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20090231307DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING STILL IMAGE WITH LOW POWER CONSUMPTION AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING STILL IMAGE USING THE DISPLAY APPARATUS - Provided are a display apparatus and a method of displaying a still image. The display apparatus includes: a display panel including a picture plane on which an image is displayed; an e-paper which is spread to cover the screen of the display panel when the image is no longer displayed through the display panel; and a processor which applies an electric signal to display a still image on the e-paper.09-17-2009
20100164909INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus including: a sensor; a motion pattern detector configured to detect a given motion pattern from a measurement result by the sensor; a controller configured to perform a control operation associated with the given motion pattern if the given motion pattern is detected by the motion pattern detector; and an application processor configured to perform an application operation including an application operation associated with the given motion pattern if the given motion pattern is detected by the motion pattern detector. The controller does not perform the control operation associated with the given motion pattern if the given motion pattern is detected during the application operation.07-01-2010
20090195519Image processing apparatus - An image processing apparatus comprises a display module, a control module and a scroll wheel module. The display module is used to display a digital image. The control module is connected to the display module for controlling the display module and conducting image processing. The scroll wheel module is connected to the control module for providing at least five operation modes, each in a different direction, and generating at least five control signals for controlling the control module to conduct image processing.08-06-2009
20100141611Input device and input method - Provided is an input device that may sense a first contact occurring along a planar coordinate axis among three-dimensional (3D) spatial coordinate axes to generate first contact information, to sense a second contact occurring along a vertical coordinate axis among the 3D spatial coordinate axes to generate second contact information, to analyze contact information including at least one of the first contact information and the second contact information to generate an input signal to control a predetermined display device, and to transmit the generated input signal to the display device. The display device may control an object that is displayed on the display device, based on the input signal.06-10-2010
20080259058Systems and Methods For User Interfaces Designed For Rotary Input Devices - Systems and methods for providing visual navigation cues in user interfaces for use with rotary input devices are described. One described method comprises causing a plurality of graphical objects to be displayed in an arc. The curvature of the arc is configured to convey the ordinal relationship for navigating between each of the plurality of graphical objects with a rotary input device. The curvature of the arc is independent of the spatial relationship between the rotary input device and a display.10-23-2008
20080259057Electronic Reading Device Mimicking a Reading experience of a Paper Document - An apparatus comprises a display screen (DS) for visualizing digital information page by page, and a flip bar (FB) being movable upon user activation in at least two directions for flipping pages of the digital information back and forth, respectively. Such an apparatus may be an electronic reading device mimicking a reading experience of a paper document.10-23-2008
20100073331DISPLAY SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a display booth (03-25-2010
20130033463INDEXING AND HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR MANUAL CONTROL INTERFERENCE - Manual control interface including: a movable part, a photo-detector, a movable holographic element including a first series of holograms forming coding motifs of the selection position of the movable part, characterized by the fact that the movable holographic element includes a second series of holograms forming figurative motifs representing the functions of the apparatus, the position of the movable holographic element relative to the support determining the figurative motif which is illuminated by a suitable light beam, so as to project the figurative motif corresponding to the selected function towards a display zone visible to the user.02-07-2013
20100110044JOG DIAL ACTUATING DEVICE - A jog dial actuating device and an electronic device are described.05-06-2010
20090303204CONTROLLING AND ACCESSING CONTENT USING MOTION PROCESSING ON MOBILE DEVICES - Various embodiments provide systems and methods capable of facilitating interaction with handheld electronics devices based on sensing rotational rate around at least three axes and linear acceleration along at least three axes. In one aspect, a handheld electronic device includes a subsystem providing display capability, a set of motion sensors sensing rotational rate around at least three axes and linear acceleration along at least three axes, and a subsystem which, based on motion data derived from at least one of the motion sensors, is capable of facilitating interaction with the device.12-10-2009
20120218234CUSTOMIZABLE AND RECONFIGURABLE VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT PANEL - The invention provides an instrument control panel that is easily customized and reconfigured, and yet provides the familiar tactile sensation of physical knobs, sliders, and buttons. The instrument control panel comprises one or more interface components that are removably coupled to an interface display wherein the interface components communicate with one or more control components disposed behind the interface display. The present invention lends itself particularly well to an instrument panel.08-30-2012
20120218233TERMINAL HAVING ROTARY BUTTON - A terminal includes a rotary button bracket including a dial button and a penetrating member; a housing including a penetrating hole and a click notch, the click notch being disposed around the penetrating hole; and a click bracket having a click protrusion and a planar portion, the click protrusion being configured to engage the click notch. The planar portion is arranged proximate to the penetrating hole, and the penetrating member is coupled to the click bracket.08-30-2012
20100060614TRI-AXIS FOOT CONTROLLER - A novel control device for a personal computer which is manipulated by a user's feet. The control device is manipulated by application of the appropriate pressure to the control device. At any one time, the control device may be manipulated such that the control device moves in three distinct directions: the device pivots forwards or backwards, rotates left or right, and dips to the left or to the right. For each movement in a distinct direction, the control device generates an input for a personal computer.03-11-2010
20090009492Medical Simulation Interface Apparatus And Method - A system and method of providing a surgical training apparatus which comprises a plurality of mechanical interfaces each of which is configured to receive a user tool operable by a user. Each mechanical interface of the plurality is configured to allow movement of its respective user tool in a rotational degree of freedom and a linear degree of freedom. The apparatus includes one or more sensors which are coupled to the mechanical interfaces and configured to simultaneously sense positional information of each user tool during movement. A computer coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to run a software application simulating each user tool as a respective simulated surgical tool operating on a simulated body part in a displayed graphical environment, wherein the computer updates movement of each simulated user tool in the graphical environment based on said positional information.01-08-2009
20090009491Capacitive sensing control knob - Apparatuses and methods for detecting interaction of a user with a sensor array disposed on the wall of a protrusion from the surface of a control panel of a device that physically resembles a mechanical knob protruding from the surface of the control panel of the device. The method may include receiving a plurality of signals from the sensor array and detecting interaction of a user with the sensor array based on the plurality of signals.01-08-2009
