Virtual Input Device (e.g., Virtual Keyboard) Patents (Class 715/773)
  • Patent number: 8959013
    Abstract: A method, including presenting, by a computer system executing a non-tactile three dimensional user interface, a virtual keyboard on a display, the virtual keyboard including multiple virtual keys, and capturing a sequence of depth maps over time of a body part of a human subject. On the display, a cursor is presented at positions indicated by the body part in the captured sequence of depth maps, and one of the multiple virtual keys is selected in response to an interruption of a motion of the presented cursor in proximity to the one of the multiple virtual keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Micha Galor, Ofir Or, Shai Litvak, Erez Sali
  • Patent number: 8959441
    Abstract: A variably displayable mobile device keyboard includes a display for presenting two or more groups of basic images, such that a different keyboard display can be generated by each of these groups of basic images, a filter for filtering one or more groups of basic images so that a single group of basic images will be displayed; and a touch screen transparent to ambient light for selecting a key of the displayed single group of basic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Israel Fermon
  • Publication number: 20150046865
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and articles of manufacture for a virtual touch screen keyboard. The method includes waiting for a movement of a mobile device. Upon movement of the device, the keyboard receives a measurement representing a position of the device from a sensor of the device. The keyboard determines whether an absolute value of the received measurement is greater than a pre-defined value. If the absolute value of the received measurement is greater than the pre-defined value, and the received measurement is negative, the keyboard displays a first portion of the virtual touch screen keyboard. If the absolute value of the received measurement is greater than the pre-defined value, and the received measurement is positive, the keyboard displays a second portion of the virtual touch screen keyboard. The first portion and the second portion of the virtual touch screen keyboard provide keys that are at least double in size to the keys provided on a conventional touch screen keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Xiaorui Xu
  • Patent number: 8954877
    Abstract: A method includes displaying a keyboard on a display of an electronic device, detecting a tilt of the device, and when the detected tilt is associated with a keyboard transformation function, resizing one or keys of the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Neil Patrick Adams, Marek Andrzej Krzeminski
  • Patent number: 8952897
    Abstract: Embodiments of a soft input panel (SIP) for an electronic device are disclosed. The SIP can be configured for entering text in a non-English language that uses a more numerous character set than does English. The characters used in the language that are available to be entered using the SIP can be available to be entered using keys on a single page of keys without switching to a different page of keys or using function keys. At least one of the keys of the SIP is a base key that is configured to open a picker window when activated. The picker window comprises plural picker keys that allow a user to select from plural different characters associated with the base key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anukrati Agrawal, Daniel Chang, Sameer Garde, Parul Dalia
  • Publication number: 20150040055
    Abstract: In a processing system having a touch screen display, a method and apparatus for dynamically updating a soft keyboard shown on the touch screen display. The method includes receiving user input data from a user. When the user input data indicates a current character, predicting a likelihood of at least one next character being entered by the user, and assigning the at least one next character to a soft key of the soft keyboard based at least in part on a correlation of the likelihood of the at least one next character being entered next by the user and a distance of the soft key to a predetermined location of the soft keyboard. The soft keyboard may then be updated on the touch screen display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bowen Zhao, Chenliang Huang
  • Publication number: 20150040056
    Abstract: An input device is provided. The input device includes a display that displays a keypad for input of a character and a character input window showing a character string input through the keypad; a gesture sensor that senses a gesture of a user; and a controller that controls the display, based on the gesture, wherein the keypad comprises: a central item; a plurality of peripheral items arranged while being spaced from one another around the central item; and a plurality of guide lines corresponding to the plurality of the peripheral items, the plurality of the guide lines are in a straight or curved line form directed from each of the plurality of the peripheral items toward the central item, and have different forms and directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Hyeon Joong Cho
  • Patent number: 8947722
    Abstract: A label printer has a touchscreen for displaying and inputting label data, and comprising at least one input area. The label printer also has a hardware keyboard for inputting label data, and comprising at least one hardware key. The label printer also has control means arranged to control printing means for printing a label in accordance with label information. The label information is derived from a combination of label data input via the at least one hardware key of said hardware keyboard and label data input via the at least one input area of said touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: DYMO
    Inventors: Elke De Munck, Jimmy Dullaert, Jos Vleurinck, Lore Nuyens
  • Patent number: 8949731
