Focus Control Patents (Class 715/802)
  • Patent number: 10264172
    Abstract: Provided is an image system device comprising: a plurality of imaging units that captures a specific subject from different directions; a shooting signal transmitter that transmits, to the plurality of imaging units, a shooting signal for controlling a capturing timing of the plurality of imaging units; and a host that acquires location information indicating a physical location of each of the plurality of imaging units, and when receiving an image from each of the plurality of imaging units, stores the image with a file name based on the location information corresponding to each of the imaging units from which the image is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeki Uchida
  • Patent number: 10180933
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for visually indicating relationships among cells in a spreadsheet. Each of a first graphical linking element extending between cells in a first branch of a dependency tree of a root cell and a second graphical linking element extending between cells in a second branch of the dependency tree of the root cell is independently displayed and hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Michael D. Chavoustie, Andrew Eberbach, Trevor L. Montgomery, Joshua M. Woods
  • Patent number: 9952743
    Abstract: A smartpad is provided that has various display modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim, Paul E. Reeves, Chris Tyghe, Alexander de Paz, Paul Webber, Rodney W. Schrock, Brett B. Faulk
  • Patent number: 9576339
    Abstract: A display device including an interface unit configured to be connected to a mobile terminal having a first display unit displaying a mobile screen image; a second display unit for displaying a monitor window having two orientation directions; and a controller configured to display the monitor window in a first orientation direction for displaying a monitor screen image corresponding to the mobile screen image on the second display unit; receive a user command relating to a modification of the mobile screen image; transmit a control signal relating to the user command to the mobile terminal; and display a modified monitor screen image in response to the user command on a second orientation direction of the monitor window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Byoungwook Lee, Woongchang Kim, Jeongseop Hwang, Kangwon Zhang, Jongsung Lee, Chanphill Yun, Eungkyu Song
  • Patent number: 9448722
    Abstract: A method of entering text into an electronic device 1 comprising a display 7, the method comprising: controlling 21 the display 7 to display one or more demarcated areas 51 having a transparent background 55; detecting 23 an input in one of the one or more demarcated areas 51; and in response to the detecting step controlling 25 the display 7 to display an opaque background 57 instead of a transparent background 55 for at least one of the one or more demarcated areas 51 for text entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Shijun Yuan, Mikko Repka
  • Patent number: 9384296
    Abstract: In order to provide an information providing system appropriate for acquiring information associated with text contained in a Web document, a plugin program is executed in a client device, and settings in a dispatch unit are modified. Specification of text in a Web document by an input reception unit, acquisition of text from the Internet by a document acquisition unit, and display on a screen by a document display unit are hooked when required. When a first type instruction specifying a URL is input with the input reception unit, a document is acquired by a document acquisition unit. When a second type instruction is input, an associated information acquisition unit queries a plurality of server devices with the text, and an associated information display unit displays the associated information provided in a popup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kumiko Ishii
  • Patent number: 9372622
    Abstract: A method for recording a track and an electronic device using the same are provided. When the electronic device loads an operation system, the recording module is automatically enabled and enters a standby state. When a display unit of the electronic device displays an operating interface and the recording module is triggered, the recording module is switched from the standby state to an active state. When the recording module is at the active state, a drawing layer is displayed and covers the operating interface, and an input track is received via the drawing layer. When a storing command is received, the input track is stored to obtain a composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Ren-Jiun Huang, Chen-Hua Li
  • Patent number: 9319506
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a 3D(three dimensional)-matrix arranging portion and a luminance/transmittance display controller portion. When a plurality of contents are list-displayed, the 3D-matrix arranging portion arranges the plurality of contents in a 3D-matrix-like form (“3D-matrix,” hereinbelow) in accordance with predetermined three axes. The 3D matrix includes a plurality of planes each containing a group of contents of the plurality of contents. The luminance/transmittance display controller portion displays on a display portion the respective groups of contents of the plurality of contents arranged in the 3D matrix, in a manner that luminance is gradually reduced in a direction from contents on a front-most plane of the plurality of planes to contents on a rear-most plane, and transmittance is gradually increased in the direction from the contents on the front-most plane to the contents on the rear-most plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Funabashi, Keiko Hiraoka, Mayu Irimajiri, Atsushi Imai, Seiji Muramatsu, Takamoto Tsuda, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Takeshi Tanigawa, Tomoharu Okamoto, Akihiko Adachi, Tatsuhiko Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9304619
    Abstract: A touch screen control system communicates with a host processing system (HPS). The touch screen control system includes a memory and control circuitry. The control circuitry operates a touch screen according to rules stored in the memory by: during a first time period and in response to detecting a first type of user input with a touch sensor of the touch screen, updating a display screen of the touch screen autonomously without requiring intervention from the HPS following the detection of the first type of user input; during the first time period and in response to detecting a second type of user input with the touch sensor, updating the display screen according to directions provided by the HPS; and during a second time period and in response to detecting the first type of user input with the touch sensor, updating the display screen according to directions provided by the HPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: Shawn P. Day, Roger W. Barton, David W. Gillespie