20090115749INPUT DEVICE - Disclosed is an input device. The input device includes a substrate including a sensor, a housing having an opening on the substrate, a sliding member slidably installed between the housing and the substrate, a sensing plate coupled with the sliding member to face the sensor, and a magnetic substance circumferentially provided in one of the sliding member and the housing and a magnet circumferentially provided in remaining one of the sliding member and the housing.05-07-2009
20110292004OPERATING DEVICE FOR A USER INTERFACE - The present invention relates to an operating device for a user interface and a method for generating a control signal by way of a user interface. For example, the operating device comprises operating elements and a control device, by means of which at least one control signal can be generated in a manner dependent on the state of the operating elements. The operating device comprises a first at least two-dimensional element and a second elongate element, which are displaceable relative to one another in at least two different directions. Furthermore, the operating device comprises a control device, by means of which, on the basis of the relative position of the second elongate element with respect to the first at least two-dimensional element, an overlap of the two elements can be detected and at least one control signal with interval values can be generated in a manner dependent on said overlap.12-01-2011
20110164002DISPLAY AND CONTROLS FOR A CPAP DEVICE - A user interface for respiratory apparatus comprises a combination of a menu display (07-07-2011
20090284498SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOW POWER HAPTIC FEEDBACK - Systems and methods for low power consumption haptic feedback are described. In one described system, a device comprises a manipulandum and a haptic effect generator in communication with the manipulandum. The actuator is operable to provide a first haptic profile associated with a first mechanical configuration and a second haptic profile associated with a second mechanical configuration. The device also comprises an actuator in communication with the haptic effect generator, which is operable to switch the haptic effect generator between the first haptic profile and the second haptic profile.11-19-2009
20080273020MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a mobile communication device, method and computer program product for controlling a displayed screen using a rotary input device and an operating method thereof. The mobile communication terminal according to an embodiment includes a first input key, a second input key, a third input key, and a controller The first input key generates a first signal when the first input key is turned. The second input key generates a second signal when the second input key is activated after the first signal is generated. The third input key generates a third signal when the third input key is activated after the first signal is generated. The controller controls a predetermined operation on a displayed screen based on at least one of the first signal, the second signal, and the third signal.11-06-2008
20110169786USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING A BATHROOM PLUMBING FIXTURE - A plumbing fixture is operated by a user interface that has an enclosure with a faceplate from which a pedestal seamlessly projects outward. An alphanumeric display is visible through the faceplate and a plurality of switches respond to the user pressing different portions of the faceplate. A selector includes a selector ring that has a plurality of permanent magnets and which is positioned to rotate around the pedestal. A Hall effect sensor of the selector is located adjacent the selector ring and produces an electrical signal in response to motion of the permanent magnets. The user interface also enables the selection of a plurality of predefined operating configurations for the plumbing fixture. An optional wireless remote control may be provided by which the user can activate and deactivate the plumbing fixture and select from among the predefined operating configurations.07-14-2011
20100117995WHEEL DRIVER AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A pattern wheel driver is provided. The pattern wheel driver includes a rotatable pattern wheel with patterned regions repeatedly formed on the pattern wheel. Each of the patterned regions has a plurality of patterns. Each of the plurality of patterns has a different width. The pattern wheel driver also includes a detector for detecting the plurality of patterns, mounted at a position where the patterned regions of the pattern wheel pass when the pattern wheel rotates. The pattern wheel driver also includes an encoder for producing a signal indicating whether the pattern wheel rotates in a forward direction or a reverse direction based on signals produced by the detector.05-13-2010
20100079415INPUT DEVICE OF VEHICLE - The present invention discloses a technology which arranges a direct access key and a hot key or the like according to frequency of use centering around a jog dial such that a user interface (UI) can be simplified in a driver information system.04-01-2010
20100090989PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a cover assembly and a rotating mechanism. The rotating mechanism is mounted to the cover assembly. The rotating mechanism includes a rotating assembly and a driving assembly. The rotating assembly includes a driving wheel and a driven wheel connected to the driving wheel. The driving wheel is connected to the rotating assembly. The driving assembly drives the driven wheel to rotate via the driving wheel, thus giving a user a rotating prompt.04-15-2010
20090278820METHOD FOR ENTERING COMMANDS AND/OR CHARACTERS FOR A PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVIC EQUIPPED WITH A TILT SENFOR - Portable communication devices are disclosed. The devices each include a motion detector configured to measure a movement of the device relative to a neutral position of the device, an indicating unit configured to provide an indication that a current position of the device is to be set as the neutral position of the device, and a control unit configured to set the current position as the neutral position responsive to the indicating unit providing the indication. In an embodiment of the portable communication device, the control unit is further configured to associate the measured movement of the device relative to the neutral position of the device with an associated command and execute the associated command. In another embodiment of the portable communication device, the control unit is further configured to associate the measured movement of the device with an associated character and enter the associated character as an input character.11-12-2009
20090091556RING-SHAPED WIRELESS INPUT DEVICE WITH SCROLL FUNCTION - A ring-shaped wireless input device is disclosed. The ring-shaped wireless input device includes a housing having a ring shape, a wheel rotatably installed on the housing, a first sensor unit, that has first and second sections alternatively disposed along a circumference of the wheel and rotated along with the wheel, and a wireless communication unit which is fixedly disposed in the housing, has a second sensor unit arranged with the first sensor unit, and sends a scroll signal indicating an arranged state of the input device to the host device.04-09-2009
20090201270USER INTERFACE HAVING REALISTIC PHYSICAL EFFECTS - A user interface module includes a display and a motion detector arranged to detect a motion. The module is arranged to display an emulated movement of a graphical representation of a first object on the display according to a motion detected by the motion detector. The first object has a physical characteristic and the user interface module further includes a controller module arranged to generate the emulated movement based on the physical characteristic.08-13-2009
20080259056USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING A BATHROOM PLUMBING FIXTURE - A plumbing fixture is operated by a user interface that has an enclosure with a faceplate from which a pedestal seamlessly projects outward. An alphanumeric display is visible through the faceplate and a plurality of switches respond to the user pressing different portions of the faceplate. A selector includes a selector ring that has a plurality of permanent magnets and which is positioned to rotate around the pedestal. A Hall effect sensor of the selector is located adjacent the selector ring and produces an electrical signal in response to motion of the permanent magnets. The user interface also enables the selection of a plurality of predefined operating configurations for the plumbing fixture. An optional wireless remote control may be provided by which the user can activate and deactivate the plumbing fixture and select from among the predefined operating configurations.10-23-2008
