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20100156798Accelerometer Sensitive Soft Input Panel - A virtual keyboard may be created on the display screen or soft input panel of a portable electronic device. The virtual keyboard may be created such that it is larger than the screen size of the portable electronic device. The virtual keyboard may be moved or slid across the screen to gain access to the keys thereon. Movement of the portable electronic device may be used to cause a corresponding movement of the virtual keyboard. The movement of the portable electronic device may be measured through the use of accelerometer data. The virtual keyboard may be configured by the user of the portable electronic device.06-24-2010
20090167696MOBILE TERMINALS INCLUDING MULTIPLE USER INTERFACES ON DIFFERENT FACES THEREOF CONFIGURED TO BE USED IN TANDEM AND RELATED METHODS OF OPERATION - A mobile terminal includes a housing, a first user interface located on a first face of the housing, a second user interface located on a second face of the housing different from the first face, and a controller within the housing and coupled to the first and second user interfaces. The second user interface includes a touch sensor configured to be used in tandem with the first user interface. The second user interface is positioned on the housing relative to the first user interface such that, when the mobile terminal is held in the user's hand, the first user interface is operable by a thumb and the second user interface is operable by a finger of the same hand. The first user interface is configured to receive a first user input, and the second user interface is configured to receive a second user input. The controller is configured to detect a combination of the received first and second user inputs, and is configured to perform a mobile terminal function associated with the detected combination responsive to detection of the combination. Related user interfaces and methods of operation are also discussed.07-02-2009
20090153490SIGNAL ADAPTATION IN RESPONSE TO ORIENTATION OR MOVEMENT OF A MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A mobile electronic device generates a signal in response to an event in the device for informing the user of the occurrence of the event. The electronic device is provided with an orientation sensor or a movement sensor. The electronic device is configured to adapt the signal that is generated upon occurrence of an event when the device detects that the orientation of the device is changed or that the device is moved.06-18-2009
20100164872DUAL-MODE MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A dual-mode mobile communication device is provided including a device housing having a front surface, a rear surface and a plurality of side surfaces coupling the front surface to the rear surface. The dual-mode device includes a transceiver for sending and receiving voice and data communications is integrated into the device housing, a display, mounted within the front surface of the device housing, for displaying information to a user of the device regarding voice and data communications, a QWERTY keyboard mounted below the display and within the front surface of the device housing, for generating data communications, and a microphone and a speaker for generating voice communications, wherein the microphone is mounted below the display within the front surface of the device housing and the speaker is mounted above the display within the front surface of the device housing.07-01-2010
20090195510ERGONOMIC USER INTERFACE FOR HAND HELD DEVICES - A user interface for a hand held electronic device, such as a cell phone, provides multiple touch sensate feature functions. In one embodiment, the user interface may include a plurality of touch sensitive keys arranged contiguously with an outermost first subset of the plurality of touch sensitive keys symmetrically forming four corners of a substantially rectangular touch pad, a second subset of the keys arranged circularly within the outermost first subset of the plurality of touch sensitive keys, and a third subset of the plurality of touch sensitive keys arranged symmetrically within the second subset of the plurality of touch sensitive keys, wherein each of the plurality of touch sensitive keys is configured to receive user input to operate at least one feature associated with the hand held electronic device. Moreover, the second subset of the plurality of touch sensitive keys may comprise twelve keys and may be configured to mimic an analog clock layout, with each of the twelve keys representing corresponding telephonic dial pad digits, 1-9, 0, *, #, respectively. The touch sensitive key area may be overlayed with a display function, e.g., a LCD.08-06-2009
20130076638SMARTPAD DUAL SCREEN KEYBOARD WITH CONTEXTUAL LAYOUT - 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
20130076639AUTOMATIC SOFT KEY ADAPTATION WITH LEFT-RIGHT HAND EDGE SENSING - Input/output operation of an electronic device is adapted for left-handed and/or right-handed scenarios. As described herein, sensors (e.g., capacitive, resistive, touch-sensitive, etc.) are applied to respective outer edges of a device to determine whether a device is in a user's left hand and/or right hand. Based on this determination, respective points along the sensors can be mapped to soft keys to automatically optimize input for left-handed and/or right-handed operation. As further described herein, points of contact with an input device such as a touch-screen can be corrected based on whether a user's left hand and/or right hand is holding an associated electronic device. For example, upon identifying contact between a touch-screen and a thumb of a hand being used to hold an associated device, the point of contact can be shifted to compensate for the angle of the thumb with respect to the touch-screen.03-28-2013
20130076636SYSTEM FOR SECURING A KEYPAD TO A HOUSING - An electronic device includes an interlocking mechanism for fixing a keypad to a housing of the device. The housing is coupled with the keypad such that the keys may extend to the edges of the electronic device and the edge keys are secured against being removed from the keypad. The edge keys may include a hook or locking mechanism coupled with the housing to prevent uprooting of the edge keys. Another set of hooks or lockings connect the housing with the keypad to prevent bulging of the keypad and to limit lateral movement between the keys or the keypad with the housing.03-28-2013
20130076637SMARTPAD SMARTDOCK - 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
20130076635MEMBRANE TOUCH KEYBOARD STRUCTURE FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS - A membrane touch keyboard structure for notebook computers comprises a panel, a sensing layer, a backlight layer and a base layer. The panel includes hot key patterns, a key group pattern, a cursor control pattern, and a sensing key pattern. A first sensing block, first electrode blocks, a second sensing block, a third electrode block or a third sensing block, and a fourth sensing block correspond to sensing layers of the hot key patterns, key group pattern, cursor control pattern, and sensing key pattern. The sensing layers are resistive/capacitive films. The membrane touch keyboard and the touch panel are integrated to reduce the thickness of the notebook computer. When any hot key pattern, key group pattern, cursor control pattern or sensing key pattern is touched, the touch is sensed by the sensing layer to generate and output a sensing control signal to the notebook computer for an operation.03-28-2013
20100073300HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A KEYBOARD OPTIMIZED FOR USE WITH THE THUMBS - A hand-held electronic device with a keyboard optimized for use with the thumbs is disclosed. In order to operate within the limited space available on a hand-held electronic device, the present invention optimizes the placement and shape of the keys, preferably using keys that are oval or oblong in shape, and that are placed at angles designed to facilitate thumb-typing. The angles at which keys on either side of the keyboard are placed is complimentary.03-25-2010
20100073299Handheld 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.03-25-2010
20100073298DATA INPUT APPARATUS - The present invention relates to a data input apparatus which is capable of implementing more key values even in less area and causing a key position to be confirmed easily and thereby recognizing the confirmation of the key position intuitively while minimizing movements of finger when entering the key using the finger, especially thumb. The present invention can implement more key values with less number of switches and reduce movements of fingers during input operations, since the key input switch is shared with each other. Further, the present invention can allow the input position to be confirmed easily because of the step of selecting the unit cell which is a first input step, thereby allowing blind-touch operation.03-25-2010
20130082933MOBILE COMPUTER WITH KEYPAD-EMBEDDED RFID ANTENNA - A mobile computer is described. The mobile computer includes a memory for storing a software application. A processor is coupled to the memory for executing the software application. A display is coupled to the processor for graphically displaying information generated by the software application. A keypad is coupled to the processor for receiving input from a user. The keypad is positioned adjacent to the display. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) antenna is embedded in a portion of the keypad. The RFID antenna includes at least one conductor forming at least one loop for communicating with a RFID device to receive information from the RFID device.04-04-2013
20130082934SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INPUTTING DATA USING MULTI-CHARACTER KEYS - Systems and methods are provided for inputting data to a mobile device using multi-character keys. A first input may be generated by pressing a multi-character key on the mobile device. In response to the first input, the mobile device may sequentially display a plurality of characters associated with the pressed multi-character key. When a desired character is displayed, a second input may be generated to select the currently displayed character as character data input.04-04-2013
20130033432HANDHELD DEVICE HAVING RETRACTABLE KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A exemplary key assembly for a handheld device includes one or more L-shaped key structures each having a first member configured to receive an input keystroke and a second member substantially orthogonal to the first member; and a frame configured to receive the one or more L-shaped key structures, the frame having a wall aligned with the second member of the key structure, with the wall further comprising a switch for each of the one or more L-shaped key structures associated with an inner surface of the wall, wherein each switch is associated with an actuator associated with the second member of the corresponding key structure such that depression of a given key structure causes the actuator of the second member of the key structure to engage the switch of the wall.02-07-2013
20130033431HANDHELD DEVICE HAVING PIVOTALLY RETRACTABLE KEYPAD ASSEMBLY - A handheld device includes a housing and a keypad assembly configured within the housing. The keypad assembly includes one or more groups of keys configured for movable positioning between a first orientation in which a top surface of an individual key is exposed to a user, and a second orientation in which the top surface of the key pivotally retracts into the housing so as to expose an edge surface of the key.02-07-2013
20130038538HAND-HELD DEVICES AND METHODS OF INPUTTING DATA - A hand-held device comprises a touch unit detecting a drag action of a user and outputting a gesture signal corresponding to the drag action. A display unit having a first display area is configured to display a partial portion of a virtual keyboard and display another partial portion of the virtual keyboard by a scrolling function according to a control signal, and a process unit outputting the control signal according to the gesture signal.02-14-2013
20100045607OPERATION INPUT DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE - Provided is an operation input device to be attached to a base having a recessed portion including a side surface that faces one end of the base. The operation input device includes: a side surface portion formed into a shape corresponding to the side surface of the recessed portion; and first and second holding portions which fix the operation input device to the base by sandwiching the base, in which: a surface of one of the holding portions, which contacts the base, is bent toward the other holding portion; a tip end portion of the first holding portion moves toward an opposite side to the second holding portion, whereby the operation input device is attached to or detached from the base; and the side surface portion contacts with the side surface of the recessed portion, when the operation input device is attached to the base.02-25-2010
20100103114METHOD OF USING VISUAL SEPARATORS TO INDICATE ADDITIONAL CHARACTER COMBINATION CHOICES ON A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS - A method and associated apparatus for using visual separators to indicate additional character combination choices from a disambiguation function on a handheld electronic device.04-29-2010
20100110014KEYPUNCH - A device for aiding a user while entering data on a handheld keypad. The device may have a band with a protuberance that the user may wear while entering data on a handheld device. The device may be worn, for example, on a user's thumb with the protuberance in the center of the user's thumb pad. The protuberance may be used to press the keys on the handheld device.05-06-2010
20100110011ELECTRONIC BOOK WITH ENHANCED FEATURES - An electronic book can transfer book files to other cooperating electronic books using peer-to-peer principles and/or using wireless broadcast transfer principles. The electronic book can also automatically reformat a book file into a native format used by the book without user interaction. Additional electronic book features are also disclosed.05-06-2010
20100110013ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND KEYPAD THEREOF - An electronic device includes a keypad, and a body having a touch screen. The keypad attached to the touch screen, includes an obverse surface and a reverse surface. A protrusion is protruded from the obverse surface and is configured to receive user input operation, an attaching member is mounted on the reverse surface and is configured to attach the keypad to the touch screen, a hollow portion is defined in the reserve surface corresponding to the protrusion, and a pressing member is mounted in the hollow portion and is configured for touching the touch screen when the protrusion is pressed.05-06-2010
20100110012ASYMMETRIC SHUFFLE KEYBOARD - An asymmetric keyboard with a QWERTY style layout comprising a plurality of sparse grids and a plurality of dense grids is provided. A sparse grid is substantially large in size containing large keys with large labels, whereas a dense grid is substantially small in size containing small keys with small labels. All keys are functional but the larger keys in the sparse grid offer greater visibility and operability than the smaller keys in the dense grid. The user makes use of the sparse grid as the primary grid to input data. A swipe across a designated boundary interchanges the key labels between corresponding pairs of keys in the designated sparse and dense grids. On the software-based version, a swipe across another designated boundary compresses or decompresses a corresponding grid. On the hardware-based version, a bi-axial hinge allows the display and the keyboard to rotate around two axes.05-06-2010
20100110010MOBILE TERMINAL USING TOUCH SCREEN AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a mobile terminal and a method of controlling the same. The mobile terminal of the present invention includes a first body equipped with a first display unit and a user input unit, a second body equipped with a second display unit and coupled to the first body in a sliding manner, and a controller that controls at least one of display of an image and display of a control menu with respect to at least one of the first and second display units according to a distance where the second body slides from a position where the second body has slid down to the first body. According to the present invention, at least one of display of an image and display of a control menu can be controlled in response to a distance where the second body slides.05-06-2010
20090146958Ergonomic Hand-Held Text Input Device - A hand-held text input device includes a game controller and a keyboard. The device comfortably accommodates the hands of a user while the thumbs and fingers are associated with actuators of the game controller and keys of the keyboard. The overall configuration of the device and the arrangement of the actuators and keys permit the user to operate all of the functions provided by the device while the forearms are in a neutral posture zone between pronation and supination of the forearm, while the wrists are minimally extended, and while the fingers are comfortably flexed.06-11-2009
20100026631SCROLL WHEEL WITH CHARACTER INPUT - An electronic device that includes a display screen and a scroll wheel coupled to the display screen by a processor. The scroll wheel includes a rotational input component for directing movement of a navigational indicator on the display screen and a depressible input component for inputting a character for display on the display screen.02-04-2010
20120182221HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING AUTO COMPLETION OF PUNCTUATION IN NUMERICAL ENTRY, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - The disclosed and claimed concept describes a handheld electronic device that has the capability to automatically prefer a preferred punctuation arrangement in response to determining whether a first output has a predetermined characteristic.07-19-2012
20100328219Method for Integrating an Imager and Flash into a Keypad on a Portable Device - An improved mobile electronic device 12-30-2010
20130088433Curved Key Input Form Factors of Handheld Devices - Handheld devices are described herein with display portions and with key input portions having curved form factors. The key input portions have form factors that are concave or convex with respect to a plane formed by two edges of a surface of the display portion.04-11-2013
20100134419Handheld Electronic Device Providing Proposed Corrected Input In Response to Erroneous Text Entry In Environment of Text Requiring Multiple Sequential Actuations of the Same Key, and Associated Method - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software that is operable to disambiguate text input. In addition to identifying and outputting representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input, the device is able in certain circumstances of erroneous input to provide proposed corrected output.06-03-2010
20100265184MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal is disclosed, by which the feel of manipulation of a mobile terminal keypad is enhanced and by which brightness deviation of keypad illumination is minimized. The present invention includes at least one or more light sources, a keypad having a plurality of manipulating buttons, each having a button protrusion provided to a bottom of the corresponding manipulating button, a light guide film configured to have light provided by the at least one light source enter a lateral side thereof, the light guide film having a plurality of insertion holes configured to have the button protrusions pass through, respectively, and a printed circuit board having a dome switch pressurized by the button protrusion of the keypad and an electrode part selectively coming contact with the dome switch, wherein a width of at least one of the insertion holes provided to the light guide film is different from a length thereof.10-21-2010
20090303187SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A THUMB-OPTIMIZED TOUCH-SCREEN USER INTERFACE - A virtual thumb-board solution is provided that fits on a pocket-size device or even palm-size device and uses the standard keyboard layout with straight rows of keys, which is achieved while making the virtual thumb-board accurate, fast, and comfortable. And thumb-optimized virtual User Interface solutions are provided that make information searching and UI navigation on pocket-size hand-held devices exceptionally fast and intuitive.12-10-2009
20090295735Electronic Device and Method for Automatically Converting Text into a Speech Signal - An electronic device and a method for automatically converting text to be displayed on a display screen of an electronic device into a speech signal when ambient light conditions affect viewing of the text. The method is performed by the electronic device and the method includes receiving a command to display text on the display screen and determining if an ambient light signal provided by an ambient light sensor is above a pre-determined viewing threshold. This ambient light signal corresponds to ambient light conditions adjacent the display screen. The method also includes automatically converting the text to a speech signal when the ambient light signal is above the pre-determined viewing threshold. Suitably, there is performed a step of emitting the speech signal in an audible form from a speaker.12-03-2009
20130057477ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Disclosed is an electronic device that makes it easy to input desired characters using a directional key. Also disclosed is a display control method for an electronic device. The disclosed electronic device is provided with a display unit (03-07-2013
20130069882ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CHARACTER SELECTION - A portable electronic device includes a plurality of physical keys, a touch-sensitive input device configured to detect a touch, and a processor coupled to the touch-sensitive input device, and the keys, and configured to, when no touch is detected on the touch-sensitive input device while a first key of the plurality of physical keys is selected, identify a first character associated with the first key, and when a touch is detected on the touch-sensitive input device while the first key is selected, identify a second character associated with the first key.03-21-2013
20130069881ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CHARACTER ENTRY - A method includes receiving a selection of a character from a keyboard of a portable electronic device, adding the character to a character string, identifying candidate objects in reference data that include characters that match the character string, and displaying a plurality of the candidate objects on a display. When a gesture is detected on the keyboard, an object of the plurality of candidate objects, that is associated with the gesture, is identified, and the object is selected.03-21-2013
20090091537ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AUTOMATIC SWITCHING INPUT INTERFACES AND SWITCHING METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device with automatic switching input interfaces and a switching method thereof. The electronic device supports an Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI), and includes a display unit, a storage unit, a memory unit, and an embedded controller. The display unit can be changed to a first position or a second position, and sends a signal to an embedded control unit when the display unit is at different positions. A management program running in the electronic device queries the ACPI and the embedded control unit to check the position and state of the display unit, so as to automatically load and run a corresponding program of a virtual input interface or a physical input interface into the memory unit, and remove the other program from the memory unit at the same time.04-09-2009
20100090959FORMING A KEYBOARD FROM A COMBINATION OF KEYS DISPLAYED ON A TOUCH SENSITIVE DISPLAY AND ON A SEPARATE KEYPAD - An electronic device provides a keyboard that includes some keys that are displayed on a touch sensitive display, and other keys that are included within a separate keypad. A controller assigns a first group of keypad keys to a first portion of a keyboard, displays on the touch sensitive display a second group of keys that are assigned to a second portion of the keyboard, and outputs a sequence of characters corresponding to keys on the touch sensitive display and on the keypad that are touch selected by the user. Accordingly, a user may thereby type entries using a virtual keyboard that extends across the touch sensitive display and the keypad.04-15-2010
20090295736DEVICE HAVING AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A GEMSTONE KEYMAT - A key includes a key body made of sapphire and a supporting body made of a silicone elastomer. The key body is bonded through a physical vapour deposition layer to the supporting body.12-03-2009
20090284473HANDHELD TYPE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A handheld type electronic device includes a main device body, a screen body, and first and second limiting mechanisms provided between the main device body and the screen body. The main device body includes a depression. The screen body is provided between left and right inner walls of the depression. The first limiting mechanism includes a pair of first protrusions and a pair of second recesses. The first protrusions extend resiliently and respectively into the first recesses to limit the screen body at a flipped-up state. The second limiting mechanism includes at least one second protrusion, and a second recess. The second protrusion is disposed to extend into the second recess to limit the screen body at a folded state. The second protrusion is subjectable to a force to withdraw from the second recess to enable the screen body to be flipped upward relative to the depression.11-19-2009
20090079697MODULAR KEYPAD MECHANISM - A Hand Held Computing device (HHC) (03-26-2009
20110012837HANDHELD 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. During selection of a variant, the variant is highlighted and is displayed in a text component location on a display.01-20-2011
20110063226T-board - The invention, named herein as the T-Board, relates to a keyboard (FIG. 03-17-2011
20110063225User Interface for Handheld Electronic Devices - A keypad-based alphanumeric user interface, data entry process and method specifically designed for thumb typing on a handheld electronic device, with a left-thumb/right-thumb accessible and symmetrical key distribution of consonant letters placed in alphabetical order on a six columns/six rows square-shaped surface, omitting all vowels in some key distribution mode (e.g., default and SHIFT modes), and offering the option of replacing some or all said vowels in any word with a generic vowel mark instead of any specific vowel.03-17-2011
20130063360SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING MOVEMENTS OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING ROTATIONAL MOVEMENT DATA - The disclosure relates to a system and method for analyzing movements of a handheld electronic device. The method comprises: calculating a matching score for a rotational string representation of rotational movement data for the device to a gesture string representing a gesture related to a command for the device by recursively traversing a matrix containing the rotational string representation, the gesture string representation and earlier movement data of the device using a distance edit algorithm to generate matching scores for values of the rotational string representation against the gesture string; and if a threshold for the matching score is met, executing a command associated with the gesture on the device.03-14-2013
20090009478CONTROLLING USER INPUT DEVICES BASED UPON DETECTED ATTITUDE OF A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A wireless handheld electronic device configured to send and receive text messages. A microprocessor for receiving, processing and outputting data is located within the handheld device. A display screen in data-communication with the microprocessor presents information for user observation based upon data output from the microprocessor. A sensor is provided within the handheld device that detects the attitude of the device as held by the user. The sensor communicates data that is indicative of the detected attitude of the device to the microprocessor. The microprocessor is further enable to disable a user input device when the detected attitude of the device matches a predetermined attitude criteria.01-08-2009
20100085309KEYPAD DISPLAY METHOD OF MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal is provided including a keypad, a controller, and a display unit. The keypad is for inputting a search expression by sequentially entering characters. The controller is configured to search a memory to detect at least one expression that includes the search expression. The display unit is configured to display the keypad. The controller is configured to detect a set of characters. The detected set of characters include a character after each search expression in the detected at least one expression. The controller is configured to control the display unit to display the detected set of characters such that characters in the detected set of characters are emphasized over characters not in the detected set of characters.04-08-2010
20090009479SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TIME DIVISION INPUT ON A DYNAMIC GRAPHIC INPUT DEVICE - A mobile device comprises a key switch and a graphic display region associated with the key switch. A display control application drives, on a predetermined alternation time schedule between a first time period and a second time period: i) display of a first icon on the graphic display region during the first time period when activation of the key switch activates a first mobile device function; and ii) display a second icon, different than the first icon, on the graphic display region during the second time period when activation of the key switch activates a second mobile device function.01-08-2009
20120113012MOBILE TERMINAL - Disclosed is a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal of the present invention comprises: a front case having a keypad-accommodating portion; a rear case attachably/detachably coupled to a rear surface of the front case; an intermediate case which is interposed between the front case and the rear case and assembled to the front case and the rear case, and at one side of which a main PCB is assembled; a keypad having a plurality of key buttons and made of a flexible material, accommodated in the keypad-accommodating portion of the front case; and a touch screen arranged on the front case in the vicinity of the keypad. As the mobile terminal of the present invention has both the keypad and the touch screen, operating convenience is improved in terms of storage, maintenance and information management as compared to conventional mobile terminals.05-10-2012