  • Patent number: 9298970
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to facilitate interaction with a computing device, such as interaction with an object viewable via a display of a computing device. In the context of a method, an object viewable via a display is identified, such as by facial recognition. The method also includes determining that the object has become aligned with an operation indicator as a result of movement of the display relative to the object. In response to determining that the object is aligned with the operation indicator, the method also performs an operation associated with the operation indicator. In this regard, a method may perform the operation upon at least one aspect associated with the object. Corresponding apparatus and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Kongqiao Wang, Leo Karkkainen
  • Patent number: 9229773
    Abstract: A method for determining when to perform an operation on a computing device is described. The computing device receives a direction to perform an operation. A deferral configuration including at least one criterion is also received. The computing device determines whether a criterion is met and defers performance of the operation if it is met. The computing device performs the operation if a criterion is not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Crimson Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Max Snow, Paul Byron Hillyard
  • Patent number: 9195391
    Abstract: An adjustment control user interface usable through a user interface such as a touchscreen. The adjustment control includes elongated gesture zones stacked in a stacking direction so that: (i) gesture movement in the elongation direction will adjust the value of an adjustment variable; and (ii) gesture movement in the stacking direction from one stacked gesture zone to another will change the identity of the current adjustment variable and/or the adjustment granularity of the current adjustment variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ramon L. H. Pisters, Franciscus J. J. van Ham
  • Patent number: 9191531
    Abstract: A display input device includes a storage unit which stores a program for controlling to display a screen for setting a set item that is selected and registered in advance by calling, an input unit which accepts a setting input, and a display unit which displays a combination image in which a position display image for indicating a current position of the display in the program when the program is called, and a screen number display image indicating the number of setting screens that are displayed or have been displayed for setting the set item included in the program are combined, for each set item included in the program, arranged in the display order of the set item in the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Dai Shigenobu
  • Patent number: 9035971
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a communication unit to communicate with information processing apparatuses; an image synthesizing unit to synthesize a multi-segmented screen image composed of screen images of the information processing apparatuses; a projection unit to project the multi-segmented screen image onto a screen; a functional mode management unit to control switching between a normal projection mode and a multi-segmented screen operation mode; an image capture device to capture the multi-segmented screen image and a hand movement of an operator when switched to the multi-segmented screen operation mode; a designated screen image recognition unit to detect a hand movement of the operator based on the image captured by the image capture device, and to recognize a screen image designated as an active-target image; and a signal control unit to transmit a request of image data transmission to an information processing apparatus corresponding to the designated active-target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 9032331
    Abstract: A technique for a visual search sets a transient mode on, gathers objects to form a pile of objects, wherein each object has a predefined portion visible, and determines whether a selector is over the predefined portion of an object in the pile of objects. Responsive to a determination that the selector is detected over the predefined portion of the object in the pile of objects, the object is presented in a foreground. It is determined whether the object in the foreground is selected to form a selected object. Responsive to a determination that the object in the foreground is selected to form a selected object, the pile of objects is restored to an original state with the selected object scrolled into view within the predefined display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yvon R. Nonez, Alireza Pourshahid, Graham A. Watts
  • Publication number: 20150121229
    Abstract: A method for processing information applied in an electronic apparatus is provided. The method includes: acquiring a first operation to trigger the multi-window manager; displaying the multi-window management interface corresponding to the multi-window manager in the touch-control display unit based on the first operation; displaying the at least one object identifier corresponding to the at least one application in the multi-window management interface, and displaying running status information corresponding to the at least one application. Using the technical solution of the present invention, the user is able to know the applications which may be displayed in a form of a small window and the current running status thereof conveniently and quickly by means of a multi-window management interface, and thereby the user experience is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guizhen Wang, Lijun Lin, Jing Wang, Leilei Zhao
  • Patent number: 9021375
