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Virtual input device (e.g., virtual keyboard)

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715 - Data processing: presentation processing of document, operator interface processing, and screen saver display processing

715700000 - OPERATOR INTERFACE (E.G., GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE)

715764000 - On-screen workspace or object

715771000 - Instrumentation and component modeling (e.g., interactive control panel, virtual device)

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20110179374INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - A display apparatus includes a housing, an operation position specification section, and a display control section. The housing includes a touch panel, and is configured to display a predetermined software keyboard including keys on a display screen. The operation position specification section is configured to specify an operation position of each of the keys of the software keyboard; and a display control section is configured to automatically change display of the keys based on variations of the operation positions of the keys, the operation positions being specified by the operation position specification section.07-21-2011
20110179373API to Replace a Keyboard with Custom Controls - A method and system for display a user interface object. A user interface object for receiving user input to the application program is determined and the user interface object is displayed on the display. A first set of characteristics of the user interface object is control in accordance with the application program. The first set of characteristics include appearance of the user interface object and user interactions with the application program via the user interface object. A second set of characteristics of the user interface different form the first set of characteristics are controlled in accordance with the control program. The second set of characteristics include the display state of the user interface object.07-21-2011
20100083161CALCULATOR EMULATION APPARATUS - When keys are typed on a calculator keyboard displayed on an scientific electronic calculator emulation screen, not only are key data items of the calculator stored sequentially into a key log memory and displayed on a log screen, but also a calculation process corresponding to the key input is executed and displayed on a calculator display. Then, when the “selector” button on the tool bar is input, a calculator function name to be executed on the basis of the key log displayed on the log screen is retrieved from a function corresponding key log memory and is replaced with a display area of the key log. Then, the display area is displayed. Accordingly, with the key logs displayed on the log screen, what processes the series of key logs are supposed to execute can be recognized easily.04-01-2010
20110202864APPARATUS AND METHODS OF RECEIVING AND ACTING ON USER-ENTERED INFORMATION - Apparatus and methods of capturing user-entered information on a device comprise receiving a trigger event to invoke a note-taking application, and displaying, in response to the trigger event, a note display area and one or more action identifiers of the note-taking application on at least a portion of an output display on the device. Also, the apparatus and methods may include receiving an input of information, and displaying the information in the note display area in response to the input. Further, the apparatus and methods may include receiving identification of a selected one of the one or more action identifiers after receiving the input of the information, wherein each of the one or more action identifiers corresponds to a respective action to take with the information. Additionally, the apparatus and methods may include performing an action on the information based on the selected action identifier.08-18-2011
20100115449System and method for controlling animation by tagging objects within a game environment - A game developer can “tag” an item in the game environment. When an animated character walks near the “tagged” item, the animation engine can cause the character's head to turn toward the item, and mathematically computes what needs to be done in order to make the action look real and normal. The tag can also be modified to elicit an emotional response from the character. For example, a tagged enemy can cause fear, while a tagged inanimate object may cause only indifference or indifferent interest.05-06-2010
20100115447Method and Apparatus to Dynamically Arrange A Virtual Key Position in A Hierarchical Structure - The present invention discloses a method to dynamically arrange positions of a plurality of virtual keys in a hierarchical structure with many layers. These virtual keys can control an application program and include at least one function group key and at least one command key The method includes the following steps. The first step is to determine whether a first virtual key is a function group key or a command key, wherein the first virtual is located in a first layer in the hierarchical structure. When the first virtual key is a command key, the first virtual key is moved from the first layer to another layer and a number to select the first virtual key is added by one. Next, whether or not the application program processing has ended is determined. When the application program processing has ended, the number of times the first virtual key is clicked is compared to the number of times other virtual keys were selected. A virtual key that is clicked the most is moved to the top layer in the hierarchical structure.05-06-2010
20130086502USER INTERFACE - An apparatus comprising: 04-04-2013
