Selection Or Confirmation Emphasis Patents (Class 715/823)
  • Patent number: 10976841
    Abstract: A human machine interface system for controlling a device comprising: a housing; a human digit activatable physical element; a processor in communication with the element, the processor to receive and process an input from the element; a communicator to communicate an output from the processor wherein the output comprises a command intended for the device; wherein the element, the processor and the communicator are all disposed about or within the housing or connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KORDTECH PTY LTD
    Inventors: Bruce MacDonald, William Boettcher
  • Patent number: 10917533
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display unit that displays a screen and a display control unit that, if an operator selects one of a predetermined number of setting items displayed in a first display part of the screen, displays the predetermined number of setting items other than the setting item selected by the operator in the first display part and setting information corresponding to the setting item selected by the operator in a second display part of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Sekine
  • Patent number: 10893124
    Abstract: An electronic device includes display, radio communication circuit configured to perform radio communication, at least one processor operatively connected to display and radio communication circuit, and memory operatively connected to the at least one processor and configured to store a first application program including a first user interface and to store instructions, executable by the at least one processor, for establishing a connection to an external server including a second application program executable in place of at least part of operations of a first application program via the radio communication circuit, executing, upon receipt of a first user input associated with the first application program, the first application program, displaying a first user interface of the first application program on the display, and displaying, upon receipt of a second user input associated with the first application program, a second user interface associated with the second application program on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kiyoung Lim, Wonsuk Lee, Jungkih Hong
  • Patent number: 10877565
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for controlling play of multimedia content. A user interface method includes determining a user gesture for a single object configured as a user interface on a user interface screen for controlling play of content; and changing a previous function specified for the object with a function corresponding to the user gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventor: Dae Hwang Kim
  • Patent number: 10824308
    Abstract: A first communication endpoint determines that a co-browsing session has been established. The first communication endpoint sends contents of a displayed web page in a first browser to a second browser, which has a different display size and/or layout. The first communication endpoint detects a movement of a first cursor in the displayed web page and identifies a first user interface element that the first cursor is currently over. The first communication endpoint determines a ratio of coordinates of the first cursor in relation to a size of the first user interface element. The first communication endpoint sends an identifier for the first user interface element and the determined ratio of coordinates to the second browser. The second browser uses the determined ratio of coordinates to calculate a position of a second cursor over the first user interface element displayed in the second browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Avinash Anand, Divakar Ray, Anjum Siddique
  • Patent number: 10785441
    Abstract: A TV without a touch screen can nonetheless execute applications designed for mobile devices that assume a touch screen user interface (UI) by a “dumb” remote control with up/down, left/right, select buttons, or by a remote control with a touch pad, or by a remote control application running on a mobile device with a touch-screen that communicates with the TV. In all three scenarios, the TV recognizes that it is running in a special remote control mode and with a corresponding remote control application running on the TV that is able to intercept key presses and finger swipes and translate them to touch screen commands that are input to a touch screen-enabled software application running on the TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Graham Clift
  • Patent number: 10719233
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an arc layout for a soft input panel are described. In some examples, an electronic device can transition from providing a substantially straight and/or horizontal layout for the soft input panel to an arc layout for the soft input panel. The electronic device can display a graphical element at a location on the soft input panel. The electronic device can receive input corresponding to, for example, a swipe of the graphical element in a curved manner across the soft input panel. Based on the input, the electronic device can transition from displaying the soft input panel using the substantially straight layout to displaying the soft input panel using the arc layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy S. Paek, Dmitry Rudchenko, Zach Oligschlaeger, Asela J. Gunawardana
  • Patent number: 10678504
    Abstract: A system capable of generating and storing progress data associated with third party services. A voice enabled device may receive voice commands and the system may perform natural language understanding (NLU) to interpret the voice commands, determine a corresponding process and send instructions to a third party server associated with the process. In order to resume the process after the process is interrupted, the system may save and/or cause the third party server to save progress data and/or a checkpoint corresponding to a status of the process at the time that the process is interrupted. The system may use the progress data to resume the process at a later point based on the status. In addition, the system may track processes associated with saved progress data/checkpoints and may interpret incoming voice commands based on the tracked processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Kelly, Kevin Utter
  • Patent number: 10656791
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface with a toolbar are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alan Joyce, Marshall Bock, Kristofer Chiao, Jason Robert Sao Bento, Jonathan Terleski