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, a computer system and a method for supporting an application. The method includes: starting an application having multiple possible states and multiple possible state transitions, the application having rules specifying computer screen display actions to be performed upon state transitions of the application; placing the application in a current display mode and displaying the current display mode on a computer screen; monitoring the state of the software application; upon a state transition of from a current state to a new state, the state transition not initialed by a user of the application, applying a rule associated with the state transition to determine a new display mode; changing a display mode of the application from the current display mode to the new display mode based upon the rules; and displaying the new display mode on the computer screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Swaminathan Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 9021381
    Abstract: A display controller device includes: a display data storage unit configured to store therein a plurality of display images; an operation unit configured to accept a page change operation for changing the display images; a page turning processing unit configured to update the display images; a working unit configured to update the display data storage unit by changing a display image to be displayed on a second display area to a second display image produced on the basis of a first display image updated by the page turning processing unit and stored in the display data storage unit; and a display instruction unit configured to refer to the display data storage unit so as to display individually the display images individually stored in relation to the plural display areas on the respective plural display areas of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Masashi Uyama, Naoki Sashida, Kazushi Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 9015616
    Abstract: A computer-implemented user input method includes sensing a user manipulation of a mobile device to present a keyboard, automatically presenting, in response to the sensed manipulation, a search entry area on a display of the user device, and activating the keyboard to provide input into the search entry area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Nickolas Jay Sears
  • Patent number: 9009622
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes maintaining data representative of a plurality of media content instances, displaying within a graphical user interface a plurality of graphical objects positioned along a viewing axis, each of the graphical objects representing a metadata value within a metadata category associated with the media content instances, shifting a graphical object included within the plurality of graphical objects into a center focus portion of the viewing axis in response to a user input command, and transforming the graphical object from a book end depiction into a cover art depiction when the graphical object enters the center focus portion. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Brian F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9003326
    Abstract: A GUI conveys the location of input focus to a user by a dynamic focus indicator that displays the path followed by input focus during a transition from one GUI component to another. A focus indicator is displayed at a first location having input focus. In response to the location of input focus shifting from the first location to a second location, a path is indicated from the first location to the second location and the focus indicator is displayed at the second location. The location of input focus may shift due to an input from the user, a request from an application associated with the GUI, or a timing event. The path is indicated by presenting an animation routine in which the focus indicator appears to traverse the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Swingler, Thomas J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8990729
    Abstract: A method for manipulating display of multiple ordered and at least partially overlapping display objects on a display device includes: recording the current position in a stacking order of each of the multiple display objects in an object identifier table in association with a corresponding object identifier; changing the position in the stacking order of a first object in response to a first user action for selecting the first object; recording the position in the stacking order of the first object before the position is changed in the object identifier table as a previous position in the stacking order; and changing the position in the stacking order of the first object with the previous position in the stacking order of the first object in response to a second user action for restoring the changed position in the stacking order of the first object to the previous position in the stacking order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8977987
    Abstract: A computer-implemented user interface method include displaying an image on a graphical user interface of a mobile computing device, receiving a first user input indicating an intent to perform a zooming operation on the graphical user interface, transitioning the mobile computing device into a zooming mode in response to the user input, sensing motion of the mobile computing device in one or more of a plurality of directions, correlating the sensed motion in one or more of a plurality of directions with either a zooming in or a zooming out zooming direction, and changing a zoom level of the display of the image on the graphical user interface to correspond to the correlated zooming direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Korn, David Held
  • Patent number: 8972890
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transition between two or more menu bars. The transition provided is both useful and aesthetic in that is enhances the aesthetic transition between the menu bars and serves to notify a user of such a transition. The transition is animated with one of a number of different animation techniques, such as rotation, scrolling, shading, virtual lighting, and the like. Three-dimensional graphics mapping may be provided to enhance the animation of the menu bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Bas Ording
  • Patent number: 8966361
    Abstract: As part of a document summary view system, a miniaturized version of a document is provided that presents a summary overview of the document over a user interface, enabling a user to easily read and distinguish the contents of the document. The summary view may preserve a basic format and/or layout of a document and may retain the core elements within the document including headings, bulleted lists, tables, images, and/or the first sentence of each paragraph, and obscure any remaining text and elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: David B. Lee
  • Publication number: 20150052431
