Miscellaneous Interface For The Handicapped Or Disable User Patents (Class 715/865)
  • Patent number: 12020226
    Abstract: According to various aspects, a self-service terminal (100) may include: a user interface (1008) accessible to a user of the self-service terminal (100); a sensing device (206) configured to sense information about the user; a control device (106) configured to: determine a physiological condition of the user based on the information; select an interface profile from a plurality of predefined (e.g., saved) interface profiles based on the physiological condition; instruct a reconfiguration of the user interface (1008) based on the selected interface profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Eduard Weis, Alexander Knobloch, Sebastian Engelnkemper, Jochen Linck
  • Patent number: 11977853
    Abstract: A system for receiving a corpus of sign language data in which a plurality of known signs each correspond to known meanings, generate a model for identifying new sign language signs using the corpus, and identifying, using the model, a new sign language sign that does not match any of the plurality of known signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Clement Decrop, Charles E. Beller, Zachary A. Silverstein, Jeremy R. Fox
  • Patent number: 11314525
    Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device according to various embodiments r may include executing an application, identifying at least one genetic element corresponding to an attribute related to genetic information of a user with respect to the application, determining a setting value for the attribute based on the at least one genetic element, and providing a service related to the application based on the determined setting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiman Kang
  • Patent number: 11224981
    Abstract: A method, a personal care system and a shaving device for providing staged shaving advice include a processor configured to receive usage data from the shaving device and personal assessment data from a user. The processor is further configured to determine and provide a shaving advice instruction presented to the user based on the usage data and/or the personal assessment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Willem Auke Westerhof, Johannes Antonius Jansen, Lennart Jakob Stapelkamp, Willem Henderikus Veldhuis, Linda Jacoba Martina Van Den Bedem, Dylan Evans
  • Patent number: 11151518
    Abstract: A server system suitable for generating calendar events based on guided hints is provided. The server system receives, from a device of a first user, an indication to create a calendar event. The server system derives, using natural language processing, guided hints for information for the calendar event, and causes presentation of the guided hints on a user interface displayed on the device of the first user. The server system receives the information in response to the guided hints presented on the device of the first user, and generates the calendar event based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jaime J Hwacinski, Cindy Kwan, Eva Britta Ka Burlin, Shahil Soni, Ian Dwyer Curry, Teslim Abiodun Alabi
  • Patent number: 11080343
    Abstract: A user interface provides functionality organized to support iterative search tasks for software or browser-based searches. These features may be combined with existing software and browser-based search engines to provide more extensive search features that are otherwise unsupported by existing search engine user interfaces. The user interface can be applied to varying search domains, from constrained search environments, such as a corporate database, or to the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Iterative Search, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Marine, John M. Ireland
  • Patent number: 10999420
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and system for determining a communication mode for recording a media message on a communication device is provided. An adaptive recording application detects activation of an interface element, for example, a push or a touch of a button on the communication device and determines duration of the activation of the interface element. The adaptive recording application, in response to the detection of the activation of the interface element, selects a communication mode, for example, a push to talk communication mode, a tap to start communication mode, etc., based on a comparison of the duration of the activation of the interface element with one or more configurable timing parameters and/or a determination of a presence or an absence of a media signal during and/or after the activation of the interface element. The adaptive recording application initiates recording of the media message in the selected communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SRK TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Kieraj Singh Mumick
  • Patent number: 10909304
    Abstract: Whilst the Internet has become a dominant communications medium through a variety of services the main portal to the vast majority of this content is through a webpage associated with a user, a group, enterprise, retailer etc. For those generating the content they are today essentially stuck with two options, one expensive option for full creative control and flexibility via web developers and website development enterprises, the other cheaper option to use an enterprise offering templates and work within their constraints. In contrast, embodiments of the invention provide conventional features the user is familiar with such as cut, copy, paste etc. allowing them to edit, manipulate, and create directly within a webpage using a tool that works directly within their website such that changes are automatically live on the Internet when completed but has the familiarity of a standard graphics editing or word processing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Pagecloud Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 10891688