    Abstract: Input from a keyboard of a computing device may include displaying a character associated with a key depending on whether the user single-tapped or double-tapped the key. A single touch on the key may cause the computing device to display an initial character that is associated with the key. A double touch on the key may cause the computing device to display an alternate character that is associated with the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Kun Shi, Bo Liu, Wenlong Shao
  • Patent number: 8949735
    Abstract: A system for determining scroll direction intent may include one or more processors and a memory. The one or more processors may receive first and second ordered pairs of coordinates of a scroll event. The one or more processors may construct a square that has a first vertex at the first ordered pair of coordinates and an opposite vertex at a third ordered pair of coordinates for which each coordinate has an absolute value that is equal to a maximum absolute coordinate value of the second ordered pair of coordinates, where the signs of the coordinates of the third ordered pair are equivalent to the signs of the corresponding coordinates of the second ordered pair. The one or more processors may determine an intended scroll direction of the scroll event based at least partially on the constructed square and the first and second ordered pair of coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Vinod K. Ramachandran, Grace Kloba, Srikanth Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 8949743
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and apparatus, including computer program products, for inputting text. A user interface element is presented on a touch-sensitive display of a device. The user interface element is associated with a plurality of characters, at least a subset of which is associated with respective gestures. A user input performing a gesture with respect to the user interface element is received. The character from the subset that is associated with the gesture performed with respect to the user interface element is inputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuo Kida, Deborah Eileen Goldsmith, Elizabeth Caroline Furches, Leland Douglas Collins, Jr., Ken Kocienda, Bas Ording, Toshiyuki Masui, Yosuke Kurita, Shin Nishibori, Takumi Takano, Hongwei Guo, Maria Celia Vigil
  • Publication number: 20150033177
    Abstract: An exemplary technique is provided for inputting symbols, including letters or numbers, using fingers. A first key is coupled with a plurality of symbols including a first primary symbol coupled to the first key. A recognizer is adapted to determine a type of a finger that presses a key area coupled to the first key. A selector is adapted to select a symbol from the plurality of symbols coupled to the first key based on the determined finger type. The first key is part of a keyboard and adjacent to a number of other keys of the keyboard, each other key being coupled with a primary symbol. The plurality of symbols coupled with the first key further comprises at least one of the primary symbols coupled with at least one of the other keys, such that at least one of the plurality of symbols coupled to the first key is a primary symbol coupled to at least one other key of the keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Zhe Lou, Jan Moons
  • Patent number: 8941601
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to: detect an angle of tilt of a device comprising a touch-sensitive display, the touch-sensitive display configured to provide visual content associated with an application and a virtual keyboard for inputting characters in connection with the application, wherein the virtual keyboard is provided on top of the visual content; and adjust the opacity of the virtual keyboard according to the angle of tilt such that the underlying visual content is visible to a greater or lesser extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Somers
  • Publication number: 20150026625
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, media, and/or methods may involve a keyboard and/or a selection of an element thereof. The keyboard may include a keyboard configuration, which may have one or more elements such as a character, a key, and/or functionality for the key. The key may include no characters, one or more characters, and/or one or more sets of characters. The architecture of the keyboard configuration may be based on one or more categories, such as a hand category and/or a finger category. In addition, a touch area may be recognized, which may be formed between a user digit and the key of the keyboard configuration. The category associated with the touch area may be determined, wherein the character, the key, and/or the functionality for the key may be selected based on the category.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Wenlong Yang
  • Publication number: 20150026624
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for deformable thumb keyboards on the touchscreens of mobile devices to enable users to use the thumb of the same hand that is holding a mobile device to type on the keyboard of the mobile device. Users may enter a keyboard configuration mode of the mobile device to create and fine tune the thumb keyboard. To create a thumb keyboard, users may sketch an arc on the touchscreen to define a general outline of the keyboard. Users may manipulate the shape, size, location, layout, etc., of the thumb keyboard on the touchscreen to fit the users' preferences. For example, a right-handed user may customize a thumb keyboard in an arc region along the lower right corner of the touch screen to allow the right thumb of the user easy access to all the keys when holding the mobile device in the right hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Shiu Wai Hui, Veluppillai Arulesan
  • Publication number: 20150026627
