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345 - Computer graphics processing and selective visual display systems

345156000 - DISPLAY PERIPHERAL INTERFACE INPUT DEVICE

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
345169000 Portable (i.e., handheld, calculator, remote controller) 363
345170000 Light source associated with each key 46
345172000 Having programmable function key 40
345171000 Having foreign language capability (e.g., Japanese, Chinese) 38
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20110175813PIEZO-BASED ACOUSTIC AND CAPACITIVE DETECTION - One particular implementation conforming to aspects of the present disclosure takes the form of an input device for a computing system. The input device includes a input surface on which one or more input characters are shown and one or more sensors to detect which input character is pressed or selected by the user. In one example, the input device may include one or more piezo-electric sensors that detect an acoustic pulse created when the user taps on the input surface to indicate a selected input. Each character of the input surface of the input device creates a different acoustic pulse signature when tapped such that, upon detection and receiving of the acoustic pulse at the piezo-electric sensors, the input device or computer system may compare the received pulse to a database of stored pulse signatures to determine which character on the surface of the input device was tapped by the user.07-21-2011
20090231281MULTI-TOUCH VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - A computing system includes a display and a sensor to detect multi-touch input at the display. The computing system further includes a processing subsystem operatively connected to the display and the sensor and computer-readable media operatively connected to the processing subsystem and including instructions executable by the processing subsystem. Such instructions cause the display to present a virtual keyboard image, the virtual keyboard image including a primary key and a modifier key. Such instructions also translate touch input at only the primary key into a first keyboard message and translate temporally overlapping touch input at both the primary key and the modifier key into a second keyboard message, different than the first keyboard message.09-17-2009
20130044058RECONFIGURABLE FIXED FUNCTION, NBC COMPATIBLE INTEGRATED DISPLAY SYSTEM - A reconfigurable display system is provided that has an electronic display operatively coupled to a computer and having a display active area and peripheral portions. A touch screen extends over the electronic display and has touch portions adjacent to the peripheral portions. The touch screen provides touch-receiving portions to receive touch inputs and deliver the touch inputs to the computer or the electronic display. An overlay is removably disposed on the touch screen covering at least the touch portions. A plurality of actuatable keys are adjacent to the touch screen and in alignment with the touch-receiving portions of the touch screen. The keys provide touch inputs to the touch-receiving portions when the keys are actuated by a user. A frame secured to the touch screen or the electronic display is positioned over the overlay with the overlay intermediate the frame and the touch screen. The overlay, keys, and the frame are removable from the touch screen.02-21-2013
20130044059TOUCH-CONTROL TYPE KEYBOARD - A touch-control type keyboard includes a transparent cover board and a touch-control module laminated with the transparent cover board. The transparent cover board includes an outer surface and an inner surface opposite to the outer surface. The outer surface of the transparent cover board includes a tactual zone and a relative anti-tactual zone. The tactual zone includes micro structures on the outer surface.02-21-2013
20130044060COMPUTER KEYBOARD AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A computer keyboard and a control method thereof are provided. The computer keyboard for using in an information processing system includes a housing, a number of physical keys, and a touchscreen. The housing has a first key area and a second key area. The physical keys are disposed within the first key area. The touchscreen is disposed within the second key area for displaying at least one virtual key.02-21-2013
20090201254TRANSPORTABLE/CONVERTIBLE DESKTOP COMPUTER - A transportable desktop computer convertible to a notebook computer with minimal footprint. The computer has a screen element, with contained computer operational elements, and a support stand. The screen element is releasably hingedly attached to a keyboard element having two members with one member including the operational keyboard and pointing device the other being foldable under the keyboard for minimal keyboard footprint.08-13-2009
20110181512Portable Electronic Device, Control Method and Program - 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.07-28-2011
20090195507Keyboard and electronic equipment - A keyboard includes a plurality of key row holders each supporting a plurality of key elements constituting each of the plurality of key rows, a support shaft placed to be rotatable about an axial center and support the plurality of key row holders arranged to intersect the axial center, an engaging portion formed on a support surface of each of the plurality of key row holders for the support shaft, and an engaged portion formed spirally on a surface of the support shaft in a direction of the axial center so as to be engaged with the engaging portion of each of the plurality of key row holders, the engaged portion causing the plurality of key row holders to shift in the direction of the axial center by an engagement with the engaging portion upon rotation of the support shaft. The keyboard enables easy and accurate key pitch adjustment.08-06-2009
20090195506Dynamic Soft Keyboard - In accordance with one or more aspects of a dynamic soft keyboard, a user input is received via a soft keyboard having multiple keys. Information describing a current input environment for the soft keyboard is obtained, and a determination is made as to which one or more keys of the multiple keys was intended to be selected by the user input. This determination is made based at least in part on the current input environment.08-06-2009
20100149099MOTION SENSITIVE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD - A motion sensitive mechanical keyboard configured to enable a standard look and feel mechanical keyboard to sense hand/finger motion over the surface of the keys. Command and cursor input (e.g., pointing and gestures) can be received from the user on the motion sensitive mechanical keyboard without requiring the user to move the user's hand off the keyboard. Hand/finger motion can be detected by optical sensors via an in-keyboard-plane slot camera system. The motion sensitive mechanical keyboard can operate in two or more modes—e.g., a typing mode and a mouse mode—and operating the keyboard in mouse mode or switching between the modes can be facilitated by holding (depressing and holding) or tapping (depressing and releasing) arbitrary combinations of keys.06-17-2010
20100060585ON-SCREEN VIRTUAL KEYBOARD SYSTEM - An on-screen virtual keyboard system includes a simplified virtual keyboard layout, at least a traditional virtual keyboard layout, and a memory segment. The simplified virtual keyboard layout has a plurality of reserved keys for entering input characters and a traditional layout switch key for switching the simplified virtual keyboard layout to the traditional virtual keyboard layout. The traditional virtual keyboard layout has a simplified layout for switching to the simplified virtual keyboard layout and an input character keys for entering the input characters. The memory segment stores the latest user-entered or user-defined input characters. The input characters stored in the memory segment are mapped to the reserved keys of the simplified virtual keyboard layout, so the input characters and numeric keys are displayed in the simplified virtual keyboard layout simultaneously, and the user is able to quickly select and enter any of the stored input characters.03-11-2010
20080259037MULTIFUNCTION KEY PAD DISPLAY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A multifunction key pad display for an electronic device, including: a display panel including display regions arranged in a matrix, and bounded by non-display regions as boundaries; a printed circuit board positioned on the display panel, including openings facing the display regions, and keys disposed at sides of the openings, facing the non-display regions; and a pad positioned on the printed circuit board, having transparent windows facing the openings, and pressing units facing the keys. Two rows of the keys can be arranged between two other rows of the openings.10-23-2008
20080259036Ergonomic keys - Key members of an article of manufacture can be detached and attached to keys of a keyboard of a computing device, such as a laptop or a cellular phone. These key members enhance visibility with the computing device. Colors, shapes, and types are used alone or in combination to enhance user interaction. Embellishments, such as embossment, may be used to further enhance tactile interaction.10-23-2008
20110193782PORTABLE DEVICE - A portable device including a body, a panel display, a touch sensor, and a positioning determining element is provided. The panel display and the touch sensor are disposed at a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface of the body. The positioning determining element is disposed in the body for determining the locations of each finger when the body is hold and defining a conformal keyboard corresponding to the shape of hands, so the user can execute programs via the finger actions on the touch sensor conveniently.08-11-2011
20090122014METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING CHARACTER-INPUT - Provided are a method and apparatus for processing character-input. The processing method includes receiving a first signal representing a classification of a character to be input and a second signal representing a key selected from a plurality of keys to which a character of the classification is assigned, requesting an external device for a first character code representing the character corresponding to the first signal and the second signal, receiving the first character code from the external device, and displaying the character corresponding to the first signal and the second signal based on the received first character code.05-14-2009
20090122013Keyboard Device and Keyboard Cover - A label having an identifier 05-14-2009
20130076634DYNAMIC DISPLAY KEYBOARD AND A KEY FOR USE IN A DYNAMIC DISPLAY KEYBOARD - The invention relates to a dynamic display keyboard comprising a plurality of key elements (03-28-2013
20130076633INTEGRATED, PORTABLE COMPUTING AND ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE - A portable, integrated computing device, includes a PC board within a housing and a projector assembly. An input/output port is provided on the housing and operatively connected to the PC board. A display is located on a top portion of the housing. A virtual keyboard module projects an image of a keyboard on a surface. The unit can be turned on with a selectable actuator for turning on the device, to selectively operate the device as a projector, by connecting a source component to one of the at least one output port on the housing, and bypassing the PC board, in order to project an image through the lens of the projector assembly or to operate the device as a computing device, by powering the PC board, and by using either the projector for displaying images or using the display for displaying images, or both.03-28-2013
20130076630KEYSTROKE EVENT NOTIFICATION METHOD AND COMPUTER SYSTEM THEREOF - A method and a computer system for keystroke event notification are provided. The method includes a number of steps. A keyboard controller scans a number of keys contained in a keyboard. The keys include at least one pressure-sensitive key and at least two key-functions are assigned to each of the at least one pressure-sensitive key in response to a pressure applied on the pressure-sensitive key. When one of the pressure-sensitive keys is scanned by the keyboard controller, the keyboard controller measures the pressure applied on the pressure-sensitive key. The keyboard controller uses at least two pressure thresholds to determine a level of the measured pressure. The keyboard controller controls a storage device containing a source code of a basic input/output system (BIOS) to deliver a keystroke event on the basis of the determination result, so as to activate one of the key-functions of the pressure-sensitive key.03-28-2013
20100073297SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INCORPORATING A PERSONALIZED WRITING STYLE INTO A WORD PROGRAM - A system, method and computer writeable medium for creating a personalized font and which includes an electronic pad exhibiting a display. A stylus pen is manipulated to mark upon at least one field exhibited by the pad on its display. A separate processor operable device incorporates a keyboard, and to which the electronic pad is communicated. In this fashion, the pad is utilized in combination with the keyboard in order to create a personalized font associated with a software writing program of the processor operable device.03-25-2010
20100073296COMPUTER INPUT APPARATUS - A computer input apparatus includes a keyboard and a mouse. The keyboard includes a housing, a number of input keys, and a telephone module for responding to a call or initiating a call according to a user's input. The input keys include standard keyboard keys and standard telephone keys. The mouse includes a main body, a number of buttons mounted on the main body, and a motion detecting unit for detecting motion of the mouse. The main body includes a mouse speaker configured for converting electrical signals into sound and a mouse microphone configured for converting sound into electrical signals. The buttons include a number of standard mouse buttons and an enable telephone button configured for enabling a telephone function of the mouse to answer a call.03-25-2010
20100073295MULTIPLE FUNCTION KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a speaker, a clock module, a sound storage module, and a processor. The clock module is configured for outputting a clock signal. The sound storage module is configured for storing an alarm file. The processor is connected to a power terminal of the keyboard, the clock module, the sound storage module, and the at least one speaker. The processor receives voltage from the power terminal of the keyboard and the clock signal from the clock module and reads the alarm file from the sound storage module at every internal of a predetermined time period according to the clock signal, and processes the alarm file to be outputted via the speaker.03-25-2010
20130076632SMARTPAD DUAL SCREEN KEYBOARD - A multi-display device is adapted to be dockable or otherwise associatable with an additional device. In accordance with one exemplary embodiment, the multi-display device is dockable with a smartpad. The exemplary smartpad can include a screen, a touch sensitive display, a configurable area, a gesture capture region(s) and a camera. The smartpad can also include a port adapted to receive the device. The exemplary smartpad is able to cooperate with the device such that information displayable on the device is also displayable on the smartpad. Furthermore, any one or more of the functions on the device are extendable to the smartpad, with the smartpad capable of acting as an input/output interface or extension of the smartpad. Therefore, for example, information from one or more of the displays on the multi-screen device is displayable on the smartpad.03-28-2013
20130076631INPUT DEVICE FOR GENERATING AN INPUT INSTRUCTION BY A CAPTURED KEYBOARD IMAGE AND RELATED METHOD THEREOF - An input device for generating an input instruction by captured images is disclosed. The input device includes a first image capturing module, a second image capturing module and a logic control unit. The first image capturing module and the second image capturing module are disposed around a keyboard for respectively capturing a first object image and a second object image of an object and for respectively capturing a first key image and a second key image of a key on the keyboard. The logic control unit is used for calculating a first distance according to the first object image and the first key image and a second distance according to the second object image and the second key image, and for generating the input instruction when the first distance and the second distance are smaller than a first threshold value and a second threshold value, respectively.03-28-2013
20090058810INPUT DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - In a keyboard displayed on a display, a desired character or symbol is efficiently input. A string field section, a key section, and an option section are displayed on a rear LCD, or the like, of a digital camera. A neutral key is provided in the option section. When a cursor is moved from the option section to the key section, operation means is operated with the cursor being situated at the neutral key, whereby the cursor is moved to the key section. After a character or a symbol has been selected by the option section, the cursor is automatically return to the neutral key.03-05-2009
20130082932DYNAMIC DISPLAY KEYBOARD AND A KEY FOR USE IN A DYNAMIC DISPLAY KEYBOARD - The invention relates to a dynamic display keyboard comprising a plurality of key elements, each key element comprises a transmitting part capable of transmitting at least a part of light incident on the transmitting part; a mat comprising a plurality of elevated elements capable of providing a tactile feedback and providing passage of light through the elevated elements; wherein each key element is fixedly connected to at least one respective elevated element; an optical element for each key element; wherein each optical element is adapted to focus an incident light beam onto a transmitting part; at least one display unit capable of providing light to the plurality of transmitting parts via the optical element; and wherein the light provided to a transmitting part defines a visual value of the corresponding key element. In this way, the keyboard is dynamic and further is able to provide a tactile feedback in response to a user action directed towards a key of the keyboard.04-04-2013
20130082931KEYBOARD INPUT DEVICE AND THE MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A keyboard input device and a manufacturing method thereof is provided. The keyboard input device comprises a keyboard assembly having at least one key, a sensing device configured to sense the position of a key that produces a trigger action and to create a corresponding output signal, and a controller configured to receive the output signal from the sensing device and determine the key producing the trigger action.04-04-2013
20130082930KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a keyboard body and a block rotatably connected to the keyboard body. The keyboard body defines a receiving space for receiving a mouse pad. The receiving space extends through an end surface of the keyboard body. The block is operable to rotate into the receiving space to block the mouse pad.04-04-2013
20130082928KEYBOARD-BASED MULTI-TOUCH INPUT SYSTEM USING A DISPLAYED REPRESENTATION OF A USERS HAND - Example embodiments relate to a keyboard-based multi-touch input system using a displayed representation of a user's hand. In example embodiments, a sensor detects movement of a user's hand in a direction parallel to a top surface of a physical keyboard. A computing device may then receive information describing the movement of the user's hand from the sensor and output a real-time visualization of the user's hand on the display. This visualization may be overlaid on a mufti-touch enabled user interface, such that the user may perform actions on objects within the user interface by performing multi-touch gestures.04-04-2013
20130082929TOUCH-SENSITIVE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - A touch-sensitive device includes a touch-sensitive screen and a processor. The processor divides a virtual keyboard into a number of sub-keyboards, determines an input touch track according to touch signals from the touch-sensitive screen, and displays a particular sub-keyboard according to the input touch track. A related method is also provided.04-04-2013
20130033430REDUCED QWERTY KEYBOARD SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES BETTER ACCURACY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - An electronic device having a keyboard, display, and a processor is presented. The keyboard includes a plurality keys with at least a subset of the plurality of keys having a plurality of indicia, each key in the subset having a primary and secondary conductor. The primary conductor can be associated with a first set of indicia. The first set of indicia can include one or more indicia. The secondary conductor can be associated with a second set of indicia. The second set of indicia can include the one or more indicia that are not in the first set. The processor can be communicatively coupled to the keyboard and the display. The processor receives an input based on the secondary conductor associated with the given key, and outputs data to the display to display a list of characters corresponding to the plurality of indicia of the given key.02-07-2013
20130038537CHARACTER INPUT PREDICTION APPARATUS, CHARACTER INPUT PREDICTION METHOD, AND CHARACTER INPUT SYSTEM - A character input prediction apparatus includes: an operation input unit that obtains information of a character input operation by a user using a character key layout display which includes character keys; a dictionary storage unit that stores a dictionary including candidate character strings; an indication movement detection unit that detects an indication position and an indication direction respectively showing a position and a movement direction of the character input operation in the character key layout display, from the information of the character input operation; a filter generation unit that determines a character range located in the indication direction with the indication position as a base point, in the character key layout display; and a dictionary search unit that searches the dictionary for a predictive character string including any character included in the character range.02-14-2013
20130038536DIVISIBLE KEYBOARD FOR IMPRECISE INPUT - A sectionable keyboard is described. A mobile device including the keyboard includes a processor. A memory is coupled to the processor. A software application capable of executing on the processor is stored in the memory. The keyboard is coupled to the processor and provides input from the user. The keyboard includes a plurality of keys that is separated into a plurality of sections. Each section includes a multiple of physically adjacent keys such that a selection of the input is chosen when two or more of the physically adjacent keys in each section are activated simultaneously. The physically adjacent keys in each of the sections correspond to a different input.02-14-2013
20100045606PORTABLE COMPUTER - A portable computer including a host and an input device is provided. The host has a accommodating space and a first wireless transmission unit. The input device is detachably disposed in the accommodating space and has a touch pad, a plurality of control buttons and a second wireless transmission unit. The touch pad and the control buttons are electrically connected to the second wireless transmission unit. The second wireless transmission unit is used for performing wireless transmission with the first wireless transmission unit.02-25-2010
20100045605KEYBOARD FOR A SMALL FORM FACTOR DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS - A keyboard apparatus for a small form factor data processing device. For example, a data processing device is described comprising: a body having a memory for storing program code and data and a processor for processing the program code and data, the body further comprising a keyboard defining a first plane, the keyboard having a plurality of keys selectable by a user; a display having a surface defining a second plane, the display moveably coupled to the data processing device to move from a first position in which the display covers the keyboard to a second position in which the keyboard is exposed, wherein the first plane and the second plane remain substantially parallel as the display is moved from the first position to the second position; and wherein the keyboard comprises a plurality of holes formed in the body, and a corresponding plurality of keys operatively coupled to the body and immersed within each one of the holes, wherein the width and length of each hole is sized to provide sufficient spacing to accommodate the tip of a user's thumb as a key is depressed by the user into the hole.02-25-2010
20100103109Handheld Device having Movable Keyboard - A handheld device having a movable keyboard is described. The handheld device comprises: a body, wherein a surface of the body includes a first region and a second region; a display module disposed in the body, and comprising a display screen exposed in the first region of the body; a handwriting input module disposed in the body, and comprising a handwriting screen located in the second region of the surface of the body; and a movable keyboard module slidably disposed over the surface of the body.04-29-2010
20100103110INPUT APPARATUS WITH PROGRAMMABLE DISPLAY - The invention discloses an input apparatus with a programmable display. The input apparatus includes a body, at least one keyswitch, a plural of light-emitting units, and a control unit. The at least one keyswitch is disposed on the body and has a respective translucent keycap. The light-emitting units are disposed inside the body and for illuminating the respective keycap. The control unit is disposed inside the body and coupled to the at least one keyswitch and the light-emitting units. According to an application program, the control unit is for controlling the light-emitting units to display a displayed information on the respective keycap of the at least one keyswitch.04-29-2010
20130027314Portable Information Processing Device - Disclosed is a portable information processing device which can improve convenience by reducing an operational burden resulting from a selecting operation of the user. A control portion (01-31-2013
20130027313SYMBOL INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SYMBOL INPUT DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING SYMBOLS - A symbol input device includes a plurality of symbol keys, a correction key, a time keeping portion for measuring a time for which the symbol key is pressed and held, a storage portion for storing data, and an input receiving portion which accepts input with the symbol key or the correction key, recognizes a time for which the symbol key is pressed and held based on the measurement by the time keeping portion, automatically accepts re-input of the symbol corresponding to the symbol key when the time for which the same symbol key is pressed and held exceeds a predetermined long press time, and increases the long press time every time when the number of correction times that is the number of times of which the correction key has been pressed reaches a predetermined first number of times after the automatic re-input.01-31-2013
20130135212HAPTIC KEYBOARD FOR A TOUCH-ENABLED DISPLAY - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a haptic keyboard for a touch-enabled display of a portable electronic device. According to one example, the touch-enabled display unit is configured to display a keyboard having a plurality of interactive key selectors. A plurality of tractable members are coupled to the display unit, with each tractable member positioned to correspond with a boundary area of at least one key selector. Furthermore, each tractable member is configured to protrude from a front surface of the display unit so as to create a haptic border region for the corresponding key selector of the keyboard.05-30-2013
20130027312CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE - Provided is a character input device that can improve user's convenience (can reduce operations to be performed by the user). In this character input device, an operation display portion displays a keyboard screen corresponding to a character type of the first character of the registered user information as an initial screen for accepting re-input, when accepting the re-input of the same user information as the registered user information.01-31-2013
20090073126STANDARDIZED METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING CONFIGURABLE KEYPADS - A keypad protocol is provided as part of mobile device system software to serve as a standard interface between application software and keypads and other user-interfaces. The keypad protocol can provide a common set of interfaces and APIs to facilitate development of applications that are compatible with a wide variety of keypads, including keypads that may be developed after applications are fielded. Similarly the keypad protocol can provide a common set of data structures and interfaces for accepting key press event notifications from and providing configuration information to keypads made by a variety of manufacturers. The keypad protocol can inform applications of the keypads activated and connected to the mobile device and useable by the application. Applications can inform the keypad protocol of a keypad selected for use as well as configure how the selected keypad should interface with the application.03-19-2009
20090046066OPERATING DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MACHINE TOOL, A PRODUCTION MACHINE AND/OR A MACHINE IN THE FORM OF A ROBOT - An operating device for operating a machine tool, a production machine and/or a machine in the form of a robot, includes a screen which is able to simultaneously display a first operating window and a second operating window. A first application for operating the machine can be displayed in the first operating window, and a second application for operating the machine can be displayed in the second operating window. The first application is operated using first operating buttons which are associated with the first operating window, and the second application is operated using second operating buttons which are associated with the second operating window. The first operating buttons are arranged along an individual side or a plurality of sides of the first operating window, and the second operating buttons are arranged along an individual side or a plurality of sides of the second operating window.02-19-2009
20120182220MOBILE TERMINAL INCLUDING AN IMPROVED KEYPAD FOR CHARACTER ENTRY AND A USAGE METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a method of character entry, wherein the mobile terminal includes a keypad keys that receive a first input, wherein the keys correspond to characters; a display; and a processor that receives the first input through a key of the keypad, controls the display to display a level key that includes a set of characters corresponding to the key and displays each character of the set of characters in separate areas, where the separate areas correspond to the plurality of keys of the keypad, receives a second input through one of keys, and controls the display to display a character from the set of characters of the level key corresponding to the second input, as a character entry.07-19-2012
20100328218KEYBOARD AND METHOD FOR SELF-DEFINING KEYS ON THE KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a storage unit, a format generating unit, a character recognizing unit and an assigning unit. The storage unit is configured for storing a plurality of codes, each of the codes corresponds to a character assigned to a key on the keyboard. The format generating unit is configured for analyzing a digital picture reflecting a desired layout of keys on the keyboard and generating a location matrix of the desired layout according to the digital picture and the location matrix. The character recognizing unit is configured for recognizing the characters in the desired layout according to the digital picture and the location matrix. The assigning unit is configured for assigning the codes stored in the storage unit corresponding to the recognized characters to the corresponding keys, based upon the location matrix of the desired layout.12-30-2010
20130050093DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR EXECUTING APPLICATION THEREOF, EXTERNAL DEVICE REMOTELY CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING APPLICATION CONTROL SCREEN THEREOF - A display apparatus, a method for executing an application thereof, an external device remotely controlling the display apparatus, and a method for providing an application control screen thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a display that displays an application execution screen, the application execution screen displaying an application; a communication unit that communicates with an external server and an external device that remotely controls the display apparatus; and a control unit that transmits to the external device a generation signal that instructs the external device to generate an application control screen in response to receiving an input command to execute the application, controls the communication unit to receive a command from the external device input through the application control screen, and operates the application according to the received command.02-28-2013
20130050094METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING MALFUNCTION OF TOUCHPAD IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method and an apparatus for preventing a malfunction of a touchpad in an electronic device are provided. The method includes determining whether one or more input signals is continuously received due to one or more keys of a key input unit being continuously depressed, and controlling an activation state of the touchpad according to the determination result.02-28-2013
20130050090INFORMATION HANDLING DEVICES WITH TOUCH-BASED REFLECTIVE DISPLAY - Devices, methods and products are described that provide information handling devices with touch-based reflective display. One aspect provides an information handling device including one or more processors; a display device; and a touchable control area having one or more configurable areas, said one or more configurable areas providing both reflective display and accepting touch-based input; wherein said touchable control area is disposed in place of at least a portion of a standard component of said information handling device, other than said display device, and provides functionality equivalent thereto in one or more configurations. Other embodiments are described.02-28-2013
20130050092Computer Keyboard with Integrated an Electrode Arrangement - An input device, especially in the form of a computer keyboard provides which for a user of a computer keyboard special operator benefits result as compared to conventional keyboard systems in association with a pointing device. According to an embodiment, a computer keyboard with a keyboard that includes a multitude of manually operable keys, wherein in this keyboard an electrode arrangement is integrated, is designed in such a way and over a driver circuit exploited in such a way that by means of this electrode arrangement the detection of the spatial position or movement of a finger or a hand in an area in front of the keyboard is made possible in a electrical-field way, and by means of the driver, circuit system signals are provided that have an information content that correlates with position and/or movement of a finger or a hand of the user.02-28-2013
20130050091PASSWORD INPUT DEVICE - A password input device includes a display unit, an input unit and a control unit. The display unit includes a group of LCD displays for display numerals. The input unit includes a group of keys corresponding to the LCD displays. The keys are positioned on the corresponding LCD displays; the control unit creates a group of numerical key sequences, and controls the LCD displays to display the numerical key sequences through the keys.02-28-2013
20130050089TEXT CORRECTION PROCESSING - Text correction processing is disclosed. An initial score is assigned to each of a plurality of candidate sequences of one or more characters, based at least in part on a keyboard geometry-based value associated with the received user input with respect to the candidate key. Further processing is performed with respect to a subset of the candidate sequences having the highest initial score(s) to determine for each candidate sequence in the subset a refined score. A candidate sequence is selected for inclusion in a result set based at least in part on a determination that a refined score of the selected candidate is higher than an initial score of one or more candidate sequences that are not included in the subset and with respect to which the further processing has not been performed.02-28-2013
20130088431Apparatus Cover with Keyboard - An apparatus including a first section having a display; and a second section movably connected to the first section. The second section forms a cover for the display. The cover has a first portion and a second portion movably connected to the first portion. The first and second portions are configured to cover different portions of a front of the display. The second portion is pivotably connected to the first section by the first portion. The second portion has a keyboard thereon.04-11-2013
20130069880VIRTUAL PRODUCT DISPLAY - A product display system comprising a display surface; a height sensor for determining a height of a user; an input device for receiving a product selection from the user, where the product selection corresponding to one or more products; a computing device coupled to the height sensor and to the input device, the computing device comprising a frame buffer for outputting images to be displayed on the display surface, the computing device being configured to: receive the product selection from the input device; receive the height from the height sensor and, based on the height, determine a viewing angle of the user in relation to the display surface; and write to the frame buffer one or more images comprising virtual versions of the one or more products, thereby causing the one or more images to be displayed on the display surface, the one or more images corresponding to said viewing angle.03-21-2013
20130088432ALPHABET INPUT DEVICE AND ALPHABET RECOGNITION SYSTEM IN SMALL-SIZED KEYPAD - Disclosed herein are an alphabet input device and an alphabet recognition system in a small-sized keypad. The device includes: a first keypad part comprising a plurality of buttons each of which is assigned with a symbol extracted from strokes of alphabet characters so that the alphabet characters be input by one of the buttons or a combination of two or more of the buttons; and a second keypad part comprising one or more buttons each assigned with an alphabet character having a high usage frequency. With the device, alphabet characters can be inputted in a simpler and more efficient manner.04-11-2013
20090303186USER INPUT HANDLING FOR DIGITAL VIDEO PLAYBACK DEVICE - Subject matter disclosed herein may relate to providing user inputs, such as, for example, text from a keyboard, to an application executed on a digital video object playback device.12-10-2009
20090303185USER INTERFACE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AN IMPROVED OPERATING MODE - A user interface configured to detect a first press on a volume key and upon the detection determine a second operating mode and switch from a first operating mode to the second operating mode.12-10-2009
20120218188INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND TERMINAL APPARATUS - A method is provided for recognizing input operations. The method comprises transmitting virtual key information defining a layout of virtual input keys. The method further comprises determining input position information based on a detected input member. The method also comprises determining a key input by comparing the virtual key information with the input position information.08-30-2012
20120218187TIME WINDOWS FOR SENSOR INPUT - An apparatus includes timing circuitry configured to initiate a timing window in response to input sensed by an optical sensor, association circuitry configured to associate the input with additional input sensed by a different optical sensor if the additional input commences during the timing window and filter circuitry configured to filter out additional input sensed by a different optical sensor if the additional input commences after expiration of the timing window and prior to a subsequent initiation of the timing window. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.08-30-2012
20130057476Wireless Keyboard and Computer System - A wireless keyboard comprises at least a keystroke each comprising a first resonating circuit for responsing a first wireless signal to provide a power source, a chip storing a key data, and a switch coupled between the first resonating circuit and the chip for conducting a connection between the first resonating circuit and the chip when receiving an external force, to transmit the power source provided by the first resonating circuit to the chip, such that the chip outputs the key data as a second wireless signal via the first resonating circuit, and a reader coupled to a computer system for emitting the first wireless signal to the each keystroke and responsing the second wireless signal outputted by the each keystroke, so as to determine commands inputted to the computer system.03-07-2013
20130057475SPLIT KEYBOARD FOR THUMB TYPING - In one embodiment, a split virtual keyboard may be optimized for thumb typing. A processor 03-07-2013
20130069879AUXILLIARY INPUT DEVICE FOR VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - An auxiliary input device for virtual keyboard sized on a displayed virtual keyboard of a capacitive touch panel, comprising: a membrane and a plurality of conducting keys. The membrane has a plurality of bulged supporting members arranged in correspondence to the plurality of virtual keys of the virtual keyboard, wherein a trough is arranged facing the virtual keyboard between every two adjacent supporting members. The conducting keys are arranged atop each of the supporting member, and kept at a predetermined distance from the capacitive touch panel, the conducting keys selectively operable to establish contact with the capacitive touch panel. The auxiliary input device for virtual keyboard is a thin structure which provides tactile feedback and pressure-sensitivity just like a physical keyboard, and is advantageous in its low cost construction, easy portability and the lack of additional power consumption.03-21-2013
20130069878Portable computer with adjustable keyboard - A portable computer includes a display device and a computer coupling with the display device to fold between a storage position and an operation position. The computer includes a main body movably coupling with the display device and an input device movably coupled with the main body. At the storage position, the input device and the display device are moved toward the main body that the display device is overlapped with the input device. At the operation position, the display device is moved away from the main body and is elevated by the main body at a predetermined eyelevel with respect to the working surface while the input device is moved away from the main body at a direction opposite to the display device for offering an extended length from the display device.03-21-2013
20090091536Dial Pad Data Entry - Interpreting keystrokes from the key pad of a device incorporates both key touch and key stroke into the decision to display a character, advance a cursor or execute a command. The device contains switches capable of determining when a keystroke cycle is completed. The switches may include touch sensitive switches or two position switches. The touch sensitive switches detect when a user breaks touch contact with the switch. The two position switches detect the completion of the keystroke sequence when the switch is pressed into the second position. Several different types of touch sensitive switches can be used including capacitive coupled, light sensing, pressure sensing and heat sensing.04-09-2009
20120188167CONTAINABLE COMPUTER KEYBOARD - In the present invention, a rear part at a bottom cover of a computer keyboard is provided with two elastic brackets which can be used to raise a height of the keyboard. The keyboard can be raised and can be put upside-down on a desktop by pulling out the elastic brackets. Left and right sides of the keyboard are provided respectively with a flat panel, allowing the keyboard to be put in a drawer of an office desk. Besides, the keyboard can be designed wirelessly or with wires.07-26-2012
20090278803FACILITATING INPUT OF USER NAME AND PASSWORD FROM DEVICE HAVING KEYPAD LAYOUT DIFFERENT THAN KEYPAD LAYOUT OF DEVICE USED TO ESTABLISH USER NAME AND PASSWORD - If a user establishes a user name and password using a conventional telephone keypad and subsequently wishes to access the account using a PDA with a different key layout, the user is aided by displaying an image of the conventional telephone keypad on the PDA which the user can touch to input the user name and password and, thus, more easily access the account without having to remember anything more than the original numeric combination corresponding to the account information.11-12-2009
20090267900OPERATION METHOD OF USER INTERFACE AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM AND PORTABLE DEVICE - An operation method of a user interface suitable for performing an input operation on an input panel displayed on a display is provided. The input panel comprises a plurality of keys. The operation method includes deciding an input command through one of the keys of the input panel. Then, a vision feedback represented by an image is displayed within a display area of a display.10-29-2009
20120223889System and Method for Inputting Text into Small Screen Devices - An embodiment is directed to an interface for a small screen device, such as a watch, that enables a user to enter text on the small screen device by touching in the vicinity of characters, rather than aiming for a particular button or the exact location of a character. Embodiments further enable the design of interfaces without the use of buttons for controlling the entry of text on the small screen device.09-06-2012
20120223888INFORMATION TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - An information transmission system includes a first wireless input device, a first wireless transceiver, and second wireless transceiver. The first wireless transceiver and the second wireless transceiver are mounted on a first host and a second host, respectively. Moreover, a first input information issued from the first wireless input device is received by the first wireless transceiver in every first time interval. Moreover, first transmission information issued from the first wireless transceiver in every second interval is received by the second wireless transceiver, and a second transmission information is issued from the second wireless transceiver in every third time interval. The second transmission information is received by the first wireless transceiver in every third time interval. In such way, information can be exchanged between the first host and the second host.09-06-2012
20110063224SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE, VIRTUAL ON SCREEN INPUT - A system, apparatus, and method of remote, virtual on screen data input includes a peripheral data input device (PDID) made up of a proximity sensor and data communications means. The proximity sensor is adapted to dynamically recognize the movement of a target in the proximity of the peripheral device. The data connection device is adapted to transmit signals from the proximity sensor to a processor communicatively coupled to the remote display. The processor constructs a representation of input fields on the display, and, when detected, overlays a real-time, virtual representation of the target over the representation of the input fields.03-17-2011
20110063223DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING VIRTUAL KEYBOARD AND DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a display system for displaying a virtual keyboard and a display method used for the display system. The display system includes a project apparatus and a display apparatus, the project apparatus communicates with the display apparatus, the project apparatus comprises at least one infrared induction unit configured for transmitting infrared radio to a surface to generate virtual key points of the virtual keyboard and receiving infrared radio reflected by virtual key points of the virtual keyboard on the surface. Therefore, when one virtual key point is touched, the project apparatus acquires the key content information corresponding to the infrared induction unit and the display apparatus performs a function or displays a key content corresponding to the key content information.03-17-2011
20110063222METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SWITCHING OF KVM SWITCH PORTS USING GESTURES ON A TOUCH PANEL - A method in a KVM switch system for interacting with the user to switch computer ports using a touch panel device having a touch-sensitive screen is described. The system allows a user to accomplish port switching by “drawing” a symbol (such as an Arabic number) representing a port number on the touch screen, coupled with other actions, such as one or more touches of the screen, an action using another input device such as a mouse, keyboard, buttons, etc., to confirm the port number input.03-17-2011
20130063356ACTUATION LOCK FOR A TOUCH SENSITIVE MECHANICAL KEYBOARD - Touch sensitive mechanical keyboards and methods of configuring the depressibility of one or more keys of a keyboard are provided. A touch sensitive mechanical keyboard can accept touch events performed on the surface of the keys. Additionally, the keyboard can accept key depressions as textual input. The keyboard can be placed in a gesture operation mode, which can lock the keys to prevent a user from inadvertently depressing a key while attempting to perform a touch event on the surface of the keys. The keyboard can also be placed in a key press mode, which can allow depression of the keys by a user.03-14-2013
20130063359System and Method For Inserting A Graphic Object Into A Text Based Message - A system and method for selecting graphic objects to insert in a text message when composed on a wireless device, each of the graphic objects representing a set of individual alphanumeric characters. The system comprises an object table for display on a user interface of the device, such that the table is configured for including a first object of the graphic objects associated with a first predefined input and a second object of the graphic objects associated with a second predefined input. The first input is different from the second input. The system also has a first input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the first input event component is configured for mapping to the first predefined input. The system also has a second input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the second input event component is configured for mapping to the second predefined input, the first input event component being different from the second input event component. A user of the device selects one of the graphic objects from the table by employing the respective one of the input event components mapped to the predefined input associated with the graphic object in the table.03-14-2013
20130063358TOUCHSCREEN WITH A LIGHT MODULATOR - A device with a touchscreen with a light modulator is disclosed herein. The device transitions from a netbook mode to a touchscreen mode. The device comprises a main unit and a touchscreen unit with a transparent display. The touchscreen unit is preferably separated from the main unit when in a netbook mode, and the touchscreen unit communicates wirelessly with the main unit. The touchscreen unit preferably has an outer screen display surface and an inner screen display surface on each side of a light modulating unit. The main unit preferably has a main unit display.03-14-2013
20130063357METHOD FOR PRESENTING DIFFERENT KEYPAD CONFIGURATIONS FOR DATA INPUT AND A PORTABLE DEVICE UTILIZING SAME - A method for displaying different keypad configurations to allow input data using a touch screen with an appropriate keypad configuration is provided. The method comprises: displaying a plurality of identifiers respectively representing keypad configurations whose input modes are different from each other; and displaying a keypad configuration corresponding to a selected identifier when a touch event, which selects one of the displayed plurality of identifiers, is generated.03-14-2013
20090237360VIRTUAL KEY INPUT METHOD - A virtual key input method includes displaying a small virtual key that is marked with at least a first symbol, and displaying a large virtual key that is marked with a plurality of second symbols, that replaces the small virtual key, and that has a size larger than the small virtual key. An electronic device that performs the virtual key input method is also disclosed.09-24-2009
20090237359METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING TOUCH SCREEN KEYBOARD - Provided are a method and apparatus for displaying various types of touch screen keyboards at various positions according to an information input condition of a user. The method includes recognizing a point on a touch screen which a reference finger of at least one hand of a user touches, and displaying a touch screen keyboard including keys arranged according to the recognized point. Accordingly, a user-based touch screen keyboard which can be easily used, allow information to be quickly input, and reduce touch error, can be provided.09-24-2009
20090009477ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus includes a display unit, a base chassis, a screen displaying section, and operation controlling means. The display unit includes a display region. The base chassis is made of a transparent material and includes a first region that extends outward from at least one end on a circumference of the display unit, the first region provided with one of a plurality of vertically-arranged operation buttons and a plurality of horizontally-arranged operation buttons used for operating a driving circuit. The screen displaying section displays an operation screen in the display region of the display unit, the operation screen displayed in association with a position of each of the plurality of operation buttons. The operation controlling means controls an operational input to the operation screen made by using the plurality of operation buttons.01-08-2009
20090009476Bag computer manual character input device and cover - Disclosed is a manual character input device, such as a keyboard or electronic write pad, designed for removable mounting and operation on the front of a bag computer. A keyboard may be ten full size keys wide with thumb keys for missing keys to right and left, may have tactile finger guides and actuating keys adapted for vertical use. The input device attaches by its back or pivotally by one edge. Edge mounts may be a channel, clip, half hinge axle or bearing or clamp and may include a hinge means for non-pivoting bag front mounts. Alignment structures may be included and may form a cover to protect the bag computer/display. Electrical connection to the computer may lead from the input device's back or edge and may be a wire and plug or may be built into the attachments. Alternatively, the input device may have a wireless electrical connection.01-08-2009
20100085307TOUCH CONTROL MOBILE PHONE AND ANTI-MISOPERATION METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION - A touch control mobile phone includes a plurality of touch keys, an error-detecting region, an inductor positioned in the error-detecting region, an IC electronically connected to the error-detecting region, and a CPU electronically connected to the IC. The inductor is capable of detecting a nearby object. When the inductor detects the nearby object, the error-detecting region is triggered to send a signal to the IC, the IC transmits the signal to the CPU to execute an instruction corresponding to the signal such that the plurality of touch keys are locked.04-08-2010
20120113010CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT PROGRAM - The object of the present invention is to provide a character input device that facilities the input of an added value in inputting text including numeric values. In a character input device that adopts a predictive conversion method, a preset mathematical operation is performed when a numeric value is inputted, and the result of the mathematical operation is displayed as a conversion candidate.05-10-2012