    Abstract: A system for causing a dynamic interface adjustment includes a user device. The user device includes an active financial interface associated with a financial institution. The system further includes a computer system communicatively coupled to the user device. The computer system is configured to receive, via the user device, a sensory input associated with a customer of the financial institution, determine a sensory impairment associated with the customer based on the sensory input, and cause a dynamic interface adjustment of the active financial interface in response to the determination of the sensory impairment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Clausen, Andrew J. Garner, IV, Benjamin Geertz, Bryan Kroll, Muhammad Farukh Munir, Daniel Oshima
  • Patent number: 10432705
    Abstract: A control device configuration system may receive, store, process, and/or display control device configuration information. The control device configuration system may filter the control device configuration information based on user selections of configuration options for configuration parameters. The control device configuration system may identify compatible and incompatible configuration options for various configuration parameters. The control device configuration system may allow selections of the incompatible configuration options. The control device configuration system may adjust how it filters the control device configuration information based on the selections of the incompatible configuration options. The control device configuration system may implement a configuration model that includes configuration parameter groups for efficient evaluation of user selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Ram Kripal Prasad, Saurabh Garg
  • Patent number: 10310729
    Abstract: A receiver receives a second webpage including a link destination indicating a first webpage. A display displays the second webpage. A touch sensor detects a user's touch operation on the display. The at least one processor changes a display size of the second webpage displayed on the display based on a first touch operation by the user. The at least one processor displays the first webpage on the display upon detection of a second touch operation performed on the link destination displayed on the display when the second webpage is displayed in a first display size. The at least one processor does not display the first webpage on the display upon detection of the second touch operation performed on the link destination displayed on the display when the second webpage is displayed in a second display size larger than the first display size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masuo Kondo
  • Patent number: 9870758
    Abstract: An apparatus for simulating a door light includes a door defining a first opening therethrough, a frame unit engaging the door about the first opening, wherein the frame unit defines a second opening therethrough sized such that an overlay section of the frame unit, defined between the periphery of the first opening and a periphery of the second opening, partially overlays the first opening, and a display monitor received within the first opening and having a front surface engaging the overlay section about the second opening and defining a display screen surrounded by the frame unit with a periphery of the display screen terminating at or spaced-apart from the periphery of the second opening, the monitor further including an integral memory having instructions stored therein executable by an integral processor to control the display screen to display thereon an image or video of a door light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: ODL, Incorporated
    Inventors: Roger Alan Finch, James Michael Danielski, David Kevin Faulkner, Fred William Janssen
  • Patent number: 9836210
    Abstract: A character input method and apparatus in an electronic terminal are provided. The character input method includes displaying a virtual keypad having at least one key area to which a plurality of characters are associated, displaying a plurality of areas when a touch is detected on the at least one key area, detecting whether the touch includes a drag and inputting, after the drag is detected, a character mapped to an area corresponding to a point where the drag is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hee-Jun Kang
  • Patent number: 9591121
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a communication interface configured to support a communication function; and one or more processors configured to perform a temperature detection of the electronic device during the communication function execution, drive a timer warning a communication function termination if the detected temperature information satisfies a specified temperature condition, and output count information corresponding to the timer driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung Hyo Jung, Jong Gwang Jang, Se Young Jang, Chang Eop Kwak, Min Su Kim
  • Patent number: 9471333
    Abstract: In an effort to customize or enhance software applications, configuration data is often used. Configuration settings that are editable by users need not to be limited to a simple flat entry that can be taken out of context anymore. The present invention allows for multiple-levels of configuration settings to interact with each other, so that a single configuration for a given context to be calculated dynamically. In the process, the user gains flexibility to specify more adequately a required change or customization while propagating the information with minimal effort and not requiring additional coding. Furthermore, to simplify a speaker's interactions for controlling an automated device, the addition of a superposed layer over graphic user interface may be used. The superposed layer may display coordinates that a speaker may use to navigate the graphic user interface, for example to associate a location with a keyword or a coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Conceptual Speech, Llc
    Inventor: Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 9326675