20120113011IME TEXT ENTRY ASSISTANCE - 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.05-10-2012
20120235919PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method of facilitating input at a portable electronic device having a touch-sensitive display including: when a first portion of a keyboard is displayed in a keyboard area on the touch-sensitive display, detecting a navigation input in a navigation area on the touch-sensitive display; and in response to detecting the navigation input, displaying a second portion of the keyboard; wherein the keyboard area and the navigation area do not overlap.09-20-2012
20130162541CONTROL KEY ASSEMBLY FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A key assembly is assembled to an electronic device. The electronic device includes a housing. The key assembly includes a number of keys and an elastic bracket. The keys are received in the housing. The elastic bracket includes a main plate and a plurality of pairs of pressing fingers extending from the main plate. Each pair of the pressing fingers press one of the keys for mounting the keys between the housing and the elastic bracket.06-27-2013
20130162542CONTROLLING INPUT DEVICES BASED UPON DETECTED ATTITUDE OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device including a processor, input device, an informing device and a sensor is presented. The sensor can be adapted to detect the attitude of the device, wherein the sensor can be adapted to communicate data indicative of the attitude of the device to the processor. The processor can be configured to execute instructions to: compare the attitude with a predetermined attitude criteria, and disable the further processing of data received from the input device in the event that the attitude is not less than the predetermined attitude criteria for at least a predetermined period of time. The informing device can be adapted to output a notification when further processing of data from the input device is disabled, the notification indicating the further processing of data from input device is being disabled.06-27-2013
20100231522METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DATA ENTRY INPUT - A method and apparatus for inputting data for an electronic data entry device are provided. In one embodiment, identification of an input object such as the particular fingers of a user that are used to actuate a key region is performed. The symbol associated with the actuated key region and the finger (or other input object) used is determined. In other embodiments, virtual input devices with interfaces such as QWERTY style keyboards, phone keypads, and multi-touch capable touchpads or tablets are provided in input regions. One or more video capturing devices remotely acquire actuation information from the input regions during data entry. User inputted symbols or functions are determined based on the actuations, their locations and identified input object sets that caused the actuations.09-16-2010
20100302168Overlay keyboard for touch screen devices - Keyboard systems and methods are provided herein. In one embodiment, an overlay keyboard for touch screen devices includes a physical keyboard that can be mounted onto a touch screen device (e.g., a corded touch screen device or a touch screen mobile device) that provides a virtual keyboard (e.g., a software displayed touch screen), in which the physical keyboard can be overlaid onto the virtual keyboard of the touch screen device. When no key of the physical keyboard is pressed down, the physical keyboard does not trigger the touch screen of the touch screen device. When a key of the physical keyboard is pressed down, the physical keyboard touches the touch screen on a corresponding key of the virtual keyboard on the touch screen device, thereby causing the touch screen to detect that the corresponding key of the virtual keyboard has been pressed.12-02-2010
20120032889HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A hand-held electronic device with a keyboard, thumbwheel, display and associated software is optimized for use of the device with the thumbs. The associated software has a plurality of features to optimize efficient use of the limited keyboard space and encourage the use of the device by thumb-based data entry through the thumbwheel and/or through a combination of minimal number of keystrokes. Software features include international character scrolling, and auto-capitalization. The keys on the device keyboard are optimally shaped and configured for thumb-based input. In addition, the thumbwheel is inclined between the front and a side edge of the device so as to be reachable by either the thumb or index finger of the user's hand at the side edge of the device.02-09-2012
20110279376REMOTE CONTROL TO OPERATE COMPUTER SYSTEM - According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a remote control comprising a housing comprising a first and second housing portion, wherein the first housing portion is coupled to the second housing portion and is configurable in at least two positions, a touchpad, a keypad, a processor configured to receive control signals from the touch pad and the keypad, and an RF transmitter configured to transmit signals from the processor to the computer system, wherein, in a first configuration of the remote control, the first housing portion is configured to be manipulated to a first position and the remote control is configured to operate in a first mode of operation, and wherein, in a second configuration of the remote control, the first housing portion is configured to be manipulated to a second position, and wherein the remote control is configured to operate in a second mode of operation.11-17-2011
20110279375SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ENHANCED REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTIONALITY - A hand-held device has a housing having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, at least one transmitter, a first user interface associated with the top surface of the housing having first user interface input elements which, when active, are actuatable to cause the at least one transmitter to transmit communications to an external device, and a second user interface associated with the bottom surface of the housing having second user interface input elements which, when active, are actuatable to cause the at least one transmitter to transmit communications to an external device. The hand-held device is programmed to selectively make one of the first user interface input elements of the first user interface and the second user interface input elements of the second user interface active while making the other of the first user interface input elements of the first user interface and the second user interface input elements of the second user interface inactive11-17-2011
20110291941HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DUAL-MODE DISAMBIGUATION OF TEXT INPUT - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software that is operable to disambiguate text input. In response to an ambiguous editing input at a location preceding at least a portion of an output word, the software performs one disambiguation operation with respect to the editing input and another disambiguation operation with respect to the editing input in combination with the at least portion of the output word. The results are output in order of decreasing frequency value, with the results of the one disambiguation operation having the portion of the output word appended thereto.12-01-2011
20110291940DATA ENTRY SYSTEM - A system for data entry is provided. The system includes a touch sensitive pad for inputting user gestures and a processor to assign a virtual keypad to the touch sensitive pad such that user gestures on the pad correspond to keys of the virtual keypad. According to one embodiment gestures on the touch sensitive pad correspond to key presses on a cellular phone type keypad.12-01-2011
20110128232INPUT APPARATUS FOR A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF ENABLING INPUT EMPLOYING THE SAME - An improved input apparatus and method of enabling input improve handheld electronic devices having a housing and a processor apparatus disposed on the housing. The processor apparatus comprises a processor and a memory. The input apparatus includes an input assembly with an input device for providing input to the processor, a plurality of input members, and at least a first actuating element movable between a first position and a second position. In the second position, the actuating element actuates the input device. Each input member of the portion of input members is movable among an unactuated position and an actuated position. Each of a plurality of input members of the portion of input members, in the actuated position, is engageable with the actuating element to move it toward the second position. The input apparatus enables close arrangement of the input members to provide, for example, a compact keyboard layout.06-02-2011
20080266262Shared symbol and emoticon key and methods - The present invention provides systems and methods for using a dedicated shared emoticon and symbol key on a keypad of a mobile electronic device. The shared key is adapted to access a menu of multiple symbols and emoticons using a toggle input and can be accessed with minimal user input and minimal user manipulation and displayed to a user or message recipient.10-30-2008
20090309837HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH REDUCED KEYBOARD AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF PROVIDING QUICK TEXT ENTRY IN A MESSAGE - 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. In some situations, certain words can be stored, for example, in a temporary dictionary for use in particular situations. For instance, the names of the recipients of an electronic message might be stored in a temporary dictionary for rapid retrieval when entering a salutation in the message. As another example, a number of the words in an existing electronic message may be stored in a temporary dictionary and made available to a user when replying to or forwarding the message since the existing message might include words that the user might reasonably be expected to type in the reply message or the forwarded message.12-17-2009
20110285634PORTABLE DATA ENTRY DEVICE - The invention is a portable data entry device that allows a user to record hand written material on paper using standard writing tools while simultaneously recording an electronic copy of the written material for subsequent processing and storage on suitable data processing and storage devices. The inventive device includes data processing software which performs an initial analysis of the electronically recorded hand writing and encodes non-ambiguous characters into a compressed character encoding format and stores the encoded data along with the remaining ambiguous character data in local storage memory. The encoded non-ambiguous character data is subsequently transmitted along with the remaining ambiguous character data to a base data processing device for further character recognition data processing.11-24-2011
20120098750Method for subject classification using a pattern recognition input device - The present invention provides a device and method for classifying a user using pattern recognition of an input device. A series of the keystroke objects are received via the user input interface. A typing signature is determined for the series of keystroke objects using the processor by analyzing the key attributes of the series of keystroke objects using a pattern recognition algorithm. The typing signature is compared to one or more user typing signatures stored in the memory using the processor. The user is classified based on whether or not the typing signature is statistically similar to one of the stored typing signatures.04-26-2012
201200987493D VIEWING DEVICE PROVIDING ADJUSTMENT IN 3D IMAGE PARAMETERS - A 3D viewing device is provided for creating a stereoscopic effect when used in viewing 2D images provided by an image source. When in use by a user during a 3D presentation, the 3D viewing device also provides the viewer with direct control of adjusting 3D image parameters.04-26-2012
20090066655Display for multi-function key pad and electronic device having the same - Disclosed are a display for a multi-function key pad and an electronic device having the display that have both input and output functions. The display for the multi-function key pad includes an electrophoretic display panel provided with a plurality of display regions arranged in a matrix form with having a non-display region as a boundary, a circuit board provided on the display panel and including a plurality of openings formed on regions corresponding to the display regions and a plurality of keys formed on regions that are outer circumference edges of the openings and correspond to the non-display region, and a pad provided on the circuit board and including a plurality of transparent windows formed on regions corresponding to the openings and a plurality of pressing units formed on regions that are outer circumference edges of the transparent windows and correspond to the keys.03-12-2009
20100090960Methods, Systems and Computer Program Products for Shared Input Key Functions Between Mobile Devices - Methods, systems, mobile devices and computer program products for sharing input keys between mobile devices are provided. A communication link is established between at least two mobile devices. Each of the at least two mobile devices includes available input keys that are mapped to corresponding input functions in a first configuration. An application is selected for operation on at least one of the mobile devices. The application includes a plurality of input functions. A set of input keys is identified from the available keys on the at least two mobile devices based on the plurality of input functions of the application. The set of input keys are remapped on the at least two mobile devices in a second configuration in which the plurality of input functions of the application are mapped to the set of input keys. User input is accepted from the set of input keys on the at least two mobile devices to thereby operate the selected application.04-15-2010
20110216011REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A remote control system for electronic device and remote control method thereof, the remote control system comprises a controlled apparatus and a remote controller. The controlled apparatus comprises a processing control system (09-08-2011
20110216010HANDHELD 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.09-08-2011
20110216009SNAP-ON KEYPAD FOR A WIRELESS HANDSET - A wireless handset having a top housing with integrated keypad and method for navigating a wireless handset interface using the keypad is described. The wireless handset comprises a top housing having a plurality of tabs which mate with slots of a mating housing such that the break line between the top housing and the mating housing occurs on the sidewall of the wireless handset.09-08-2011
20090189864SELF-ADAPTING VIRTUAL SMALL KEYBOARD APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method, apparatus and computer-usable medium for implementing a virtual keyboard for use with small input devices. A circular keyboard can be graphically displayed, in response to a user input by a user via a small input device. A circular and centrally located key can be graphically located and displayed within the center of the circular keyboard, wherein character keys radiate outward from the centrally located key (i.e., the “central key”). Character keys that are most commonly utilized by the user are preferably located closed to the circular and centrally located key within the circular keyboard. Character keys least commonly utilized by the user are preferably located at the edges of the keyboard, thereby permitting the circular keyboard to function as a self-adapting virtual keyboard for use with small input devices based on the usage of the keyboard by the user.07-30-2009
20110193783PORTABLE APPARATUS AND SLIDING DEVICE THEREOF - Disclosed is a sliding-type portable apparatus and a sliding device of the sliding-type portable apparatus. The portable apparatus includes a main body, a display unit, and a sliding device, in which the sliding device enables the automatic sliding of the keypad unit according to the sliding of the display unit. Further, the portable apparatus includes a driving unit to semi-automatically open/close the display unit and the keypad unit.08-11-2011
20090058814Handheld Electronic Device and Associated Method Providing Advanced Text Editing Function in a Text Disambiguation Environment - An improved handheld electronic device and associated method provide an advanced editing feature and an improved learning feature that are provided in a disambiguation environment. The advanced editing feature advantageously enables a new word that has been incorrectly disambiguated by a disambiguation routine to be readily by the user without requiring the incorrectly disambiguated word to be deleted and retyped. Rather, the advanced editing feature enables the incorrectly disambiguated characters to be replaced with opposite characters on the same keys, and such changes can be accomplished merely through the use of inputs to a track ball. The newly edited word can then be learned by a learning database. The improved learning function advantageously favors words that are learned using the advanced editing feature over words that have been learned in other fashions.03-05-2009
20110260982Data processing device - A data input device is disclosed herein. The input device includes a body having a rearward face and a forward face. Provided on the forward face is a display, and provided on the rearward face is a keyboard. The input device is configured to display a ghost image of the keyboard on the display to allow the user to locate the keys on the rearward face of the input device without having to turn the device around. The input device allows the user to operate a keyboard on the rear of the input device to increase the usable surface area of the display without having to include the extra bulk and size associated with a separate keyboard located adjacent the display.10-27-2011
20090146959Input Device for a Portable Terminal - A portable terminal includes an input device with five binary switching elements on a housing for the portable terminal and a display screen. The input device accesses telecommunications capabilities of the portable terminal. The display screen displays a graphical representation that can show an indication of the functions corresponding to the input device, a response to input received via the input device, and operation modes of the portable terminal. The operation modes of the portable terminal can be changed in response to receipt of input via the input device.06-11-2009
20100123663Wireless keyboard base and portable electronic device - A wireless keyboard base includes a base, a wireless keyboard and a plurality of magnets. The base has a groove to accommodate an edge of an electronic device. The wireless keyboard is disposed on the base and has a wireless communication module to exchange information data with the electronic device. The plurality of magnets are disposed within the groove to magnetically attract the edge of the electronic device.05-20-2010
20100127990APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR KEYPAD OF PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and method for a keypad of a portable terminal are provided. The keypad apparatus includes a top unit, a bottom unit, and a control unit. The top unit has numerals and characters printed on the top of the keypad. The bottom unit includes a keypad connection unit having a power supply unit, a ground region, a divided connection unit and a common connection unit connected when the numeral or character of the keypad is pressed. The control unit is connected to the divided connection unit and the common connection unit to receive a generated signal according to the press of the numeral or character and perform a corresponding function by mapping to a preset key value.05-27-2010
20100079379PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE HAVING AN ELECTROLUMINESCENT DRIVEN HAPTIC KEYPAD - A portable communication device includes a touch-sensitive input device configured to provide haptic feedback. The touch-sensitive input device includes a touch-sensitive panel configured to detect user contact, an electroluminescent panel disposed below the touch-sensitive panel, and a haptic feedback panel disposed below the electroluminescent panel. The haptic feedback panel cooperates with the electroluminescent panel to provide haptic feedback upon detection of user contact with the touch-sensitive input device.04-01-2010
20090244011Handheld Electronic Communication Device Transitionable Between Compact And Expanded Configurations - A handheld electronic communication device is disclosed that is transitionable between at least a compact configuration and expanded configuration. The handheld electronic communication device includes a display panel pivotally interconnected to a keyboard panel. The display panel can be overlaid on, and in substantial registration with, the keyboard panel in a compact configuration. Furthermore, the display panel can be offset above the keyboard panel in an expanded configuration. A pivot connection can be configured to couple and maintain the keyboard and display panels in substantial parallel orientation to each other in the compact and expanded configurations. The pivot connection includes an axis of rotation and is located in an upper corner of the handheld electronic communication device in the compact configuration. Additionally, a trackball navigation tool assembly is located at the upper corner of the handheld electronic communication device where the axis of rotation is located.10-01-2009
20090184928MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING QWERTY KEY LAYOUT AND METHOD OF SETTING AND INPUTTING SYMBOL THEREIN - A mobile terminal having a QWERTY key layout and a method of setting and inputting a symbol therein are provided. The method of setting a symbol in a mobile terminal having a QWERTY key layout includes selecting a setting function of a symbol defined a user; adding, if the selected setting function comprises an addition function, a selected symbol to a key mapping table, deleting, if the selected setting function comprises a deletion function, a selected symbol from the key mapping table, and changing, if the selected setting function comprises a change function, a selected symbol to another selected symbol. Therefore, symbols frequently used by a user can be viewed in one screen, thereby minimizing steps for searching for a desired symbol. Further, a symbol set by the user can be immediately determined by displaying symbols mapped to each key of a key input unit with a QWERTY key layout, and thus a character including a symbol can be easily input, thereby improving user convenience.07-23-2009
20100123664METHOD FOR OPERATING USER INTERFACE BASED ON MOTION SENSOR AND A MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING THE USER INTERFACE - The present invention relates to a method of operating a user interface (UI) based on a motion sensor and a mobile terminal using the same. The method of operating a UI of a mobile terminal including a touch sensor and a motion sensor includes identifying an input of a mode conversion key, activating the motion sensor, and converting a UI mode to a motion mode. The mobile terminal having a touch sensor and motion sensor may include a display unit and a controller. The display unit may display an application execution screen. The controller may activate the motion sensor if mode conversion is requested in an activated state of the touch sensor, and may activate the touch sensor if mode conversion is requested in an activated state of the motion sensor.05-20-2010
20100123662METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING A USER INTERFACE ON A MOBILE DEVICE - An approach provides for a user interface on a mobile device. A keystroke combination is detected between at least a modification key and a particular key of a keypad. An associated input is determined based on the step of detecting. The modification key is included on a first face of the mobile device and the keypad is included on a second face of the mobile device, the first face and the second face substantially face opposite directions.05-20-2010
20090046067INPUT UNIT, MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING MESSAGE USING THE SAME - An input unit having a keyboard arrangement allowing efficient input of English words, a mobile terminal having the input unit, and a method for inputting a message using the input unit are provided. The input unit includes a plurality of symbol keys to which a plurality of symbols are sequentially allocated; and at least one selection key for selecting symbols allocated to at least second positions in the symbol keys. The input unit includes the selection key, to reduce the number of selections of keys when alphabet letters are input, thereby reducing the message input time and solving the inconvenience associated with inputting letters of the alphabet via the input unit.02-19-2009
20110199311Handheld Electronic Device With Text Disambiguation Employing Advanced Editing Feature - 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. If a field into which text is being entered is determined to be a special input field, a disambiguated result can be sought first from a predetermined data source prior to seeking results from other data sources on the device.08-18-2011
20110169743INPUT DEVICE AND MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING THE INPUT DEVICE - An input device and a mobile terminal having the input device are provided. The input device includes a key button with a transparent material having an internal space, an illumination sensor located in an internal space of the key button to sense ambient illumination of the key button, a light-emitting portion located at one side of the illumination sensor to output a light signal to the outside of the key button for detecting a touch applied to the key button, and an input signal generation unit configured to generate a touch input signal according to the light signal being input to a light-receiving portion of the illumination sensor.07-14-2011
20080211776Keypad assembly having light leakage prevention structure - A keypad assembly having a light leakage prevention structure includes a switch board having at least one switch; a light guide panel mounted on the switch board, light propagating inside the light guide panel; and a first light blocking member stacked on a lateral surface of the light guide panel, the first light blocking member extending to the switch board and reflecting or absorbing incident light.09-04-2008
20090085874TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT METHOD THEREIN - A device, computer program product and method of inputting a character in a touch screen device, in which a touch area is partitioned into a plurality of array positions, and one or more letters are assigned to each of the partitioned array positions. The method comprises the steps of: partitioning a touch area of the touch panel into a plurality of array positions and assigning one or more characters to each of the partitioned array positions; sensing an expansion event of selecting one among the array positions; dividing the touch area into a plurality of selection positions and assigning the characters assigned to the array position selected by the expansion event to the respective selection positions; sensing a selection event of selecting one among the selection positions; and recognizing the character assigned to the selection position selected by the selection event as an input character.04-02-2009
20090085873Sensory enhancement systems and methods in personal electronic devices - Disclosed are personal electronic devices (PEDs) having a sensory enhancement (SE) system for monitoring environmental conditions and detecting environmental events, for example but not limited to, changes in acoustic, thermal, optical, electromagnetic, chemical, dynamic, wireless, atmospheric, or biometric conditions. The detection of such events can be used to invoke a notification, an alert, a corrective action, or some other action, depending upon the implementation to the PED user or another party.04-02-2009
20090289899KEYPAD MODULE FOR CHARACTER INPUT, ELECTRONIC DEVICES UTILIZING THE SAME, AND METHOD THEREOF - A keypad module (11-26-2009
20090273566ELECTRONIC 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.11-05-2009
20090284472SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method is disclosed for controlling an electronic device via a remote control device that is configured to receive alphanumeric text input, and to transmit a signal to the electronic device to switch the electronic device to a channel corresponding to the alphanumeric text input.11-19-2009
20090262080INTERFACE FOR INTERACTION WITH DISPLAY VISIBLE FROM BOTH SIDES - A portable viewing and computing apparatus. In one embodiment, the present invention is comprised of a bus, a memory unit coupled to the bus, and a processor coupled to the bus. The memory unit is for storing data and instructions. The processor is for processing data and instructions. The portable viewing and computing apparatus is further comprised of a display device coupled to the bus. The display device is comprised of a viewing panel viewable from a front side and a back side. The portable viewing and computing apparatus is further comprised of a display device controller coupled to the bus. The display device controller is for sensing the orientation and rotation of the display device, and in response thereto, for controlling and rendering data on the display device.10-22-2009
20090262078Cellular phone with special sensor functions - Specific ambient and user behaviour sensing systems and methods are presented to improve friendliness and usability of electronic handheld devices, in particular cellular phones, PDAs, multimedia players and similar.10-22-2009
20090295737IDENTIFICATION OF CANDIDATE CHARACTERS FOR TEXT INPUT - Methods, systems, devices, and apparatus, including computer program products, for identifying candidates for text entry. One or more inputs entering one or more characters are received. One or more first candidate characters are identified and presented for the inputs using a first dictionary. One or more second candidate characters related to a respective first candidate character are identified and presented.12-03-2009