20120113009Wide Touchpad on a Portable Computer - In one exemplary embodiment, a portable computer having a display assembly coupled to a base assembly to alternate between a closed position and an open position. Palm rest areas are formed by a touchpad disposed on the surface of the base assembly. In an alternative embodiment, a touchpad disposed on the base assembly has a width that extends substantially into the palm rests areas of the base assembly.05-10-2012
20120113008ON-SCREEN KEYBOARD WITH HAPTIC EFFECTS - A computer-implemented method is described for displaying an on-screen keyboard on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device is described. The method may detect contact of a finger in a contact area of the display and monitor movement of the contact area on display in response to movement of the finger across the display. The method may determine that the contact area is proximate a region of the display that includes a key of the on-screen keyboard, and provide a haptic effect to indicate that the finger is proximate the at least one key. The haptic effect may be provided via the display and be provided proximate to the detected contact area. In an example embodiment, an anchor on one or more keys of the on-screen keyboard is provides a further haptic effect to the finger when the finger is proximate to the anchor.05-10-2012
20120113007Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating Soft Keyboards - An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface concurrently displays on the display an application content area and an unsplit keyboard, the unsplit keyboard being located at a bottom of the display. The device detects a first gesture on the touch-sensitive surface. In response to detecting the first gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, the device converts the unsplit keyboard into a split keyboard and moves the split keyboard away from the bottom of the display over the application content area in accordance with the first gesture.05-10-2012
20120235918SOFT KEY HOT SPOT ACTIVATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The device and method of the present invention includes an operating system that operates on an operating system level and one or more software applications that operate at an application level above the operating system level. Applications are configured to, when running at the application level, present at said display one or more display locations each associated with a user input event selection. Soft keys adjacent to said display are configured to be acted upon by a user to generate input signals to the operating system level independent of any one application configured to run at said application level. A control module is configured to receive said input signals from said one or more soft keys, map and transmit said input signals to a corresponding user selected display location of an application running at the application level to provide an application-related input.09-20-2012
20120235917CONTEXT-BASED KEYBOARD - Some demonstrative embodiments, include devices, systems and/or methods of context-based keyboards. For example, a virtual context-based keyboard may be customized based on an input context to be provided from a user to at least one application. The input context may include a predefined combination of a plurality of context components including input elements selected from a respective plurality of predefined sets of input elements, such that a context component has an input element selected from a set of input elements corresponding to the context component. The virtual keyboard may include a plurality of keyboard elements representing input elements of the plurality of sets of input elements, each keyboard element representing a different input element.09-20-2012
20120235916USER INPUT DEVICE - An input device that alleviates repetitive stress injuries by eliminating static repetition in the use. The input device includes a plurality of zones, the zones being adapted to move. The zones are moved by moving elements. The zones move when any one or more of predetermined conditions occur such as a set time, number of keystrokes, time interval, keystrokes in a zone or area, preprogrammed injury status, preprogrammed injury prevention, programmed diagnosed condition, key temperature, vibration, manual adjustment, and user pattern or preference.09-20-2012
20130162539TOUCH KEYPAD MODULE AND MODE SWITCHING METHOD THEREOF - A touch keypad module includes a touch input panel having a touch input surface and physically representing at least one specific touch zone. When the specific touch zone is touched while a touch gesture is inputted through the touch input surface, or when the specific touch zone is lastingly touched, the touch input panel switches its input mode.06-27-2013
20130162540INPUT DEVICE WITH DIFFERENT INPUT FUNCTIONS - A multifunctional input device includes a keyboard body defining a recess, a flexible touch panel movably received in the recess of the keyboard body, and a switching sensor. The switching sensor generates a first mode signal or a second mode signal. Only the keyboard body works when the switching sensor generates the first mode signal, and only the flexible touch panel works when the switching sensor generates the second mode signal.06-27-2013
20120268378INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus that includes a touch panel unit that detects a touch input; an application control unit that sets one of a plurality of application programs to an active state as an active-state application program; a profile information acquiring unit that acquires profile information corresponding to the active-state application program; and a parameter updating unit that sets a detection parameter of the touch panel unit based on the profile information.10-25-2012
20110025605Phase change material hand pads for laptop computers and other electronic devices - A laptop computer includes a one-piece, unitary keyboard housing and a monitor. The keyboard housing supports a plurality of keys for manipulation by a user of the computer. At least one hand pad is selectively secured to the keyboard housing. The at least one hand pad is positioned adjacent the plurality of keys for supporting the hand of a user as the user manipulates the plurality of keys. The hand pad is a substantially flat pad. The pad includes a bottom surface shaped and dimensioned to rest firmly upon the keyboard housing and a top surface contoured to comfortably support a hand of a user. The hand pad also includes a phase change material incorporated therein, the phase change material absorbing and storing heat for later release in a manner providing a user with a sensation of coolness as he or she places fingers, hands or arms on the hand pad to provide a comfortable temperature pleasing to a user.02-03-2011
20080291170KEYBOARD FRAME WITH INDUCTION LIGHT SOURCE - A keyboard frame with induction light source is disclosed, which comprises: a frame, a light guide plate, a signal line, a thermal sensor, a light source, a control circuit and a switch. As the light guide plate having the signal line disposed thereon is received in the frame while the thermal sensor and the light source is further disposed on the signal line and connected thereto, temperatures of a hand detected by the thermal sensor is transmitted to the control circuit where it is converted into electric signals and then send to the light source for directing the same to perform a color changing operation accordingly and thus cause the keyboard frame to display various coloring/lighting effects. With the aforesaid structure, not only the keyboard frame is fun to play for its ability to display various lighting/coloring effects, but also it is able to act as a thermometer for measuring human body's temperature. Moreover, the switch is used for controlling the on/off of the light source so that the keyboard frame can be personalized based on users preferences.11-27-2008
20090115730Data input device and method thereof - Disclosed is a data input device and method thereof. The data input device comprises one or more character input buttons and character designation buttons, each having two operating states, input signal generators corresponding respectively to the plurality of buttons and generating input signals when the buttons are pressed, and an input data information generator for generating input data information based on the input signals from the input signal generators, characterized in that said input data information generator includes a memory for storing a button generator connection list showing connection relationship between each button and each corresponding input signal generator, a character assignment list showing relationship each character input button and characters to be assigned to each character input button and a character designation button list showing relationship each character designation button and characters to be designated as input state by each character designation button, and that said input data information generator groups the input signals generated from the input signal generators two by two according to the generation order and determines one character to be designated by the character designation button corresponding to one of each input signal group among the characters to be assigned to the character input button corresponding to the other of each input signal group as an input character based on the three lists stored in the memory.05-07-2009
20110316785KEYPAD FOR HAND-HELD DEVICES WITH TOUCH SCREENS - An accessory device for providing a tactile response for users of hand-held devices with touch screens is provided. The accessory device includes a plurality of domes, each dome having an input member. When force is applied to a dome, the dome provides a tactile stimulus to the user and causes the input member to actuate a corresponding input of the touch screen.12-29-2011
20090102796Communication device with advanced characteristics - A communicator device which allows improved functions. The communicator device may have real movable keys which are reconfigured when the device is used in different orientations. In a sideways orientation, the device has a rectangular aspect ratio which is wider than it is tall. And in that sideways orientation, the buttons are reconfigured to the orientation they would normally have. The communicator device may also be reoriented into the other position, in which case the assignment and the indication on the buttons is also correspondingly changed. The communicator device may have a projector to project videos, and the communicator device may be able to retrieve numbers and e-mails to be used for communications from a repository on the Internet or from a search engine on the Internet.04-23-2009
20090189863COMBINATION CONSOLE MODULE FOR KVM SWITCH - A combination console module is described which enables a console to be used both as a local console for a local KVM switch and as a remote console for a remote network-enabled KVM (IKVM) switch. In a stand-alone configuration, the combination console module includes a control section, an analog-to-digital converter for converting analog video signals from the KVM switch to digital video signals, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for converting digital video signals from the network to analog signals, a video switch for applying either the input video signal form the KVM switch or video signals from the DAC to the console's display, and a network interface device. The keyboard/mouse signals from the console are processed by the control section and transmitted to either the KVM switch or the network. The combination console module can also be implemented by modifying a conventional IKVM switch by adding the DAC.07-30-2009
20110279374USER INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A user input device and electronic apparatus are provided. The user input device includes a first substrate on which first electrodes are formed; a second substrate disposed to be spaced apart from the first substrate, and on which second electrodes are formed; an electro-rheological fluid contained in a gap between the first substrate and the second substrate; and one or more lighting keypad units disposed on the second substrate. Each of the lighting keypad unit includes one or more key symbols which are different from one another. The electronic apparatus includes one or more user input devices.11-17-2011
20110279373INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes: an apparatus body including a body having a keyboard and a display unit attached to the body so as to be opened and closed; an acceleration sensor mounted on the apparatus body; a gesture motion determination unit mounted on the apparatus body and determining a reference posture of a holding state of the apparatus body taken when a user executes a given gesture function while holding the apparatus body based on acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor as well as determining a gesture motion executed by the user by detecting posture change of the apparatus body from the reference posture based on acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor; and an operation execution unit mounted on the apparatus body and executing a given operation corresponding to the gesture motion executed by the user based on the determination result in the gesture motion determination unit.11-17-2011
20090174663DYNAMICALLY CONFIGURABLE KEYBOARD FOR COMPUTER - A keyboard assembly, and an associated methodology, provides for a dynamically configurable keyboard display. A user interface input is formed of an electronic touch interface at which a keyboard display is provided. The keyboard display is generated during operation of the computer and is formed of key elements conforming to the key elements that are required pursuant to execution of a selected application, such as a computer game. When the computer game, or other application that is being executed changes, the keyboard display is accordingly changed.07-09-2009
20130009876COMPUTER WITH AN INPUT DEVICE HAVING A LABELED REGION - A computer with an input device having a labeled region including a host, a first monitor, a first touchpad and a cover is provided. The first monitor is electrically connected to the host and serves as a display media of the host. The first touchpad is electrically connected to the host and serves as an input media of the host. The first touchpad includes a touch keypad region, wherein a plurality of touch keys is disposed in the touch keypad region. The cover encloses the first touchpad and includes a labeled region. When the device is power on, the labeled region is corresponding to the touch keypad region of the first touchpad, and the user can distinguish positions of each of the touch keys of the touch keypad region when inputting data by means of the touch keypad region.01-10-2013
20110291939INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INPUT APPARATUS, AND SENSOR SHEET - An information processing apparatus includes: a key array having a key layout in which rows of input keys parallel to a first direction are arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and the input keys belonging to one row are shifted in the first direction to the input keys belonging to another row; first wiring electrodes routed between the input keys at intervals in the first direction and each having a capacitance changed by proximity of a detection target; second wiring electrodes routed along the first direction to thread through the rows and each having the capacitance; and a control unit to generate a control signal including a first signal on a position of the detection target along the first direction based on the capacitances of the first and second wiring electrodes and a shift amount of the input keys in each row in the first direction.12-01-2011
20100171706INFORMATION PROCESSOR, USER INTERFACE CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM - Information processor 07-08-2010
20100171705KEY PAD AND KEY PAD ASSEMBLY - Disclosed are a keypad and a keypad assembly for providing increased flexibility. The disclosed keypad includes a base film having button parts formed on the base film, a light guide layer into which light is guided, and electronic paper which is illuminated by light emitted from the light guide layer, and displays at least one symbol, wherein the electronic paper includes metal areas corresponding to the button parts and non-metal areas disposed between the metal areas so as to provide flexibility for the electronic paper. The flexibility of the electronic paper, which can be achieved by the keypad and the keypad assembly, improves the click-feeling to a user when the button parts are pressed.07-08-2010
20100171704Optoelectronic Device for Determining Relative Movements or Relative Positions of Two Objects - The present invention relates to an optoelectronic device for determining relative movements or relative positions of two objects, comprising a first object fixed relative to a frame of the device; a second object mounted in spaced relation to the first object and adapted for movement relative thereto; and a plurality of measuring cells for determining movement or displacement of the second object relative to the first object. Each measuring cell comprises a light-emitting element and a detector for detecting light from the light-emitting element. The invention provides a light shield for the optoelectronic device, the light shield comprising a plurality of channels which together define a non-planar or three-dimensional array of light beam paths between the first and second objects of the optoelectronic device.07-08-2010
20100007608OUTPUT DEVICE - A cross key is mounted on a headphone. When a support arm and a connection section are pivoted 180 degrees from the (a)-state to change the position of wearing the headphone between left and right, a head-mounted display is set for use by the right eye, and this turns the cross key upside down. Correspondingly, a function allocated to the upper key is allocated to the lower key and a function allocated to the lower key is allocated to the upper key to obtain the (b)-state. In the (b)-state, the functions are changed such that the function allocated to the upper key is allocated to the upper key and the function allocated to the lower key is allocated to the lower key. A cross key does not require any change in key functions and left as is.01-14-2010
20100265183STATE CHANGES FOR AN ADAPTIVE DEVICE - Various embodiments of systems and method to implement a state change for an adaptive device are provided. In one example, a method is disclosed that includes receiving a system state input indicating a change in a system state of a computing device, changing adaptive device data in response to the system state input to form changed adaptive device data, the adaptive device data and the changed adaptive device data each including one or more of image data and adaptive device mapping data, and adjusting an adaptive device display state using the changed adaptive device data, wherein adjusting the adaptive device display state includes one or more of displaying the image data on the keyboard display and adjusting an adaptive device mapping state according to the adaptive device mapping data.10-21-2010
20120086643KEYBOARD DEVICE WITH OPTICALLY ENHANCED DISPLAY OUTPUT - A display and input system configured to receive tactile user input and provide dynamic display output is provided. The system includes a display device and a plurality of input locations situated over the display device. Each of the input locations is at least partially see-through to permit viewing of imagery generated by the display device, where each of the input locations includes an optical element spaced from an operative surface of the display device and configured to adjust viewer perception of image light emanating from the display device through input location. The display and input system may also be implemented to include mechanically-depressible keys providing keyboard-type input functionality.04-12-2012
20120287050SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HUMAN INTERFACE IN A VEHICLE - A system and method for providing an interface between a driver or passenger of a vehicle and a personal computing device. A projector projects an image onto a driver-facing surface of a steering wheel or other interior surface of the vehicle. At least one gesture sensor senses the person's finger gestures to determine the individual characters being typed or to sense specific commands being entered. The image may comprise a simulated computer keyboard and/or a touchpad.11-15-2012
20110298718TOUCH-SENSING KEYBOARD - A touch-sensing keyboard including a solar cell, a touch panel, and a power converter is provided. The solar cell has a light receiving surface. The touch panel is disposed above the light receiving surface of the solar cell, wherein the solar cell receives light passing through the touch panel and converts the received light into electric power. Furthermore, the power converter is electrically connected to the solar cell and the touch panel, wherein the power converter receives and transforms the electric power generated from the solar cell and outputs the transformed electric power to the touch panel.12-08-2011
20110316784INPUT TO AN ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic device, comprising a processing system; a sensor for detecting vibrations caused by a user striking the device and outputting a signal indicative of a parameter of those vibrations; wherein the processing system is configured to analyse the signal output from the sensor and determine a parameter related to the location of the strike. Other methods and systems for making inputs to electronic devices are also described.12-29-2011
20120001852COMPUTER KEYBOARD HAVING DETACHABLE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL TOUCHPAD - A computer keyboard has a detachable multi-functional touchpad. The computer keyboard is in communication with a computer host. The computer keyboard includes a keyboard body and a multi-functional touchpad. In a first usage status where the multi-functional touchpad is connected with the keyboard body, an image of a numeric keypad is shown. In a second usage status where the multi-functional touchpad is detached from the keyboard body, the multi-functional touchpad functions as a multimedia controller. In a third usage status, the multi-functional touchpad is connected with a charger stand, the multi-functional touchpad functions as a digital photo frame.01-05-2012
20110285630ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a housing including a palmrest, a keyboard on the housing including a space key and a cursor key closer to the palmrest than the space and a switch in a region of the keyboard surrounded by the space key, the cursor key, and the palmrest11-24-2011
20090244009TABLET COMPUTER - A tablet computer is composed of a tablet component and a keyboard component. The tablet component houses all of the essential hardware of tablet computer including the central processing unit (CPU), the memory, the power supply, and a touch screen display. The keyboard component is a simple peripheral device that offers no computing functionality unless connected with the tablet component. The tablet component and keyboard component can mate to form a notebook-type computer. The tablet component and keyboard component can mate in an orientation allowing use of only a tablet computing user interface. The tablet component is removable from the keyboard component and functions independently as a tablet computing device. The keyboard component has a counterbalance armature to oppose the moment of inertia due to the changing center of mass of the tablet computer as the tablet component is moved from a closed to an open position.10-01-2009
20110115709Systems And Methods For Increasing Haptic Bandwidth In An Electronic Device - Systems and methods for increasing the haptic bandwidth of an electronic device are disclosed. One disclosed embodiment of a system is an apparatus having a first actuator; a second actuator; and a processor coupled to the first and second actuators, the processor configured to apply a first command signal to the first actuator to output a first haptic effect from a first start time to a first stop time, the processor configured to apply a second command signal to the second actuator to output a second haptic effect from a second start time to a second stop time.05-19-2011
20110285633DYNAMIC PROJECTED USER INTERFACE - A dynamic projected user interface device is disclosed, that includes a projector, a projection controller, and an imaging sensor. The projection controller is configured to receive instructions from a computing device, and to provide display images via the projector onto display surfaces. The display images are indicative of a first set of input controls when the computing device is in a first operating context, and a second set of input controls when the computing device is in a second operating context. The imaging sensor is configured to optically detect physical contacts with the one or more display surfaces.11-24-2011
20110285632ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, INPUT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND INPUT CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a touch panel, a display, a key detection module, a keyboard display module and a transmission module. The key detection module is configured to detect a touch and a release of a key of a software keyboard, based on touch detection on the touch panel. The transmission module is configured to transmit data indicative of key-down of a first key in accordance with touch detection of the first key, to transmit data indicative of key-down of a second key in accordance with touch detection of the second key in a state in which the first key is touched, and then to transmit data indicative of key-up of the first key and the second key in accordance with release detection of the first key and the second key.11-24-2011
20110285631INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING A VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a first touch screen, a second touch screen display, and a display module. The display module is configured to display a first virtual keyboard includes first virtual keys in order to input key codes on the first touch screen display, and to display a second virtual keyboard includes second virtual keys in order to input key codes on the second touch screen display.11-24-2011
20100033434KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a main keypad, a numerical keypad, a switch, a keyboard control circuit, a calculator circuit, a display driver circuit, and a liquid crystal display screen. The keyboard control circuit is connected to the main keypad. The numerical keypad is connected to the keyboard control circuit and the calculator circuit selectively via the switch. The calculator circuit is further connected to the liquid crystal display screen via the display driver circuit. When the numerical keypad is connected to the calculator circuit via the switch, the numerical keypad is capable of processing a numerical calculation.02-11-2010
20090273565SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND CUMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR INVOKING AN ELECTRONIC INK OR HANDWRITING INTERFACE - User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.11-05-2009
20110298716IN-PLANE KEYBOARD ILLUMINATION - A computer keyboard includes a plurality of keys arranged in a pattern contained within a plane, a webbed structure defining openings for each of the keys, an illumination source, and one or more light pipes positioned along the webbed structure and arranged to deliver light from the illumination source to the keys, wherein each of the keys is illuminated thereby. Although the keys have the appearance of being backlit similar to traditional illuminated keyboards, the illumination source is actually located along at least one side of and within the same plane as the pattern of keys, rather than beneath the keys. The keyboard can thus be made thinner in such arrangements where the illumination source does not need to be located beneath the keys.12-08-2011
20110298717KEYBOARD WITH REPLACEABLE LAYOUT SHEET - A keyboard includes a key housing, a rectangular membrane circuit board, a rectangular layout sheet releasably secured on top of the membrane circuit board and comprising a plurality of keys each printed with a letter of alphabet, a numerical digit, a punctuation symbol, or a function number designation, and a base plate. The layout sheet can be labeled in English, German, Spanish, or one of other different languages.12-08-2011
20110291936TOUCH-TYPE TRANSPARENT KEYBOARD - A touch-type transparent keyboard is for use with an electronic device. The touch-type transparent keyboard includes a touch screen, a control module electrically connecting to the touch screen, a transparent plate and a keyboard layer. The keyboard layer includes a number of key icons. The keyboard layer is disposed between the touch screen and the transparent plate. When a touching position corresponding to the key icons of the touch screen are touched, the control module detects a touch position coordinate and produces a corresponding command signal to the electronic device, and an image is shown on the electronic device.12-01-2011
20120026096KEYBOARD APPARATUS INTEGRATED WITH COMBINED TOUCH INPUT MODULE - A keyboard apparatus integrated with a combined touch input module is disclosed. The combined touch input module having a touchpad module and a tablet module conducts a handwriting mode and a cursor mode for the keyboard apparatus. According to one of the embodiments, a keyboard controller for processing and transferring keystroke signals is included. The keyboard controller also performs the interpretation of the signals generated in the touch input module, which is integrated into the keyboard for providing both touching and handwriting functions. Further, a mode switching circuit, in response to user's operation, is used to switch the touch input module to the handwriting mode or the cursor mode. A micro controller within the touch input module is included to process the input signals generated by the touchpad and tablet modules.02-02-2012
20120026095INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes a display panel unit and a top plate. The display panel unit has a first surface with a display screen and a second surface opposed to the first surface. The top plate has a third surface in contact with the second surface, a fourth surface opposed to the third surface, and a fifth surface connecting an end portion of the third surface and an end portion of the fourth surface, the top plate containing a fluorescent dye to collect light toward the fifth surface.02-02-2012
20120026094KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A keyboard assembly includes a keyboard disposed inside a sunken part of a housing of a portable computer, a magnetic metal component combined with the housing, and a magnetic component connected to the keyboard for attracting the magnetic metal component so as to fix the keyboard inside the sunken part of the housing.02-02-2012
20110291937TOUCH-TYPE TRANSPARENT KEYBOARD - A touch-type transparent keyboard is for use with cooperation with an electronic device. The touch-type transparent keyboard includes a touch screen, a control module, a transparent plate. The control module is electronically connected to the touch screen. The transparent plate includes a plurality of key icons made of transparent electroluminescence material and a driver circuit electronically connecting the key icons to the control module. The control module triggers the driver circuit to illuminate the key icons, and the key icons are displayed through the touch screen.12-01-2011
20110291935WIRELESS KEYBOARD WITH PIVOTAL CAMERA AND MICRO-PROJECTOR - A wireless keyboard in cooperation with a PC having a display includes a housing; a plurality of keys mounted on the housing; a micro-projector pivotably mounted on a front end of the housing; a camera pivotably mounted on the front end of the housing besides the micro-projector; and a touchpad mounted besides the keys.12-01-2011
20110291934Touchscreen Operation Threshold Methods and Apparatus - A computer implemented method for performing a user-defined function in a computer system, performed by the computer system that is programmed to perform the method includes determining by a display a display position in response to a change and a rate change in state of a user-controlled user input device, determining by a physical sensor a magnitude of change in sensed physical in response to the rate of change in the state, determining whether the magnitude of change exceeds a threshold level, determining a function to perform in response to display position when magnitude of change in sensed physical properties exceeds the threshold level, initiating performance of the function in response to the function, and inhibiting performance of the function when the magnitude of change in sensed physical properties does not exceed the threshold level.12-01-2011
20090284471Virtual Keyboard System with Automatic Correction - There is disclosed an enhanced text entry system which uses word-level analysis to correct inaccuracies automatically in user keystroke entries on reduced-size or virtual keyboards. A method and system are defined which determine one or more alternate textual interpretations of each sequence of inputs detected within a designated auto-correcting region. The actual interaction locations for the keystrokes may occur outside the boundaries of the specific keyboard key regions associated with the actual characters of the word interpretations proposed or offered for selection, where the distance from each interaction location to each corresponding intended character may in general increase with the expected frequency of the intended word in the language or in a particular context. Likewise, in a virtual keyboard system, the keys actuated may differ from the keys actually associated with the letters of the word interpretations. Each such sequence corresponds to a complete word, and the user can easily select the intended word from among the generated interpretations. Additionally, when the system cannot identify a sufficient number of likely word interpretation candidates of the same length as the input sequence, candidates are identified whose initial letters correspond to a likely interpretation of the input sequence.11-19-2009
20090195508PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH KEYBOARD - A keyboard for a handheld electronic device having a row of alphanumeric keys, each alphanumeric key having a plurality of associated alphanumeric characters. A plurality of alphanumeric keys located on a left side of the vertical centerline of the keyboard are rotated counter-clockwise and a plurality of alphanumeric keys located on a right side of the vertical centerline of the keyboard are rotated clockwise.08-06-2009
20090167689KEYPAD MODULE OF NON-BACKLIGHT PANEL AND PANEL ASSEMBLY OF THE SAME - A keypad module includes a non-backlight layer made of an opaque thin sheet, and a key layer made of an ultraviolet curable resin. One surface of the non-backlight layer is provided thereon with a recognition region. The key layer has a base portion and a plurality of pressing portions protruding from the base portion. The base portion is overlapped with and bonded to the surface of the non-backlight layer on which the recognition region is provided. Each of the pressing portions is arranged to correspond to the recognition region. The panel further includes a telecommunication module located below the keypad module.07-02-2009
20110006991Image Processing for Camera Based Motion Tracking - Image processing techniques that can improve the user interface experience associated with key-based input devices. In one embodiment, a motion sensitive mechanical keyboard can utilize orthogonally-oriented cameras to sense hand/finger motion over the surface of the keys. This arrangement can enable a standard look and feel mechanical keyboard to receive command and cursor input (e.g., pointing and gestures) from the user without requiring the user to move the user's hand off the keyboard. The image processing techniques can be utilized to minimize or remove undesirable cursor movement that can occur based on certain detected hand/finger motion from such cameras, including looming and/or vertical motions for example.01-13-2011
20090015561Switch with a display capable of tree-type searching by a single unit - A switch with a display capable of tree-type searching by a single unit, which enables easy operation, cost reduction and space saving, is provided. The switch with a display capable of tree-type searching by a single unit comprises an operational button 01-15-2009
20100033433DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD WITHIN A REDUCED RESOURCE INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM - A display system within a reduced resource information handling system is disclosed. In a particular form, a method of outputting video is disclosed. The method can include detecting an operating condition of an internal display and an external display of an information handling system. The information handling system can include a host processing system and a remote processing system. The method can further include detecting a video output signal configured to be displayed during a reduced operating state of the host processing system. The method can also include coupling the video output signal to either the internal display or the external display.02-11-2010
20110216005INPUT DEVICE - An input device includes a contact sensing surface having at least one key region and a controller. The controller includes: a position-detecting unit configured to detect the position on the contact sensing surface contacted by an object, a memory unit configured to store at least one functional data each corresponding to a key function, a key-triggering unit configured to read out the functional data in the memory unit and activate the corresponding key function without a sliding into the key region, a key function setting unit configured to change the functional data based on the direction and distance of the object sliding within the key region. With this arrangement, the key function setting unit can reduce the number of the keys regions virtually provided on the contact sensing surface, thereby providing an intuitive operation of key functions for a user.09-08-2011
20110260977KEYBOARD AND COMPUTING DEVICE FOR PROVIDING A SOFTWARE INPUT PANEL - A keyboard and a computing device for use with the keyboard to provide a software input panel (SIP). The keyboard comprises a keypad, a memory comprising a data structure for storing SIP data for use by the computing device to provide the SIP, and an interface for communicatively coupling the keyboard to the computing device. The computing device comprises a touch screen, an interface for communicatively coupling the computing device to the keyboard, a processor, and a memory having statements and instructions stored therein for execution by the processor to receive SIP data and selections of keypad keys from the keyboard, display the SIP on the touch screen, receive selections of the SIP keys from the touch screen, and process the selections of the keypad keys and the SIP keys.10-27-2011
20100020017READING DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT AND OPERATION METHOD OF READING ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT - A reading device for an electronic document and an operation method of reading an electronic document are provided. The reading device for the electronic document includes an input module and a main body. When the user operates the input module to move in 3D space, the input module can detect a motion state of the input module in the 3D space and generate motion data. Additionally, the main body includes a screen used for displaying a picture of the electronic document. The main body may be connected with the input module via a wireless transmission path. As a result, the main body can receive the motion data generated by the input module and compute the motion data to generate an operation instruction, and then the main body may adjust the picture of the electronic document according to the operation instruction.01-28-2010
20090189862METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND DEVICE FOR TEXT EDITING - The invention relates to a method for enabling a user to edit a text on a screen comprising the steps of: defining the text into at least one block, enabling the at least one block to be selected by the user, associating at least one function with the at least one block, and presenting the at least one block selected by a user and its associated function to the user on the screen upon selection of the at least one block.07-30-2009
20120188166Overdriving with memory-in-pixel - Within one gate selection time interval: first pixel information is driven from a source line to a liquid crystal LC element of a pixel; and second pixel information is driven from the source line to a memory element of the pixel; and the second pixel information is driven from the memory element of the pixel to the LC element of the pixel. Respecting a second pixel, similar occurs for third and fourth pixel information within a second gate selection time interval, such that the second pixel information is driven from the memory element of the first pixel to the LC element of the first pixel simultaneous with the third pixel information being driven from the source line to the LC element of the second pixel. Such simultaneous driving enables a faster refresh rate and/or larger displays. Various circuit-specific implementations are shown.07-26-2012
20090179860Electronic device, character input module and method for selecting characters thereof - The present invention relates to a method for selecting characters and a device thereof. The method comprises the steps of sensing a touch on a first key, which has a plurality of characters marked thereon; confirming the touch and displaying the plurality of characters associated with the first key on a display unit; sensing a shifting motion of the touch on the first key; and selecting one of the plurality of characters associated with the first key in response to the shifting motion of the touch. The present invention further provides a character input module and an electronic device for implementing the character selection method.07-16-2009
20100001958DEVICE AND METHOD OF INPUTTING CHARACTERS - A method of inputting characters includes: generating a character display area, displaying characters in a first direction sub-region or a second direction sub-region of the character browsing region according to a direction indicating action in a first direction or a second direction, upon detecting a change in directions indicated by two successive direction indicating actions, displaying, in an input character display region, the character currently displayed in the character browsing region, switching between the first direction sub-region and the second direction sub-region of the character browsing region according to the direction indicated by the latter direction indicating action, and performing an action of selecting a next character corresponding to the latter direction indicating action in the switched direction sub-region. The invention also provides a device of inputting characters. With the invention, the number of times key pressing may be reduced and the efficiency of character inputting may be increased.01-07-2010
20100001957DISPLAY APPARATUS - A display apparatus includes a controller and an input unit having one or more local keys located on a side of a case. The controller controls display of a guide screen in a display area that is based on mounting positions of the one or more local keys. The guide screen is generated in response to an input received in association with one of the local keys and includes information that provides an indication of mounting positions of the local keys on the side of the case.01-07-2010
20100321299SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR KEY LAYOUT AWARE SPELL CHECK - A system and method are provided for providing one or more prioritized alternative strings for a target string in a text typed on a keyboard. The method comprises: for each key on the keyboard, maintaining an adjacency mapping to each adjacent key; receiving the target string; determining whether the target string requires a correction; and if the target string does not appear in the linguistic database, presenting the one or more prioritized alternative strings, wherein the one or more prioritized alternative strings are prioritized based on the adjacency mapping.12-23-2010
20090167688NAVIGATIONAL PROCESSOR KEYBOARD SYSTEM - A system and method are provided in which a processor executes an application program such as an enterprise resources planning application. A primary display displays at least one user interface screen from that application program. A keyboard associated with the processor and the primary display screen is provided having a plurality of data entry keys, and at least one secondary display. The one or more secondary displays may be a part of the keyboard itself or an extension of the keyboard. The one or more secondary displays may be display screen(s) and/or input panel(s). The input panel(s) includes at least one data entry key which effects an action recognized by the processor when activated.07-02-2009
20090153489INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - An object of the present invention is to provide an information processing device which is capable of suitably switching between hardware buttons and an electrostatic pad such as a touch panel, depending on the operating circumstances of a user. In a cellular phone, judgment is made as to an application, which is an operation target for the user, and, in accordance with the application judged, an input device control section is able to switch between accepting inputs from an electrostatic pad input acceptance section and accepting inputs from a hardware button input acceptance section, depending on the application thus judged by a CPU.06-18-2009
20090153488Keyboard, Input Method, and Information Processing Apparatus - A keyboard includes: a key panel that includes: a plurality of keys that are respectively assigned to input characters and symbols, the keys including a specific key that is assigned to input a pair of characters by a single keystroke; and a plurality of switches that are provided for each of the keys to output an electrical signal unique to each of the keys when the keys are pressed; and a controller that detects the electrical signal output from the key panel and outputs a key code corresponding to the electrical signal, the controller being configured to operate to: determine whether the specific key is pressed by detecting the electrical signal; and output multiple key codes including key codes corresponding to the pair of characters when determined that the specific key is pressed.06-18-2009
20090167690KEYBOARD MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A keyboard module suitable for being applied to an electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a display unit and the keyboard module. The keyboard module is electrically connected to the display unit. The keyboard module includes a supporting structure, a membrane circuit sheet, and a vibrator. The supporting structure has a carrying surface. The membrane circuit sheet is disposed on the carrying surface of the supporting structure and has a plurality of triggers. The vibrator is connected to the supporting structure.07-02-2009
20090051657Display button device - A button device having display functionality is disclosed. The display buttons have button mechanisms, which, when depressed actuate a switch, creating a signal detected by electronics for the button device. Each button is configured to display an image, which can be changed by a display driver. Accordingly, the display button device can dynamically change the image associated with each button and can correspondingly change the function of each button.02-26-2009
20100013774METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPLICATION PROGRAM, ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF - A method for controlling an application program, an electronic device thereof, and a recording medium thereof are provided. In the present method, when detecting at least one touch area on a touch screen of the electronic device, all touch points contained within each of the touch areas are obtained. Then, a unique typical coordinate value is determined according to a coordinate value of each of the touch points. Finally, an application program is controlled to execute a function relative to the typical coordinate value. Hence, the application program is controlled to execute the corresponding function by detecting the user operation on the touch screen so as to improve a convenience of operating the electronic device.01-21-2010
20090146957Apparatus and method for providing adaptive on-screen keyboard - An apparatus and method for providing an adaptive on-screen keyboard are provided. The apparatus includes a sensor for detecting touch action of a user from a touch screen, a pattern recognizer for recognizing a touch pattern of the user using the detected touch action of the user, a rearrangement processor for reconstructing the key arrangement of the on-screen keyboard to be provided through the touch screen on the basis of the recognized touch pattern of the user, and a display for displaying the on-screen keyboard on the basis of information on the reconstructed key arrangement. Thus, the apparatus can increase the convenience of use when the user makes use of the on-screen keyboard.06-11-2009
20110260980System for enhancing the utilization of touch screen devices - This invention presents a system for adding unevenness to keyboards in touch screens. Said unevenness will help the user to better perceive the keys on which she is placing her fingers, therefore helping her to type faster and with higher confidence and accuracy. There exist several ways to add said unevenness. In one of them, a thin sheet is placed upon the touch screen, said sheet comprising several openings or cavities. When the user moves her finger over said openings, she will, by her sense of touch, perceive the keys on which her finger is moving. The previous sheet can be transparent to allow seeing the keys located on the screen, but it can also be opaque if the keys are printed on top of it in corresponding position to the keys that are shown on the touch screen.10-27-2011
20100007609KEYBOARD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND KEYBOARD MANUFACTURING METHOD - A keyboard includes a keyboard unit, a frame, and an exterior panel. The keyboard unit includes a surface made of metal, and a plurality of keys disposed on the surface. The frame made of resin is joined to the surface, the frame including a plurality of first openings into which the respective keys are inserted. The exterior panel made of metal is detachably bonded to the frame, the exterior panel including a plurality of second openings into which the respective keys protruding from the respective first openings of the frame are inserted.01-14-2010
20100117968DATA INPUT APPARATUS - The present invention describes a data input apparatus and a data input method that implement a large number of key values with a small number of switches to improve a text input and implement an efficient text input with small volume. The data input apparatus of the present invention is configured of press switches including touch sensors on a plate and forms a unit cell configured of neighboring switches, each cell and neighboring unit cells shares the switches. The data input step selects the unit cell by a simultaneous touch of two touch switches positioned at each diagonal direction in the unit cell, activates the selected unit cell on the display, and inputs the corresponding key values by means of any one switch of four switches included in the selected unit cell.05-13-2010
20100117966KEYBOARD CONTROL MEANS - This invention relates to methods of using a sensor or sensors on an input device to produce a data character, control or function by activating a sensor once and to produce a second programmed data character, control or function by activating said same sensor once for a longer preset length of time. Moving a sensor on an input device in one direction produces a data character, control or function and moving said same sensor in said same direction and holding said same sensor in said same direction for a preset length of time produces a second programmed data character, control or function. Moving said same sensor in said same direction and then activating said same sensor in a downward direction or activating said same sensor in a downward direction for a preset length of time also produces a second programmed data character, control or function. Sequentially activating a sensor more than once produces a data character, control or function and sequentially activating said same sensor more than once where the last activation is activated for a longer preset length of time produces a data character, control or function. Simultaneously activating sensors once produces a data character, control or function and simultaneously activating said same sensors once for a longer preset length of time produces a data character, control or function producing a second programmed data character, control or function. Non-activation of a sensor for a preset length of time produces the “Enter” function.05-13-2010
20090309835User Interface Processing Device - This patent application relates generally to processing devices in the medical device area.12-17-2009
20100225589MULTI-OBJECT SWITCH TRANSMISSION METHOD - A multi-object switch transmission method to establish a data transmission linkage between an input device and at least one information process system includes: starting an object detection mode; obtaining a device identification code (Bd_address) and a device authorization code (pin_code) of the information process system to form a corresponding access relationship with a device selection code; judging whether to start anew the object detection mode; and establishing the data transmission linkage with the corresponding information process system based on the device selection code generated by a user. The device selection code is generated through the input device by depressing or other means so that the input device can search and access the corresponding device identification code and device authorization code through the device selection code. The device identification code and device authorization code are sent via wireless transmission to the corresponding information process system to establish the data transmission linkage.09-09-2010
20100127988KEY INPUT DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT METHOD USING CENTER KEY - The present invention relates to a character input device and method using a plurality of center keys and a plurality of space keys. The present invention provides a character input device and method having a center key located at its central part and a plurality of peripheral keys located at a peripheral part of the center key, comprising a basic value of a basic key generated by pressing the peripheral key one time, a double-value of the basic key generated by pressing the peripheral key two times, a basic value of a center key generated by pressing the center key one time after pressing the peripheral key, and a double-value of the center key generated by pressing the center key two times after pressing the peripheral key.05-27-2010
20100079377INPUT DISPLAY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An input display device comprises an operation panel including a first display operation area that enables operation screens to be switched hierarchically based on a selected operation key and to display a fixed-arrangement of operation keys in respective layers, and a second display operation area that displays an operation history indicating that the operation key has been selected; a selected key use determination unit configured to determine which of the operation keys has been selected when the operation key is selected from one of the first display operation area and the second display operation area; a storage processing unit configured to successively store results determined by the selected key use determination unit into a storage device as operation history information; and a selected key use history display control unit configured to display the operation history information stored in the storage device into the second display operation area.04-01-2010
20110187646Laptop Book - The present invention provides a device and a method for a multi-screen laptop book by integrating a plurality of features including a tablet, an electronic book reader, and a notebook. The multi-screen display laptop book provides a capability in one simple and easy to use device. The integrated device utility includes applications for education, healthcare, industrial control, mobile point-of-sale, event self-registration, augmentative communication, personal computing and word processing, multimedia home use and home automation.08-04-2011
20100085308DATA PROCESSING DEVICE INPUT APPARATUS, IN PARTICULAR KEYBOARD SYSTEM AND DATA PROCESSING DEVICE - The invention relates to a data processing device input apparatus (04-08-2010
