Patent number: 10042496
    Abstract: In an electronic device, touch coordinates, which are not pixel shift calibrated, are not transmitted from an application processor to a timing controller. Instead, pixel shift data are supplied to a touch position calculating unit disposed in a driving circuit or the application processor, and the touch position calculating unit generates pixel shift calibrated touch coordinates by reflecting the pixel shift data when calculating a touch position based on detection signals from a touch sensor. Accordingly, it is not necessary to transmit touch coordinates, which are not pixel shift calibrated, from the application processor to the timing controller, thereby decreasing a delay and power consumption due to frequency transception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Kyoo Kim, Kyung Man Kim, Kyung Youl Min, Choong Sun Shin
  • Patent number: 10031586
    Abstract: Approaches to enable a computing device, such as a phone or tablet computer, to use sensor information obtained from sensors of the computing device to interpret one or more gestures and/or other input provided by the user. In particular, the computing device may use information about the movement of the device gathered from an accelerometer or gyroscope in combination with input data detected by the touch screen or cameras of the device in order to disambiguate between several different types of gestures for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael P. Touloumtzis
  • Patent number: 10019140
    Abstract: Approaches are described for managing a display of content on a computing device. Content (e.g., images, application data, etc.) is displayed on an interface of the device. An activation movement performed by a user (e.g., a double-tap) can cause the device to enable a content view control mode (such as a zoom control mode) that can be used to adjust a portion of the content being displayed on the interface. The activation movement can also be used to set an area of interest and display a graphical element indicating that the content view control mode is activated. In response to a motion being detected (e.g., a forward tilt or backward of the device), the device can adjust a portion of the content being displayed on the interface, such as displaying a “zoomed-in” portion or a “zoomed-out” portion of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Paul Bell, Peter Cheng, Stephen Michael Polansky, Amber Nalu, Alexander Li Honda, Yi Ding, David Wayne Stafford, Kenneth Mark Karakotsios
  • Patent number: 9996260
    Abstract: A method for operating a terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of: displaying a text tool window; receiving an inputted character sequence and displaying all of the received character sequences on the displayed text tool window; receiving an input for deleting characters for deleting a portion of the character sequences from among all of the displayed character sequences; receiving an input for recovering characters for recovering the deleted portion of the character sequences; and recovering and displaying the deleted portion of the character sequences according to the received input for recovering characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jaewoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9996544
    Abstract: A processing method and a touch terminal for merge and deduplication operations on contact entries may include opening an address book and displaying all contact entries, recording selected contact entries according to a selection action on contact entries, receiving a drag action to merge contact entries, and merging the selected contact entries according to the drag action. The processing method and touch terminal may further include removing the duplicated information in the selected contact entries during merging, and detecting conflict information in the selected contact entries. Thereby, redundant records in an address book may be deleted by dragging contact entries to be merged, removing the duplicated information while merging, and detecting conflict information, which may enhance a smart effect of the touch terminal and may improve user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming Lei
  • Patent number: 9997032
    Abstract: A system is provided that controls an offline haptic conversion. The system receives an input from a source. The system further converts the input into haptic signals. The system further encodes the haptic signals. The system further stores the haptic signals within the source, where the haptic signals are combined with the input within the source. Alternately, rather than encoding the haptic signals and storing the haptic signals within the source, the system handles the haptic signals separately, independent of the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Lacroix, Satvir Singh Bhatia, Jean-Francois Blanchard-Dionne, Stephen D. Rank, Christopher J. Ullrich, Loc Tien Phan
  • Patent number: 9977578
    Abstract: A computing device includes at least one processor; a display device; and at least one module. The at least one processor may be operable to store data that defines a plurality of discrete graphical elements (DGE's), wherein the plurality of DGE's includes at least one root DGE, and wherein dismissal of the root DGE causes dismissal of all of the plurality of DGE's. The at least one module may be operable to output a particular DGE of the plurality of DGE's; output, for display, the root DGE, responsive to receiving a first indication of user input of a particular input type; and ignore the second indication of user input to refrain from dismissal of the root DGE, responsive to receiving a second indication of user input of the particular input type within a threshold time duration that is initiated responsive to outputting the root DGE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mindy Pereira, Daniel Marc Gatan Shiplacoff, Mark Thomas Renouf, Ned Burns
  • Patent number: 9965138
    Abstract: A method of activating an update of a home screen of a mobile communications device is provided. The home screen is displayed on a display panel of the mobile communications device. The home screen includes a plurality of tiles displaying a plurality of feeds from one or more feed sources. The method includes performing one of updating the home screen or activating and displaying a menu bar on the display panel based on a distance of a downward scrolling on a top page of a home screen. A non-transitory computer-readable medium and a mobile communications device for activating an update of a home screen of a mobile communications device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Bamford, David Brinda, Peter Chin, Jesse John Penico, Chih-Wei Yang, Huai-Ting Huang
  • Patent number: 9959030
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display panel; a deformation sensor configured to sense a bending of the display panel; and a controller configured to control the display panel, wherein the controller is configured to: control displaying a plurality of objects on the display panel; detect the bending of the display panel through the deformation sensor; divide the display panel into a first area and a second area with respect to a bending line defined by the bending; divide the objects into a first object corresponding to the first area and a second object corresponding to the second area according to the bending; and move the first and second objects in first and second directions, respectively, according to the bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeonjeong Sang, Heeyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9939902
