Pointer Direction Adjustment Patents (Class 715/857)
  • Patent number: 10786734
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for facilitating user interactions. The method includes detecting a selection by a pointer device of a first character; detecting a movement of the pointer device towards a target object; presenting an indicator; detecting that the pointer device is within a predetermined distance of the target object; determining whether a job to be executed with respect to the target object is capable of being executed by the first character; highlighting the target object when the pointer device is within the predetermined distance and the first character is capable of executing the job; assigning the first character to the target object; causing the first character to execute the job with respect to the target object; and updating a presentation of the target object to present a result of the executed job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Supercell Oy
    Inventors: Touko Tahkokallio, Tristan Williams
  • Patent number: 10732813
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for dynamic user control over the layout of a graphical user interface. The method includes the steps of receiving a description of the way in which a control region in the interface is allocated to a plurality of virtual objects, without object overlap, receiving the position of a user point, reallocating a fraction of the control region from at least one object to a different object, based on the user point position, allocating a part of a display region in the interface to at least one of the objects, based on the current allocation of the control region to said object, but with control-display decoupling, and repeating the previous three steps fast enough that the user will perceive the changes as substantially continuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Flow Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Hendrik Frans Verwoerd Boshoff, Filippus Lourens Andries Du Plessis, Willem Morkel Van Der Westhuizen, Jan Pool, Johannes Petrus Van Zyl, Adri Van Der Merwe
  • Patent number: 10719703
    Abstract: A line-of-sight analysis method, performed by a computer, includes: identifying, when a selection event with respect to a first object out of a plurality of objects is detected, a second object different from the first object, based on a detection status of line-of-sight relative to the objects in a most recent time period of the selection event; and outputting information indicating the identified second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuta Masuda, Takuya Kamimura, Takeshi Otani
  • Patent number: 10503373
    Abstract: Disclosed are approaches for user interface control. In one embodiment, a method can include: indicating a highlight of a first object of a plurality of objects displayed on a display screen; accepting a signal deriving from a first gesture input of a user indicating a neutral position relative to the highlighted first object; accepting a signal deriving from a second gesture input of the user indicating a directional position at least a predetermined distance from the neutral position; and indicating, in response to the second gesture input, a movement of the highlight from the first object to a second object adjacent to the first object, and where the directional position of the second gesture input correlates to a position on the display screen of the second object relative to the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Schwesig, Marvin Demerchant, Steven Friedlander, Brian Johnson, Sebrina Yeh, Hyehoon Yi, David Young
  • Patent number: 10402037
    Abstract: Approaches are described for determining and displaying recommended content on a lock screen of a computing device. For example, a lock screen can include recommended content that can display user-specific offers and/or other information determined to be relevant to the user. One of a full-screen template, a banner template, or a notification template include the recommended content. The recommended content can include selectable elements that, when selected, can cause the computing device to perform an action such as launching an application, providing additional displays, etc. Using display information, the computing device can determine a display schedule, whereby the display schedule can be used to set a frequency at which the recommended content is displayed, a time at which the recommended content is displayed, the type of template used to express the recommended content, placement of the recommended content on a display screen, among other such display options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Eric Van Gorkom, Alexander Gregory Wipf, Aidan Nicholas Low, Enrique de la Garza Villarreal, Timothy Scott Pinkawa, Alexander David Evans
  • Patent number: 9975427
    Abstract: A vehicle user interface system including an operation device, a display device, and a control device, is provided. The operation device is positioned at a position where a driver operates, and inputting multiple operations. The display device displays a display image with using a windshield. The control device controls the display device to display multiple icons, which are selectable by operating the operation device. In a case where a selected icon, which has been selected among the multiple icons displayed by the display device, is distinguishably displayed, the control device controls the display device to display an operation display image and the selected icon. The operation display image indicates one of the multiple operations to which a processing is assigned among the multiple operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinsuke Hisatsugu
  • Patent number: 9760650
    Abstract: A method may include displaying a document including a first item, receiving a first user input selecting the first item and receiving a second user input providing a target value associated with the first item. The method may also include accessing a site associated with the document, monitoring a value associated with the first item and determining whether the value associated with the first item meets the target value. The method may further include generating a notification when the value associated with the first item meets the target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Ho, Jungle Chu
  • Patent number: 9261976