20090278819Controlling Haptic Sensations For Vibrotactile Feedback Interface Devices - An apparatus comprises an actuator that includes an eccentric mass that is coupled to a rotatable shaft of the actuator which defines an axis of rotation. A circuit is coupled to the actuator, the circuit is configured to produce a control signal such that, when the control signal is received by the actuator. The actuator is configured to produce a force effect having a magnitude and a frequency by rotating the mass about the axis of rotation in a first direction. The magnitude of the vibration is based on a duty cycle of the control signal and independent of the frequency. An obstacle member is coupled to the actuator and includes a compliance portion configured to increase energy in the movement of the mass in a second direction opposite to the first direction when the mass comes into contact with the obstacle member.11-12-2009
20090289924MOBILE DEVICE AND AREA-SPECIFIC PROCESSING EXECUTING METHOD - A mobile device includes a control unit, a storage unit, a display unit, and a displacement detecting unit that detects displacement of a physical value caused when the mobile device moves, wherein the control unit includes an icon displaying unit that displays the icon in the display area, an icon moving unit that moves the icon displayed, in the display area and based on the displacement of the physical value, an area determining unit that compares coordinates of the icon moved and displayed in the display area to the specific area to thereby determine whether the icon is in the specific area, and an area-specific processing executing unit that retrieves the area-specific processing corresponding to the specific area and executes the area-specific processing when the area determining unit determines that the icon is in the specific area.11-26-2009
20100103145PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL, HOLD STATUS SWITCH METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A portable information terminal is provided which includes detecting means for detecting an operation on a display screen, a button for an operation related to a content reproduction, a changeover switch, and a control unit which switches hold statuses of the detecting means and the button according to an operation to the changeover switch.04-29-2010
20100128007Accelerometer Guided Processing Unit - Described herein is a computing device for running an application that requires graphics and/or video processing capabilities. The computing device includes a display device, an accelerometer, and a processing unit. The application running on the computing device is configured to provide image data corresponding to an image for display on a virtual screen, wherein the virtual screen is larger than the display device. The accelerometer is configured to provide movement data based on motion of the computing device. The processing unit is configured to receive the image data and the movement data and provide only a portion of the image for display on the display device based on the movement data from the accelerometer.05-27-2010
20080231615INPUT DEVICE - Disclosed here is an input device used for input operations of electronic equipment. According to the input device, an illuminating display section is disposed on an operation knob, and the controller of the device effects on/off control of the illuminating display section in connection with showing indications on the display of the device. With the structure above, the on/off state of the illuminating display section allows a user to easily confirm the current operating status of the electronic equipment, without looking at indications shown in the display.09-25-2008
20100141609ERGONOMIC USER INTERFACES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES INCORPORATING SAME - An electronic device includes a housing that encloses a controller and/or other electronic components, a display viewable through a face of the housing that is configured to display an alphanumeric character list, and an input device adjacent the display that is movable by a user to highlight and select respective alphanumeric characters in a displayed character list. To highlight characters within a displayed character list, the input device is rotatable about an axis that is substantially normal to the display and is slidable within a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the axis. In some embodiments, the input device is rotatable and slidable within a plane that is substantially parallel with a plane defined by the housing face. To select a highlighted character, a user depresses the input device.06-10-2010
20090179874ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Provided is an electronic apparatus including a plurality of casing bodies which are connected to one another so as to be relatively moved, wherein, by relatively moving the plurality of casing bodies, a first mode in which a first input manipulation unit is positioned on one side of a display unit for displaying information and a second mode in which the first input manipulation unit is positioned on one side of the display unit and a second input manipulation unit is positioned on the other side of the display unit are switched, and wherein an image display in which the first input manipulation unit is positioned on a lower side of the display unit is performed in the first mode and an image display in which the first input manipulation unit and the second input manipulation unit are positioned on left and right sides of the display unit is performed in the second mode.07-16-2009
20110205192HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE INPUT MODE THUMBWHEEL - A thumbwheel input device oriented on an incline and comprising a wheel such that a first input is generated by rotation of the wheel about its axis, and a holder also having an axis of rotation and a portion thereon to receive the wheel whereby a second input is generated by rotation of the holder about the second axis.08-25-2011
20090015568Method and Apparatus for Implementing Slider Detents - Improved techniques that enable slider detents to be implemented are disclosed. According to one aspect, a method includes determining when a user interface control displayed on a display screen has been selected. The user interface control is moved at a speed that is imparted by a pointing device. The method also includes displaying a position indication on the display screen that represents current positions of the pointing device and the user interface control, and determining whether the current position is in a zone of slowed movement. A first set of information is provided to the pointing device when the current position is in the zone of slowed movement. The first set of information reduces the speed. A second set of information is provided to the pointing device when the current position is not in the zone of slowed movement. The second set of information maintains the speed.01-15-2009
20090102818METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ERROR-FREE KEYPAD INPUT - A method of reducing user keypad errors includes sensing a user touch of a push button, storing a current state of the device in memory, displaying a graphic representing a new state of the device, where the new state corresponds to a press of the push button, and then sensing either a release of the push button or a press of the push button. The current state of the device is recalled from memory if a release of the push button sensed and the new state of the device is entered if a press of the push button is sensed.04-23-2009
20090102817USER INPUT DEVICE WITH FLYWHEEL FOR SCROLLING - User input devices and methods for use in scrolling with a computing device are provided. One disclosed user input device includes a housing, a control surface coupled to the housing and configured to be manipulated by a digit of the user, and a flywheel operatively coupled to the control surface, such that motion of the digit of the user on the control surface is transferred to the flywheel. The flywheel may be a mechanical flywheel operated by a scroll wheel on which the control surface is positioned, or a virtual flywheel implemented by a computer program and operated by a pressure sensitive input device on which the control surface is positioned.04-23-2009