    Abstract: Techniques for image-based search using touch controls are described. An apparatus may comprise: a processor circuit; a gesture component operative on the processor circuit to receive gesture information from a touch-sensitive screen displaying an image and generate a selection area corresponding to the gesture information; a capture component operative on the processor circuit to extract an image portion of the image corresponding to the selection area; and a search component operative on the processor circuit to perform an image-based search using the extracted image portion. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Junmin Zhu, Hongbo Min, Ningxin Patrick Hu, Yongsheng Zhu, Zhiqiang Nelson Yu
  • Patent number: 8954885
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for preparing an image signal includes combining with a video signal having a number of objects of interest metadata identifying the objects as Area of Interest (AOI). Exemplary objects includes an object in a group of objects, such as a horse in a horse race, a sports object, such as a hockey puck, and so on. The object may be an objectionable, such as a representation of violence, sex or vulgar language. A user may provide an input to select an object of interest to alter the prominence of the selected object. A display system responsive to the image signal for showing images having AOI with altered prominence based on user input. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing logic code for carrying out the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Fergason Patent Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur L. Berman, John D. Fergason
  • Patent number: 8947439
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer program products and data processing systems for presenting dynamic data pertaining to a process. In one aspect, region information identifying a plurality of user-selected regions of the process, switching information identifying criteria for switching among the user-selected regions, and dynamic data pertaining to the process, are used to generate a dynamic visual representation of the process which emphasizes, at any given time, only one of the user-selected regions. The user-selected region emphasized at any given time is automatically determined according to the criteria for switching. In another aspect, region information identifying at least one user-selected region of the process and dynamic data pertaining to the process are used to generate a dynamic visual representation of at least a portion of the process containing the at least one user-selected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jay W. Benayon, Kui Yan Lau, Bernath Nguyen, Alexander S. Ross
  • Patent number: 8943434
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for changing a user interface for a multi-screen device. The user interface can change based on the movement of a window. The system can receive a user interface event that modifies the display of windows in the user interface. Upon receiving the user interface event, the system determines if a window has been covered or uncovered. If a window has been covered, the window is placed in a sleep state. If a window is uncovered, the window is activated from a sleep state. A sleep state is a window state where an application associated with the window does not receive user interface inputs and/or does not render the window. Moreover, in a sleep state an image representing the window is maintained in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Paul Edward Reeves, Tong Chen
  • Publication number: 20150020025
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a remote display area including input lenses each depicting a region of a graphical user interface. Examples include, in response to detection of a graphical user interface (GUI) input event with a remote computing device within an input lens having input focus, invoking the GUI input event at a location of the GUI of a local computing device within the region of the GUI depicted in the input lens having input focus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Keith A. Fish, Byron A. Alcorn
  • Publication number: 20150007104
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for saving web page content have been disclosed. The method including: displaying at least one cropping frame within a web page displayed in a touch screen of a mobile terminal, wherein the at least one cropping frame defines a shape and a size within which at least one portion of the web page that would be captured; tracing on the mobile terminal display, user's dragging movements applied to the at least one cropping frame, wherein the traced dragging movements resulting in adjustment to the at least one cropping frame over the at least one portion of the web page; executing at least one frame cropping operation in order to capture and to save an image as content of the at least one portion of the web page as defined within the cropping frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Zhigang Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140365960
    Abstract: A method for page view switching is provided. The method includes detecting a view switching operation in an application interface by a user to switch from a current view to a target view. The method also includes destroying the current view corresponding to the view switching operation and creating a view object corresponding to the target view in the view switching operation by calling a view controller class. Further, the method includes assigning values to the view object through a view controller and displaying the view object with the assigned values on the application interface to display the target view to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
  • Patent number: 8898590
    Abstract: Provided are an information input device, an on-screen arrangement method thereof, and a computer-executable program capable of preventing deterioration of operability even when an input disable region is set on a touch panel. An information input device capable of inputting information by an indicator touching a touch panel formed on a display screen includes an input disable region setting controller that sets an input disable region on a part of the touch panel and a display controller that rearranges an object being displayed on the display screen to avoid the set input disable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mamoru Okada, Hidetoshi Mori, Masaki Matsubara, Masahiro Tsukiyama
  • Patent number: 8893003