    Abstract: A portable terminal that can be held stably and can perform entry operation quickly at the time of character entry is provided. On a character entry screen including a keyboard screen, a first cursor and a second cursor are displayed. A first indicating button 20 for indicating the direction of movement of the first cursor and giving an instruction to select a key currently indicated by the first cursor on the keyboard screen and a second indicating button 30 for indicating the direction of movement of the second cursor and giving an instruction to select a key currently indicated by the second cursor on the keyboard screen are provided at the lower edge on the front side of the portable terminal. A control means of the portable terminal controls the entry of a character based on a signal from the first indicating button 20 and a signal from the second indicating button 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20150026628
    Abstract: An example method includes displaying, at a presence-sensitive device, a virtual keyboard, receiving an indication of input entered at a presence-sensitive device indicating a plurality of characters, determining a sequence of at least three character strings in the plurality such that the sequence does not include any space characters, modifying the characters by inserting at least two space characters to demarcate the at least three character strings, and determining at least two suggested character strings based on first, second, and third character strings of the sequence. The method further includes outputting, for display at the presence-sensitive device and at a text-suggestion area of the GUI, the at least two suggested character strings, receiving a selection that indicates a selected character string of the at least two suggested character strings, and outputting, for display at the presence-sensitive device and at the text-entry area of the GUI, the selected character string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Yu Ouyang, Shumin Zhai
  • Publication number: 20150026626
    Abstract: An input method using a software keyboard, includes: displaying a software keyboard on a display device having a touch panel; monitoring an input from a user and detecting a sequence including input of an original character string, deletion of some or all of the original character string and re-input of a new character string; acquiring at least one of an incorrect input character contained in the original character string and a corresponding correct input character contained in the new character string; and correcting the software keyboard based on the incorrect input character and the correct input character.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Atsushi YOKOYAMA, Hirotoshi USUI
  • Publication number: 20150026629
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gesture repetition that is easy to repeat quickly. A user is able to quickly repeat any activation of a key, including any of the alternate, overloaded functions that are associated with the key. In addition, by appropriately defining the gesture, a large number of these repetitions can be quickly generated. These repeated activations can be generated much faster than a key can be repeatedly tapped with sufficient accuracy, and far faster than an alternative function can be repeatedly generated when each repetition would require again waiting past an initial time threshold. Furthermore, the number of repetitions can be easily and precisely controlled by the user. As the desired number of repetitions is approached, the user simply begins to repeat the gesture at a slower pace until precisely the desired number of repetitions is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Clifford A. Kushler
  • Patent number: 8937596
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method that includes capturing images of a working area that includes indicia of a virtual keyboard having a plurality of keys and detecting a selected key of the plurality of keys. The detecting of the selected key includes detecting an object in the working area by analyzing the captured images for variations in light intensity in the captured images. The detecting of the object includes generating a first row histogram based on the light intensity in each of the rows in each of the captured images, generating a first column histogram based on the light intensity in each of the columns in each of the captured images, and determining an identification of the selected key based on the first row histogram and the first column histogram. The method also includes outputting the identification of the selected key to a host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Celluon, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Feng Sze, Raymyung Cha, Jae Eul Koo, Koang Hui Jeong
  • Publication number: 20150020018
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, an apparatus, a terminal and a storage medium for inputting information and belongs to the telecommunications field. The method for inputting information includes: monitoring a state of an inputting box, wherein the state includes an active state or a sleep state; if it is detected that the inputting box is in the active state, calling a virtual keyboard; and inputting information in the inputting box using predefined keys of the virtual keyboard. The apparatus includes a monitoring module, a calling module, and an inputting module. The terminal includes a processor, a memory, and program modules. The storage medium stores the program modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Qing WANG, Zhanghu LUO, Zefeng HUANG, Haoran GUO, Quanhao XIAO, Yixia YUAN, Jiashun SONG, Pengtao LI, Yunfeng DAI, Xunchang ZHAN, Chunyou LIN
  • Patent number: 8935626
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device and a method for switching a user interface thereof are provided. The present method is suitable for a handheld electronic device having a first part and a second part. The first part comprises a screen, and the second part is slidingly disposed below the first part along a specific path. A part type of the second part is detected when the second part is slid out along the specific path relative to the first part. Then, the user interface is switched and displayed on the screen according to the part type, wherein the displayed user interface is corresponding to application programs relative to the part type. As a result, convenience of executing application programs on the handheld electronic device can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Yu-Hsien Chang