20090315865OPERATING DEVICE AND BUTTON ASSEMBLY FOR COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL MACHINE - An operating device for a CNC machine includes an operating portion, an encoder, a memory unit, a microprocessor, a display unit, and a controller. The operating portion includes a rotary button and a confirm button. The encoder is connected to the rotary button and the confirm button for generating corresponding position codes. The memory unit stores a number of function menus corresponding to a number of operating instructions. The microprocessor is connected between the encoder and the memory unit for receiving the position codes from the encoder and invoking the corresponding function menus from the memory unit. The display unit is connected to the microprocessor for displaying the function menus. The controller is connected to the microprocessor for executing input instructions.12-24-2009
20090315866Input apparatus - An input apparatus that moves an instruction sign displayed on a display device to any position, the display device being connected to an information processing apparatus, including: an operation portion that includes a magnet, and operates the movement of the instruction sign; a restoration portion that is composed of an elastic member, supports the operation portion, and restores the operation portion to a reference position when the operation portion has inclined; magnetic members that are arranged at maximum displacement positions of the operation portion where a suction force of the magnet exceeds the restoring force of the restoration portion; a detection portion that detects an inclined direction and an inclined angle of the operation portion; and an output portion that outputs the inclined direction and the inclined angle detected by the detection portion to the information processing apparatus.12-24-2009
20090315867INFORMATION PROCESSING UNIT - An information processing unit of the present invention includes a display control unit that causes an icon display area, in which a plurality of icons related to each other are grouped, to be displayed and an operation unit that receives various operations by a user. When the operation unit inputs a command for expanding or contracting the icon display area in a one-dimensional direction which is the same as an arrangement direction of the plurality of the icons in the icon display area, the display control unit causes the icon display area to be expanded or contracted in the one-dimensional direction. With such a configuration, the operability can be enhanced by shortening a time for searching for a desired icon.12-24-2009
20090122032HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE INPUT MODE THUMBWHEEL - A thumbwheel input device oriented on an incline and comprising a wheel such that a first input is generated by rotation of the wheel about its axis, and a holder also having an axis of rotation and a portion thereon to receive the wheel whereby a second input is generated by rotation of the holder about the second axis.05-14-2009
20090122031SCROLL DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A scroll device and a scroll method are provided. The scroll device includes a scroll button installed and partially projected on the case frame of an apparatus, the scroll button being able to move in forward and backward directions by manipulation, a sensing means for detecting the movement of the scroll button and a control unit for scrolling displayed information on a display unit of the apparatus in predetermined direction corresponding to the detecting signal of the sensing means.05-14-2009
20090115748INPUTTING DEVICE - An inputting device includes an actuator that can move and rotate, a rotation sensor for detecting a rotation of the actuator, a movement sensor for detecting that the actuator moves to a predetermined position, and a rotation suppressor for preventing the actuator from rotating when the actuator moves to the predetermined position and for allowing the actuator to rotate when the actuator is not positioned at the predetermined position. This input device prevents erroneous operation and performs various operations.05-07-2009
20090079712Control Knob With Multiple Degrees of Freedom and Force Feedback - The present invention provides a control knob on a device that allows a user to control functions of the device. In one embodiment, the knob is rotatable in a rotary degree of freedom and moveable in at least one transverse direction approximately perpendicular to the axis. An actuator is coupled to the knob to output a force in the rotary degree of freedom about the axis, thus providing force feedback. In a different embodiment, the knob is provided with force feedback in a rotary degree of freedom about an axis and is also moveable in a linear degree of freedom approximately parallel to the axis, allowing the knob to be pushed and/or pulled by the user. The device controlled by the knob can be a variety of types of devices, such as an audio device, video device, etc. The device can also include a display providing an image updated in response to manipulation of the knob. Detent forces can be provided for the knob by overlapping and adjusting ranges of closely-spaced detents in the rotary degree of freedom of the knob.03-26-2009
20090079711Scrolling Device - A control device includes a case having a bottom surface that has a front portion and a back portion; and a first friction pad and a second friction pad disposed on the front portion of the bottom surface. The first and second friction pads are configured to detect pressure from a user hand to power-up the control device. The first and second friction pads are also configured to detect the absence of the user hand and place the control device in a sleep mode based on the detection of the absence of the user hand.03-26-2009
20100188372Information input device, and electronic apparatus using same - An information input device is provided which is to make input of information by operating a disk-shaped rotating member. The device includes the rotating member (07-29-2010
20100271341Rotary Input Device and Electronic Equipment - Disclosed is a rotary input device, including: a rotary operation device; a rotation detecting section; a rotation driving section; a judging section to judge whether the detected rotation angle of the rotary operation device is a predetermined angle corresponding to a displayed selection item or not; a generating section to generate a switching signal when it is judged the rotation angle is the predetermined angle; and a rotation controlling section to control of a rotation drive to give the operator a force sense by a combination of at least any two of applying the rotary force in a normal rotation direction, applying the rotary force in a reverse rotation direction, and stopping applying the rotary force, when the judging section judges that the rotation angle of the rotary operation device is the predetermined angle.10-28-2010
20100271343Rotary Input Device and Electronic Equipment - Disclosed is a rotary input device, including: a rotary operation device; a storage section to store screen information correlated to a display order; a display control section for displaying the screen and selection items; an item switch instructing section to switch the selection item; and a screen switch instructing section to switch the displayed screen, wherein the selection item is switched in a predetermined selection order when the rotary operation device rotates in one direction and switched in a reverse order when the rotary operation device rotates in the other direction, and the first screen is switched to the second screen when the rotary operation device rotates in the one direction in a state in which a last first selection item is selected and switched to the first screen when the device rotates in the other direction in the state in which a top second selection item is selected.10-28-2010
20100271342Rotary Input Device and Electronic Equipment - Disclosed is a rotary input device, including: a rotary operation device; a rotation detecting section; a rotation driving section; a display control section to scroll an image under display by rotation of the rotary operation device; a judging section to judge whether the detected rotation angle reaches a critical angle corresponding to an end part of a range of the displayed image or not; and a rotation controlling section to reversely rotate the rotary operation device to an initial position or a reference position when it is judged that the rotation angle reaches the critical angle and the rotary operation is released, wherein the display control section displays the image displayed on the display section at a display position corresponding to the initial position or the reference position when the rotary operation device is reversely rotated to the initial position or the reference position.10-28-2010