20090102799HANDHELD MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH FLEXIBLE KEYS - Keypad keys for handheld mobile communication devices feature flexible key bodies and actuators extending from the key bodies. Switches below the actuators are connected in series circuits. All actuators beneath an intended key must be depressed in order for the circuit to be closed and the key to be recognized as actuated. The flexible nature of the key bodies allows one actuator on a given key to be depressed while other actuators remain non-depressed. This prevents the key from being recognized as actuated when a only a portion of the key is depressed as occurs, for example, due to finger overlap.04-23-2009
20120194437HANDHELD 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.08-02-2012
20120293419ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - There is provided an electronic apparatus that includes a display unit including a planar display region, an operation unit formed on a side on which the planar display region is formed, the operation unit including a plurality of keys, the plurality of keys being allowed to be depressed, and a protrusion member formed between two of the plurality of keys, the protrusion member protruding from a surface of the planar display region.11-22-2012
20090167697FOLDER TYPE PORTABLE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR SETTING KEY INPUT UNIT THEREOF - A folder type portable terminal and a method for setting a key input unit thereof are disclosed. The folder type portable terminal includes a key input unit, a body, and a folder. The key input unit includes a first key set having a plurality of keys, each key being allocated a dial key to make a call and an alphabet key based on a QWERTY-type letter arrangement, a second key set having alphabet keys, a third key to perform a plurality of functions including making calls, and a fourth key set. The body is equipped with the key input unit. The folder is rotatably coupled to the body with respect to a hinge. At least a part of the key input unit protrudes from the body when the folder rotates with respect to the hinge to be opened with respect to the body.07-02-2009
20130100030KEYPAD APPARATUS HAVING PROXIMITY AND PRESSURE SENSING - Keypad apparatus and methods are described herein. An example keypad includes a dome-switch assembly having a dome aligned relative to a first trace pattern and a second trace pattern of a printed circuit board and a key aligned with the dome. The key is depressible between an initial position, an intermediate position and a depressed position, where the key is to deflect the dome to electrically couple the first and second trace patterns when the key is in the depressed position. A touch sensing film detects a touch on a keycap of the key when the key is in the initial position and a pressure sensing film detects a force on the keycap when the key is in the intermediate position.04-25-2013
20100201628ALPHABET INPUT SYSTEM FOR MOBILE TERMINAL - An alphabet input system for a mobile terminal is provided, which can enable anyone to easily and rapidly input an alphabet using a combination of symbols having shapes that can be easily memorized by anyone. The alphabet input system includes a keypad, including 10 numeral keys ‘0’ to ‘9’, to which symbols ‘L’, ‘Λ’, ‘Γ’, ‘<’, ‘o’, ‘>’, ‘Γ’, ‘ν’, ‘Γ’, and ‘λ,’ are allocated, respectively, and keys ‘*’ and ‘#’, for inputting an alphabet through a combination of the keys, and a screen display unit for displaying the alphabet inputted through the key combination of the keypad on a display screen.08-12-2010
20100277414KEYBOARD FOR A PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICE - A method for managing a virtual keyboard is disclosed and may include detecting whether a button is pressed and determining a contact patch size associated with a user digit pressing the button. The method may also include determining a button size associated with the button, determining whether the button size satisfies an optimized condition, querying a user to re-size the button when the button size does not satisfy the optimized condition, and automatically re-sizing the button so the button size satisfies the optimized condition. Further, the method may include querying a user to re-size all buttons and automatically re-sizing all buttons based on an optimized button size.11-04-2010
20100277415MULTIMEDIA MODULE FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A mobile communication device includes a touch screen device, and a multimedia module that moveably connects to the touch screen device. The multimedia module includes a first input or output mechanism provided at a first location of the multimedia module that is below the touch screen device. The first input or output mechanism is moveable from the first location to above a first end portion of the touch screen device. The multimedia module also includes a second input or output mechanism provided at a second location of the multimedia module that is below the touch screen device. The second input or output mechanism is moveable from the second location to above a second end portion of the touch screen device.11-04-2010
20100103113TWO PART MULTI-FUNCTION ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus includes a keyboard, a receptacle for insertion of a least a part of a communication part, wherein the communication part includes a touch sensitive display providing the only user input mechanism on a top surface of the communication part, and wherein in a first mode of operation, when the communication part is not inserted into the receptacle of the apparatus, the communication part is configured to operate independently of the apparatus and wherein, in a second mode of operation, when the communication part is inserted into the apparatus such that at least a portion of the display of the communication part is exposed, the communication part is configured to use the keyboard of the apparatus for user input and the display for user output.04-29-2010
20100103112FABRIC TYPE INPUT DEVICE - There is a fabric type input device. The fabric type input device comprise a fabric type electrode unit comprising first and second fabric type electrodes formed opposite to each other, the first and second fabric type electrodes each comprising a fabric and a lead pattern formed by patterning a conductive material on the fabric, a fabric type substrate unit interposed between the first and second fabric type electrodes so that the first and second fabric type electrodes are spaced apart from each other, the fabric type substrate unit having a connection hole formed so that the first and second fabric type electrodes are in contact with each other and a control unit supplying an input signal to the fabric type electrode unit, the control unit sensing the supplied input signal. The fabric type input device is formed using a fabric patterned with a conductive material, thereby minimizing foreign-body feeling.04-29-2010
20100103111KEYPAD ASSEMBLY AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - A keypad assembly includes a keypad cover, a printed circuit board and a sensing module. The sensing module is arranged between the keypad cover and the printed circuit board. The sensing module is used to sense touches of a user's finger on the keypad cover. A portable electronic device equipped with the keypad assembly is also described.04-29-2010
20080238877PORTABLE INFORMATION DEVICE - The present invention provides a portable information device including a display for displaying information, a key input unit having a plurality of keys to which numbers are assigned, a key input receiver for receiving an input of a key of the key input unit, a first detector for detecting contact of an object and the contact position, a second detector for detecting a change in the contact position detected by the first detector, and a display controller for controlling scrolling of a screen of the display, when the key input receiver receives an input of a key and the second detector detects a change in the contact position, on the basis of the number assigned to the received key and the change in the contact position.10-02-2008
20100141588PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - In a portable electronic apparatus, a second keyboard to be manipulated with a right hand is joined to a first keyboard unit including a first keyboard to be manipulated with a left hand so that the second keyboard can be turned down. A display unit having a built-in liquid crystal display is joined to the first keyboard unit so that the display unit can be tuned down. When the display unit is turned down, the display unit engages with the second keyboard unit that is turned down. When all the parts of the electronic apparatus are closed, the electronic apparatus serves as a CD player of a CD jacket size. When the display unit is opened, the electronic apparatus has not only the capability of a DVD player but also the capability of a simple personal computer. When all the parts are left open, the electronic apparatus serves as a personal computer having a full keyboard.06-10-2010
20090167695EMBEDDED NAVIGATION ASSEMBLY AND METHOD ON HANDHELD DEVICE - A handheld electronic communication device includes a plurality of text entry keys arranged in a keyfield. A navigation home region includes a navigation home key, and a navigation travel region bounds the navigation home region. The navigation travel region overlies text entry keys within the keyfield. A user navigates by actuating the navigation home key and then moving his finger across keys lying within the navigation travel region and otherwise generally used to effect text entry into the device. The navigation home key is preferably configured for dual levels of actuation, as may be the text entry keys.07-02-2009
20080297481DIRECT ACCESS MOBILE CONTENT SYSTEM - A portable wireless device facilitates easy access to sponsored content over a wireless network. The wireless device includes a keypad user interface having a set of dedicated launch keys that have an assigned function to launch programs/modules providing access to sponsored content. The keypad user interface also includes a first set of programmable displays associated with, but separate from, each one of the set of dedicated launch keys. The programmable displays each present a representation of sponsored content invoked in response to a user pressing a corresponding one of the dedicated launch keys. A launch key data structure includes a set of entries corresponding to individual ones of the dedicated launch keys. Each dedicated launch key entry identifies a networked source of sponsored content accessible by selecting one of the dedicated launch keys. An accounting function associates selecting a dedicated launch key with a first compensation parameter.12-04-2008
20090033629PORTABLE TERMINAL EQUIPMENT AND A METHOD OF RECEIVING INPUT - Provided is a portable terminal equipment which can prevent operation keys from being increased and which is capable of reducing the numbers of pushing the operation keys down at the time of input of characters. The portable terminal equipment has a plurality of operation keys (02-05-2009
20120032888Method and Apparatus for Enhancing Keycap Legend Visibility in Low Light Conditions - Techniques and apparatus to provide improved visibility to user input devices, such as keys, are disclosed. In low light conditions, keys can be difficult to distinguish. For example, often keys have legends on them to visually distinguish them from one another, but in low light conditions it can be difficult for users to visually distinguish the different keys. The legends can be textual and/or graphic. Hence, according to one embodiment, light from a nearby display device can be used to provide illumination to the user input devices (e.g., keys). More particularly, in one embodiment, some light from the nearby display device can be directed towards and reflected from the user input devices (e.g., keys) to enhance visibility of the keys or the legends thereon.02-09-2012
20080291172COMPACT UNIVERSAL KEYBOARD - A keyboard type input device used in conjunction with a wristwatch or a portable telephone has multiple key positions provided as character entry keys. Each key corresponds to one key in the selected row of the conventional QWERTY keyboard. A second set of control buttons provide for the selection of which row of a conventional QWERTY keyboard are represented by the character keys in addition to other functions such as case shift, and alpha-numerical control functions. A selected row is shown on a display, as visual feedback. Alternatively the keys are implemented as LCDs with pressure sensors and the characters of the selected row are displayed directly on the corresponding key positions. The keyboard finds particular use in portable devices as it demands less space than traditional keyboards.11-27-2008
20080273012Multifunctional portable computing device with special housing - A portable computing device includes pivoting and hinging mechanisms which enable its housing to reconfigure to function in multiple modes. In one configuration the device functions as a laptop computer with keyboard input. In another configuration the device folds into a compact, hand-held, pen-based computer. In another configuration the device folds around the display for protection during transport. A set of adjustable stops enable easy and repeatable transitions between the different configurations.11-06-2008
20110006995MULTI-DIRECTIONAL SLIDE INPUT DEVICE FOR A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A multi-directional slide input device for a portable terminal, with a base, which is mounted on the terminal and includes a rectangular-shaped operation surface and a wall formed along the frame of the operation surface, the wall having at least four stationary contact points therein; an X-axis moving stage, which is provided with an X-axis sliding portion formed in a protruding manner on the upper and lower sides of the wall to move in the horizontal direction while being seated on the operation surface, and with a Y-axis moving guide formed in a protruding manner inside the wall on both lateral sides thereof; a Y-axis moving stages, which has an installation surface to install at least one key input means thereon, the installation surface having a wall formed along the frame thereof, and is provided with a Y-axis sliding portion to be coupled with the Y-axis moving guide so as to move vertically within an opening and with an actuation operating portion arranged, on the outside of the wall, at a distance, the actuation operating portion having a multiplicity of actuation contact points coupled to the key input means; and a circuit board, which is mounted on the installation surface of the Y-axis moving stages and has a keypad contact point. It is an advantage of the invention that various electric actions are executed by the operation of the stationary and moving contact points through the sliding motion from the central point of the Y-axis moving stages towards a target direction and the return motion towards the central point, and by the operation of the key input means.01-13-2011
20110006994PORTABLE DEVICE WITH VERSATILE KEYBOARD - An apparatus comprising: a display for presenting information to a user; a housing connected to the display for supporting the display; and a keyboard assembly deployable through a sliding connection to the housing, the keyboard assembly deployable in multiple directions, the information presented to the user through the display is oriented based on deployment of the keyboard assembly, direction of deployment of the keyboard assembly, and input from an application resident on the device. The application prescribes the orientation of the information presented on the display to the user in relation to the direction of keyboard assembly deployment.01-13-2011
20110006993METHOD OF FABRICATING A GLASS WITH CAPACITIVE TOUCH KEYS FOR AN ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT AND INSTRUMENT COMPRISING THE SAME - The method is for fabricating a transparent or semi-transparent element, such as a glass (01-13-2011
20110006992MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal includes: a terminal body having a radio communication function; a touch screen mounted on a front surface of the terminal body and outputting touch inputtable visual information; a keypad connected with one end of the terminal body, inputting information to the terminal body, and formed to be detachably attached to front and rear surface of the terminal body to implement a first status in which the keypad is mounted on the rear surface of the terminal body and a second status in which the keypad is mounted on the front surface; and a controller configured to execute a first input mode through the touch screen in the first status and a second input mode through the keypad in the second status.01-13-2011
20080259038Apparatuses and methods for facilitating user designation of device functions - Systems, apparatuses and methods for facilitating input function designation. A function of a device specified via a user input is identified, and one of a plurality of sub-functions of the identified function is activated, based on an associated durational user input. One representative function is a keyguard function, and user invocation of such a keyguard function is recognized, where the keyguard function is associated with at least a normal keyguard sub-function and security keyguard sub-function. A duration of the user input associated with the user invocation of the keyguard function is determined and one of the normal keyguard sub-function or the security keyguard sub-function is activated, depending on the duration of the user input.10-23-2008
20090174668ACCESSING FEATURES PROVIDED BY A MOBILE TERMINAL - A terminal providing one or more features to a user is disclosed. The terminal comprises a control unit, a user input unit, display unit. The control unit provides, on a standby image of the terminal, an option to select type of an inputted character, an option to select one or more menus to execute features associated with the inputted character, or both. The user input unit enables the user to input the character and select type of the character or select one or more of the menus. The display unit displays the inputted character according to the selected type of the character and also displays the menus.07-09-2009
20090058812MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE CONSTRUCTION USING FRONT PANELED ASSEMBLY AND COMPONENTS THEREOF - A computing device includes a processor, a display component, a keypad assembly and a panel. The display component includes a display area that is pressure-sensitive to detect user-contact with the device over the display area. The display component is coupled to signal the processor when contact is detected. The keypad assembly includes a plurality of key structures. Each of the key structures is aligned over a corresponding contact element provided on an electrical contact layer. Each key structure is pressable, and the corresponding contact element of each key structure is triggerable with contact to signal the processor. The panel is provided over the display area to extend between the key structures and the electrical contact layer. The panel is structured so that, when the computing device is operational, (i) a user contact with a region of the panel that overlies the display area is detectable by the display component to signal the processor, and (ii) pressure on any key structure is sufficient to move at least a portion of the panel inward into the corresponding contact element in order to trigger the contact element into signaling the processor.03-05-2009
20090179862WIRELESS MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINALS AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a user input assembly. The user input assembly includes a capacitive touch sensor unit having a front side, a light guide overlying the front side, an opaque coating on the light guide, and a light source. The opaque coating is configured to represent indicia and/or ornamentation. The light source is operative to generate light that is transmitted through the light guide to illuminate the user input assembly.07-16-2009
20090160777PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device has various functions such as mobile communication, multimedia entertainment, and data processing. The device includes a main body installed with two keyboards and two slide rails, and two sub-bodies respectively equipped with a display. The sub-bodies are pivoted to each other and rotate through a shaft, and slide along slide rails through connecting members on the main body respectively. Therefore, the sub-bodies can be lifted relative to the main body through the shaft and the connecting members, so as to be optionally drawn close to the main body with the two displays facing the same direction, or to stand on the main body with the two displays facing opposite directions. Therefore, two different operating modes are achieved.06-25-2009
20090160776HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A hand-held electronic device being held by a user with a single hand for dialing or with both hands for inputting characters includes a body, a keyboard, two sensors respectively disposed on two opposite sides of the body, and a backlight source. The keyboard has keys forming a region marked with a QWERTY keyboard and a region overlapping the above region and marked with a phone keypad. The sensors detect whether the body is held by a single hand on one side or by both hands on two sides and let the backlight source light up the region marked with the phone keypad on the keyboard when the body is held by a single hand. Thus, the region marked with the phone keypad is highlighted out of the QWERTY keyboard, so it is easy for the user to identify the key numbers and dial quickly.06-25-2009
20090128493PORTABLE COMPUTER - A portable computer includes a first display, a second display, an interconnection portion, and a controller module. The interconnection portion rotatably connects the first and second displays to each other. At least one of the first and second displays is capable of sensing operations of users and generating sensor signals according to the operations. The controller module is used for driving the displays, and receiving the sensor signals.05-21-2009
20110205161VERSATILE KEYBOARD INPUT AND OUTPUT DEVICE - A versatile keyboard input and output device is described. The keyboard device includes a housing having a plurality of buttons, with each button individually clickable, and a capacitive sensing element under each button for touch sensing. The versatile keyboard input and output device further includes a lighting element under each button to provide selective lighting for each button, and a plurality of button glyphs for the plurality of buttons respectively, wherein the button glyphs are selectively visually changeable. The keyboard input device also includes a haptic feedback mechanism included in the housing for providing haptic feedback for the plurality of buttons.08-25-2011
20090128494Computerized phone book - A handy, lightweight computerized phone book includes a main memory partitioned into various compartments for storage of residential phone numbers and business phone numbers that are inputted manually or from a disc whereupon the numbers and addresses whereupon the numbers and addresses are segregated by number, business address, emergency numbers, and frequent/favorite numbers all of which are quickly accessible by the user manually pressing one or more buttons located on the face and which include a resident button, a business button, an emergency button, a list button, a disc button and a help button and then following simple and minimal screen promptings to retrieve the desired number and/or business address.05-21-2009
20120068936Apparatus and Method for Automatic Enablement of a Rear-Face Entry in a Mobile Device - The present invention discloses one or more embodiments of a mobile device capable of automatic enablement of a rear-face data entry. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the mobile device can automatically detect and determine that a rear-face data entry interface is either facing up or facing the user's line of sight, which prompts activation of the rear-face data interface for immediate enablement of data entry (e.g. typing). If the rear-face data entry interface is either facing down or away from the user's line of sight, the mobile device disables the rear-face data interface for data entry to minimize accidental and undesirable data entry via the rear-face data interface. The preferred embodiment of the invention also incorporates a primary frontal touch-screen display, a secondary rear touch-screen display, a QWERTY keyboard, and display elevation guards on both displays.03-22-2012
20080316178PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH INPUT WITH SCROLLING FUNCTION - A portable communication device is equipped with a touch input device configured to provide key press functionality and scrolling functionality. The touch input device is electronically defined to include a plurality of key press areas separated by grey zones. The portable communication device is configured to provide scrolling functionality in response to detection of sequential user contact with multiple key press areas and an intervening grey zone within a predetermined timing trigger.12-25-2008
20090213078USER INTERFACE DEVICES AND METHODS WITH ALPHANUMERIC CHARACTER ENLARGEMENT - Disclosed are devices and methods for rendering, on a display of a mobile communication device, digits and/or characters that may be more easily perceived by a visually impaired user. The display shows a selected digit or character by itself, taking up a substantial part of the display. In an embodiment, the digit or character may be rendered by the display so as to subtend at least 2 degrees of arc at a predetermined viewing distance. In another embodiment a touch screen may be used for digit or character entry. Depending on the portion of the touch screen that receives contact input from the user, a user can select a particular digit or character for entry. In this manner, the digit values could be presented to a visually impaired user, for example, for an account number for online banking, while retaining privacy.08-27-2009
20100020019NOTEBOOK COMPUTER AND KEYBOARD CONTROLLER THEREOF - A notebook computer and a keyboard controller thereof are disclosed. A keyboard controller is coupled to a keyboard matrix having first connecting wires, a second connecting wire, and third connecting wires. The first connecting wires intersect the horizontal third connecting wires to form several first intersection points. The first intersection points correspond to several keys on a keyboard. The keyboard identification (second) connecting wire intersects the third connecting wires to form a plurality of second intersection points. Each of the first intersection points has a switch, respectively. States of the second intersection points defines a keyboard identifier. The keyboard controller includes a first group of pins coupled to the first connecting wires, a second group of pins coupled to the third connecting wires, and a keyboard identification output pin coupled to the second connecting wire.01-28-2010
20090051658SLIDEABLE KEYBOARD FOR AN ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - An electronic equipment (02-26-2009
20110227834ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TOUCH KEYPAD - An electronic device includes a keypad, a circuit board, and a processing unit. The keypad includes a plurality of keys. Each of the keys includes a touch sensitive layer. The keypad is selectively operable between a touch input mode and a punch input mode. The touch sensitive layers cooperatively constitutes a unitary touch sensitive layer configured for sensing a touching track of a finger or a stylus thereon and controlling a movement track of a cursor or a scroll bar on a display screen based to the sensed touching track. In the punch input mode, the touch sensitive layers function individually and are configured to punch in numbers, letters, or characters. The processing unit is disposed on the circuit board and is configured for switching the keypad to operate between the touch input mode and the punch input mode.09-22-2011
20110141028SEAMLESS BUTTON ARRAY PANELS FOR HANDHELD COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A button array panel for a handheld communication device. The button array panel can include buttons and a continuous and seamless layer covering each button. Each button has an associated function and full recovery. A substrate layer can also be provided and can be interposed between the buttons and continuous and seamless layer. The button array panel can be a side button array panel or a keypad button array panel. The button array panel can prevent material, such as dust or liquid, from penetrating the handheld communication device.06-16-2011
20090231283Colored Morphing Apparatus for an Electronic Device - A user interface (09-17-2009
20090231282CHARACTER SELECTION ON A DEVICE USING OFFSET CONTACT-ZONE - A mobile device having a housing including a display screen mounted therein as well as a touch-sensitive keyboard and microprocessor is disclosed. The microprocessor is communicatively connected between the display screen and the touch-sensitive keyboard. A program that runs on the microprocessor is also presented. The microprocessor-run program identifies an offset contact-zone on the touch-sensitive keyboard that corresponds to a proximate visible input key. Additionally, the microprocessor-run program normalizes the identified offset contact-zone into registration with the corresponding proximate visible input key so that sensed contacts at the offset contact-zone actuate an input to the device associated with the corresponding visible input key.09-17-2009
20110221683MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL - To prevent a function assigned to a selection item from being performed by an erroneous operation at the time when both housings are expanded or housed.09-15-2011
20130215038ADAPTABLE ACTUATED INPUT DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED PROXIMITY DETECTION - A hardware input device is disclosed in which at least two modes of manual user input can be provided within the same surface area of the device, including actuating or pressing multiple keys or buttons etc. as well as touch and/or gesturing by the user. A disclosed embodiment has actuated keys/buttons with associated sensors for detecting actuation; a second set of sensors for detecting proximity e.g. of a user's extremities is co-located on the input device. In one embodiment, infrared sensors for proximity detection are integrated with the traditional plastic keys/buttons of a computer keyboard or other personal electronics device. In some embodiments, the elevation of actuated input elements can be controlled by a processor, so that the physical configuration of keys/buttons available to the user can be dynamically reconfigured under program control. Methods are disclosed for using the input device to facilitate a heads-up style of interaction.08-22-2013