    Abstract: A portable electronic device having an input device for receiving a gesture based input from a user is used to control a navigation operation of an appliance. The portable electronic device receives via the input device the gesture based input and uses one or more parameters stored in a memory of the portable electronic device and one or more characteristics associated with the gesture based input to cause the portable electronic device to transmit a navigation step command to thereby control the navigation operation of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Jeffrey Kohanek, Pamela Eichler Keiles, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9189094
    Abstract: A display control apparatus controls a plurality of buttons displayed on a screen of a display unit. The apparatus, via a detection unit and position calculation unit, calculates a pointer position on the screen that corresponds to a contact position on an input screen that is touched by a fingertip of user. A button selection unit selects one button, as a desired button, from among the plurality of buttons on the screen based on the pointer position. A selected button display control unit displays the desired button on the screen in a display mode different from the buttons not selected. A position correction unit corrects a current pointer position to be at a reference line when the reference line extends in a specific direction from a previous pointer position and the current pointer position is within a specific range that is set to include the reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shohei Morikawa, Takeshi Kawashima, Hirotaka Goto
  • Patent number: 9182881
    Abstract: A method and computer system for rapid and accurate automatic vectoring of a graphical user interface pointer to a selectable item on a display. Based upon pointer movement input from a pointing device (e.g., a mouse, touchpad or specially configured keyboard), a direction of travel vector from an initial anchor position towards a target item is determined. The location of the target item is extrapolated and the pointer is automatically moved to that target item. To ensure that the pointer moves to the intended target item, the location of the target item is extrapolated based upon the direction of travel vector and default and/or user defined parameters. Optional user defined parameters include initial pointer anchor position, vector sensitivity, automatic selection of target item, and user defined pointer limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edward E. Kelley, Franco Motika
  • Patent number: 9075461
    Abstract: A processing method for touch signal includes the steps of loading a palm rejection program staying resident on a computing device, and receiving a touch input signal from a touch device by the computing device. The palm rejection program performs a palm rejection process to the touch input signal in real time or instructs the touch device to output the touch input signal after performing the palm rejection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignees: Wistron Corporation, eTurboTouch Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Kuei-Ching Wang, Ta-Hu Lin
  • Publication number: 20150106769
    Abstract: A position of first cursor changes according to a position of thumb. A position of second cursor changes according to a visual line of a user. If a position of first cursor remains unchanged over a predetermined time period, the position of first cursor is fixed. If a distance between first cursor and second cursor has become longer, image G1 on display other than first cursor or second cursor is enlarged. If a distance between first cursor and second cursor has become shorter, image G1 on display other than first cursor or second cursor is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Hitoshi Yamazaki, Haruhiko Sugisaki, Seiji Shiraishi, Daisuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8990736
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for fast mouse pointer location. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for fast mouse pointer location includes determining a contemporaneous location of a mouse pointer in a GUI of a host computer, dimensioning in memory of the host computer different shapes and arranging the shapes to proximately meet at a point of intersection, overlaying the shapes in the GUI at a position proximate to the contemporaneous location of the mouse pointer, displaying the shapes in the GUI for a brief period of time before hiding the shapes from view in the GUI and repeating the determining, dimensioning, overlaying and displaying for different movements of the mouse pointer in the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20150074607
    Abstract: A prompting method of an adjustable direction of a cursor for a portable electronic apparatus is disclosed. The method comprises the follow steps: detecting a location of a cursor in a display, wherein the cursor indicates an indicated direction; determining whether any set direction corresponding to the location of the cursor is different from the indicated direction; if any set direction corresponding to the location of the cursor is different from the indicated direction, displaying a directional adjustment prompting information for prompting at least one adjustable direction of the cursor corresponding to the location of the cursor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Acer Inc.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Li, Yueh-Yarng Tsai, Yu-Hsuan Shen
  • Patent number: 8972896
    Abstract: A system is disclosed including a first display control section 218 for selectively displaying, in a first display area, a second predetermined number of first objects among first objects, corresponding to a first predetermined number of game programs, for which an order is set, a second display control section for displaying a position designation image at a position corresponding to a position, of subject software, in an order set for the first predetermined number of pieces of software; a display change section for designating a first object to be displayed in the first display area, based on an operation input received by using the position designation image; and an activation execution section for activating software corresponding to one first object which is selected from among the second predetermined number of first objects displayed in the first display area, based on the operation input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nintentdo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Matsushima, Yuki Onozawa
  • Patent number: 8972901