20100271344Rotary Input Device and Electronic Equipment - Disclosed is a rotary input device, including: a rotary operation device rotatable around an axis by receiving a rotation operation of an operator; a rotation driving section to apply a rotary force to the rotary operation device; a pressure detecting section to detect a pressure in an axial direction to the rotary operation device; and a force sense presenting section to present a force sense to the operator operating the rotary operation device by applying a rotary force to the rotary operation device by the rotation driving section when the pressure detecting section detects a predetermined pressure in the axial direction to the rotary operation device.10-28-2010
20100177065Haptic Motion Feedback Mechanism - In one embodiment, the invention is a haptic motion feedback mechanism. One embodiment of an apparatus for communicating motion in a virtual space includes a base and a feedback mechanism coupled to the base, the feedback mechanism using forced air to convey motion in the virtual space. In another embodiment, a method for communicating motion in a virtual space using a feedback mechanism includes receiving a signal indicative of user motion from a computing device on which the virtual space is running and forcing air through the feedback mechanism in order to convey the user motion.07-15-2010
20100225619INPUT DEVICE - A slide type input device is provided, which can be made thin and which has the operability of a dial type input device.09-09-2010
20100245296PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND PAGE TURNING METHOD THEREOF - A portable electronic device includes a navigation key assembly, a memory unit, a processing unit and a display unit. The navigation key assembly includes a knob. The memory unit is configured to store an electronic file. The processing unit is electrically connected to the navigation key assembly and is configured to store a predetermined rotation angle within which the knob rotates, and to obtain a total page of the electronic file and a rotated angle of the knob, and to determine how many pages jumped to according to the total page, the predetermined rotation angle and the rotated angle of the knob, and to obtain corresponding contents of the page jumped to. The display unit is configured to display the corresponding contents of the page jumped to.09-30-2010
20100090990HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE INPUT MODE THUMBWHEEL - A thumbwheel input device oriented on an incline and comprising a wheel such that a first input is generated by rotation of the wheel about its axis, and a holder also having an axis of rotation and a portion thereon to receive the wheel whereby a second input is generated by rotation of the holder about the second axis.04-15-2010
20090073145INPUT DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING SAME - Provided are an input device capable of a variety of operations with a simple configuration, and an electronic apparatus using the same. A rotary operation portion 03-19-2009
20110032219LEVER SWITCH WITH DISPLAY DEVICE - The present invention is directed to provide a lever switch with a display device that is variably displayable of pictures or texts.02-10-2011
20110032218ROTATION SENSING DEVICE AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A rotation sensing device comprises a capacitor module comprising an upper substrate and a lower substrate. The upper substrate comprises a plurality top plates mounted thereon, and the lower substrate comprises a plurality bottom plates mounted thereon. A pointing module comprises a pointer rotatably set between an upper substrate and a corresponding lower substrate. The pointer comprises a first portion. A detection circuit is electronically connected to the top plates and the bottom plates, and is configured for detecting pulses caused by a change of the capacitance resulting from movement of the first portion, determining a position change of the first portion relative to the initial position according the detected pulses, and determining a rotation orientation of the capacitor module according to the determined position change.02-10-2011
20110025652OPERATING AND DISPLAY DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE - An operating and display device is provided for a vehicle having a display unit and having a rotary knob for selecting a function and/or for selecting a menu within a hierarchical menu structure shown using the display unit. The rotary knob forming an operating unit is movable in both directions of its rotational axis, and pressing of the operating unit causing navigation between two menu levels in a first hierarchy direction and pulling of the operating unit causing navigation between two menu levels in a second, opposing hierarchy direction of the menu.02-03-2011
20110115754Systems and Methods For A Friction Rotary Device For Haptic Feedback - Systems and methods for a friction rotary device for haptic feedback are disclosed. For example, one disclosed system includes: a haptic device including: a passive actuator including: a rotatable plate; a fixed plate configured to apply friction to the rotatable plate; a piezoelectric material mounted to one of the fixed plate or the rotatable plate, the piezoelectric material configured to receive a first haptic signal and vibrate; and a rotatable object configured to be connected to the rotatable plate.05-19-2011
20090033639INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - Provided is an information processing apparatus including a display control unit and an output unit. The display control unit displays image data of an operation unit including a rotary operation dial, and displays while rotating, according to a designated target volume value, the operation dial from a rotation angle position corresponding to a current volume value to a rotation angle position corresponding to the target volume value based on at least one of a predetermined speed and a predetermined acceleration speed. The output unit outputs a volume value corresponding to the rotation angle position of the operation dial displayed by the display control unit.02-05-2009
20110084943METHOD, APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE FOR FORCE FEEDBACK BASED ON TENSION CONTROL AND TRACKING THROUGH CABLES - A haptic device for human/computer interface includes a user interface tool coupled via cables to first, second, third, and fourth cable control units, each positioned at a vertex of a tetrahedron. Each of the cable control units includes a spool and an encoder configured to provide a signal corresponding to rotation of the respective spool. The cables are wound onto the spool of a respective one of the cable control units. The encoders provide signals corresponding to rotation of the respective spools to track the length of each cable. As the cables wind onto the spools, variations in spool diameter are compensated for. The absolute length of each cable is determined during initialization by retracting each cable In turn to a zero length position. A sensor array coupled to the tool detects rotation around one or more axes.04-14-2011
20100164908DUAL-MODE ROTATABLE INPUT DEVICE - Embodiments related to dual mode rotatable input devices that permit both resistive and non-resistive rotation are disclosed. One embodiment comprises a stationary hub, a rotatable member rotatable around the stationary hub, and a resistive rotation mechanism forming an interface between the stationary hub and the rotatable member. The resistive rotation mechanism comprises a resistive surface and a movable interface member configured to selectively contact the resistive surface, wherein the resistive surface and the movable interface member move relative to one another with rotation of the rotatable member. The resistive mechanism further comprises a biasing mechanism that urges the movable interface member into engagement with the resistive surface when a rotational velocity of the rotatable member is below a threshold velocity, and allows separation of the interface member and the resistive surface when the rotational velocity of the rotatable member is above the threshold velocity.07-01-2010