    Abstract: The virtual vision correction technique described herein pertains to a technique for determining a user's vision characteristics and/or adjusting a display to a user's vision characteristics. The virtual vision correction technique described herein provides vision correction for people with vision problems by making the video displayed adapt to the person's vision correction needs. In one embodiment of the technique, the user can state their vision prescription needs and the video displayed is processed to appear “20/20” to that person. Alternatively, the video display, for example, video display glasses, can “auto-tune” a representative image (such as an eye chart) to determine the appropriate video processing for that person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Christopher Burger, David Alexander Molnar
  • Patent number: 9246757
    Abstract: Remote commissioning for an automation system enables a retailer to sell a new device to a customer pre-configured to work together with devices that are already a part of the user's automation system. Knowledge of how the devices are likely to be used at the automation system's location, a list of existing devices already installed and how they are configured, possible input from the customer, and the end user's current usage patterns are optionally used to configure the devices before they leave the store. Assisted local commissioning for an automation device enables an end user to commission devices themselves by simplifying the installation and commissioning process. The system uses a reference database of devices that includes information on how to commission the devices along with user-manual information and pictures for physical installation, and setup instructions so the system can walk a user through the process step by step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Zonoff, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Balog, Michael Harris, Ryan Buchert
  • Patent number: 9142186
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach for processing a color image for a color blind person to perceive color variation within the color image. Specifically, in a typical embodiment, a color image is received from an image capture device or other means. Each area of the color image having one of a specific color or color combination is determined. A pattern is generated based on the one of the specific color or color combination. A pattern overlay of the generated pattern is rendered on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adam D. Braham, Jennifer A. Haugen, Jeffrey A. Schmidt, Lowell C. Thomason
  • Patent number: 9046981
    Abstract: A server transmits a first page to be displayed. The first page includes a location entry representing a location to visit on a trip and at least two map elements, the two map elements and location entry being organized as a list in a first order on the first page. A request to move a selected map element of the two map elements within the list is received. Parameters of the selected map element are changed to form changed parameters that change the position of the selected map element within the list. The server transmits a second page to be displayed based on the changed parameters, the second page comprising the location entry and the two map elements organized as a second list in a second order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheryl Ann Campbell, Erika Marie Rinkleff, Sarah Lynn Devens, Nachiket Prabhakar Katti, David Mark Plante, Tamara K. Blank, Meagan Elizabeth Funches
  • Patent number: 9021404
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a content processing subsystem and a user device communicatively coupled to the content processing subsystem. The content processing subsystem is configured to provide content for experiencing by a user, the content processing subsystem being further configured to modify at least one element of the content based on a positional relationship between the content processing subsystem and the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Roberts, Heath Stallings, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 9009612
    Abstract: A method is performed by an accessible electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface. The method includes: displaying a plurality of user interface elements on the display, wherein a current focus is on a first user interface element; detecting a first finger gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, wherein the first finger gesture is independent of contacting a location on the touch-sensitive surface that corresponds to a second user interface element; and, in response to detecting the first finger gesture: changing the current focus from the first user interface element in the plurality of user interface elements to the second user interface element in the plurality of user interface elements; and outputting accessibility information associated with the second user interface element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Fleizach, Eric Taylor Seymour, Reginald Dean Hudson
  • Patent number: 8965020
    Abstract: Sound processors with light transmissive seals and systems including such sound processors are disclosed. A seal, formed in part from substantially translucent material and having at least a portion of the substantially translucent material associated with the housing exterior of the sound processor, transmits light from a light emitter carried within the housing to indicate an operational aspect of the sound processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: James P. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8965019
    Abstract: Sound processor housings, sound processors and systems including sound processors are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventor: James P. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8957918
    Abstract: Methods for activating multi-touch functionality by recognizing and processing multi-touch interactions on a touch surface of non-multi-touch computing devices. The computing device may detect a jump from the location of the first touch event to determine that a multiple touch gesture is being traced. Virtual touch events are detected and stored. Using mathematical formulae, parameters are calculated based on initial and subsequent virtual touch event locations. Based on these parameters the multi-touch functionality is determined, such as a zooming or rotating function. A transform factor may be determined and applied to the image display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Sri Venkatesh Godavari