  • Patent number: 10635732
    Abstract: To increase the likelihood of a user viewing content items previously identified for presentation but not viewed by the user, a social networking system accesses a view state associated with the user that identifies content items provided to the user and provided content items viewed by the user. Based on the view state, content items previously provided to the user but not viewed by the user are identified. Additional content items whose state has changed since presentation of the content items to the user are also identified. Content items previously presented to the user but not viewed with at least a threshold relevance to the user are ranked along with the additional content items. Based on the ranking, content items are selected for presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Ge, Lars Seren Backstrom
  • Patent number: 10635233
    Abstract: An information display device displays a sub-screen in a main screen and stores display information including the display position of the sub-screen and information on a near-field region. A position input device acquires information on a touched position, stores touch history information including information on a plurality of touched positions acquired, and includes a touched position determination section that determines whether a newly-acquired touched position is present in the near-field region and a display position determination section that, in a case where it has been determined that the newly-acquired touched position is present in the near-field region, utilizes the touch history information to determine a position to which the sub-screen is reduced or moved. In a case where the sub-screen has not been reduced, the sub-screen is reduced to the determined position. In a case where the sub-screen has been reduced, the sub-screen is moved to the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Teppei Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10551990
    Abstract: Various embodiments utilize context positioning of an input mechanism to convey at least one action associated with the input mechanism. At times, the input mechanism is associated with multiple actions. Input received via at the input mechanism can be analyzed to determine which action of the multiple actions to perform. In some embodiments, the input mechanism can be physically and/or visually moved to a different location based upon the determined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ritika Kapadia, Michael John Patten, Sean Obafemi Lyndersay, Melissa S. Kerr, Sean Gary Nordberg, Marty Joseph Hall, Mark Yalovsky, Paula J. Chuchro
  • Patent number: 10545615
    Abstract: A touch device including a touch screen, a first input device and a processor is provided. At a first start time, when the first input device touches on the touch screen with a first touch area at a first position, the touch screen generates a first event, and the first input device transmits a first signal to the touch screen. The processor is coupled to the touch screen. When the touch screen receives the first signal during a pre-determined period from the first start time and the first touch area is larger than a first area threshold, the processor determines that the first event belongs to the first input device and that the first position is a start position of the first input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Chang-Cheng Chen, Wei-Jou Chen
  • Patent number: 10460260
    Abstract: A method and system for providing an overlay window for an application to display augmentation data over the user interface of the application is provided. An overlay system includes an overlay component and an engine component that interface with the application and a presentation manager used by the application to provide the application window. When the overlay system starts up, it initializes the overlay component and the engine component. The overlay component tracks the portion of the application that is currently visible and displays augmentation data in an overlay window over the application window. The engine component provides augmentation functionality that generates the augmentation data and generates the overlay window based on the augmentation data. When the visible portion of the application data changes, the overlay component requests the engine component to generate the overlay window for the currently visible application data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Incisive Software Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Yip
  • Patent number: 10359908
    Abstract: One embodiment of a graphical user interface for providing a menu to a user, wherein the menu comprises a plurality of executable actions, includes a plurality of petals, wherein each of the plurality of petals is associated with one of the plurality of executable actions, and a common central point at which all of the plurality of petals meet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Robin Raszka, Nicholas D'Aloisio-Montilla, Bart K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 10312963
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter configured to receive at least one message that corresponds to at least one set of data received from at least one user. The transmitter includes a modulating device that is configured to generate at least one signal that corresponds to the received message, wherein the signal includes at least one sequence of a plurality of hopping patterns. A receiver is coupled to the transmitter, wherein the receiver is configured to receive the signal. The receiver includes a demodulating device that is configured to identify the sequence of the hopping patterns and to determine at least one variable that corresponds to the sequence of the hopping patterns. The demodulating device is further configured to generate at least one output that is based on the determined variable, wherein the output is displayed such that at least one other user is enabled to view the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Sayano, Michael S. Cheung, Oliver D. Ambrosia, David M. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10275528
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display control unit which displays information in a first display state of the information processing apparatus itself and displays a search result obtained by using at least a part of the information as a search key in a second display state of another information processing apparatus of a different type from the information processing apparatus itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Sugihara, Yasutaka Fujii, Kentaro Maruyama, Keisuke Tanaka, Fumitaka Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10025564