20100066706METHOD OF MOUNTING THUMBWHEEL SWITCH ON PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCORPORATING THE SAME - A thumbwheel switch for a handheld electronic device is mechanically and electrically mounted on the substrate of a printed circuit board using SMT with the thumbwheel seated in a cutout in the substrate and with the top surface of the thumbwheel about flush with the top surface of the substrate so that the thumbwheel is ergonomically positioned on the side of the handheld electronic device at the level of the display.03-18-2010
20090153527USER INTERFACE FOR SELECTING AND CONTROLLING PLURALITY OF PARAMETERS AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND CONTROLLING PLURALITY OF PARAMETERS - A user interface for selecting and controlling a plurality of parameters of a device comprises a touch-sensitive apparatus (06-18-2009
20100259509PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a base segment, a sliding segment, and an input module. The base segment defines more than one indicator. The sliding segment is slidably connected to the base segment and defines a pointer operable to align with an indicator. The input module includes a first magnet, a second magnet, and a sensor. The first magnet is received in the base segment. The second magnet is fixed to the sliding segment to align with the first magnet, and is configured for applying a magnetic force to the first magnet. The sensor is connected to the first magnet to sense the magnetic force and convert the magnetic force into a corresponding electrical signal. The electrical signal is inputted to the electronic device.10-14-2010
20100253653VIRTUAL KNOB INTERFACE AND METHOD - A virtual knob interface includes a substrate, a virtual knob associated with the substrate, and a number of touch sensors associated with the substrate and with the virtual knob. The virtual knob and touch sensor are configured and arranged such that the touch sensors detect manipulation of the virtual knob by a user. The knob can be removable from the substrate. Features can be provided to disable control of a device or function controlled by the knob when the knob has been removed.10-07-2010
20080303803USER INTERFACE FOR MULTIFUNCTION DEVICE - A system implements a circular navigation paradigm that matches a physical input device to a graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI may be displayed on a personal navigation device, music player, or any other electronic device that employs a GUI. The match between the physical input device and the GUI facilitates ready understanding and intuitive interaction with the GUI by the device operator. The circular navigation paradigm may also extend over multiple screens within an application, and across multiple applications, to provide consistency of operation throughout the entire feature set of this device.12-11-2008
20080204430INPUT DEVICE AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE HAVING SAME - An input device is provided. The input device includes a first input unit configured to provide at least two directional signals, a second input unit located in the first input unit, the second input unit including a housing and a rotatable member located therein, the second input unit being configured to provide at least two directional signals different from the at least two directional signals of the first input unit, and a circuitry supporting substrate configured to receive a signal that is input through the first input unit and the second input unit. A mobile communication device having the input device is also provided.08-28-2008
20110134085INPUT DEVICE - In an input device, a switch contact is partially located under a display element, and one of a case and an operation body includes grooves, and the other includes projections to be engaged with the grooves. This saves the space of the top surface of a wiring board, thereby reducing the entire size of the input device. This also allows the operation body to move vertically by the grooves and the projections. As a result, the operation body is prevented from wobbling or tilting, thereby ensuring the electrical connection and disconnection of the switch contact.06-09-2011
20100141610MANIPULATOR - A selecting operation and a setting operation for setup items shown on a display are performed with using a selection change switch that can in steps rotate to three positions indicated by marks and a dial switch that is stacked on the selection change switch. The display shows three setup items at three locations. In a case that the selection change switch is rotated and a tip portion of the selection change switch indicates a position, it is thought that the selection operation is performed to select a setup item shown at a location corresponding to the indicated position. Then, the setting operation for the selected setup item is performed by rotating the dial switch. When the selection change switch has pivoted toward near side or far side, a window to be shown at the foreground is changed on the display.06-10-2010
20110057909OPERATION APPARATUS - A movable operation unit is movable on a two-dimensional operation surface of a main body. The two-dimensional operation surface is defined by an X-axis and a Y-axis perpendicular to each other. A Y-axis movable portion is rotatable around a rotation axis. The Y-axis movable portion is movable in the Y-axis direction when rotating around the rotation axis. The rotation axis extends in the X-axis direction relative to the main body. The Y-axis movable portion includes a sliding rail portion on which the movable operation unit is slidable in the X-axis direction. The movable operation unit is operable to slide in the X axial direction and move in the Y axial direction accompanied with rotation of the Y-axis movable portion around the rotation axis to performs a parallel shift in the two dimensional direction while regularly and constantly maintaining a posture of the movable operation unit.03-10-2011
20090033640SCROLL WHELL DEVICE FOR COMPUTER MOUSE - A scroll wheel device for computer mouse is disclosed, which comprises: a scroll wheel, having a scraggly structure formed in the interior thereof; and an adjusting unit. In an exemplary embodiment, the scraggly structure can be a sawtooth-like structure patterned on a circumferential area of a hollowed portion formed inside the scroll wheel; and an adjusting unit is further comprised of an adjusting rod and a braking part, in which the braking part, being made of an elastic material, can be an elastic strip; and the adjusting rod is formed with screw thread. Thereby, by rotating the adjusting rod, the braking part is driven to move along the adjusting rod in response to the rotation of screw thread so that the relative position of the braking part with respect to the scraggly structure is changed accordingly and thus the braking mode of the scroll wheel device is changed. Therefore, simply by rotating the adjusting rod, the braking mode of the scroll wheel device can be adjusted for customizing the scroll wheel device to cope with varying preferences of different users.02-05-2009
20120062522INFORMATION INPUT DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING SAME - An information input device is provided which is to make input of information by operating a disk-shaped rotating member. The device includes the rotating member (03-15-2012
20090289923INPUT DEVICE AND INPUT METHOD - The present invention provides an input device which enables a user to input desired information by simple operations even though a user has pressed a wrong button, as well as to make an information inputting position stationary.11-26-2009
20120169675SWITCH FOR MULTI FUNCTION CONTROL - The invention provides for a controller such as a thermostat for an air handler comprising a housing having a circuit board and a display screen, the display screen having at least one alpha-numeric icon and a group of touch sensitive areas comprising at least two displayable touch sensitive areas. A microprocessor provided for the display screen. A sole mechanical button or switch is mounted in the housing and the button has a first end and second end and a touch surface extending between the first end and second end. The sole mechanical button signals the microprocessor in order to adjust the alpha-numeric icon, so that the combination of inputs received by the microprocessor from the group of touch pad sensitive areas and sole mechanical button provide for each and every adjustment required for all of the operational functions of the controller. The mechanical button may be a rocker switch.07-05-2012