20100079378LIGHT EMITTING KEYBOARD MODULE AND POWER SAVING METHOD THEREOF - A light emitting keyboard module including a light emitting keyboard and a control transmitting module is provided. The control transmitting module includes a transmitting unit, a timing unit, a comparing unit and a processing unit. The transmitting unit communicates with the light emitting keyboard by signals. The timing unit counts a stop time of the light emitting keyboard. The comparing unit compares the stop time with a predetermined time, and generates a comparing signal when the stop time is greater than the predetermined time. The processing unit drives the light emitting keyboard to enter a power saving mode after receiving the comparing signal.04-01-2010
20110199309Input Device - An input device adapted in a computer system is disclosed herein. The input device includes a keyboard, a touch pad and a switching module. The keyboard comprises two space bars. The touch pad senses a touch input. The switching module is placed in a controller and is connected to the keyboard and the touch pad. The switching module switches the function of the two space bars between a command-input function and a space-bar-input function.08-18-2011
20100090957LIGHT ASSISTED KEYBOARD FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A mobile communication device having a keyboard with a set of keys representing alpha-numeric characters, the keyboard comprising a light source, located within said mobile communication device; for providing a light; a set of sensors, associated with said keys, for sensing an amount of said light in a vicinity of each of said set of sensors, to determine which of said set of keys has been selected; and a transparent flat cover, overlying said set of sensors, displaying said set of alpha-numeric characters, for associating said set of alpha-numeric characters with said set of sensors.04-15-2010
20110267275HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TEXT DISAMBIGUATION - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and also provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The disambiguation function can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke interpretation system provided. Additionally, the device can facilitate the selection of variants by displaying a graphic of a special key of the keypad that enables a user to progressively select variants generally without changing the position of the user's hands on the device.11-03-2011
20090102797Method and Apparatus for Displaying Multiple Images on Individual Keys of a Keyboard - A key for an information handling system, the key including a finger surface configured for interaction with a user's finger and an inverted lenticular lens positioned beneath the finger surface. The finger surface may be substantially transparent to at least one wavelength of visible light. The inverted lenticular lens may include a first image and a second image. Light incident on the lens at a first angle of incidence may project the first image from the lens onto the substantially transparent finger surface of the key and light incident on the lens at a second angle of incidence may project the second image from the lens onto the substantially transparent finger surface of the key.04-23-2009
20130021253ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM UTILIZING A CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A character input method is implemented in a device with a plurality of keys. If a key is activated by a first operation matching a first input pattern, a first route is selected to traverse a plurality of characters corresponded by the key during presentation of the plurality of characters. If the first key is activated by a second operation matching a second input pattern, the plurality of characters corresponded by the first key are orderly retrieved and presented according to a second route in response to operations on the first key. The order for presenting two characters corresponded by the first key in the first route is reversed in the second route.01-24-2013
20090244010PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT HAVING PRINTHEAD - A personal digital assistant is provided which has a body housing a memory for storing personal digital assistant information, a printhead for printing the stored information, a bay extending along a first edge of the body for removably receiving a print media cartridge for supplying print media to the printhead, and control circuitry for controlling functions of the personal digital assistant, and a display pivotally mounted to the body at said first edge for displaying the stored information.10-01-2009
20110199310MULTIPLE MODE DISPLAY APPARATUS - A multiple mode display apparatus and methods of use. An apparatus includes a display surface with a first and a second display area. A housing pivotally attached with the display proximate a first edge of the housing is displaceable from a coplanar position with the surface of the display device to a position wherein an angle of at least 90 degrees between the surface of the display and the housing is formed along said first edge. In the first position, the first display area is visible and activated to receive user input or to display output. The second display area is covered by the housing and placed in a mode of reduced power consumption. In the second position, the second display area is visible and activated to display output.08-18-2011
20090278804HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD ENABLING TEXT INPUT IN A LANGUAGE EMPLOYING NON-ROMAN CHARACTERS - A handheld device includes a plurality of input members, a first set of which each have a Roman character assigned thereto, a least some of which have a first non-Roman and a second non-Roman character assigned thereto. In response to an actuation of a first one of the input members, a first one of the non-Roman characters that is assigned to the first one of the input members is displayed. Based on one or more rules which govern permissible character sequences in the subject language, the display of a second one of the non-Roman characters in response to an actuation of a second one of the input members having the second one of the non-Roman characters assigned thereto immediately following the actuation of said first one of the input members is prevented.11-12-2009
20090201255Input device and operating method thereof - The invention provides an input device. The input device comprises a plurality of keys, a recording module, a database, an analyzing module, and a selecting module. The recording module is connected to the keys, for recording a former keystroke sequence and voltage variation information related to the keys. The database is for storing a plurality set of default data. The analyzing module is connected to the recording module and the database, for generating a set of pressed probabilities related to the keys based on the plurality set of default data and the former keystroke sequence. The selecting module is connected to the recording module and the analyzing module, for selecting a target key from the plurality of keys based on the set of pressed probabilities and the voltage variation information.08-13-2009
20090201253DATA INPUT DEVICE WITH VARIABLE-COLOUR ILLUMINATION - A data input device for inputting data to an electronics device includes at least one data input key, a variable-colour light and a light controller. The key(s) is/are configured to facilitate data input to the electronics device and comprises a transparent key indicia. The light of the data input device is coupled to the key(s) and is configured to illuminate the key indicia. The light controller is coupled to the data input light, and is configured to adjust the colour of the transparent key indicia in accordance with colour data received at the light controller.08-13-2009
20090201252METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALPHANUMERIC DATA ENTRY USING A KEYPAD - A keypad for inputting alphabetical characters for use in an electronic device comprises an array of keys, each of which is assigned to one of elements of alphabetical characters. Each element is a portion of an alphabetical character and combination of the elements forms each character. The alphabetical character is produced by activation of keys to which the elements constituting the character are assigned.08-13-2009
20110169742ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER TRANSDUCERS FOR SENSORY FEEDBACK APPLICATIONS - Electroactive polymer transducers for sensory feedback applications are disclosed.07-14-2011
20110169741SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING CHARACTERS TO KEYS IN A KEYPAD IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - The disclosure relates to a system and method of mapping a layout of a keyboard onto a keypad in an electronic device. The method comprises: associating a first set of characters in a QWERTY keyboard layout with a segment of programmable keys in the keypad, the QWERTY keyboard layout comprising at least a left and a right column of keys; navigating through the QWERTY keyboard layout for the programmable keys using first and second directional keys providing upper and lower navigation controls for the segment of programmable keys when the first set of characters is from the right column of keys in the QWERTY keyboard layout; and associating the segment of keys with a second set of characters in the QWERTY keyboard layout based on a signal received from the first and second direction keys.07-14-2011
20110169740KEYBOARD WITH MULTI-ANGLE POSITIONING SUPPORT - A keyboard includes a main body and a support for adjusting the angle of the main body. The bottom of the main body defines slots, and furrows defined in opposite side walls of the slots. The support is accommodated in the main body, includes brackets received in the slots, two shafts, two driving portions, and two elastic pieces. The shafts slide relative to the main body. The driving portions are received in the shafts and are flexible relative to the shafts. One end of each elastic piece is fixed to the sidewall of each shaft, the other end resists one of the driving portions. When one of the shafts is moved, the shaft drives the elastic pieces to support the driving portions, one end of each driving portion is pushed out of the shaft to prop up the bracket.07-14-2011
20110216007KEYBOARDS AND METHODS THEREOF - An integrated keyboard includes a touch pad and a dynamic keyboard embedded in an area of the touch pad. The touch pad, which may provide a transparent surface to allow the keyboard to be visible, provides motion tracking in areas around the periphery of the keyboard and may be configured into many operating modes. For example, virtual touchable buttons may be configured in the periphery of the keyboard. The keyboard may be provided as a dynamic keyboard with various layouts. A keyboard protector may be provided for each layout, with printed symbols for the keys under the layout. The integrated keyboard may also include a mini-projector to allow projection of a large image on a surface and a virtual Human Interface Device (HID) system to facilitate data input. With the input capabilities of the touch pad and the keyboard, the projector may be controlled in many additional ways not available in conventional projectors that are controlled by a few buttons. The virtual HID may provide motion tracking. The integrated keyboard may interface with a master/slave device, such as a slate type device. A customized case tightly integrates the integrated keyboard with the master/slave device.09-08-2011
20110199308Trusted display based on display device emulation - An integrated circuit has a keypress entry interface and a pass-through data path. In a pass-through mode, the keypress entry interface is disabled and the pass-through data path is enabled such that untrusted information (for example, video) from an external untrusted source can be driven into the integrated circuit, through the pass-through data path, and out of the secure integrated circuit and to a display. In a trusted mode, the keypress entry interface is enabled and is usable to receive keypress information in a financial transaction. The pass-through data path is, however, disabled so that unauthorized information cannot be driven through the integrated circuit to the display. Signed images previously stored on the integrated circuit can be verified and driven to the display in a secure fashion. The architecture is flexible and allows an external general purpose video decoder to be used to drive the display in the pass-through mode.08-18-2011
20090289898Keyboard for Use in Computer System - A computer system having a computer and a keyboard is provided. The keyboard includes a plurality of first letter keys and respective second letter keys. Each of the first and second letter keys is associated with a respective letter. The computer system is arranged: (i) upon activation of one of the first letter keys to register the selection of the corresponding letter; and (ii) upon activation of one of the second letter keys to present to a user a predefined list of one or more words. The words of each list are associated with the corresponding letter. The computer system is further arranged to register a selection by the user of one of the presented words.11-26-2009
20090295730VIRTUAL OPTICAL INPUT UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided are an input unit and a control method thereof. In an embodiment of the method, a portion of an input member such as a finger, and a portion of a shadow of the input member generated by a light source are perceived through image processing. Relationship information between the image and shadow of the input member are used, so as to determine if an input is made. Also, the input pattern can be provided to a user using an imaging light, whereas the images can be detected using a detection light.12-03-2009
20090262077KEYSWITCH AND KEYBOARD - The invention discloses a keyswitch and a keyboard which makes use of the keyswitch. The keyswitch is co-operated with an antenna. The antenna is used for receiving a signal transmitted by an electronic product. The keyswitch includes a keycap, a conductive foil, and a communication module. The conductive foil forms at least one part of the antenna. The communication module is used for receiving the signal via the antenna.10-22-2009
20090262076INPUT DEVICE FOR WEB ENABLED DEVICES - In one or more embodiments, one or more keys are provided on the keyboard or keypad of a computer, cell phone, PDA, or other web enabled device that, when pressed, automatically enters a character stream for a URL or email address component. In one or more embodiments, a single key can be used to enter multiple character strings. For example, in one embodiment, a key is provided that normally enters “www.” when pressed, but enters “.com” when a “shift” key is pressed concurrently with the key. In one or more embodiments, additional character strings representing other portion s are entered by pressing one or more auxiliary keys, such as the “alt”, “ctrl” or “fn” keys, concurrently with the key.10-22-2009
20090295733ERGONOMIC KEYBOARD SYSTEMS, COMPONENTS AND METHODS - Ergonomic computer control and/or input systems and components, such as, for example, keyboards and touchpad, and methods of using such computer control and/or input systems and components keyboard components that can be placed at varied or desired locations relative to the keyboard and devices that allow such keyboard components to be placed at the varied or desired locations.12-03-2009
20090295731TRANSPARENT DISPLAY AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A terminal including a first body, a second body connected to the first body, a first display disposed on the first body, a second display disposed on the second body and having a transparency such that information displayed on the first display can be seen though the second display having the transparency when the first and second displays overlap each other, and a controller configured to control a movement of a displayable object between the first and second displays based on a particular condition occurring on the terminal.12-03-2009
20090102798KVM switch, method for controlling the same, switching syestem for multi-monitor, and switching method for multi-monitor - A KVM switch includes: a first input portion and a second input portion that inputs a plurality of video signals from the first and the second information processing apparatus, respectively; a converting portion that converts the video signals input from the first or second input portion into a plurality of pieces of image data which are capable of being displayed on a remote terminal; a transmitting and receiving portion that transmits the pieces of converted image data to the remote terminal, and receives various requests from the remote terminal; and a switching portion that switches the video signals input from the first input portion to the video signals input from the second input portion when the transmitting and receiving portion receives a switching request for switching from a first information processing apparatus to a second information processing apparatus from the remote terminal.04-23-2009
20090073128CLEANABLE TOUCH AND TAP-SENSITIVE KEYBOARD - A touch sensitive surface having touch-capacitive and vibration sensors. This surface allows the user to rest their fingers on the keys and type as they would on a regular keyboard. As the user places their fingers on the keys, the touch capacitive sensors (one per key) report the signal strength level of each key touched to a processor, but no keystroke is issued by the processor until a corresponding “tap” (ie. vibration) is detected. When a tap is detected, the processor references the status of the touch capacitance sensors before, during, and/or immediately after the moment in time the tap occurred.03-19-2009
20120086644KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a mainbody, a number of keys, an interface, a control circuit, a switch, and a light emitting diode (LED). The interface includes a first group of pins and a second group of pins. The first and second groups of pins are connected to a motherboard. One of the second group of pins receives a +5V_standby voltage or a +3.3V_standby voltage from the motherboard. The control circuit is set inside the mainbody and is connected to the keys and the first group of pins of the interface. One of the second group of pins of the interface is further connected to an anode of the LED through the switch, and a cathode of the LED is grounded.04-12-2012
20100220060Information display apparatus - An information display apparatus includes a fan face that is openly/closably bent like bellows, the fan face including a thin film flat display formed on a flexible and bendy thin film, the thin film flat display including a full color organic EL display capable of displaying a full color television image, a pair of main ribs joined to respective ends of the fan face, the fan face being disposed between the main ribs, a plurality of intermediate ribs interposed between the main ribs, the fan face being joined to the intermediate ribs, and a pivot for turnably fixing the main ribs and the intermediate ribs in a root portion. A television receiver circuit is disposed in one of the main ribs.09-02-2010
20120293418SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR INVOKING AN ELECTRONIC INK OR HANDWRITING INTERFACE - User interfaces, methods, systems, and computer-readable media for activating and/or displaying text input systems on display devices may include: (a) displaying a text input system activation target at a user changeable location on a display device; (b) receiving user input directed to the activation target; and (c) activating a text input system in response to the user input. Such user interfaces, methods, and systems further may include (d) displaying a pre-interaction condition of the activation target; (e) receiving user input directed to the activation target in this pre-interaction condition; and (f) changing an appearance of the activation target from the pre-interaction condition to a larger size and/or a different visual appearance in response to this user input. Additional aspects of this invention relate to computer-readable media for providing user interfaces, systems, and methods as described above.11-22-2012
20120293417Typing Input Systems, Methods, and Devices - Systems, devices, and techniques are disclosed relating to typing input devices. For example a ten-key input device can be provided for receiving input via ten input elements from the ten fingers on a right hand and a left hand. All of the letters of the alphabet can by typed with the ten input elements according to a translation map that maps the ten input elements or combinations of the ten input elements to the letters of the alphabet.11-22-2012
20100201627Communication Device Having Recombination Of Keys And Real-Time Input Method For The Same - A real-time input method applied for a communication device having recombination of keys is provided in the present invention. The communication device includes a plurality of keys, a screen, and a first and a second combination keys. Each of the plurality of keys is operable for keying in a plurality of characters The input method includes the steps of: (a) providing a character to be keyed in; (b) determining whether the first combination key should be pressed; (c) pressing the first combination key if needed; (d) determining whether the second combination key should be pressed; (e) pressing the second combination key if needed; (f) pressing a specific one of the plurality of keys in the respective character; and (f) displaying the respective character on the screen.08-12-2010
20100277413DATA INPUTTING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A data inputting apparatus includes a plurality of keyswitches, an optical module, a sensing module and a processing module. The keyswitches are disposed on the data inputting apparatus. The optical module is disposed on a first side of the data inputting apparatus and is used for emitting a plurality of lights along a first direction, and the lights are corresponding to the keyswitches respectively. The sensing module is disposed on a second side opposite to the first side and is used for receiving the lights and generating a sensing result. The processing module is coupled to the sensing module. When one of the keyswitches is pressed, one of the lights is blocked by the pressed keyswitch resulting in the sensing module adjusting the sensing result, and the position of the pressed keyswitch is determined by the processing module based on the sensing result.11-04-2010
20110205160METHOD FOR INPUTTING A STRING OF CHARACTERS AND APPARATUS THEREOF - Provided herein is a method and apparatus for more effectively and accurately inputting a character string through a gesture input, and the apparatus for inputting a character string associated with an embodiment of the present invention may include a keypad for inputting a gesture generated by touch motion; a memory configured to store at least one of a gesture, character string information corresponding to the gesture, and a gesture input from the keypad; a controller configured to identify a character string corresponding to the gesture input from the keypad to extract a character string corresponding to the identified character string or including the identified character string among the character strings previously stored in the memory; and a display unit configured to display the extracted character string under a control of the controller.08-25-2011
20110199307Keyboard and touchpad arrangement for electronic handheld devices - A handheld electronic device arrangement for thumb-typing is invented. A regular computer keyboard is split into two groups of keys. The right group of keys is located on the right side of the device for the right thumb typing and the left group of key is placed on the left side of the device for the left thumb typing. The left and right groups of keys are arranged longitudinally. The touchpad is located on the back and the right side of the device for the right index finger operating. Three mouse buttons are located on the back and the left side of the device for the left index, middle, and ring fingers operating.08-18-2011
20110267274KEYPAD - A keypad including an elastic sheet for disposing on a touch screen, the sheet including at least one key member shaped to define a space within the key member for providing tactile feedback when the key member is depressed and contacts the touch screen and a mounting element, for mounting the elastic sheet on the touch screen, coupled to the elastic sheet.11-03-2011
20090002321Character Input Device - The present invention makes it possible to alter a keyboard arrangement displayed on a touch screen even using a simple operation.01-01-2009
20110267276INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING PROGRAM IN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an information processing apparatus including: a keyboard that has a plurality of operating keys and is foldable via a hinge part, the keyboard being set in a closed state in which the operating keys are closed and in an opened state in which the operating keys are opened; and an apparatus main unit that is connected with the keyboard and performs a process corresponding to an operation of the operating keys on the keyboard. The closed state and the opened state of the keyboard are detected, and operation of one of the apparatus main unit and the keyboard is controlled according to a detection result.11-03-2011
20090167693ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING COMMANDS IN THE SAME - The present invention provides a method for executing commands in an electronic device, which has a touch sensing element, a keyboard unit and a display. First, the touch sensing element is configured for detecting a touch on one of the keys on the keyboard unit and generating a responsive signal corresponding to the touched key. Afterward, a plurality of items corresponding to the touched key is shown on the display according to the responsive signal. Subsequently, the touch on the key is moved onto another key on the keyboard unit so as to mark one of the items. Finally, a command associated with the marked item is executed when the touch on the key is terminated.07-02-2009
20090167691Foldable Electronic Device - A foldable electronic device includes a main portion, a display portion, a gear set, a saw teeth member and a connection member. The main portion has a top surface. A keyboard is pivotally connected with the top surface of the main portion. The display portion is pivotally connected with the main portion by a rotation shaft such that the display portion is operable to be folded against or unfolded away the top surface. The rotation shaft drives the gear set. The saw teeth member engages with the gear set. The connection member has an end pivotally connected with a bottom surface of the keyboard and an opposite end pivotally connected with the saw teeth member. When the display portion swivels relative to the main portion, the rotation shaft drives the gear set, the saw teeth member and the connection member to move simultaneously so as to swivel the keyboard relative to the top surface.07-02-2009
20100225588Methods And Systems For Optical Detection Of Gestures - A position detection system can comprise a display device, an input device, and an optical assembly positioned adjacent to the display device. The optical assembly can comprise an image sensor configured to detect light in a space between the display device and the input device. One or both of the imaging assembly and the input device can be configured to direct energy into the space between the display device and the input device, with directing energy comprising reflecting energy and/or emitting energy. A processing device can be configured to use the imaging sensor to determine when an object is in the space and/or to determine motion of the object.09-09-2010
20130021252ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM UTILIZING A CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A character input method is implemented in a device with a plurality of keys. If a key is activated by a first operation matching a first input pattern, a first route is selected to traverse a plurality of characters corresponded by the key during presentation of the plurality of characters. If the first key is activated by a second operation matching a second input pattern, the plurality of characters corresponded by the first key are orderly retrieved and presented according to a second route in response to operations on the first key. The order for presenting two characters corresponded by the first key in the first route is reversed in the second route.01-24-2013
20100149102INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROGRAM - An information-processing device includes: multiple keys; a memory that stores key arrangement data indicating an arrangement of said multiple keys; an identification part that identifies each display position of multiple windows displayed on a screen; an allocation part that compares an arrangement of the windows obtained by comparing the display position of each window identified by said identification part with the arrangement of keys displayed by said key arrangement data, and uniquely allocates to said each window a key for selecting the relevant window from among said multiple keys so that the arrangement of said windows and the arrangement of said keys are identical or similar; a notifying part that notifies of the keys allocated by said allocation part; and a selection part that selects the window to which an operated key is allocated when any of the keys notified by said notifying part is operated.06-17-2010
20080284736PROXIMITY SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD WITH KEYBOARD EMULATION - A proximity sensor device and method is provided that facilitates improved device usability by providing a at least one control function prior to the specialized host software loading, and then switch to provide full range of functionality when the specialized host software has been loaded. In one embodiment, the proximity sensor device comprises a proximity sensor adapted to detect object presence and a controller configured to output simulated keyboard information and output object positional information. For example, when operating in a first mode prior to the specialized host software loading the controller outputs the simulated keyboard information that indicates a control function to a keyboard controller. Then, when operating in a second mode after the specialized host software has been loaded, the controller outputs object positional information to the keyboard controller. The object positional information can be used to provide a full range of user interface functions.11-20-2008
20080284737DISPLAY FOR A KEYPAD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A display for a keypad and an electronic device including the display that can improve a user interface environment and stability of input in which the display for the keypad includes: a display panel having a first display region and second display regions; a circuit board disposed on the display panel and including a first opening corresponding to the first display region, second openings corresponding to the second display regions, and keys formed adjacent to the second openings; a touch panel, formed in the first display region in a shape corresponding to the first display region and arranged to fill the first opening; and a pad disposed on the circuit board and including pressing units formed to correspond to the keys.11-20-2008
20100007610Ultrasound System Having Virtual Keyboard And Method of Displaying the Same - The present invention relates to an ultrasound system capable of displaying a virtual keyboard image on the touch screen and a method of displaying the virtual keyboard image on a part of a display screen of the display unit. The ultrasound system comprises: a control panel configured to receive user instructions for displaying a virtual keyboard image; a display unit configured to display the virtual keyboard image and to receive a command by touch type; and a processor unit coupled to the control panel and the display unit, the processor unit being configured to display an ultrasound image on the display unit to display the virtual keyboard image on a part of a display screen of the display unit.01-14-2010
20100127987Thwarting Screen Logging of Keypad in a Web-Based Form - Characters on an on-screen keypad are hidden once a cursor is placed over the keypad. This prevents any spyware from screen logging the key selection as the characters on the keypad are not visible at the moment a key is selected. The keys of the keypad are optionally color-coded to help a user remember the location of the key with the desired character once the cursor is over the keypad.05-27-2010
20080291171Character input apparatus and method - Provided is a character input method and apparatus. The character input method includes assigning character groups, each of which includes at least two characters, to at least two key regions generated by dividing a region of the touch screen and displaying the character groups in the corresponding key regions, based on one-to-one correspondence, if a press event occurs in one of the key regions, enlarging and displaying characters included in the key region where the press event occurs, determining whether one of a release event and a drag event occurs in one of the key regions where the characters are displayed enlarged, if it is determined that the drag event occurs, indicating the key region where the drag event occurs according to distance and direction of the drag event, and if the release event occurs in the indicated key region, outputting characters included in the indicated key region on the touch screen. Thus, a user can easily find a desired character and accurately input the character, thereby performing key input more conveniently and quickly.11-27-2008
20080291169Multimodal Adaptive User Interface for a Portable Electronic Device - A multimodal electronic device (11-27-2008
20080303793On-screen keyboard - Embodiments of an on-screen keyboard are described. In embodiment(s), a display of an on-screen keyboard can include letters arranged for user selection based on a frequency of the letters that are used most often. The letters can be of an alphabet for a language where the letters are arranged in the on-screen keyboard based on the frequency of the letters that appear most often in words of the language. User inputs can be received via an input device to navigate the on-screen keyboard and position a focus to select the letters for on-screen text entry.12-11-2008
20100271307OPTICAL TOUCH SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - An optical touch system is disclosed. The optical touch system includes an optical touch apparatus, a control apparatus, and a rotating apparatus. When the control apparatus receives a mode switching signal, the control apparatus selects a corresponding specific using mode from a plurality of default using modes according to the mode switching signal. And, the specific using mode corresponds to a specific rotating angle. The rotating apparatus rotates the optical touch apparatus with the specific rotating angle to make the optical touch apparatus is rotated from a first location to a second location, so that a user can perform an input action via the optical touch apparatus according to the specific using mode.10-28-2010
20130215037MULTI-TOUCH SURFACE KEYBOARD WITH MULTI-KEY ZONES ON AN ADAPTABLE HOME LINE AND METHOD OF INPUTTING TO SAME - A multi-touch surface such as of a touch screen on a platform of an electronic device has a distribution of touch sensitive keys each corresponding to a letter, number, symbol or function. The keys are grouped into pads, each pad being operable by a different one of a user's ten fingertips. The locations of the pads may conform to the shape and size of a user's hands, and to their position and orientation in relation to the screen, and is such that the screen can comfortably be used for typing. Sub-pads may be arranged in proximity to the pads for access by the corresponding finger. A modified version of the key pattern can be used for smaller touch screens.08-22-2013
20130120265Keypad with Electrotactile Feedback - An apparatus including a keypad, pressure sensors and electrotactile feedback electrodes. The keypad includes a plurality of keys. Each of the keys has a top surface. The pressure sensors are located under the top surfaces of the keys. The electrotactile feedback electrodes are located at the top surfaces of the keys.05-16-2013
20130120266IN-LETTER WORD PREDICTION FOR VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - A method including receiving an input of a character from a virtual keyboard rendered on a display, generating a set of characters that includes the character, and displaying the generated set of characters at a location associated with a key of the virtual keyboard of the display which corresponds to a subsequent candidate input character. An electronic device including a display having a virtual keyboard rendered thereupon and a processor, the processor being configured to perform the method. Also disclosed is a keyboard, including a plurality of keys, each key corresponding to one or more different characters of a plurality of characters, wherein in response to receiving an input of a character, the keyboard is configured to perform the method.05-16-2013
20130120267METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOVING OR REPLACING ON-KEYBOARD PREDICTION CANDIDATES - Methods and electronic devices are provided for processing prediction candidates in connection with virtual keyboards and touch-sensitive displays. A display area of the touch-sensitive displays a virtual keyboard. Within the virtual keyboard is a plurality of keys, each of at least some of the keys corresponding to one or more different characters of a plurality of characters. The methods and devices may detect a selection of one or more of the keys. The methods and devices may generate one or more sets of characters based on the one or more characters corresponding to the selected key. The methods and devices may display the sets of characters within or substantially within the virtual keyboard. The methods and devices may detect a gesture associated with one of the displayed sets of characters, and, in response to detecting the gesture, remove the one of the displayed sets of characters from the virtual keyboard.05-16-2013
20130120271DATA INPUT METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING TOUCHSCREEN - A data input method and apparatus for a mobile terminal having a touchscreen includes: sensing a touch gesture of a user on the touchscreen; checking whether the sensed touch gesture is a split keypad request; and displaying, when the sensed touch gesture is a split keypad request, at least two split keypads in a display area of the touchscreen, and displaying a function execution screen in an unused region (dead space) between the split keypads.05-16-2013
20130120273APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING - An input apparatus and method are provided. The input apparatus includes an input unit that includes at least one key. The input unit may receive at least one input coordinate corresponding to the at least one key. The apparatus also includes a control unit to update a key area of the input unit based on the at least one input coordinate.05-16-2013
20130120274TEXT INPUT METHOD IN TOUCH SCREEN TERMINAL AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - A method and an apparatus input test in a touch screen terminal. The method comprises designating a certain region on a keyboard interface picture, not permitting text input through a keyboard when touch drag started from the designated region is sensed and acquiring a path of the touch drag, acquiring a path of following touch drag when at least the one or more following touch drag are sensed, and reading out at least the acquired one or more paths by cursive character recognition, deducing a character, determining the deduced character as an input target, and permitting the text input through the keyboard.05-16-2013
20130120275OPTICAL TOUCH DEVICE AND KEYBOARD THEREOF - The invention provides an optical touch device, including a main body, a keyboard and a light emitting member. The keyboard, placed on the main body and having a first end portion and a second end portion, includes a supporting frame, a keycap and a stopping member. The keycap is connected to the supporting frame and moves between a first position and a second position. The stopping member is connected to the keycap and moves simultaneously with the keycap. The light emitting member generates a light beam to the keyboard. When the keycap is in the first position, the light beam passes through the first end portion to the second end portion, and when the keycap is in the second position, the light beam is terminated by the stopping member, such that the light does not reach the second end portion.05-16-2013
20130120276DISPLAY MODE SWITCHING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MOBILE TERMINAL - The present application relates to a display mode switching device and method for a portable electronic device. In particular, the present application relates to a portable electronic device that can switch display modes of an integrated display and input device to facilitate composition of a text message by switching between a portrait mode and a landscape mode. A portable electronic device may use a display mode switching method in which a posture of the portable electronic device can be checked, and a display mode can be selected based on the posture. A portrait-mode text messaging composition window with a portrait-mode key map and a landscape-mode text messaging composition window with a landscape-mode key map can be displayed in the selected display mode.05-16-2013
20100141586Cushioned User Interface Or Control Device - A user interface or control includes a cushion-type support member and a user input member that is interconnected with and carried by the support member. The support member defines an upwardly facing recess, and the input member may be a user interface or control device that is contained within the upwardly facing recess. The support member may be formed to surround the recess about the user interface or control device. The support member may include an air vent that vents air exhausted from the user interface or control device. The user interface or control device may be a laptop computer having a body including a keyboard contained within the recess, and a screen carried by the body. The user interface or control device may alternatively be an electronic input member having an upwardly facing screen, a convertible input member movably mounted to a mounting member, or a game controller.06-10-2010
20100141585MID-KEYBOARD-MONITOR COMPUTER-BASED AUDIO I/O DEVICE - A system and device for placement between a keyboard and monitor on a work surface that routes cables and provides access to controls, where the system and device rest in a first position for use and a second position for access to ports and cables.06-10-2010
20090179861SMALL FORM-FACTOR KEYPAD FOR MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES - Embodiments of the invention provide an effective keypad assembly and keypad layout for mobile computing devices. In particular, embodiments of the invention provide keyboard layouts and designs. Additionally, embodiments described herein provide for stack components to make keyboards operable on small-form factor devices.07-16-2009
20110267272Panel Mount Keyboard System - A keyboard system having improved protection from electromagnetic interference includes a keypad and a printed circuit board assembly. The keypad includes one or more keys and one or more keypad conductive elements for at least one of the keys. The printed circuit board assembly is coupled to the keypad. The printed circuit board assembly includes a printed circuit board having at least one switch contact area for each of one or more keys on the keypad. The printed circuit board also includes, for at least one of the keys of the keypad, one or more first side vias in a switch contact area and one or more second side vias in the switch contact area. The first side vias are electrically coupled on a first side of a switch for the key. The second side vias are electrically coupled on a second side of the switch for the key.11-03-2011
20090128492Keyboard and Method of Selecting Colors of Keys of the Keyboard - The present invention discloses a keyboard comprising light emitting devices, each respectively disposed below a key to lighten the top surface of the key; and a micro controller unit transmitting signals generated by each key to the computer, having switches for controlling the light emitting devices, and controlling switches according to signals transmitted from the computer, and a method of selecting the colors of the keys of the same.05-21-2009
20120068935INFORMATION INPUT DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information input device includes a display unit that has a display screen and displays an image, and a touch-panel that is arranged on the display screen and specifies a designated position on the display screen. The display unit displays any of first, second and third screen images depending on the state of information input device, and the first and third screen images have a prescribed area on which information including the same character, sign or figure is displayed. If a position in the prescribed area is specified by an input unit while the first screen image is being displayed, the display unit displays the second screen image, and if a position in the prescribed area is specified while the third screen image is being displayed, the display unit maintains the display of the third screen image03-22-2012
20120068934INTERACTIVE KEYBOARD WITH VIEWABLE DISPLAY - A keyboard with viewable output display capability is provided. The keyboard includes a display device and a plurality of keys situated over the display device, each of the plurality of keys being mechanically depressible so that the key is reciprocally movable toward and away from the display device, and each of the plurality of keys being further configured to permit image light from the display device to pass through the key. The keyboard further includes an electrical trace network underneath the plurality of keys and formed at least in part from a transparent conductive material to permit image light from the display device to pass through the electrical trace network, the electrical trace network being operable, for each of the plurality of keys, to produce an electrical signal associated with the key in response to depression of the key toward the display device.03-22-2012
20120068933INTERACTIVE KEYBOARD WITH MULTIPLE DIFFERENT KEY ARRANGEMENTS - A keyboard kit that is selectively configurable by an end user to provide differing key arrangements is provided. The keyboard kit includes a plurality of differently-configured keyboard modules and an underlying display device. Each of the plurality of differently-configured keyboard modules may be at least partially see-through and include mechanically-depressible keys, the underlying display device and plurality of differently-configured keyboard modules being configured such that, upon securing of a selected one of the plurality of differently-configured keyboard modules to the underlying display device, the selected one of the plurality of differently-configured keyboard modules covers at least a portion of an operative surface of the underlying display device and enables through-key user viewing of dynamic keyboard imagery from the underlying display device.03-22-2012
20120068932Method and Apparatus Pertaining to a Touch Typing-Friendly Grid-Patterned Keyboard - A keyboard can be comprised of a plurality of alphabetic keys that are disposed in an evenly-spaced grid pattern with respect to one another. In any event, these keys have keycaps configured to comport with touch typing as with a keyboard having a plurality of alphabetic keys that are disposed in an offset pattern (such as the classic QWERTY offset-pattern typewriter-styled keyboard). By one approach, these keycaps can have keycaps having bilaterally-nonsymmetrical tactile features that at least substantially match standard touch-typing finger positions. By one approach these tactile features can comprise an indentation. If desired, these keycaps can share a same form factor. In such a case, some of the keycaps for the alphabetic keys can be disposed on the keyboard at a 180 degree rotation as compared to others of the alphabetic character keycaps.03-22-2012
20090184927Data input device - A data input device for use with at least one of a touch screen, a keyboard, and a combination thereof is provided. Such data input device includes a stylus member engageable at a first end thereof with at least one of such touch screen, such keyboard, and such combination thereof. Such stylus member is manufactured from a first predetermined material and has a first predetermined size and a first predetermined shape. A securing mechanism is at least one of disposed on such stylus member and formed integrally with such stylus member for securing such stylus member to at least one of a user's finger, a user's thumb, and a combination thereof.07-23-2009
20080316177Mouse-type mobile phone - A mouse-type mobile phone comprises a phone body and an upper lid, wherein the phone body has a battery cover on the backside, an optical reading device on one side of the battery cover and a push cover mounted above the optical reading device. The push cover is a power switch to enable or disable the mouse function. Several mouse clicks and a scroll wheel are mounted on one side of the display monitor of the upper lid. A chip module structure comprises a message transmission interface, a central processing unit and a human-based interface and apparatus, wherein the phone body can be wirelessly or wiredly coupled with a computer via the message transmission interface. The human-based interface and apparatus has a mouse device unit and several mouse clicks coupled with the central processing unit so that a control signal can be transmitted to the computer.12-25-2008
20090015560METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A DISPLAY OF A DEVICE01-15-2009
20110141027DATA ENTRY SYSTEM - A data entry system including a plurality of first keys, a plurality of second keys, a display and a processor adapted to interpret a first type of user interaction with the first keys as entrance of one or more characters and to interpret a second type of interaction with the first keys as mode signals which change the meanings of at least three of the second keys.06-16-2011
20110141026MULTICONTACT TOUCH-SENSITIVE SENSOR INCLUDING VARIABLE-SIZE AND VARIABLE-IMPEDANCE SPACING MEANS - A multi-contact tactile sensor including an elastically deformable interaction layer and a supporting layer, a lower surface of the interaction layer including an array of strip conductors and an upper surface of the supporting layer including an array of strip conductors that are not parallel to the array of strip conductors on the interaction layer. The interaction layer and the supporting layer are separated by a first series of rigid insulating spacers. A second series of conducting spacers is in contact with at least one of the two arrays of strip conductors. The impedance and dimensions of the spacers of the second series are determined to prevent contact at rest and enable local contact during deformation of the interaction layer between the spacers of the second series and the array of strip conductors of the layer opposite the spacers. A controller can control one such sensor, a multi-contact tactile screen can include one such sensor, and a keyboard including a set of discrete keys can be formed by one such sensor.06-16-2011
20110141024MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal includes: a light-transmissive actuator having a dome-like shape; a conductive coating layer formed to be light-transmissive and formed at an inner side of the actuator; a light-transmissive base including a first light-transmissive electrode pattern and a second light-transmissive electrode pattern formed thereon, the first light-transmissive electrode pattern being configured to contact with the edge of the actuator, and the second light-transmissive electrode pattern being configured to contact with the central portion of the actuator when the actuator is pressed; and a display unit disposed under the light-transmissive base and configured such that visual information is seen thereon through the actuator, the coated layer and the base.06-16-2011
20110227832MULTIFUNCTION DISPLAY-BASED USER INTERFACE FOR DEVICES - The present invention provides a multifunctional input device. The input device includes a functional mode which defines the mode of operation of the input device. Each functional mode includes one or more domain levels with each domain level containing one or more domain-level values. Each domain level-value within each functional mode is assigned to one of a plurality of programmable input keys. The domain-level value assigned to each programmable input key controls the function of that programmable input key within a given functionality and domain level. The present invention also includes a display to indicate the domain-level value associated with each of the programmable input keys within a given functionality.09-22-2011
20110227831Determining Properties of Fingers via Keystroke Dynamics - Keystroke dynamics has been widely studied to authenticate and verify computer users, but never has keystroke dynamics been used to directly determine properties of the fingers of the typist. This is a significant limitation because, for example, some of the personal traits correlated with finger ratios—for example, the second to fourth digit ratio predicts success among high frequency traders—cannot be obtained easily from internet users any other way. Users either may not wish to provide this information; the accuracy of the information obtained by asking them directly would be dubious; and/or it might not appear proper for the entity seeking the information to ask for it. The present invention overcomes this by using the timing information of keystroke dynamics to directly determine properties of fingers.09-22-2011
20090096751PROJECTED CLEANABLE KEYBOARD - Systems and methods are described for simulating physical features of a projected keyboard in a sterile environment by incorporating a mechanical keyboard and a virtual keyboard. A keyboard projection apparatus projects light toward a mechanical keyboard. When a key is pressed, the keyboard projection apparatus tracks finger locations. User input is created by the keyboard projection apparatus and can be processed by a computer or other electrical equipment. By using an actual keyboard having simple mechanical components with the keyboard projection apparatus, the tactile feel can be realized and the keyboard can be easily cleaned or disposed of.04-16-2009
20110221679ELECTRONIC BOOK READER - An electronic book reader includes an E-paper display, a display controller, a SDRAM, and a group of control buttons. The display controller is connected to the E-paper display. The SDRAM is connected to the display controller, and stores a group of display data. The control buttons are electrically connected to the display controller for responding to user input and generating an updating signal to the display controller to open a destination page. The display controller is configured for accessing the SDRAM to obtain the display data of the destination page upon receiving the updating signal, and driving the E-paper display to display the destination page.09-15-2011
20120032885REVERSING ACTIONS - An apparatus and method for receiving a first user input performed on a user interface element; determining, in a first determination, that the first user input is of a first type; performing an action associated with the user interface element, in response to said first determination; receiving a second user input on the user interface element; determining, in a second determination, that the second user input is of a second type, the second type being different to the first type; and reversing the action, in response to the second determination.02-09-2012
20110221680KEYPAD APPARATUS - The disclosure relates to implementing different key types on a keypad or keyboard. The implementation can be enabled e.g. by an apparatus including a substrate (09-15-2011
20130215036KEYBOARD DEVICE - The present invention discloses a keyboard device including a plurality of first number key, a shift key, a plurality of second number key and a control unit. When the control unit receives a shift key code generated by the shift key and a first number key code generated by the first number key, the control unit outputs a special symbol signal corresponding to the first number key code. When the control unit receives the first number key code or a second number key code generated by the second number key, the control unit outputs a number signal corresponding to the first number key code. When the control unit receives the shift key code and the second number key code, the control unit outputs a cutoff signal, such that a computer system stops executing commands.08-22-2013