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for fast mouse pointer location. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for fast mouse pointer location includes determining a contemporaneous location of a mouse pointer in a GUI of a host computer, dimensioning in memory of the host computer different shapes and arranging the shapes to proximately meet at a point of intersection, overlaying the shapes in the GUI at a position proximate to the contemporaneous location of the mouse pointer, displaying the shapes in the GUI for a brief period of time before hiding the shapes from view in the GUI and repeating the determining, dimensioning, overlaying and displaying for different movements of the mouse pointer in the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8972902
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention includes a method for executing and interpreting gesture inputs in a gesture recognition interface system. The method includes detecting and translating a first sub-gesture into a first device input that defines a given reference associated with a portion of displayed visual content. The method also includes detecting and translating a second sub-gesture into a second device input that defines an execution command for the portion of the displayed visual content to which the given reference refers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: H. Keith Nishihara, Shi-Ping Hsu, Adrian Kaehler, Bran Ferren, Lars Jangaard
  • Publication number: 20150020032
    Abstract: A three-dimensional display-based cursor operation method and a mobile terminal are provided, which are used to implement a visually three-dimensional cursor operation on a three-dimensional display mobile terminal. The method in an embodiment of the present invention includes: acquiring a finger image; generating, according to image information of the finger image, a three-dimensional cursor in a three-dimensional display interface corresponding to the image information; acquiring a movement position of the finger image; and determining a movement distance and a movement direction of the three-dimensional cursor according to the movement position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Lei Chen
  • Patent number: 8904310
    Abstract: The present invention is a system that provides a pen based computer user with a graphical user interface tool, a pen-mouse, that looks like and functions like a mouse but that is controlled by a limited input device such as a pen or stylus of the pen based computer. The pen-mouse is a tracking menu that tracks the position of the pen. A pen cursor that corresponds to the pen is allowed to be moved about within the pen-mouse graphic by the pen and the pen-mouse remains stationary. The pen-mouse is moved when the location of the pen encounters a tracking boundary of the pen-mouse. The tracking boundary typically coincides with the graphic representing the mouse. While moving within the pen-mouse, the pen can select objects within the pen-mouse body, such as buttons, wheels, etc. The selection of a button or other virtual control causes a corresponding computer mouse button function to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Fitzmaurice, Gordon Kurtenbach, William A. Buxton, Robert J. Pieke
  • Patent number: 8902187
    Abstract: A touch input method of a portable terminal which enables touch input to an entire region of a touch screen using a partial region of the touch screen in a state where a hand gripping of the portable terminal cannot touch all regions of the touch screen, and an apparatus thereof, are provided. The touch input method includes detecting touch input on one of divided touch regions of a touch screen, detecting a tilted state of the portable terminal when the touch input is detected, determining one of divided touch regions as a touch reflection region in which a touch event generated from a region in which the touch input is detected is reflected according to the detected tilted state of the portable terminal, and processing the touch event generated from the region in which the touch input is detected as the touch event reflected in the touch reflection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sungwon Han
  • Patent number: 8875058
    Abstract: An input apparatus includes an operating portion, a display screen portion capable of displaying a first screen having a first selection region selected when a state where the pointer is overlapped is held for a first time and a second screen having a second selection region selected when a state where the pointer is overlapped is held for a second time, and a control portion performing control of moving a display position of the pointer in a first direction so that the pointer does not overlap the second selection region, when the first selection region is selected to be switched to the second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8860679
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for pointing to an object displayed on a touchscreen, the touchscreen having a display function. The coordinates of a point P, the point P being a position of a fingertip of a user on a surface of the touchscreen, is calculated. A vertical distance R between the surface of the touchscreen and the fingertip is further calculated. Furthermore, the coordinates of a point Q of a line segment OQ is calculated, the line segment OQ extending in the same direction as a line segment OP connecting an origin O on the surface of the touchscreen and the point P, the line segment OQ having a length that is proportional to the vertical distance R. In response to an object being displayed at the coordinates of the point Q, determining that the object has been pointed to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Azuma
  • Patent number: 8850350
    Abstract: A graphical keyboard including a number of keys is output for display at a display device. The computing device receives an indication of a gesture to select at least two of the keys based at least in part on detecting an input unit at locations of a presence-sensitive input device. In response to the detecting and while the input unit is detected at the presence-sensitive input device: the computing device determines a candidate word for the gesture based at least in part on the at least two keys and the candidate word is output for display at a first location of the output device. In response to determining that the input unit is no longer detected at the presence-sensitive input device, the displayed candidate word is output for display at a second location of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Bi, Yu Ouyang, Shumin Zhai
  • Patent number: 8850363
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for choosing a position on a display having a cursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sharon M. Trewin
  • 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: 8839156