20110102382Rotational Input Device and Electronic Apparatus - This rotational input device is so formed that, when a rotational position detecting portion detects that a user has at least rotationally operated a rotational operating portion, a magnetic force generating portion is excited on the basis of a detected rotational position to generate magnetic force so that a base portion is sucked toward the rotational operating portion to be so deflected as to come into contact with the rotational operating portion thereby providing the user with a tactile sensation.05-05-2011
20110102381APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PORTABLE TERMINAL HAVING OBJECT DISPLAY DIAL - An apparatus and method for executing a specific function by rotating an object display dial capable of displaying at least one of a mode-based object and a function-based object are provided. The portable terminal includes a mode/function determination unit for determining a mode or function of the portable terminal, a User Interface (UI) object generation unit for generating an object corresponding to each mode or function on the object display dial, a UI object display unit for displaying the generated, a dial rotation detection unit for detecting a rotation of the object display dial, a position determining unit for determining a position of an object upon detecting the rotation of the object display dial, and an object display dial capable of displaying at least one of the mode-based object and the function-based object and including a mode/function execution unit for transitioning to a mode corresponding to an object assigned to the position or for executing the function.05-05-2011
20110102380Direction Indicating Device - An embodiment of the present invention provides a direction indicating device for generating a 2D direction indicating signal, which includes a base board, a first rectangular conductive plane formed on the base board, including a first sliding slot, a second rectangular conductive plane formed on the base board, overlapping the first rectangular conductive plane, and including a second sliding slot, a positioning axle perpendicular to the base board, passing through a space corresponding to overlap portions of the first sliding slot and the second sliding slot, for moving the first conductive plane along a first direction, and moving the second conductive plane along a second direction, and a control signal generating module for outputting the 2D direction indicating signal according to electric information of the first conductive plane and the second conductive plane.05-05-2011
20120212461OPERATION SUPPORT SYSTEM, IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL - A portable terminal receives a user operation on a terminal screen of the portable terminal in a portable terminal normal mode. After receiving the user operation, the portable terminal shifts from a portable terminal normal mode to a portable terminal in-operation state, in which the portable terminal sends out a portable terminal in-operation notice to an in-vehicle apparatus. The in-vehicle apparatus shifts to a portable terminal in-operation mode upon receiving the notice from the portable terminal, and invalidates a reaction force by a reaction force generation unit to transit to a portable terminal normal state.08-23-2012
20100289778CONTROL DEVICE - A control device that is associable with a machine, in particular a wrapping machine, includes a panel provided with a selecting device for selecting and setting operating parameters of the machine. The selecting device includes a knob that is rotatable around an axis and is fixed to the panel. In accordance with a method for setting operating parameters of a machine, in particular a wrapping machine, a control device provided with a knob rotating around an axis sets operating parameters by rotating the knob around the axis.11-18-2010
20090058834APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING LETTERS - User input apparatus and method for inputting letters. The letters can be input based on the rotations of the user input apparatus. By inputting the letters in the differentiated manipulation not depending on the buttons, the diversity and the convenience in inputting the letters can be achieved.03-05-2009
20100271340Rotary Input Device and Electronic Equipment - Disclosed is a rotary input device including: a rotary operation device; a detection section; a display control section; a rotation driving section to apply a rotary force to the rotary operation device; a first force sense presenting section to present a first force sense by a combination of at least any two of applying a rotary force in a normal rotation direction, applying a rotary force in a reverse rotation direction, and stopping applying when the detected rotation angle reaches a predetermined switching angle corresponding to the displayed predetermined display information; a second force sense presenting section to present a second force sense different from the first force sense by applying the rotary force in the normal rotation direction when the rotation angle detected by the detection section is within a first range, and in the reverse rotation direction when the angle is within a second range.10-28-2010
20100001980MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPERATION OF THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A method of controlling a mobile terminal includes displaying on a display of the mobile terminal a plurality of items, identifying a selected item of the plurality items, and detecting a first rotation of the mobile terminal about a first axis of rotation which exceeds a first threshold amount of rotation. The method further includes performing a first function that is associated with the selected item responsive to the detecting of the first rotation exceeding the first threshold, identifying a condition if a second rotation of the mobile terminal about a second axis of rotation exceeds a second threshold, or if a threshold time period elapses after the detecting of the first rotation and no further rotation of the mobile terminal has been detected, and responsive to the identifying of the condition, performing a second function that is associated with the selected item.01-07-2010
20100328273METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE ASSEMBLY - In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus comprises an assembly adapted to rotatably couple a first housing and a second housing, said assembly adapted to rotate said first housing and said second housing with respect to each other between a closed configuration and at least one open configuration, said assembly comprising an inner ring coupled with said first housing and an outer ring coupled with said second housing, said inner ring slidably coupled with said outer ring in a circumferential direction, said outer ring movable through a first opening in said first housing, said inner ring movable through a second opening in said second housing when said first housing and said second housing rotate with respect to each other.12-30-2010
20100188373Information input device, and electronic apparatus using same - An information input device is provided which is to make input of information by operating a disk-shaped rotating member. The device includes the rotating member (07-29-2010
20100177064Haptic Motion Feedback Device - Embodiments of the present invention include a device and a method for providing a haptic motion feedback to user interacting with a simulated three-dimensional (ā€œ3Dā€) environment. In one embodiment, the device includes a base and a belt assembly, coupled to the base. The belt assembly includes a housing having an opening and a belt adapted to rotate within the housing for conveying a motion of an object moving in the simulated 3D environment. To indicate a horizontal component of object's motion, in one embodiment, the base is rotated, thus causing the belt assembly to rotate around its central axis. To indicate a vertical component of the object's motion, in one embodiment, the belt assembly is tilted. Optionally, the belt may include a plurality of protrusions and/or indentations on its surface for indicating to the user distances covered by the object within the simulated 3D environment.07-15-2010
20120139880INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ADAPTED TO OPERATION USING A PLURALITY OF OPERATION ELEMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus capable of discriminating between an operation of turning an operation member and an operation of moving a finger alone and switching between detections of the two operations according to the situation to thereby provide a simple and intuitive user interface. A first detection unit detects a finger movement on a sub electronic dial. A second detection unit detects a turn of the sub electronic dial. When the finger movement has been detected, but the turn of the sub electronic dial has not, a first detection function is executed. When the turn of the sub electronic dial has been detected, a second detection function different from the first detection function is executed without executing the first detection function, irrespective of whether or not the finger movement has been detected.06-07-2012