  • Publication number: 20150012872
    Abstract: A character input method and apparatus in an electronic terminal are provided. The character input method includes displaying a virtual keypad having at least one key area to which a plurality of characters are associated, displaying a plurality of areas when a touch is detected on the at least one key area, detecting whether the touch includes a drag and inputting, after the drag is detected, a character mapped to an area corresponding to a point where the drag is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Hee-Jun KANG
  • Publication number: 20150012866
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for data input of a touch panel device provided for inputting the input key. The method includes following steps of: determining an area region limiter on the touch panel; defining a plurality of subregion area elements for the area region limiter with respect to positions related to the area region limiter; obtaining a determined result by determining whether a finger sliding operation has been sliding through the subregion area elements; determining one subregion area elements from the plurality of the subregion area elements in accordance with the determined result; displaying input key elements belonging to the determined subregion area element; and selecting an input key from the displayed input key elements as an input data. Thereby a data of the input key can be rapidly input with less probability of input fault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Wen-Fu Chang
  • Publication number: 20150012873
    Abstract: A graphical keyboard including a number of keys is output for display at a display device. The computing device receives an indication of a gesture to select at least two of the keys based at least in part on detecting an input unit at locations of a presence-sensitive input device. In response to the detecting and while the input unit is detected at the presence-sensitive input device: the computing device determines a candidate word for the gesture based at least in part on the at least two keys and the candidate word is output for display at a first location of the output device. In response to determining that the input unit is no longer detected at the presence-sensitive input device, the displayed candidate word is output for display at a second location of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Xiaojun Bi, Yu Ouyang, Shumin Zhai
  • Publication number: 20150012871
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an interactive viewer for an input device interface. Specifically, some embodiments provide a Keyboard Enhanced Interface (KEI) system that includes a KEI viewer. The KEI viewer includes multiple graphical keys that correspond to keys of a key based input device. The KEI viewer also includes multiple symbols that identify different output actions and logic for presenting a set of symbols over a set of graphical keys to identify a set of keys of the key based input device that are usable to directly invoke a set of output actions based on an active operational mode of the KEI system. A symbol identifies a particular output action that is directly invocable with a press of a key of the key based input device that corresponds to a graphical key over which said symbol is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Laubach
  • Publication number: 20150012868
    Abstract: A method of indicating a selected at least one of keys on a keyboard of a display device, the keyboard having a layout including a plurality of keys, the method including identifying the selected at least one of the keys based on a location of the selected at least one of the keys on the keyboard of the display device, updating a rendered video frame with a stored image of the selected at least one of the keys to generate an updated video frame indicating the selection of the at least one of the keys for displaying by the display device, the stored image of the selected at least one of the keys corresponding to the selected at least one of the keys, and while another video frame indicating the selection of the at least one of the keys is being rendered, displaying the updated video frame by the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Frank Seto
  • Publication number: 20150012874
    Abstract: A keyboard for an electronic device is provided, having a key with indicia to indicate direction of backspace or deletion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Yoojin HONG
  • Publication number: 20150012857
    Abstract: A method for operating a virtual adjusting button is provided. A virtual adjusting button is displayed. The virtual adjusting button is operated by an operating point of an operating unit for adjusting a setting value correspondingly. A movement of the operating point is detected when the operating point is located on the virtual adjusting button and the virtual adjusting button is selected. A dynamic virtual adjusting button corresponding to the virtual adjusting button is displayed with the movement of the operating point when detecting that the operating point moves toward a direction away from or close to a reference point of the virtual adjusting button. A displaying size of the dynamic virtual adjusting button is changed correspondingly with a change of a distance between the operating point and the reference point. A precision of the setting value for adjusting is changed by operating the dynamic virtual adjusting button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hao Tang
  • Publication number: 20150012867