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product generates and implements intuitively comfortable frames of task appropriate frames of reference for multiple dimensions of context constraints for related sets of objects within an integrated development environment (IDE). One or more processors identify a hierarchical set of context constraints for an object, and depict the hierarchical set of context constraints for the object on an IDE using a visual metaphor selected by a user. The processor(s) receive a zoom-in input for a first context constraint in the hierarchical set of context constraints, and place the IDE in mention mode, such that use of the hierarchical set of context constraints against the object is disabled. In response to the IDE being placed in mention mode, the processor(s) display detail of the first context constraint on the IDE, and receive changes to the first context constraint to create a modified first context constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, John K. Gerken, III, James R. Kraemer, David M. Ungar
  • Patent number: 9911173
    Abstract: A method for displaying a plurality of images is provided. The method includes: obtaining one or more image sets based on the plurality of images, wherein a similarity degree between each pair of images in each image set is greater than a similarity threshold; identifying an operation instruction triggered on at least one of the image sets; if the operation instruction triggered on the at least one of the image sets satisfies a predetermined updating condition, updating the similarity threshold; and displaying the plurality of images based on the updated similarity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Zhijun Chen, Fei Long, Yayong Guan
  • Patent number: 9760814
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus: upon determining that OR drawing of a first drawing object and a second drawing object included in received drawing data is not possible, drives one of a plurality of arithmetic processors to sequentially execute a first drawing process of the first drawing object and a second drawing process of the second drawing object in an original order of the first drawing object and the second drawing object in commands of the received drawing data; and, upon determining that the OR drawing is possible, distributes and assigns the first drawing process and the second drawing process to two or more of the plurality of arithmetic processors and drives the two or more arithmetic processors to execute the first drawing process and the second drawing process in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Okano
  • Patent number: 9715282
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments that relate to implementation of multi-stage gestures, using multi-stage gestures to control applications, and allowing, under certain conditions, invocation of an open operation (which would normally only open an application or bring an application to the fore) to cause a target application to terminate before being newly opened. A multi-stage gesture may be used to invoke different functions at respective gesture stages of a same input stroke. The functions may be different forms of application “closing”, such as backgrounding or suspending an application, terminating an application, and restarting an application. The restarting (including termination) of an application when the application is opened may be termed a “smart-restart”, which may involve interpreting from specific user activity that a user intends to restart an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Doan, Chaitanya Sareen, Matthew Worley, Michael Krause, Miron Vranjes
  • Patent number: 9712790
    Abstract: A plug and play network system, a plug and play network video recorder, and its control method. The network system comprises a remote browser device, a plurality of slave devices and a master device. When the slave devices are connected to the master device, each slave device can obtain its own IP address from a dynamic host configuration protocol unit disposed in the master device. Meanwhile, the master device can obtain the universal plug and play signal from each universal plug and play unit disposed in the slave devices. Thus, each signal capturing unit disposed in the slave devices can actively transmit the captured signal to the data processing unit in the master device. The data processing unit processes and transmits the captured signal to a remote browser device. The remote browser device displays the captured signal on the different sections of the screen thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AV Tech Corporation
    Inventor: Huang-Jen Chien
  • Patent number: 9652126
    Abstract: Provided is information processing device capable of issuing a notification of an occurrence of an event depending on a current operation mode in a case where the information processing device operates in a plurality of operation modes. An information processing device operates in a plurality of operation modes including at least a first mode and a second mode, receives event information output by an event output program, and notifies a user that the event information has been received, and the information processing device changes a pattern of notification between a case where the event information is received during the operation in the first mode and a case where the event information is received during the operation in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Motoki Kobayashi, Shigeru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 9639983
    Abstract: A website arranged to provide a plurality of home pages, each presenting a featured painting project image, each project image employing a plurality of different colors, each color located in a respective region of the image with at least one attention-drawing animated “hot spot” located in one or more of the regions and responsive to a first selection operation to cause display of the color name of the color of the region where the hot spot lies. The home pages further may include real-life simulating animation features, while the system software is operable to select the relative frequency with which each home page appears. Other web pages provide an animated color sheen selection tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventors: John Buzyn, Bernadette Irizarry, Doug Milsom, Damien Reynolds, Donna Une, Marc Webb