20090219248ELECTRONIC DEVICE CAPABLE OF SHOWING PAGE FLIP EFFECT AND METHOD THEREOF - A method for showing page flip effect when use electronic device enjoy electronic documents, including: when receiving a flip-page instruction, obtain a parameter from a parameter table from a storage unit, the parameter table contains several parameters, each parameter include a first group of coordinates, a content of a flip-page figure and a second group of coordinates; determining a target page according to the flip-page instruction; producing the flip-page figure of the current page according to the first group coordinates and the content; covering a second area of the current page determined by the second group of coordinates with a second area of the target page determined by the second group of coordinates to form a combined page; displaying the combined page. Present invention also provides an electronic device capable of showing a page flip effect.09-03-2009
20100265181System, method and computer readable media for enabling a user to quickly identify and select a key on a touch screen keypad by easing key selection - In the embodiments of the present invention, a system, method and computer useable medium are introduced that increase the efficiency in which a user can interface, through keys prediction, with a system that includes a touch screen display, a computer usable medium; having a computer readable instructions for controlling a computer, a computer processor, and a predictive algorithm. This method provides the user with the ability to quickly identify and select, through the enhanced keys prediction, and display the keys of the cell phone or electronic media. The keys include but are not limited to, icons, numbers, symbols and their combinations. In addition, the computer processor and the predictive algorithm, using the keys that are inputted through the touch screen or keypad, anticipate the icons, numbers and symbols necessary to complete the interface request resulting in increase user efficiency.10-21-2010
20090167692ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING APPLICATION PROGRAMS IN THE SAME - The present invention provides a method for operating application programs in an electronic device, which has a keyboard unit, a touch sensing element and a display. First, the border information corresponding to a border area of the user interface provided by an application program is transmitted to a driving unit of the keyboard unit. Afterward, the keyboard unit is divided into at least two sensing areas corresponding to the operation areas of the user interface according to the border information. Next, the touch sensing element detects a touch on one of the sensing areas on the keyboard unit and then generates a responsive signal according to the touch. Finally, an action is performed on the corresponding operation area of the user interface according to the responsive signal.07-02-2009
20090251416Operating device and image forming apparatus - An operating device for controlling an apparatus as an object of control, in accordance with an instruction by a user includes a panel having a main surface, a hardware key provided on the main surface, and a display unit formed of electronic paper, provided in relation to the hardware key on the main surface of the panel or on the hardware key, allowing rewriting of displayed contents.10-08-2009
20090256805KEYBOARD WITH A PROJECTION - A keyboard is provided as a peripheral device for a computer unit with a key field and an associated housing, whereby an extension is attached to the housing. The keyboard includes at least one reading device being accommodated in the extension for the contactless reading of data stored on ID cards or access cards or documents.10-15-2009
20080309620MULTIFUNCTIONAL INTEGRATED IMAGE SENSOR AND APPLICATION TO VIRTUAL INTERFACE TECHNOLOGY - A gaming apparatus including a template projector, an electronic imaging sensor and an illuminator for sensing optically encoded reflections from gaming pieces, operative to determine the location and orientation of the gaming pieces and for game management.12-18-2008
20100149103TOUCH-TYPING KEYBOARD FOR TOUCH SCREENS - Embodiments of the invention provide methods and apparatuses for updating the physical coordinates of logical keys of a virtual keyboard on a touch input system as a result of detecting and determining the drift of the user's fingers that make touch contact with a touch-sensitive member of the touch input system to operate the logical keys. The logical keys are given coordinates at the moment fingers are placed on the virtual keyboard in a home-row position. As the user types on the virtual keyboard, the device detects any drift of the fingers from the home-row position and determines the distance and direction of the drift. The device recalibrates the touch-sensitive member by updating the physical coordinates of some or all of the other logical keys to reflect the drift of the fingers.06-17-2010
20100149101COMPUTER KEYBOARD - A computer keyboard comprises a touch control display panel comprising a display unit, a plurality of touch sensing units, and a display control unit. The display unit is utilized for displaying icons of control keys. The touch sensing units are utilized for sensing pressed status of the control keys, and transmitting pressure sensing signals and position signals to a host. The display control unit is utilized for receiving icons of the control keys from the host, and making the display unit display icons of the control keys. When an external force presses one of the control keys of the touch control display panel, a specific touch sensing unit senses pressed status of a position corresponding to the pressed control key, and make the host start or terminate an executable program according to link of the executable program corresponding to the pressed control key.06-17-2010
20090315830KEYSTROKE TACTILITY ARRANGEMENT ON A SMOOTH TOUCH SURFACE - Disclosed are four arrangements for providing tactility on a touch surface keyboard. One approach is to provide tactile feedback mechanisms, such as dots, bars, or other shapes on all or many keys. In another embodiment, an articulating frame may be provided that extends when the surface is being used in a typing mode and retracts when the surface is used in some other mode, e.g., a pointing mode. The articulating frame may provide key edge ridges that define the boundaries of the key regions or may provide tactile feedback mechanisms within the key regions. The articulating frame may also be configured to cause concave depressions similar to mechanical key caps in the surface. In another embodiment, a rigid, non-articulating frame may be provided beneath the surface. A user will then feel higher resistance when pressing away from the key centers, but will feel a softer resistance at the key center.12-24-2009
20100149098Apparatus and method of providing an apparatus - An apparatus and method of providing an apparatus, the apparatus including: a display including a plurality of layers including a display layer and a first protective layer overlaying the display layer wherein the display layer includes at least one discontinuity and the protective layer is continuous over the discontinuity in the display layer; and a user input portion associated with the area of the first protective layer overlaying the discontinuity in the display layer and configured such that actuation of the user input portion enables a switch to be actuated.06-17-2010
20100156795LARGE SIZE CAPACITIVE TOUCH SCREEN PANEL - A capacitive touch screen panel (TSP) includes multiple TSP sections assembled in a planar arrangement to provide a unitary user interface area. Each one of the TSP sections is configured for independent activation/deactivation with respect to other TSP sections.06-24-2010
20100156796ADAPTIVE KEYPAD DEVICE FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided are an adaptive keypad device for a portable terminal and a method for controlling the adaptive keypad device. The adaptive keypad device includes a display screen being opened from or slid on a keypad by a user in at least two directions, an adaptive keypad on which letters or numbers are re-oriented and displayed in the same direction as a direction in which the display screen is opened or slid, a display element disposed on a side surface of the adaptive keypad, and a controller being connected to the display element to control a display state of the display element according to the direction of the opening or sliding of the display screen.06-24-2010
20100156794METHOD AND SYSTEM OF COUPLING AN OUTER COVERING TO A FRAME OF AN APPLIANCE - Coupling an outer covering to a frame of an appliance. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are devices including a frame member of an appliance (the frame member defines an outer portion and a first ridge feature on the outer portion, the first ridge feature has a length along the frame member, a height, and a flat contact portion that defines a width), an outer covering member in contact with the contact portion of the first ridge feature, and an adhesive disposed between the frame member and the outer covering member proximate to the first ridge feature (the adhesive adhered to the frame member and the outer covering member). For at least a portion of the length of the first ridge feature, a thickness of the adhesive is the same as a height of the first ridge feature.06-24-2010
20090079695INPUT DEVICE - A dial is displayed in display unit showing a plurality of menus, and a control unit connected to an operation unit and the display unit rotates the dial in response to the move of a finger on the operation unit, and thereby a desired menu is selected, and when selecting the menu shown in the display unit, while the finger is touching the operation unit, the dial is rotated by observing the display unit, so that the menu can be selected. Hence, it is not necessary to observe visually the operating position of the operation unit every time, and the input device capable of controlling various operations of an appliance by a simple manipulation can be obtained.03-26-2009
20120139842Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard - An adjustable keyboard having a number of keys is formed in at least two segments which are mutually movable relative- to one another using a hinge or joint. Each of the segments of the keyboard has keys mounted thereon. The adjustable nature of the keyboard reduces stress and discomfort to the user by reducing contortion to the user's wrists. More particularly, discomfort to the user caused by pronation of the wrists and/or ulnar deviation of the wrists is reduced. The hinge or joint is in the form of a ball and socket-type joint with a locking mechanism, which preferably includes a pivoted handle, in the form of a lever, used for locking and unlocking the hinge or joint. The surface of at least one of the ball and socket of the joint define a plurality of recesses or a plurality of projections, to provide increased resistance to joint movement.06-07-2012
20120139841User Interface Device With Actuated Buttons - A user interface device with actuated buttons is described. In an embodiment, the user interface device comprises two or more buttons and the motion of the buttons is controlled by actuators under software control such that their motion is inter-related. The position or motion of the buttons may provide a user with feedback about the current state of a software program they are using or provide them with enhanced user input functionality. In another embodiment, the ability to move the buttons is used to reconfigure the user interface buttons and this may be performed dynamically, based on the current state of the software program, or may be performed dependent upon the software program being used. The user interface device may be a peripheral device, such as a mouse or keyboard, or may be integrated within a computing device such as a games device.06-07-2012
20100182240INPUT SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An input system for an electronic device including a main body includes an input device installed outside of the main body, comprising a plurality of input units denoted by a plurality of corresponding input symbols, a control device installed outside of the main body for pressing at least one of the plurality of input units for generating an indication signal, a camera for taking an image of the control device pressing the input unit, the image including the indication signal, and an image processing unit installed in the main body and coupled to the camera, for recognizing the pressed input unit according to a location of the indication signal in the image and generating input data corresponding to an input symbol denoting the pressed input unit.07-22-2010
20100182239System and Method for Testing a Portable Information Handling System - Portable information handling system keyboard functionality is tested by an external keyboard configured with portable keyboard functionality and interfaced through a peripheral interface, such as a USB port and cable or a wireless interface. For example, the test keyboard has a portable keyboard functionality that matches the keyboard to be integrated into the portable information handling system, such as a touchstick, mousepad, and key combinations that perform portable information handling system functions.07-22-2010
20100220059Personal Recordation Device - A personal recordation device includes a housing having first and second portions movable relative to one another. A keyboard coupled to the housing first portion and a display is coupled to the housing second portion. A processor is positioned in one of the housing portions and is in data communication with the keyboard and display. The device includes a memory device in at least one of the housing portions and is in data communication with the processor. The processor includes programming to cause data input through the keyboard to be stored in the memory device, and for the input data to be selectively organized in general pad, notepad, report, and engineering modes. In the general pad mode, input data is organized by date within a single file whereas in the notepad mode the input data is stored by date in a plurality of files.09-02-2010
20100188338INTERCHANGEABLE INPUT MODULES ASSOCIATED WITH VARYING LANGUAGES - Interchangeable input modules, such as keypads, having user input devices configured to mate with base devices are described herein. The user input devices may include pluralities of inputs, such as input keys, associated with languages. The interchangeable input modules may further include storage components configured to store configuration data, linguistic structures, and/or predictive logic. Additionally, the interchangeable input modules may have interfaces configured to electrically couple the interchangeable input modules to the base devices after the interchangeable input modules are mated with the base devices.07-29-2010
20100259483OPERATING AND DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - The disclosure relates to a display and operator control system in a motor vehicle, including a display panel and an operator control panel with operator control keys and function keys. The display panel is electronically coupled to the operator control panel and has roughly the same outer shape as the operator control panel. Representations of the control and function keys are displayed on the display panel in the same relative positions as the control and function keys are located on the operator control panel. Data input on the keypad of the control panel is displayed on an input panel on the display panel. The operator control panel also has an keypad for inputting of data, the data being shown in an input panel on the display panel. This provides intuitive operator control for the user.10-14-2010
20100259482KEYBOARD GESTURING - Keyboard gesturing on an input device of a computing system is herein provided. One exemplary computing system includes a host computing device and an input device including one or more keys. The host computing device includes a gesture-recognition engine that is configured to recognize a gesture from touch input reported from a touch-detection engine. The touch-detection engine is configured to detect a touch input directed at a key of the input device. The host computing device further includes an input engine that is configured to interpret a key-activation message based on the gesture recognized by the gesture-recognition engine, where the key-activation message is generated by a key-activation engine of the input device in response to activation of the key.10-14-2010
20100039389DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING DIGITAL IMAGE AND METHOD THEREOF - A method for adjusting images is provided. The method includes: acquiring a predetermined time interval; performing adjustment for a current property and displaying the image with different settings of the current property; receiving input signals; generating control signals corresponding to the input signals; upon the condition that the processor generates a skipping control signal, directly adjusting the next property according to the sequence table; upon the condition that the processor generates a selecting control signal, keeping of the current property, and adjusts the next property based of the image selected setting on the current property.02-18-2010
20090046065SENSOR-KEYPAD COMBINATION FOR MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF - A key structure layer is provided on the panel segment. The key structure layer may be combined with sensors that detect a position of a finger or other object at any region on the key structure layer. When contact with the key structure layer pushes the panel segment inward, the processing resources of the mobile computing device recognize the contact by the finger or object as a key-press event. Position information from the sensors assign a key value to the key-press event.02-19-2009
20130215035Flexible Touch Sensor Input Device - In one embodiment, an input device includes a flexible outer layer and a flexible touch sensor layer. The flexible outer layer is formed from a solidified material. The flexible touch sensor includes a substrate and a plurality of electrodes coupled to at least one side of the substrate. The electrodes are operable to detect touches of the flexible outer layer. Each of the electrodes have a shape formed by a plurality of lines of metal, which may be fine lines of metal (FLM), that occupy less than 100% of the area of the shape of the electrode.08-22-2013
20100182241Haptic Feedback Using A Keyboard Device - A low-cost haptic feedback keyboard device for providing haptic feedback to a user for enhancing interactions in a displayed environment provided by a computer. The haptic keyboard device can be a keyboard having multiple keys, or can be a wrist rest or other attachment coupled to a keyboard. The device includes a housing that is physically contacted by the user and rests on a support surface. An actuator is coupled to the housing and applies a force to the housing approximately along an axis that is substantially perpendicular to the support surface, where the force is transmitted to the user contacting the housing. In one embodiment, the force is an inertial force that is output by moving an inertial mass. The keyboard device can be used in conjunction with another haptic device, such as a mouse, trackball, or joystick.07-22-2010
20090295732DEVICES HAVING INPUT CONTROLS FOR EFFICIENT INPUT OF DATA - Embodiments of the subject invention relate to systems, methods, and devices providing a reduced number of selectable inputs that enable efficient communication. One aspect of what is disclosed are embodiments of a systematic code, which systematic code enables efficient communication. Another aspect of the invention is the implementation of embodiments of a systematic code on interactive devices, thereby enabling efficient communication using such interactive devices.12-03-2009
20100225587ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR ENTERING CHARACTER - An electronic device which allows an entry of a character string has a display which indicates an entered character, a toggle key adapted for entering a plurality of assigned characters, a shift key adapted for shifting a character entry position on the display, and a controller which allows consecutive first to third operations. The controller is adapted for entering one of the assigned characters at a first position on the display as the first operation. The controller is adapted for shifting the character entry position from the first position to a second position on the display as the second operation. The controller is adapted for displaying one of the assigned characters at the second position on the display as the third operation. The controller is adapted for allowing consecutive two of the first to third operations by means of either one of the toggle key and the shift key.09-09-2010
20100231519KEYPAD WITH KEY PAIRS - A keypad has a plurality of keys. The plurality of keys includes one or more key pairs. Each of the one or more key pairs includes physically coupled first and second keys. The physically coupled first and second keys are configured to be actuated independently of each other.09-16-2010
20120194436HANDHELD BED CONTROLLER PENDANT WITH LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY - A pendant controller for a patient bed includes a housing sized to be held in a user's hand and a liquid crystal display carried by the housing and viewable by the user. The pendant controller has a set of manual buttons carried by the housing adjacent the LCD. The set of manual buttons is arranged in a row and the buttons are n in number, with n being an integer greater than 1. The pendant controller further includes control circuitry situated in the housing and configured to drive the LCD to display a table that is m columns wide, with m being equal to n. The table contains indicia with each indicia corresponding to a function associated with a respective one of the manual buttons.08-02-2012
20100238116METHOD AND APPARATUS OF PROVIDING HAPTIC EFFECT USING A PLURALITY OF VIBRATORS IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for providing a haptic effect using a plurality of vibrators in a portable terminal. The method of providing a haptic effect using a plurality of vibrators in a portable terminal includes detecting whether user's input information is generated, determining a vibration strength level of each of the vibrators using the user's input information, and generating vibration according to the determined vibration strength via each of the vibrators.09-23-2010
20100238117Movable Barrier Operator System Display Method and Apparatus - A movable barrier operator system operational component includes an integral display comprising at least one of a numeric display, an alphanumeric display, and a graphics display. The display can comprise an active display or an active interactive display and can further operate in conjunction with adjacent user-input interface opportunities. So configured, numerous user interface events can be highly leveraged to contribute to ease of installation and ease and reliability of use.09-23-2010
20100238115OPERATION INPUT DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Provided is an operation input device having an input part that receives operator input by being pressed by an operator, a function setting part that allocates predetermined operation functions to a second domain in the input part based upon a position pressed when the operator presses a first domain in the input part, a display control part that displays display objects corresponding to the operation functions in a domain of the display part corresponding to the second domain, an operation judgment part that judges whether the operator has pressed the second domain; and a vibration control part that vibrates the input part according to the operation function when the operation judgment part judges that the operator has pressed the second domain.09-23-2010
20100253629Combined Mutual Capacitance and Switch-Actuated Keyboard for Enhanced Texting in an Electronic Device - In one embodiment, a mutual-capacitance sensing electrode array is disposed beneath a keyboard, and operates in conjunction with a series of single switches disposed beneath each of the keys in a keyboard. The electrode array and switches are employed in conjunction with one another to indicate that a letter, number or other symbol displayed on a particular key has been selected by a user. Although some embodiments find especially efficacious application in hand-held portable electronic devices such as mobile telephones, other embodiments are well suited for use in stationary equipment or other devices containing keyboards or control panels.10-07-2010
20090027344Terminal emulator and controlling method therefor - A terminal emulator 01-29-2009
20100127989Information processing apparatus, information processing method, information processing system and information processing program - An information processing apparatus includes: a key operation section that has one or more operation keys arranged planarly, and outputs a key operation output corresponding to an operation of an operation key; a sensor that outputs a detection output corresponding to a distance of a detection target, spatially separated from a layout surface of the operation key, from the layout surface; a detection section that detects the distance of the detection target from the layout surface from the detection output from the sensor; and a control section that validates only the key operation output corresponding to the operation of the operation key and invalidates the detection output of the sensor when the detected distance is less than a predetermined distance, and executes a control function according to the distance detected by the detection section when the detected distance is equal to or greater than the predetermined distance.05-27-2010
20100253630INPUT DEVICE AND AN INPUT PROCESSING METHOD USING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is an input device, including: a manipulating block including an electrostatic capacitance detecting portion configured to detect a proximal distance to a manipulating body in accordance with a change in electrostatic capacitance; a shape detecting portion configured to detect an effective area; a determining portion configured to determine whether or not a key which the manipulating body contacts is depressed for a predetermined period of time; and a display processing portion configured to move an object being displayed on a display portion.10-07-2010
20100117967KEYBOARD MODULE - A keyboard module, including a base plate, a membrane circuit, keys and a frame set, is provided. The membrane circuit is disposed on the base plate and has touch portions. The keys are assembled to the base plate and correspond to the touch portions respectively. The frame set is assembled to the base plate and includes a first frame and a second frame. The first frame has a plurality of first ribs disposed in a staggered way. The second frame is connected to the first frame and located between the first frame and the base plate. The second frame has a plurality of second ribs disposed in a staggered way, wherein a width of a portion of the second ribs is smaller than a width of the corresponding first ribs, and the keys pass through the second frame and the first frame in sequence to protrude above the frame set.05-13-2010
20130127725OPERATION INPUT SYSTEM AND OPERATION INPUT METHOD - Disclosed is an operation input system including: an operation display device; and a display device, wherein in case that the operation display device receives input of security information, the operation display device sets input keys in the key arrangement on a screen of the display unit and displays the operation window in which the input keys or at least contents of the input keys cannot be visually recognized, and the operation detecting unit receives the operation for the set input keys, and the display device controls display contents of the second display unit so as to display a state in which a virtual image of the input keys is combined with a situation in which an operator operates the display unit in accordance with an image shot by the camera so as to match a position of the virtual image with the set input keys.05-23-2013
20130127726APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE USING REMOTE CONTROLLER - Described is an apparatus and method for providing a graphic user interface. A main body of the apparatus may provide a plurality of user interfaces on a display and a remote controller of the apparatus may provide a plurality of user interfaces on the remote controller. A user interface provided by the main body may be synchronized with a user interface provided on the remote controller for the convenience of the user.05-23-2013
20130127728METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INPUTTING CHARACTER IN TOUCH DEVICE - A method and touch device for inputting a character are provided. The method includes displaying a first character when a touch interaction based on a user gesture is input to the certain character region; receiving a drawing interaction after the touch interaction while the touch interaction is maintained; displaying a first complete character generated by combining a second character according to the drawing interaction with the first character in a form of a preview; detecting a conversion interaction while the first completed character is displayed; displaying a second complete character generated by combining a third character according to the conversion interaction with the first character in the form of a preview; and processing the second complete character as a complete character when the user gesture is released while the second complete character is displayed.05-23-2013
20130127729VIRTUAL KEYBOARD BASED ACTIVATION AND DISMISSAL - A virtual keyboard apparatus and method for forming the virtual keyboard apparatus are provided. The virtual keyboard apparatus may include a touch-sensitive display surface configured to detect a touch signal including at least a finger touch and a palm touch by a hand of a user, and a controller configured to generate a virtual keyboard having a layout determined based at least in part on a distance between the detected palm touch and the detected finger touch. The method for generating a virtual keyboard may include detecting with a touch-sensitive display surface a touch signal including at least a finger touch and a palm touch formed by a hand of a user, and generating a virtual keyboard having a layout based at least in part on a distance between the detected palm touch and the detected finger touch.05-23-2013
20090322683ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a coordinate input device which inputs coordinate data, a disabling range setting module which sets a disabling range in which the coordinate data, which is input by the coordinate input device, is disabled, a determination module which determines whether the coordinate data, which is input by the coordinate input device, is included in the disabling range which is set by the disabling range setting module, and a process module which executes a process corresponding to the coordinate data, which is input by the coordinate input device, in accordance with a determination result of the determination module.12-31-2009
20090140985COMPUTING DEVICE THAT DETERMINES AND USES APPLIED PRESSURE FROM USER INTERACTION WITH AN INPUT INTERFACE - A computing device processes input by determining one or more inputs corresponding to a user interacting with an input interface. In an embodiment, the input interface may correspond to a button state or to a multi-state input interface. A value corresponding to an amount of pressure applied by the user is determined on the computing device. The value is determined during an instance or duration in which the user is interacting with the input interface. The value for the applied pressure is determined apart from the input. In one embodiment, the value is determined using a force sensor that is separate from the input interface. An operation is then performed that is responsive to the determined amount of pressure, as well as to the one or more inputs.06-04-2009
20090115732Keyboard structure with a keyboard input function and a sensor pad input function - A keyboard structure with a keyboard input function and a sensor pad input function includes a motherboard module, a keyboard module, and a sensor pad module. The keyboard module is electrically connected with the motherboard module, and the keyboard module has a keyboard/sensor pad input function switch unit. The sensor pad module is electrically connected with the motherboard module, and the sensor pad module has a sensor unit disposed under the keyboard module. Therefore, the keyboard/sensor pad input function switch unit is switched in order to selectively use the sensor pad input function of the sensor pad module or the keyboard input function of the keyboard module.05-07-2009
20120242581Relative Touch User Interface Enhancements - Some embodiments provide a meta touch interface (MTI) with multiple position indicators with each position indicator operating as a separate pointing tool that can be activated (i) using taps on a touchpad or other touch sensitive surface or (ii) by pressing certain keyboard keys. The MT pointer allows for adjacent UI elements to be selected without having to reposition the MT pointer for each selection or activation. Some embodiments provide a multi-device UI that comprises at least two UIs, wherein the first UI is presented on an essentially horizontal plane that is aligned with operational focus and the second UI that is presented on an essentially vertical plane that is aligned with visual focus of the user. Some embodiments provide a precision pointer that includes an adjustable magnified region to better present underlying on-screen content, thereby allowing the user to more precisely position the pointer.09-27-2012
20120242579TEXT INPUT USING KEY AND GESTURE INFORMATION - Text input may be identified from a combination of key stroke information and handwriting gesture information. In one example, a touch screen displays an on-screen keyboard. A user then draws a character on the keyboard over the key that represents the character. In this way, two types of information are provided that identify the character that the user intended to enter: the particular drawing gesture that the user provided, and the location on the keyboard at which the user drew that gesture. These two pieces of information may be used, in combination, to determine which character the user intended to enter, and may help to interpret the input accurately in the case where either the gesture or key information, individually, would have been ambiguous.09-27-2012
20090115731RAISED RAIL ENHANCED REDUCED KEYBOARD UPON A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A handheld wireless communication device is disclosed that has a housing, display, and keyboard. The keyboard consists of a plurality of keys having a right-hand keyfield located on a right-hand side of at least one elongate raised rail and a left-hand keyfield located on a left-hand side of at least one elongate raised rail. The keys of the keyfield have letters and numbers associated therewith. Each of the keyfields has an engagement surface configured for digital engagement by a user. Each of the at least one elongate raised rail has an upper fixed surface positioned above at least a portion of each keyfield located adjacent thereto so that each of the at least one elongate raised rails constitutes a tactile divider between adjacently located keyfields.05-07-2009
20110032189KEY SCREENS FORMED FROM FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE - Various embodiments related to an adaptive keyboard cut from a single flexible substrate are provided. One disclosed embodiment of an adaptive input device comprises a flexible substrate, and a plurality of key screens defined in the flexible substrate via cuts in the flexible substrate. The key screens are cut such that each key screen remains electrically connected to the flexible substrate, and each key screen comprises an image producing element configured to display an image on the key screen. The adaptive input device further comprises a keyboard comprising a plurality of keys disposed over the flexible substrate, where each key screen is turned upwardly from the flexible substrate to cover a corresponding key on the keyboard.02-10-2011
20120032887TOUCH KEYBOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A touch keyboard including a keyboard pattern and a touch module is provided. A sensing space is located in front of the keyboard pattern. The touch module is disposed at periphery of the keyboard pattern. The touch module includes a light-emitting element, a light guide unit, and an optical detector. The light-emitting element is disposed beside the keyboard pattern and capable of emitting a light beam. The light guide unit is disposed at a side of the keyboard pattern and has a first surface, a second surface, and a light incident surface. The light beam from the light-emitting element is capable of entering the light guide unit through the light incident surface and capable of being transmitted to the sensing space through the first surface. The optical detector is disposed beside the sensing space for sensing the light beam from the sensing space. An electronic device is also provided.02-09-2012
20090109179HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A hand-held electronic device includes a main body and a keyboard. The keyboard has a plurality of keys and is disposed on the main body. A pressing portion is constructed on the top portion of each key, and the keys are arranged into a plurality of columns and a plurality of rows. A height difference exists between the pressing portions in two adjacent rows, and every pressing portion in one row is staggered with two adjacent pressing portions in the other row, such that the distance between the keys in the two adjacent rows is the longest, thereby preventing a user from mistakenly pressing the keys when using the hand-held electronic device.04-30-2009
20130135208Method for a chord input of textual, symbolic or numerical information - A system and method for chord input of symbols, by up to three fingers of each hand. The system consists of twelve input zones (05-30-2013
20110248921KEYCAP CONSTRUCTION FOR KEYBOARD WITH DISPLAY FUNCTIONALITY - A computer peripheral is provided. The computer peripheral includes a display device and a keyboard assembly disposed over the display device. The keyboard assembly is configured to permit viewing of images produced by the display device through the keyboard assembly. The keyboard assembly includes a plurality of keys. Each of the plurality of keys is selectively physically depressible to cause production of an input signal. Each of the plurality of keys includes a keycap having a perimeter piece and a central piece. The central piece is transparent so as to permit passage of light from the display device through the central piece to a user of the keyboard assembly.10-13-2011
20110001705REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A remote control method comprising an input terminal connecting to a remote embedded electronic device. The embedded electronic device receives a command with a combination key code by pressing a direction key. The embedded electronic device analyzes the command with the combination key code and executes corresponding action according to the combination key code.01-06-2011
20100253631METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PERIPHERAL FOR DOCKING A HANDHELD COMPUTER - In one embodiment, a computer peripheral, is provided with 1) a human input interface; 2) a first computer interface; 3) a data link to provide data connectivity between the human input interface and first computer interface; and 4) a docking port to substantially encase a handheld computer engaged with the first computer interface.10-07-2010
20110109557Automatic Enablement And Disablement Of A Cursor Mover - A computer system includes a keyboard having at least one cursor mover, and at least one sensor. The sensor can detect whether a hand is near the sensor. When the sensor fails to detect a hand near the sensor, at least one cursor mover is enabled.05-12-2011
20110018809PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER INPUT DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a personal identification number input device includes a device main body having an input unit for a personal identification number, a shielding member attached to the device main body and configured to shield the input unit for an identification number from the outside, and a non-slip section provided on an outer side of the shielding member.01-27-2011
20110025606METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING KEYSTROKE - A writing apparatus comprises a housing and a keyboard mounted in the housing and having keys representing symbols of a language. Each key is moveable from a rest position. Sensors sense position of each key and develop a signal representing position of each key. A controller is operatively connected to the sensors for monitoring the signal. The controller is configured to determine if any of the keys are pressed by monitoring the position of each key and for any given key determining if an amount of change in position from the rest position for the given key is greater than a select movement amount and rate of change in position for the given key is greater than a selected velocity amount, and generating change in an output state for the given key responsive to the given key being pressed.02-03-2011
20090066653SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING A KEYBOARD AS A TOUCH PANEL - A method for simulating a touch panel using a keyboard is provided. The method includes sensing a pattern of keys pressed either by sliding keystrokes or by standard keystrokes. Using the pattern of keys, a corresponding function is executed to activate one or more commands on an electronic device.03-12-2009
20090066652KEYPAD FOR A SECURITY SYSTEM - Methods, computer-readable mediums, apparatuses, and systems are provided. For example, a method is disclosed which includes identifying at least one security system function, in a plurality of security system functions, for blocked user access when a keypad is away from a predetermined location; and storing the plurality of security system functions on a processor. In another embodiment a security keypad is disclosed which includes an LCD having a static portion and a dynamic portion; a multiplexing LCD controller coupled to the dynamic portion; a static LCD controller coupled to the static portion; DC/DC converter coupled to the multiplexing LCD controller; a keypad processing unit coupled to the multiplexing LCD controller, the static LCD controller, and the DC/DC converter; and a power supply coupled to the DC/DC converter, the keypad processing unit, and the static LCD controller.03-12-2009
20110018808INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Provided is an information display method of a portable terminal, which includes activating a user function of the portable terminal; determining a relation function related to the user function; collecting relation information according to the determined relation function; and outputting the relation information.01-27-2011
20110241996STATE-DRIVEN SELF-SERVICE TERMINAL - A state-driven self-service terminal is described. The terminal comprises: (i) a state information table; (ii) a screen dictionary; (iii) a monitoring component arranged to ascertain status information relating to a condition of the terminal; and (iv) a screen control component. The screen dictionary comprises (a) a unique value corresponding to a unique key parameter, and (b) a control sequence including a prompt associated with that unique key parameter. The screen control component is arranged to receive the ascertained status information, and in response thereto, (a) to populate a screen with those prompts from the screen dictionary that are consistent with the ascertained status information and (b) to enable those keys corresponding to key parameters that are consistent with the status information.10-06-2011
20120032886METHOD FOR ASSISTING USER INPUT TO A DEVICE - A method for assisting user input to a device, comprising the steps of providing a user interface to retrieve a user input, providing a tactile interface layer that defines a surface and includes a volume of fluid and a displacement device that manipulates the volume of fluid to deform a plurality of particular regions of the surface into tactilely distinguishable formations that each represent a key of a key interface, allowing the user to provide input through the key interface, predicting a subsequent key input when a user provides an input through the key interface, and manipulating the volume of fluid to deform the plurality of particular regions into one of two types of tactilely distinguishable formations: a first type for tactilely distinguishable formations that represent a predicted key and a second type for tactilely distinguishable formations that represent an unpredicted key.02-09-2012
20110109556SPECIALIZED KEYS AND ARRANGEMENTS THEREOF FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Embodiments of the invention provide an electronic device, such as a laptop PC, with a keyboard having specialized keys. The specialized keys according to embodiments of the invention are chamfer-less, configured with a larger, “D” shaped striking surface having a concavity therein.05-12-2011
20110241998FLEXIBLE PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A portable communication device includes a housing having at least three housing portions where a first housing portion is rotatably connected to a second housing portion and the second housing portion is rotatably connected to a third housing portion. A flexible display screen is connected to the first, second, and third housing portions to form a continuous surface having a first screen portion connected to the first housing portion, a second screen portion connected to the second housing portion and a third screen portion connected to the third housing portion. The portable communication device is configurable into at least three configurations including an open position where the entire screen surface is exposed and visible to the user and a closed position where the housing portions are folded to each other such that the entire screen surface is unexposed. A partially closed position allows the user to view a portion of the display screen.10-06-2011
20100149100Electronic Devices, Systems, Methods and Computer Program Products for Detecting a User Input Device Having an Optical Marker Thereon - An electronic device includes a user input display having a plurality of input keys on the input display. Each of the plurality of input keys corresponds to an input function for the input display. An optical detector is configured to detect optical data including a user input device. The user input device has an optical marker thereon. A user input management system is coupled to the user input display and the optical detector. The user input management system is configured to receive optical data from the optical detector, to identify a location of the optical marker of the user input device with respect to the user input display based on the optical data, and to identify a selected one of the plurality of input keys on the display responsive to the location of the optical marker.06-17-2010
20090033627External Keyboard - There is described a keyboard including user-operable alpha-numeric keys. One or more identification devices associated with the user-operable keys are included in the keyboard. When placed in proximity to the keyboard, the one or more identification devices selectively communicate with a digital apparatus in response to user-actuation of the user-operable keys. The keyboard comprises a flexible substrate for enabling the keyboard to be folded into a non-deployed inactive state, and unfolded into a deployed active state for communicating with the digital apparatus. When in proximity thereto, the keyboard communicates with the apparatus by way of near-field magnetic and/or electrostatic coupling. The keyboard includes an intermediate resonant circuit for interfacing between the one or more identification devices and the digital apparatus; the resonant circuit includes a component spatially disposed to overlay a first region onto the digital apparatus in use, and to overlay a second region coupled to the one or more identification devices in use for coupling signals therebetween. The keyboard is especially useful for mobile telephones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) for rendering data entry easier.02-05-2009
20110084908DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR INFORMING USERS OF FUNCTIONS AND CHARACTERS ASSOCIATED WITH TELEPHONE KEYS - System and method for informing a user of functions or characters associated with keys on a mobile communications device includes a keyboard operable to input dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) codes and a display screen operable to display information. The display screen is also operable to display a virtual representation of at least a portion of the keyboard. The virtual representation includes help information on one or more virtually represented keys of the keyboard. This help information informs a user of an associated telephone function or character of one or more keys that are virtually represented on the display.04-14-2011
20100164870KEY SHEET - Provided is a key sheet which has a soft touch feeling and in which elaborate and highly visible display portions can be provided. In a key sheet including: a translucent base sheet; and a soft-feel layer which is laminated on a front surface side of the base sheet, includes a plurality of display portions representing key types such as letters, numerals, and symbols, and has a soft touch feeling, the soft-feel layer includes a translucent skin layer having the soft touch feeling and decorative portions which are provided on a back surface of the skin layer and are visible through the skin layer. Further, light emitted from an inside of a device transmits through the base sheet so as to reach the decorative portions, and hence it is possible to obtain an illumination-type key sheet excellent in illumination property and of wider variety.07-01-2010
20100164869VIRTUAL KEYBOARD STRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC DEVICE AND DATA INPUTTING METHOD THEREOF - A virtual keyboard structure of an electronic device includes a projection module, two vibration sensors, a storage module, and a processor. The projection module is used for projecting a virtual keyboard having virtual keys. The two vibration sensors are used for detecting a center of vibration when the virtual keyboard is knocked on the center to obtain data of two directions. The storage module is used for storing dimensions of a coordinate system, a plurality of press-key data, coordinates of the virtual keys, and two respective reference positions of the vibration sensors. Finally, the processor is used for computing a coordinate of the vibration center and for matching the coordinate of the vibration center in the coordinates of the virtual keys to obtain a target virtual key corresponding to the vibration center and outputting one of the press-key data corresponding to the target virtual key.07-01-2010
20100156793System and Method For An Information Handling System Touchscreen Keyboard - An information handling system automatically presents a keyboard input device on a touchscreen display in response to detecting touches on the touchscreen in a keyboard configuration. The location of the keyboard and placement of the keys adapt to an end user's touch, providing a conveniently-sized input device automatically adapted to end user inputs. Haptic feedback at predetermined reference points aids end user interaction with the keyboard.06-24-2010
20110074686Angular Sensitized Keypad - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to improving the efficiency of text input by measuring the angle of each key press and rejecting improbable keys pressed at an off-center angle. Examples include a text-entry device which has logic for resisting error while the user enters text on a keyboard of the text-entry device. Each key determines the angle at which the key is pressed. Keyboard logic on the text-entry device assigns a range of acceptable angles to each key. If a key is pressed within the range of acceptable angles, which is typically around the center, then the entry is permitted. If a key is pressed outside the range of acceptable angles, which is typically on the edges, then the entry is denied. Once text is entered, the keyboard logic assigns a prediction value to each key based on a statistical probability that the key will be entered next. The keyboard logic then adjusts the range of acceptable angles based on that statistical probability.03-31-2011
20110074685Virtual Predictive Keypad - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to improving the efficiency of text input by generating a dynamic virtual keyboard. Certain examples display a soft keyboard on a touchscreen of a text-entry device. The touchscreen works with the soft keyboard as a form of text input. Keyboard logic on the text-entry device is programmed to change the footprint of each key within the soft keyboard based on the prior entry. The keyboard logic assigns a prediction value to each key based on a statistical probability that the key will be entered next. The touchscreen displays a dynamic virtual keyboard based on these prediction values. Enhancements include resizing keys and their respective footprints relative to their prediction value. Other examples exploit the possible character sequences and their probabilities in a language and restructuring the keyboard to make text input more efficient. The devices and methods use modeling techniques to dynamically generate the size of the characters on the keyboard.03-31-2011
20110128229TERMINAL AND SLIDING APPARATUS - A terminal includes two bodies facing each other of which one of the two bodies inclinedly slides relative to the other body. The terminal may include a first body, a second body facing the first body, and a sliding apparatus to inclinedly slide the first body and the second body between a first position in which the first body and the second body face each other and a second position in which the second body is inclined with respect to the first body. The sliding apparatus converts a sliding force exerted in a linear direction to a rotation force in a rotation direction.06-02-2011
20090219249INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH DOUBLE-SIDED OPERABLE KEYBOARD - There is provided an information processing apparatus with a double-sided operable keyboard, capable of executing desired application processing even in the case where a keyboard is folded and keys to be normally operated are directed to a reverse side (e.g., a display apparatus side or a lower side) with respect to a user. The information processing apparatus includes a display apparatus and a keyboard apparatus. The keyboard apparatus is foldable so as to cover a lower part or a portion of a display region of the display apparatus, and at least one function key assigned arbitrary applications are provided on a bottom surface of the keyboard apparatus. Furthermore, the information processing apparatus includes a keyboard position detecting part for detecting a relative position of the keyboard apparatus with respect to the display apparatus, and switches effective keys between keys on an upper surface of the keyboard apparatus and keys on the bottom surface of the keyboard apparatus in accordance with the relative position of the keyboard apparatus.09-03-2009
20110210920Multiple-factor input devices and methods - An input device includes a first identifying factor input zone with a zone characteristic to provide a first identifying factor wherein the first identifying factor input zone further receives and detects a user action for inputting a second identifying factor to identify a combined input according to the first and second identifying factor. In a specific embodiment, the first identifying factor input zone further comprises a fingerprint detector to receive and detect user's fingerprints for inputting the second identifying factor to identify a combined input according to the first and second identifying factors. In another specific embodiment, the first identifying factor input zone further comprises a bar code number detector to receive and detect bar code numbers on user's fingers for inputting the second identifying factor to identify a combined input according to the first and second identifying factors.09-01-2011
