3d Icons Patents (Class 715/836)
  • Patent number: 10290147
    Abstract: A system is provided that allows a user to visualize data. A dataset that includes a plurality of data items arranged in a two-dimensional (2D) format is received. A request to visualize the dataset in three dimensions is then received. A three-dimensional (3D) visualization of the dataset is then generated based on this request. This 3D visualization adds a third dimension to the 2D arrangement of data items, where the extent of the third dimension is commensurate with the type and value of the data items. This 3D visualization includes an initial depiction of the dataset which is generated from a point of view that is specified by this request. The initial depiction of the dataset is then displayed on a display device of the system in lieu of the dataset itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Lewey Geselowitz, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Richard Banks, Stephanie Horn
  • Patent number: 10127574
    Abstract: An internet marketing analytics system to quantify visitor website activity, the system including a database having a plurality of parameters having any portion of the following; site visits, total revenue, bounce rate, conversion rate, orders, average order value, value per visit, pages per visit, new visits, units, cart additions, cart removals, internal search, click through rate, revenue per visit, open rate, email list, impressions, visit duration, percent new visitors, percent return visitors, post volume, net promoter score, social referring traffic, total cost, search term, exit rate, page views, and product type, plus non website related visitor internet activity. The system producing a multi-variate visual spatial display of the database including at least three parameters being simultaneously displayed and modifying the display to selectively emphasize a parameter to be displayed as an X, Y, or Z axis for clarity, for modifying a component of the database to optimize website efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Cynthia Brown, Ziyi Wang
  • Patent number: 10110968
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for interacting with content using a second screen device are provided. In some implementations, the method comprises: receiving, from a remote media streaming device, a request to present media content items; sending, over the Internet, interactive content to the media streaming device as a stream of video; causing the interactive content to be presented by the media streaming device; causing a notification to be sent to a computing device associated with the media streaming device indicating that the content being presented by the media streaming device is interactive content; receiving instructions from the computing device to control how an object depicted in the interactive content is presented; updating the interactive content based on the instructions; sending the updated interactive content to the media streaming device as a stream of video; and causing the updated interactive content to be presented by the media streaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Adam Champy
  • Patent number: 10101898
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for interacting with a graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on a multi-touch surface. The method includes segmenting the GUI into a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion and second portion do not overlap, causing an activation area to be displayed that overlaps at least a portion of the GUI, determining that a user input is selecting the activation area based on a first user input and, in response, causing a first GUI menu strip to be displayed that overlaps the second portion of the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventor: Ian Ross Ameline
  • Patent number: 10013157
    Abstract: A cloud-based environment is configured to interface with storage devices that store 3D object models and a 3D rendering code base that is accessible by two or more user devices over a network using browsers or web agents. A web application is delivered to the user device, whereupon the browser or agent receives the 3D object model and the 3D rendering code into a web application that has user controls for defining at least one 3D scene that is rendered using user-defined camera shots and events associated with the 3D object model. User interactions invoke executable event handler components and executable shot components that correspond to one or more camera shots. User controls serve to invoke generation of custom event handler components and executable shot components. A preview of the 3D scene is presented by rendering the shots and events in a web browser or web agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Box, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Albert Inch McKegney, Michael David Charles Bond, Derrick Ronald Weis
  • Patent number: 10007399
    Abstract: A device may display a user interface that includes multiple information blocks. The multiple information blocks may comprise multiple corresponding first panels, multiple corresponding second panels, and multiple corresponding third panels. The user interface may include the multiple corresponding first panels. The device may detect a user interaction associated with a first panel of the multiple corresponding first panels. The first panel may be associated with an information block of the multiple information blocks. The user interaction may indicate that a second panel of the information block is to be displayed. The second panel may be associated with the information block and may be one of the multiple corresponding second panels. The device may display, based on the user interaction, an updated user interface that includes the second panel of the information block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: John Walter Riggin, III
  • Patent number: 9959009