  • Patent number: 9619786
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for shape based scheduling of events for a task in a calendaring and scheduling (C&S) system. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for shape based scheduling of events for a task in a C&S system is provided. The method includes defining a shape for a range of days in a calendar view of a C&S system executing in memory of a host computer. The method further includes superimposing the shape over the range of days in the calendar view. The method yet further includes determining a block of time for each of the days in the range upon which a portion of the shape has been superimposed. Finally, the method includes scheduling at least one event for each block of time determined for each of the days in the range upon which a portion of the shape has been superimposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Li-Te Cheng, Paul B. Moody, Dawei Shen
  • Patent number: 9619808
    Abstract: A digital signage network employs a common data model and a subscription system to disseminate data gathered from a plurality of data sources to a number of displays. The network nodes interact with each other as content sources, content consumers, or both, with some systems acting as consumers to upstream sources and acting as sources to downstream consumers. The presentation of the data on a digital signage display allows for real-time binding of live data to provide a rich display effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OMNIVEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Doug Bannister, Andrew Collard, Doug Underwood, Nick Easthope, Scott Kayes, Rick Dalley, William Chu
  • Patent number: 9606649
    Abstract: When a touch panel is operated and erroneous processing has been performed, the probability of the same operation error next time is reduced. For this purpose, when a touch to the touch panel is detected, one of respective items in a menu, which the touch position belongs to is determined. Then processing regarding the determined item is performed. At this time, when a designation input indicating that the selection of the item corresponding to the executed processing was not intended by the operator has been made, to narrow a decision area to decide selection of the item, information indicating the decision area is updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Takeichi
  • Patent number: 9552072
    Abstract: In an image projection device in which a projected image can be controlled or operated by gesture, the responsiveness (operability) and/or the usability are improved. The image projection device includes a sensor element to detect a gesture and a control section to generated an operation signal to control (for example, to scroll images or to feed image frames) a projected image projected according to a gesture detected by the sensor element, wherein the control section generates the operation signal when the sensor element detects a gesture in a first direction parallel to the projection surface of the projected image, and when the sensor element detects a gesture in a second direction perpendicular to the projection surface, the control section suspends generation of the operation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yamamoto, Yoshiho Seo, Hiroyuki Urata
  • Patent number: 9367592
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for generating content of a topic for an intended audience are described. Topic information regarding a topic to be presented to an intended audience is obtained, as well as knowledge information regarding the intended audience. One or more metaphors relating to the topic and understood by the intended audience can be determined based at least in part on the topic information and the knowledge information. Content can be generated for the topic information based on a comparative analysis of the topic information to at least one of the one or more metaphors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shobha C. Hiremath, Shruti Kumar, Fang Lu, Azadeh Salehi
  • Patent number: 9342162
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a prescribed function of the mobile terminal can be performed through a button manipulation of a stylus pen and a touch input. The present invention includes a short range communication unit configured to receive a plurality of different signals from a stylus pen, a touchscreen, and a controller performing a prescribed function by combining a type of a signal received from the stylus pen among a plurality of the different signals and a touch pattern of the stylus pen recognized on the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yoomee Song, Jisun Lee, Soyeon Yim, Kyungjin You, Jihye Ham, Sinyoung Park, Yujune Jang, Sujin Kim, Jeongyun Heo, Jungbin Lee
  • Patent number: 9329776
    Abstract: A graphical user interface apparatus, method and computer program product cooperate to control a display. An item is displayed at a periphery of a display and a detector detects when an object is proximate to the item. When detected the display displays a relation item. Then, when the object is detected as moving to be proximate to the relation item, a controller changes a displayed form of the relation item in response to detecting when the object is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoko Amano, Takashi Nunomaki, Kenzo Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9326116
    Abstract: Systems and methods for suggesting a pause position within electronic text are disclosed herein. According to an aspect, a method may include receiving identification of a current user position within electronic text residing on an electronic device. For example, a current user position may be a page of an e-book that is currently being displayed to a reader or user. The method may include determining a suggested pause position within the electronic text based on the current user position. For example, the suggested pause position may be determined based on the reader's profile, a reading behavior of other readers, metadata, or combinations thereof. The method may also include presenting the suggested pause position on a user interface of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rhonda Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Scott Curtis
  • Patent number: 9292166