20090213080Mobile phone with dialing keys of uneven surface - A mobile phone includes an alphanumeric keypad on a first portion of a front surface thereof and including keys arranged in rows and columns; a direction key on a second portion of the front surface thereof; and a display on a third portion of the front surface thereof, wherein the keys of the keypad have an uneven surface so that dialing by touching the keys can be made, for example, in a dark environment or while driving. In one embodiment, the first portion is an upper portion of the front surface of the mobile phone, and the third portion is a lower portion of the front surface thereof. In another embodiment, the first portion is a lower portion of the front surface of the mobile phone, and the third portion is an upper portion of the front surface thereof.08-27-2009
20090262079Electronic Device in the Form of a Hands-Free Telephone System and/or a Navigation Device - An electronic device in the form of a hands-free telephone system and/or a navigation device, comprising a housing having a base part (10-22-2009
20090251419Bracelet with information display and imputting capability - A bracelet with information display and inputting capability comprises twelve segments hinged together to allow the bracelet to be folded around the wrist of a user. An information processing unit receives inputted information from an inputting device, for example, by a QWERTY keyboard, and generates display for displaying information on display screen. The display screen and the keyboard each extends over more than one segment of the bracelet, and the segments of the bracelet are hinged to allow the bracelet to be arranged flat for input of information via the inputting device.10-08-2009
20090251418METHOD OF CONFIGURING AN IDLE SCREEN AND DEVICE USING THE SAME - A method of operating a mobile phone implementing a plurality of functions is provided. A communication mode is provided in the mobile phone, when in the communication mode, a communication control interface is configured as an idle screen when none of the functions is in use. A function application mode is provided in the mobile phone, when in the function application mode, an application control interface corresponding to one of the functions is configured as the idle screen when the one of the functions is in use. A first selection is received, directing the mobile phone to switch between the communication mode and the function application mode. The mobile phone is operated in the communication mode or the function application mode according to the selection.10-08-2009
20120105331PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An object of the present invention is to provide a portable electronic device capable of suppressing incorrect inputs. A control unit of a cellular telephone device detects a distance between an object in proximity to a display unit and a display surface of the display unit, and a position on the display unit corresponding to the distance, causes the display unit to display a keyboard configured with a plurality of images displaying keys, and in response to a contact detecting unit having detected contact of an object to the display unit, the control unit accepts an input of a key corresponding to the image. The control unit causes the display unit to display images, which are displayed within a predetermined range from the position detected on the display unit, in an enlarged manner.05-03-2012
20100149104INTEGRATED KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD - A data input system including a screen that selectably displays an image of a data input device such as a keyboard or a computer mouse. The screen tracks pressure applied by the user, and processes an input signal created by the pressure into input data according to the image displayed on the screen.06-17-2010
20090315832APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE DISPLAY WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK - An electronic device including an interactive display having an interactive mode and a non-interactive mode. The interactive display includes an image display device that displays a user-interactive imaged keypad in at least a portion of the image display device when the interactive display is in the interactive mode and that displays other image data in the at least a portion of the image display device when the interactive display is in the non-interactive mode, and a substantially transparent physical keypad that provides tactile feedback to a user indicating location of one or more imaged keys within the imaged keypad in response to one or more actuators disposed below the image display device.12-24-2009
20100149105PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device comprises a main enclosure, a QWERTY keyboard assembly, and a holder. The QWERTY keyboard assembly includes a plurality of keys disposed as a qwerty board. The holder includes a positioning portion, a connecting portion, and a receiving portion. The receiving portion is rotatably connected with the positioning portion via the connecting portion. The QWERTY keyboard assembly is received in the receiving portion, the positioning portion is secured to the main enclosure.06-17-2010
20090122015MOBILE TERMINALS HAVING A MOVABLE KEYBOARD AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME - Mobile terminals are provided including a portable housing. A display is rotatably coupled to the portable housing for movement between a closed position proximate the housing to an open position extending from the housing. A keypad moveably coupled to the portable housing. A coupling mechanism couples to the display and to the keypad and translates rotational movement of the display between the open and closed position to a selected displacement of the keypad.05-14-2009
20100156799Portable Terminal Device and Input Mode Control Method - A portable terminal device in which a preset input mode can be forcibly return to by a simple operation and the user convenience and operability can be improved and its input mode control method. When the operation of a specific key is detected or the operating time of the specific key is monitored and it is detected that the specific key is continuously operated for a predetermined time or more, a control unit 06-24-2010
20100156797COMPACT HANDSET COMMUNICATION AND PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHODS - The present invention is directed to a handheld electronic device comprising one or two modules operatively interconnected via a pivotable connection mechanism or other moveable mechanical interconnection. Each module has two surfaces facing in opposing directions. The device further comprises a first display carried by a surface of a module, and possibly a text-entry keypad provided on a different surface. The text-entry keypad is optimized for entry of text via thumb-keying styled text-entry, wherein the user's hands cradle the device so the thumbs are in proper position for operation of the keypad. A navigation control may be provided on a surface of the module, and is sized and positioned to be operated by at least one finger or at least one thumb of the user's hands when cradling the device. There may also be provided for handset use, a second display sized substantially smaller than the first display, as well as a numerical entry keypad, an audio output port, an audio input port, or selective ones of such devices. These components can be provided on the surface of one of the two modules, such that these types of components remain uncovered and accessible in various configurations of the device.06-24-2010
20100182243Systems And Methods For Processing Data Entered Using An Eye-Tracking System - A method for processing data entered using an electronic device and an electronic device capable of implementing the method is described. In one embodiment, the electronic device includes at least one multi-value key associated with at least two input data values. Each multi-value key includes a plurality of units and each input data value corresponds to at least one unit. The electronic device also includes an eye-tracking system that determines an area where a user is gazing by monitoring eye movements of the user, and an input value selection module coupled to the plurality of units and to the eye-tracking system. The input value selection module determines probabilistically which input data value was entered based on a value received from at least one unit and on the area where the user is gazing.07-22-2010
20090079698INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An input device inputs information by a slide operation depending on an operation body. The device contains a housing having an operation surface, a detection unit that is provided in the housing and includes an electrostatic capacitance sheet member which detects a slide position of the operation body to output a position detection signal, and an operation unit that covers an entire surface of the detection unit and is slide-operated along the operation surface of the housing. The operation unit has a convex shape which becomes thicker along a sliding direction from one direction of the operation surface of the housing and also which becomes thinner toward the other direction of the operation surface thereof. The electrostatic capacitance sheet member includes a switch portion that is switched by a press-in operation of the operation body to the operation unit.03-26-2009
20090079696METHOD FOR INPUTTING USER COMMAND AND VIDEO APPARATUS AND INPUT APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - A method of inputting a user command includes displaying a navigation window including letter key symbols corresponding to keys on a manipulator. If a first user command as to a specific key on the manipulator is input, a specific letter key symbol on the navigation window corresponding to the specific key is activated, and if a second user command as to the specific key is input, the letter corresponding to the activated specific letter key symbol is input. Accordingly, even if the manipulator is separated from the display on which a result of the manipulator is displayed, the user can input a user command by looking at the display only.03-26-2009
20100001959KEYPAD OF MOBILE TERMINAL AND DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal is provided. The mobile terminal includes a display and a controller. The controller is configured to display input characters and a cursor in a display window and to display a keypad in the display. The controller is further configured to display the keypad with a plurality of keys and to display the plurality of keys including display characters. The controller is further configured to change a font of the display characters corresponding to a font of an input character adjacent the cursor of the input characters.01-07-2010
20100177046Key input method and apparatus for portable apparatus - A key input apparatus for a portable apparatus includes a display unit that displays a key selected by a user input. The apparatus includes a light sensor comprising a plurality of light emitting elements and a plurality of light receiving elements. The respective light emitting elements generate first light signals upward at a predetermined angle from a direction in which the light emitting elements face the light receiving elements. The apparatus also includes input detection unit that detects the light receiving elements that receive the first light signals, and detects a user's space input position using the light receiving elements that receive the first light signals if the light receiving elements that receive the first light signals are detected.07-15-2010
20100214227DUAL SCREEN PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A dual screen portable electronic device is provided. The portable electronic device includes a first group of function interfaces, a second group of function interfaces, a first screen, a second screen and a central processing unit. The first screen is configured for displaying the first group of function interfaces. The second screen is configured for displaying the second group of function interfaces. The central processing unit is configured for controlling one of the first screen or the second screen to be in an activated state and the other to be in an inactivated state, performing functions corresponding to the function interfaces, and controlling the activated screen to display the function interfaces.08-26-2010
20100225591HIGHLY COMPACT KEYBOARDS - Rules of operation for a first keyboard having a small number of keys based which exploit user familiarity with the physical layout and operation of a second keyboard having a much greater number of keys. The second keyboard is a familiar keyboard such as a QWERTY keyboard or a phone keypad, and the rules of operation for the first keyboard reflect the location of the keys of the second keyboard that are used to enter specific text characters and how those keys are operated to enter them. This method can apply to keyboards operating under predictive text algorithms, and enables modification of existing predictive text algorithms by enabling correction of incorrect guesses starting at different points in a guessed word, including from the first letter in the word. The rules of operation enable construction of keyboards with very few keys that are easy to master and efficient to operate.09-09-2010
20100238118SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TEXT INPUT TO A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A system and method for generating symbols in a mobile communication device is provided. The system may be provided with a chart provided with symbols, such as Hindi characters, and a device for retrieving information related to the presented symbols, the read retrieved information may then be processed and used for identifying the selected symbol in a symbol database and the symbol may then be presented on a display within the mobile communication device.09-23-2010
20100225590Portable Wearable Input Apparatus - A portable wearable input apparatus and method are provided for furnishing input to one or more devices. The portable wearable input apparatus comprises a wearable unit, for example, a mitten, a finger band, etc., configured to conform to a wearer's body part, keystroke registering units detachably disposed on the wearable unit, a mounting unit, and removable electrical connectors. The chamber accommodates the wearer's body part, for example, the wearer's hand. A thumb opening is disposed alongside the chamber of the wearable unit for passing the wearer's thumb. The keystroke registering units enable the wearer to register keystrokes on activation. The mounting unit is in electric communication with the keystroke registering units. The mounting unit mechanically supports the keystroke registering units and transmits the registered keystrokes to the devices. The removable electrical connectors are in electric communication with the mounting unit for transmitting the registered keystrokes as input to the devices.09-09-2010
20100253632INPUT MODULE HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC PAD - One or more piezoelectric pads are disposed into a keyboard and electrically connecting to a rechargeable battery of an electronic device or a portable electronic device. When one button of the keyboard is pressed, the movement of the button pushes and deforms the corresponding piezoelectric pad to generate a piezoelectric voltage for charging the battery. The electronic device or the portable electronic device can deal with power shortage during usage with the feature of transforming mechanical power into electrical power by using piezoelectric pads in the keyboard.10-07-2010
20130127730Portable Computer - A portable computer comprises a base, a display module, at least one support element and at least one sliding assembly. The base comprises a first area and a second area. The display module comprises a connect end and a display face. Each support element comprises a first end pivoted on a portion of the display module other than the display face and a second end pivoted on the rear end of the base. Each sliding assembly comprises a rod element disposed at least in the second area and a sleeve sliding element connected with the connect end and moved along the rod element.05-23-2013
20130127731REMOTE CONTROLLER, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THE SAME - Provided is a remote controller that enables a user of the remote controller to zoom in and zoom out on a selected object while holding the remote controller with one hand. Also provided is a system including the remote controller and a multimedia device including a display for displaying the object.05-23-2013
20090315831APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE DISPLAY WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK - An electronic device including an interactive display having an interactive mode and a non-interactive mode. The interactive display comprises an image display device that displays a user-interactive imaged keypad in at least a portion of the image display device when the interactive display is in the interactive mode and that displays other image data in the at last a portion of the image display device when the interactive display is in the non-interactive mode, and a substantially transparent physical keypad that provides tactile feedback to a user indicating location of keys within the imaged keypad.12-24-2009
20100134418OPPOSITE FACING DEVICE KEYPAD - An opposite facing device keypad is described. In embodiment(s), a portable device includes an integrated display positioned on a first surface of the portable device to display typed inputs. The portable device can also include touch-type keys for typing to initiate the typed inputs. The touch-type keys can be disposed relative a second surface of the portable device, and the second surface faces substantially opposite the first surface to position the touch-type keys for typing when the portable device is held to view the integrated display.06-03-2010
20090066654MULTI ORIENTATION USER INTERFACE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SAME - An exemplary multi orientation user interface for use in a portable electronic device includes a keypad, an orientation sensor, and a processor. The keypad includes a number of keys each associated with a respective command configured to command the portable electronic device to perform a corresponding function. The orientation sensor is configured to detect an orientation of the portable electronic device. The processor is configured to reorient the keys so that the keypad is friendly to a user in the detected orientation of the portable electronic device.03-12-2009
20110018810HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING FACILITATED INPUT AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - An improved handheld electronic device and an improved method facilitate the entry of data when the data is provided in a predetermined data format. In the depicted exemplary embodiment, the handheld electronic device includes a user interface that facilitates the entry of data having a predetermined data format.01-27-2011
20110032190INFORMATION INPUT APPARATUS AND INFORMATION INPUT METHOD - An information input apparatus which displays a plurality of buttons on a display unit, detects an indicated position by a positional coordinate detection unit arranged on the display unit to input information corresponding to the indicated button includes: an incorrect input judgment unit that judges whether information input when a first button among the plurality of buttons is indicated is incorrect input; an incorrect input reason specification unit that specifies a reason of the incorrect input based on an indicated region of the first button with respect to an indicatable region of the first button displayed on the display unit, when the incorrect input judgment unit judges that the input information is the incorrect input.02-10-2011
20110115714INTERFACE SYSTEM FOR ENTERING A STRING OF CHARACTERS - Interface system (05-19-2011
20110115711Method and Apparatus for Replicating Physical Key Function with Soft Keys in an Electronic Device - An electronic device (05-19-2011
20110115712MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal includes: a terminal main body having a wireless communication module; a wireless keypad configured to input information to the terminal main body and operating in a tactile manner; and a driving unit configured to operate the wireless keypad by using power of the terminal main body, wherein the driving unit includes: first and second electrodes mounted in the terminal main body and the wireless keypad; an electric field formation unit provided in the terminal body and applying voltage to the first electrode to form an electric field between the first and second electrodes; and a controller mounted in the terminal body and detecting information regarding a touch applied to the wireless keypad based on a change in the electric field generated by a touch applied to the wireless keypad.05-19-2011
20090033628METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR REVEALING FUNCTION ASSIGNMENTS ON FIXED KEYPADS - Methods and computing devices provide the capability of revealing the value or function assigned to particular keys in a keypad or keyboard by an application running on a computing device. A touch or near touch of a key prompts the presentation or display of the value or function presently assigned to the touched or nearly touched key. The key function assignment may be presented in a portion of the display so as to not block other graphics and text in the display. The process for generating a display of the function or value assigned to a touched or nearly touched key may be performed by a keypad protocol receiving key configurations from the application.02-05-2009
20100141587ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING RECONFIGURABLE KEYBOARD LAYOUT AND METHOD FOR RECONFIGURING KEYBOARD LAYOUT - An electronic device having a plurality of operation keys, a position sensor, a keyboard layout controller and a keyboard illumination controller is provided. The operation keys are configured to form a reconfigurable keyboard layout. The keyboard layout controller is configured to reconfigure the keyboard layout in accordance with the position of the electronic device sensed by the position sensor. The keyboard illumination controller is configured to illuminate one of the operation keys being usable in the keyboard layout after the reconfiguration.06-10-2010
20100164871Portable Electronic Apparatus and Control Method Thereof - Portable electronic apparatus includes a display unit (ELD); a first sensor element group (G07-01-2010
20110128230Portable electronic device and method of controlling same - A method includes rendering selectable features on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device, detecting, by the touch-sensitive display, a touch on the touch-sensitive display, identifying a first feature of the selectable features based on the touch, wherein the first feature is located in a first area of the touch-sensitive display, and expanding a target area of at least one of the selectable features in the first area.06-02-2011
20100149106APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE DISPLAY WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK - An electronic device including an interactive display having a first mode and a second mode. The interactive display includes an image display device that displays a first user-interactive imaged keypad when the interactive display is in the first mode, and that displays a second user-interactive imaged keypad when the interactive display is in the second mode, and a substantially transparent keypad including physical keys permanently formed within the display so that the keypad provides tactile feedback to a user indicating location of keys within the first and second imaged keypads.06-17-2010
20110128231MOBILE DEVICE - A method and system of controlling key operations of a mobile device comprising one or more hard keys and one or more touch keys are disclosed. An operation of one or more hard keys is detected, and measuring an operation time is started in response to detecting the operation. Operations of one or more touch keys are invalidated until the operation time exceeds a certain period of time.06-02-2011
20100220061MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE TO DISPLAY A CURSOR BASED UPON A SELECTED KEYBOARD MODE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A mobile wireless communications device includes a housing to carry a wireless transceiver, a display, a keyboard, and a processor cooperating with the wireless transceiver to perform at least one wireless communication function. The processor also cooperates with the display and the keyboard to permit selection of a keyboard mode from among a plurality of different keyboard modes, at least one of the keyboard modes having multiple different letters selectable from a given key. The processor generates a respective different cursor on the display based upon the selected keyboard mode.09-02-2010
20090219250Interface with and communication between mobile electronic devices - An input device and mobile electronic devices having improved user interface capabilities are described. In one embodiment, a “triple-threat” device is provided in the form of a mobile electronic device of a slider construction. A two-way slider mechanism is provided. In one embodiment, a screen of the mobile electronic device is touch-sensitive (touch input); in a first slider position, tactile-response keys are exposed (key input); in another slider position, a writing pad is exposed (stylus input).09-03-2009
20110090152PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SWITCHABLE INPUT/OUTPUT PORTIONS - A portable electronic device with switchable input/output portions is provided. A control portion is disposed at a main body module of the portable electronic device, and it includes multiple input/output portions. Only one of the input/output portions is exposed out of the main body module to allow the user to operate. In addition, the user may switch the input/output portions corresponding to different modes by rotating, sliding and other operations. This is not only space-saving, but also facilitates the operation of the user.04-21-2011
20090322684MULTIFUNCTION DISPLAY AND OPERATING DEVICE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - A multifunctional display and operating device in a motor vehicle includes a display field for displaying information, and, situated adjacent to the display field, includes operating elements for selecting functions, the operating elements arranged as keys which are each pivotable about a rotational axis extending in, or at an end region of the keys parallel to a surface of the display field.12-31-2009
20100060586PORTABLE TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR PROVIDING WORKOUT SUPPORT - In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is performed at a portable electronic device with a touch screen display while the portable electronic device is in a user-interface locked mode of a workout monitoring application with the touch screen display turned off. The method includes: monitoring a workout by a user with the workout monitoring application; detecting an interaction by the user with a first physical button on the portable electronic device; and determining whether the detected interaction by the user with the first physical button corresponds to a first predefined action. The method further includes, in response to determining that the interaction by the user with the first physical button corresponds to the first predefined action; turning on the touch screen display; providing an audio status report of the workout by the user; displaying a workout pause icon; and displaying an unlock image.03-11-2010
20110175818MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Provided is a mobile electronic device capable of reflecting a user's intention. While an initial screen (07-21-2011
20100039390Key unit with case - A key unit having means whereby a reinforcement plate, which is formed of a rigid material, such as a metal or a hard resin, and is prepared in order to provide a shape maintenance property for a rubber keypad included in a key unit, is employed not simply for maintaining the shape of the keypad, but more variously, as a functional design component of a mobile device that includes a key unit.02-18-2010
20120242582APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING CHARACTER INPUT FUNCTION IN MOBILE TERMINAL - A character input mode of a mobile terminal permits easier viewing of characters being entered on a virtual keyboard. An apparatus and a method permitting detection of misprinted/omitted character when performing a special character input mode An output manager outputs a character input screen including a virtual keyboard region and a character input field region when entering a character input mode, and outputs an auxiliary character input field showing information of currently input data on the virtual keyboard region. A display unit outputs the auxiliary character input field, the character input field, and the virtual keyboard. When an input of the virtual keyboard is detected, the output manager outputs information of data corresponding to an input position on the character input field and the auxiliary character input field. The character input mode preferably includes a mode for inputting at least one of text data, symbol data, and emoticon data.09-27-2012
20110175820PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CHARACTER INPUT SCREEN DISPLAY METHODS, AND PROGRAMS - A portable telephone determines whether or not an entry that serves to select a particular character input mode has been accepted. If the portable telephone determines that the entry that serves to select the particular character input mode has been accepted, the portable telephone displays a list screen on which lists of particular types of characters are categorized and are indicated using tabs corresponding to the types at a part of a character input screen. Thereafter, if the portable telephone accepts an entry from the user that serves to select a tab, the portable telephone selects a tab corresponding to the entry from the list screen and displays a list screen of the particular type of character corresponding to the selected tab on a character input screen.07-21-2011
20110175819ALPHABETIC CHARACTER INPUT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - There is provided an alphabetic character input apparatus including a data storage unit configured to store therein alphabetic character assignment information of each of keys in an alphabetic character input section and a program for inputting an alphabetic character; a key input unit configured to detect a key manipulation signal of a user to select an alphabetic character assigned to each of the keys; and a memory configured to store therein alphabetic character assignment information of a key corresponding to a key manipulation signal lately input by the user such that the alphabetic character assignment information of the key is assigned to a clone key.07-21-2011