20110241999KEYBOARDS FOR TOUCH-OPERATED DEVICES WITH CAPACITIVE DISPLAYS - The instant application provides a keyboard for a touch-operated device. In one embodiment, a band is provided that includes two keyboards, one for portrait mode and one for landscape mode; the band can be slipped onto the touch-operated device as needed. In another embodiment a sleeve is provided that includes front and back faces, each with a respective viewing window and keyboard to support landscape mode and portrait mode operations, respectively. Another embodiment sleeve includes a single window and two detachable keyboards, one for portrait mode and one for landscape mode, that may be affixed to the sleeve as needed.10-06-2011
20100013776Thin Keypad Assembly - A thin keypad assembly includes a panel, a lining sheet and a light-guiding layer. The panel has hollowed numerals, letters, various symbols, a navigation-key pattern, a dialing pattern and an ending pattern, and grooves formed between keys. The lining sheet is disposed on the panel and has a navigation-key pattern thereon. The navigation-key pattern has a light-shielding layer and light-transmitting positions thereon, and the light-shielding layer has a light-reflecting layer thereon. The light-guiding layer is disposed on the lining sheet, and the position thereof corresponds to the key having a plurality of light-guiding micro structures and projecting bodies. The light-guiding layer, light-shielding layer and the light-reflecting layer extend onto the surface of the panel through the grooves.01-21-2010
20100013775ELECTRONIC DEVICE HOUSING WITH INTEGRATED USER INPUT CAPABILITY - An electronic device housing with a seemless user input zone that measures the level of force applied by the user is described. It is particularly advantageous when used with small hand-held consumer electronic devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, game—and media players. A housing for an electronic device includes a seamless user input zone defining a contact force-sensitive deformable area. A capacitance sensor is formed between the conductive inside surface of the housing and the electrode of the rigid base facing that inside surface. Linear support means such as columns support the housing away from the rigid base defining an air gap. Capacitance measurement circuit is deployed to detect the location and progressively increasing levels of force applied by the user onto the housing and send a user input signal to the electronic device.01-21-2010
20100013773Keyboard apparatus integrated with handwriting retrieval function - A keyboard apparatus integrated with a function of retrieving handwriting tracks is disclosed. A handwriting retrieval module is disposed in the keyboard apparatus. The handwriting retrieval module helps users retrieve the data generated by tracing the handwriting in addition to input by keyboard. This keyboard apparatus integrated with the handwriting retrieval function implement a complete input solution.01-21-2010
20100039387Slate Wireless Keyboard Connection and Proximity Display Enhancement for Visible Display Area - An approach is provided that identifies when a wireless keyboard unit is connected to an information handling system that includes a display screen that is partially blocked when the keyboard is attached. A determination is made as to the size of the visible portion of the display screen. Items are displayed on the visible portion of the display screen. The approach refrains from displaying items on the blocked portion of the display screen. The user is able to move the wireless keyboard, the movement of the keyboard resulting in a changed size of the visible portion of the display screen. After the keyboard is repositioned, the visual items are re-displayed on the visible portion of the display screen so that the items fit in the changed size of the visible portion of the display screen.02-18-2010
20110148766Electrophoretic display keypad structure - An electrophoretic display keypad structure utilizes a whole piece of electrophoretic display film to show a plurality of figures for keys. The electrophoretic display film is disposed on a printed circuit board having a patterned electrode and sealed by a sealant or a sealing material applied to entire periphery of the electrophoretic display film for preventing humidity or pollution, thereby to display excellent figures and be made relatively easily. The figures displayed may be changed by selecting a desired mode, and users may accordingly easily choose desired figures for pressing the keys.06-23-2011
20090309836Keyboard - A keyboard includes a keyboard pattern, a transparent touch panel and a control module. The keyboard pattern has a plurality of key patterns. The transparent touch panel covers the keyboard pattern. The control module is electrically connected with the transparent touch panel. When the transparent touch panel is pressed, according to the key pattern corresponding to the pressed position of the transparent touch panel, the control module outputs a key code corresponding to the key pattern.12-17-2009
20100039386SLIM BACKLIGHTED KEYBOARD - The present invention discloses a slim backlighted keyboard comprising a plurality of press members; and a support plate arranged below the press members. The support plate includes a first plane and a second plane interconnecting to each other optically. The first plane has at least one elastic support element corresponding to the press members. The second plane is on the opposite side of the first plane and has at least one light conduction groove. The light propagating inside the light conduction grooves penetrates the support plate and reaches the first plane to illuminate the press members. Thereby, the present invention can reduce the thickness of a backlighted keyboard and facilitate fabricating a slim backlighted keyboard.02-18-2010
20100053087TOUCH SENSORS WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK - Touch sensors with one or more piezoelectric elements and devices containing such touch sensors are presented. The touch sensor contains keys that are independently actuated. Contact with a key provides tactile feedback through the piezoelectric element to the user. Each key provides an individual tactile feedback pattern that is dependent on the particular key contacted as well as the function of the key at the time of contact. Actuation of the key provides a different tactile feedback pattern. The piezoelectric element is bonded directly to a printed circuit board, on which electronic components are also mounted.03-04-2010
20100053088APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING A KEY RANGE OF A KEYCAPLESS KEYBOARD - An apparatus and method for adjusting a key range of a keycapless keyboard are provided. The apparatus includes a keyboard, a controller, and a manager. The keyboard is comprised of a touch screen. The controller determines whether revision of a user's input value through the keyboard has occurred. The manager adjusts a key range to avoid a user's input error if revisions with a same pattern have occurred as many times as a predefined number.03-04-2010
20110248923ADAPTIVE KEYBOARD LIGHT TURNER - An input device includes a display device configured to selectively modulate light to produce a changeable display image. The input device also includes a keyboard assembly disposed over the display device and including one or more depressible keys. Each depressible key includes a keycap having a light transmissive window and a light-turning feature or element between the display device and the keycap.10-13-2011
20110102326Systems and methods for implementing haptics for pressure sensitive keyboards - Systems and methods are employed for implementing haptics for pressure sensitive keyboards, such as the type of keyboards having keys that produce alternating digital open/short signals that emulate actuation of conventional “momentary on” digital keys. The disclosed systems and methods may be implemented to provide haptics for both touch typing and variable pressure sensitive operation of a pressure sensitive keyboard. Users of a variable pressure keyboard may be provided with a variable pressure haptics effect, e.g., to enable the user to intuitively understand from the haptics vibration produced by the key how much pressure they are applying to a given key at any given time. Vibration characteristics (e.g., vibration rate, vibration waveform pattern, etc.) of a given pressed key may be varied in real time in coordination with, or in response to, corresponding changes in user pressure applied to the same given key.05-05-2011
20110084907SUPPORT ASSEMBLY AND COMPUTER KEYBOARD USING THE SAME - A support assembly includes a base, a slidable member, and a pair of positioning shafts. The base includes at least one sliding rail. The slidable member can side along the at least one sliding rail of the base. The slidable member defines a pair of blind holes facing the base. The positioning shafts can slide along the base in a direction perpendicular to the at least one sliding rail. When the slidable member is operated to slide along the at least one rail of the base, one of the positioning shafts can be pressed to slide along the direction perpendicular to the at least one sliding rail, causing one end of the one of the positioning shafts to be received in one of the blind holes.04-14-2011
20110074687INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus control method achieves an improvement in terms of operability for a visually-impaired user, and while doing so, facilitates operation aid by another user. A control method for controlling an information processing apparatus having a display unit equipped with a touch panel, and an operation unit equipped with a hard numeric keypad unit, includes: assigning a function to move a pointer displayed on the display unit, to the hard numeric keypad unit; and effecting control to display a numeric keypad on the display unit in a case where the function to move the pointer is assigned to the hard numeric keypad unit.03-31-2011
20110102323Keyboard having multi-axis balance touch keys - A keyboard having multi-axis balance touch keys and particularly a keyboard equipped with touch keys aims to provide steady depressing operation. Each touch key includes a depressible plate, a contact switch, a base and a plurality of balance elements. The balance elements are arranged in two different axial directions and latched respectively on first retaining elements located on the depressible plate and second retaining elements located on the base. The first and second retaining elements have respectively at least one horizontal slot to allow the balance elements to slide therein parallel with the depressible plate. Thus downward depressing forces can be evenly distributed and a steady depressing movement is achieved wherever the touch keys is depressed. Swaying of the touch keys can be prevented and correct output signals can be delivered from the keyboard.05-05-2011
20110248925TELEPHONE KEYPAD WITH MULTIDIRECTIONAL KEYS - A telephone keypad for one touch text messaging the QWERTY pattern of keys in a matrix of nine keys. Using the multi position biasing keys only one touch is needed for each character, so in use to input the letter “C” you touch one key one time, decreasing the time spend text messaging from cell phones or desk tops and dialing phone numbers advertised in letters. The keypad also has a shift key to get upper case included in the nine keys, and a 210-13-2011
20110248919Method to enter characters into an electronic system - The present invention relates to a method of entering keyboard characters in an electronic system. The method includes detecting movement of at least one of a first input agent and a second input agent, calculating at least one of a first end direction that characterizes direction of a last portion of movement of the first input agent and a second end direction that characterizes direction of a last portion of movement of the second input agent, and determining end of movement of the first and second input agents. The method further includes determining the keyboard character from a plurality of keyboard characters based on at least one of the calculated first end direction and the calculated second end direction.10-13-2011
20110074689VEHICLE WITH A DISPLAY DEVICE OPERATED FROM A HANDLEBAR - A vehicle is disclosed. having at least one sound output device to receive an output of at least one audio signal transmitting device. A display device has a plurality of display modes. A first plurality of buttons (03-31-2011
20110043451Specialized Keyboard for Dental Examinations - The present invention includes a device, system and method of use consisting of a specialized dental keyboard with a software component. The dental keyboard includes a plurality of specialized keys that, combined with the software component resident on a host computer, provide short-cut macros to streamline data entry during a dental exam. The keyboard includes an lcd-panel screen that displays the keyboard sequence, a portion of the keyboard is removable, thus providing a sub-set of keys for more convenient data entry.02-24-2011
20110043452KEY BUTTON MECHANISM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - A key button structure for entering data in an electronic device comprises a first key element and a second key element. The second key element is retained to the first key element by a retaining mechanism. The second key element has a joint positioned at a side thereof opposite to the first key element and two actuators located at an opposite side thereof facing the first key element. The joint pivotably couples the second key element to a housing of the electronic device.02-24-2011
20100302162KEYBOARD INPUT DEVICE CAPABLE OF KEY COLOR ADJUSTING AND KEY COLOR ADJUSTING METHOD USING THEREOF - An object of the present invention is to provide a keyboard input device and a method of selecting a color of a key that can use existing key color setting without installing a drive program even when a connected unit such as a computer, an IPTV, or a set-top box is replaced. In order to achieve the object, a keyboard input device according to the present invention includes a plurality of keys that is made of a transparent material and connected to a computer, an IPTV and the like. The keyboard input device includes light-emitting elements that are provided below the plurality of keys and each include a plurality of LEDs for illuminating upper surfaces of the keys, a microcomputer that controls the colors of the light-emitting elements by controlling the plurality of LEDs, and a color adjusting unit that is connected to the mi- crocomputer and adjusts the colors of the keys by adjusting the colors of the plurality of LEDs.12-02-2010
20110025607Switch with Depth and Lateral Articulation Detection - A key switch to sense and give feedback to a computer of depth, acceleration, velocity, and lateral or vibrato movement. The key switch is suitable for computer keyboards, musical keyboards, foot pedals and the like. Lateral or sideward key movements can be for mouse functions or multi code output from multi directional key movement from one key outputting a single key code or key sequences.02-03-2011
20100295791PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL, CHARACTER DELIVERY METHOD; AND CHARACTER TEMPORARY STORAGE PROGRAM PRODUCT - A temporary storage control unit includes an input processor unit for performing a process of temporarily storing characters input through an operation unit into a volatile storage device, a display processor unit for performing a process of causing a display unit to display input characters, and an instruction acceptance unit for accepting a paste instruction related to a paste destination of characters temporarily stored. A paste control unit activates another program corresponding to a paste destination, and pastes the characters temporarily stored into a character input region according to the activated program.11-25-2010
20110248920KEYBOARD WITH HINGED KEYS AND DISPLAY FUNCTIONALITY - A computer peripheral is provided. The computer peripheral includes a display device and a keyboard assembly. The keyboard assembly is disposed over the display device. The keyboard assembly is configured to permit viewing of images produced by the display device through the keyboard assembly. Further, the keyboard assembly includes a base structure and a plurality of keys. Each of the plurality of keys is selectively physically depressible relative to the base structure to cause production of an input signal. Further, each of the plurality of keys is movably coupled with respect to the base structure via a hinge at one edge of the key. Further still, each of the plurality of keys includes a transparent portion to permit viewing of the images produced by the display device through the key.10-13-2011
20100302164Method and Device For Character Input - A device which has a display, a memory, a processor and a first input and a second input. The device is configured to receive input through said first corresponding to a base character component and to receive input through said second corresponding to a supplemental character component. The supplemental character component and the base character component are thereby combined to form a character input.12-02-2010
20100302161Keys Deactivation System and Method - Personal computer (PC) and online gaming are gaining popularity around the world. Typically players use human interface devices (HIDs) such as keyboards and mice for playing PC games. Many of the modern PC games use a control scheme commonly known as the “WASD/Mouse” which is a combination of the “WASD” keyboard keys and the mouse as means for interacting with the PC games. Additionally, for expansion on existing game control functions, modifier keys are used in conjunction with other keyboard keys to serve as shortcut keys for activating such game control functions. However, due to close positioning of the “WINDOWS” key with the modifier keys on the keyboards, the “WINDOWS” menu might be activated accidentally during normal PC game play especially when players frequently access the shortcut keys. An embodiment of the invention describes a system and method for deactivating keys selectable on human interface devices.12-02-2010
20100302165ENABLING DATA ENTRY BASED ON DIFFERENTIATED INPUT OBJECTS - Methods and apparatus for facilitating virtual input in devices that differentiates input objects are provided. Various methods for automatically configuring component settings and features of such devices are described. Changes in the component settings of the device and the corresponding operational characteristics of the device that triggered said changes may be grouped into profiles and selected by users. The component settings may include useful assisting features such as additional lighting provide by a LED and illuminated visual guides of the virtual input interface projected by a laser or LED. The characteristics of such assisting features may be modified dynamically in response to changes in the state of a reference object.12-02-2010
20100295790APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY SWITCHING IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for accurately determining whether or not to perform display switching in a portable terminal. The apparatus includes a controller for sensing an input for display switching, giving weights to a plurality of elements for display switching, combining the elements given the weights, judging whether to display switch or not dependent on a user's probable intention, and processing to switch a display.11-25-2010
20100295789MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EDITING PAGES USED FOR A HOME SCREEN - Provided are a method and related mobile device for editing, in an integrated, convenient and quick manner, various menu pages selectively used for a home screen. In response to a given input signal, the mobile device outputs a page edit screen including a specific page displayed on the home screen. Then, in response to subsequent input signals, the mobile device may add a new page, delete a selected page, change a title of a selected page, move or remove a selected icon in a page, change a background image of a selected page, or change a positional order of pages.11-25-2010
20110248924SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TEXT INPUT FOR TOUCH-TYPABLE DEVICES - Described systems and mechanisms relate to techniques for improving usability, speed, and accuracy of text input to touch-typable devices. A touch-typable device can include a movable keymask comprising of a plurality of cells mapped with one or more keys of text input keypad of the touch-typable device, wherein each of the plurality of cells of the movable keymask superimposes over textual input choices enabling the user to select the desired textual input from the plurality of cells of the movable keymask using the text input keypad of the touch-typable device. The textual input choices can be chosen after every user input from a set of likely input choices, wherein the likely input choices can be selected based on previous textual input sequence, phoneme and syllabary patterns, statistical correlation between the previous textual input sequence and set of textual input choices, dictionary lookups, and usage patterns of said user.10-13-2011
20110175815CHARACTER INPUT METHOD AND SYSTEM AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND KEYBOARD THEREOF - The invention discloses an electronic character input method and a system. The method comprises imaging the text message with an optical imaging device, converting the pointed text information in the text image into character text through an optical character recognition module; and inputting the recognized character text into a current text in process. In addition, modification can be made by, inputting the modified character text into the current text in process. A user can utilize a built-in camera to take a text image for characters to be input, obtain a character text corresponding to the text image through recognition and conversion, input the character text into the text which is currently processed by the intelligent device without inputting the characters in the text image one by one on a keyboard or a touch screen, thereby saving labor and time.07-21-2011
20110175816MULTI-TOUCH CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A multi-touch character input method includes the steps of: (a) preparing a character table in which characters are discriminated and arranged according to multi-touch attributes; (b) detecting a touch occurring on a touch input surface; (c) recognizing a first attribute based on the number of touch points by the touch; (d) recognizing a first character corresponding to the first attribute in the character table; and (e) detecting a change in the first attribute, and recognizing a second character induced from the first character in the character table in correspondence to a second attribute based on the change of the first attribute.07-21-2011
20100097320ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR ENTERING PASSWORD - An electronic device includes an access control module, a plurality of input areas, and a comparing module. The access control module has a predetermined password. The input areas are configured to be tapped to input characters in the electronic device. The number of the input areas is determined by the number of unique characters of the predetermined password. The comparing module is configured to compare a sequence of the characters entered with the predetermined password.04-22-2010
20100265182CONTEXT-BASED STATE CHANGE FOR AN ADAPTIVE INPUT DEVICE - Various embodiments of systems and methods to implement a context-based state change for an adaptive input device are provided. For example, a method is disclosed that may include receiving a state input indicating a change in a system state, changing adaptive input device data in response to the state input, the adaptive input device data including one or more of image data or adaptive input device mapping data, and adjusting an adaptive input device display state using the adaptive input device data. Adjusting the adaptive input device display state may include one or more of displaying the image data on an adaptive input device display or adjusting an adaptive input device mapping state according to the adaptive input device mapping data.10-21-2010
20110254772TECHNIQUES FOR RECOGNIZING MOVEMENT OF ONE OR MORE TOUCHES ACROSS A LOCATION ON A KEYBOARD GRID ON A TOUCH PANEL INTERFACE - Briefly, a method and apparatus for recognizing movement of one or more touches across a location on a keyboard grid on a touch panel interface is disclosed. The method may receiving user input with a touch panel interface, recognizing movement of one or more touches across a location on a keyboard grid on the touch panel interface, and performing an action associated with the movement of one or more touches across the location on the keyboard grid on the touch panel interface.10-20-2011
20080246732METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MASKING KEYSTROKE SOUNDS FROM COMPUTER KEYBOARDS - Disclosed herein is a method of masking audible sounds emanating from a keyboard in response to a stroking of keys on the keyboard, the method comprising, selecting components from a plurality of components with various masses, building the keyboard with the selected components, moving a movable mass within the keyboard, and energizing a driving transducer within the keyboard. Further disclosed herein is a keyboard for a computer, comprising a plurality of keys, a cover with the keys protruding therethrough, a base supporting the cover and the keys, and at least one selectable mass wherein the mass is selected from a plurality of masses, a movable mass supported by the base and movable relative to the base, and a driving transducer supported by the base.10-09-2008
20120200503SIZEABLE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD FOR PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICES - Disclosed herein is a method and device for generating and resizing virtual keyboard comprising detecting an input for a size of a virtual keyboard and presenting the virtual keyboard at the desired size on a display surface.08-09-2012
20120200502ELECTRONIC MOBILE DEVICE SEAMLESS KEY/DISPLAY STRUCTURE - A key/display assembly includes a first switch and a display module disposed aside the first switch. A touch-sensitive input panel overlies the first switch and the display module, and the touch-sensitive input panel includes a first touch-sensitive region proximate the first switch. The electronic mobile device further includes a first key defined by the first switch and the first touch-sensitive region. As such, the first key is actuated by pressing the first touch-sensitive region to displace the first touch-sensitive region and thereby actuate the first switch.08-09-2012
20120169605REAL-TIME INFORMATION TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION SYSTEM - In a real-time information transmission and reception system, a transmission device includes a light emitter driven by a modulated control signal generated by a modulation controller based on a code sequence, which is encoded from an input signal generated by an input unit and corresponding to information to be transmitted, to emit light. The modulated control signal has a constant average power, and various frequencies greater than 60 Hz. A reception device includes a photoelectric sensor for sensing the light emitted by the light emitter to generate a current signal that is demodulated and processed to generate a data output corresponding to the information and received by a display unit for displaying the information thereon.07-05-2012
20090153487DATA INPUT DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF KEY STICK DEVICES FOR FAST TYPING AND METHOD THEREOF - A data input device and associated method for fast typing. The data input device includes a keyboard having a plurality of key stick devices for entering data. A sensor element is coupled to each key stick device in a first position. The sensor element is responsive to a change in at least one azimuth and tilt angle of one of the plurality of key stick devices. The at least one azimuth and tilt angle, which defines the resulting position of the key stick device, represents an input mode for one of the plurality of key stick devices. The input mode is formed by tilting one of the plurality of key stick devices relative to the keyboard. The (i) change in the azimuth and/or tilt angle, and (ii) a return to the first position, when combined, correspond to a selection of a conventional key.06-18-2009
20090146956PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device (06-11-2009
20110175814KEYBOARD WITH MULTI-ANGLE SUPPORT - A keyboard includes a main body and a support in the main body. The main body includes a bottom defining two slots and two opposite sidewalls each defining a receiving hole. The slots communicate with the receiving holes, respectively. The support includes a rotation member, two driving members and two connecting members received in the two slots, respectively. Each connecting member includes a first arm and a second arm, wherein two ends of the first arm are rotatably connected to the rotation member and the second arm, respectively, the second arm is further rotatably connected to one of the driving members, and the second arm moves together with the one of the two driving members, causing the connecting ends of the first arm and the second arm to extend out of one of the two slots.07-21-2011
20110254773VIRTUAL KEYBOARD SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In a device that uses a virtual keyboard, an input field and a virtual keyboard used upon data input to that field are registered in association with each other. Upon data input, the associated virtual keyboard is used. When no associated virtual keyboard is available, a virtual keyboard of the system is used.10-20-2011
20100295788METHOD OF VISUALIZING AN INPUT LOCATION - One or more sensors to determine a location of an input. The data related to the location of the input, such as a character, may be displayed on an application on a display device. In addition, data that is related to the proximate areas of the location of the input may also be displayed, such as surrounding characters. If the user desires to enter the character into the application, the displayed character may be selected. If the user does not wish to select the character, the user may move the input to a new location and data related to the new location may be displayed on the application on the display device and the data related to the new location may be selected and entered in the application.11-25-2010
20120200504RECIPROCAL INTERFACE PANELS SUITABLE FOR MULTI-PURPOSE ACTUATORS - A non-destructive inspection and testing instrument includes a housing and a first panel with a first type input to be assembled onto the housing and a second panel with a different, second type input to be assembled onto the housing. A first GUI module for the first panel implements a function upon an actuation of the first type input. A second GUI module for the second panel implements the same function upon an actuation of the second type input. A controller is configured to select the first GUI module when the first panel is associated with the instrument and to select the second GUI module when the second panel is associated with the instrument.08-09-2012
20100321301Systems and methods for implementing pressure sensitive keyboards - Systems and methods for implementing pressure sensitive keys to produce digital signals that emulate actuation of conventional “momentary on” digital keys of a conventional keyboard. The pressure sensitive keys may be implemented to generate an alternating open/short digital signal representative of the amount of pressure applied to a given key at any given time. The open/short digital signal may be supplied as a signal representative of applied key pressure to a legacy keyboard key matrix and controller or other processing device of an information handling system that is configured to measure keyboard input based on “momentary-on” digital signals.12-23-2010
20100321300KEYBOARD LAYOUT - A unique keyboard configuration and a keyboard form factor are provided. The keyboard configuration is formed from several keys arranged in a substantially handprint configuration on a housing. Each key is assigned more than one letter input. To actuate any one of the letter inputs assigned to a key, only a single actuation of the key is needed. Each key may be momentarily movable to more than one position, from the rest position, each position corresponding to generating a pre-assigned letter input.12-23-2010
20100321298KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD COMBINATION - A keyboard and touchpad combination for a computer in one embodiment includes a hollow frame; a touchpad fitted in frame; a character membrane comprising printed characters; a rubber keyboard comprising raised top keys and guide stems each extending downward from the key; a brace board for positioning the rubber keyboard and comprising holes for loosely receiving the keys; a membrane circuit board comprising dome switches each corresponding to the guide stem thereabove, each dome switch including a conductive contact on a top of its inner surface, and pairs of conductive lines, each pair of the conductive lines being directly below the conductive contact; and a bottom plate. The keyboard and touchpad combination can be operated as a keyboard or a touchpad.12-23-2010
20080211775GESTURES FOR TOUCH SENSITIVE INPUT DEVICES - Methods and systems for processing touch inputs are disclosed. The invention in one respect includes reading data from a multipoint sensing device such as a multipoint touch screen where the data pertains to touch input with respect to the multipoint sensing device, and identifying at least one multipoint gesture based on the data from the multipoint sensing device.09-04-2008
20110260976TACTILE OVERLAY FOR VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - The present disclosure provides for a computing system having virtual keyboard functionality that can be selectively enhanced through use of a tactile keyboard overlay. The tactile keyboard overlay includes a plurality of depressible key portions, and is placed onto an operative surface of a touch interactive display. The computing system configures the virtual keyboard functionality, so that each of the depressible key portions is operable to produce a touch input on the touch interactive display that causes performance of a corresponding input operation. The virtual keyboard functionality is dynamically and automatically located on the touch interactive display based on user placement of the tactile keyboard overlay.10-27-2011
20110163961APPARATUS FOR ENTERING USER INPUTS INTO AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Electronic devices such as mobile telephones have the ability for a wide range of commands to be implemented via a number of keys. Because the number of keys is limited it is usually necessary to map more than one possible command to a particular key. For example, each command may be an instruction to a texting software application running on the mobile to insert a particular character into the text. Each key may be used to enter four characters. However, it is desirable to provide a capability to handle even greater number of characters per key in a convenient manner and this is achieved by providing different map levels where each level provides a set of characters to be “mapped” to the key. A command is provided at each level for the selection of another map level. Thus, by using this command, the key may be mapped to more characters in a very convenient manner.07-07-2011
20130169541AERONAUTICAL INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICE WITH BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION MEANS - The application discloses an aeronautical input/output device (07-04-2013
20100283734PRESENTATION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a presentation system (11-11-2010
20100283737DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION INPUT METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided a mobile display apparatus applied to the display apparatus including a display screen; an operation area control unit that displays an operation area for a user to perform an input operation on the display screen; a display area control unit that displays a display area for displaying input information on the display screen; a touch panel that is provided to the display screen and detects an input operation performed by a user in the operation area; an arithmetic unit that selects input information based on the input operation detected by the device; and an input information presentation unit that presents the input information selected by the arithmetic unit in the display area to prompt the user to check the input information.11-11-2010
20100283736CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND CHARACTER INPUT CONTROL METHOD - The character input device (11-11-2010
20100283735METHOD FOR ACTIVATING USER FUNCTIONS BY TYPES OF INPUT SIGNALS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL ADAPTED TO THE METHOD - A method for activating user functions by types of input signals and a portable terminal adapted to the method are disclosed. The input means of the portable terminal generate various types of input signals. The portable terminal activates and controls particular user functions according to corresponding input signals. In a multi-tasking situation where a plurality of user functions are simultaneously used, the portable terminal can activate and control the user functions according to the particular types of input signals.11-11-2010
20110134044FUEL DISPENSER USER INTERFACE - A user interface for a fuel dispenser comprising a display, a display controller, and control circuitry. The control circuitry comprises a processing device, memory, and at least one microswitch. The display controller and the control circuitry are positioned such that the microswitch connects the control circuitry to the display controller. The microswitch is activated if the control circuitry is separated from the display controller. Activation of the microswitch causes any sensitive information stored by the control circuitry to be erased. In one aspect, separation of the display controller from the control circuitry is the only manner by which the processing device and/or the memory may be accessed.06-09-2011
20110134045METHOD OF FABRICATING AN ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE AND SYSTEM OF DISPLAYING IMAGES - A method for fabricating organic electroluminescent devices is disclosed. The method comprises providing a substrate divided into first and second regions, forming an amorphous silicon layer on the substrate, forming a protection film on the amorphous silicon layer within the second region, performing an excimer laser annealing process on the amorphous silicon layer for converting it to a polysilicon layer, removing the protection film, patterning the polysilicon layer, thus a first patterned polysilicon layer in the first region and a second patterned polysilicon layer in the second region are formed. A resultant organic electroluminescent device is obtained. Specifically, the grain size of the first patterned polysilicon layer is large than that of the second patterned polysilicon layer.06-09-2011
20110134043MULTI-STATE INPUT SYSTEM - A multi-state input system is described. Specifically, one embodiment of the disclosure sets forth a method, which includes the steps of receiving a first input signal, determining a first set of input parameters associated with the first input signal, and executing a predetermined function when the first set of input parameters is identified.06-09-2011
20110074688MULTI-POSITION, MULTI-LEVEL USER INTERFACE SYSTEM - A multi-positional, multi-level user interface system including a keyboard hinged over a base surface for a pointing device such as a mouse. The keyboard and base rotate relative to each other about a hinge axis to reveal the surface, providing a portable keyboard and pointing surface. A kickstand can support the keyboard above the base while in an open position. The keyboard and pointing device can be used with two hands with the system resting in a user's lap. The keyboard can also swivel about an axis other than the hinge axis. The keyboard can swivel 180 degrees for left-handed use, and can be positioned at other detent angles. A mouse can also be stowed on the base with a magnetic, friction, or other coupling. The interface system can further act as a communication hub for other peripheral devices, such as a joystick, to communicate with a computing device.03-31-2011
20120206361KEYPAD HAVING A METAL GRID FOR USE WITH A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A keypad for a portable electronic device includes a keymat having a plurality of actuation members and a plurality of key caps. Each of the plurality of key caps is associated with a respective one of the plurality of actuation members. The keypad further includes a metal grid disposed between the plurality of key caps and the keymat. The metal grid is adhered to a bottom surface of each of the plurality of key caps.08-16-2012
20110254771Method and System for Operating a Keyboard with Multi Functional keys, using Fingerprints Recognition - An appliance with a keyboard, or a touch screen, equipped with sensors that can recognize each of the user's fingerprints. Several symbols are engraved on or below each key such that every time the key is pressed by a specific finger, it corresponds to a specific symbol from among the symbols associated with that key, such that the right-most finger activates the right-most symbol, the second from right finger activates the second from right symbol, and so on. The appliance can be switched to a work mode that displays additional series of symbols on the display panel of the appliance, such that every time the key is pressed by a specific finger, it corresponds to a specific symbol from among the symbols displayed on the corresponding display panel.10-20-2011
20080316176PORTABLE COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH EXTENDABLE USB-POWERED I/O DEVICE - A laptop computer system having an extended touchpad functionality includes a base having a media bay, the base housing a microprocessor based computer system; a keyboard having a plurality of keys, the keys communicatively coupled to the microprocessor based computer system; a display screen connected to the base via first and second hinges such that the display screen is moveable between a closed position and an open position, the display screen communicatively coupled to the microprocessor based computer system to drive the display screen; and a touch-pad disposed in the media bay, the touchpad being extendable and retractable with respect to the media bay, the touch-pad configured for at least one of, (i) a drawing tablet, and (ii) configured to control the cursor movement and placement functions on the display screen. The touchpad is disposed on either a right or left opposing side of the base having the media bay and has a form factor substantially the same as a USB I/O powered device. An exemplary touchpad may further include a support member to support the touchpad in an extended position, thereby alleviating a force on an electrical connection from the touchpad to the base.12-25-2008
20110260979COMPUTER SYSTEM COMPLYING WITH DDC/CI PROTOCOL - A display including an input unit and a data display channel command interface (DDC/CI) based microprocessor is provided. A host having a DDC/CI based microcontroller is also provided. The DDC/CI microprocessor is programmed so that when a specific operation is performed on the input unit, the specific operation is converted into a host-switching signal by the microprocessor. The host-switching signal is received by the microcontroller via a DDC/CI based data line connecting the display and the host under DDC/CI protocol and converted into a host-switching request by the microcontroller for requesting the host to be switched on or off.10-27-2011
20110095986MOBILE TERMINAL - A touch panel 04-28-2011
20110095985Computer keyboard emergency function key - A computer keyboard function key conversion kit provides the necessary software connections to allow ease of calling an emergency responder through a keyboard, and a modified function key that both highlights the function key operation and makes the function key resistant to accidental depression. In one embodiment, a conventional computer that is connected to the internet is programmed with an emergency contact number that can be dialed upon the press of a function key. The function key is capped with a device that inhibits accidental operation of the function key. The function key may have a rigid body that requires a force to depressing, the force can be sufficient to cause destruction of the protector in a similar way the operation of a fire alarm causing destruction of the fire alarm. The device can be installed on a new computer or a currently installed computer.04-28-2011
20100214226SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEMI-TRANSPARENT DISPLAY OF HANDS OVER A KEYBOARD IN REAL-TIME - A method for displaying a virtual keyboard with a semi-transparent overlay of an end user's hands. The method begins by receiving a video signal comprising an image of a keyboard and at least one hand belonging to the end user. Next the method creates a virtual keyboard comprising an outline for each key residing in the image of the keyboard. After creating the virtual keyboard, the method sends to a computer screen the virtual keyboard overlaying on top of the image of the keyboard. The overlaying giving an appearance that keys residing in the image of the keyboard obscured by the end user's hand are now visible.08-26-2010
20100060584COMPUTER KEYBOARD - A computer keyboard, comprising: an operation unit, a processing unit, an output unit, a query unit, and a display unit; wherein the operation unit comprises an editing key, a function key, the editing key is configured to respond to a user input to generate an editing information, the function key is configured to respond to the user input to control the computer keyboard entering an editing mode; and the processing unit is configured to transmit the editing information to an editing software via the output unit, when the computer keyboard is in the editing mode.03-11-2010
20100039388Keyboard apparatus integrated with touch input module - A keyboard apparatus integrated with a touch input module is disclosed, and the touch input module functions as a handwriting mode and a cursor mode. Therefore, an input apparatus with more convenient and integrated functions is provided. According to the preferred embodiment, a keyboard controller for processing and transferring keystroke signals is included, and the touch input module is integrated into the keyboard. Further, a mode switching circuit is used to switch the touch input module to the handwriting mode or the cursor mode. Still further, a micro-controller in the touch input module is used to transfer the signals to a computer system through the keyboard controller. In particular, the touch input module jointly uses a power module and a communication port with the keyboard.02-18-2010
20100194690CONCURRENTLY DISPLAYING MULTIPLE CHARACTERS FOR INPUT FIELD POSITIONS - For each of multiple user inputs, multiple keys of a keyboard that are touched as part of the user input are identified. Additionally, for each of the multiple user inputs, multiple characters that are to be displayed concurrently are determined based on the multiple keys that are touched as part of the user input. Both a character input field and the multiple characters determined for each of the multiple user inputs are displayed. One or more suggested inputs can also be displayed, and a user-selected one of the suggested inputs identified as an input to the character input field.08-05-2010
20110187649ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a host module and an input module. The input module includes a keyboard unit and a touch unit. The keyboard unit is electrically connected to the host module. The touch unit includes a touch pad and a plurality of key sets. The touch pad is electrically connected to the key sets. The key sets are selected to be disposed next to the touch pad or not. This can improve the flexibility for the user to use the electronic device with a touch pad and a plurality of key sets.08-04-2011
20110148767Keyboard with Input-Sensitive Display Device - An input/output device is disclosed that includes an input-sensitive display screen and alphanumeric keys for entering characters. The input-sensitive display screen may be positioned proximate the alphanumeric keys and be capable of displaying graphical information and sensing user selection of the graphical information. The input-sensitive display screen may include a combination display/input region and a non-display input region. The touch sensitive display screen may be detachable from the alphanumeric region and may be operable in a detached configuration. The input/output device may usable with a method of input correction. The method may include displaying, on a secondary display, a first text unit, such as a character or a word, which corresponds with a second text unit shown on a primary display screen of a computing device. The method further involves receiving user selection of the first text unit and replacing the first text unit with a second text unit.06-23-2011
20110187648HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A handheld electronic device includes a casing, a touch panel, a display and a controller. Either one of the display and the touch panel is fixed onto the casing. The other one of the display and the touch panel is movably coupled to the casing and disposed above the casing or at the exterior of the casing. The controller is installed in the casing and electrically coupled to the touch panel and the display. The operation of the handheld electronic device depends on the positional relation between the display and the touch panel. While maintaining the operation and viewing quality, the cost and the level of complexity of the design of the handheld electronic device can be reduced to improve the product competitiveness effectively.08-04-2011
20110187647Method and apparatus for virtual keyboard interactions from secondary surfaces - A method and apparatus for user input on a handheld device with a virtual keyboard using secondary surfaces. On the primary surface of the device (e.g., front), the user interacts via touch sensors and a display element. Secondary surfaces (e.g., back) include additional touch sensors through which the user can also provide input. The display element is used to present information appropriate to the device's function (e.g., email messages) and control elements, including a virtual keyboard. The user interacts with the touch sensors on the first surface to bring up the virtual keyboard. Once displayed, the user can interact with this keyboard using either the primary surface or secondary surfaces. When used on appropriately sized device, the user can hold the device with the palms and thumbs of both hands and use their fingers on the touch sensors on the secondary surfaces to type. The selection of a key on the virtual keyboard is accomplished the combination of contacts made on the touch sensors on the secondary surfaces. The selected key, or region of the keyboard, is visually indicated on the front surface. Input of the keystroke is recorded when the user removes their touch from certain touch sensors on the secondary surfaces.08-04-2011
20100026630Electronic device - The present invention relates to an electronic device such as a notebook-size personal computer and a portable terminal, and provides an electronic device having high visibility and of low cost. An electronic device includes a calculation unit and plural light sources. The calculation unit incorporates a keyboard disposed on a top surface of the electronic device and an electronic circuit (not illustrated) to perform calculation processing according to an operation of the keyboard. The plural light sources are arranged in a deep side and on both sides of the calculation unit, to illuminate the keyboard in an obliquely inward direction. An LED having directivity may be used as the light sources.02-04-2010
20100026628HANDHELD APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING INFORMATION IN THE HANDHELD APPARATUS - A handheld apparatus includes an input key, a screen, a monitoring module connected to the input key, and a Morse code decoder connected between the monitoring module and the screen. The monitoring module monitors the state of the input key and generates a corresponding Morse code, and outputs the Morse code to the Morse code decoder. The Morse code decoder decodes the Morse code into information and outputs the information to the screen. The screen displays the information. The present invention further includes a method of inputting information in the handheld apparatus.02-04-2010
20100026629Device, Methods, and User Interface for Providing Optimized Entry of Alphanumeric Text - The present invention includes a device, method, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text. In one form, a method for providing selectable characters within a user interface includes determining an operating mode of a communication device and receiving an input associated with a selected input key. The method determines a group of characters associated with the selected key based on the operating mode and displays the group of characters within the user interface. The user interface may display a first character of the group of characters within a first portion of the user interface and the group of characters proximal to the first character within a second portion of the user interface.02-04-2010
20090174664PROJECTION DEVICE WITH TOUCH SENSITIVE KEYPAD - A projection device that includes a plurality of touch sensitive buttons, a backlight system for selectively illuminating each of the plurality of touch sensitive buttons, and a control device configured to control the backlight system to vary illumination of the plurality of touch sensitive buttons as a projection device operating state varies.07-09-2009
20120146912Method for adjusting a display appearance of a keyboard layout displayed on a touch display unit - A method for adjusting a display appearance of a keyboard layout displayed on a touch display unit includes the steps of: (A) detecting a first touch press at a start datum point of the touch display unit; (B) detecting a second touch press at a first position different from the start datum point; (C) detecting a motion track on the touch display unit; (D) computing a key pitch and a key size parameter of the keyboard layout, based on a relative position relationship between the start datum point and the first position; (E) computing a curvature and a curving mode of the keyboard layout, based on a shifting direction and a shifting distance of the motion track; and (F) adjusting a display appearance of the keyboard layout, based on the key pitch, the key size parameter, the curvature, and the curving mode.06-14-2012
20120146910PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY - A portable electronic device includes a body having a front face, a touch-sensitive display exposed at the front face of the body, a keyboard at the front face and having keys associated with a first plurality of characters excluding numerical characters such that keys of the keyboard are associated with a respective one of a function and a plurality of the alphabetical characters, a memory, and a processor. The processor is coupled to the touch-sensitive display, the keyboard, and the memory to display a second plurality of characters utilizing the touch-sensitive display in response to receipt of an input to display the second plurality of characters.06-14-2012
20080266261Keystroke Error Correction Method - An electronic device and method of correcting keystroke errors in which a sequence of characters entered by actuating text character keys on a keyboard is checked against at least one database to determine if there is at least one word in the at least one database that begins with the sequence of words. Where no such words are found in the at least one database, a table of text character key locations is accessed to locate text character keys adjacent to each of the text character keys actuated to enter the sequence of characters, and one at a time, each character of the sequence of characters is substituted with a character corresponding to a text character key found to be adjacent to the text character key corresponding to the substituted characters, thereby creating one or more alternate sequences of characters. The alternate sequences of characters are checked against the at least one database to determine if there is at least one word in the at least one database that begins with any of the alternate sequences of characters.10-30-2008
20120306759Method and device for dynamically generating touch keyboard - The disclosure discloses a method for dynamically generating a touch keyboard. The method includes that: a positioning point of a keyboard is dynamically generated according to number and position information of touch points of a finger of a user; an input area of each character of the keyboard is generated and adjusted according to the positioning points; and the input area is clicked to realize an input operation. The disclosure further discloses a device for dynamically generating a touch keyboard. By means of the method and the device, a keyboard is dynamically generated to input according to a touch of the user on a touch screen, and the keyboard can be adjusted according to ergonomics, so that an input efficiency of the user is greatly improved.12-06-2012