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, certain exemplary embodiments relate to jukebox systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features along with karaoke jukebox and/or photobooth features. A combined karaoke/photobooth/jukebox may enable more integrated performance-like experiences in an in-home or out-of-home location or venue. By leveraging vast audio media libraries, trusted rights-respecting network infrastructure, and on-site image/video capturing from integrated recorders and/or remote portable devices, a more sociable experience may be created for karaoke jukebox patrons, e.g., where custom content can be generated and shared in a safe and legally appropriate manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Ed Rivera, Michael Tooker, Charles Battle, Francois Beaumier, Mounir Khenfir, Giovanni Curinga, Sebastien Hebert
  • Patent number: 9274779
    Abstract: A method for installing an application in a portable terminal includes acquiring a screen image of another portable terminal and acquiring information about at least one applications from the acquired screen image, displaying a list of the at least one applications whose information is acquired, and requesting and receiving an installation file of an application selected by a user from the displayed list, and installing the selected application by using the received installation file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Hak Ryu, Byeong-Gyun You, Cheong-Rim Choi, Chae-Whan Lim, Jeong-Wook Seo
  • Patent number: 9274505
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a radial configuration of time based information is displayed by a computing system in a graphical user interface. The radial configuration includes a graphical timeline spirally disposed about at least one axis point in the graphical user interface. In certain examples, the graphical timeline represents a time period and includes a first section representing a first portion and a second section representing a second portion of the time period. In certain other embodiments, a radial configuration of time based information is displayed by a computing system in a graphical user interface. The radial configuration represents a time period and includes a first radial section and a second radial section disposed about an axis point at different radial distances from the axis point. The first radial section represents a first portion and the second radial section represents a second portion of the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Greg A. Johns, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9256650
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for generating content of a topic for an intended audience are described. Topic information regarding a topic to be presented to an intended audience is obtained, as well as knowledge information regarding the intended audience. One or more metaphors relating to the topic and understood by the intended audience can be determined based at least in part on the topic information and the knowledge information. Content can be generated for the topic information based on a comparative analysis of the topic information to at least one of the one or more metaphors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shobha C. Hiremath, Shruti Kumar, Fang Lu, Azadeh Salehi
  • Patent number: 9235326
    Abstract: A computer program product is described. The computer program product includes a computer useable storage medium including a computer readable program. The computer readable program includes instructions that, when executed by a processing device within a computer, cause the computer to perform operations. The operations include displaying an attraction icon on a display device, moving the attraction icon relative to a user interface control on the display device. The operations further include moving the user interface control from a first position on the display device to a second position to facilitate manipulation of the user interface control by a user, and restoring the user interface control to the first position in response to completion of the manipulation of the user interface control by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Erik D Anderson, William A Griffith, Indran Naick
  • Patent number: 9207856
    Abstract: A vehicle operating device with favorable operability is provided, the operating device having improved recognition accuracy of gestural operation conducted while holding a steering wheel. A vehicle operating device comprises an input unit that is provided on a steering wheel and that detects a user operation; and a control unit that determines the user operation detected by the input unit and that outputs a control signal for controlling a device; wherein, the control unit determines that the user operation is linear when a locus (L) of the user operation does not exceed a certain width (W). 1 unit operates the air-conditioner body based on the preset temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Imai
  • Patent number: 9207839
    Abstract: A device for displaying a multitude of planar objects arranged in at least one stack, includes a display area, e.g., a touchscreen, for displaying the stack; a processing unit to generate and modify graphics data of the objects; and a proximity ascertainment device for detecting an operating element in a proximity region in front of the display surface or an input device. The processing unit is arranged such that the graphics data of the objects are generated so that the at least one stack is displayed on the display area in different display states, i.e., a first mode, preferably a pure display mode; a second mode, in which an operating element is detected in the proximity region in front of the display area or an input device; and a third mode, following the touching or selection of the display area or an object displayed on the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Mathias Kuhn, Tobias Budzynski, Jian Lou, Soenke Petersen, Kyoung Sun Han
  • Patent number: 9182885
    Abstract: At least one additional menu layer can be selected in a menu layer and be displayed on a display unit by means of at least one control element. The additional menu layer selected via the control element is displayed in the display unit as a preview when an object approaches the control element that is equipped with a proximity sensor or when an object touches the control element that is fitted with a tactile sensor. The additional menu layer disappears again when the object, e.g. a person's finger, is removed, and the originally represented menu layer is automatically displayed again. This prevents the control elements from being repeatedly actuated, thus significantly increasing user friendliness and improving customer acceptance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gitta Rüscher, Claude Toussaint