20110175817MOBILE TERMINAL - Portable terminal (07-21-2011
20110074690AUTOMATIC KEYPAD BACKLIGHT ADJUSTMENT ON A MOBILE HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method is set forth for automatically adjusting keypad brightness on a mobile electronic device having a light sensor, a keypad and a backlight for said keypad, comprising obtaining light level samples from the light sensor, turning the backlight from off to on in the event a current light level sample is less than a threshold value below which backlight illumination becomes necessary in order to read the keypad, and from off to on after a predetermined time period in the event the current light level sample is greater than the threshold value.03-31-2011
20110102328Hyper folding portable electronic device - A hyper folding portable electronic device and particularly an electronic device adopted for handheld operation to facilitate manual data entry mainly has a chassis supported by user's thumbs and input operation performed user's rest fingers. The electronic device includes a first body holding an operation key cluster and a second body holding a screen that are coupled through a hinge structure. The first body and second body are flappable at a selected angle so that the screen and the operation key cluster are positioned in a back-to-back manner. The screen displays a keyboard table corresponding to the operation key cluster to facilitate user's data entry operation.05-05-2011
20090213079Multi-Purpose Input Using Remote Control - Systems and methods for inputting text and commands to an electronic device using a remote control device. One method includes displaying a first grid on a display device, wherein at least one cell in the first grid represents alphanumeric characters and at least one cell represents an operation function. The method includes receiving a first input from the remote control device that identifies a first cell that includes first alphanumeric characters, and displaying a second grid in front of the first grid such that the second grid including a plurality of cells, with each cell representing the first alphanumeric characters. The method also includes receiving a second input from the remote control device that identifies a specific alphanumeric character within the second grid, and displaying the identified alphanumeric character on the display device.08-27-2009
20090027346METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERSONALIZING AND BRANDING MOBILE DEVICE KEYPADS - Methods and systems for configuring keypads are provided to enable configuring display keypads to display themes, vary display fonts or present other graphics. An application may provide instructions to a keypad protocol to change the theme of or the size of the letters and numbers on the keypad. Alternatively, a keypad protocol can enable users to configure keypad displays. In an application the keypad can be configured to display advertising. Keys configured for advertising can allow users to receive advertisement content on their computing devices.01-29-2009
20090027345Handheld 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.01-29-2009
20120146916METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USER KEYPAD IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method of providing a user defined user key pad and a mobile terminal supporting the same are provided. The method includes displaying guide information when entering a user key pad setting mode, determining a designation range for the user key pad according to a user interaction inputted based on the guide information, computing a key arrangement of the user key pad in response to the determined range, and configuring the user key pad according to the computed key arrangement.06-14-2012
20110069010MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF RECEIVING INFORMATION IN THE SAME - A mobile terminal includes a touch panel receiving a first input, a key input unit at least partially overlapping the touch panel and receiving a second input, and a controller selectively processing a first signal transmitted from the touch panel in response to the first input and a second signal transmitted from the key input unit in response to the second input. The controller processes the first signal as a touch input upon determining absence of the second signal within a predetermined period of time after receiving the first input and processes the second signal as a key input upon determining presence of the second signal within the predetermined period of time after receiving the first input.03-24-2011
20110248926HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND KEYBOARD HAVING MULTIPLE-FUNCTION KEYS - An improved handheld electronic device having an improved keyboard provides enhanced usability with fewer keys by enabling the keys to pivot slightly to provide multiple functions to the keys. The improved keyboard may, for example, include internal strips of conductive carbon that are disposed adjacent the keys and are electrically engageable with contacts on a printed circuit board. Specifically, when a key is pressed directly downward it collapses a single dome and connects together a set of primary contacts to provide a first function. When the key is pressed at the side thereof, the key pivots slightly, collapses the dome and connects together the primary contacts, and also engages a carbon strip with a pair of secondary contacts to connect together the secondary contacts, all of which provide a second function. The keyboard may be configured to be of a QWERTY configuration while using only a relatively small number of keys.10-13-2011
20100302167TERMINAL DEVICE - A terminal device includes a first housing, a key attached to a cut portion in a corner of the first housing, a key support portion configured to support the key, the key support portion including a shaft portion having a rotation axis on a side of a side face of the corner and attached to a bearing portion provided in the first housing and a peripheral edge portion caught by a peripheral edge of the cut portion, a transmitting portion configured to transmit a predetermined pressing force to a switch provided on the substrate via the key support portion when the predetermined pressing force is applied to the key in a rotation direction determined by the rotation axis, and a second housing combined with the first housing to which the key and the key support portion are attached so as to store the transmitting portion, the substrate, and the switch.12-02-2010
20100097321MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Disclosed are a terminal in which a shape or configuration of a virtual keypad is transformable by considering user's convenience and a method for controlling the same, the terminal including: a display module configured to display a virtual keypad; a user input unit configured to receive a touch or drag input from a user; and a controller configured to transform the shape of the virtual keypad according to a dragged direction or dragged length when a spot of the virtual keypad is touched to be dragged in a specific direction.04-22-2010
20090244012PORTABLE COMPUTER WITH MULTIPLE DISPLAY CONFIGURATIONS - A portable computer that is configurable between a laptop mode (in which the portable computer has a conventional laptop appearance) and an easel mode in which the base of the computer and its display component stand vertically forming an inverted “V.” The portable computer includes a hinge assembly that couples the display component to the base of the computer, and allows the display component to be rotated about an axis along an interface between the display component and the base to configure the portable computer between a closed position, the laptop mode and the easel mode. The portable computer further comprises a scroll wheel and optional navigation buttons that10-01-2009
20080246734BODY MOVEMENT BASED USAGE OF MOBILE DEVICE - Body-based sensors are used to interact with one or more mobile devices. This interaction can be an alternative to or a supplement to traditional input methods on mobile devices. In order to facilitate everyday use, sensors can be hidden in jewelry or other fashion accessories normally worn by a user and wirelessly coupled to the mobile devices. When certain body movement is detected, a mobile device can automatically initiate one or more processes that perform various actions, such as actions on that mobile device or actions on communicatively coupled devices. The body movements can be user-defined so that a user can customize his interaction with the mobile device to meet the user's particular needs. The sensor array can also be adapted to turn on or off depending on the current environment.10-09-2008
20120032890METHOD AND HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING FIRST INPUT COMPONENT AND SECOND TOUCH SENSITIVE INPUT COMPONENT - A handheld electronic device includes a housing having a surface; a first input component having input members disposed external to the surface; a second touch sensitive input component disposed about the input members, the touch sensitive input component being separate and distinct from the input members and the first input component and being structured to provide one of: a contact point with respect to the surface responsive to actuation of a first number of the input members, and a number of responses responsive to actuation of a second number of the input members. A processor cooperates with the first input component and the touch sensitive input component to determine if a plurality of the input members are actuated contemporaneously and to output a representation of a single one of the input members based upon one of: the contact point, and the number of responses.02-09-2012
20080266264ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND A METHOD IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device (10-30-2008
20080266263Human-To-Mobile Interfaces - A method of character recognition for a personal computing device comprising a user interface capable of receiving inputs that are to be recognised through data input means which are receptive to keyed, tapped or a stylus input, said device being adapted to facilitate a reduction in the number of physical keying actions, tapping actions or gestures required to create a data string to less than the number of characters within said data string: storing a set of data strings each with a priority indicator associated therewith, wherein the indicator is a measure of a plurality of derivatives associated with the data string; recognising an event; looking up the most likely subsequent data string to follow the event from the set of data strings based on one or more of the plurality of derivatives; ordering the data strings for display based on the priority indicator of that data string; if the required subsequent data string is included in the list selecting the required subsequent data string; if the required subsequent data string is not included in the list entering a event and repeating steps b to e; updating the priority indicator of the selected data string; updating the set of data strings based on the updated priority indicator.10-30-2008
20120242583 USER INTERFACE FOR A HAND HELD DEVICE - A device with a user interface includes a display screen, input keys, and a controller that is configured to control the display screen to display a three by three matrix of fields wherein each of the fields may contain a symbol, and wherein the controller is further interfaced with a number of the input keys, for example four selection keys or eight selection keys, in such a way that one of the symbols is selected by operation of at least one of these selection keys and some of the symbols are selected by simultaneous operation of two or more of the selection keys.09-27-2012
20110254774TERMINAL DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM WITH CONTROL PROGRAM RECORDED THEREIN - In a terminal device 10-20-2011
20120200505METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PREFERRING A DIACRITICAL VERSION OF A LINGUISTIC ELEMENT ON A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE BASED ON LINGUISTIC SOURCE AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS - A method for automatically preferring a diacritical version of a linguistic element on a handheld electronic device by utilizing a linguistic source.08-09-2012
20080252603Condensed Keyboard for Electronic Devices - Apparatuses and systems for generating characters for electronic devices using condensed keyboards are disclosed. One embodiment comprises a keyboard that monitors two sets, of keys, one for each hand, for manipulation and desired character generation. The keyboard generally has four or more keys for each hand, and the keyboard may be located on the back and/or sides of a portable electronic device. One or several of the keys may generate multiple characters, depending on how the user manipulates the key while depressing it. A further embodiment may display cues of help information on a display screen of the system, assisting users in typing with the keys since the users may be unable to easily observe their fingers. That is to say, some embodiments may provide support for people with no touch-typing skills and accommodate key configurations on the back of devices with an embodiment keyboard.10-16-2008
20110260981HAND-HELD WIRELESS COMPUTER KEYBOARD - The computer keyboard is compact for easy holding and operating by hands. In a front portion, a wireless signal transmitter is housed. Two lateral sides are curved downward to form two hand-held portions for convenient hand holding. On the top surface of the computer keyboard where the two thumbs could easily reach, an ordinary computer key pad is laid out. In the key pad, a special key is provided, which could switch the definitions of some keys, and allow the configuration of key combinations to perform a specific control function. As such, the computer keyboard is able to use a minimum number of keys in the key pad. On the bottom surface where the index or middle fingers could easily touch, a touch pad is provided for controlling the computer cursor.10-27-2011
20110163962CHARACTER INPUT DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - According to one embodiment, a character input device is configured as follows. Based on a key operation on a remote controller, any of alphabetic characters displayed on a screen is selected and input. A plurality of graphemes present for the alphabetic character selected based on the key operation on the remote controller are displayed on the screen. Any of the plurality of graphemes displayed on the screen is selected and input.07-07-2011
20120146915NOTEBOOK COMPUTER - A notebook computer includes a base and a keyboard detachably mounted to the base. The keyboard includes a control unit, a wireless transmitting module connected to the control unit, and a battery. The control unit is used to discern operations of the keyboard, and output corresponding signals according to the operations of the keyboard. The wireless transmitting module is used to receive the corresponding signals and converts the corresponding signals into wireless signals. The battery is used to power the control unit and the wireless transmitting module. The base includes a wireless receiving module and a motherboard. The wireless receiving module is used to receive the wireless signals, and converts the wireless signals into the corresponding signals. The motherboard is connected to the wireless receiving module to receive the corresponding signals to implement corresponding instructions according to the corresponding signals.06-14-2012
20110115710ADAPTIVE KEYBOARD WITH PHYSICAL FEEDBACK - The disclosure is directed at an adaptive keyboard having at least two key layouts, the adaptive keyboard for use with at least two applications, the keyboard comprising a processor for determining which of said at least two key layouts to display; a display portion having defined therein a set of keys, said display portion including a set of incisions thereby defining the keys; a set of actuators corresponding to each of the set of keys of the determined key layout; and a set of switches, each of the set of switches associated with at least one of the set of actuators.05-19-2011
20110134046DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device including a remote control unit and a display panel unit is provided. The display panel unit includes a plurality of optical receivers and a track recognizer. The remote control unit emits a light beam. The optical receivers receive the light beam and convert the light beam into a plurality of sensing voltages. The track recognizer generates a control command according to the sensing voltages so that the display panel unit sets an on-screen display (OSD).06-09-2011
20120206365Method and System for Controlling a Computer with a Mobile Device - Methods and systems in accordance with the present invention allow connection of a cellular telephone or other mobile device to a computer or other receiving device with a processor and user interface and thus allow input of text into the computer via the keypad of the cellular telephone or other mobile device. Methods and systems in accordance with the present invention further allow input of abbreviations common to character limited messaging formats; for example text messaging, Twitter, and Facebook; and translate such abbreviations into the words or phrases they commonly represent.08-16-2012
20120146913PORTABLE DATA TERMINAL STYLUS WITH ROLLING BALL TIP - A portable data terminal includes a housing comprising an upper surface, a side surface, a front surface, and a rear surface. A touch screen including a display and a touch sensitive overlay is coupled to the upper surface of the housing. The portable data terminal further includes a stylus for activating the touch screen. The stylus reduces wear and tear to the touch sensitive overlay. The stylus includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having an internal socket defined by a first spherical radius. The stylus further includes a roller ball captured by the socket, the roller ball being defined by a second spherical radius that is less than the first spherical radius. The roller ball protrudes from the proximal end of the body by a distance P, wherein P is less than one half of the second spherical radius. In one embodiment, the dynamic coefficient of friction relative to the touch sensitive overlay is in the range of 0.2-0.4. In another embodiment, the roller ball is comprised of polyoxymethylene.06-14-2012
20110074692Devices and Methods for Conforming a Virtual Keyboard - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to improving the efficiency of text input by generating a dynamic virtual keyboard. 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 allows the user to select a desired layout for the keyboard, such that the user can change the ergonomics of the keyboard in order to make text input more comfortable. Different layouts reflect different typing styles, hand positions, etc.03-31-2011
20100214228DISPLAY DEVICE AND KEY ARRANGEMENT - A display device includes a light source, an optical waveguide element with an emission area, optical waveguide element configured to conduct light from the light source onto an emission area, and a transflective element arranged on the emission area including a first layer with at least one first subregion and at least one second subregion, the first layer configured to transmit light from emission area in the first subregion and not to transmit in the second subregion, and a second layer arranged above the first layer in the emission direction of the light, the second layer configured to transmit at least a part of the light from light source.08-26-2010
20080218484Input apparatus, mobile apparatus, and information recording medium - Keys that structure the keyboard have a diamond-shaped form that is symmetrical in both the vertical and the horizontal directions, disposed so that none of the edges of the surface in which the keyboard is formed are parallel with any of the edges of the diamond shapes. To each key is applied a marking in one or two orientations depending on the orientation of use of the mobile communications terminal. In the keyboard, these types of keys are laid out in a staggered pattern, wherein the markings are applied in positions that are on a straight line that passes through each of the keys in two rows of keys that are adjacent in the vertical direction on keys that are used when the mobile communications terminal is used in the horizontal orientation.09-11-2008
20080218483APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A CONVERGED KEYBOARD AND REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE - Apparatus and method for a converged remote control and keyboard device. An embodiment of an apparatus comprises a remote control, a keyboard and a processor to receive a control signal to determine whether to enable functionality of the remote control or functionality of the keyboard. Other embodiments are described and claimed.09-11-2008
20100066681INTEGRATED HAPTIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND TOUCH SENSITIVE DISPLAY - The provision of a haptic input with an integrated touch screen input is disclosed. One disclosed embodiment provides a control apparatus for an electronic device. The control apparatus comprises a haptic input mechanism configured to provide haptic feedback responsive to a push input, and an integrated touch sensitive display forming a surface of the haptic input mechanism, wherein the touch sensitive display comprising a touch-sensing mechanism.03-18-2010
20100060587Handheld Device with Multiple Displays - A handheld device includes a plurality of display units and at least one processor coupled to the plurality of display units. The processor is configured to generate output at least a portion of which is displayed on at least one of the display units. At least two of the display units are configured to present data associated with different applications running on the processor, the applications operating simultaneously and independently of one another.03-11-2010
20090174669Split QWERTY keyboard with reduced number of keys - A reduced size and split keyboard arrangement is provided for a portable computing apparatus. The arrangement of the keys, together with mapping of multiple characters to the keys allows reduction of the keyboard to a smaller footprint of a handheld device. Keys may have a single character or multiple characters mapped thereto. For the keys with multiple character mapping, the selection of the character may be by done by simultaneous or near-simultaneous pressing of adjacent physical keys. In one embodiment, disambiguation software may be employed to determine selection of a character from a physical or virtual key with multiple characters assigned thereto.07-09-2009
20090174667Method, Device, and Graphical User Interface Providing Word Recommendations for Text Input - A portable electronic device having a touch screen display performs a set of operations, including displaying a plurality of key icons, each having an adjustable size hit region, and receiving a sequence of individual touch points input by a user on the touch screen display. The operations performed by the device further include processing the received individual touch points by: forming a user-input directed graph for the sequence of individual touch points received so far, determining a character corresponding to a last received individual touch point in accordance with the adjustable hit regions of the displayed key icons, displaying a sequence of characters corresponding to the sequence of individual touch points, and updating sizes of the adjustable hit regions for a plurality of the key icons in accordance with the sequence of individual touch points input by the user.07-09-2009
20090174666KEYPAD HOUSING CONFIGURATION FOR A MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE - A mobile computing device includes a housing, a keypad assembly, and a housing lip. The keypad assembly provides a plurality of keys on a façade of the housing. The keypad and the plurality of keys are dimensioned to be operable with one or both of a user's thumbs. A housing lip that protrudes from the façade of the housing so as to at least partially circumvent the plurality of keys.07-09-2009
20090174665METHOD OF FACILITATING USER INPUT IN HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING A TEXT DISAMBIGUATION FUNCTION - Methods of facilitating input into a handheld electronic device based on the intent of the user wherein possible intended inputs generated by the text disambiguation function of the handheld electronic device are grouped and displayed in particular directional orientations. A multi-directional navigation mechanism may then be used to select a particular one of the possible intended inputs by providing a direction input that corresponds to the direction of the group that includes the desired possible intended input.07-09-2009
20100020018SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING MENU ITEMS OF AN ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A method for selecting menu items of an electronic apparatus is provided. The method controls a keypad of the electronic apparatus to work in a circular input mode, determines whether a current input key is a first key, controls an indication cursor to highlight a first menu item of a menu item list if the current key is the first key, and checks a number pair comprised of a previous input key and the current key against a clockwise table or a counterclockwise table if the current key is not the first key. The method further generates clockwise sliding events to scroll the indication cursor down if the pair has a match in the clockwise table, or counterclockwise sliding events to scroll the indication cursor up if the pair has a match in the counterclockwise table, so as to select a desired menu item from the menu item list.01-28-2010
20110074691Predictive Force Sensitive Keypad - Devices and methods are described for improving the efficiency of text input by requiring more pressure to select keys on a dynamic keyboard that are improbable key presses. 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 has a lever mechanism which varies the force required to press the key. Keyboard logic on the text-entry device is programmed to change the force required to enter each key within the dynamic 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.03-31-2011
20090021485ERGONOMIC THUMB SUPPORT DEVICE FOR A HAND-HELD DEVICE - In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a thumb support device for use with a hand-held device that is held using a single hand and that included a thumb control. The hand-held device may have an input/output device on it, such as a display screen or a microphone. The hand-held device is configured in such a way that, for the user to use the input/output device, the user holds the hand-held device in at least approximately a palm-up orientation. For example, the hand-held device may include a display screen on its front face and may be held by the user with their hand in a palm-up orientation to position the display screen for viewing. As another example, the hand-held device may include a microphone on its top and may be held proximate the user's mouth in use, with the user's palm facing generally medially. The thumb support device supports the user's thumb while the user operates the thumb control. The thumb support device may be provided separately from the hand-held device. For example, the thumb support device may be provided as a retrofit kit for mounting onto a new or pre-existing hand-held device. Alternatively the thumb support device could be incorporated directly into the hand-held device. In another aspect, the present invention is directed to a hand-held device that includes the thumb support device. The thumb support device may be retractable. Optionally, the thumb support device includes a biasing member to urge the thumb support member towards a selected position.01-22-2009
20100182242METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BRAILLE INPUT ON A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus for remapping an existing keyboard on a portable electronic device for use by visually impaired users. The apparatus includes an overlay for an existing keyboard of the portable electronic device. The overlay may be configured to provide one or more Braille keypads located above input keys on an existing keyboard of the device such that when a key in the Braille keypad sections is pressed, the pressed key contacts and presses one or more input keys located below the pressed Braille key. Remapping software or hardware is included for remapping the depressed keys to a corresponding alpha-numeric character on the device.07-22-2010
20110115713FOLDING MOBILE DEVICE - A method and apparatus for a folding wireless device is disclosed. The wireless device may have a first housing and a second housing. Each housing may have a keyboard and a display. The housings may be connected by a hinge assembly which is operable to position the wireless device in an open or a closed configuration. Each display may be connected to each respective housing by a display support assembly operable to position the displays in a retracted position or an extended position. The display support assemblies may be further operable to tilt the displays toward a longitudinal axis formed by the housings, which may be in the open configuration.05-19-2011
20110148768CUSTOMIZABLE KEYBOARD - A customizable keyboard for a handheld electronic device is provided. The keys of the keyboard are rotatable, either individually or in groups, either under manual control of a user of the device or by means of one or more micro-motors or solenoids controlled by a microprocessor running software on the device. The keyboard may be integrated in the device or may be detachable therefrom.06-23-2011
20120306763ELECTRONIC 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.12-06-2012
20120306761ELECTRONIC DISPLAY DEVICE - An electronic display device is in communication with a social website in a network communication manner for receiving an image file from the social website. The image file is shown on the electronic display device, and transmitted to a handheld electronic device in a wireless transmission manner. Via an input module of the handheld electronic device, the user of the handheld electronic device may generate an evaluation message. The evaluation message may be transmitted to the electronic display device in a wireless transmission manner. A transfer program installed in the electronic display device is executed to transmit said evaluation message to the social website in the network communication manner.12-06-2012