20120306757Functional Unit with Button Functions - The invention relates to a method of producing a multifunctional functional unit with a rigid support structure, in which control elements and/or display elements are arranged behind a transparent surface layer which is continuous over substantially the entire functional unit. The method includes punching a positioning hole in a transparent plastic film with a thickness in the range of 0.1-0.4 mm; positioning the film into an injection mould using the positioning hole, with a corresponding positioning means for engaging in the positioning hole; back-injecting film to form a plastics support on the first side, the injection mould being designed such that, of the plastic film is not back-injected at the control elements and/or display elements, on the second side the plastics film is flooded with a transparent curing casting compound to form a continuous transparent surface layer.12-06-2012
20120306758SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A USER ON A SENSOR-BASED SURFACE - Systems and methods uniquely identify the user of the keyboard. An example of the present invention includes sensors capable of detecting the interaction of a user caused by their touch, vibration, proximity, and actuation of key switches. Unique characteristics such as typing style, touch signature, tap strength, and others can be determined using the multi-sensor keyboard in ways not possible on a conventional mechanical keyboard. Further, it is also useful to know when a change of keyboard users has occurred for the purpose of infection prevention in healthcare settings where cross-contamination via computer keyboards is prevalent.12-06-2012
20120306760MULTIPLE PREDICTIONS IN A REDUCED KEYBOARD DISAMBIGUATING SYSTEM - A computer receives user entry of a sequence of keypresses, representing an intended series of letters collectively spelling-out some or all of a desired textual object. Resolution of the intended series of letters and the desired textual object is ambiguous, however, because some or all of the key presses individually represent multiple letters. The computer interprets the keypresses utilizing concurrent, competing strategies, including one-keypress-per-letter and multi-tap interpretations. The computer displays a combined output of proposed interpretations and completions from both strategies.12-06-2012
20120306756CAPACITIVE TOUCH KEYBOARD - A capacitive touch keyboard includes an insulating substrate that defines a plurality of press key zones, and a first and a second conductive layers, both disposed on the insulating substrate. Each conductive layer includes a plurality of electrode lines arranged in two different directions. Each electrode line includes a plurality of electrode units connected in series. Each electrode unit is disposed at a position corresponding to a respective one of the press key zones. For each of the press key zones, the electrode units of the first the second conductive layers that are disposed therein are adjacent to each other and cooperate to form a touch sensing structure.12-06-2012
20120306754TERMINAL HAVING TOUCH SCREEN AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING KEY ON TERMINAL - A terminal having a touch screen and a method for displaying a key corresponding to an area in which an input event by a user is detected on the terminal are provided. The method includes in a character input mode, determining whether a touch event is detected in a key display area including at least one key area, when the touch event is detected, confirming a key area of the key display area in which the touch event is detected, and displaying a key recognition item on the key area.12-06-2012
20120306753MOTION EXTENSION OVER A SENSOR - A landing surface is in physical communication with a face of an optical sensor. The landing surface extends at least 0.5 millimeters (mm) beyond a side of the optical sensor. A sensor orifice provides optical sensing by the optical sensor through the landing surface.12-06-2012
20120306752TOUCHPAD AND KEYBOARD - A method and apparatus is provided for switching between a regular keyboard mode and a touchpad mode for a user to input data. The keyboard may comprise a key which has a touch surface and a sensor. The touch surface may be responsive to pressing by an object to select one of selections associated with the key. The sensor may be used to detect a location where the object is positioned on the touch surface.12-06-2012
20120306751KEYBOARD ILLUMINATION - Embodiments provide methods, apparatuses, and systems for illuminating a plurality of keys. The keys are illuminated in accordance with pattern. In various embodiments, the illumination of the keys is in response to a display control signal.12-06-2012
20110304550AUTO-MORPHING ADAPTIVE USER INTERFACE DEVICE AND METHODS - An adaptive user interface device capable of implementing multiple modes of input and configuration may adapt to current user inputs, and may include configuration changes. In an aspect, an adaptive user interface device may be configured for a finger sensing in a touchpad mode, and configured for stylus sensing in a digital tablet mode. In another aspect, surface features of the adaptive user interface device may change shape, such as by raising buttons in response to entering a keyboard or keypad mode. Various mechanisms may be used for raising buttons, and may enable presenting buttons in a variety of shapes and locations on the interface. The configuration of the adaptive user interface device may depend upon the user actions and user identity. Configuration modes may be organized according to many levels enabling a single user interface to support a large number of input options functionality within a limited surface area.12-15-2011
20110304551ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing, an input device, a sliding groove and an actuating unit. The input device is disposed on the housing, wherein the input device includes a first input interface and a second input interface, and the first input interface and the second input interface are respectively disposed on opposite surfaces of the input device. The sliding groove is formed on the housing. The actuating unit is connected to the input device, the actuating unit automatically moves between a first position and a second position of the sliding groove to rotate the input device, the first input interface faces outward from the housing when the actuating unit is in the first position, and the second input interface faces outward from the housing when the actuating unit is in the second position.12-15-2011
20110304552MULTIFUNCTIONAL KEYBOARD FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - An apparatus and method for telephony tone signal and character code generation for QWERTY keyboards includes a QWERTY style keyboard, a processor and a keyboard mode control software module. The QWERTY style keyboard has a plurality of letter keys, wherein each letter key is configured to generate a unique input signal. The processor is coupled to the keyboard and is configured to convert each unique input signal generated by the letter keys into a character code and/or a telephony tone signal. The keyboard mode control software module operates on the processor, and controls whether the processor converts the unique input signals from the letter keys into character codes or telephony tone signals.12-15-2011
20090073127Pocket Data Input Board - The invention is a transparent keyboard with translucent markings to show the functions of each key. It can rest over the screen of a computer, hand held device, smart phone or the like, without obstructing the screen or using it for marking the keys or reducing the size of the screen area that is used as a screen or monitor as against a keyboard. It can be made by translucent markings on existing touchscreen keyboards or a transparent layer over the touchscreen with translucent markings. It can be a transparent screen with programmable markings. It can be touch sensitive, yet use key layouts and sizes to prevent unintended key activation and ease multi finger typing.03-19-2009
20090040183RESPONSE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH DYNAMIC PERSONALITY ASSIGNMENT - A response system and method of receiving remotely entered user input selections at a central location includes providing at least one base unit and a plurality of response units. A user input selection is received with each of the response units. The user input selection is communicated to the at least one base unit utilizing wireless communication. Personality data is received at each of the response units. The at least one base unit communicates with each of the response units according to the personality data of the particular one of the response units to receive a user input selection. The personality data is received by an individual one of the response units communicating with the at least one base unit at close proximity to provide personality data to that response unit.02-12-2009
20120038556DEVICE, METHODS, AND USER INTERFACE FOR PROVIDING OPTIMIZED ENTRY OF ALPHANUMERIC TEXT - The present invention includes a device, method, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text. In one form, a method for providing selectable characters within a user interface includes determining an operating mode of a communication device and receiving an input associated with a selected input key. The method determines a group of characters associated with the selected key based on the operating mode and displays the group of characters within the user interface. The user interface may display a first character of the group of characters within a first portion of the user interface and the group of characters proximal to the first character within a second portion of the user interface.02-16-2012
20120146911PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY - According to one aspect, a portable electronic device includes a body having a front face, a touch-sensitive display exposed at the front face of the body, a keyboard at the front face, the keyboard associated with a first plurality of characters excluding numerical characters, such that keys of the keyboard are each associated with a respective single one of the first plurality of characters, a memory, and a processor. The processor is coupled to the touch-sensitive display, the keyboard, and the memory to execute a program stored in the memory to cause the portable electronic device to display a second plurality of characters utilizing the touch-sensitive display in response to receipt of an input to display the second plurality of characters.06-14-2012
20110050581INPUT DEVICE - The present disclosure relates generally to an input device, more specifically a small footprint keyboard with touch pad functionality. By disposing the touchpad and the mouse keys in the lower part and surrounded by the first and the second group one achieves a substantial ergonomic advantage in that the frequently used QWERTY keys are accessible while at the same time the touch pad is within reach of any finger.03-03-2011
20110050580LIGHT COLLECTOR FOR AN ILLUMINATION OPTIC - A light collector is provided to converge light from a light source down to a range of acceptance angles of an illumination optic, and to couple the converged light into the illumination optic, where the range of acceptance angles of the illumination optic is less than a range of emission angles of the light source.03-03-2011
20110050579INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus is provided which includes a position acquisition unit for obtaining a display position of an input area in a display area, and a display control unit for controlling, based on the display position of the input area, in the display area a display position of an input operation area in which a character to be displayed in the input area is input. The display control unit displays the input area near the display position of the input area, and makes the input operation area follow the movement of the input area when the display position of the input area is moved.03-03-2011
20110050578ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SWITCHABLE INPUT MODES AND METHOD THEREOF - A method of switching input modes includes: generating a switch signal in response to user input; recording a duration of the switch signal; comparing the recorded duration of the switch signal with a predetermined time interval; generating a first switch signal if the recorded duration of the switch signal is equal to or greater than the predetermined time interval, or generating a second switch signal if the recorded duration of the switch signal is less than the predetermined time interval; and switching a first input mode to a second input mode according to the first switch signal, or switching the second input mode to the first input mode according to the second switch signal.03-03-2011
20110050577WIRELESS PERIPHERAL DEVICE AND PRODUCTION MATCHING SYSTEM THEREOF - Provided is a wireless peripheral device. Preferably the wireless peripheral device includes an operating main body and a receiver. The operating main body particularly has a controlling unit having built-in identification code. This identification code is particularly stored in a non-volatile memory of the controlling unit. The receiver, corresponding to the operating main body, pre-stores the matched identification code. The receiver acquires the power supplied from a computer system as connected therewith. Automatically, the operating main body and the receiver are wirelessly connected in accordance with the identification code. It is featured that the cost of the wireless peripheral device can be effectively reduced, and the related matching procedure can also be simplified before factory shipment.03-03-2011
20110050576PRESSURE SENSITIVE USER INTERFACE FOR MOBILE DEVICES - Virtual keypads are provided which determine an intended user key entry based upon location of keystrokes as well as other keystroke characteristics such as keystroke shape and/or pressure. Virtual keypad layouts which include overlapping or multi-character keys may be used to reduce typing errors on small pressure sensing touch screens. Keystrokes on overlapping or multi-character keys may be disambiguated using measured pressures applied to the pressure sensing touch screen as well as other keystroke characteristics such as keystroke shape. Additional user interfaces are provided which exploit pressure sensing touch screen capable of discriminating magnitudes of pressure exerted upon the touch screen surface.03-03-2011
20110050575METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ADAPTIVE TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY03-03-2011
20110050574KEYBOARD AND TILT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE THEREFORE - An embodiment of a keyboard has a tilt adjustment device that spans a width of the keyboard and that is pivotally attached to the keyboard. The tilt adjustment device is pivotable between a first position and a second position. When the tilt adjustment device is in the second position, the tilt adjustment device supports the keyboard in a second position that is tilted relative to a first position of the keyboard when tilt adjustment device is in the first position.03-03-2011
20090051656CAPACITANCE/VOLTAGE CONVERTING CIRCUIT, INPUT APPARATUS USING THE SAME, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND CAPACITANCE/VOLTAGE CONVERTING METHOD - A capacitance/voltage conversion circuit converts the difference in electrostatic capacitance between a first capacitor and a second capacitor into a voltage. With such an arrangement, a first voltage applying unit applies a power supply voltage Vdd to the first capacitor during a first state, and applies the ground voltage 0V to the first capacitor during a second state. A second voltage applying unit applies the ground voltage 0V to the second capacitor during the first state, and applies the power supply voltage Vdd to the second capacitor during the second state. A first sample hold circuit averages the voltage at the first capacitor and the voltage at the second capacitor in the first state by turning on a first switch and a second switch, and holds the voltage thus averaged as a first detection voltage Vdet02-26-2009
20090179859Handheld Electronic Device Comprising A Keypad Having Multiple Character Sets Assigned Thereto, With The Character Sets Being Individually Illuminable - An improved handheld electronic device has a keypad that includes a plurality of different character sets selectively illuminable thereon. Different types of light and different mechanisms for delivering light provide the selective illumination of a particular character set. When a particular character set is illuminated, a corresponding character lookup table is active on the handheld electronic device whereby the processor determines the particular character or characters that were intended in an actuation of a key of the keypad.07-16-2009
20110316786CONTROL APPARATUS FOR OPERATION PANEL AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A signal line used in a key matrix is shared between a signal line used in a first display unit and a signal line used in a second display unit. Two types of periodical pulse signals are superimposed on a level signal which indicates data displayed on the second display unit. One type is a pulse signal for detecting key input and another type is a pulse signal which indicates data displayed on the first display unit.12-29-2011
20120044146Optical User Input Devices - Embodiments provisioning various electronic devices with optical user input devices having one or more optical sensors are described. Embodiments broadly contemplate expanding the functionality of current user input devices through use of a variety of optical sensors in a variety of configurations, as described further herein.02-23-2012
20090167694TOUCH SENSOR KEYPAD WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK MECHANISMS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE SAME - An electronic device includes a keyboard module, which has a plurality of first keys, a plurality of second keys, a first vibration element and a second vibration element. When any one of the first keys is pressed or touched, the first vibration element vibrates accordingly; and when any one of the second keys is pressed or touched, the second vibration element vibrates accordingly thereby providing a tactile feedback to a user.07-02-2009
20090251417Keyboard with Programmable Keys - Embodiments of the present invention provide programmable keys in a keyboard that provide the user with added functionalities and versatility to enhance the usage of the computer for game play or the like. In one embodiment, a keyboard for use with a computer comprises a plurality of keys which include a plurality of programmable function keys each being programmable to have multiple shift states to provide different macro functions among the multiple shift states to be inputted to the computer; a plurality of macro shift buttons which represent the multiple shift states and which are configured to be pressed to toggle among the multiple shift states for the plurality of programmable function keys; and a macro record button configured to start and stop macro recording of the macro functions of the programmable function keys.10-08-2009
20100238114APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ELEVATED, INDENTED, OR TEXTURIZED DISPLAY DEVICE - An apparatus and method for providing and configuring an elevated, indented, or texturized display device is disclosed. Processes are also given involving elevated, indented, or texturized portions of a display device. By providing an elevated, indented, or texturized display device enhanced input/output functions are provided.09-23-2010
20110157021HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD ENABLING THE OUTPUT OF NON-ALPHABETIC CHARACTERS IN A DISAMBIGUATION ENVIRONMENT - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with text disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device includes a number of non-alphabetic characters that are assigned to keys and that can be accessed directly by the text disambiguation software without the need to active a non-alphabetic input routine or to additionally actuate and key or an key, for instance.06-30-2011
20120001853MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a medical image display apparatus includes an input device, a receiver, a display unit, an input unit, and a transmitter. The input device includes a first input key which is provided in the medical image display apparatus. The receiver receives an input key image relating to a second input key provided in the medical image management apparatus from the medical image management apparatus. The display unit displays the received input key image. The input unit operates the displayed input key image in accordance with user's input operation, and generates an operation signal in accordance with the input operation. The transmitter transmits the generated operation signal to the medical image management apparatus.01-05-2012
20120001851MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE INCLUDING A KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY FOR REDUCING SAR AND RELATED METHODS - A mobile wireless communications device may include a portable housing and wireless transceiver circuitry carried by the portable housing. The mobile wireless communications device may also include an antenna carried by the portable housing and coupled to the wireless transceiver circuitry, and a light source carried by the portable housing. The device may further include a keyboard assembly carried by the portable housing including a light guide coupled to the light source and having input key receiving openings therein, and a mask carried by the light guide and having input key receiving openings. The mask may include an electrically conductive layer positioned relative to the antenna to reduce a Specific Absorption Rate value for the mobile wireless communications device.01-05-2012
20120013534DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A display apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: a user input unit which includes at least one touch sense pad and at least one switch; and a controller which determines that the switch is clicked if difference between first position information of a first position on the touch sense pad where a switch press is generated and second position information of a second position on the touch sense pad where a switch release is generated is within a preset range.01-19-2012
20090002320Keyboard With Surface for Computer Mouse Operation and Moveable Numeric Keypad - A keyboard device includes an alphanumeric keyboard and a numeric keypad moveable relative to the keyboard. The keyboard has structure defining a rolling or sliding surface for a mouse and also defining a storage compartment for the numeric keypad below the mouse rolling/sliding surface. In preferred form, the numeric keypad slides between a storage position within the keyboard and an external position in which the numeric keys are accessible. The keyboard and keypad are electrically coupled so that the key state of the keypad is accessible from within the keyboard itself. In preferred form, this permits a single processor within the keyboard to produce a key state signal corresponding to the combined key states of the alphanumeric keyboard and numeric keypad, which can be transmitted to an associated computer for appropriate processing.01-01-2009
20120013535Keyboard for Hand-Held Devices - A hand-held electronic device has a keyboard with a plurality of keys, each key having a substantially flat contact surface extending to the sides of each key. One of the sides of the key is beveled.01-19-2012
20120013533KEYBOARD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME AND INPUT METHOD - A keyboard includes a holographic film having a holographic information of a keyboard arrangement recorded on a surface thereof; a virtual keyboard generated from the holographic film; and a touch panel adjoining the holographic film, configured to detect an information corresponding to a position being touched thereon. The keyboard is of the advantage of multi-function, convenience and portability. An electronic device using the keyboard and an input method are also disclosed.01-19-2012
20120056814CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - According to one embodiment, a character input device includes a touch panel and a control unit. The touch panel detects contact with respect to a surface thereof. The control unit performs, when detection of contact is started on the touch panel, character recognition processing based on a trajectory connecting each position at which the contact is detected. The control unit displays, when a character is recognized by the character recognition processing, a virtual keyboard on a display surface of the touch panel to receive input of a character from the virtual keyboard.03-08-2012
20120154285DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device including: a plurality of push buttons each that includes a display unit displaying an image at a upper surface of the push button, the upper surface being movable up and down, and information being input to the push button depending on a position of the upper surface; and a plurality of actuators that actuate the respective push buttons up and down independently of the up-and-down movement of the upper surfaces of the push buttons.06-21-2012
20120306755TOUCH KEYBOARD - A touch keyboard includes a touch panel that defines a plurality of touch input zones and that has opposite first and second surfaces, and an input member disposed on the first surface of the touch panel. The input member includes a body and a plurality of resilient key units disposed on the body. The resilient key units are separate from each other and protrude respectively from the body at positions corresponding to the touch input zones and are able to contact with the first surface of the touch panel during deformation thereof, respectively.12-06-2012
20090135144ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND INPUT MODULE THEREOF - An input module for an electronic device includes a key and a touch sensing unit. The touch sensing unit includes a substrate, a sensing circuit, and a conductive member protruding from the substrate. The conductive member has a connection portion and a sensing portion. The connection portion is electronically connected to the sensing circuit, and the sensing portion is movable with respect to the substrate and connected to the key for detecting a contact on the key.05-28-2009
20090135143CHARACTER INPUT METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - A character input method and an electronic device. According to the character input method, if a plurality of characters are input together by a user substantially simultaneously, the electronic device may recognize that the user desires to input a character other than the plurality of characters. Therefore, it is possible to reduce the number of keys required to input characters, so an electronic device requiring character keys can be greatly reduced in size.05-28-2009
20090135142DATA ENTRY DEVICE AND METHOD - A method of entering data into an electronic device (05-28-2009
20120154283CREATION, EDITING AND NAVIGATION OF DIAGRAMS - Organizing data where the data has spatial significance. A method includes, at a user interface, displaying to a user a representation of spatially structured data. User input is received at a computer implemented user interface through one or more hardware user interface devices. The user input is domain agnostic, but has a spatial connotation. Based on pre-existing structured data displayed at the user interface, a domain is determined for the user input. Based on the determined domain, the user input is interpreted into a domain specific response. The domain specific response is consistent with the spatial connotation across a plurality of domains.06-21-2012
20120206363PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method includes detecting a first touch at a first location, and a second touch at a second location, on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device. In response to detecting the first and second touches, a first section of a virtual keyboard having a first boundary associated with the first location and a second section of the virtual keyboard having a second boundary associated with the second location are displayed on the touch-sensitive display.08-16-2012
20120206364USER INTERFACE SYSTEM - The user interface system of one embodiment of the invention includes a sheet that defines a surface on one side and at least partially defines a first cavity and a second cavity on an opposite side; a fluid network coupled to the first and second cavities; a displacement device coupled to the fluid network that displaces fluid within the fluid network and expands both the first and second cavities concurrently, thereby deforming a first and a second particular region of the surface; and a touch sensor coupled to the sheet and adapted to sense a user touch proximate the first and second particular regions of the surface. The user interface system of another embodiment of the invention includes a displacement device coupled to the fluid network that displaces fluid within the fluid network and selectively expands one of the first and second cavities.08-16-2012
20120062465METHODS OF AND SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING KEYBOARD DATA ENTRY ERRORS - Method of and system for reducing data entry errors that ascertains a subset of keys that can be selected by a user based upon the respective likelihood that each key follows a previously selected key within a predetermined language, corpus, or subset thereof, and controls the display of the keys within an input device so that the keys within the ascertained subset are displayed in a visually distinguishable manner from the keys that not within the ascertained subset. In a touch screen device, the keys that are displayed are part of the soft keys displayed on the screen. In a system that includes an actual physical keyboard, the appearance of select keys of the keyboard can be modified in various manners, including the use of an LCD display or other controllable lighting mechanism disposed within the keyboard. Multiple additional techniques for reducing data entry also are disclosed.03-15-2012
20120062466REDUCED QWERTY KEYBOARD SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES BETTER ACCURACY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided. The handheld electronic device includes a keyboard assembly, a display positioned adjacent the keyboard assembly, a processor structured to receive inputs from the keyboard assembly and to output to the display as a function of the inputs, the processor further structured to run a disambiguation routine. The keyboard assembly includes a printed circuit board, a primary conductor portion, a secondary conductor portion, and a keyboard assembly. The printed circuit board has a plurality of electrical contacts. The conductor assembly has a plurality of primary conductors and a plurality of secondary conductors, each the primary conductor and secondary conductor structured to correspond to, and engage and close, at least one of the plurality of electrical contacts. The keyboard assembly has a plurality of keys each having one or more indicia thereon.03-15-2012
20120062464TOUCH SENSOR - The invention provides a touch sensor in which the numbers of channels and wires are decreased simultaneously and a simultaneous touch operation of a plurality of touch keys is realized. A keyboard includes 36 pieces of touch keys disposed in 6 rows and 6 columns, drive lines, and sensor lines on an insulation substrate. The touch key includes a center electrode disposed on the insulation substrate and an annular electrode disposed surrounding this center electrode. A sensor circuit includes a selection circuit and an electric charge amplifier. The electric charge amplifier detects the amount of change of a capacitance of an electrostatic capacitor formed between the center electrode and the annular electrode of the touch key connected to one sensor line selected by the selection circuit.03-15-2012
20120062463TOUCH SENSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING TOUCH SENSING RESULT ACCORDING TO DIFFERENTIAL SIGNAL OF MUTUAL CAPACITANCE TRIGGERED BY TOUCH EVENT - A touch sensing apparatus includes at least one sensing key and a processing circuit. Each of the sensing key includes a signal receiving component for receiving a driving signal, a first sensing block and a reference block. The first sensing block is coupled to the signal receiving component, and arranged to generate a first sensing signal according to a touch event and the driving signal. The reference block is coupled to the signal receiving component, and arranged to generate a reference signal according to the touch event and the driving signal. The processing circuit is coupled to the sensing key, and arranged to provide the driving signal and receive the first sensing signal and reference signal, generate a sensing output of the sensing key according to the reference signal and first sensing signal generated by the sensing key, and generate the touch sensing result according to the sensing output.03-15-2012
20120154284KEYBOARD INPUT DEVICE - An improved keyboard layout for inputting characters displayed on a screen augments the sizes of individual characters relative to each other. The characters are proportionally sized to display more commonly used characters or characters more commonly used as the first character in a collection of characters, or a combination of both types of characters larger relative to less commonly used characters. The shapes of the key display and key sensitive area are sized and shaped to correspond to the end of a human finger so that an operator can chose to input with the left thumb or right thumb, left or right forefinger or both forefingers or both thumbs or using a customized orientation or shape. Less frequently used characters may be reduced in size to accommodate the enlarged characters.06-21-2012
20120206362COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION PRESENTATION APPARATUS - A computerized readable apparatus for presentation of information, including contextually related secondary content. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a computer readable medium having at least one computer program disposed thereon, the at least one program being configured to facilitate ad hoc communication with a personal electronic device of a user, and provide the user with requested information (such as for example direction to a desired business or other entity). At least a portion of the information is obtained via a wireless link with a remote server.08-16-2012
20120154286APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING VISUAL-HAPTIC INFORMATION, AND TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME - A terminal for providing visual-haptic information includes a visual-haptic keypad that displays and provides the visual-haptic information. The visual-haptic keypad includes: a button frame of a plurality of buttons provided in the visual-haptic keypad; a visual display layer positioned under the button frame in a vertical direction on a basis of the button frame; and a haptic display layer positioned under the visual display layer in the vertical direction on the basis of the button frame. The button frame and the visual display layer are fixedly bonded to boundary portions of the plurality of buttons.06-21-2012
20120154287HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Disclosed are a handheld electronic device and a display method for a handheld electronic device whereby, when an initialization screen is displayed by a display unit, it is possible, in response to user input, to display symbols reflecting the intent of the user. The disclosed handheld electronic device is provided with: a user input unit (06-21-2012
20110090151SYSTEM CAPABLE OF ACCOMPLISHING FLEXIBLE KEYBOARD LAYOUT - A system of implementing flexible keyboard layout for inputting text into an electronic device, where a user's input is mapped to a character set based on a keyboard layout, and an input sequence is formed. The user may customize different keyboard layouts and switch among these different layouts arbitrarily. Also, an auto error-correction may be achieved, and smart words selection may be achieved based on context. With the system of the invention, the design cost of the portable device manufactures may be reduced significantly.04-21-2011
20110102325KEYBOARD DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT USING SAME - There is provided a keyboard device with a lamination body, the lamination body comprising: a translucent touch panel; a symbol printing film on which arbitrary symbols are printed; a surface emission layer that illuminates the symbol printing film, wherein the touch panel is arranged on an upper surface side of the symbol printing film, the surface emission layer is arranged on a lower surface side of the symbol printing film, and an input operation surface that is placed on the outermost surface of the keyboard device is flat.05-05-2011
20110102327PHOTO ALBUM CONTROLLER - A photo album controller which can simultaneously display a high-quality image data and attribute information on separate screens and can easily display the image data or change the attribute information through a small number of input operations is provided.05-05-2011
20110102324METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USER INTERFACE BASED ON PHYSICAL ICON - A method of providing a user interface based on a physical icon (PHYCON), the method including: obtaining information required for executing an application from a PHYCON constituting a recording medium on which the information is recorded, by using a communication medium; and controlling to execute the application by using the information obtained from the PHYCON.05-05-2011
20120119995KEYBOARDLESS TEXT ENTRY - Keyboardless text entry methods and systems are described. Various display tools are used in conjunction with, for example, pointing, scrolling and/or clicking actions to enter text into an interface. Once display tool is a pie widget shape, another display tool uses a box like shape containing other box like shapes which are scaled according to a propationate chance of containing the desirable selection.05-17-2012
20120119997KEYBOARD COMPRISING SWIPE-SWITCHES PERFORMING KEYBOARD ACTIONS - The present disclosure provides for an ambiguous keyboard comprising at least two switches for performing keyboard actions, at least one of the two switches being a swipe-switch. The swipe switch can alter at least one characteristic selected from a group including: a) a function of at least one switch of the at least two switches of the ambiguous keyboard; and b) a mode of a second swipe-switch of the ambiguous keyboard.05-17-2012
20120119996KEY STRUCTURE AND CAPACITIVE SENSING DEVICE USING THE SAME THEREOF - A key structure and a capacitive sensing device using the same are provided. The key structure is disposed on the capacitive sensing panel. The key structure comprises a pressing portion and a support portion. The pressing portion has a pressing surface and a conductive surface opposite to the pressing surface. The pressing surface is connected to the conductive surface, which faces the capacitive sensing panel. The support portion is connected to the pressing portion. When the pressing portion is pressed, the conductive surface of the pressing portion is close to or touches the capacitive sensing panel.05-17-2012
20120256841METHOD FOR ADJUSTING SOFT KEYBOARD LAYOUT AND MOBILE TERMINAL - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method for adjusting soft keyboard layout. The method includes: displaying an option for adjusting a soft keyboard layout; receiving information that a user selects the option for adjusting the soft keyboard layout, and after receiving the information that the user selects the option for adjusting the soft keyboard layout, displaying a soft keyboard adjustment interface on a touch screen, and receiving an adjustment scheme input by the user; and modifying the soft keyboard layout according to the adjustment scheme. In this way, a requirement of a user for adjusting a keyboard according to personal preference is satisfied.10-11-2012
20100289746INPUT SYSTEM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, DATA PROCESSOR, AND INPUT METHOD - An input system, a portable terminal, a data processor, and an input method are provided that can be used to easily input a character of the type permitted to be input. The input system includes the data processor and the portable terminal. The data processor stores an input permitted character type that is a type of characters permitted to be input to a corresponding one of not less than one input box, in association with the corresponding input box. The data processor transmits to the portable terminal the input permitted character type associated with a character input enabled input box. The portable terminal sets the type of characters to be input, to the input permitted character type as received, and transmits to the data processor an input character that is of the input permitted character type as set.11-18-2010
20120256839DUAL-MODE INPUT DEVICE - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a dual-mode input device. According to one embodiment, the aforementioned device includes an input surface having an input plane. The device also includes an optical sensor having a central projection plane that lies perpendicular to the input plane of the input surface so as to detect gesture input from a user.10-11-2012
20100245250Adjustable Ergonomic Keyboard - An adjustable ergonomic keyboard includes keyboard segments coupled by a joint allowing the keyboard segments to pivot relative to one another. A retainer secures a corresponding keyboard segment with respect to a base support and allows the corresponding retained keyboard segment to rotate thereabout and to travel laterally with respect to the base support. The base support may be part of a portable laptop chassis or body or may be a stand alone base for use of the keyboard as a peripheral data input device.09-30-2010
20120127078AUTOMATIC KEYBOARD MODE SELECTION BASED ON INPUT FIELD TYPE - An input detection module determines whether an expected input type for an input field in a user interface matches one of a plurality of possible input types associated with a received keyboard input. If the expected input type matches one of the plurality of possible input types, the input detection module enters a character having the expected input type into the input field.05-24-2012
20120162082PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to an aspect, a portable electronic apparatus includes a first housing, a second housing, touch panel, a display, a connection mechanism, an operation unit, and a control unit. The touch panel is arranged in a first surface of the first housing. The display is arranged in a second surface of the second housing. The connection mechanism connects the first housing and the second housing so as to switch between a closed state where the first housing covers the display and the touch panel is exposed to the outside and an opened state where the touch panel and the display are exposed to the outside while being adjacent to each other. The operation unit is arranged on the second surface at a position adjacent to the display. The control unit controls an operation of each unit.06-28-2012
20120162081 KEYBOARD - A keyboard may include a plurality of optical keys. Each optical key may include an optical module and an interaction surface. The optical key may be configured to be activated based on movement of an object on or adjacent the interaction surface. Each movement may produce a different output from the optical module to thereby generate a predetermined input for a device.06-28-2012
20120127080SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING ENTERED TEXT TO ACCESS AND PROCESS CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION - A contextual keyboard allows users to bring in information not normally found on a keyboard, as though that information had been typed in afresh. It also allows users to take information entered on the keyboard, or simply available on the screen, or implicit in information on the screen, and perform actions on it, such as calling a phone number, entering contact or calendar information into a local database on the device, or using the information as search terms in an online query. The central novelty of this invention is moving the functionality into the keyboard layer, so as to be universally accessible on the device.05-24-2012
20120127079ELECTRODE INTERCONNECT - An electrode of a touch position sensing panel has a light-transmitting conductor and an auxiliary conductor connected to the light-transmitting conductor.05-24-2012
20120162083MULTI-CONTACT CHARACTER INPUT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A multi-contact character input method includes: setting an input character corresponding to each multi-contact operation, in which attributes of the multi-contact operation include a position of each contact in a plurality of contacts, or/and the number of contacts contacting a multi-point touch screen within the same time, or/and a sliding direction of each contact; a user performing a multi-contact operation; identifying the multi-contact operation of the user and obtaining a corresponding input character according to the attributes of the multi-contact operation; and inputting the corresponding character. The multi-contact character input method fully uses the advantages of multi-point touch sensing, implements the input of frequently used functional keys or character keys through a multi-point touch combination of a special manner, and provides input convenience for the user without requiring the user to change a click input mode.06-28-2012
20120162078ADAPTIVE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD FOR HANDHELD DEVICE - Various embodiments of the invention relate to a configuration of virtual keys that belong to a virtual keyboard displayed on a touchscreen of a hand-held device. The keys are arranged along concentric circles of a virtual wheel so as to be conveniently reached by the user's thumb when the device is held in the user's hand. The sector of keys visible on the touchscreen may be changed by virtually rotating the virtual wheel.06-28-2012
20120162080DUAL-SCREEN NOTEBOOK COMPUTER WITH KEYBOARD - An exemplary dual-screen notebook computer includes a host, a main screen and an input panel mounted on the host. The main screen is pivotally connected with one side of the host for displaying data and programs thereon. The input panel includes a touch screen functioning as a virtual keyboard at one major side thereof and a keyboard at an opposite major side thereof. The input panel is rotatable to selectively change orientations of the touch screen and the keyboard such that either the input panel is mounted on the host with the touch screen exposed for use or the input panel is mounted on the host with the keyboard exposed for use.06-28-2012
20120162079KEYBOARD CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR KEYBOARD CIRCUIT - A keyboard and a keyboard circuit, wherein the keyboard acts as an input device for a portable device or a computer. The keyboard circuit comprises an interface for connecting with the computer or the portable device, a detection circuit for detecting the logic level signal of the power supply from the computer or the portable device connected to the keyboard, and a microprocessor determining whether a computer or a portable device is connected to the keyboard in accordance with the logic level signal of the power input. The keyboard circuit uses a first communication circuit to communicate with the computer and a second communication circuit to communicate with the portable device, thus the keyboard is compatible with the computer or the portable device. The keyboard is capable of entering a sleep mode after finishing the transmission of the key codes to the computer or the portable device.06-28-2012
20120212418MOBILE TERMINAL AND DISPLAY METHOD - A mobile terminal that solves the problem of instability of holding the mobile terminal is provided. Touch coordinate determiner 08-23-2012
20120212417KEYBOARD - The present invention discloses a keyboard including a plurality of keys and a membrane circuit board. Each key is used to trigger a corresponding membrane switch of the membrane circuit board. The membrane circuit board includes an antenna circuit. The antenna circuit is arranged inside the membrane circuit board, and not exposed to the upper surface or the lower surface of the membrane circuit board. The present invention increases an arranged area of the antenna circuit for improving the allowed length of the antenna circuit, so as to enhancing the transmission reception quality of wireless signals.08-23-2012
20120313857ADAPTABLE INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICE - The present invention relates to an adaptable input/output device. One embodiment of a hardware device for facilitating an interaction between a computing system and a user includes: an interaction surface for supporting the interaction, a single actuator capable of driving a first region of the interaction surface, and a first selective clamping mechanism capable of restricting movement of one or more second regions of the interaction surface that partly intersect the first region, wherein a displacement of one or more desired portions of the interaction surface is dynamically controllable.12-13-2012
20120313856KEYBOARD PROVIDING SELF-DETECTION OF LINKAGE - A keyboard providing self-detection of linkage includes a key set module, a circuit unit, a wired transmission interface electrically connected to the circuit unit, a wireless transmission interface electrically connected to the circuit unit, and a micro-control unit electrically connected to the circuit unit. The key set module includes a plurality of keys depressible by users to trigger the circuit unit to generate a message signal. The micro-control unit detects an electrical connection signal generated by electrical connection between a transmission cable and the wired transmission interface, and transmits the message signal to the wired transmission interface upon detecting presence of the electrical connection signal, or sends the message signal to the wireless transmission interface when no electrical connection signal is detected. Thus the keyboard is equipped with both the wired transmission interface and wireless transmission interface at the same time.12-13-2012
20120313855Wireless input device integrable with mobile device - The present invention is to provide a wireless input device integrable with a mobile device, which includes a wireless keyboard, a carrier and a retracting plate. The wireless keyboard has a top surface provided with a plurality of keys and two opposite sides each provided with a first rail element. The carrier has a top surface concavely provided with a receiving cavity so that the mobile device can be placed and secured in position in the receiving cavity. The retracting plate is movably embedded in a bottom surface of the carrier, and provided with a second rail element at each of two opposite positions for engaging with the first rail elements respectively, so that both the carrier and retracting plate are movable along the rail elements to a position where the wireless keyboard is completely covered by the carrier or where all the keys are exposed outside the carrier.12-13-2012
20120133589DYNAMICALLY LOCATED ONSCREEN KEYBOARD - A touch-sensitive display surface having touch-capacitive and vibration sensors. This surface allows the user to rest their fingers on the keys of an onscreen keyboard and type as they would on a regular keyboard. As the user places their fingers on the touch screen, the system relocates the onscreen keyboard to the location where the fingers are resting. The touch sensors report the signal strength level of each key touched to a processor, but no keystroke is issued by the processor until a corresponding “tap” (i.e., vibration) is detected. When a tap is detected, the processor references the status of the touch capacitance sensors before, during, and/or immediately after the moment in time the tap occurred. The size, position, and orientation of the onscreen keyboard keys are dynamically set as determined by the user initiating a home-row definition event by resting their fingers momentarily on a virtual home-row.05-31-2012
20120133588KEYBOARD CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING TIME - A keyboard displays a clock time with light sources. The keyboard can transmit light through spaces positioned between a plurality of keys of the keyboard. The keyboard further can transmit light through the plurality of keys of the keyboard. The keyboard further includes two buttons for adjusting the clock time displaying on the keyboard.05-31-2012
20120133587SENSOR-AUGMENTED, GESTURE-ENABLED KEYBOARD AND ASSOCITED APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A keyboard is provided that includes an arrangement of keys, circuitry and a first processor configured to generate a signal in response to a keystroke in which a respective key of the arrangement of keys is depressed, and determine how to interpret the keystroke. The keyboard also includes one or more sensors and a second processor configured to measure a relationship of an object to the sensor(s), and produce a gesture signal based upon a signal representative of the measured relationship. This gesture signal is interpretable into one or more commands or instructions for directing performance of one or more operations of an apparatus or software operating on the apparatus. A related apparatus and computer-readable storage medium are also provided.05-31-2012
20120299832Touchsurface with Level and Planar Translational Travel Responsiveness - Described herein are one or more techniques related to a touchsurface with level and planar translational travel responsiveness. One or more of the described implementations include an input device having a rigid body including a touchsurface configured to travel along a depression path in response to being depressed by a user. The input device also includes a leveling mechanism that operates in manner to keep the touchsurface substantially level as the touchsurface travels along the depression path in response to being depressed by the user. Furthermore, the input device has a planar-translation-effecting mechanism that defines a planar translation component of the depression path, such that the touchsurface exhibits planar translation as the touchsurface travels along the depression path.11-29-2012
20120299831Secure input via a touchscreen - A method and apparatus is provided for securely obtaining input from a touchscreen. A secure execution environment may be implemented (e.g., at a processor), where the secure execution environment may include a touchscreen driver. A keypad image may be sent from the secure execution environment to be displayed by a touchscreen. An input location may be received at the secure execution environment from the touchscreen driver. Such input location may be converted at the secure execution environment into a character, symbol, or a request to change the keypad image displayed at the touchscreen. In one implementation, the secure execution environment may further implement a display driver which sends the keypad image to the touchscreen. The secure execution environment may implement driver keypad image mapping function that maps the keypad image to a character set.11-29-2012
20090058811PRESS-KEY STRUCTURE - A press-key structure is disclosed, which comprises: a keycap; a scissors-type supporting part; a substrate; and an elastic part. In an exemplary embodiment, the scissors-type supporting part is configured with a first and a second pivot axes; the press-key structure further comprises a first clasp part formed with a guiding ramp, a second clasp part formed as an inversed L-shaped structure, and at least a guiding block formed with a ramp, all being disposed on the substrate in a manner that the ramp of the at least one guiding block is configured to lean toward the second clasp part, while connecting the first and the second pivot axes respectively to the first clasp part and the second clasp part for enabling the keycap to move up and down relative to the substrate.03-05-2009
20090058809REDUCED KEY ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A keyboard for a mobile communication device includes a first set of alphanumeric keys that is arranged in a two column by three row array. In a first example, the key arrangement includes vowels and consonants in the two by three array, with function keys positioned in a row that is different from the first set of keys. In another example, the key arrangement includes consonants in the first set of keys and vowels in a second set of keys, with the first set of keys including a two by three array of keys and the second set of keys being positioned in a row other than the rows of the two by three array of keys. The keys may be toggle keys. The characters may be input via multi-tapping the keys, word completion, and/or other known text entry techniques.03-05-2009