20130016074ELECTRONIC DEVICEAANM WANG; PENGAACI Shenzhen CityAACO CNAAGP WANG; PENG Shenzhen City CN - An electronic device with a plurality of applications available includes a display screen, a sliding portion, a detecting unit, an executing unit. The sliding portion is assembled on the electronic device and is slidable on the surface of the display screen. The detecting unit detects the position of the sliding portion on the surface of the display screen. The executing unit executes different applications according to the different positions to which the sliding portion can be moved.01-17-2013
20130016075DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOFAANM KIM; Hyun-hoAACI SeoulAACO KRAAGP KIM; Hyun-ho Seoul KRAANM JUNG; Chang-jooAACI Hwaseong-siAACO KRAAGP JUNG; Chang-joo Hwaseong-si KR - A display device is provided, which includes a jog switch which performs a moving operation in a plurality of directions and a push operation, a display unit which displays a first user interface (UI) for adjusting a channel or a volume of the display device or a second UI for adjusting other functions of the display device in accordance with a first operation of the jog switch, and a control unit which adjusts a selected function of the display device in accordance with a second operation of the jog switch in which is performed in a state where the first UI or the second UI is displayed. The jog switch is formed to project for a predetermine height from a surface of the display device, and thus a user can find the jog switch easily and promptly even is the jog switch is obstructed from view.01-17-2013
20110157102INPUT DEVICES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAID INPUT DEVICES - Input device in which a defect of a control disk is eliminated while making use of an advantage of the control disk and an electronic device using the input device. The input device may include: an operation panel, which may be operated by a user; a board, which may be arranged to be opposed to a surface opposite to an operation surface of the operation panel operated by the user; a conductive elastic body and a pusher, which may be fixed on the operation panel; and a sensor portion and a member to be pressed, which may be placed on the board to be opposed to the conductive elastic body and the pusher, respectively.06-30-2011
20120242626ELECTRONIC WATCH CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING DISPLAY ANGLE OF SCREEN CONTENT THEREOF - An electronic watch includes an input interface, a processor, and a display interface. The input interface receives an input and generates a setting command that corresponds to the input. The processor is operable to generate screen content, to determine a display angle corresponding to the setting command, and to rotate the screen content according to the display angle. The display interface is operable to display the screen content received from the processor in a manner that the screen content is rotated relative to the display interface by the display angle.09-27-2012
20080225020ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus including a housing in a plate shape, a display screen arranged in an area excluding a peripheral area adjacent to a side surface, on the front surface of the housing, and a grooved part which is formed on the peripheral area along the circumference of the peripheral area.09-18-2008
20080198147PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a display unit which displays, simultaneously side by side, a plurality of main items aligned in one direction as the setting items of the portable electronic device and a plurality of sub items aligned in the one direction as the setting items of the lower layer of the main items, a first rotary dial which selects at least one of the plurality of main items, and a second rotary dial which selects at least one of the plurality of sub items. The first and second rotary dials are arranged while making their rotation axes parallel to each other and perpendicular to the one direction.08-21-2008
20130147772CUSTOMIZABLE AND RECONFIGURABLE VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT PANEL - The invention provides an instrument control panel that is easily customized and reconfigured, and yet provides the familiar tactile sensation of physical knobs, sliders, and buttons. The instrument control panel comprises one or more interface components that are removably coupled to an interface display wherein the interface components communicate with one or more control components disposed behind the interface display. The present invention lends itself particularly well to an instrument panel.06-13-2013
20100289777Wheel structure for an electronic input device - A wheel structure for an electronic input device has a housing, and two supporting brackets and a circuit board mounted in the housing. A wheel assembly is supported by the supporting brackets and has a wheel. The wheel has an axle having a pivot end mounted through one supporting bracket and a mounting end mounted through a bearing disposed on the other supporting bracket. Moreover, a resilient assembly is disposed under and abuts the pivot end of the axle of the wheel. The wheel assembly is floatingly disposed in the housing so a friction applied to the wheel assembly is reduced. Therefore, the user is able to rotate the wheel assembly at high-speed with a light force. Furthermore, material and assembling costs and an assembling time of the wheel structure are saved.11-18-2010
20110242064OPERATION UNIT - The operation unit includes a shaft that receives by its one end a pressing force applied through a pressing operation by a finger/thumb, a rotating body that rotates about the shaft according to an operation by the finger/thumb within a movable range of the finger/thumb, a first sensor that detects a pressing force applied to the shaft in an axial direction of the shaft, a second sensor that detects a pressing force applied to the shaft in a direction other than the axial direction of the shaft, and a third sensor that detects a rotating state of the rotating body.10-06-2011
20120280951MOOD-BASED MESSAGING - A method for social interacting, including using a portable messaging device for designating, from time to time, a plurality of friends, selecting a mood, sending one or more representations of the selected mood to each of the plurality of designated friends, further selecting an updated mood, and further sending one or more representations of the updated mood to each of the plurality of designated friends, to supersede the previously sent one or more representations of the mood. A user interface is also described and claimed.11-08-2012
20110310067PORTABLE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING STARTUP OF APPLICATION THEREOF - Provided is a portable electronic equipment which gives a feeling of speedy operation free from strange feeling, and has a function operability which is more suitable to the actual usage pattern of a user. A portable electronic equipment is provided with a casing, a rotary dial section (12-22-2011
20120299882PROGRAMMABLE BUTTONS FOR EREADER DEVICE - A system and method operable on an electronic device that has mechanical buttons for navigation functions. The mechanical buttons have default configurations for their associated navigation functions, e.g., page forward, page back. The system and method allow the user to change navigation functions associated with the mechanical buttons to suit her use of the device. Specifically, the system and method has a Setting screen, that allows the user to chose the navigational directions associated with the mechanical buttons. These user selections are stored in the device and are used to configure the operation of the mechanical buttons for the present an subsequent uses of the device.11-29-2012
20120086676ROTARY SWITCHING DEVICE AND FILE SEARCH SYSTEM USING THE SAME - The present invention features a rotary switching device and a file search system using the same. In preferred embodiments, the rotary switching device includes a rotary push button, a first switch part, second switch parts, a first contact part, and a second contact part.04-12-2012

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