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose a method for displaying information and a terminal equipment, and relate to the technical field of computers, wherein, the above method comprises: detecting whether a display screen of a terminal equipment switches from a screen-off state to a screen-on state when the display screen is in the screen-off state; if so, displaying at least one information card on the display screen, wherein, the size of the information card is smaller than that of the display screen; each information card includes information obtained from a program of the terminal equipment. By applying the solution provided by the embodiments of the present application, the usage of spare time of users can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Hujia Duman, Ruimin Huang, Bo Chen, Wen-Chen Feng, Qingqing Yu, Ni Gan, Xinwei Wu, Jiabo Zhou, Xiaoming Sun, Ling Yu
  • Patent number: 9898183
    Abstract: A user can navigate through a graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on a display of a computing device using a fingertip or other feature of a hand not holding the device. The interface can be scrolled, zoomed, or otherwise manipulated corresponding to the movement of the fingertip. The user can select a graphical object of the GUI using a thumb or other feature of the hand holding the device, enabling a precise navigation and selection process. Different detection techniques can be used, such as to capture and analyze images to determine the location of the navigation feature and to use capacitive touch sensing elements to detect the selection actions. In some embodiments, a user can perform an attachment action to cause a three-dimensional rendering of an element of the GUI to be adjusted based at least in part upon the position of a fingertip or other feature of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Zhou
  • Patent number: 9846521
    Abstract: A communications pathway between a data handling system and a physical input device can be established. The system can include one or more processors, memories, and program instructions. The device can be a physical object having N faces along an axis of rotation. The N faces can include a display. A content item from an ordered dataset of content items can be presented within a field of a graphical user interface of the display. A number of discrete items in the ordered dataset of content items is M, where M is greater than N. Rotations of the object can be detected along the axis of rotation. Each rotation of one of the N faces can results in navigation through the dataset of content items. Responsive to each navigation through the dataset of items can result in a corresponding presentation of the navigated to one of the items within the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Brian K. Buchheit
  • Patent number: 9626074
    Abstract: A touch screen unlocking method comprises displaying a plurality of icons on an unlocking interface, among which at least two icons can be arranged to match with each other; after a user taps one of the matched icons, amplifying and displaying the other icon; when the user taps the amplified and displayed icon area, unlocking the touch screen. According to the present invention, the frequency of mistakes by the user can be reduced, and the user experience can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Yang Ding
  • Patent number: 9589125
    Abstract: A 3D graphical password authentication method displays a 3D grid upon a user's request to access a restricted resource. The 3D graphical password authentication method requires the user to enter his or her access password by touching one or more intersections, namely touching the corresponding sensitive areas, on the 3D grid with an input device. A password is then produced as a sequence of the coordinates of the intersections touched along with penup values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Hai Tao
  • Patent number: 9565387
    Abstract: A video system generates a user interface by performing a perspective transition of a video from a first video environment to a second video environment that defines a space and generates a navigation menu in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Brodersen, Rachel Clare Goldeen, Mihnea Calin Pacurariu, Jeffrey Ma
  • Patent number: 9549165
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes displaying a user interface including at least one menu item using at least one of first image data or second image data, receiving a signal related to the at least one menu item, and changing a spacing of the first image data and the second image data displayed on a screen in response to the received signal such that a change of depth of the menu item is perceived by a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Sung Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 9519351
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a gesture-based interface are provided. In some aspects, depth data indicative of a person interacting with one or more display devices is received. The one or more display devices display a plurality of columns. Each of the plurality of columns includes a plurality of icons. A column corresponding to a position of the person with respect to the one or more display devices is determined using the depth data. The column is from among the plurality of columns displayed at the one or more display devices. A signal for expanding a predetermined icon in the column corresponding to the position of the person with respect to the one or more display devices is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Carl Gossweiler, III, Krishna Asur Bharat, Kenneth Wayne Dauber, Paul L. Fontes, Michael I. Mills, Erwin S. Tam, Vincent J. Hoon
  • Patent number: 9507503
    Abstract: A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as “widgets,” for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. The user can activate the dashboard at any time, causing the dashboard to temporarily replace the existing user interface display on the user's screen. Once the dashboard has been activated, the user can interact with any or all of the widgets, and can configure the dashboard by adding, deleting, moving, or configuring individual widgets as desired. When the user wishes to return to the normal user interface he or she was working with, the user issues a command causing the dashboard to be dismissed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Imran A. Chaudhri, John Louch, Andrew M. Grignon, Gregory N. Christie
  • Patent number: 9424535