20120169604METHOD FOR PREVENTING MIS-TOUCH OF A TOUCH KEYBOARD AND TOUCH CONTROL ELECTRICAL APPARATUS - A method for preventing mis-touch of a touch keyboard includes triggering a timer when the touch keyboard is touched. A key code corresponding to the touched position is obtained and stored in a storage unit. When the touched position discontinues being touched, the timer is stopped and a touched time of the touch keyboard is obtained from the timer. The touched time is compared with a touched-time upper bound. If the touched time is less than the touched-time upper bound, the stored key code is output.07-05-2012
20120169603LEVELED TOUCHSURFACE WITH PLANAR TRANSLATIONAL RESPONSIVENESS TO VERTICAL TRAVEL - Described herein are techniques related to a leveled touchsurface with planar translational responsiveness to vertical travel. Examples of a touchsurface include a key of a keyboard, touchpad of a laptop, or a touchscreen of a smartphone or tablet computer. With the techniques described herein, the touchsurface is constrained to remain in a level orientation during planar translational movement between depressed and unpressed positions along a diagonal line with respect to a vertical axis. Also, with the techniques described herein, a planar-translation-effecting mechanism imparts a planar translation to the touchsurface while it travels vertically (e.g., downward) as the user presses the touchsurface. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.07-05-2012
20120169606CHARACTER INPUT METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a character input method, device and system, which relate to the field of remote control technologies and the field of communications technologies, and solve the problem of low efficiency during character input through a remote control device in the prior art. According to the embodiment of the present invention, a soft keyboard is enabled, where the soft keyboard is divided into at least two subareas by using different marks, and each subarea has a focus; a confirmation signal is received; and a character indicated by the corresponding focus according to the received confirmation signal is input. The embodiments of the present invention are mainly applicable to the scenario of character input.07-05-2012
20100309133ADAPTIVE KEYBOARD - A method for displaying a graphical user interface element to a user on a first display portion of a first display device and a second display portion of a second device. The method comprises displaying said graphical user interface element on said first display portion, receiving user input indicating movement of said graphical user interface element from said first display portion to said second display portion, said user input comprising selection of said graphical user interface element on said first display portion and movement of said graphical user interface element to said second display portion, and displaying said graphical user interface element on said second display portion; wherein said second device is an input device comprising a plurality of independently physically actuable members, each of said plurality of independently physically actuable members comprising a respective display surface, and said second display portion is formed by said plurality of display surfaces.12-09-2010
20120075190Multiple Touchpoints for Efficient Text Input - Methods and systems for using multiple simultaneous touchpoints of a touch-sensitive keyboard, such as an on-screen keyboard, for more efficient text input are provided. A method for generating text using a touch-sensitive keyboard may include receiving touch input from multiple simultaneous touchpoints. The method may also include determining a text character for each respective simultaneous touchpoint based on the touch input. The method may further include generating a text word based on the text characters determined from the multiple simultaneous touchpoints. A system for generating text using a touch-sensitive keyboard may include a touch input receiver, a slide detector and a text word generator.03-29-2012
20120075189KEYBOARD STRUCTURE WITH ANTENNA FUNCTION - A keyboard structure with antenna function includes a keyboard unit and an antenna unit. The keyboard unit includes a keyboard signal circuit board, at least one keyboard frame disposed on the keyboard signal circuit board, and a plurality of pressing elements passing through the keyboard frame and movably disposed on the keyboard signal circuit board. The antenna unit includes at least one metal circuit disposed on the keyboard frame. Thus, the length of a signal transmission line between the metal circuit and a wireless antenna module can be substantially reduced. Therefore, not only the insertion loss of the instant disclosure can be reduced to obtain better quality of wireless communication, but also the manufacturing cost and time of the instant disclosure also can be reduced effectively.03-29-2012
20120176320TOUCHSCREEN KEYBOARD DISPLAYS, ALPHANUMERIC INPUT KEYBOARDS AND CONTROL MEANS - The present invention provides a multitude of vertical and horizontal mnemonic user interfaces and displays for entering alphabets, scripts, characters, ideographs, punctuation, symbols, functions, etc. into a device using shiftable and customizable touch screen keyboard displays and user interfaces having a limited amount of touchable sensor zones or keys. The invention also provides user interface enhancements using rearranged placements of alphabetic, numeric, punctuation, symbol and function keys. The touch screen keyboard displays or user interfaces preferably use a ortho-linear grid of horizontal rows and vertical columns of sensors. The preferred mnemonic input labeling embodiment uses a vowel sensor followed by an alphabetical sequence of consonant sensors. The backward, home, cursor left, backspace, space, delete, cursor right, end and forward sensors are preferably on the bottom row. The forward sensor produces the enter function and the backwards sensor produces the shift function. The backward and forward sensors also change display sets.07-12-2012
20120075194ADAPTIVE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD FOR HANDHELD DEVICE - In various embodiments, the size, shape, and arrangement of keys on a virtual keyboard may be determined based on touchscreen contacts made by the user. Further, the actual contact patch made by the user may be analyzed to interpret which point of contact was intended, and other factors such as spelling and context may also be considered. These factors may be determined based on a calibration session and/or on continuing inputs during operation of the keyboard, and applied to future operational interpretations of the touchscreen contacts.03-29-2012
20120075193MULTIPLEXED NUMERIC KEYPAD AND TOUCHPAD - A method and system that integrates a numeric keypad with a touchpad in the same physical location on a touch-sensitive display device. Operational mode of the same location is automatically determined based on user actions with the display or based on a manual entry by the user. The system operates in at least one mode of operation selected from: numpad mode, touchpad mode, keyboard mode and auto-detect mode. A visual indicator communicates with the user which mode is the current mode.03-29-2012
20120075192DYNAMICALLY LOCATED ONSCREEN KEYBOARD - A touch-sensitive display surface having touch-capacitive and vibration sensors. This surface allows the user to rest their fingers on the keys of an onscreen keyboard and type as they would on a regular keyboard. As the user places their fingers on the touch screen, the system relocates the onscreen keyboard to the location where the fingers are resting. The touch sensors report the signal strength level of each key touched to a processor, but no keystroke is issued by the processor until a corresponding “tap” (i.e., vibration) is detected. When a tap is detected, the processor references the status of the touch capacitance sensors before, during, and/or immediately after the moment in time the tap occurred. The size, position, and orientation of the onscreen keyboard keys are dynamically set as determined by the user initiating a home-row definition event by resting their fingers momentarily on a virtual home-row.03-29-2012
20120075191Optical Touch System and Method for Optical Touch Location - The present invention provides an optical touch system, applied to an electronic apparatus having at least a physical plane. It comprises: an optical unit set on the physical plane and configured to produce a first optical effect; an image acquisition unit set on the physical plane, at least a part of the optical unit being within an acquisition range of the image acquisition unit, a touch operation area being formed by the image acquisition unit and the optical unit; the image acquisition unit configured to capture an image having a second optical effect which is formed on the first optical effect after an operation body for operating the electronic apparatus enters the touch operation area; a processing unit being connected with the image acquisition unit and configured to determine the range of the operation body in the touch operation area according to the image having the second optical effect. The present invention also provides an optical touch input display apparatus and optical touch input positioning method. The touch system of the present invention is low-cost and highly reliable.03-29-2012
20120075188TECHNIQUES TO CONTROL DISPLAY ACTIVITY - Techniques are described to transmit commands to a display device during vertical or horizontal blanking intervals. The commands can be transmitted using fields that would otherwise be used to transmit color information. A Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) compliant interface can be used to transmit the commands.03-29-2012
20100271308SIMPLIFIED INTERFACE FOR A COMPUTER - An interface (10-28-2010
20100302163DATA ENTRY SYSTEM - A computerized device comprising a first input interface adapted to identify a plurality of different first user input signals; a second input interface adapted to identify a plurality of second user input signals, and a processor configured to ambiguously correspond to each of at least one of the first input signals with the first plurality of symbols, and to ambiguously correspond actuation of each of at least one of the second input signals with a second plurality of symbols. The processor associates each of the second plurality of symbols with one of the first input signals in a manner that the second plurality of symbols corresponds to a plurality of first input signals.12-02-2010
20120256840VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - A touch screen virtual keyboard is disclosed that allows selecting and entering any key without blocking its view by the user's finger. A touch screen in a computer or cell phone has a virtual keyboard and a text box. To enter a desired key into the text box, the user focuses on the desired key and taps the area below that key. The position of the finger is mapped to address and select the key immediately above the finger. Additional finger tap space is provided at the bottom of the virtual keyboard for selecting and entering the keys in the bottom row. In a similar embodiment, each key is extended vertically. The key character is displayed on the upper portion of the key. To select and enter a desired key into the text box, the user taps the blank lower portion of the key below the desired key character. In another similar embodiment, there is a blank row under each row of keys for addressing the keys above the blank row. To select and enter a desired key into the text box, the user taps the lower blank row below the desired key.10-11-2012
20120188168DEVICE FOR INPUTTING ENGLISH CHARACTERS FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND METHOD FOR SAME - According to the present invention, an alphabet input device of a mobile communication comprises a keypad input including a plurality of keys for inputting alphabets; a display for displaying alphabets inputted by said keypad input; an alphabet combiner for reading the alphabet corresponding to the input of the keypad input from pre-stored database and providing the display with said alphabet from said database; and, a controller coupled to said keypad input, said display and said alphabet combiner so as to control thereof, wherein said keypad input has a 3×4 matrix which includes numeric keys distinguished by the numbers ‘0’ to ‘9’ and function keys distinguished by the characters ‘*’ and ‘#’, and said numeric keys for ‘1 ’ to ‘9’ are assigned with a plurality of alphabet buttons for inputting alphabets, wherein said numeric key for ‘0’ is assigned with a space button for inputting a blank, wherein one of said function keys for ‘*’ and ‘#’ is assigned with a last button for successive inputting of the alphabet and a special character button for inputting a special character, wherein the other of said function keys that does not assigned with said last button and said special character button is assigned with a shift button, which performs a function of character input mode-setting and word-shifting for setting a character input mode so as to allow inputting of the capital/small letter of alphabet and for shifting a word inputted beforehand between the capital letter and the small letter, and a function of character-shifting for shifting characters inputted beforehand one at a time.07-26-2012
20120081291GOLF STARTER ELECTRONIC TEE SHEET - Provided is an electronic golf starter tee sheet that syncronizes with the golf pro shop computer system. Also provided is a method of using the electronic golf starter tee sheet.04-05-2012
20120081290TOUCH KEYBOARD WITH PHONETIC CHARACTER SHORTCUTS - In general, this disclosure describes techniques to enable a user of a computing device to select keys representing one or more characters using touch gestures. In one example, a method includes: receiving, on a graphical keyboard of a computing device, touch input including a plurality of selections of one or more keyboard characters currently displayed in the graphical keyboard; determining, by the computing device, a touch input operation that corresponds to the touch input, wherein the touch input operation identifies a character that is not currently displayed on the graphical keyboard, wherein the identified character has a phonetic relationship to the one or more keyboard characters selected by the touch input, and wherein the identified character is different from the one or more keyboard characters selected by the touch input; and generating for display, on an output device of the computing device, the identified character.04-05-2012
20120081289KEYBOARD FILLING ONE SCREEN OR SPANNING MULTIPLE SCREENS OF A MULTIPLE SCREEN DEVICE - Methods and devices for presenting a virtual keyboard are provided. More particularly, in connection with a multiple screen device, a virtual keyboard can be presented in a first mode using all of one of the screens. In a second mode, the virtual keyboard can be presented using portions of both of the screens. More particularly, with the screens of the device in a landscape orientation, one screen can be devoted to present the virtual keyboard while the other screen remains available to present other information. In a portrait orientation, the virtual keyboard can span the two screens, such that a first portion of the first screen and a first portion of the second screen operate cooperatively to present the virtual keyboard.04-05-2012
20120081288INPUT DEVICE HAVING KEY TOPS - An operation unit has an operation surface for accepting an input operation. In a plan view, the operation surface has a rectangular contour including a plurality of sides and a plurality of corner portions. When each point at which extensions of adjacent two of the plural sides cross each other is defined as a virtual intersection, and when an intersection at which respective diagonals linking the virtual intersections cross each other is defined as a virtual center, the contour of the corner portion crosses the diagonal that passes through the virtual intersection and the virtual center, at a point between the virtual intersection in the vicinity of the corner portion and the virtual center. The corner portions is a specific corner portion having an intersection with the diagonal at a position closer to the virtual center than the adjacent two corner portions.04-05-2012
20120081287MOBILE TERMINAL AND APPLICATION CONTROLLING METHOD THEREIN - A mobile terminal including a display unit configured to display information related to the mobile terminal; a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with an external application executing device via a wireless communication network; a memory configured to store at least one plug-in data corresponding to a specific application; and a controller configured to execute the plug-in data and to control the specific application to be executed in the external application executing device.04-05-2012
20120081286ALERTING USER TO SHORTCUTS ON COMPUTER - Keypad keys having functions when they are pressed simultaneously with a meta key are backlit or bear indicia indicating the functions. A user interface (UI) can be presented indicating the functions of the keys. A row of special purpose keys user-programmable can be provided with each key invoking a respective application of service.04-05-2012
20120262377ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL PROGRAM OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Operation keys are arranged on a front panel along with a display screen. When an electronic device has a certain state, information indicating the certain state is displayed on the display screen. A dynamic figure is displayed on a region on the display screen corresponding to a position of a specific operation key to be operated at the time of the certain state, among the operation keys.10-18-2012
20120262376MEMBRANE KEYBOARD SCAN CIRCUIT, SCAN METHOD AND KEYBOARD HAVING THE SAME - A membrane keyboard scan circuit, a scan method and a keyboard having the same are provided. A row scan-port circuit of the scan circuit comprises a first and a second select branches corresponding to a first type of the membrane keyboard and a second type of the membrane keyboard respectively. A column scan-port circuit of the scan circuit comprises a fifth switch connected between a power supply voltage and an output port of the row scan-port circuit and a sixth switch connected between a ground line and the output port. The column scan-port circuit performs a scan output process to provide a row-scan timing signal to a key circuit of the membrane keyboard such that one of the first and the second select branches generates a sensing signal when the key circuit is triggered.10-18-2012
20110122067DISPLAY DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR A DISPLAY DEVICE - Provided is display device, including: an operation display section; a layout switching key; and a control section for controlling, based on an operation of the layout switching key, the operation display section to display therein one of a first key layout screen on which characters or symbols that can be input are assigned to a plurality of input keys and a second key layout screen on which the characters or symbols on the first key layout screen are partially assigned to the plurality of input keys, and controlling a plurality of first input keys and a plurality of second input keys to be switched over on the second key layout screen, the plurality of first input keys in order to narrow down the characters or symbols that can be input, the plurality of second input keys being displayed by an operation through one of the plurality of first input keys.05-26-2011
20110122066KEYBOARD HAVING HANDWRITING PAD EMBEDDED THEREIN - A keyboard includes a casing defining a receiving groove therein, a plurality of keys mounted on the casing and a handwriting pad received in the receiving groove of the casing. The casing defines an opening at one side thereof. The opening is communicated with the receiving groove. In the casing, a pair of ribs are formed at two opposite sides of the receiving groove. A sliding groove and a sliding bar engaged with the sliding groove are respectively formed on each of two opposite sides of the handwriting pad and a corresponding one of the pair of ribs. The sliding bar is slidable received in the sliding grooves, and the handwriting pad is slidable in the receiving groove.05-26-2011
20100328217APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING INFORMATION DESIGNATED AS BEING RELEVANT IN AN EMERGENCY - An apparatus is provided that includes a processor and a memory storing executable instructions that in response to execution by the processor cause the apparatus to at least perform a number of operations. These operations may include presenting on a display an indication of information designated as being relevant in an emergency, where the indication is presented associated with a soft key of a keypad, and where the indication is presented without the display also presenting the information. The operations may also include receiving selection of the indication by a user of the apparatus actuating the soft key of the keypad, and presenting on the display the information in response to receiving the selection and without also receiving selection of other keys of the keypad.12-30-2010
20120268382FACILITATING AUTO-COMPLETION OF WORDS INPUT TO A COMPUTER - A solution for auto-completing words being input to a computer is proposed. For this purpose, a user starts inputting a prefix of a target word; the computer tries predicting the target word that is desired, and it completes the prefix automatically (without the need of inputting the entire target word). In the proposed solution, the user also inputs an indication of the length of the target word. In this way, the computer can restrict the words being eligible to complete the prefix (i.e., including it) only to the ones having the desired length. This allows solving any ambiguity with shorter prefixes.10-25-2012
20120326987LIGHT ACTUATOR FOR MOVABLE BUTTONS ON A KEYPAD - A keypad for use in conjunction with a touch-sensitive panel, the keypad including a frame surrounding a touch-sensitive panel, including a plurality of buttons suspended by the frame above the touch-sensitive panel, each of the buttons including a rigid member that is lowered through the frame when pressure is applied from above, and a resilient body attached to the rigid member and to the frame for raising the rigid member when the pressure from above is released, wherein the rigid members are exposed below the frame.12-27-2012
20120326986Keyboard Adaptive Haptic Response - Various embodiments provide a keyboard that adaptively provides haptic feedback to a user. In at least some embodiments, an actuation of a key or keyboard element of the keyboard is detected. This can be accomplished by detecting the closure of an associated switch caused by a user depressing the key or keyboard element. In response to detecting the actuation, an electrically-deformable material is utilized as an actuating mechanism to impart single or multi-vectored movement to the key or keyboard element according to drive parameters. This movement produces a perceived acceleration of the key or keyboard element, thus providing haptic feedback which simulates a “snapover” effect.12-27-2012
20120326983INTEGRATED PROJECTOR - An integrated projector is provided. The integrated projector includes a keyboard, a projector, a data processing unit, and a housing. The data processing unit is electrically connected to the projector to provide information to the projector to project. The housing includes a cover and a base. The cover is attached to the base. The keyboard is fixed on the cover. The base defines a first receiving space to receive the host and a second receiving space to receive a projector. A sidewall further defines an open end communicating with the second receiving space. The projector is capable of moving out of or into of the second receiving space through the open end.12-27-2012
20120326985DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR A KEYBOARD, FOR DATA OR COMMAND ENTRY - A device, in particular a keyboard, for data or command entry is disclosed. The device is suitable for entering data or commands into an electronic processing system, in particular, into an electronic system or apparatus for controlling a respective installation, such as an entertainment centre such as a bowling centre.12-27-2012
20120268379ILLUMINATED KEY SHEET - To provide a technique which involves a key sheet integrally including a light guide sheet and having a plurality of illumination areas, the technique preventing light leakage from the boundary between the individual illumination areas and providing high durability against a repeated pressing operation. A mask layers cover the opening edges of slits of a light guide sheet on the operation surface side. The mask layers can prevent emission of light from the openings of the slits to the outside, the light having leaked from the end faces of the light guide sheet, and the end faces forming the slits. A front sheet and a back side cover can enhance the durability of a base sheet, the front sheet adhering to the light guide sheet so as to cover the slits.10-25-2012
20120268377KEYBOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - A keyboard for an electronic device includes a main body, a test indicator positioned on an outside surface of the main body, and an interface electrically connected to both the main body and the test indicator. Both the main body and the test indicator are electrically connected to a main board of an electronic device through the interface. The electronic device can be operated using the keyboard, and the test indicator indicates the working status of the electronic device.10-25-2012
20120268380TOUCH SENSOR KEYPAD WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK MECHANISMS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE SAME - An electronic device includes an input module, which has a plurality of first keys, a plurality of second keys, a first vibration element and a second vibration element. When any one of the first keys is pressed or touched, the first vibration element vibrates accordingly; and when any one of the second keys is pressed or touched, the second vibration element vibrates accordingly thereby providing a tactile feedback to a user.10-25-2012
20120268376VIRTUAL KEYBOARDS AND METHODS OF PROVIDING THE SAME - The present disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for providing virtual keyboards. In one aspect, a system includes a camera, a display, a video feature extraction module and a gesture pattern matching module. The camera captures a sequence of images containing a finger of a user, and the display displays each image combined with a virtual keyboard having a plurality of virtual keys. The video feature extraction module detects motion of the finger in the sequence of images relative to virtual sensors of the virtual keys, and determines sensor actuation data based on the detected motion relative to the virtual sensors. The gesture pattern matching module uses the sensor actuation data to recognize a gesture.10-25-2012
20120268381SPELL-CHECK FOR A KEYBOARD SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC CORRECTION - User input is received, specifying a continuous traced path across a keyboard presented on a touch sensitive display. An input sequence is resolved, including traced keys and auxiliary keys proximate to the traced keys by prescribed criteria. For each of one or more candidate entries of a prescribed vocabulary, a set-edit-distance metric is computed between said input sequence and the candidate entry. Various rules specify when penalties are imposed, or not, in computing the set-edit-distance metric. Candidate entries are ranked and displayed according to the computed metric.10-25-2012
20110216008Multi-Layer Integral Keypad - A multi-layer integral keypad (09-08-2011
20120326984FEATURES OF A DATA ENTRY SYSTEM - A data entry system, having an input interface adapted to identify a plurality of user interactions. The system includes a processor adapted to associate user interactions identified by the input interface with a plurality of letters of the alphabet, such that all the letters of the alphabet are assigned to at most eight user interactions. Most of the letters are assigned to specific user interactions according to one or more features of their shape in their printed form, such that most of the letters assigned to each user interaction have the same shape feature.12-27-2012
20110227833DISPLAY AND OPERATOR CONTROL APPARATUS - The invention relates to a display and operator control apparatus having a touch-sensitive screen and a signal processing unit with the following features: an interface unit for receiving display data and for sending position data captured on the touch-sensitive screen, means for processing display data from a first display object which represents a screen keypad with screen keypad elements, means for assigning the position data captured to a keypad element on the screen keypad, where means are provided for converting the position data into keypad code data and vice versa, such that the interface unit can be used in a screen keypad mode, in which the screen keypad can be shown on the display unit, to send the keypad code data, and that the position data are sent in a non-keypad mode in which the screen keypad cannot be shown on the display unit.09-22-2011
20110227830Method and apparatus for safe disconnection of external devices from a computer - An apparatus for safely disconnecting and reconnecting an external device from a computer system comprises a key of keyboard, key-like button in any location in the computer system and internal software process recognizing specific patterns of key strokes resulting from distinctive software capability. More specifically, the access means to the processing of the safely disconnecting and reconnecting an external device comprises a single key stroke, which results in the display of list of selectable external devices comprising apparatus capable of being physically removed is described. More simplified means in terms of minimal key strokes and the choice of the subsequent operations for specific usage are illustrated. A new method for interpreting multiple strokes of the same key is invented.09-22-2011
20120319957TRANSACTION TERMINAL COMPRISING A VIEW SHIELD - A transaction terminal is provided. The transaction terminal comprises a display configured to present information to a user of the terminal, a keypad which is separate from the display and configured to receive input from the user, and a view shield. The view shield is arranged to prevent a view of at least a part of the keypad in a first direction, and allow a view through the view shield of at least a part of the display in a second direction, wherein the second direction is different from the first direction.12-20-2012
20100231520INFORMATION EXCHANGE DEVICE - The present invention provides an information exchange device contains the outside framework, the front panel and the back panel, a vacant space is formed inside of the outside framework. In the vacant space, a control circle is disposed which includes a micro-control unit with the control procedure inside, a batter unit connected with the micro-control unit, a keyboard unit connected with the input of the micro-control unit, a RF unit having a two-way communication links with the Micro-control unit, an antenna unit connected with the RF unit and used for receiving and sending at the working frequency of 2.45 GHz, a LCD display unit 09-16-2010
20100231518Keyboard having multi-axis balance touch keys - A keyboard having multi-axis balance touch keys and particularly a keyboard equipped with touch keys aims to provide steady depressing operation. Each touch key includes a depressible plate, a contact switch, a base and a plurality of balance elements. The balance elements are arranged in two different axial directions and latched respectively on first retaining elements located on the depressible plate and second retaining elements located on the base. The first and second retaining elements have respectively at least one horizontal slot to allow the balance elements to slide therein parallel with the depressible plate. Thus downward depressing forces can be evenly distributed and a steady depressing movement is achieved wherever the touch keys is depressed. Swaying of the touch keys can be prevented and correct output signals can be delivered from the keyboard.09-16-2010
20110248922ADAPTIVE KEYBOARD LIGHT PILLAR - An input device includes a display device configured to selectively modulate light to produce a changeable display image. The input device also includes a keyboard assembly disposed over the display device and including one or more depressible keys. Each depressible key includes a keycap having a light transmissive window; a light pillar between the keycap and the display device; and a light-turning layer between the light pillar and the keycap.10-13-2011
20110260978TRANSPARENT KEYBOARD ASSEMBLY WITH UNDERLYING DISPLAY DEVICE - The disclosure provides for a computer peripheral having a keyboard assembly situated over a display device that produces images which are viewable through the keyboard assembly. The keyboard assembly has a plurality of keys, each of which includes a keycap and a mechanical understructure that is at least partially transparent. The mechanical understructure is disposed between the keycap and the display device to guide reciprocating movement of the keycap toward and away from the display device. In some embodiments, the mechanical understructure may have a non-oblique planar configuration, in which a majority of its surface area is composed of planar surfaces that are parallel or perpendicular to the underlying display device.10-27-2011
20110267273METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TOUCH SCREEN TEXT ENTRY - A method and system are disclosed for implementing touch screen text entry on a screen in a first orientation. A web page is used for presenting a touch screen display, which allows text selection via a virtual keyboard. Selected alphanumeric characters are displayed on the screen in an orientation matching the first orientation of the screen.11-03-2011
20120319956EAVESDROPPING RESISTANT TOUCHSCREEN SYSTEM - An eavesdropping-resistant touchscreen system suitable for use by visually impaired users, the system including a visual eavesdropping-resistant security layer for restricting viewability of visually sensible indicia to within a relatively narrow limited field of view and a tactile layer providing a plurality of preferably selectably actuable tactile indicia at least one of which is associated with the visually sensible indicia.12-20-2012
20110291938TOUCH-TYPE TRANSPARENT KEYBOARD - A touch-type transparent keyboard includes a touch screen, a transparent plate, and a light module. The touch screen is located on the transparent plate. The light module is located at a side of the transparent plate. When the light from the light module shines on the key icons and the key icons are displayed.12-01-2011
20120092263HAPTIC KEYBOARD FEATURING A SATISFYING TACTILE KEYPRESS EXPERIENCE - Described herein are techniques related to a haptic keyboard that features a satisfying tactile keypress experience. Using active tactile feedback (i.e., haptics) via its keys, one or more of the described example keyboards simulates the feel of a snap-over keypress of conventional keys, such as that of a rubber-dome keyboard. With its haptics, one or more of the described example keyboards feel like—through the user's fingers on keycaps—keys having the non-linear force/displacement characteristics of the snap-over of conventional keys. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.04-19-2012
20120092262INPUT DEVICE AND INPUT METHOD - Provided are an input device including at least one key to which a plurality of symbols are allocated, and a method of determining a symbol input by a user in the input device. The method includes tracking a plurality of input objects, receiving a key input from any one of the plurality of input objects, and determining a symbol input by a user on the basis of a relative position, which is a position of the input object in the input objects, of the input object that has generated the key input and the input key. Accordingly, it is possible to output different symbols using one key according to relative positions of an input object that has generated a key input, so that a desired symbol can be easily input through a small input device.04-19-2012
20120092261INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus including a display controller that controls a display to display a keyboard, an interface that receives position information corresponding to a user input detected at a user interface, and a processor that determines that the received position information corresponds to a first determination region of a first key of the displayed keyboard and expands a second determination region of a second key based on the determining.04-19-2012
20120092260SERIES-PARALLEL COMBINATION CIRCUIT OF ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD - A series-parallel combination circuit of an illuminated keyboard including a plurality of key zones, the series-parallel combination circuit comprising a plurality of circuit blocks arranged electrically in parallel, each circuit block comprising at least one resistor and at least one LED arranged electrically in series and corresponding to one of the key zones for illumination thereto. The series-parallel combination circuit can render an uniform illumination on the illuminated keyboard.04-19-2012
20120092259TOUCHPAD KEYBOARD WITH ELECTRONIC PAPER DISPLAY - A touchpad keyboard includes a microprocessor; a touchpad module comprising a flexible, rectangular, optically transmissive touchpad and a touchpad controller electrically interconnecting the touchpad and the microprocessor; and an electronic paper (e-paper) display module comprising a flexible, rectangular e-paper display disposed under the touchpad, and an e-paper display controller electrically interconnecting the e-paper display and the microprocessor. The e-paper display includes a plurality of selection keys, each selection key being adapted to cause the microprocessor to access one of a plurality of keyboard layout pages to display on the e-paper display in response to pressing thereon.04-19-2012
20120287048DATA INPUT METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING TOUCHSCREEN - A data input method and apparatus for a mobile terminal having a touchscreen. The data input method includes: displaying, upon activation of a data input menu, a data input field; displaying a completed input zone providing at least one already entered data item and displaying a combination input zone providing numeric and character keys; and entering, when data is selected using one of the completed input zone and the combination input zone, the selected data in the data input field.11-15-2012
20120287049GRAVITY SENSING INPUT SYSTEM, GRAVITY SENSING INPUT METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF - A gravity sensing input system, a gravity sensing input method and an electronic device thereof are proposed. The gravity sensing input system includes a gravity sensor, an input module, a processing module and an output module. The gravity sensor detects a gravitational acceleration of the electronic device tilted towards a direction. The input module includes a plurality of input interfaces, where each one of the input interfaces corresponds to a plurality of letters, and the input module receives an input signal through one of the input interfaces. The processing module calculates an inclined angle between the electronic device and a reference plane according to the gravitational acceleration, and determines which one of the letters is selected according to the inclined angle and the input interface corresponding to the received input signal. Additionally, the output module outputs the letter selected by the processing module.11-15-2012
20100207888SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING A KEYBOARD WITH A TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY - A system and method is introduced for using a physical keyboard with a computing device that has a display which may be a touch sensitive display. In the preferred embodiment the keyboard may be situated on top of the display covering part of the display or rotated behind the display allowing the entire display to be used. When the keyboard is placed over part the display the computing device automatically resizes the displayed information according to the visible part of the display and when the keyboard is rotated to the back of the device the computing device resizes the displayed information to make use of the entire display. The preferred embodiment provides a natural intuitive way to use a physical keyboard with a touch screen device in a similar manner to the operation of virtual keyboards on such devices.08-19-2010
20100207887One-handed computer interface device - The one-handed computer interface device is a computer input device that allows the user to input a full range of computer commands using only one hand. The one-handed computer interface device includes a housing having opposed upper and lower surfaces and at least one side surface. The upper surface of the housing is divided into a plurality of finger regions, with each finger region being adapted for receiving one of the user's fingers. Similarly, a thumb region is further defined on the at least one side surface, with the thumb region being adapted for receiving the user's thumb. A plurality of sets of finger tip sensors and a set of thumb tip sensors are respectively positioned within each finger region and the thumb region. In use, actuation of one of the finger tip and thumb tip sensors generates a command signal corresponding to actuation of a computer key.08-19-2010
20130009875THREE-DIMENSIONAL COMPUTER INTERFACE - Techniques are disclosed relating to a three-dimensional computer interface. In one embodiment, an apparatus is disclosed that includes a camera and a proximity sensor. The camera is configured to capture an image that includes an object. In some embodiments, the proximity sensor is configured to perform a measurement operation that includes determining only a single distance value for the object. The apparatus is configured to calculate a location of the object based on the captured image and the single distance value. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to determine a motion of the object by calculating a plurality of locations of the object. In some embodiments, the apparatus is configured to identify the object as a user's hand, and to control a depiction of content on a display based on the determined path of motion for the user's hand.01-10-2013
20100177045Fixing Structure for Rackmount Keyboard Drawer - A structure for fixing a keyboard in a slidable support of a rack for industrial computers is disclosed. A preferred embodiment includes a seat and a keyboard. There is an embedding recess for receiving the keyboard in the seat. A side of the keyboard is provided with an output port for connecting with a connecting port of the seat, and an electric connection is established between the two ports by a pressing element exerting pressure over them. The two ports are located in a depression being closely adjacent to one side of the embedding recess. The depression can be selectively covered by a panel.07-15-2010
20130016042HAPTIC DEVICE WITH TOUCH GESTURE INTERFACE - A haptic device may allow a user to explore the tactile sensations associated with information being displayed on a display. This methodology can be referred to as a “hold-and-feel” mode. The user may first perform a gesture to inform the device to hold the display stationary, in order to explore the information, instead of scrolling or panning the information on the display. For example, to enter the “hold-and-feel” mode, a user may press one finger on the side of the screen to lock the information content with respect to the screen so that the display contents are no longer moved as the user slides another finger over the screen. In a haptic device that supports tactile sensory stimulation, this “hold-and-feel” mode allows the user to feel one or more objects or elements (e.g., a link or image) on the screen, for example, as variations of surface texture.01-17-2013
20110141025METHOD FOR OPERATING MOBILE DEVICE AND TOUCH-CONTROLLED MOBILE DEVICE - The present invention discloses a method for operating a mobile device. The mobile device includes a keyboard and a display module. The keyboard includes a touch sensor and a control module connected to the touch sensor and the display module. The display module is used for displaying a round display area. The round display area has predetermined icons disposed in a circular arrangement in the round display area. The method comprises the steps of: touching the keyboard to perform a slide on the keyboard; the touch sensor detecting the slide on the keyboard for generating movement information according to the slide; and the control module enabling selecting one of the icons in the round display area according to the movement information.06-16-2011
20130021249USER VALIDATION USING IMAGES - A method of validating a user, comprises the steps of: storing for a user data representative of a validation code for the user comprising a combination of symbols selected from a set of symbols; presenting a displayed image including a plurality of designatable areas in which said set of symbols is distributed between said designatable areas such that each designatable area contains a plurality of said symbols; varying the image between subsequent presentations such that the distribution of said symbols between said designatable areas changes between subsequent presentations, validating a user in an validation routine by detecting designation by a user of a combination of said designatable areas in a presented image, and determining whether the combination of designated designatable areas contains the combination of symbols making up the validation code for said user.01-24-2013
20130021250METHOD AND HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING AND SELECTING DIACRITICS - A handheld electronic device includes a keypad having up plurality of keys and a selection member; a display component; and a processor cooperating with the keypad and the display component to provide a display at the display component. The display includes a first representation of a plurality of the keys, and at least one of: (a) a second representation of an activated one of the input members (b) a third representation including a plurality of diacritics disposed about an activated one of the input members, and (c) a fourth representation including a plurality of diacritics disposed about an activated one of the input members, and a direction of selection between the activated one of the input members and one of the diacritics. The processor cooperates with the selection member to adjust the direction of selection, and select one of the diacritics for display by the display component.01-24-2013
20130021254ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM UTILIZING A CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A character input method is implemented in a device with a plurality of keys. If a key is activated by a first operation matching a first input pattern, a first route is selected to traverse a plurality of characters corresponded by the key during presentation of the plurality of characters. If the first key is activated by a second operation matching a second input pattern, the plurality of characters corresponded by the first key are orderly retrieved and presented according to a second route in response to operations on the first key. The order for presenting two characters corresponded by the first key in the first route is reversed in the second route.01-24-2013
20130021255ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM UTILIZING A CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A character input method is implemented in a device with a plurality of keys. If a key is activated by a first operation matching a first input pattern, a first route is selected to traverse a plurality of characters corresponded by the key during presentation of the plurality of characters. If the first key is activated by a second operation matching a second input pattern, the plurality of characters corresponded by the first key are orderly retrieved and presented according to a second route in response to operations on the first key. The order for presenting two characters corresponded by the first key in the first route is reversed in the second route.01-24-2013
20130021257KEYBOARD FOR DYNAMIC DISPLAY AND A SYSTEM COMPRISING THE KEYBOARD - The invention relates to a dynamic display keyboard comprising a plurality of key elements, each key element comprises a transmitting part capable of transmitting at least a part of light incident on the transmitting part; an elastic mat comprising a plurality of elevated elements capable of providing a tactile feedback and providing passage of light through the elevated elements; wherein each key element is fixedly connected to at least one respective elevated element; wherein an elevated element provides the tactile feedback in response to a user action directed against a respective key element fixedly connected to the respective elevated element; wherein the light provided to a transmitting part defines a visual value of the corresponding key element; and wherein the elastic mat is positioned between the display and the plurality of key elements.01-24-2013
20130021256MOBILE TERMINAL WITH TOUCH PANEL FUNCTION AND INPUT METHOD FOR SAME - A mobile terminal with touch panel function includes: a display section, a touch panel section, and a controller. The touch panel section identifies a location on the screen of the display section that a user has touched. The controller identifies a touched key by collating the location identified by the touch panel section and a location of each key of the keyboard displayed on the screen of the display section, the controller controls a display state of the keys of the keyboard displayed on the screen of the display section in such a manner as to make the display state of keys having a low probability of being touched by the user and the display state of keys having a high probability of being touched by the user differ from each other.01-24-2013
20130021251ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM UTILIZING A CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A character input method is implemented in a device with a plurality of keys. If a key is activated by a first operation matching a first input pattern, a first route is selected to traverse a plurality of characters corresponded by the key during presentation of the plurality of characters. If the first key is activated by a second operation matching a second input pattern, the plurality of characters corresponded by the first key are orderly retrieved and presented according to a second route in response to operations on the first key. The order for presenting two characters corresponded by the first key in the first route is reversed in the second route.01-24-2013
20130021248DATA INPUT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A TOUCH SENSOR INPUT - A data input system for a touch sensor input identifies words input as a set of points by a user. The intended word is identified by determining an origin and points associated with letters on a log polar coordinate system. The log distances and angles of the points are then compared to log distances and angles for known words stored in a computer memory. The known word having the log distances and angles that most closely match the input points is identified as the intended word.01-24-2013
20120242580INPUT DEVICE - An input device including a touch panel, and a control circuit which is electrically coupled to the touch panel and which determines a pressing force on the touch panel. When the pressing force is not larger than a predetermined first value, the control circuit sets the touch panel to an input state; when the pressing force is larger than the first value and not larger than a predetermined second value, the control circuit sets the touch panel to a standby state; and when the pressing force is larger than the second value, the control circuit decides an input to the touch panel and sets the touch panel to the input state.09-27-2012
20080246733TV interface control system and method with automatic text entry - An automatic text entry system and method is disclosed which automatically displays a text entry menu on a TV in response to opening a remote control having an internal concealed keyboard. One of plural text entry modes may also be automatically selected based on past text entry mode selections or current viewing mode.10-09-2008
20080246731Backside Control Utility, BCU. - Backside Control Utility, BCU, is disclosed. Invention is an innovative way of BCU touchpad and keyboard in various applications as backside control utility, meaning locating touchpad and keyboard at a back of various hosting devices such as cellular phones, Tablet PCs, laptops, portable displays, portable music players and others. Invention can be embedded into a hosting device at manufacturing stage as BCU touchpad and keyboard components at the back of hosting device. BCU platform of BCU components, allows invention to be attached to any hosting device on the back. Invention comprises custom or universal attachment system, that allow BCU platform to be attached to the back of any device via universal attachment system, or to a specific device via custom attachment system. Invention is connected to a hosting device via wired and wireless connection. Navigating BCU responds to a regular cursor or text entry navigation. Invention, however, is used in single handed or dual handed navigation. Single handed navigation, mainly for BCU touchpad navigation, allows user to hold a mobile hosting device with a single hand and navigate BCU touchpad with a finger of the same hand. In dual handed navigation, user holds hosting device or BCU standalone platform with palms of both hands and navigates BCU keyboard or BCU touchpad with fingers other than thumbs. BCU emulation allows to emulate BCU on any touchscreen and use it in various applications. In one variation of invention, BCU dual display device is disclosed, comprising of at least one touchscreen with BCU emulation, and two displays at frond and back.10-09-2008
20080231602Electronic Apparatus - An electronic apparatus 20 of the present invention includes operating means 220, control means 221, attitude detecting means 222, and assignment changing means 223. The operating means 220 has a plurality of keys capable of being operated independently from each other. The control means 221 performs predetermined operations different from each other assigned to the plurality of keys when the keys are operated. The attitude detecting means 222 performs attitude detection of the operating means 220. The assignment changing means 223 performs assignment changing processing for changing the assignment of the predetermined operations to be performed by the control means 221 to at least a part of the plurality of keys based on the detection results performed by the attitude detecting means 222.09-25-2008
20130169540Moving virtual keyboard - A method for identifying user inputs is invented. A transparent virtual keyboard moves like a pointer when a user drags one finger on the lower right corner of a touch screen. The user moves the virtual keyboard so that an intended symbol moves into the text prompt of a textbox. Then, the user either moves the virtual keyboard to opposite direction or taps the lower left corner of the touch screen to enter the symbol into the textbox. The transparent virtual keyboard enables the user to interact with the current application.07-04-2013
20130169542METHOD FOR UNLOCKING TERMINAL DEVICE AND TERMINAL DEVICE - A method for unlocking a terminal device and a terminal device are provided. When a terminal device is in lock mode, the terminal device obtains a rhythm with which a user taps the terminal device, and if the obtained rhythm is a preset unlock rhythm, the terminal device is enabled to perform an unlock operation.07-04-2013
20110273373KEY STRUCTURE OF OPERATION SECTION OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - There is provided a key structure of an operation section of an electronic device that can avoid an occurrence of operational errors of erroneously pressing down an operation key and can reliably secure a large area for input operations and for indicating information. The key structure of the operation section of the electronic device having a plurality of the operation keys 11-10-2011