  • Patent number: 8949745
    Abstract: A method for selection of an option on a device is provided where the device is enabled for option selection through motion gestures by a user. The method comprises providing at least one option for a first input request and announcing the first input request and at least one option of the first input request. A first motion gesture is detected, and the device determines whether the first motion gesture corresponds to a positive selection or a negative selection, wherein a control module of the device determines whether the first motion gesture meets a threshold for a positive gesture selection or a negative gesture selection. The device advances to a second option and announces the second option upon the determination of a negative selection as the first motion gesture. The selected option for the first input request is stored in a memory of the device after a positive selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Konntech Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Yu, Jun Yu, Guojun Shao
  • Patent number: 8949746
    Abstract: A computer implemented method provides access to accommodate public use software environments. An attractor screen is displayed on a data processing system providing the public use environment. An interaction with the attractor screen is then detected. If the interaction with the attractor screen complies with audio instructions for executing a software overlay, the control software for the public use system is launched along with the software overlay. If the interaction with the attractor screen does not comply with audio instructions for executing a software overlay, the control software for the public use system is launched without the software overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Rex E. Marzke
  • Patent number: 8917236
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is capable of obtaining operation data according to a tilt of a predetermined object that can be moved by a user. The information processing apparatus calculates tilt information corresponding to the tilt of the object based on the operation data. The information processing apparatus calculates a specified position on a screen of a display device based on the operation data so that the specified position changes according to at least one of a position and the tilt of the object. Selection items are displayed on the screen of the display device. The information processing apparatus switches between sets of the selection items displayed on the screen according to an amount of tilt represented by the tilt information. Moreover, the information processing apparatus selects an item displayed at the specified position from among the selection items to perform an information process according to the selected item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Ito
  • Patent number: 8904313
    Abstract: A method for value specification in a responsive interface control, the method including: displaying an interface control in a user interface on a touch display device, wherein the interface control is an interactive interface element configured to set an interface value selected from an ordered continuum of values; detecting a shape of a touch gesture input on the interface control on the touch display device; and changing the interface value in response to detecting a change in the shape of the gesture input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scott H Isensee, James L Lentz, Andree Proulx
  • Patent number: 8892219
    Abstract: The disclosed invention primarily relates to methods for assisting and motivating persons with respect to various exercise and rehabilitation regimens they might undertake, mentally as well as physically. The invention also has potential application to for diagnosis and/or treatment of certain mental and physical disorders, and in other situations where a form of companionship may be provided the user. In addition the invention herein provides an enjoyable means of social interaction with others providing further motivation for physical and mental activity represented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Motion Games, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy R. Pryor
  • Patent number: 8862985
    Abstract: A screen reader application for visually impaired users suppresses unwanted content that is output by Braille or text-to-speech. The invention accesses, but does not modify, the document object model of the web page and enumerates web page elements for the end user to either hide or skip to. The end user selections are saved as rules which may be applied according to various levels of scope include web page specific, site specific or web-wide. A screen magnification application for visually impaired users automatically sets the visual focus and magnification level on a web page element according to end-user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Gallo, Glen Gordon
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140282285
    Abstract: A user interface setting of a computing device is automatically adjusted, based on a vision ability of a user of the device. In some examples, visual information output for a user of a computing device is presented via at least one user input/output element of the computing device. Responsive user input is received via the at least one user input/output element. The received responsive user input is analyzed to automatically determine a vision ability of the user. A setting of a user interface of the at least one user input/output element of the computing device is automatically adjusted based on the determined vision ability of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CELLCO PARTNERSHIP D/B/A VERIZON WIRELESS
    Inventor: CELLCO PARTNERSHIP D/B/A VERIZON WIRELESS
  • Patent number: 8826137
    Abstract: A screen reader software product for low-vision users, the software having a reader module collecting textual and non-textual display information generated by a web browser or word processor. Font styling, interface layout information and the like are communicated to the end user by sounds broadcast simultaneously rather than serially with the synthesized speech to improve the speed and efficiency in which information may be digested by the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian D. Hofstader, Glen Gordon, Eric Damery, Ralph Ocampo, David Baker, Joseph K. Stephen