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing choreography in a simple and efficient manner are disclosed. The disclosed systems and methods allow a user, such as a choreographer, director, or producer, to document the movement of each performer in a performance or other choreography. Choreography of each performer can be documented in as much detail as desired and coordinated with a beat of music, a timeline of a dialog, and/or the movements of other performers. The disclosed systems and methods provide for creation of precise spacing charts. The documentation and charts can be linked or otherwise associated together and/or linked or otherwise associated with a section of a script of the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffrey V. Whiting
  • Patent number: 9413426
    Abstract: There is disclosed a mobile terminal includes a display, a plurality of NFC antennas arranged in a circumferential portion of the display to transmit and receive NFC (Near Field Communication signals, and a controller configured to receive a position of the mobile terminal on an external display device from the mobile terminal via the NFC antennas or to calculate a position of the mobile terminal on an external display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Dongho Lee
  • Patent number: 9378588
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and method of controlling applications of the same are disclosed, by which each operation of all applications currently executed in a multitasking mode can be effectively controlled within one picture. The present invention includes executing a plurality of applications, displaying an execution picture of a first application among a plurality of the executed applications on a screen, and displaying a 3D polyhedron displaying a control window of at least one of a plurality of the applications except the first application on a corresponding facet of the 3D polyhedron on a screen in the course of displaying the execution picture of the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Yoo Mee Song, Hye Youn Cho, I Su Byun, Yee Rang Yun, Woo Jin Suh, Byung Sang Yeo, Sang Hyuck Lee, Seong Yoon Cho
  • Patent number: 9367208
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing a content information viewing mode in electronic devices. In an embodiment, in response to a gesture performed on an electronic touch sensitive device, a content icon may be moved from its original location and information about that item of digital content may be displayed to the user. The information may be displayed on the portion of the screen previously occupied by the content icon. Releasing contact with the touch screen allows the icon to return to its original location. Moving the content icon past a certain point, may allow the user to edit the newly displayed content information. An audio and/or visual indicator may be output by the electronic device alerting the user that the newly visible information may now be edited. Movement that extends further may indicate that icon movement is desired, not the information viewing/editing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Kourtny M. Hicks, Amir Mesguich Havilio
  • Patent number: 9335901
    Abstract: A system for displaying data comprises an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive an indication of a matrix element for expansion. The processor is configured to provide a matrix for display. The matrix includes a plurality of matrix elements. The processor is configured to provide a modified matrix for display, in the event that the matrix element is selected for expansion. The modified matrix for display includes a matrix element expanded and matrix elements compressed based at least in part on the matrix element selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Workday, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Robert Pantel
  • Patent number: 9292052
    Abstract: An information display method for an electronic device is provided, wherein the electronic device includes a display apparatus, a processor and a sensor unit. The display apparatus displays at least a stacked icon composed of a plurality pieces of information. The information display method includes processing the sensing signal received from the sensor unit by the electronic device. According the sensing signal, a launching signal is provided by the processor. According the launching signal, the stacked icon is spread out by the processor to display each piece of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Wei-Ling Hsu, Ming-Che Weng, Yu-Jen Huang, Hong-Tien Wang, Shi-Kuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9274694
    Abstract: Media content is provided using thumbnail-based images and respective archives linked thereto. In accordance with one or more embodiments, access is provided to interactive single-page and multi-page thumbnail images, with each thumbnail image being linked to at least one of a plurality of media-content units in respective sets of the media-content units (e.g., to pages within respective articles each having one or more pages, with each page having predefined text and image data in a set layout). Archive data is identified and communicated for each media content unit, responsive to user input data indicating a selection of one of the thumbnail images, and based on availability of the archive data locally at a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Next Issue Media
    Inventors: Keith Barraclough, Melanie Larson, David Irvine, Benjamin Luther Phillips, James Nathaniel Gerlach
  • Patent number: 9176642
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for displaying clusters via a dynamic user interface is presented. Cluster spines are displayed and each cluster spine includes two or more clusters of documents. At least one compass frames at least a portion of one or more of the cluster spines in the display. At least one label is generated to identify a concept of one of the framed cluster spines. The label is circumferentially displayed around the compass. Then, the concept is changed as the compass moves over others of the cluster spines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: FTI Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Borchardt, Edward L. Walter