20120306762ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING KEYPAD - According to one aspect, a portable electronic device having a base portion having a keypad, and a sliding portion. The sliding portion is coupled to the base portion and slideable relative thereto between a closed position wherein the keypad is covered by the sliding portion, and an open position wherein the keypad is exposed. The keypad includes a plurality of keys, at least some of the plurality of keys having a ridge that extends upwardly from the top surface of the key. Each ridge extends between a lower edge of the key and an upper edge of the key and is curved therebetween. Each ridge is offset from a midline of each key.12-06-2012
20110304555Novel Character Specification System and Method that Uses a Limited Number of Selection Keys - A method and apparatus of identifying and selecting characters from among a plurality of characters. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a computer processor electronically enables identification of each of a plurality of characters arranged in a one-dimensional array. Each character is identified by an integer value that corresponds to the number of positions the character is offset from a reference position of the one-dimensional array. The computer processor electronically enables selection of any of the characters by receiving input resulting from activation of selection keys that specify the integer value of a character desired for selection. In one further embodiment, each selection key has an assigned integer value, and the integer value that identifies the selected character is calculated by summing the assigned integer values of each selection key activated for each instance that each selection key is activated within a selectable-length time period.12-15-2011
20110304554KEYPAD STIFFENER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE - Embodiments described herein are directed towards a keypad stiffener and a method for manufacturing. The method may include forming a metal plate form. The metal plate form may include a metal grounding plate, at least one detachable island and at least one bridge. A bridge may mechanically connect the metal grounding plate to the detachable island. The method may also include forming a non-conductive molding mechanically coupling the metal grounding plate and the at least one detachable island and electrically disconnecting the detachable island from the metal grounding plate. Furthermore, subsequent to the electrically disconnecting, the at least one detachable island may be electrically floating with respect to the metal grounding plate.12-15-2011
20090195509NARROW ANGULAR KEYBOARD FOR A HANDHELD MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE - Handheld wireless communication device is presented and includes a housing with a display above a keyboard exposed for user actuation. The length of the device is greater than the width, and the width is less than five centimeters. The keyboard has a right-hand key field and a left hand key field. Each key of the right-hand key field has a longitudinal axis oriented at a left-to-right inclined angle from the vertical centerline, and each key of a left-hand key field has a longitudinal axis oriented at a right-to-left inclined angle from the vertical centerline. The respective inclined angles are between about ten degrees and about fifteen degrees. A left boundary and a right boundary of the keyboard is located adjacent the left and right lateral side edges (respectively) of the device so that the keyboard spans a substantial entirety of the width of the device.08-06-2009
20120038557Method 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: determining a velocity of the electronic device; changing a duration of actuation for registering an input for an input device of the portable electronic device in response to the determining.02-16-2012
20120146914 PORTABLE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a housing having a front, an end wall and a sidewall, and a display at a front of the housing. A first input device is moveable from a storage position within the housing to a use position in which the first input device extends from an end wall of the housing. A first push-push mechanism is coupled to the housing and the first input device for moving the first input device between the storage position and the use position. A second input device is moveable from a storage position within the housing to a use position in which the second input device extends from a sidewall of the housing. A second push-push mechanism is coupled to the housing and the second input device for moving the first input device between the storage position and the use position.06-14-2012
20110050584SET OF HANDHELD ADJUSTABLE PANELS OF ERGONOMIC KEYS AND MOUSE - A set of handheld, adjustable panels including a plurality of ergonomic keys which function as a keyboard and mouse to allow a user to easily input data to an electronic device. The handheld keyboard and mouse includes two handheld components. Each component comprises a base that fits into the user's palm, a plurality of adjustable finger panels, and an adjustable thumb portion adjacent to the finger panels. The finger panels include a plurality of keys so as to function as a keyboard, and the thumb portion also includes a plurality of keys and acts like a mouse. Each component may also include clips or straps for securing the component to the user's hand, as well as a stand for supporting the component when it is not in use. In addition, at least one of the components may include a display means.03-03-2011
20110050583MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal includes a transparent keypad having a plurality of key regions, a first transparent sheet having first conductive patterns to detect touch inputs on respective ones of the key regions, a plurality of luminous elements aligned with the key regions, and a second transparent sheet having second conductive patterns coupled to respective ones of the luminous elements. The first and second conductive patterns are transparent and the second conductive patterns deliver signals to the luminous elements to light the key regions. The keypad may be mounted on a slider for sliding into and out of a main body of the terminal.03-03-2011
20110050582INPUT DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic device (03-03-2011
20110316789METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PREFERRING A DIACRITICAL VERSION OF A LINGUISTIC ELEMENT ON A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE BASED ON LINGUISTIC SOURCE AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS - A method for automatically preferring a diacritical version of a linguistic element on a handheld electronic device by utilizing a linguistic source.12-29-2011
20110316788HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISAMBIGUATION OF COMPOUND TEXT INPUT EMPLOYING DIFFERENT GROUPINGS OF DATA SOURCES TO DISAMBIGUATE DIFFERENT PARTS OF INPUT - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software that is operable to disambiguate compound text input. The device is able to assemble language objects in the memory to generate compound language solutions. The device is able to generate compound language solutions by employing different groupings of data sources to generate different portions of the compound language solutions.12-29-2011
20110316787HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD PROVIDING DISAMBIGUATION OF AN AMBIGUOUS OBJECT DURING EDITING AND SELECTIVELY PROVIDING PREDICTION OF FUTURE CHARACTERS - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software and prediction software. During editing of an object, the object can be ambiguous, and the system provides one or more disambiguated interpretations of the ambiguous object. In some circumstances, the system can additionally provide one or more completions, i.e., predictions of future characters. However, in other circumstances the outputting of completions of an ambiguous object can be suppressed in order to avoid distracting the user and to provide more meaningful results to the user.12-29-2011
20120044149MISINPUT AVOIDANCE METHOD FOR MOBILE TERMINAL - A misinput avoidance method of a mobile terminal may be implemented to prevent a misinput caused by contacting unintended keys around the target key. A misinput avoidance method of a mobile terminal according to the present invention includes detecting inputs of a plurality of keys and discriminating a target key from other keys. The method also includes extracting keys around the target key and registering the keys around the target keys as neighbor keys. The method further includes processing the input of the target key while blocking the inputs of the neighbor keys. The method further includes releasing, when the target key is released, the blocking of the inputs of the neighbor keys.02-23-2012
20120044148APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING WORD SPACING IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - Disclosed is an apparatus and a method capable of performing a word spacing function without a separate key input for the word spacing in a portable terminal. The method includes determining interval duration for which a key is pressed; and displaying data assigned to the pressed key and performing a word spacing function when the key is pressed for a duration equal to or more than a predetermined time interval.02-23-2012
20120044147Split Keyboard and Handles for Mobile Devices - Embodiments of the invention include split keyboard and handles adaptable for use with mobile devices. According to one embodiment, a mobile device is provided that includes a body, which houses a display, and a split keyboard configured as a first keypad half and a second keypad half. The first keypad half and the second keypad half are configured to separately extend and retract from the body. In addition, each keypad half may include a retractable handle.02-23-2012
20110157022Bracelets for wearing by a user - A bracelet for wearing by a user has a hollow body; an electrical or electronic device; and a user-operated control for controlling the device by a user.06-30-2011
20100253633FINGERTIP TACTILE-SENSE INPUT DEVICE - To provide a fingertip tactile-sense input device in an input device having a plurality of keys within an extremely small range such as within a range of person's fingertip movement, which while being made extremely small and thin, enables key input while maintaining a sufficient click feeling, and also which is excellent for mass production. A base plate (10-07-2010
20120056815Linguistic Script Text Input Mechanism - The described systems and methods relate to a user friendly, efficient and easy to use keyboard and/or keypad device for entering characters of a script, wherein the characters, diacritic marks, and extended sets thereof are assigned to one or more phonetically similar English alphabet character keys of existing keyboards/keypads. In an embodiment, to access assigned phonetically similar characters of a script or diacritic marks or extended sets thereof through the existing keyboard and/or keypad device, the desired and corresponding English alphabet character key is multi-tapped to sequentially generate and display all assigned phonetically similar characters of a linguistic script, which can be then selected based on desired text to be input.03-08-2012
20120013537PORTABLE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING BACKLIGHT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BACKLIGHT THEREOF - Disclosed is a method for controlling a backlight of an electronic device, such as a portable terminal, which includes the steps of storing preset backlight brightness values so as to correspond to the backlight brightness values to backlight steps, detecting a backlight brightness value stored so as to correspond to the backlight step required by a user in backlight regulation mode, and regulating the backlight brightness according to the detected backlight brightness value. Further, since the present invention can regulate the backlight brightness at night, the illumination intensity of which is low, the consumption of the battery can be reduced.01-19-2012
20120013536SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DUAL USE REMOTE-CONTROL DEVICES - Various embodiments provide a dual use remote-control device. In one embodiment, a dual use remote-control device may include a first set of input controls such as buttons positioned on a top side of the housing, a second set of input controls positioned on a bottom side of the housing including a QWERTY keyboard and an optical sensor to remotely control movement of a cursor on a display by the optical sensor detecting movement of a user's finger across the optical sensor or movement of the optical sensor across an object such as a table, arm of a chair or user's lap. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.01-19-2012
20110080346LETTER INPUT DEVICE AND MOBILE TERMINAL INCLUDING THE SAME - A letter input device, which includes a letter input unit including alphabetical letter input keys for entering alphabetical letters, and letter creation means for selecting the alphabetical letters according to patterns in which the alphabetical letter input keys are pressed and for sequentially combining the selected alphabetical letters together. The alphabetical letter input keys include one or more alphabetical letter input keys on each of which alphabetic consonants having one or more similar distinctive features are arranged together. This configuration enables a keypad layout to be more easily learned and letters to be rapidly entered.04-07-2011
20110080345LETTER INPUT METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOBILE TERMINAL - A letter input method and system for inputting a sequence of letters are provided. The letter input method includes activating a toggle input mode in response to a stroke on one of toggle keys, detecting an input event on a letter key in the toggle input mode, and inputting a letter which is fixed to the letter key in association with the toggle key activated in the toggle input mode among multiple letters assigned to letter keys.04-07-2011
20130009879LAYOUT FOR LETTERS OF THE ENGLISH ALPHABET ON THE KEYPAD OF A MOBILE PHONE - The present invention relates to a layout for letters of the English alphabet on the keypad of a mobile phone; and more specifically, to a new layout for letters of the English alphabet on the keypad of a mobile phone, by means of which it is easy to recognize and use the letters in the English alphabet compared to the traditional layout therefor and texting efficiency is substantially improved. To this end, the present invention provides a layout for the mobile phone keypad in English, featuring easy visual recognition and substantially improved texting efficiency. In the layout, the letters of the English to alphabet are arranged on 10 number buttons according to the basic letter composition and the alphabetic serial order as memorized by people, the vowels A, E, I, O and U being used more frequently as relative to the composition ratio thereof are placed as the first letters in the corresponding groups of letters, respectively, shown on each number button, and those vowels is are diagonally and equally arranged on the 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 number buttons. This structure provides uniform regularity to the alphabet letters and to the vowel groups on the keypad.01-10-2013
20130009878INPUT DEVICE FOR TABLET COMPUTER - An input device for a tablet computer is provided. The input device includes a base and a touch switch member. The touch switch member includes a touch element and a power switch. The touch element is pivotally coupled with the base and exposed to a top surface of the base. When the tablet computer is placed on the base, the touch element is moved from an initial position to a triggered position through the tablet computer. Consequently, the power switch is pressed down and turned on.01-10-2013
20100238119Touchscreen Keyboard Overlay - An external cover for a tablet smartphone with a flat touchscreen includes a rear clamshell formed of deformable plastic material that receives and surrounds the tablet, and a rim that resiliently clips the rear clamshell to the tablet. A hinge blister and intervening web forms a two degree of freedom hinge with a form-fitting front clamshell that can be freely lifted and dropped on the touchscreen but indexes to it, can be locked in place with a clip that readily engages and disengages from a docking port at the bottom of the tablet, and that is strengthened by an arch shaped rim. A planar sheet, formed of dielectric plastic, that covers the entirety of the flat touchscreen, is slightly suspended above to create an air gap, and is formed in a shape and thickness that substantially transmits the shape of a capacitive finger contact patch through the planar sheet to the touchscreen when the sheet is pushed down to the touchscreen. A keyboard may be formed in, on, or with the planar sheet in a location corresponding to the location of a virtual keyboard appearing on the touchscreen.09-23-2010
20120206367HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR TEXT INPUT - A handheld electronic device for generation of text in a language is provided. The handheld electronic device comprises a memory for storing a plurality of linguistic objects of the language, and a set of input members consisting of no more than two input members that, when actuated, initiate input of characters of the language. Every alphabet character in the language is assigned to one actuation of one of the input members. Further, the handheld electronic device includes a processor for detecting a set of actuations of at least one of the input members and for determining a set of linguistic objects that correspond to the actuations, wherein each determined linguistic object includes a set of alphabet characters assigned to the set of actuations.08-16-2012
20120206368HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD EMPLOYING A MULTIPLE-AXIS INPUT DEVICE AND ELEVATING THE PRIORITY OF CERTAIN TEXT DISAMBIGUATION RESULTS WHEN ENTERING TEXT INTO A SPECIAL INPUT FIELD - 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 upon 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 utilizing various logic structures resident on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and also provides a learning function allowing the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized user experience. The disambiguation function can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke interpretation system provided. If a field into which text is being entered is determined to be a special input field, a disambiguated result can be sought from a predetermined data source prior to seeking results from other data sources on the device.08-16-2012
20120206366Systems and Methods for Character Input Using an Input Member on a Mobile Device - Methods and systems for selecting input in a portable electronic device comprising a display and a plurality of input members are disclosed. At least some of the input members used in the methods and system are capable of achieving a first state and a second state. For example, the method includes detecting the start of a first state for one of the input members of the electronic device, such as a press, followed by the occurrence of a second state for the input member in the first state, such as a further actuation of the input member. In response to the occurrence of the second state during the first state, the method further includes determining the representations associated with the input member in the first state. The method further includes outputting the representations using the display, with one representation marked for selection and detecting the occurrence of another second state of the input member, such as another further actuation, and in response to the another second state, changing the representation marked for selection. The method further includes detecting an end of the first state and outputting the representation marked for selection using the display.08-16-2012
20120062467ELECTRONIC SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE APPARATUS, READING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTORLLING THEREOF - An electronic system includes a mobile apparatus and a reading apparatus. The mobile apparatus includes a first screen for showing a display image. Similarly, the reading apparatus includes a second screen, which is a touch control screen. When the reading apparatus links with the mobile apparatus through a data transmission interface, the mobile apparatus transmits the display image to the reading apparatus, so that the display image is displayed on the second screen of the reading apparatus. In addition, when an operation motion is performed on the second screen, a corresponding sensing signal generated by the reading apparatus is transmitted to the mobile apparatus, and the mobile apparatus determines whether or not responding to the operation motion according to the sensing signal.03-15-2012
20120154289ENHANCING KEYCAP LEGEND VISIBILITY WITH OPTICAL COMPONENTS - Techniques and apparatus to provide improved visibility to user input devices, such as keys, are disclosed. In low light conditions, key legends can be difficult to distinguish. For example, often keys have legends on them to visually distinguish them from one another, but in low light conditions it can be difficult for users to visually identify the different keys. The legends can be textual and/or graphic. Hence, according to one embodiment, light from a nearby (e.g., attached) display device can be used to provide illumination to the user input devices (e.g., keys). The user input devices can be configured to include reflective optical components to enhance reflection of light and thereby improve visibility of the keys or the legends thereon.06-21-2012
20120154290SMART CARD CAPABLE OF BEING USED FOR INFRARED COMMUNICATION - A smart card is disclosed by the present invention. The smart card comprises a flexible keyboard, an ultra thin flexible battery, an infrared data interface, a flexible display, a flexible circuit board and a CPU kernel; wherein the flexible circuit board provides electrical connection for individual parts of the smart card, the flexible keyboard is used for inputting by user, the ultra thin flexible battery provides power supply to the smart card, the infrared data interface is used for infrared communication with an external terminal, the flexible display is used for man-machine interaction, the CPU kernel controls individual parts of the smart card and the smart card is packaged with plastic material. The invention enables the smart card to authenticate off-line user, therefore the security of electronic transaction is ensured. The smart card product of the invention can be carried and used by user conveniently, and can reduce product costs and has very wide application prospect.06-21-2012
20120154288PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A SENSOR ARRANGEMENT FOR GESTURE RECOGNITION - The present disclosure provides a portable electronic device having a sensor arrangement for gesture recognition and a method for gesture recognition. In accordance with one example embodiment, the portable electronic device comprises: a processor; a flexible housing including a magnet; a magnetic sensor connected to the processor which monitors a magnetic field generated by the magnet.06-21-2012
20120119999Adaptive Keyboard for portable device - An adaptive keyboard on a touch screen device. The keyboard can reuse key areas, can detect positions of fingers, and can make it in general easier for users to type.05-17-2012
20120119998SERVER DEVICE, DISPLAY OPERATION TERMINAL,AND REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM - Systems and methods for operating an operational terminal and a server are provided. In various aspects, an operational terminal may transmit information regarding the operational terminal and a remote commander for controlling a device. A server may receive the information, and transmit display information and signal code information to the operational terminal. The display information may include information for displaying operational elements of the remote commander on a display screen. The signal code information may include control information corresponding to each of the operational elements. The operational terminal may display the operational elements on a display screen for selection by a user. Upon selection of a particular operational element, the operational terminal may transmit a control signal for remotely controlling an operation of the device, where the control signal may be transmitted in accordance with the received signal code information corresponding to the selected operational element.05-17-2012
20120256843CONTROL UNIT FOR DISPLAY TERMINAL - A display terminal for a tractor or other agricultural machine. The terminal has a screen and a control unit, wherein the control unit comprises a steadying portion and at least one push button. The steadying portion provides a grip for steadying the operator's hand whilst allowing operation of the at least one button by the thumb of the hand.10-11-2012
20120256842REMOTE USER INPUT - Systems and methods on a handheld electronic device, such as a Smartphone, that receive human interface device input, performs text entry processing functions on that input to determine text display characters to present to a user, presents those text display characters on the handheld electronic device, and sends data reflecting the user's input through a conventional human interface device (HID) interface to a remote device. Text entry processing, such as auto-complete, auto-correct, predictive text entry, that a user configures on one device can be used for text entry on any device with a conventional HID interface. The user's input is reflected on both the handheld electronic device used to enter the input and also on a display of the remote device.10-11-2012
20100289748FOLDABLE KEYBOARD FOR PORTABlE COMPUTER - A foldable keyboard for a portable computer includes a keyboard body which comprises two keyboard pieces hinge-coupled by a hinge unit in order to be unfolded in a direction parallel to a keyboard plane. Another embodiment of the invention is a foldable keyboard, which includes: a guide unit at which a long hole is formed along its length; and a keyboard body which comprises two keyboard pieces hinge-coupled to the guide unit by a hinge unit. The keyboard pieces can be unfolded in a direction parallel to a keyboard plane into its extended state. As the keyboard pieces unfold, the hinge unit slides along the long hole as the keyboard edges, which are facing each other, are stuck together. Thus, the two keyboard pieces are hinge-coupled to each other to reverse their vertical and horizontal directions as the keyboard body is extended.11-18-2010
20100245252Information input keyboard and keyboard locator associated therewith - A processing (e.g. telecommunication) device is herein proposed. The device comprises a display, and a keyboard peripherally extending around at least a portion of display. Preferably, the keyboard is alphanumerical and extends around at least a portion the display's perimeter. The alphanumerical keyboard preferably has a predetermined keyboard set of keys, and the device further comprises a keyboard locator unit having a locator set of keys corresponding to the predetermined keyboard set of keys. The keys of the locator set of keys are disposed in a manner to indicate the locations of the keys of the predetermined keyboard set of keys. The device may comprise a microphone and a speaker located on opposite sides thereof, the display extends therebetween, the keyboard extends around at least a portion of the display's sides. The keyboard and the locator unit can be represented as a mechanical unit, or an image on the display.09-30-2010
20100245251METHOD OF SWITCHING INPUT METHOD EDITOR - A method is used to switch input method editors (IMEs) in a mobile phone. The mobile phone includes a switch key, a screen, and a group of information input keys. The method includes the following steps. The switch key is firstly pressed to switch to an Arabic numeral IME. An information input key is pressed to input information., Corresponding Arabic numeral is shown on the screen for being inputted. If the Arabic numeral is not accepted within a pre-set time, the screen shows a plurality of letters corresponding to the pressed key of the group of information input keys. One key is pressed to switch to an English letter IME, and a letter is chosen from the plurality of letters to input.09-30-2010
20120127083SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING ENTERED TEXT TO ACCESS AND PROCESS CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION - A system and method for commanding a keyboard application based on a gesture received at a displayed keyboard is described. In some examples, the system receives a gesture, such as a shape-based or key-based gesture, identifies a command associated with the received gesture, and performs a function (e.g. changes mode of the keyboard, hides the keyboard, and so on), based on the identified command.05-24-2012
20120127082PERFORMING ACTIONS ON A COMPUTING DEVICE USING A CONTEXTUAL KEYBOARD - A system and method for performing actions via a keyboard application of a computing device is described. In some examples, a contextual keyboard facilitates the entry of text and the performance of actions across applications supported by a device. For example, the contextual keyboard may receive a word macro and/or a gesture, and determine that the received word macro and/or gesture is a command to perform one or more actions. Example actions to be performed include searching for information, storing information, posting information, sending information, enhancing information, and so on.05-24-2012
20120127081Methods of remote text input and editing on TV screen using locally-text-editable remote control - A remote text input and editing method and a remote control device that allow user to input and edit text message on a hand-held remote control locally, and transmit the prepared text message to a television (TV). The remote text input and editing method involves batch text transmission, as opposed to traditional character-by-character remote control and remote keyboard approaches. Text messages transmitted between the remote control and the TV incorporates automatic error detection mechanism and can be in encrypted form.05-24-2012
20120162084METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TOUCH INPUT FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus and a method for a touch screen in an electronic device. The method includes determining whether a constant touch input is detected. The method also includes, when a constant touch input is detected, determining whether an input of an additional key button of the device is detected. The method further includes, when the input of the additional key button is detected, performing a second function that is different than a first function of the additional key button. Since a separate new additional function may be intuitively performed besides a unique function of the additional key button by pressing the touch screen and the additional key button together, user convenience of the device increases.06-28-2012