  • Patent number: 8786555
    Abstract: Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and a touchscreen device manipulating user-input elements are provided. Generally, manipulation includes identifying a predefined configuration associated with a request received from a user and/or application, deriving configuration settings from the predefined configuration, and transmitting the configuration settings to an electromechanical device that adjusts a portion of user-input elements to an extended orientation and activates a portion of user-input elements. In embodiments, the extended user-input elements positioned in the extended orientation are activated, while the remainder are set to an idle condition. Typically, the extended user-input elements produce outwardly-extending protrusions expressed at a flexible touchpad incorporated in the touchscreen device. These outwardly-extending protrusions may replicate keys of a standard keyboard and correspond with the presently-running application implemented on the touchscreen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Eric M. Bloomcamp, Shane R. Werner, Warren B. Cope
  • Patent number: 8780047
    Abstract: An interface system and method are provided for facilitating cross-disability access to an electronic device. A first screen of a plurality of screens is displayed on the electronic device. Each screen includes at least one of a non-input element and an input element. The interface system includes a keyboard having a plurality of alpha-numeric keys and a plurality of keys or selectors that allow a user to navigate through the non-input elements and input elements of the plurality of screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Gregg C. Vanderheiden, J. Bern Jordan, David P. Kelso
  • Patent number: 8769427
    Abstract: A computer-implemented user interface method for a computing device is disclosed. The method includes associating each of a plurality of telephone keys with a direction of each key relative to a center of a telephone keypad, receiving a contact from a user of the device at a location on a touchscreen display of a computing device and an input at a direction relative to the location of the user contact, and causing a telephone number to be entered on the computing device based on the direction of each key relative to the center of the telephone keypad corresponding to the direction relative to the location of the user contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tiruvilwamalai Venkatram Raman, Charles L. Chen
  • Publication number: 20140176689
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for assisting object recognition are provided. The method includes detecting at least one object in an image, determining which of the at least one object is selected by a user, providing feedback to the user so as to enable the user to center the selected object within the image, and capturing an image of the selected object in which the selected object is centered within the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Howard Z. Lee, Muhammad S. KARIM
  • Patent number: 8760421
    Abstract: A method is defined for providing an individual increased accessibility to a touch screen displaying first and second elements. The individual initially engages the touch screen with a contact point at a first location. The contact point is dragged across the touch screen into engagement with the first element and the first element is highlighted in response thereto. Thereafter, the individual may drag the contact point across the touch screen from the first element into engagement with the second element whereby the second element is highlighted on the touch screen and the highlight is removed from the first element. Audible announcements may accompany the contacting of the first or second elements with the contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: J. Bern Jordan, Gregg C. Vanderheiden, David P. Kelso
  • Patent number: 8743388
    Abstract: A method for controlling a peripheral device includes receiving input from a user at a workstation adapted to the user, determining whether the received input can be valid, generating a job ticket from the valid input, sending the job ticket to the peripheral device and receiving an identifier representing the job ticket from the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed Nooman Ahmed, Amanda Kay Bridges, Stuart Willard Daniel, William James Gardner Flowers, Charles Edward Grieshaber, Dennis Herbert Hasselbring, Michael Earl Lhamon, Chad Eugene McQuillen, Michael Ray Timperman
  • Patent number: 8745524
    Abstract: A display method is disclosed. The display method includes the following steps. Capture a facial feature of a user to obtain an image. Process the image to obtain a viewing angle of the user. Scroll page content displayed by a display element according to the viewing angle of the user. A display device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Hung-Young Hsu, Pei-Ling Lai, Chia-Hsien Li, Li-Hsuan Chen
  • Patent number: 8732623
    Abstract: This document describes tools for inputting data into a computer via the movement of features of a user as detected by a webcam or other input device. This is accomplished by a user moving his or her features in view of a webcam. The webcam or other input device then detects the presence and motion of the feature(s) and converts these motions into input signals to execute predetermined input instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Xiao Liang, Xin Zou, Weiwei Zhang, Shuo Wang
  • Publication number: 20140137054
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide automatic adjustment of font on a visual display are described. In an example system, a vision properties module accesses data stored in a vision record describing one or more vision states of a user of a mobile device. A distance module determines a distance between the user and the mobile device. A display modification module modifies a visual display of the user interface based on a current vision state of the one or more vision states of the user and the distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Saumil Ashvin Gandhi, Scott Alan Seese