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and electronic device for providing an autocorrect function. A first character is replaced by a second character so as to correct the first character and the first character is restored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Pil-Joo YOON, Yong-Joon JEON
  • Publication number: 20150012869
    Abstract: Operating a touch-screen device includes displaying at least a portion of a keyboard on a touch-screen, detecting a touch on the touch-screen, and detecting movement of the touch on the touch-screen. Operating the touch-screen device also includes moving the displayed keyboard in response to the detected movement of the touch on the touch-screen, detecting a release of the touch from the touch-screen, and assigning a character according to a final location of the touch relative to a location of the displayed keyboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Olivier Artigue, Jean-Michel Douliez, Francois Trible
  • Publication number: 20150012875
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present invention comprises a display unit for displaying thereon a plurality of input regions operated by an operating body, a detection unit for detecting an approach distance between the operating body and a surface of the display unit, and a region control unit for, when the operating body approaches one of the input regions within a predetermined distance, enlarging the input region which the operating body approaches, and moving at least one of the input regions such that the adjacent input regions do not overlap each other. The input region is enlarged and an overlap between the input regions is avoided so that a user can easily select a desired input region, thereby preventing erroneous selection of other input region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Reiko MIYAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20150012870
    Abstract: When a touch start is designated within display coordinates of a selected character string, and a touch end is designated within display coordinates of an arbitrary character input key, a mobile terminal temporarily stores the selected character string in a memory area indicated by a memory address corresponding to the arbitrary character input key. Then, when a touch start is designated within the display coordinates of the character input key utilized for temporarily storing the character string, and a touch end is designated within display coordinates of a text of a reply mail, the character string temporarily stored is inserted on the basis of the coordinates indicated by the touch end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Kakeru IRIE
  • Patent number: 8928588
    Abstract: A touch press key inputting device includes: a plurality of character keys 21˜32 with at least 2 characters displayed on the surface of each key; an input judging means 72 for sensing the character keys touched and the first touched points in the area of the character keys, performing a movement longer than a specified length originally touched, and judging a moving direction in touch press inputting; a character selecting and outputting means 73 for selecting and outputting the characters displayed in the moving direction, corresponding to the moving direction judged by the input judging means, relative to the reference positions of the character keys. Since the characters on the positions are selected and output corresponding to the touch press inputting operations of the characters displayed on the key surfaces of respective character keys 21˜32, the inputting operations can be directly sensed and easily assured, and the inputting operability is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventor: Syunji Kato
  • Patent number: 8928589
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for providing virtual keyboards. In one aspect, a system includes a camera, a display, a video feature extraction module and a gesture pattern matching module. The camera captures a sequence of images containing a finger of a user, and the display displays each image combined with a virtual keyboard having a plurality of virtual keys. The video feature extraction module detects motion of the finger in the sequence of images relative to virtual sensors of the virtual keys, and determines sensor actuation data based on the detected motion relative to the virtual sensors. The gesture pattern matching module uses the sensor actuation data to recognize a gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Ning Bi
  • Publication number: 20150007088
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method, including: displaying, on a touch sensitive display, a data structure composed of a plurality of keys in a keyboard window; determining, using a processor, at least one key to display in the keyboard window; receiving, at an input device, user input; changing, based on user input, the keys to be displayed in the keyboard window; and selecting a key based on user input, using the touch sensitive display screen, from the keys displayed in the keyboard window. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroshi Itoh, Fusanobu Nakamura, Mitsuhiro Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20150007087
    Abstract: Data visualization that interactively rotates data about a particular axis or translates data in a particular plane based on input received outside the axis space. Data to be visualized is accessed by a data visualization application. The data may be structured or unstructured, filtered and analyzed. The accessed data may be displayed through an interface of the visualization application for a user. The coordinate system for displaying the data may also be displayed. A user may rotate data about a particular axis of the coordinate system or translate data in a particular plane by providing a continuous input within a graphics portion of an interface. The input may be associated with a virtual track ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Silicon Graphics International Corp.