20120212419KEY ARRANGEMENT FOR A KEYBOARD - Methods and systems for key arrangements including a plurality of keys arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns. At least one of the plurality of keys has a predetermined key width determined by dividing a face width of a device by a number of the plurality of columns. Each row of the plurality of rows has a first key located at a first end, a second key located at a second end, at least two interior keys located between the first and second keys. The respective widths of the first key and the second key are determined by subtracting a predetermined amount from the predetermined key width such that the respective widths of the first and second keys are smaller than interior key widths of the at least two interior keys.08-23-2012
20110181514Touch keypad for touch screen devices - A touch keypad is provided for touch screen devices, the touch keypad having a thin flexible body which is substantially transparent and which provides a keyboard feel, and which can overlie a display portion of a touchscreen device. The touch keypad a nonwoven or woven plastic material which is thin and provides raised portions to provide a tactile feel, the raised portions corresponding to specific keys of a touchscreen display. Alternatively, the device may instead include a flexible thin material, including thin woven or non-woven material, other than plastic. Such thin materials could include a thin glass material, extremely thin transparent steel with stamped or molded raised or depressed portions, or can include a paper material which is thin and provides raised portions to provide a tactile feel, the raised portions corresponding to specific keys of a touchscreen display.07-28-2011
20110181513Driving Device, Driving Method and Portable Electronic Display Device - A driving device for a portable electronic display device, capable of adapting to a holding direction of a user and driving the portable electronic display device, includes a plurality of sensing units deposited at edges of the portable electronic display device, for sensing a holding status of the user, to generate a plurality of sensing results, and a control module for determining the holding direction of the user according to the plurality of sensing results, and adjusting operations of the portable electronic display device accordingly.07-28-2011
20120133592MULTIDISPLAY DEVICE WITH PANEL HOUSINGS - A multi display device includes panel housings having displays. The panel housings are foldable on each other and the displays are disposed adjacent to each other when the panel housings are unfolded. A key input part is further provided to be foldable on the panel housings. Accordingly, the multi display device is easy to grasp for the user while providing the folding/folding convenience.05-31-2012
20120133591PORTABLE MONITOR - Methods, apparatus and other embodiments associated with a portable monitor are presented. The portable monitor includes a monitor base with a rear support brace on the bottom of the monitor base. The portable monitor includes a monitor device with a video screen.05-31-2012
20120133590INPUT METHOD AND APPARATUS OF PORTABLE TERMINAL WITH TOUCH SCREEN - An input method of a portable terminal having a touch screen includes: converting a mode of the portable terminal to an input mode, activating a virtual keypad, and then displaying the activated virtual keypad; recognizing whether key input interrupts, which are generated from keys of the displayed virtual keypad, are successively generated on at least two adjacent keys; and performing a function corresponding to the key input interrupt generated on the virtual keypad.05-31-2012
20120299834HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TEXT DISAMBIGUATION ALLOWING DYNAMIC EXPANSION OF INPUT KEY ASSOCIATIONS - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and variants. The output is based largely upon the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but the device also provides additional variants that are not based solely on likelihood and are provided by various logic structures on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt for a customized experience. The disambiguation function can be disabled to provide alternate keystroke interpretation. Additionally, the device can facilitate variant selection by displaying a key to enable variant selection without changing hand position. If an input field into which text is being entered is determined to be special, a disambiguated result can be sought from a predetermined data source prior to other data sources.11-29-2012
20120299833HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TEXT DISAMBIGUATION EMPLOYING ADVANCED TEXT CASE FEATURE - A method of disambiguating an input into a handheld electronic device, the handheld electronic device including a memory storing a plurality of language objects. The method includes: detecting an ambiguous input; generating a number of prefix objects corresponding with the ambiguous input; for a first prefix object of the number of prefix objects, identifying a pair of language objects of the plurality of language objects corresponding with the first prefix object, at least a portion of a first language object of the pair of language objects having a first case makeup, at least a portion of a second language object of the pair of language objects having a second case makeup; outputting the first prefix object in accordance with the first case makeup; and outputting the first prefix object in accordance with the second case makeup.11-29-2012
20090058816INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CELLULAR PHONE TERMINAL - Disclosed is an information processing apparatus including a display unit displaying information on a display screen, an operation unit including a text input key, and a control unit. The control unit displays text in response to input from the operation unit in a state of displaying an initial screen on the display screen, shows an application using text to a user for selection, starts up the application in accordance with the user's selection, and executes the application, using the text inputted from the operation unit.03-05-2009
20090058815PORTABLE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING TOUCH KEYPAD THEREOF - A portable terminal and a method for displaying a touch keypad thereof are disclosed. The portable terminal includes a controller to determine whether a display screen is in a portrait mode in response to a text input request, and a touch screen to split a touch keypad into a left-hand keypad and a right-hand keypad and display one of the left-hand keypad and the right-hand keypad above the other, according to the control of the controller, when the display screen is in the portrait mode. The method includes determining whether a display screen is in a portrait mode in response to a text input request, and splitting a touch keypad into a left-hand keypad and a right-hand keypad and displaying one of the left-hand keypad and the right-hand keypad above the other when the display screen is in the portrait mode.03-05-2009
20090058813Handheld Electronic Device and Associated Method Providing Disambiguation of an Ambiguous Object During Editing and Selectively Providing Prediction of Future Characters - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software and prediction software. During editing of an object, the object can be ambiguous, and the system provides one or more disambiguated interpretations of the ambiguous object. In some circumstances, the system can additionally provide one or more completions, i.e., predictions of future characters. However, in other circumstances the outputting of completions of an ambiguous object can be suppressed in order to avoid distracting the user and to provide more meaningful results to the user.03-05-2009
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20120075195Digital text-based communication and recording device for divers - The invention described herein is a submersible digital slate for divers that incorporates a power supply, a keyboard or keypad for text entry and a display screen for displaying text that can be attached and detached from a body-mountable retaining band or strap.03-29-2012
20100271311HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING SPELL CHECKING DURING TEXT ENTRY AND FOR INTEGRATING THE OUTPUT FROM SUCH SPELL CHECKING INTO THE OUTPUT FROM DISAMBIGUATION - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with a disambiguation routine that is operable to disambiguate text input. In addition to identifying and outputting representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input, the device is able to perform a spell check routine during input of a text entry, with the output from the spell check routine being visually integrated into the output from the disambiguation routine.10-28-2010
20100271310DETECTING KEY ACTUATION IN A KEYBOARD - A system and method for detecting key actuation in a keyboard assembly, which, in one embodiment, is used as a conductor to electrically communicate with an information appliance. The rows in the keyboard assembly are electrically isolated from one another, and each row contains keys bridging a two-wire bus. Each key has a switch that is closed during key actuation, a diode to polarize the key, and a resistor to provide a resistive load when the switch is closed and the diode is biased with the current flow. Alternatively, each key has a switch that is closed during key actuation, a timer with an output that goes high after a predetermined time period, and a resistor that provides an identifying load when the switch is closed and the output of the timer is high. Other features of the invention include a linear matrix coupled to a row of keys to allow the row to be scanned by sections and individual keys, and a flexible circuit that provides the electrical pathways for the linear matrix.10-28-2010
20100271309HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND KEYBOARD HAVING MULTIPLE-FUNCTION KEYS - An improved handheld electronic device having an improved keyboard provides enhanced usability with fewer keys by enabling the keys to pivot slightly to provide multiple functions to the keys. The improved keyboard may, for example, include internal strips of conductive carbon that are disposed adjacent the keys and are electrically engageable with contacts on a printed circuit board. Specifically, when a key is pressed directly downward it collapses a single dome and connects together a set of primary contacts to provide a first function. When the key is pressed at the side thereof, the key pivots slightly, collapses the dome and connects together the primary contacts, and also engages a carbon strip with a pair of secondary contacts to connect together the secondary contacts, all of which provide a second function. The keyboard may be configured to be of a QWERTY configuration while using only a relatively small number of keys.10-28-2010
20100007611ACTUATED MULTI-FACED KEYS - An assembly may include information that includes a first plurality of stripes making up a first icon and a second plurality of stripes making up a second icon. The assembly may include an actuator configured to displace the information to a first position in response to a change in length of a first wire to displace the information to a second position in response to a change in length of a second wire. The assembly may include a lenticular lens configured to display the first icon to a user when the actuator is in the first position, and to display the second icon to the user when the actuator is in the second position.01-14-2010
20120081296HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH DISAMBIGUATION OF COMPOUND WORD TEXT INPUT - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software that is operable to disambiguate compound word text input. 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.04-05-2012
20120081295HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes a plurality of keys each of which is associated with indicia corresponding to at least one of alphabetic characters, numbers, or commands. The keys of the plurality of keys associated with alphabetic characters number fewer than 26 and greater than nine. No more than two alphabetic characters are associated with each of the keys associated with alphabetic characters. At least one of the keys associated with alphabetic characters is associated with two alphabetic characters and at least one number. The numbers are arranged and displayed in the format of a phone keypad and the letters are arranged and displayed in a keyboard layout.04-05-2012
20120081293GRAVITY DROP RULES AND KEYBOARD DISPLAY ON A MULTIPLE SCREEN DEVICE - Methods and devices for presenting or dismissing 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 portions of both of the screens. In a second mode, the virtual keyboard can be presented using all of one of the screens, or can be dismissed. Movement between the different modes can be effected by rotating the device between a dual portrait orientation, corresponding to the first mode, and a dual landscape orientation, corresponding to the second mode. More particularly, depending on whether the device is rotated away from or towards information having focus, the display of the virtual keyboard is continued or discontinued.04-05-2012
20120081292DESKTOP REVEAL - 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.04-05-2012
20120262378TOUCH FLAT PANEL MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL EQUIPPED WITH COMPUTER PROCESSING FUNCTIONS - A touch flat panel mobile communication terminal equipped with computer processing functions is actively connected to a computer host when started, and includes a screen touch unit, a basic processing unit, a multimedia output unit and a first transmitting/receiving unit. The computer host includes and is connected to a second transmitting/receiving unit. Through the first and second transmitting/receiving units, commands and input entered by users and desirably processed by the terminal are transmitted to the computer host for processing, and then processed data is sent back to the terminal for displaying. The terminal thus formed can be made slimmer and lighter at a lower cost, and has characteristics of portability and lower power consumption that all provide complete computer processing capability.10-18-2012
20120229388METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING INCORRECT INPUT IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - According to certain embodiments, a method and apparatus for preventing incorrect input in a portable terminal includes identifying an input character string and, among previously registered candidate words, searching among a plurality of candidate words recommended for the input character string, calculating a similarity between the input character string and each of the searched candidate words, and presenting one or more of the searched candidate words in order of descending similarity associated with the one or more searched candidate words.09-13-2012
20080316179KEY ARRANGEMENT FOR A KEYBOARD - A key arrangement includes a plurality of keys that are arranged in a regular grid of rows and columns. The columns include a first column, a last column, and at least one middle column. The keys in the first and last columns are smaller than the keys in the at least one middle column. A method for improving the ergonomics of a key arrangement on a keyboard of a fixed size is provided. A method for designing a key arrangement for a mobile communication device is also provided.12-25-2008
20110122069MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, PROGRAM AND STATE DISPLAY METHOD - A state display device includes: a key operating section which receives input from a user; light sources which are formed by an R lighting element, a G lighting element, and a B lighting element, and which are provided in the vicinity of the key operating section; and a control unit which controls the lighting of each one of the RGB lighting elements of the light sources.05-26-2011
20110122068VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY NAVIGATION METHODS USING A MOBILE DEVICE - Certain examples provide systems and methods for mobile virtual colonoscopy. Certain examples provide a mobile device configured to view clinical content. The mobile device includes a data storage to store data including images for a virtual colonoscopy; a user interface to display the images for user viewing and manipulation; and a motion detector to capture movement of the mobile device with respect to a reference plane and to provide movement data. The mobile device includes a processor to receive input via the user interface and provide content, including the images, to the user interface. The processor is to provide a virtual colonoscopy using the images to a user via the user interface. The processor receives the movement data from the motion detector and translates the movement data to navigation commands in the virtual colonoscopy to allow the user to conduct a virtual colonoscopy using the mobile device.05-26-2011
20100328220Handheld 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.12-30-2010
20080297479Industrial portable data processing device with a keyboard set replaceable - An industrial portable data processing device with a replaceable keyboard set comprises a device body, a short/long keyboard set, a keyboard extension part and a scanning part. A display is provided on the device body, under which the long or short keyboard set may be assembled following a user's request (s). However, before the long keyboard set is assembled, the keyboard extension part must be wedged into the tail of device body and the scanning part is combined into the bottom of the device body; thereby the device with the replaceable keyboard set being formed. This invention makes the user choose a long/short keyboard set depending on his or her request(s), being provided with an effect of two applications in a machine to avoid the necessity of having many devices working at the same time or serving for backup due to the differences of conventional operating environments, functions, and habits.12-04-2008
20090273567Computing Device Keyboard - Methods and devices are provided for inputting data via a thumboard utilizing a seven (7) column by five (5) row matrix hosting 30 keys. These keys can be dynamically variable using visually alternating indicia and can provide over 150 key inputs including characters, numbers, functions, symbols, navigation controls, media controls, phone keypad characters, and special characters. The switching of key values can be controlled by either a mechanical means or a touch-sensitive matrix overlaying a low-powered key emulator—such as electronic paper (Electrophoretic Display material). Mouse pointer control and special feature keys can be arrayed around the core key layout to provide full keyboard functionality. The thumboard can be detachable for wireless remote control of a paired computing device, such as a PDA pico-projection phone.11-05-2009
20110037703Multifunction Calculator - The present invention discloses a multi-functional calculator, comprising a main body, a display screen hinged to the main body, and calculating module, power supply module, and key system on the main body; the main body further has a memory unit that stores digital photos, a processor that is connected to the memory unit and is designed to process the digital photos, and an image control module that is connected to the processor and the display screen and is designed to convert the data processed by the processor into images and display the images on the display screen; the main body further has an USB interface and an external storage media interface; compared to existing calculators, the present invention not only has calculation function but also can display the digital photos stored in the main body on the display screen, so that the digital photos can be paged through. The present invention incorporates calculator function and digital photo display function, and thereby effectively enhances the functions of conventional calculator.02-17-2011
20110037702PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a main body and a peripheral component. The main body includes a first display, a first keypad, a MPU, a first display module, a first inputting module, and a storage module. The first display and the first keypad are disposed on a surface thereof. The first display module supports first display to display information received from the MPU. The first inputting module supports the first display or the first keypad to input information to the MPU. The storage module stores commands, programs, and data of the MPU. The peripheral component includes a second display and a second keypad disposed a surface thereon. When the main body is assembled with the peripheral component, the main body and the peripheral component can transmit signals to each other, and the MPU of the main body controls the second display and the second keypad.02-17-2011
20110037701STRUCTURE OF KEYBOARD COMBINABLE WITH ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A structure of a keyboard is combinable with an electronic device, and includes a keyboard body and a frame. The frame is of a U-shape having two limbs that has end portions slidably fit in elongate slots defined in two side walls of the keyboard body to be movable along the slots and rotatable with respect thereto. When the keyboard body and the frame are assembled together, the keyboard structure defines in a top thereof a receptacle for receiving and retaining the electronic device. The keyboard body includes a signal output structure engageable with a signal transmission interface of the electronic device. When combined together for operation, the electronic device is movable with the frame to expose keys of the keyboard. The electronic device is detachable from the keyboard structure for independent operation thereby reducing the overall size for easy carrying.02-17-2011
20120268383METHOD OF INDICATING ADDITIONAL CHARACTER COMBINATION CHOICES ON A HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED APPARATUS - A method and associated apparatus for indicating additional character combination choices from a disambiguation function on a handheld electronic device.10-25-2012
20120319958PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL AND KEY ARRANGEMENT ALTERATION METHOD THEREFOR - A portable information terminal includes: an operation image display unit that display a key arrangement including a plurality of keys that include specific keys; a detection unit that detects the key operation of a user upon the operation image display unit; a prediction unit that predicts the key that will possibly be operated next from among the plurality of keys upon the operation image display unit, on the basis of the detection results of the detection unit; and a display control unit that, when the key predicted by the prediction unit is predicted to be a key in the vicinity of the specific keys from among the plurality of keys upon the operation image display unit, alters the key arrangement upon the operation image display unit in a manner such that the specific keys are distanced from the predicted key.12-20-2012
20100231521Character Input Device, and Method and Program for Inputting Character - In order to facilitate selection of an intended character from among a plurality of characters, a mobile phone includes a designated-position detecting portion (S09-16-2010
20100171707Secondary Key Group Layout for Keyboard - A system and a method are disclosed for a configuration for layout of keys of a keyboard. In one embodiment, a keyboard configuration includes a set of keys having a first character value and a second character value. The set of keys is configured in a layout in which a row of keys has consecutive characters corresponding to the first character value, for example, ‘Q’, ‘W’, ‘E’, ‘R’, ‘T’, and ‘Y. The second character values on the keys are grouped according to one of a plurality of groupings. Each grouping of the plurality of groupings comprises adjacent keys of the plurality of keys. The plurality of groupings is distributed across the keyboard, for example, in different zones. The groupings include, for example, mathematical operands, punctuations, and numerals. In one embodiment a symbol key, the symbol key configured to toggle between the first character value and the second character value of each of the plurality of keys having a first character value and a second character value.07-08-2010
20120092265Apparatus for retrieval, storage, and display of data from data recording systems - A handheld portable apparatus adapted for retrieval, display and transfer of data in association with data recording systems such as are common in the container transport industry. A control and display module affords user interaction. Operable connection of a data recording system device initiates data collection, processing operations, visual display, alerts and storage of data sets, allowing selected communication with remote systems.04-19-2012
20120092264MEDICAL DEVICE WITH MEMBRANE KEYPAD SEALING ELEMENT, AND RELATED MANUFACTURING METHOD - A device for delivering fluid to a user includes a housing, a drive motor assembly in the housing, other internal components in the housing, and a keypad external to the housing. The device includes a number of features and elements that enhance its operation, manufacturability, reliability, and user-friendliness. These features and elements include a shock absorbing element for a battery of the device, a keypad actuator layer that overlies a keypad assembly and forms a water resistant seal with the housing, and an offset element for a piezoelectric speaker that is located inside the housing.04-19-2012
20130009877Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Dynamically Determining Entered Telephone Numbers - As keys of the keyboard of a portable communication device are asserted, the device dynamically determines at least a portion of a corresponding telephone number to present on the device's display by, at least in part, considering likelihoods of differing explicit and implicit interpretations of these key assertions. By one approach this can comprise according a likelihood advantage to an explicit interpretation of one or more of the key assertions and/or implicit interpretations of such key assertions. These likelihood advantages need not be necessarily dispositive with respect to the resultant interpretation.01-10-2013
20130021259INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - According to an aspect, an information processing device includes: a touch panel for detecting a contact; and a controller configured to display a virtual keyboard including a plurality of buttons on the touch panel, and receive, when the touch panel detects a contact started at a first position on the surface of the touch panel and terminated at a second position on the surface of the touch panel, a character string including characters corresponding to the buttons displayed on a trajectory obtained by connecting each position at which the contact is detected from when the contact is started at the first position to when the contact is terminated at the second position as input.01-24-2013
20130021258REDUCED KEYPAD FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR PREDICTIVE INPUT - An apparatus is provided with a first and a second plurality of input keys. At least some input keys of the first plurality of input keys are associated with both a numeric value and a first set of alphabetic values, and arranged in a first alphabetic keypad layout based on their respective first sets of alphabetic values. The second plurality of input keys are positioned adjacent to the first plurality of input keys. At least some input keys of the second plurality of input keys are associated with at least one alphabetic value, and arranged in a second alphabetic keypad layout. At least some of the input keys of the first plurality of input keys have a second set of alphabetic values that is used as part of the second alphabetic keypad layout and at least some of the input keys of the first and second pluralities of input keys are arranged to provide a reduced group of words generated by a predictive text input routine for an input key sequence entered by a user.01-24-2013
20100090961Portable Electronic Apparatus and Operation Detecting Method of Portable Electronic Apparatus - Mobile electronic apparatus includes a first sensor element group G04-15-2010
20100090958METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING LARGE KEYBOARD TARGETS AND AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHICH USES LARGE KEYBOARD TARGETS - A method for controlling an electronic device using large keyboard targets and an electronic device which uses large keyboard targets is provided. In one embodiment, there is provided a handheld electronic device having a controller for controlling operations of the electronic device, and a display connected to the controller, as well as a keyboard comprising a plurality of keys connected to the controller. The controller, in a first input mode, is configured to generate a single input in response to activation of any key in a predefined group of keys of the keyboard.04-15-2010
20130169543Rendering Apparatuses, Display System and Methods for Rendering Multimedia Data Objects with a Function to Avoid Eye Fatigue - A rendering apparatus is provided. A storage device stores at least one multimedia data object to be displayed. A processor obtains the multimedia data object from the storage device, determines an object type of the multimedia data object, renders the multimedia data object based on a display mode, determines whether eye fatigue of a viewer viewing the multimedia data object has occurred or is about to occur according to the object type, and adjusts the display mode for rendering the multimedia data object according to the object type when eye fatigue of a viewer has occurred or is about to occur.07-04-2013
20130169544PORTABLE TERMINAL FOR INPUTTING THREE SIGNALS VIA ONE INPUT KEY, AND TEXT INPUT METHOD USING SAME - According to the present invention a portable input terminal may be described. The input terminal may permit inputting letters in a portable terminal, letters that may be inputted more quickly than in conventional inventions because the present invention is set in a way that three different letters, numbers or symbols can be inputted by pressing one input key one time. Three letters, numbers or symbols may be inputted through one key and a plurality of sensors may be arranged effectively. The inputting accuracy significantly improves over the prior art, avoiding inputting errors by applying and developing various kinds of inputting ways using all characteristics of the present invention.07-04-2013