  • Patent number: 9092112
    Abstract: A graphical user interface in which object thumbnails are rendered in a three-dimensional environment and which exploits spatial memory. The objects may be moved, continuously, with a two-dimensional input device. Pop-up title bars may be rendered over active objects. Intelligent help may be provided to the user, as visual indicators, based on proximity clustering or based on matching algorithms. The simulated location of the object thumbnails in a direction orthogonal to the surface is based on function, such as a linear, polynomial, or exponential function for example, of one or more object properties, such as number of mouse clicks since selected, age, size, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Conway, Stephen A. Jacquot, Dennis R. Proffitt, George G. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20150149965
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for providing an improved three-dimensional graphical user interface. In one embodiment, the method generally comprises: receiving an input from an end user, and capturing computing output from at least one computer source in response to the received end-user input. The computing output can be presented as two or more objects within a three-dimensional virtual space displayed to the end user. In one embodiment, the method further comprises mapping an interaction with one of the objects to a corresponding function, said function being used to alter the appearance of said object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SpaceTime3D, Inc.
    Inventor: Ezra Eddie Bakhash
  • Publication number: 20150149964
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface and one or more sensors to detect intensity of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface displays a respective control icon with simulated three-dimensional characteristics and a cursor over the respective control icon. The device detects, on the touch-sensitive surface, a stationary press input that includes an increase in intensity of a contact that corresponds to the cursor. In response to detecting the stationary press input, the device changes an appearance of the respective control icon in accordance with the simulated three-dimensional characteristics of the control icon and moves the cursor laterally on the display in accordance with the change in appearance of the respective control icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Avi E. Cieplinski, May-Li Khoe, David J. Hart
  • Patent number: 9030498
    Abstract: A method including presenting, by a computer, multiple interactive items on a display coupled to the computer, and receiving, from a depth sensor, a sequence of three-dimensional (3D) maps containing at least a hand of a user of the computer. An explicit select gesture performed by the user toward one of the interactive items is detected in the maps, and the one of the interactive items is selected responsively to the explicit select gesture. Subsequent to selecting the one of the interactive items, a TimeClick functionality is actuated for subsequent interactive item selections to be made by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Micha Galor, Jonathan Pokrass, Amir Hoffnung, Ofir Or
  • Patent number: 9015631
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for using 3D animated icons to preview transformations related to 3D models are disclosed. The apparatus includes a graphical user interface (GUI) which includes a visual depiction of the 3D model as well as a cursor and 3D animated icons which are representative of various transformations that may be performed on the model. The animation of the 3D icons provides the user with a preview, before selecting the icons, of what will happen to the 3D model depicted in the GUI if the transformations are in fact applied by user-selection of the icons. The method includes displaying, on a GUI, a 3D model as well as a cursor and at least one 3D animated icon which displays a representation of a respective transformation. The method further includes changing the state of an animated icon from static (i.e., a still frame) to animated when the user positions the cursor in the neighborhood of the icon, thereby illustrating the effect of the transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dassault Systemes
    Inventor: Mikael Queric
  • Patent number: 9015632
    Abstract: A system and methodology for displaying a dynamic, multi-dimensional representation of a database via an internet coupled processor and associated hardware. A browser enabled applet communicates with internet database server(s). Hierarchies of account users are able to program display parameters and view and edit data contained in multiple authorized databases (e.g. financial or investment portfolios). A three-dimensional geometric display (e.g. Cube) is populated with real time position and multi-position group data obtained from available database servers. The system is responsive to user commands to three-dimensionally display the multi-tiered, multi-dimensional data in a presently preferred 3D Cubic form as well rotate the display to other 3D and 2D orientations and to display associated alphanumeric, text and/or 2D graphic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Theodore Toso
  • Patent number: 9003332
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for effectively displaying database records on a device having a display area that is small compared to the underlying data being represented. A simulated catalogue is displayed with cards associated with database records. Detailed information is presented for a record on a card obscuring information related to other records. A user is allowed to swipe on the catalogue causing simulated movement of the cards thereby displaying information associated with a database record previously obscured. The catalogue is moved with an initial velocity determined by the speed of swiping and decelerated based on a drag factor until it comes to a stop and displays information for the record reached. The ability to determine the final record displayed when the catalogue stops allows pre-fetching of the data associated with the record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: MeLLmo Inc.