    Inventor: Marc David Hansen
  • Publication number: 20150007089
    Abstract: Methods and electronic apparatuses for repeatedly inputting a character or number are described. The method includes identifying a predetermined gesture relating to a soft key on a soft keyboard displayed on a touch screen of an electronic apparatus, using the identified predetermined gesture to determine the number of times the at soft key was input, and processing input of the at soft key the determined number of times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Hyun-Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 8924877
    Abstract: At least one statistical output associated with a process model and a rate of change associated with each statistical output is identified, such as by using historical data associated with the process model. The statistical outputs and the rates of change are used to generate a graphical display, such as a phase plane plot. Each point in the display is based on one of the statistical outputs and its associated rate of change. The graphical display could include multiple portions, such as quadrants, and one of the portions can be selected and highlighted. The different portions of the graphical display may represent whether the process model is a poor fit to current conditions and approaching a better fit, a poor fit and approaching a poorer fit, a good fit and approaching a poorer fit, and a good fit and approaching a better fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wendy K. Foslien, Soumitri N. Kolavennu, Dinkar Mylaraswamy, Dal Vernon C. Reising
  • Patent number: 8922492
    Abstract: A method of inputting characters includes: generating a character display area, displaying characters in a first direction sub-region or a second direction sub-region of the character browsing region according to a direction indicating action in a first direction or a second direction, upon detecting a change in directions indicated by two successive direction indicating actions, displaying, in an input character display region, the character currently displayed in the character browsing region, switching between the first direction sub-region and the second direction sub-region of the character browsing region according to the direction indicated by the latter direction indicating action, and performing an action of selecting a next character corresponding to the latter direction indicating action in the switched direction sub-region. The invention also provides a device of inputting characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sony (China) Limited
    Inventors: Chengjia Lu, Leiping Zhu
  • Patent number: 8922489
    Abstract: Text input may be identified from a combination of key stroke information and handwriting gesture information. In one example, a touch screen displays an on-screen keyboard. A user then draws a character on the keyboard over the key that represents the character. In this way, two types of information are provided that identify the character that the user intended to enter: the particular drawing gesture that the user provided, and the location on the keyboard at which the user drew that gesture. These two pieces of information may be used, in combination, to determine which character the user intended to enter, and may help to interpret the input accurately in the case where either the gesture or key information, individually, would have been ambiguous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Fei Chua
  • Patent number: 8924882
    Abstract: A method for controlling a software direction pad of an electronic device, configured to display a software keyboard and an editing area, includes the following steps: displaying the software direction pad in response to a start input, wherein the software direction pad is used for moving a cursor on the editing area; and closing and hiding the software direction pad in response to a close input received through the software keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Hua-Li Liao
  • Publication number: 20140380224
    Abstract: A computing device automatically customizes attributes of a graphical keyboard based on user inputs to the graphical keyboard. For example, the computing device can display a first graphical keyboard arrangement that includes a first representation of a key associated with a target region of an input-sensitive display. The computing device receives a plurality of user inputs, each associated with a respective touch region of the input-sensitive display. Subsequent to determining that one or more of the touch regions is not substantially aligned with the target region, the computing device displays a second graphical keyboard arrangement that includes a second representation of the key, wherein at least one attribute of the second representation of the key is graphically modified relative to the first representation of the key so as to substantially align one or more of the touch regions with a target region associated with the second representation of the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Xincheng Zhang, Yefei Peng
  • Publication number: 20140380223
    Abstract: A processing device is configured to provide a user interface comprising a radial layout soft keypad. The radial layout soft keypad comprises a central region and one or more concentric groupings of keys arranged around the central region. For example, the one or more concentric groupings of keys may be arranged as multiple concentric circular rows of keys substantially surrounding the central region, with all of the keys of the concentric circular rows being simultaneously visible in the radial layout soft keypad. The radial layout soft keypad is illustratively presented on a display associated with the processing device and a user interacts with the radial layout soft keypad by making hand gestures in free space in a field of view of an image sensor. A gesture of a first type controls selection of a key and gestures of second and third types control acceptance and rejection of the selected key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: LSI Corporation