    Abstract: Pointing tools for use in connection with touch screen displays are described. The pointing tools are provided with a visually offset pointer tip that can be rotated easily by user manipulation provided to the computing device through an interface. The pointing tools may include one or more buttons. The button(s) may be visually connected with the pointing tool on the display screen and/or logically associated therewith. The pointing tools described provide for accurate and precise inputs, and are useful in many applications, such as those where fine positioning and input within a touch screen environment is desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Todd Backer, Robert F. Fleischacker
  • Patent number: 8832603
    Abstract: A display part is provided with a display screen with a horizontal axis representing a time and a vertical axis representing an amount of modulation and a pre-emphasis waveform image is displayed on the display screen. In the pre-emphasis waveform image, a cursor can be arranged on a tap which corresponds to a portion in which a bit can be emphasized. An emphasis waveform addition part generates an emphasis waveform corresponding to the pre-emphasis waveform image on the display screen, based on an amount of amplitude changed according to movement of the cursor, and adds the emphasis waveform to the test signal. Thus, a user is allowed to make a setting with intuitive operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Anritsu Corporation
    Inventors: Taketo Saito, Tomoyuki Ikai
  • Patent number: 8806381
    Abstract: A method and system to facilitate manipulation of the pointer on a screen displaying application windows when the applications use logical barriers to block the movement of the pointer in a window area. The GUI computes new pointer coordinates on the screen of an application window. In the case where the pointing device movement requires a crossing of a logical barrier implemented by the application, if the pointing device is in ‘flying mode’ the GUI of the invention authorizes the pointer to directly cross the barrier. If the pointing device is in ‘crawling mode’ the GUI does not authorize the barrier to be crossed and the pointer is blocked by the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roberto Ragusa, Ciro Ragusa
  • Publication number: 20140201687
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus capable to be coupled to a display device with a display screen includes a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to acquire a position of a pointer displayed on the display screen, the pointer indicating operation position by a user of the information processing apparatus, and change a view mode of an operation object displayed on the display screen based on a transition in a position of the displayed pointer, the operation object being to be operated by the pointer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Koki Hatada
  • Patent number: 8751969
    Abstract: The present invention provides a configuration that allows for a cursor or other object that has moved outside the display section to be displayed as a virtual object and observed. A cursor or object lying in an area outside the area of the display section of a PC or other device is displayed as a virtual object. For example, the display of goggles worn by the user displays a display device such as a PC and the area outside the display device. The three-dimensional position of the cursor or object that has probably moved in response to user operation is calculated, after which the cursor or object is displayed as a virtual object at the calculated position. Further, object information for the object specified by the cursor is acquired and presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Matsuda, Masaki Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 8736550
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable electronic device which can achieve a further improvement in operability. When operations are detected by a plurality of different operation detecting units within a predetermined time interval, a controlling unit receives as input the letters assigned to each of the plurality of different operation detecting units that detect the operations, and performs predetermined processing on data related to the letters inputted. On the other hand, when operations are detected by a plurality of different operation detecting units outside a predetermined time interval, the controlling unit receives as input the letters assigned to each of the plurality of different operation detecting units that detect the operations, and does not perform predetermined processing on data related to the letters inputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Harikae, Masayuki Takayama
  • Patent number: 8730162
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a computer-readable storage medium can store instructions that when executed cause a computing device to perform a process. The instructions can include instructions to receive a cursor behavior representing an interaction with a user interface where the interaction is triggered via a cursor device. The instructions can include instructions to identify a deviation of the cursor behavior from an expected cursor behavior, and calculate a cursor value related to a responsiveness of the cursor device based on the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Murphy, Ryan Tabone, Nicholas Jitkoff
  • Patent number: 8717289
    Abstract: A system and method that integrates an electronic pointer into digital image data, such as a video feed or software application, that is displayed on a screen. A receiver is provided that receives position data from a pointing device; a calibration unit then calculates the position of the pointing device relative to the screen based on the position data; and a processor then generates the electronic pointer based on the calculated position of the pointing device. Thereafter, the electronic pointer is integrated in the digital image data such that the video screen displays the electronic pointer at a location of the video screen that reflects the relative position of the pointing device to the video screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: HSNi LLC
    Inventors: John McDevitt, Sean Bunner
  • Patent number: 8701050