    Inventors: Camilo Mattos, Joel Kraut, Alex C. Schaefer, Santiago Becerra, Patrick Cheng, Jaime Zuluaga
  • Publication number: 20150019986
    Abstract: A computer-implemented platform apparatus, system, and method for creating an element having three dimensions and capable of providing content of at least one of a plurality of types on a face in each of the dimensions. The apparatus, system and method may include a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having encoded thereon non-transitory computer executable instructions which, when executed by at least one processor, provide, on at least one computing network, a graphical user interface (GUI) for the computer-implemented platform that: provides access to a plurality of content comprising a plurality of content types; allows for selection of content from the plurality of content for accessibility uniquely on each of the faces of the element; provides at least one of a time, type and location stamp in association with the selected content for each face; and allows for selection of access rules for third parties attempting to access the selected content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: CRACKPOT INC.
    Inventor: Stephen White
  • Patent number: 8918715
    Abstract: According to a preferred aspect of the instant invention, there is provided a system and method that allows the user to present standard 2D multimedia data (photo, video) to an audience in a stereoscopic 3D presentation. The system allows the user to transfer standard 2D multimedia content into a stereoscopic 3D multimedia work by automatically placing the individual 2D multimedia input material into specific placeholder sections in specially prepared and provided S3D multimedia themes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Magix AG
    Inventors: Tilman Herberger, Titus Tost
  • Patent number: 8918339
    Abstract: A social networking system user may associate an emoji representing the user's emotional reaction with a content item presented by the social networking system. The user is presented with one or more emoji maintained by the social networking system and selects an emoji for associating with the content item. If certain emoji are selected, the social networking system prompts the user for compensation or requests compensation from an entity associated with the selected emoji. The selected emoji is associated with the content item and a connection, or other information, between the user and the object identifying the selected emoji is stored by the social networking system. The selected emoji may be displayed with the content item to the user and to other users connected to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yigal Dan Rubinstein, Abhishek Doshi, Reshma Khilnani Ebberson, Cole Gleason
  • Patent number: 8898596
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and data extracting method therein are provided, by which specific data meeting a specific condition can be selected and extracted conveniently and quickly in the course of displaying a data list constructed with a plurality of data. The mobile terminal receives an input of a touch action for selecting specific data and a classification condition corresponding to the specific data using a displayed data list upon receiving the input of the touch action, selects at least one data including the specific data as the data including the classification condition from a plurality of data, receives an input of an extraction command signal for extracting the selected data, and extracts the selected data upon receiving the input of the extraction command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Rae Hoon Kang, Seung Hyun Woo, Min Jeong Lee, Hyun Ho Jee, Dong Gwan Im, Choon Jae Lee, Hayang Jung
  • Patent number: 8887080
    Abstract: A computing device (100) and computing environment displays a graphical user interface (110) that presents a plurality of icons (260). Each icon is related to a different aspect of a resident software application. The icons are used to indicate the status of their associated aspects of the software application. Changes of state of the aspects of the software application represented by the displayed icons are determined and used to update the displayed icons so that the displayed icons present current status information concerning the associated aspects of the software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Scott Jackson Hayman
  • Patent number: 8863034
    Abstract: A sphere is displayed on an interactive graphical user interface with a central circular disk that represents a current computer system, and a second circular disk that represents a second computer system as part of the sphere positioned parallel above or below the central circular disk. A current tag representing a first resource stored in a current storage of the current computer system is displayed on the interactive graphical user interface on a surface of the central circular disk. A second tag representing a second resource stored in a second storage of the second computer system is displayed on the interactive graphical user interface on a surface of the second circular disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Liesche, Andreas Nauerz, Thomas Stober, Martin Welsch
  • Patent number: 8839150
    Abstract: A first graphical object on a user interface of a device can be transformed to a second graphical object on the user interface. The second graphical object can be manipulated by a user on the user interface using touch input or by physically moving the device. When manipulated, the object can be animated to appear to have mass that responds to real-world, physical forces, such as gravity, friction or drag. The data represented by the second graphical object can be compressed or archived using a gesture applied to the second graphical object. Graphical objects can be visually sorted on the user interface based on their mass (size). The visual appearance of graphical objects on the user interface can be adjusted to indicate the age of data represented by the graphical objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas V. King, Brett Bilbrey, Todd Benjamin