20110273372MOBILE DEVICE WITH UNIQUE FEATURES - A mobile device having a translucent screen that is the size of the mobile device and a full size keyboard having a left side member, a center member, and a right side member. When the keyboard is open, the center member is slidably attached to the front of the mobile device screen where the left member is slidably or foldably attached to the left side of the center member and the right member is slidably or foldably attached to the right side of the center member. When the keyboard is not in use, it is stored under the screen of the mobile device with the left member located under the center member and the right member located over the center member. To use the keyboard, a user slides the folded keyboard out from beneath the screen and opens the keyboard to its full size by sliding or unfolding the left and right side members about the center member.11-10-2011
20110273371FUEL DISPENSER - A system and method for displaying information at a fuel dispenser comprises an electrophoretic display that may be configured to operate in low temperature environments. The fuel dispenser may comprise a keypad located beneath the electrophoretic display in order to present a graphical user interface to a customer and receive the customer's selections. The fuel dispenser may comprise additional electrophoretic displays to present additional information to the consumer.11-10-2011
20130176225KEYPAD MOUSE COMPUTER PERIPHERAL DEVICE - A keypad mouse computer peripheral device of the present disclosure includes a housing on top of which is located a keypad having a number keypad. The input device has at least one clicker button operable by a user's thumb while the user's hand rests on a provided palm rest or wrist rest. Force exerted by the base or palm portion of an operating hand moves the present input device which permits the index, middle and ring fingers to be located on the 4, 5, 6 key positions of the number keypad. This maintenance of the resting or home position even while the user is engaged in movement of the present keypad mouse permits easy and fast entry of numbers. A position sensor on the bottom surface of the housing of the disclosed keypad mouse detects relative location information for positional information input for a computer's graphical user interface.07-11-2013
20130176227Intelligent Touchscreen Keyboard With Finger Differentiation - Implementations of the present disclosure include actions of displaying a plurality of keys on a touchscreen of a computing device, receiving user input to the touchscreen, the user input including a contact with the touchscreen, in response to receiving the user input, determining spatial information associated with the contact and generating an image of the contact, determining an output based on the image and the spatial information, and executing the output.07-11-2013
20080218482Input apparatus - The invention provides an input apparatus, which includes a signal-scanning line, a plurality of signal-outputting lines, an output end, and a plurality of first keys. In addition, the signal-scanning line has a first signal level, whereas each of the signal-outputting lines has a second signal level. Moreover, the output end is coupled with each of the signal-outputting lines and determines a key code based on the signal level of the signal-outputting lines. Furthermore, each of the first keys has at least three contacts, one of which is coupled with the signal-scanning line, and the others are selectively coupled with the signal-outputting lines. Particularly, when one of the first keys is pressed, the contacts and signal-outputting lines corresponded to the pressed first keys has the first signal level.09-11-2008
20080218481APPARATUS HAVING LIQUID CRYSTAL TOUCH PANEL AND OPERATION KEYS - In one embodiment, the present invention provides an apparatus having a liquid crystal touch panel and operation keys, the liquid crystal touch panel displaying display buttons, and the operation keys being outside of the liquid crystal touch panel, and the display buttons of the liquid crystal touch panel and the operation keys being operated together, in which the liquid crystal touch panel, on a screen, displays display contents that differ from each other such that the display contents can be viewed from two directions that differ from each other, and such that display buttons on the screen of the liquid crystal touch panel when viewed from one direction and operation keys used with the display buttons are near each other, the display buttons are disposed on the screen, or the operation keys are disposed relative to the liquid crystal touch panel.09-11-2008
20080218480Display and Keypad Assembly and Mobile Telephone That Includes Said Assembly - Assembly suitable for applying to appliances that are used with one hand, which includes a casing (09-11-2008
20080218479Device Having a Joystick Keypad - A device includes a display for displaying images relating to the operation of the device and a controller for controlling the display. The controller includes a layered menu structure and a joystick for moving a cursor in menus and making selections. The device further includes a function key. The controller is configured to command display of a minimenu of soft keys in response to operation of the function key. The soft keys are selectable by means of the joystick. The function key may include two function keys or a multipole key or another joystick. A special menu of soft keys is presented when the user activates a function key. The soft keys are selected via the joystick.09-11-2008
20130135210APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ARRANGING A KEYPAD IN WIRELESS TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for arranging a keypad in a wireless terminal, and more particularly, to an apparatus and method for arranging a keypad in a wireless terminal to conveniently perform a key input in the wireless terminal, the apparatus including: a display unit for displaying the keypad in at least one of a right and left side on a screen of the display unit in a horizontal mode of the wireless terminal; and a controller for controlling the display unit to display the keypad in the right and/or left side on the screen of the display unit in the horizontal mode of the wireless terminal.05-30-2013
20130135207CAPACITIVE SENSING KEYBOARD - A novel capacitive sensing keyboard allows for keypads to be easily changed for repair or reconfiguration purposes. The keypads can be made of a deformable and resilient material, such as an elastomer, which can provide tactile feedback to a user and which are relatively inexpensive to manufacture. An array of overlying pairs of driver elements and sense elements are located adjacent the keypad and changes in the dielectric value of materials about the driver/sense element pairs are detected when a key on the keypad is pressed by a user. These detected changes are processed in view of a defined key map to determine which key or keys have been pressed by the user.05-30-2013
20130176226METHOD, APPARATUS, AND TERMINAL DEVICE FOR GENERATING SOFT KEYBOARD - A method, an apparatus, and a terminal device for generating a soft keyboard used to improve the generality of the terminal device are disclosed by the present invention. The method includes: receiving a request for realizing a customized soft keyboard; generating a shape profile of the soft keyboard according to shape information of the soft keyboard in the request; determining an identifier code corresponding to a button function event in the request according to a stored corresponding relationship between the function event and the identifier code, and generating a function information profile of the soft keyboard according to the determined identifier code; and generating the customized soft keyboard according to the shape profile and the function information profile.07-11-2013
20130113706MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal including a case; a touch key mounted in a predetermined portion of the case and configured to generate touch type input data; a light source arranged on a back side of the touch key and configured to emit light; and a light diffusion unit configured to diffuse the light emitted from the light source and provide a backlight to the touch key. Further, the light diffusion unit includes a light guide part configured to guide the light emitted by the light source; an air gap arranged on the light guide part and configured to diffuse the light provided from the light guide part; and a diffuser arranged on the air gap and configured to diffuse the light provided from the air gap towards the touch key.05-09-2013
20130093680INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - A mobile communication terminal that includes a display panel; a first touch panel provided on a surface of the display panel; a second touch panel provided on at least one surface of the mobile communication terminal other than the surface of the display panel; and a controller that controls the display panel based on at least one of a size and number of contacts corresponding to a touch input detected at the second touch panel.04-18-2013
20130113707TOUCH DETECTION FOR A DIGITIZER - A detector for providing position detection of objects over a sensor with a first and second set of conductor lines forming a grid with a plurality of junctions there between at which the conductor lines do not contact, includes a signal generator providing a signal to at least one conductor line of the first set of conductor lines, and circuitry detecting output arising from one or both of an electromagnetic stylus and one or more fingers when present. The output arising from each of the one or more fingers is detected from at least one conductor line of the second set of conductor lines in response to the signal provided to the at least one conductor line of the first set of conductor lines. The circuitry detects positions of one or both the electromagnetic stylus and each of the one or more fingers when present responsive to the output detected.05-09-2013
20130113708METHOD AND APPARATUS ENABLING KEYSTROKE ACCELERATION - A method enabling keystroke acceleration includes: receiving a signal indicating a key is kept pressing; obtaining a current acceleration start time; perform an operation corresponding to the key pressed when the current acceleration start time arrives, judging whether the key is still being pressed; performing the step of obtaining the current acceleration start time when the key is still being pressed. The apparatus includes: a receiving module, an obtaining module, a first processing module and a second processing module. According to the present invention, after a signal indicating a key is kept pressed, a current acceleration start time is obtained, and the keystroke is responded when the current acceleration start time arrives. Therefore, the user does not have to press a key repeatedly, and the key operation can be automatically performed, which reduces the number of keystrokes needed and makes the operation simpler and less time-consuming.05-09-2013
20130100027PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a casing, a display module and at least one ouch input module. The display module is disposed on the casing and has a display surface. The touch input module is disposed on the casing and located below the display module with respect to the display surface.04-25-2013
20130100025SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING USER COMMAND FROM GAZE DIRECTION - In one embodiment of the present invention, a computer-implemented method for obtaining a command of a user includes capturing an image of the eyes of a user. The coordinates of a glint center point and the coordinates of an eye center point are calculated from the image. The gaze direction of the user is calculated from the coordinates of a glint center point and the coordinates of an eye center point to determine a corresponding command.04-25-2013
20130100026Proximity Screen Display and User Interface - A communication device is disclosed that includes a proximity screen display that includes one or more imaging elements that are configured and arranged around a periphery of a display area of the proximity screen display and/or integrated within the display area. The one or more integrated imaging elements are configured and arranged to sense light in their field of view. The one or more integrated imaging elements provide one or more various sensing signals whose magnitudes depend upon an amount of light sensed in their field of view. The communication device can adjust various parameters of video data and/or image data that is being displayed by the display area in response to the various sensing signals.04-25-2013
20130120272Device, Methods, and User Interface for Providing Optimized Entry of Alphanumeric Text - The present invention includes a device, method, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text. In one form, a method for providing selectable characters within a user interface includes determining an operating mode of a communication device and receiving an input associated with a selected input key. The method determines a group of characters associated with the selected key based on the operating mode and displays the group of characters within the user interface. The user interface may display a first character of the group of characters within a first portion of the user interface and the group of characters proximal to the first character within a second portion of the user interface.05-16-2013
20130120270ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE - The present invention discloses an electronic device having a first control section that outputs a predetermined signal to one of plurality of first lines according to the instructions input from operation keys, an output signal setting section that is connected to the first control section via the first lines to specify a voltage value based on the signal input from the first lines, and a second control section that identifies a predetermined process corresponding to the instruction received by the first control section based on the voltage value specified by the output signal setting section and then executes the process.05-16-2013
20130120269DESKTOP FOR A COMPUTER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SAME - A desktop to be used in combination with a computer comprising a keyboard is disclosed, the desktop comprising an horizontal display comprising an interface for connecting the horizontal display to the computer and a display signal generating unit for generating a display signal to be provided to the horizontal display via the interface, the display signal for causing the horizontal display to display an indication of a zone on which the keyboard is to be positioned by a user and at least one element, wherein the at least one element is generated according to a context.05-16-2013
20130127727E-BOOK READER FOR DISABLED INDIVIDUALS - An electronic device suitable to read textual materials thereon for disabled individuals includes a device having a size less than 12 inches by 12 inches, less than 1 inch thick, and includes a front surface with a display suitable for displaying at least one of text and images thereon. The device includes a turn button that when selected selects a page turning duration where a first page of an electronic book is presented on the display and based upon the page turning duration a subsequent page of the electronic book is presented on the display.05-23-2013
20130127724FOLDING ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OPEN AND CLOSED MODES THEREOF - The embodiments of the present invention provide a folding electronic apparatus and a method for detecting open and closed modes thereof. The folding electronic apparatus includes a body and a cover, with a keyboard being disposed on the body and a capacitive touch screen being disposed on the cover. A plurality of metal detection points is disposed on the body. A sensor connected to the capacitive touch screen senses change of a capacitance value resulting from capacitive effect between the plurality of metal detection points and the capacitive touch screen, and determines open and closed modes of the folding electronic apparatus. The embodiments of the present invention detect open and closed modes of a folding electronic apparatus using a sensor connected to a capacitive touch screen by predefining a plurality of metal detection points on a keyboard or physical structure of the folding electronic apparatus.05-23-2013
20130135209DISAMBIGUATING TOUCH-INPUT BASED ON VARIATION IN CHARACTERISTIC SUCH AS SPEED OR PRESSURE ALONG A TOUCH-TRAIL - Disclosed is a method and corresponding apparatus or system for disambiguating touch-input based on variation in a characteristic such as speed or pressure along a touch-trail. A computing system may detect a variation in a characteristic of a touch-trail, such as variation in speed of movement of touch along the touch-trail and/or a variation in pressure of touch along the touch-trail. Based on the detected variation, the computing system may determine an intended touch position represented by the trail, such as a landing position or lifting position for instance. And the computing system may take action based at least in part on that determined touch position.05-30-2013
20130176228TOUCHSCREEN KEYBOARD PREDICTIVE DISPLAY AND GENERATION OF A SET OF CHARACTERS - A communication device includes a display with a layout including key locations with associated characters. The communication device detects an input gesture and determines one or more committed characters based at least in part on a change in the input gesture. The device presents one or more strings on the layout in association with key locations that are selected based at least in part on a relationship between each presented string and non-committed characters of each presented string.07-11-2013
20080204417Multimodal Adaptive User Interface for a Portable Electronic Device - A multimodal electronic device (08-28-2008
20110216006Method for inputting data - The invention relates to a method for inputting data through a keyboard to whose keys individual characters of a character set are assigned, wherein the number of keys is less than the number of characters of the character set and wherein the character set preferably contains punctuation marks. An improvement in operability is accomplished in that sequences of key strokes corresponding to sequences of characters which are impossible or improbable in the context of the data to be input are used for encoding characters or character sequences that are not assigned to a key.09-08-2011
20130100029METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENGLISH KEYPAD AND MOBILE DEVICE USING THE SAME - A method of providing an English letter keypad and a mobile device having the same are provided. The method of providing an English letter keypad of the present disclosure includes generating an English letter keypad, displaying the generated English letter keypad, and receiving an input of a user manipulation using the displayed English letter keypad, and English letters having high use frequencies are placed on the English letter keypad first, and English letters having low use frequencies are placed on the English letter keypad later. By the above, it is possible to significantly reduce the number of typing for inputting English letters, increasing English typing speed and user convenience.04-25-2013
20080198136ULTRA MOBILE PERSONAL COMPUTER - An ultra mobile personal computer includes a monitor, a keyboard apparatus, and a micro-touchpad. The monitor is coupled on the keyboard apparatus such that the monitor could be shifted relatively to the keyboard apparatus to display a keyboard panel built inside. In addition, the micro-touchpad is arranged on the keyboard apparatus.08-21-2008
20110221681PROJECTED AND SECURED VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - The invention relates to a method for inputting a text in a distributed system that comprises a secured device, or server, communicating with at least one electronic device, or terminal. The method makes it possible to prepare an image by associating certain values to areas defining said image. The image is projected to the user who can touch the areas of the images that he wants to select as he would do with the keys of keyboard. The finger movements are analysed and the position of the virtual keys selected by the user is transmitted to the server that establishes a correlation between these positions and the previously associated values.09-15-2011
20110221678Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Creating and Using Duplicate Virtual Keys - A method for duplicating and using virtual keys includes displaying a virtual keyboard that includes a plurality of keys. The method also includes detecting a first input to the device that activates a key cloning mode. The method further includes: while in the key cloning mode, detecting selection of a first key on the virtual keyboard; and in response to detecting selection of the first key, displaying a duplicate of the first key. The method further includes detecting activation of the duplicate of the first key; and, in response to detecting activation of the duplicate of the first key, performing an action in accordance with the first key.09-15-2011
20110227829Keyboard for computer, word processor, or similar - A keyboard is especially configured for ease of use by inexperienced typists, or by the visually impaired, so that these people can more easily use computers and other devices using a keyboard. The improved keyboard includes a display which shows at least the last character typed. Thus, the inexperienced or visually impaired typist, who must look at the keys in a “hunt-and-peck” fashion, also sees in visual unity with the keys the most recently typed character. Importantly, the display is located immediately adjacent to and in visual unity with the most frequently used keys, so that the characters and words that have been most recently typed by the user are in the same visual field and are seen at the same time as the keys which the user is hunting for while typing.09-22-2011
20110241997KEYBOARD HAVING TOUCH INPUT DEVICE - A keyboard having a touch input device includes a keyboard body and a touch input device. The touch input device is disposed on the keyboard body and is used in a digital input mode. The touch input device has a touch pad and a pattern layer. The pattern layer is bonded to a surface of the touch pad, and has a plurality of key indication areas. Each key indication area is corresponding to a key used in the digital input mode, for being recognized and selected by a user. In addition, through a switching module disposed on the keyboard, the digital input mode can be switched to a cursor control mode, a gesture control mode, or a handwriting input mode, thereby achieving a wide range of applications.10-06-2011
20130135211KEYBOARD - A keyboard is disclosed and includes a base plate, a plurality of key structures, a plurality of switches, and a capacitive touch sensing device. Each of the key structures is disposed above the bottom plate and includes a keycap capable of moving up and down relative to the base plate. Each of the switches corresponds to one of the keycaps and is disposed under the corresponding keycap. Each of the keycaps is capable of moving toward the base plate to trigger the corresponding switch. The capacitive touch sensing device is disposed under the key structures, for sensing a touch operation performed on the keycaps. The functionality of the keyboard of the invention therefore improves. The keyboard uses an identical projection area to perform keying and touch operation, which avoids the inconvenience for a user when using both a keyboard and a touchpad in the prior art.05-30-2013
20130147715METHOD OF GRAPHIC ILLUMINATION - A computer system, a display system, a method of graphic illumination is provided to give a user an improved appearance, functionality, and aesthetics. A display system may comprise a housing, a light source, and a plurality of micro perforations. The housing may have an interior surface and an exterior surface. The light source may be located within the housing. The plurality of micro perforations may be disposed to extend from the interior surface to the exterior surface of the housing. The plurality of micro perforations may pass through the housing at different angles with respect to a plane of the exterior surface of the housing.06-13-2013
20130147716Computer Receptacle - A computer receptacle is disclosed herein, including a platform configured to temporarily receive an electronic device having a trough disposed upon a portion thereof, wherein at least a portion of the trough has two substantially parallel walls operatively configured to retain the electronic device therebetween.06-13-2013
20130147717MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, STORAGE MEDIUM AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - A mobile terminal device includes: a display surface; a display control module that displays on the display surface a first input screen with a plurality of character keys which input characters and a second input screen having larger intervals between at least some of adjacent character keys than intervals between all of adjacent character keys of the first input screen, in a switchable manner between the two input screens; and a delete key for deleting a character input by the character key. In this arrangement, the display control module executes control for changing the first input screen to the second input screen based on fulfillment of a condition for changing including deletion of a character by the delete key when the first input screen is displayed on the display surface.06-13-2013
20100289747METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALPHABET INPUT - A method and apparatus for inputting letters by combining basic elements obtained by separating and symbolizing strokes of letters, so as to provide excellent letter intuitiveness and recognition. According to the present invention, a letter may be input by pressing one of or sequentially pressing two of keys to which basic elements u, I, n, ⊂, l, ⊃, 11-18-2010
20120256838PIEZORESISTIVE TYPE TOUCH PANEL; MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF; AND DISPLAY DEVICE, TOUCH PAD, PRESSURE SENSOR, TOUCH SENSOR, GAME CONSOLE AND KEYBOARD HAVING THE PANEL - The present invention relates to a touch panel, more specifically a piezoresistive type touch panel. According to the present invention, it is provided a manufacturing method of a piezoresistive type touch panel, comprising manufacturing a polymer membrane in which a piezoresistive type film pattern, of which resistance varies with applied pressure, is embedded; manufacturing a spacer layer and attaching one side of the spacer layer to a surface of the polymer membrane; and then attaching a bottom substrate to the other side of the spacer layer.10-11-2012
20100309132METHOD OF FAST TYPING TWIN SPECIAL CHARACTERS - A method for inputting characters pairs in an electronic device having a user input device, a display for displaying characters input through the user input device, and a memory for storing characters input through the user input device, including storing a character input through the user input device in the memory and displaying the input character on the display; and determining if the input character is an opening character of a predefined character pair, and if so, automatically and without further user input, causing a corresponding closing character of the predefined character pair to be inserted in the memory and on the display, and locating an input pointer so that subsequently input characters will be inserted between the opening and closing characters in the memory and on the display.12-09-2010
20100309131Electronically Capturing Handwritten Data - A method and apparatus are provided for electronically capturing handwritten data using a computing device having a handwriting capture interface. The method includes detecting a position associated with an actuation of the handwriting capture interface to define a handwritten input, and defining a bounding box encompassing at least a portion of individual strokes of the handwritten input. In addition, the method includes storing the handwritten input and the bounding box.12-09-2010
20100309130CAPACITIVE DATA INPUT DEVICE WITH MECHANICAL TOUCH FEELING - A capacitive data input device with mechanical touch feeling includes a mechanical part and a capacitive sensing part, wherein the mechanical part lies above the capacitive sensing part, the keys in the mechanical part have a one-to-one corresponding relationship with the keypads in the capacitive sensing part, so that the respective keypads in the capacitive sensing part can be triggered by mechanically operating the keys in the mechanical part.12-09-2010
20120274571Matrix Sensor Network and Method for Selecting a Group of Rows and Reading Columns of the Matrix Sensor Network - An apparatus comprising: a sensor network comprising: a first plurality of rows, a second plurality of columns and a third plurality of sensor elements wherein each sensor element is associated with a unique combination of a row and a column but not every unique combination of row and column is associated with a sensor; selection circuitry configured to concurrently select a group of the first plurality of rows; reading circuitry configured to concurrently read columns during a concurrent selection; and control circuitry configured to determine the group of the first plurality of rows that are concurrently selected.11-01-2012
20120274570PORTABLE DISPLAY APPARATUS - Stacked panel housings are stretched to join displays to each other to form a single screen, the stacked panel housings are stretched and two displays are jointed to each other to form a single screen. Horizontal sliding means and vertical moving means can be provided so as to displace the stacked displays to be flush with each other. A portable display device is provided which has at least two panel housings vertically stacked and displays mounted on the panel housings, respectively, in which the displays horizontally slide and then vertically move so as for the displays of the panel housings to be contiguous to each other. When the displays are contiguous to each other, the distance between the displays is in the range of 0.1 mm to 5 mm and a joint between the displays is provided with a lid.11-01-2012
20120274569ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH ENHANCED FEATURES - The invention is aimed at improvement of control variability of an electronic device. An electronic device, comprising a data output display or a data output and input display (O/I display), movable in one or two or more than two sides relative to the electronic device body, wherein when the electronic device takes at least one of spatial positions or when the user releases from the hand the electronic device or when the O/I display is moved or has been moved relative to the electronic device body or when the O/I display is fixed at least in one of spatial positions relative to the electronic device body on the O/I display and/or on the additional display and/or on touch screen display or display of a non-sensor type or partially touch screen display placed under the O/I display are changed layout of image into vertical layout of image and vice versa.11-01-2012
20120274568COMPLETE DIGITAL HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE SENSOR-PROJECTOR COMPUTING UNIT - A hologram projecting system includes a coherent light source for emitting a reference beam onto a real object; and an image sensor for receiving the reference beam and a scattered beam reflected from the real object, and recording a Fourier image of the real object. Also included is a modulator for receiving the Fourier image. The reference beam is passed through the modulator, and configured to interact with the Fourier image to form a virtual image of the real object. The image sensor includes an n×m pixel array, where n and m are numbers of rows and columns, respectively. The modulator includes an n×m pixel array corresponding to the n×m pixel array of the image sensor. The pixels in the n×m pixel array of the image sensor control transmissivity of light in corresponding pixels of the n×m pixel array of the modulator.11-01-2012
20120274567TOUCH-ENABLED INPUT DEVICE - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a touch-enabled input device for a computing system. According to one embodiment, the touch enabled device includes a housing having an input surface and a plurality of identifiable key areas formed along the input surface. The input surface of the device is configured to detect individual presses of each key area in addition to touch-based input from a user.11-01-2012
20120274566COMPUTER WITH REMOVABLE DISPLAY MODULE FOR CONVERSION TO SLATE-TYPE COMPUTER WHILE BEING WIRELESSLY CONTROLLED BY PROCESSOR IN DETACHED KEYBOARD MODULE - A computer includes a keyboard module bearing a key entry device and a processor in the keyboard module. The keyboard module also includes a keyboard transceiver electrically connected to the keyboard processor. The computer further includes a display module bearing a touch sensitive display which is detachably engageable with the keyboard module. A display transceiver electrically connected to the touch sensitive display wirelessly communicates with the keyboard transceiver both when the display module is mechanically engaged mechanically disengaged with the keyboard module.11-01-2012
20120274565Multitasking Portable Computer - A portable computer is provided having a first display panel in a display unit, a second display panel in a base unit, and a keyboard structure requiring less surface area than conventional keyboards. Keyboard keys are at least partially transparent, revealing an underlying display panel. The display panel can display a plurality of icons that may be alternatively associated with each key, such that keyboard input can be achieved using a reduced quantity of keys.11-01-2012
20130181902SKINNABLE TOUCH DEVICE GRIP PATTERNS - Skinnable touch device grip pattern techniques are described herein. A touch-aware skin may be configured to substantially cover the outer surfaces of a computing device. The touch-aware skin may include a plurality of skin sensors configured to detect interaction with the skin at defined locations. The computing device may include one or more modules operable to obtain input from the plurality of skin sensors and decode the input to determine grips patterns that indicate how the computing device is being held by a user. Various functionality provided by the computing device may be selectively enabled and/or adapted based on a determined grip pattern such that the provided functionality may change to match the grip pattern.07-18-2013
20110234498INTERACTIVE DISPLAY WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK - An electronic device including a housing having a first surface and a second surface, and an interactive display having a keyboard-enabled mode and a keyboard-disabled mode. The interactive display includes a first image display device disposed at the first surface that displays image data, and a physical keypad disposed at the second surface that provides tactile feedback to a user only when the interactive display is in the keyboard-enabled mode, the physical keypad being substantially smooth when the interactive display is in the keyboard-disabled mode.09-29-2011
20100315343KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a base and a cover. The base receives a main circuit board therein, and the cover receives a flexible circuit board therein. The flexible circuit board is electrically coupled to the main circuit board and comprises of a plurality of touch areas located thereon. Each touch area is capable of generating electrical signals in the flexible circuit board when touched. The electrical signals are capable of being transmitted to the main circuit board. A plurality of key areas is integrated on the cover respectively corresponding to the touch areas. Each of the key areas is resiliently deformable and capable of touching the corresponding touch area.12-16-2010
20130154940Keyboard, Method of Driving and Assembling the Same, and Electronic Device - A keyboard, a driving method and an assembling method for the keyboard, and an electronic device are described. The keyboard includes a base plate, on which a first magnetic member and a second magnetic member are formed; a keycap, disposed above the base plate; and an X-shaped holder disposed between the base plate and the keycap for supporting the keycap, and a third permanent magnet is provided on the sliding end, wherein the keycap is movable between a first position and a second position lower than the first position along a direction substantially perpendicular to the base plate, and wherein the third permanent magnet is in a position substantially opposite to the second magnetic member when the keycap is in the first position, and the third permanent magnet slides to a position substantially opposite to the first magnetic member when the keycap is in the second position.06-20-2013
20130154941Enhanced Tablet Computer - A tablet computer (06-20-2013
20130154942INPUT DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME - An input device includes a substrate, a key top, a magnet, magnetic sensors, and electromagnetic converters. The substrate includes first and second surfaces. The key top is arranged on a first surface side, slides from a reference position in directions parallel to the substrate, and moves in a perpendicular direction. The magnet is fixed on a substrate side, and moves together with the key top. The magnetic sensors are fixed on the second surface, are respectively arranged apart in different directions parallel to the substrate, and detect a position of the magnet. The electromagnetic converters are fixed on the second surface, are respectively arranged apart in different directions parallel to the substrate, are arranged at positions different from the magnetic sensors, and generate magnetic force in a direction in which the magnet is away from the substrate in the perpendicular direction, in accordance with a supply of electrical power.06-20-2013
20130154937APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CUSTOMIZED KEYBOARD USER INTERFACE - Provided are an apparatus and method for providing customized keyboard user interfaces (UIs) to various users. A terminal device generates keyboard UI request information for requesting keyboard UI data which is to be set in a user input device, transmits the keyboard UI request information to a keyboard UI providing server, receives keyboard UI data determined based on the keyboard UI request information from the keyboard UI providing server, and sets the received keyboard UI data in the user input device.06-20-2013
20130154938COMBINED TOUCHPAD AND KEYPAD USING FORCE INPUT - Methods, systems and devices are described for determining positional information and force information for input objects using an input device. The various embodiments provide improved user interface functionality by detecting positional information and force information at a sensing surface having a configurable sub-region, and operating the input device in either a touchpad mode or a keypad mode based on whether the force information exceeds a threshold value.06-20-2013
20130154939BUTTON KEY ASSEMBLY, OPERATION PANEL, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A button key assembly of an operation panel includes button key units. Each button key unit includes button keys and a frame member. The button keys are arranged corresponding to switches on a substrate provided at the operation panel. The frame member supports the button keys via elastic arm members. The button key units are superposed one over the other to form the button key assembly. At least one of the button key units includes a supporting space having a width sufficient for supporting the button keys via the elastic arm members, and a vacant space disposed adjacent to the supporting space on a side closer to the elastic arm members and having a width narrower than the width of the supporting space. A button key of another button key unit superposed on the at least one button key unit is arranged in the vacant space.06-20-2013
20130187857NEXT LETTER PREDICTION FOR VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - A method including receiving an input of a character from a virtual keyboard displayed on a display, generating one or more sets of predicted input characters based on the input character, wherein each set of predicted input characters corresponds to a subsequent candidate input character, and displaying a visual indication of at least some of the one or more sets of predicted input characters, wherein the visual indication is displayed at keys of the virtual keyboard associated with subsequent candidate input characters corresponding to the sets of predicted input characters.07-25-2013
20130187858VIRTUAL KEYBOARD PROVIDING AN INDICATION OF RECEIVED INPUT - A virtual keyboard providing an indication of received input and method of controlling the same is provided. The method comprises receiving an input of a character from a virtual keyboard displayed on a display, and highlighting a key in the virtual keyboard which corresponds to the input character when the input character belongs to a current set of characters which is incomplete.07-25-2013
20130181903PROTECTION COVER SUPPORT SEAT STRUCTURE FOR TABLET DISPLAY APPARATUS - A protection cover support seat structure for tablet display apparatus includes a support member, a display adjustment seat and a connection assembly. The support member has a first end section and a second end section opposite to the first end section. The display adjustment seat is pivotally connected to the first end section via at least one first pivot member. An engagement locating assembly with elastic engagement function is disposed between the display adjustment seat and the connection assembly. One side of the connection assembly is connectable with the tablet display apparatus. The second end section is pivotally connected with a base seat, which is further pivotally connected with a board body. Accordingly, the tablet display apparatus can be co-used with the board body and rotated and tilted by different angles and supported in an inclined position in adaptation to different use situations and requirements.07-18-2013
20130181904DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FINGER POSITION - A finger position detection device includes a processor; and a memory which stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to execute, detecting a hand region that includes a plurality of fingers from an image captured by an image capturing unit that captures an image of the plurality of fingers from in front of the fingers; dividing a first region that is at least a part of the hand region into a plurality of first cells of a first size and extracting, from each of the plurality of first cells, a first feature value that represents a feature of a position of one of the plurality of fingers in a depth direction with respect to the image capturing unit; dividing a second region that is at least a part of the hand region into a plurality of second cells of a second size.07-18-2013
20130181905APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING INSTANT MESSAGING - An electronic device includes a touch screen, a virtual keyboard projector, and a content projector. When a first touch gesture is detected by the touch screen, the virtual keyboard projector produces a projected virtual keyboard. An input content is obtained through the projected virtual keyboard and transmitted to a remote electronic device through a communication interface. The electronic device receives a messaging content from the remote electronic device. When a second touch gesture is detected by the touch screen, the content projector projects a projected display and presents the messaging content in the projected display. A method of managing instant messaging in the electronic device is also provided.07-18-2013
20090091535Keyboard with touch-sensor space bar - A keyboard is provided with a touch sensor incorporated within a space bar thereof, allowing for cursor manipulation in two dimensions. The keyboard may be a split keyboard having an enlarged space bar. The touch sensor may be operated with the thumb of the user without removal of the user's fingers from the keyboard.04-09-2009
20130120268TOUCHSCREEN KEYBOARD PREDICTIVE DISPLAY AND GENERATION OF A SET OF CHARACTERS - A method including receiving an input of a character from a virtual keyboard rendered on a display, generating a set of characters that includes the character, and displaying the generated set of characters at a location that is associated with the virtual keyboard and that is on the display. An electronic device including a display having a virtual keyboard rendered thereupon and a processor, the processor being configured to perform the method. Also disclosed is a keyboard, including a plurality of keys, each key corresponding to one or more different characters of a plurality of characters, wherein in response to receiving an input of a character, the keyboard is configured to generate a set of characters that includes the character, and the keyboard is further configured to cause display of the generated set of characters at a location associated with the virtual keyboard and that is on the display.05-16-2013
20110304553HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH REDUCED KEYBOARD AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF PROVIDING IMPROVED DISAMBIGUATION WITH REDUCED DEGRADATION OF DEVICE PERFORMANCE - In view of the foregoing, an improved handheld electronic device having a reduced keyboard provides facilitated language entry by making available to a user certain words that a user may reasonably be expected to enter. Incoming data, such as the text of a message, can be scanned for proper nouns, for instance, since such proper nouns might not already be stored in memory and might be expected to be entered by the user when, for example, forwarding or responding to the message. A proper noun can be identified, for instance, on the basis that it begins with an upper case letter. The proper nouns can be stored, for example, in memory that may, by way of further example, be a temporary dictionary.12-15-2011
20110310021USER INPUT DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided herein are a user input device, a display apparatus and a control method thereof. The user input device includes at least one touch sense pad which is divided into a plurality of areas which are separated by a boundary; and at least one switch to receive a user's input by pushing the touch sense pad.12-22-2011
20110310020TOUCH-TYPE TRANSPARENT KEYBOARD - A touch-type transparent keyboard includes a transparent substrate, a keyboard layer, a first insulation layer, a shield layer, a second insulation layer, a position detection layer, a transparent protective layer, and a control module. The keyboard layer and the control module are located on the transparent substrate. The first insulation layer is attached to the keyboard layer. The shield layer is located between the first insulation layer and the second insulation layer. The position detection layer is located between the second insulation layer and the protective layer. The keyboard layer, the shield layer and the position detection layer are electronically connected to the control module.12-22-2011
20110310019RECONFIGURATION OF VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - Various embodiments for configuring a virtual keyboard on a display surface are provided. In one such embodiment, at least one coordinate value mapped to a delimited area of the virtual keyboard, is determined. The at least one coordinate value corresponds to a touch input by the user on the display surface. The at least one coordinate value is compared to at least one historical coordinate value previously obtained for the delimited area. At least one of a location of and the delimited area of the virtual keyboard as projected on the display surface to minimize a change between the at least one coordinate value and the at least one historical coordinate value.12-22-2011
20120019447DIGITAL DISPLAY DEVICE - A method for configuring a digital display device including determining whether a user is viewing the digital display device with a sensor, identifying an amount of ambient light around the digital display device with the sensor, and configuring one or more display settings on the digital display device in response to whether the user is viewing the digital display device and the amount of ambient light identified.01-26-2012
20120019446INTERACTION WITH IME COMPUTING DEVICE - A computer-implemented user interface method is disclosed that includes displaying on a touch screen of a computing device a keyboard defined by a first character set; displaying on the touch screen an electronic canvas on which information corresponding to keys on the keyboard is displayed as a user selects the keys on the keyboard, the information appearing in a second character set that differs from the first character set; generating a candidate area over a front surface of the canvas; and automatically controlling a location of the candidate area as information is added to the canvas so as to move the candidate area away from being over a location on the canvas that is presently, or next to be, a location at which information is added to the canvas.01-26-2012
20120019445KEYBOARD AND INPUT METHOD THEREOF - A keyboard includes a number of buttons, a pedestal, and a processing unit. When sliding on different buttons sequentially by an object such as a figure, the processing unit determines the sliding track and generates signals corresponding to the sliding track to control a cursor displayed on a computer communicating with the keyboard. The keyboard further generates signals to control the computer to execute a left click function and a right click function when an special button is pressed. The present disclosure also provided an input method of the keyboard.01-26-2012
20120019444KEYBOARD WITH MODE-SWITCHING FUNCTION - A keyboard with a mode-switching function is provided. The keyboard includes at least one key, a pressure sensing circuit, an illumination module, a mode-switching program and a controlling unit. The mode-switching program is executable to enable both the pressure sensing circuit and the illumination module, so that the keyboard is operated in a pressure sensitive and luminous mode. The pressure sensing circuit is used for detecting the pressure, and generating a corresponding pressure-strength sensing voltage in response to the pressure. According to the pressure-strength sensing voltage, the illumination module is controlled by the controlling unit to emit either a first light beam or a second light beam.01-26-2012
20130194188APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FACILITATING INPUT AT A SECOND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method includes: receiving, at a processor of a first electronic device, an input indicating an object is proximate to an input device of the first electronic device; determining, at the processor, a location of the object relative to the input device; and sending data for displaying a visual representation of the object relative to the input device at an output device of a second electronic device.08-01-2013
20130194187ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY AND METHOD OF FACILITATING INPUT AT THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method includes displaying keys of a keyboard in a keyboard area on a touch-sensitive display, at least one of the keys being associated with multiple letter characters, the keyboard area located adjacent to a first side of the touch-sensitive display, detecting a touch in a keyboard area of the touch-sensitive display, the touch being associated with a character input, detecting a gesture in a gesture input area of a touch-sensitive display, the gesture area located adjacent to a second side of the touch-sensitive display, the second side opposite to the first side; wherein the gesture is associated with a keyboard-related function at the processor and the keyboard-related function is operable on the character input or a next character input.08-01-2013
20120293416Configuring the Functionality of Control Elements of a Control Device Based on Orientation - A control device controls the functionality of two or more sets of control elements. A processing unit of the control device determines that it is oriented in a first zone or in a second zone based on input received from a magnetometer. The first and second zones are defined with respect to a magnetic reference point and are oriented relative to a controlled device or an electronic device. If the processing unit determines that the control device is oriented in the first zone, the processing unit configures a first functionality for the first set of control elements. If the control device's orientation changes from being oriented in the first zone to being oriented in the second zone, the processing unit configures the first set of control elements with a second functionality.11-22-2012
20120038555Method and Electronic Device With Motion Compensation - A method and electronic device with motion compensation are described. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method for operating an electronic device, comprising: detecting motion of the electronic device; receiving an input signal from an input device of the electronic device; selectively ignoring the input signal received from the input device in response to the detecting.02-16-2012
20130201108PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method includes detecting, on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device, a touch. When no secondary input to the electronic device is detected during the touch, a first function associated with the touch is performed according to a first event handling process. When a secondary input is detected that overlaps at least partially in time with the touch, a second function associated with the touch is performed according to a second event handling process.08-08-2013
20130100028In-Plane Keyboard Illumination - A computer keyboard includes a plurality of keys arranged in a pattern contained within a plane, a webbed structure defining openings for each of the keys, an illumination source, and one or more light pipes positioned along the webbed structure and arranged to deliver light from the illumination source to the keys, wherein each of the keys is illuminated thereby. Although the keys have the appearance of being backlit similar to traditional illuminated keyboards, the illumination source is actually located along at least one side of and within the same plane as the pattern of keys, rather than beneath the keys. The keyboard can thus be made thinner in such arrangements where the illumination source does not need to be located beneath the keys.04-25-2013
20130093681CAPACITIVE TOUCH KEY PANEL - A capacitive touch key panel has a substrate, at least one key unit, a reference electrode layer and a connection port. The at least one key unit is mounted on the substrate and has a key body and a sensing electrode formed under the key body and being unexposed. The reference electrode layer is formed on the substrate under the key body and separate from the sensing electrode. The connection port has at least one pad formed on the substrate and connecting to the sensing electrode. A user can operate the touch key panel of the invention by touching the key body. Because the sensing electrode is not exposed outside, the sensing electrode is hardly damaged by an external hard object.04-18-2013
20130093679User Interface with Localized Haptic Response - An interface peripheral (04-18-2013
20120086645EYE TYPING SYSTEM USING A THREE-LAYER USER INTERFACE - A specially-configured interactive user interface for use in eye typing takes the form of a three-layer arrangement that allows for controlling computer input with eye gazes. The three-layer arrangement includes an outer, rectangular ring of letters, displayed clockwise in alphabetical order (forming the first layer). A group of “frequently-used words” associated with the letters being typed forms an inner ring (and is defined as the second layer). This second layer of words is constantly updated as the user continues to enter text. The third layer is a central “open” portion of the interface and forms the typing space—the “text box” that will be filled as the user continues to type. A separate row of control/function keys (including mode-switching for upper case vs. lower case, numbers and punctuation) is positioned adjacent to the three-layer on-screen keyboard display.04-12-2012
20120086642Keyboard for touchscreen - Keyboard systems for interfacing with a touchscreen. The keyboard includes: a plurality of contact members formed of electrically conducting material, each of the contact members having first and second sides; and a plurality of keys. Each key has an electrically conducting key-pad unit and a resilient member, where the resilient member is adapted to maintain the key-pad unit in a spaced part relationship relative to a corresponding one of the contact members. The first side of each contact member is in constant contact with a particular portion of the touchscreen. The key-pad unit is adapted to contact the second side of a corresponding one of the contact members when pressed by a foreign object, to thereby form an electrically conducting path between the foreign object and the particular portion of the touchscreen.04-12-2012