    Abstract: An advanced haptic gamepad is provided. A controller having a plurality of surfaces, and a haptic output device located within its housing and coupled to an isolated deformable region disposed at one of the plurality of surfaces is provided. The isolated deformable region expands and contracts in response to the haptic output device. In addition, a controller having a plurality of isolated surface regions, and a plurality of haptic output devices located within its housing and coupled to respective isolated surface regions is provided. Each of the isolated surface regions is configured to provide localized haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Danny Grant, Jean Francois Dionne, Aaron Kapelus, Razmik Mousakhanian, Jamal Saboune, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 9933933
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to provide wireless communication; a touch screen configured to display an execution screen; and a controller configured to receive a touch input to one end of the touch screen that continuously moves in a direction toward the other end of the touch screen, and display a control screen among any one of first and second control screens based on a point to which the touch input is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kiseok Han, Kyoungchul Oh
  • Patent number: 9924050
    Abstract: An operation display apparatus includes: an operating unit; a display unit; a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of a predetermined portable terminal; a free region detecting unit configured to detect a free region on a display screen of at least one of the display unit and the portable terminal; and an operation control unit configured to display an image of the operating unit in the free region when the position of the portable terminal detected by the position detecting unit is in front of a front side of the operating unit, and accept an operation performed on the image, as an operation received by the operating unit, the free region being detected by the free region detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasuaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9910586
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and program products are disclosed for detecting input gestures. In one method, an input is detected by use of a processor. Moreover, the method may include determining a centric position of the input. A vertical axis and a horizontal axis of a virtual coordinate plane may extend through the centric position of the input such that an origin of the virtual coordinate plane is positioned within the centric position of the input. The method may also include determining that the input includes a circular gesture if the input intersects at least a positive point on a first axis extending through the origin, a negative point on the first axis, a positive point on a second axis extending through the origin, and a negative point on the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: David Alexander Schwarz, Scott Edwards Kelso, John Weldon Nicholson, Matthew Price Roper
  • Patent number: 9910519
    Abstract: Method for receiving an indication of an input from a separate apparatus comprising beads, determining that the separate apparatus is associated with a designated operation of a designated program, and performing the designated operation based on the bead input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Antti Johannes Eronen, Juha Henrik Arrasvuori, Jukka Antero Holm
  • Patent number: 9904428
    Abstract: A touch panel includes a touch sensor having a dielectric core layer disposed between first and second piezoelectric layers. Each piezoelectric layer comprises a poled piezoelectric polymer. The touch sensor further includes at least a first set of individually addressable electrodes disposed over the first piezoelectric layer and at least one second electrode disposed over the second piezoelectric layer. Circuitry is coupled to the first set of electrodes and the second electrode. The circuitry is configured to detect a change in an electrical signal of at least one electrode of the first set of electrodes referenced to the second electrode in response to a touch applied to the touch surface of the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Craig R. Schardt, Andrew P. Bonifas, Derek W. Patzman
  • Patent number: 9898177
    Abstract: A display processing method that is applied in a portable mobile terminal, to display multiple objects on a touch screen of the portable mobile terminal. The method includes obtaining a touch point that is a point created when an operating object contacts/almost touches the touch screen; determining a preset area with the touch point being the center; determining a first object and a second object, among multiple objects, each intersecting with the preset area on at least one point; determining a first information of the movement of the first object, the first information indicating moving the first object from a first position to a second position, the first position being the original position of the first object displayed on the touch screen; and moving the first object from the first position to the second position according to the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD., LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Geng Wang, Ran Sun
  • Patent number: 9891757
    Abstract: An elastive sensor device comprises a set of sensor electrodes and a processing system. The processing system is configured to acquire an elastive measurement by emitting an electrical signal with a first subset of the set of sensor electrodes and receiving the electrical signal with a second subset of the set of sensor electrodes. The processing system is further configured to determine positional information using the elastive measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Alireza Modafe
  • Patent number: 9889860
    Abstract: A system includes a multi-passenger ride vehicle configured to accommodate two or more passengers. The ride vehicle includes a plurality of user input devices configured to generate feedback in response to input from passengers of the ride vehicle. The system also includes a controller configured to control one or more operations of the ride vehicle based on feedback from one or more of the user input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Alan Osterman, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9886187
    Abstract: A deformable display device is provided. The deformable display device includes a deformable display, a sensor which senses a deformation located in a first area of the deformable display and a second area of the deformable display and a controller which receives deformation information corresponding to the deformation, determines whether to identify one of only the first area and only the second area as a deformation area of the deformation based on the deformation information, and identifies i) only the first area as the deformation area if it is determined to identify only the first area and ii) only the second area as the deformation area if it is determined to identify only the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joon-kyu Seo, Kyung-a Kang, Ji-yeon Kwak, Geun-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9880626
    Abstract: A haptic actuator may include a housing, at least one coil carried by the housing, a field member movable within the housing responsive to the at least one coil, and at least one mechanical limit stop between the housing and the field member. The haptic actuator may also include circuitry capable of generating a pulse width modulated (PWM) waveform for the at least one coil to move the field member from an initial at-rest position and without contacting the at least one mechanical limit stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Arman Hajati, Shingo Yoneoka, Jonah A. Harley