    Abstract: Various “media-components” are provided in a “multi-media center.” In modular architecture, a module-controller communicates with media-modules provided for various media-components. A media-module can include or obtain data pertaining to a particular media-component, identify media-player(s), and access information related to their media. However, the media-modules are isolated from each other, and the module-controller effectively controls output generated in response to user input. A user interface library is provided for the media-modules. Media-modules can obtain a template or other tools from the library and construct their user interface (e.g., menus). Media-modules can also identify a media-player that can be initiated in response to user input. Subsequently, the media-controller forwards user input to the media-player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Madden
  • Patent number: 8893039
    Abstract: The focus is automatically shifted among a plurality of application windows which are displayed concurrently. In order to achieve this, an interruption of communication processing started by an application corresponding to a first window displayed with the focus is detected. Then a second window to which the focus is to shift is determined based on the detection result and state data. As a result, the focus is automatically shifted, based on the determination result, from the first window displayed on a display section to the second window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kawashima, Jun Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8887055
    Abstract: The disclosed technology reconstructs stimuli displayed to a user as they interact with online-content. The technology may provide for a record of selected technical parameters and relevant data that may impact the manner in which online content is displayed, taking into consideration the current browser context. The technology may record events as reported from a browser interface. The events may be recorded in a format and syntax to form a primary index of events and related outcomes which comprise the user's interface experience. Events may be detected at the browser interface and identified, categorized, and filtered as to their relevance to visual stimuli. A unique identifier may then be assigned in the form of an alphanumeric string to each relevant event. Selected events may be recorded into a log (along with their categorization), a unique identifier, and the time in which the event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Schlucktronix LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Crain, William K. Vanover
  • Patent number: 8880044
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is presented. The mobile terminal includes a display including a touchscreen, and a controller for performing an editing operation on information displayed on the touchscreen according to a state of an object in near-proximity to the displayed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8881052
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable media defining computer instructions for rendering a user interface (UI) are provided. The UI is defined for handling a widget that provides functionality to a displayable and executable mini-application. The widget includes a plurality of widget attributes, including a dock tile that is defined to display only selected ones of the plurality of widget attributes of the widget. Also provided is a widget dock to display and contain the dock tile on a display screen, and the dock tile is linked by a functional association to the widget. The widget dock provides access to launch the widget when selection of the dock tile is detected, so as to provide full interface with the plurality of widget attributes of the widget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Strauss, Marco Boerries, Arlo Rose, Edward Voas, Joseph Scott Derringer
  • Patent number: 8875061
    Abstract: A system and method for improving the usability of a touch screen on a moving mobile device are provided. Upon determining the mobile device is moving in a pattern that is consistent with a person walking while carrying the mobile device, a new interface that is easier to use is displayed. The new interface may be easier to use than a standard interface by showing less action buttons, zooming into a portion of the standard interface, and/or by requiring less user input to complete a requested task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Woojae J. Lee
  • Patent number: 8875050
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for handling focus when a gesture is input in a multi-screen device. In embodiments, a first image displayed on a first touch sensitive display of a first screen may be currently in focus. In embodiments, the gesture is a tap on a second touch sensitive display of the device. In response to the gesture, an application is launched, which displays a second image on a second display of a second screen. Focus is then changed from the first image on the first touch sensitive display to the second image on the second touch sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Paul Edward Reeves, Alexander de Paz, Rodney Wayne Schrock
  • Patent number: 8850354
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a multi-window application to a user over a network are provided. An exemplary method includes presenting a first frame to the, the first frame containing application logic. The method further includes presenting a second frame to the user, the second frame containing user interface logic. Steps in the method create a relationship between the first frame and the second frame allowing the user interface logic of the second frame to use the application logic contained in the first frame. When an indication is received that the first frame is to be closed, and an application-specific condition is true, the application logic is transferred from the first frame to the second frame using a command, while preserving the state of the second frame. The first frame is then closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry Titov, Michael Paul Davidson
  • Patent number: 8843959
    Abstract: The method, system and computer program product generate online interactive maps linking tracked objects (in a live or pre-recorded video sequence) to multimedia content in real time. Specifically, an object tracking and link generation (OTLG) utility allows a user to access multimedia content by clicking on moving (or still) objects within the frames of a video (or image) sequence. The OTLG utility identifies and stores a clear image(s) of an object or of multiple objects to be tracked and initiates a mechanism to track the identified objects over a sequence of video or image frames. The OTLG utility utilizes the results of the tracking mechanism to generate, for each video frame, an interactive map frame with interactive links placed in the map frame at a location corresponding to the object's tracked location in each video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Orlando McMaster, Eustace P. Isidore