    Abstract: A computing device can be configured to receive an indication of a first input gesture, a first portion of the first input gesture indicating a first character key of a plurality of character keys of a graphical keyboard and a second portion of the first input gesture indicating a second character key of the plurality of character keys. The computing device also can be configured to determine, based at least in part on the first character key and the second character key, a candidate word. The computing device can be configured to output, for display at a region of a display device at which the graphical keyboard is displayed, a gesture completion path extending from the second character key. Further, the computing device can be configured to select, in response to receiving an indication of a second input gesture substantially traversing the gesture completion path, the candidate word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Nirmal Patel, Shumin Zhai
  • Patent number: 8689144
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic apparatus having a superiority in a selecting operation to an object. When contents of documents having a plurality of objects are displayed, a default focus is automatically given to one object located near to a display center by a focus control program. When the display is scrolled by cursor keys of a remote controller, objects to be given the focus are sequentially changed in conjunction with the scroll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Takabe, Tadao Ogaki, Masahiro Torii
  • Patent number: 8656315
    Abstract: In general, this disclosure describes techniques for moving a graphical selector. In one example, a method includes activating, by a computing device, a graphical key that is displayed with a presence-sensitive interface of the computing device. Upon activation of the graphical key, the method also includes receiving gesture input corresponding to a directional gesture using the presence-sensitive interface of the computing device and moving a graphical selector displayed with the presence-sensitive interface from a first graphical location to a second graphical location by at least one selected increment based on a property of the gesture input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Ficus Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 8645870
    Abstract: Methods and systems, including computer program products, implementing a preview cursor for image editing. One method includes displaying an image, receiving user input moving a cursor representing an editing tool to a position on the image, and in response, displaying a cursor icon representing the cursor at the position. The editing tool is operable to have an effect when applied. The cursor icon shows the effect of applying the editing tool at the position while and only while the cursor is at the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Ralf Berger, Steve M. Troppoli
  • Patent number: 8621395
    Abstract: A method of triggering a hover event for a pointer in a user interface on a display device begins by predicting a future position of the pointer on the user interface. A likelihood that the pointer will hover over a screen object is determined based on the predicting. Finally, a hover event for the screen object is triggered based on the determined likelihood that the pointer will hover over the screen object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Bau
  • Patent number: 8607149
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described for highlighting related user interface controls to selected items in order to improve the ease of use and the intuitiveness of a graphical user interface. In preferred embodiments, user interface controls that are related to a selected object in the display are uniquely highlighted when an object is selected to show the user what user interface options are related to or available to perform some action on the selected object. The preferred embodiments of related highlighted controls can be used in conjunction with prior art highlighted controls that show what actions are available to the user for the current environment or cursor location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Richard Hintermeister, Michael D. Rahn
  • Patent number: 8581837
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for tracking the sweet spots of a sweets spot unit for a transmissive electronic display. The aim of the invention is to improve the reproduction quality and the uniformity of illumination in displays of this type. The display contains a sweet spot unit consisting of an illumination matrix (1) and reproduction elements, in addition to an image matrix (4). Once the position of at least one observer's eye (6) has been determined by a control unit using inverse ray tracing, address data for activating illumination elements (LE) of the illumination matrix (1) is provided from the position data in order to prepare the defined sweet spots (5) for said observer's eye (6). To improve the reproduction quality, an additional optical component is used in ray path for the inverse ray tracing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Seereal Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastien Amroun, Armin Schwerdtner
  • Patent number: 8566751
    Abstract: A method and computer system for rapid and accurate automatic vectoring of a graphical user interface pointer to a selectable item on a display. Based upon pointer movement input from a pointing device (e.g., a mouse, touchpad or specially configured keyboard), a direction of travel vector from an initial anchor position towards a target item is determined. The location of the target item is extrapolated and the pointer is automatically moved to that target item. To ensure that the pointer moves to the intended target item, the location of the target item is extrapolated based upon the direction of travel vector and default and/or user defined parameters. Optional user defined parameters include initial pointer anchor position, vector sensitivity, automatic selection of target item, and user defined pointer limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edward E. Kelley, Franco Motika
  • Patent number: 8560947
    Abstract: The present invention is a graphical user interface in a computing device having a processor running an operating system and a display. The graphical user interface comprises a touch screen and a driver coupling the touch screen to the operating system. The driver can display a plurality of icons on the touch screen, or a plurality of screen images having at least one icon, with each of the icons associated with operations on the display and/or the touch screen. Other embodiments include the touch screen having unactivated and activated states, as well as the presence of an application programming interface that enables an application to display at least one image on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: David W. Gillespie, Raymond A. Trent, Andrew C. Hsu, Leslie R. Grate
  • Patent number: 8547347