    Inventors: Dustin Counsell, Hieu D. Pham, James F. MacDonald, Barrett J. Brickner
  • Patent number: 8918734
    Abstract: A reduced virtual keyboard system for text input on electronic devices is disclosed. Text input is performed by creating a tracing trajectory. Dynamic prediction solutions are created during the tracing process, thus avoiding the need for a user to complete the entire word trajectory. The system also allows a mixture of tapping actions and sliding motions for the same word. The system may comprise a Long Words Dictionary database having first letters corresponding to predetermined keys of the keyboard. Alternatively, the system uses a Dictionary and a database management tool to find long words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Suraqui
  • Publication number: 20140372931
    Abstract: In one example, a device includes at least one processor and at least one module operable by the at least one processor to output, for display, a graphical user interface including a graphical keyboard and one or more text suggestion regions, and select, based at least in part on an indication of gesture input, at least one key of the graphical keyboard. The at least one module is further operable by the at least one processor to determine a plurality of candidate character strings, determine past interaction data that comprises a representation of a past user input corresponding to at least one candidate character string while the at least one candidate character string was previously displayed in at least one of the one or more text suggestion regions, and output the at least one candidate character string for display in one of the one or more text suggestion regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Shumin Zhai, Philip Quinn
  • Patent number: 8914751
    Abstract: Techniques are described for character deletion on a computing device that utilizes a gesture-based keyboard. The computing device includes a processor and at least one module operable by the processor to output, for display at a presence-sensitive display, a graphical keyboard comprising a plurality of keys and a text editor field. In response to receiving an indication of a gesture that comprises a first path, the module outputs a first character, based at least in part on the first path, associated with a first key and a second character associated with a second key. In response to determining that the gesture further comprises a second path that retraces at least a portion of the first path, the module removes the second character from the text editor field of the presence-sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Bi, Kurt Edward Partridge, Yu Ouyang, Shumin Zhai
  • Publication number: 20140365945
    Abstract: A device with touch-sensitive surface and display is configured to: display a page of a multi-page interface; and detect an input that includes a contact and movement of the contact on the touch-sensitive surface. The device is further configured to, in response to detecting the input: if the input meets next-page display criteria, where the next-page display criteria include a criterion that is met when the contact moves by more than a predefined amount in a first predetermined direction, replace display of the page with display of a second page of the multi-page interface; and if the input meets search-interface display criteria, where the search-interface display criteria include a criterion that is met when the contact moves by more than the predefined amount in a second predetermined direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, display a search interface that includes a search input field for inputting search terms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Chanaka G. KARUNAMUNI, Imran CHAUDHRI
  • Publication number: 20140365947
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a display device; and a processor configured to: display a graph corresponding to a function formula on the display device, wherein a coefficient of a term included in the function formula comprises a variable; determine a numeric value range of numeric values which are to be inputted to the variable, based on a degree of the term and a display state of the graph; generate an operation receiver for allowing a user to variably specify a numeric value within the determined numeric value range; display the operation receiver on the display device. When a numeric value is specified within the numeric value range through the operation receiver, the processor displays a graph corresponding to a function formula in which the specified numeric value is inputted to the variable on the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kosuke KAROJI
  • Publication number: 20140365946
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses operable to manage an enterprise system via a mobile electronic device. The mobile electronic device includes a touch screen display, a transmitter configured for bi-directional wireless communication, and a processor configured to provide a user interface to the mobile electronic device, wherein the mobile electronic device connects, via the transmitter, to at least one computer system remote from the mobile electronic device, the processor further configured to cause display of a soft-overlay keyboard on the touch screen display, wherein the soft-overlay keyboard is superimposed on content displayed on the touch screen display. The mobile electronic device further includes a harness removably coupled to the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Pugazhenthi Sankaralingham, Mohamed Reyaz