  • Patent number: 8843849
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying and navigating through structured content, such as a webpage, is provided. The content includes focusable elements, at least one of which is a non-enableable element that is normally not capable of gaining focus when the content is displayed in a browser or other viewing application. Navigation of the content by moving focus from one element to another includes moving the focus to the focusable, non-enableable element. The non-enableable element is defined as a focusable element by an attribute. Focusable elements may also be defined with attributes for capturing directional navigation instructions and calling event handling functions in response to detected directional navigation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Allen Neil, James Roger Blashill, Lei Li
  • Publication number: 20140282235
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a processor that executes a procedure. The procedure includes: (a) acquiring concentration level information relating to a degree of concentration of a user on the device; (b) acquiring action information that directly or indirectly represents an action of the user; (c) setting a first threshold that is for determining, in accordance with the concentration level information acquired in (a), whether or not the action information acquired in (b) is an operational instruction; and (d) determining, using the first threshold set in (c), whether or not the action of the user represented by the action information acquired in (b) is intended as an operational instruction by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Akihiro MINAGAWA, Yutaka KATSUYAMA, Hiroaki TAKEBE, Yoshinobu HOTTA
  • Patent number: 8826180
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes: a storage section for storing a plurality of content items sorted using categories of a higher level; a display section for displaying either of the content items or the categories; an operating section generating a first operation signal according to a first operation performed with a weak pressing force and a second operation signal according to a second operation performed with a pressing force stronger than that of the first operation; and a control section receiving the input of the first operation signal and the second operation signal and controlling a display image displayed on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomotaka Ogura, Tetsuo Morimoto, Shunichi Kasahara
  • Patent number: 8826166
    Abstract: A method for evaluating the requirements of a task with the capabilities of an entity includes generating a first visual representation, creating a mask based on the first visual representation, applying the mask to a second visual representation, and generating a third visual representation conveying which task requirements the entity is capable of satisfying. The first visual representation includes the requirements of the task, the second visual representation includes the capabilities of the entity, and the third visual representation is generated based on the application of the mask to the second visual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jacquelyn A. Martino, Juerg Von Kaenel, Patrick A. Wagstrom
  • Patent number: 8819542
    Abstract: A web-based application constructor can be used to construct a web display. The web-based application constructor can obtain data from heterogeneous data sources having Web Services schemas to produce the web display. The web display can contain page components and can display the data from at least some heterogeneous data sources. A versioning system can keep track of changes to page components, page layout, searches, and text to allow users to make changes without administrative approval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Matias Cudich, Stephan Dennis Morais
  • Publication number: 20140237423
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus includes a display control unit that controls browsing document data to be displayed, the browsing document data being configured by plural browsing object data items, a position information acquisition unit that acquires position information, the position information being pointed by a pointing unit and indicating a position corresponding to the browsing document data displayed by the display control unit, a direction identification unit that identifies a direction pointed by the pointing unit, starting from the pointed position, based on a history of a motion by the pointing unit, and an attention data identification unit that identifies attention data indicating browsing object data that is focused, among the plural browsing object data items, based on the position information acquired by the position information acquisition unit and a direction identified by the direction identification unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eisaku HAYASHI, Akira TATEISHI, Kazuhiro HAYASHI, Shinobu OZEKI, Masaru KIJIMA, Motoki TANIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8806367
    Abstract: The display control device detects a pressing down of a one-shot media button arranged in a remote controller, receives a report on the detection of the pressing down of the one-shot media button and specifies a window associated with any one of moving picture reproducing applications, and changes the front-back order of the window so that the specified window is displayed on the frontmost surface on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 8799802
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, a computer program, a device, an apparatus and a browser operable with a user interface having an output display and an input to receive signals from a plurality of user inputs, where at least one user input is a multi-function input operable in a first mode to provide a display control input, and in a second mode to provide another function, such as alphanumeric character input and, when operating the at least one user input in the first mode, to inhibit operation of the at least one user input in the second mode due to a change in content of the display in response to operation in the first mode. The first mode may be, as non-limiting examples, a zoom mode or a scroll mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Mikko K. Mäkelä