    Abstract: A method for generating multiple windows frames, an electronic device thereof, and a computer program product using the method are provided. In the present method, first, a touch trajectory generated by continuously touching a touch panel of the electronic device is detected, wherein the center of the touch panel is a display area, and a non-display area surrounds the display area. Then, whether the touch trajectory is started from one side of the non-display area and passed through the display area to be extended to another side of the non-display area is determined. If so, the display area is split according to the touch trajectory to display at least two windows frames. As a result, an intuitional and convenient method for generating multiple windows frames in the display area is provided, and the operation of the electronic device is made very convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Ching-Liang Chiang, Chi-Pang Chiang, Chih-Wei Tai, Chao-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8539380
    Abstract: Described are methods that utilize a geographic location technology (e.g., GPS) to determine user location data, and existing network-based websites (e.g., Internet websites) for searching and accessing data related to the location data such that the user context can be developed and stored. A location component is provided that determines location data of a wireless communications device of a user. A context component is provided that accesses context data based on the location data to define a context in which the device is located. Activities, goals, and overall context of a user can be inferred through statistical fusion of multiple sources of evidence. The context data is presented to the user via the wireless device such that the user can make decisions as to where to go, for example. User preferences can be accessed and applied to filter context data according to what the user desires to see and access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Krumm, Eric J. Horvitz, Ramaswamy Hariharan
  • Patent number: 8483767
    Abstract: A touch sensor detects contact input by a finger or the like, and includes two sensor modules. Each of the sensor modules has many sensors arrayed linearly. The operation state of each sensor module is set under the control of a control unit. When a user touches a sensor of the sensor module, the control unit energizes only the sensor which the user has touched and neighboring sensors to detect an input from the user, and does not energize the remaining sensors on the same sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Mobile Communications Limited
    Inventor: Masafumi Hosono
  • Publication number: 20130132912
    Abstract: A graphical user interface, a display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes: a display unit which displays thereon an image comprising a plurality of user interface (UI) objects and a pointer; a pointer adjuster which generates the pointer and moves the pointer based on a user command for moving the pointer received from an input device; and a controller which controls the pointer adjuster to adjust a moving speed of the pointer according to a density of the UI objects displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8446428
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an image processing unit which processes and displays an image; a recognizing unit which recognizes a pointing operation input from a pointing device; and a control unit which executes during an execution a predetermined function when a first pointing operation which selects the predetermined function and a second pointing operation which confirms whether to execute the selected predetermined function are input from the pointing device, and controls the image processing unit to process the image in response to the execution of the predetermined function. With this configuration, it is possible to more precisely detect a pointing operation input from a pointing device according to user's intention and allow a user to serve the user's intention using the pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-hyuk Jang, Seung-kwon Park
  • Patent number: 8416188
    Abstract: A system for controlling movement of a cursor on a display device, the system comprising: a substrate having a position-coding pattern disposed on or in a surface thereof; a sensing device comprising: an image sensor for optically imaging the position-coding pattern; and a processor configured for: generating absolute motion data by determining a plurality of absolute positions of the sensing device relative to the surface using the imaged position-coding pattern; generating orientation data indicative of an orientation of the sensing device relative to the substrate; and using the orientation data to translate the absolute motion data into relative motion data, said relative motion data being indicative of relative motion of the sensing device from the perspective of a user; and communication means for communicating the relative motion data to a computer system; and the computer system configured for: receiving said relative motion data from the sensing device; interpreting said relative motion data as curso
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Timothy Robert Newman, Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8407624
    Abstract: Moving a pointer in a graphical user interface environment is provided. An input comprising an initial delta value determined by a device driver is received from the device driver. The initial delta value is located in a data structure. A new delta value associated with the initial delta value is selected from the data structure. A new position of a pointer in the graphical user interface environment is calculated based on the new delta value. The new position of the pointer is sent to the graphical user interface environment for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Francis Ramsay, III, John Fred Spannaus
  • Patent number: 8402372
    Abstract: The present invention is a graphical user interface in a computing device having a processor running an operating system and a display. The graphical user interface comprises a touch screen and a driver coupling the touch screen to the operating system. The driver can display a plurality of icons on the touch screen, or a plurality of screen images having at least one icon, with each of the icons associated with operations on the display and/or the touch screen. Other embodiments include the touch screen having unactivated and activated states, as well as the presence of an application programming interface that enables an application to display at least one image on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventors: David W. Gillespie, Raymond A. Trent, Andrew C. Hsu, Leslie R. Grate