  • Patent number: 8832598
    Abstract: A file management apparatus displays place images each of which is a unit for managing files on a display unit in a matrix manner. Files and thumbnail images are stored in association with one of the place images. When a place image is selected, thumbnail images associated with the selected place image are displayed on the display unit. When an instruction for shifting upward, downward, to the left, or to the right while thumbnail images are displayed, other thumbnail images associated with a place image arranged in a direction indicated by the instruction from a place image associated with the currently-displayed thumbnail images are displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Satoshi Hirata
  • Patent number: 8826182
    Abstract: An approach is provided for generating a multi-dimensional input. A user interface platform causes, at least in part, a mapping of one or more parameters, one or more representations of the one or more parameters, or a combination thereof onto one or more respective surface segments of at least one three-dimensional icon. The user interface platform then causes, at least in part, a rendering of the at least one three-dimensional icon in a user interface. The user interface platform then determines one or more manipulations of the at least one three-dimensional icon in the user interface, and processes and/or facilitates a processing of the one or more manipulations to determine one or more weighting values for the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Juha Henrik Arrasvuori
  • Patent number: 8812954
    Abstract: A multi-instance, multi-user animation platform includes a plurality of modeled parallel dimensions in a computer memory. Each of the parallel dimensions may be an independent model of a physical, three-dimensional space having corresponding features such that the parallel dimensions are recognizable as counterparts to each other. Avatars are located within corresponding ones of the parallel dimensions so as to prevent over-population of any one of the parallel dimensions by avatars. Avatars are animated within different ones of the parallel dimensions using input from respective users to provide virtual-reality data. The virtual-reality data may be configured to cause remote clients to output an animated display of a corresponding one of the parallel dimensions and avatars therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Mark Shuster, Gary Stephen Shuster
  • Patent number: 8812987
    Abstract: An apparatus generally directed to controlling a video game. The apparatus preferably includes a tablet computer, an electronic game communicating with the tablet computer, and an input device for controlling movement of a virtual object provided by the electronic game. Preferably, the input device includes a pair of opposing side structures adjacent opposing sides of a plurality of sides of the tablet computer. The input device further preferably includes a plurality of input switches, wherein said input switches are adjacent each of the at least two opposing sides of the plurality of sides of the tablet computer, and a bridge structure disposed between the pair of sides to form a three sided structure. The third structure mitigates inadvertent removal of the tablet computer from the three sided structure when the tablet computer is fully nested within the three sided structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Joynes, James Bower, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Publication number: 20140223378
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium includes instructions stored thereon. When executed by at least one processor, the instructions may be configured to cause a computing system to at least generate a graphical user interface (GUI), receive selections of characters and directional input, and compare the selections of the characters and the directional input to a stored passcode combination. The GUI may include at least one face and a plurality of buttons inside the at least one face. At least some of the plurality of buttons may include characters in a random or pseudorandom sequence. The GUI may be configured to receive selections of the characters and directional input to the at least one face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Akshay Sinha
  • Publication number: 20140215403
    Abstract: A method for making available a user interface, in particular in a vehicle, in which one or more graphic objects are displayed on a display with a touch-sensitive surface, an operator controlled intention which can be assigned to an operator controlled area of the display is determined in a contactless fashion in a space in the viewing direction in front of the display, and an operator controlled action is implemented by touching one of the graphic objects in the operator-controlled area of the display. Three-dimensional graphics data are calculated for a graphic object in the operator-controlled area of the display, and that when the operator-controlled intention has been determined, the graphic object in the operator-controlled area is emphasized visually in that the display of the graphic object which can be perceived over an area in the plane of the display is changed into a display which can be perceived spatially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Heino Wengelnik, Mathias Kuhn, Gustav Hofmann, Andreas Medler, Frank Althoff
  • Publication number: 20140208271