  • Patent number: 9176645
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for handling large collections of items in a user interface. A collection of items in a data store associated with a request for a content page is identified. A content page is generated that includes a number of items in the content page, where the number of items in the content page can be less than a total number of items in the collection. The content page also includes a select-all element. The content page is also configured to initiate a subsequent request to with an argument corresponding to activation of the select-all element as well as potentially an exclusion list corresponding to deselected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Masterman, Sunil Singh Parihar, Delfino J. Cornali
  • Patent number: 9170726
    Abstract: An interface controlling method and an apparatus thereof are provided to control a user interface based on a proximity sensor and a touch pad. A number of items are displayed, an item approached by a user is identified by sensing an approach, information is provided regarding the identified item, contact by the user is sensed, and a function corresponding to the user contact is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-wook Kooh, Jae-hwan Kim, Seong-il Cho
  • Patent number: 9167073
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a method and technique for operating a computing device. An interface is displayed for enabling the computing device to control a voicemail system. The interface includes one or more display objects, wherein each display object is selectable by a user to enter a command input assigned to that display object. A selection is detected of any one of the one or more display objects, and the command input assigned to the display object is identified. A signal tone is generated corresponding to the command input. The signal input may be transmitted across a network to the voicemail system to communicate a command to the voicemail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hawkins, Robert Haitani, Mark Davis
  • Patent number: 9104232
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products automatically creates a calendar entry for an electronic calendar application. A graphical user interface is displayed having a text field and a date and time field. Whenever a user wishes to create a calendar entry, the user populates the text field and the date and time field. The user then selects a graphical control that automatically creates the calendar entry in the electronic calendar application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darryl Cynthia Moore, Edward Michael Silver
  • Patent number: 9086785
    Abstract: An icon receptacle is disposed along a depth aspect, and one or more icons are disposed within the icon receptacle, one of which is a stack item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John O. Louch, Christopher Hynes, Timothy Wayne Bumgarner, Eric Steven Peyton
  • Patent number: 9043725
    Abstract: To improve the consumer experience with portable electronic devices, a user interface combines the use of capacitive sensors with tactile sensors in an input device. When a user places a finger, stylus, or other input instrument near a given key button, a capacitive sensor causes the display to display temporarily an indication of the function of that key in an enlarged format. The user may then press the associated key button to activate the desired function. In one exemplary embodiment, the capacitive sensor fixes the functionality to the function indicated in the display. In this embodiment, a tactile input applied to any key, whether the correct key, multiple keys, or a single incorrect key, results in activating the function indicated in the display as a result of the capacitive input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Ivan Nelson Wakefield, Frank Gilliam Perry, III
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9031955
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards generating a representative sampling as a subset from a larger dataset that includes unstructured data. A graphical user interface enables a user to provide various data selection parameters, including specifying a data source and one or more subset types desired, including one or more of latest records, earliest records, diverse records, outlier records, and/or random records. Diverse and/or outlier subset types may be obtained by generating clusters from an initial selection of records obtained from the larger dataset. An iteration analysis is performed to determine whether a sufficient number of clusters and/or cluster types have been generated that exceed at least one threshold and when not exceeded, additional clustering is performed on additional records. From the resultant clusters, and/or other subtype results, a subset of records is obtained as the representative sampling subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Splunk Inc.
    Inventors: R. David Carasso, Micah James Delfino
  • Patent number: 9026942
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system (and method and computer readable storage medium) are disclosed for processing interactions with song lyrics. The system is configured to provide for display on a screen of a computing device the song lyrics. The system detects a selection of a segment of the song lyrics and provides for display a menu of options for interacting with the selected segment of the song lyrics. The system receives a selection of an option from the menu of options and updates, in a user interaction database, a data field corresponding to the selected segment with the selected option from the menu of options. The system executes the selected option from the menu of options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Juristovski, Milun Tesovic, Sushant Sund
  • Patent number: 9003330
    Abstract: There is disclosed a user interface for selecting a photo tag. In an embodiment, the user interface embodies a method of selecting a photo tag for a tagged photo, comprising: providing a tag entry field for entering a photo tag; in dependence upon a string entered by a user, displaying in a matching tag list any tags from one or more selected tag sources matching the entered string. The method may further comprise displaying a tag type for each tag appearing in the matching tag list. The method may further comprise allowing user selection of a tag in the matching tag list to complete the tag entry field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Brown, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Terrill Mark Dent