  • Patent number: 8723804
    Abstract: A transaction terminal (10) having a touch screen (20) disposed in a recess (30) in the terminal housing (12) includes an adaptor (25) for facilitating use of the touch screen by persons that are vision-impaired, hearing-impaired or dexterity-challenged. The adaptor (25) is selectively positionable in operative engagement with the touch screen (20). The adaptor (25) includes an insert (50) and a keypad (60, 160, 260). The insert (50) is supported on terminal housing (12) with deck (52) disposed over and in spaced relationship to the touch screen. The deck (52) has at least one discrete opening therethrough. The keypad includes at least one key juxtaposed relative to said least one discrete opening in said deck of the insert. Upon depression of the key, contact is made with a selected portion of the touch screen (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donna M. Fletcher, Melvin D. McCall, Timothy R. Fitch
  • Patent number: 8707210
    Abstract: A display control apparatus is applied to generate an interactive object mark on a display apparatus to enable a user to select the interactive object in a display frame via a numeric controller. The display control apparatus includes a content receiving module, for receiving a display control data; a display content processing module, for generating a display frame and display frame position information according to the display contend data; an interactive object selecting module, for determining a target interactive object according to the position information and an interactive object selecting rule; an on-screen display (OSD) module, for generating an interactive object mark corresponding to the target interactive block; and a frame output control module, for combining the display frame and the interactive object mark to output a combined frame to the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Huang, Steve Wiyi Yang
  • Patent number: 8707183
    Abstract: A data processing device is connected to a web data providing unit that provides web data via a network. The web data has at least one of first web data and second web data corresponding to the first web data. A screen reader can be installed on the data processing device. The displaying unit displays the web data. The screen reader voices the first web data displayed on the displaying unit and fails to voice the second web data displayed on the displaying unit. The acquiring unit acquires the web data from the web data providing unit. The determining unit determines, based on visually impaired information indicating that the user is a visually impaired, whether or not the acquiring unit should acquire the first web data from the web data providing unit even if the user instructs the acquiring unit to acquire the second web data from the web data providing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotoshi Maehira, Masahiro Fujishita
  • Patent number: 8619100
    Abstract: Methods for touch-based gestural command input on a device with a touch-sensitive surface and a display are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes displaying an electronic canvas including an object at a first magnification level; simultaneously detecting a first and a second contact on the touch-sensitive surface, wherein at least one of the first contact and the second contact on the touch-sensitive surface is at a location that corresponds to a location on the display that is away from the object; detecting a gesture made with the first and second contacts; when a velocity of the gesture is less than a predefined gesture velocity threshold, scaling the electronic canvas in accordance with the gesture; and, when the velocity of the gesture is greater than the predefined gesture velocity threshold transitioning the electronic canvas from the first magnification level to a second, predefined magnification level in response to the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Christopher Capela, Akiva Dov Leffert, Jason Robert Marr, Christopher Douglas Weeldreyer, Peter William Rapp
  • Patent number: 8576170
    Abstract: A user input device includes a base that has a top surface. Flexibly attached to the base is a joystick. Character indicia are displayed on the base, and each indicium corresponds to a unique joystick position or motion sequence. The user input device has a processor and non-volatile memory that stores machine-readable instructions, that when executed by the processor, transmit a code associated with the unique joystick position or motion sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Alan Cordes, Debra C. Leach, Debra Ann Loussedes, Christopher Edward Obszamy
  • Patent number: 8494507
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is used to assist individuals with disabilities. The mobile terminal (e.g., a “smartphone” or other commercially available wireless handheld device) may be loaded with software. The software may be configured to: (i) receive information about a sensory deficit associated with a user, (ii) receive information about a sensory proficiency associated with the user, (iii) determine whether an event associated with a sensory deficit satisfies a criterion, and if so (iv) provide an assistive output based on a sensory proficiency and the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: HandHold Adaptive, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch
  • Patent number: 8441389
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products disclose a remote control device that controls multiple consumer electronics devices based on orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John R. Stefanik
  • Patent number: 8443304
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a browser configured to conditional display content to ensure a safe viewing environment. Embodiments of the invention include retrieving content in response to a request from a user, identifying one or more portions of the retrieved content that satisfy predefined citeria, modifying the one or more portions and displaying the modified content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Cragun, John E. Petri