    Abstract: A menu and application navigation system utilizing pressure includes a display device including a touch sensitive user interface, and a navigation engine coupled to the display device. The navigation engine is configured to generate a measurement of pressure applied by a user as a function of time at the touch sensitive user interface. The navigation engine is further configured to navigate through a three dimensional data set in response to the measurement of pressure. An increase in the pressure navigates in a first direction through the three dimensional data set, and a decrease in the pressure navigates in a second direction through the three dimensional data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Denise A. Bell, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz
  • Patent number: 8782559
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a search unit for searching for a second content linked to a first content and a display control unit for controlling display of a search history of content search performed in accordance with one of a first image and a first character, each indicating the first content, one of a second image and a second character, each indicating the second content and link information linking the first content to the second content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuo Ikeda, Kazuto Mugura
  • Patent number: 8766934
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes at least a display unit, a sensing unit, and a controller. The display unit includes a touch screen and displays at least two three-dimensional (3D) menu icons and each of the at least two 3D menu icons includes at least one menu. The display unit further displays a first menu on a first display surface of each of the at least two 3D menu icons, the first menu on each of the at least two 3D menu icons being different. The sensing unit detects an input for controlling at least one of the at least two 3D menu icons. The controller controls the display unit to display a second menu on a second display surface of each of the at least two 3D menu icons in response to the detected input. Each of the at least two 3D menu icons displayed on the display unit includes at least two display surfaces, each of the at least two display surfaces displaying a different menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyesook Jeong, Inyoung Hwang, Meeyeon Choi, Jungseok Hong, Hyunsuk Jung, Byoungnam Lee, Harim Jang
  • Patent number: 8762885
    Abstract: A method performed by a user device includes displaying a graphical user interface (GUI) on a touch screen, where the GUI includes a stack having a plurality of items. Each of the plurality of items is at least partially exposed to permit selection by a user, and each of the plurality of items includes content or provides access to content. The method further includes detecting an area of the touch screen that is touched by an instrument, and determining whether the touched area corresponds to an area of the stack or an area of one of the plurality of items. The method also includes determining a gesture corresponding to the touched area, performing an operation, corresponding to the gesture, on the stack or on the one of the plurality of items, and displaying, on the touch screen, content associated with the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sok Y. Hwang, Heath Stallings
  • Patent number: 8739061
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating search results for output to a user. A number of “views” of search results may be provided each having particular formats. In a product search engine implementation, a grid view may be provided that allows multi-column display of product-related search results. In other implementations, a user may be able to select between multiple output modes/formats, and may even be able to select how search results should be output (e.g., what type and format of cues should be output for each search result).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Nevill Manning, Pearl Renaker
  • Patent number: 8726195
    Abstract: A user is enabled to interact with a virtual world environment using an instant messenger application by enabling a user to enter the virtual world environment using the instant messenger application that includes an instant messaging (IM) user interface, generating and managing an avatar to represent the user in the virtual world environment, monitoring a sub-portion of the virtual world environment corresponding to a current location of the user in the virtual world environment, determining descriptions of activities taking place in the sub-portion of the virtual world environment based on the monitoring, and providing the user with the determined descriptions of activities taking place in the sub-portion of the virtual world environment via the IM user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Bill
  • Publication number: 20140123071
    Abstract: A method of generating and populating a three-dimensional rotatable user interaction portal is provided, comprising the steps of determining or retrieving a plurality categories, determining or retrieving a plurality of selectable list items associated with each list category, generating a three-dimensional body that can rotate about a first axis, the three-dimensional body in turn comprising a plurality of three-dimensional body components, each body component being rotatable about a second axis, arranging and displaying the selectable list items in the plurality of three-dimensional body components, and allowing a user, through a user input means, to rotate the three-dimensional body and/or one or more of the three-dimensional body components, along a defined path provided by the first and/or second axis, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Rightware Oy
    Inventor: Arto Ruotsalainen