20080225005HAND-HELD MICRO-PROJECTOR PERSONAL COMPUTER AND RELATED COMPONENTS - A mobile personal computer comprising a case sized for handling by a single, adult human hand, a micro-projector system maintained by the case, and a speech recognition system maintained by the case and including a microphone. A microprocessor is maintained within the case and electronically connected to the micro-projector system and the speech recognition system. The microprocessor utilizes a personal computer operating system to perform computing operations. A power source is maintained within the case. Finally, a linear touch pad array adapted to operate as a user interface is assembled to the case such that at least a segment of the linear touch pad array is curved.09-18-2008
20110273374HANDHELD ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE HAVING SLIDING DISPLAY - A handheld electronic device comprising a housing having a keyboard support member and a base, the base having a first section spaced apart from and opposing the keyboard support member to define a cavity therebetween, the base having a second section that extends from the first section beyond an open end of the cavity, the housing further comprising opposed first and second sidewalls, the first sidewall protruding from a first peripheral side edge of the second section of the base and the second sidewall protruding from a second peripheral side edge of the second section of the base. A display assembly is slidably mounted to the housing and comprising a display screen on a front face thereof, the display assembly being slidable between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein in the retracted position a first portion of the display screen is received within the cavity facing towards the keyboard support member and a second portion of the display screen is viewable outside of the cavity and disposed between the first and second sidewalls, and in the extended position the first portion and the second portion of the display screen are viewable outside of the cavity.11-10-2011
20090295734AUDIO BOOK FOR PEN-BASED COMPUTER - A system for producing audio output from interaction with printed material and a pen based computer system. The system includes a printed page including a substantially invisible position code and a human viewable image. The system further includes a pen-based computer system for determining a position of the human viewable image in response to interactions there between, e.g., based upon the pen tip's proximity to the image. The pen-based computer is operable to produce a human-audible output corresponding to the human viewable image contemporaneously with the interaction. The human viewable image may be produced independent of the pen based computer and may include a textual word and/or an image. A plurality of pages may be provided in book form allowing a plurality of audio recordings to be rendered in connection with a plurality of images, thusly providing an interactive audio book experience for the user.12-03-2009
20130176229DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, INPUT APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY SYSTEM - A display apparatus including: a display unit; an image processor which processes an image signal to display an image on the display unit; a communication unit which communicates with an input apparatus including a button and a touch pad; and a controller which controls the image processor to display a first item corresponding to a current setting state of the display apparatus in response to a first input from the input apparatus through manipulation of the button and to display at least one second item to be selected to change the current setting state on the display unit in response to a second input from the input apparatus through the touch pad, subsequent to the first input.07-11-2013
20130113710DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Exemplary embodiments include a wireless transmitter and wireless receiver. The wireless transmitter and wireless receiver wirelessly transmit and receive data, respectively. The wireless transmitter and the wireless receiver each include a controller which outputs a power mode changing control signal to a power supply unit and a communication unit in response to a wakeup event, wherein the power supply unit changes a power mode from a standby mode to a normal mode in response to the power mode changing control signal. Both the wireless transmitter and receiver include a transmitter which transmits the power mode changing control signal to the other. With this configuration, there are provided an apparatus and a control method thereof which enable a wireless transmission of multimedia and consumes minimal power when in a standby mode.05-09-2013
20130093682DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING INPUT - A method and device for receiving input are provided. The method involves determining an orientation of a touchscreen. When the orientation of the touchscreen is portrait, the method involves rendering at least one input element organized according to a first set of placement rules. When the orientation of the touchscreen is landscape, the method involves rendering the at least one input element organized according to a second set of placement rules. The second set of placement rules causes each of the at least one input element to be rendered proximate to one of first and second opposite edges of the touchscreen. The device includes a processor and a touchscreen configured to carry out the method.04-18-2013
20130093683EXTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEM FOR TOUCH DEVICE AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A control system capable of controlling a touch device and a method using the control system are disclosed. Specifically, the touch device may be controlled by a keyboard device or other input units of the control system external to the touch device. The control system includes a communication unit ensuring input signals delivered to the touch device are in accordance with a first predetermined communication standard and a memory unit storing a control program that is configured to switch an input mode of the control system. The touch device includes a communication unit capable of operating in accordance with the first predetermined communication standard. The disclosed method includes identifying potential control systems having at least one input unit in the neighborhood of the touch device, establishing communication between the touch device and the control system, processing the input signals, and generating corresponding input instructions.04-18-2013
20130093684TOUCH KEYPAD MODULE - A touch keypad module includes a touch input panel and at least one prompt unit. The touch input panel has a plurality of input units. When at least one of the input units generates an input signal, the prompt unit generates a prompt message.04-18-2013
20130113709FINGER KEYPAD SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods for creating a finger keypad using the twelve finger segments of the human hand as a 12-key keypad are presented. In one embodiment, the finger segments are each associated with respective successive keys of a 12-key keypad, and a sensor device worn on the thumb or the wrist detects the thumb of the hand tapping on a selected finger segment and produces an output signal which varies based on which finger segment is tapped. A processor associated with the sensor device converts the output signals to corresponding 12-key values, and the 12-key values are converted to corresponding alpha-numeric values.05-09-2013
20130100031DIRECTIONAL INPUT SYSTEM WITH AUTOMATIC CORRECTION - A system associated with a text entry application, such as email or instant messaging, comprises an optional onscreen representation of a circular keyboard, a list of potential linguistic object matches, and a message area where the selected words are entered. The circular keyboard is manipulated via a hardware joystick or game-pad with analog joystick or omni-directional rocker switch built therein. The user points the joystick in the general direction of the desired letter, and then continues pointing roughly to each letter in the desired word. Once all letters have been roughly selected, buttons are used to select a specific word from the list of potential matches and send the selected word to the message area.04-25-2013
20110267277Thumb Operated Tablet Remote Control - Presented is a thumb-operated tablet remote control capable of being operated while being held in space by a user. The remote control includes a first control button and a second control button located on opposing edges as well as a display screen located between the first control button and second control button. The display screen is capable of showing a graphic interface of menu options organized into two tiers.11-03-2011
20130127732METHOD 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.05-23-2013
20130135213SENSING CAPACITANCE CHANGES OF A HOUSING OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow measurement of a user's interaction with the housing of an electronic device. Some embodiments may measure the electrical characteristics of a housing of an electrical device, where the housing is capable of being temporarily deformed by the user's interaction. By measuring the electrical characteristics of the housing, such as the housing's capacitance, the user's interaction with the housing can be measured in a manner that is independent of the user's electrical characteristics and/or in a manner that may allow the pressure applied to the housing to be quantified.05-30-2013
20130141337KEYPAD FASTENING APPARATUS - A keypad fastening apparatus for a portable terminal includes: a housing; a keypad positioned on the housing; and a fastening arrangement configured to fasten the keypad to the housing, the fastening arrangement being positioned along the periphery of the keypad. In the fastening arrangement, a plurality of fasteners are attached to the housing and positioned at least in a part of the periphery of the keypad, in which each of the fasteners is provided with an anti-release part configured to prevent the vertical escaping of the keypad, which is caused when the keypad is pushed.06-06-2013
20080198137Electronic device and information input method - An information input method applied to an electronic device, which includes a host body, a first direction key module and a second direction key module, includes the following steps. First, the first direction key module generates a first input signal, a second input signal, a third input signal, a fourth input signal, or a fifth input signal; otherwise, the second direction key module generates a sixth input signal, a seventh input signal, an eighth input signal, a ninth input signal, or a tenth input signal. Next, the host body receives one of the input signals. Finally, the host body generates a first standard key signal, a second standard key signal, a third standard key signal, a fourth standard key signal, a fifth standard key signal, a sixth standard key signal, a seventh standard key signal, an eighth standard key signal, a ninth standard key signal or a tenth standard key signal according to the received input signal.08-21-2008
20110221682KEYPAD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS FOR REMOVING LANGUAGE VARIANCE - The present invention provides a keypad of an electronic apparatus for removing language variances through transfer from a physical keypad to a virtual keypad, and an electronic apparatus having such a keypad The keypad of the electronic apparatus comprises a display section and a keying section, of which the display section displays a specific language part, and the keying section includes a plurality of keys, at least one of which is operable corresponding to the specific language part The plurality of keys have their own marks including a numeral part, a basic language part and other control key part09-15-2011
20080297480Method of Inputting Multi-Languages by Using Symbol Characters Allocated in Keypads of User Terminal - A method of inputting multi-language characters using symbol characters, which can quickly input a character with a small number of inputs by converting a word unit character input system into a combination type character input system, and adopting a character input method using a combined symbol based on a stroke of each unique character, and also can reduce a mistype probability, which may occur due to a continuous push, and thereby precisely input a desired character is provided.12-04-2008
20100295792OPTICAL ACTUATORS IN KEYPADS - The specification and drawings present a new apparatus and manufacturing method for optical protrusions (e.g., dome pins or actuators) attached to a light guide for providing backlight, actuation function and/or tactile feedback in keypad modules of electronic devices. Spatially and spectrally selective out-coupling of light from the light guide (e.g., a planar light guide plate) can be accomplished using these optical actuators integrated with the light guide for keypad illumination to control out-coupling efficiency and/or spectra of the out-coupled light to enable modification of the visual appearance (intensity, colored/white) of individual keys of the keypad.11-25-2010
20100302166Keypad with Integrated Alphanumeric Display - A mobile communication device includes a keypad having an integrated display for displaying alphanumeric information. The mobile communication device includes a housing. A keypad including a plurality of keys is disposed on a front surface of said housing. A plurality of light elements are arranged to emit light through spaces bordering the keys of the keypad. The light elements collectively form a segmented display for displaying alphanumeric characters. A controller operatively connected to the light elements controls the light elements to display alphanumeric information.12-02-2010
20100309136Wireless Operating Device and Electronic Apparatus having the same - A wireless operating device includes a display panel, a touch panel and a control module. The display panel has a display area. The touch panel corresponds to the display area. The control module includes a substrate, a processing unit and a wireless transmission unit. The substrate is electrically connected to the display panel and the touch panel. The processing unit and the wireless transmission unit are disposed on and electrically connected to the substrate. The processing unit is configured for controlling the display panel to display an operating image in the display area, and controlling the wireless transmission unit to send an operating signal according to an operation applied on the operating image. The wireless operating device utilizes the display area to display various operating images to control various electronic devices, thereby improving the compatibility of the wireless operating device.12-09-2010
20100309135SLIDING HINGE AND A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A sliding hinge for a portable electronic device has a stationary leaf, a link assembly, a main sliding leaf and a side sliding leaf. The linking assembly is mounted pivotally on the stationary leaf via a pivoting middle. The main and side sliding leaves are connected respectively to two ends of the linking assembly. With the linking assembly, the main and side sliding leaves are moved simultaneously. Therefore, when the portable electronic device is not used, the main and side sliding leaves fully overlap with the stationary leaf to achieve a smallest footprint. When the portable electronic device performs multiple functions, the main and side sliding leaves are slid out to reveal control buttons.12-09-2010
20100309134COMPUTER HAVING INTERLOCKING L-SHAPE COMPONENTS - A computer has a display, keyboard and two main component parts. The components each have an L-shape and are linked together to enable sliding movement in substantially one plane in a first direction. The linkage also enables movement orthogonally with respect to the first direction in another plane, such that the components transition from a closed position of the computer in which the components interfit together to form a first right rectangular prism and in which the display is exposed, to an open position having a second right rectangular prism shape in which the keyboard is exposed adjacent to and in the same plane as the display.12-09-2010
20120274572HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TEXT DISAMBIGUATION AND SELECTIVE DISABLING OF FREQUENCY LEARNING - 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 is likely to have 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 provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The learning function is disabled, however, when the relevant words are found to be in a special category for which frequency learning, i.e., frequency revision, is not employed.11-01-2012
20110234500Keyboard 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.09-29-2011
20110234499KEY INPUT DEVICE AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL USING THE KEY INPUT DEVICE - First detection information related to electrical connection between each row signal line and each column signal line is received from a key matrix circuit (S09-29-2011
20100315344HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO FACILITATE NAVIGATION AND THE ENTRY OF INFORMATION, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A method of facilitating the input of information in a handheld electronic device having a plurality of input elements such as, without limitation, keys. The method includes receiving a signal indicating that a particular one of the input elements is being touched in a first manner, providing a feedback signal, such as a sound or graphic, that identifies the particular input element after the signal is received, and performing a function associated with the particular input element when it is being touched in a second manner. Also, a handheld electronic device that includes an input apparatus having a plurality of input elements, a processor, and a memory in electronic communication with the processor. The memory stores one or more routines executable by the processor for implementing the method described above.12-16-2010
20130154943COMBINATION GAME CONTROLLER AND INFORMATION INPUT DEVICE - An apparatus generally directed to a combination game controller and information input device. The combination preferably includes a tablet computer providing a plurality of sides, in which each of the sides are disposed between an electronic display screen and a back of the tablet computer. The combination further preferably includes an input device in electronic communication with the tablet computer, the input device providing side structures adjacent to and confining the tablet computer on at least two opposing sides of the tablet computer. The input device further preferably providing input module apertures, each input module aperture selectively accepts either a game control module or a removable keyboard module. The input module apertures are preferably adjacent each of the at least two opposing sides of the tablet computer, and a camera communicating with each the input device and the tablet computer, the camera selectively capturing either still or video images.06-20-2013
20130154944HANDHELD 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.06-20-2013
20130154945INPUT APPARATUS USING ALL FINGERS OF ONE HAND - The present invention relates to an input method for a device such as a cellular phone or a smart phone. According to the present invention, the positions of input buttons are harmonized with the movement or flow of each finger so that all fingers of one hand holding a device can be used, thereby achieving the efficient and convenient input actions. Furthermore, the other hand, which is not used to hold the device, can be set free. The region of a display screen is so separate from the region of buttons as to accomplish the maximum display screen. The method according to the present invention also contributes to the health of a user because it can allow the user to do away with a computer keyboard.06-20-2013
20120280914HANDHELD MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH MOVEABLE DISPLAY/COVER MEMBER - Handheld mobile communication devices according to the disclosure have a closed position, in which the display member of the device covers at least a portion of the keys of on the keypad member of the device, and an open position, in which the keys are accessible and the device is operated. When the display member is in the open position, it forms an ergonomically desirable angle (e.g., on the order of about 155°) relative to the keypad member. However, unlike clamshell-type cellular phones, the display member does not simply flip open about a conventional pivot joint. Rather, it moves from the closed position, where it is parallel and adjacent to the keypad member, to the open, angled position through a sliding/sweeping motion; through an eccentric, “up-and-over” rotational motion; or through a combination sliding/“up-and-over” motion.11-08-2012
20120280913HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A handheld electronic device is provided, which includes a body and a key layout. The body has a base surface. The key layout is disposed on the base surface of the body and includes a plurality of keys. The key layout is a QWERTY key layout and the keys are adapted for users to press with their left or right thumb while holding the body in single hand or both hands. Each key has a curved surface protruded from the base surface and each curved surface has an inflection point. A distance between two inflection points of the curved surfaces of any two adjacent keys is greater than a distance between two figure centres of the orthogonal projections on the base surface of the curved surfaces of the two adjacent keys.11-08-2012
20130181906ADJUSTABLE KEYBOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING ADJUSTABLE KEYBOARD - A keyboard includes an upper frame, a main body, a lower frame, and an adjustment mechanism. The two frames cooperate with each other to sandwich the main body. The lower frame includes a bottom plate defining a though hole. The adjustment mechanism is configured to adjust an inclined angle of the keyboard, and includes an adjustment member, a supporting member, a driving member and a position stopper. The adjustment member is operated by a user. The supporting member protrudes from the bottom plate via the through hole to support the keyboard on a supporting surface. The driving member drives the supporting member to move along a central axis of the through hole to adjust a protruding distance of the supporting member when the adjustment member is operated. The position stopper resists the supporting member to secure the supporting member when the adjustment member is free.07-18-2013
20130187859HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LEARNING CONTEXTUAL DATA DURING DISAMBIGUATION OF TEXT INPUT - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software that is operable to disambiguate text input. In addition to identifying and outputting representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input, the device is able to employ contextual data in certain circumstances to prioritize output and to learn new contextual data.07-25-2013
20110310023PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE AND STATE SWITCHING STRUCTURE OF PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - Solved is a problem of difficulty in operating, with an operation unit casing held by one hand, both of a touch panel and a key operation unit without changing the hand which holds the unit. 12-22-2011
20110310022Responsive virtual image labeling of computer keyboards - A user views a keyboard through a transparent plate. Partial reflection of an image source by the plate creates a virtual image, including labels, that appears to be superimposed on the keyboard. The keys themselves may be blank. Hands resting on the keyboard block the user's view of many of the keys, but do not block the view of the virtual image. The visual perception is that users can see the key labels through their own hands. This allows any key to be identified without moving the hands out of the way. The image source can be a computer-controlled monitor, which allows the virtual image labels to respond to user input. For example, pressing a control key can display virtual image labels for the shortcuts enabled by that control key. These virtual image labels can emphasize frequently used shortcuts, and also point out rarely used shortcuts to frequently used functions.12-22-2011
20120287051KEYPAD - A keypad that provides excellent operability even in a virtual keyboard on a touch panel. The keypad comprises a base body 11-15-2012
20130194191EXPLICIT CHARACTER FILTERING OF AMBIGUOUS TEXT ENTRY - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for explicit filtering in ambiguous text entry. The invention provides embodiments including various explicit text entry methodologies, such as 2-key and long pressing. The invention also provides means for matching words in a database using build around methodology, stem locking methodology, word completion methodology, and n-gram searches.08-01-2013
20130194190DEVICE FOR TYPING AND INPUTTING SYMBOLS INTO PORTABLE COMMUNICATION MEANS - The device for typing and inputting symbols into portable communication means can be used in an application with communicators, pocket PCs, mobile telephones and other similar devices. The device comprises input elements in the form of keys under a user's finger, some of which keys are arranged on the rear side of the device body. The device is characterized in that each of the keys arranged on the rear side of the device body is intended for one finger only and is capable of registering four types of action by the finger: bending, unbending and shifting of the finger in two perpendicular directions. The device is aimed from the outset at direct typing rather than chorded typing, and has a large number of actions which can be carried out by fingers on the rear panel of the device, which should result in easier learning of typing and in more rapid typing.08-01-2013
20130194189MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES CAPABLE OF AMBIDEXTROUS OPERATION - Mobile computing devices such as tablet computers can include multiple input devices mounted on a housing. The input devices are arranged in a first array located near a first side of the housing, and in a second array that is substantially identical to the first array and is located near a second side of the housing. Each of the input devices is operable to generate an output when actuated. The output of each input device corresponds to a function. The computing devices are configured so that each of the input devices in the first array is functionally equivalent to a corresponding one of the input devices located at the same relative location the second array, so that the functions can be activated by the user using either the left or right hand regardless of how the mobile computing device is being held.08-01-2013
20130201110HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH A KEYBOARD OPTIMIZED FOR USE WITH THE THUMBS - A hand-held electronic device with a keyboard optimized for use with the thumbs is disclosed. In order to operate within the limited space available on a hand-held electronic device, the present invention optimizes the placement and shape of the keys, preferably using keys that are oval or oblong in shape, and that are placed at angles designed to facilitate thumb-typing, The angles at which keys on either side of the keyboard are placed is complimentary.08-08-2013
20130201109HIGHLY MOBILE KEYBOARD IN SEPARABLE COMPONENTS - A collapsible compact touch-type keyboard for mobile devices. The keyboard includes a plurality of separate parts that together form a keyboard with keys large enough to allow efficient touch-typing. The plurality of parts includes at least a first and a second base each retaining a plurality of keys. A wireless transmitter exists within at least one of the parts to send keyboard events to a computer.08-08-2013
20130100032DISPLAY DEVICE FOR PRODUCTION MACHINE - A display device with a touch panel and a controller having a computer function to display various kinds of screens on a display surface of the display. The controller includes a multiple screen display processing function part wherein at least two independent screen display parts are displayed side by side, a screen switch processing function part to enable switching of a touched screen to the other screen by a touch/slide operation on the screen, and a switch key display processing function part by which a key display part is arranged on the display surface in an area other than the screen display parts. A plurality of switch keys are arranged and displayed in the key display part according to a key pattern corresponding to the order of the screens switched by a touch/slide operation so as to enable selection of the screens to display by a touch operation.04-25-2013
20120081294APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING KEYBOARD FUNCTIONALITY, VIA A LIMITED NUMBER OF INPUT REGIONS, TO A SEPARATE DIGITAL DEVICE - One embodiment includes an apparatus that receives gesture-based touch inputs from a user to provide keyboard functionality, via a limited number of input regions, to a separate digital device. The apparatus comprises: a touch-sensitive array; a processor; a communication module; and a casing. The touch-sensitive array defines a first zone with a plurality of radially-arranged touch regions, wherein the touch-sensitive array detects user touches at the regions of the first zone. The processor communicates with the touch-sensitive array, and distinguishes between various user input types for each region of the first zone. The processor generates an output that is a character associated with the input type. The communication module transmits the output to the separate digital device. The casing substantially houses the processor, the communication module and the touch-sensitive array.04-05-2012
20120086646HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING SPELL CHECKING DURING TEXT ENTRY AND FOR INTEGRATING THE OUTPUT FROM SUCH SPELL CHECKING INTO THE OUTPUT FROM DISAMBIGUATION - A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with a disambiguation routine that is operable to disambiguate text input. In addition to identifying and outputting representations of language objects that are stored in the memory and that correspond with a text input, the device is able to perform a spell check routine during input of a text entry, with the output from the spell check routine being visually integrated into the output from the disambiguation routine.04-12-2012

Patent applications in class Portable (i.e., handheld, calculator, remote controller)