20130086504SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING NAVIGATION IN A VIRTUAL INPUT DEVICE - Methods and systems for facilitation navigation through a virtual input device include loading an instance of a virtual input device in response to a user input, filtering the one or more characters populated in one or more cells of the virtual input device instance on the basis of a first predefined policy stored on a processor readable storage medium, receiving a user character input to the virtual input device instance through a user input interface paired with the one or more computing devices, acquiring a set of priority characters related to the user input character on the basis of a second predefined policy stored on the storage medium and populating the virtual input device instance in response to the user character input with the set of priority characters.04-04-2013
20130086503Touch Sensor Input Tool With Offset Between Touch Icon And Input Icon - In one embodiment, a method includes displaying an input tool comprising a first touch icon and a first input icon. The first touch icon may be visually separated from the first input icon by a predetermined distance. The first input icon may provide a graphical indication of an input associated with the first touch icon. The method may include determining an input based on a touch at or substantially near a location on a touch sensor associated with the first touch icon. The method may also include effecting the input as determined.04-04-2013
20130080961User interface for multi-modality communication - Disclosed herein are example embodiments for multi-modality communication user interfaces. By way of example but not limitation, at least one user interface feature that is related to multi-modality communication may be provided, and manipulation of the at least one user interface feature may be detected. Described embodiments may include, but are not limited to, providing one or more communication modality options for user interaction with a communication device for a communication. By way of further example but not limitation, presentation or manipulation of example communication modality options are disclosed.03-28-2013
20130080965VIRTUAL KEYBOARD TEXT REPLICATION - Text that is selected at a virtual keyboard is submitted to and displayed at an application data field another data field, such as a keyboard data field, that can be in closer proximity to the virtual keys used to select the text. Thus, a user does not have to alter their field of view to the application data field to determine what was submitted to the application data field.03-28-2013
20130080964DEVICE, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - According to an aspect, a device includes a touch screen display and a controller. The touch screen display displays a character input screen including a plurality of softkey objects each associated with an execution of an application. The controller executes an edit process of the plurality of softkey objects displayed on the character input screen.03-28-2013
20130086505PRESENTATION OF A VIRTUAL KEYBOARD ON A MULTIPLE DISPLAY DEVICE - Methods and systems for presenting a user interface that includes a virtual keyboard are provided. More particularly, a virtual keyboard can be presented using one or more touch screens included in a multiple display device. The content of the virtual keyboard can be controlled in response to user input. Configurable portions of the virtual keyboard include selectable rows of virtual keys. In addition, whether selectable rows of virtual keys and/or a suggestion bar is displayed together with the standard character and control keys of the virtual keyboard can be determined in response to context or user input.04-04-2013
20120266096INPUT ENCODING FOR HAND HELD DEVICES TO SIMPLIFY INPUT BY A USER - Data specifiers to delineate the format of the input to a device. By knowing the format of the expected input, the device automatically switches displayed input touchpads to a touchpad most appropriate for the input of a current character of data. In this way, users are alleviated from manually switching between touchpads.10-18-2012
20130080963Electronic Device and Method For Character Deletion - A virtual keyboard for an electronic device having a display. The keyboard comprises a plurality of virtual keys organized in accordance with a keyboard layout with each key in a position according to the layout. The plurality of virtual keys include a first virtual key designated to activate, upon selection, a backward-delete function for deleting characters in a first direction and a forward-delete function for deleting characters in a second direction. The first direction and the second direction are opposite to each other. The keyboard also comprises direction identifier indicia displayed on the first virtual key. The direction identifier indicia are configured to indicate the first direction when the backward-delete function is activated, and the second direction when the forward-delete function is activated.03-28-2013
20130080962TOUCH SCREEN ALPHA NUMERIC KEYBOARD - A touch screen text input system comprising an alphabet keyboard, a row of numeric keys, a text box to show the entered characters, and a word suggestion box. The numeric row and the word suggestion box share the same location and are displayed interchangeably as needed.03-28-2013
20100042946SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WEB-BASED SOFT KEYBOARD CHARACTER ENTRY - The subject application is directed to a system and method for web-based soft keyboard character entry. Web connection sessions with each of a plurality of thin clients is established, wherein each thin client is disposed one of a corresponding plurality of associated workstations via network connection. Keyboard layout data corresponding to each of a plurality of properties of soft keyboard layout is stored in an associated storage. Region data corresponding to a region associated therewith is received from each thin client as well as display size data corresponding to a display size associated therewith. Target-specific keyboard layout data is received for each of the plurality of thin clients in accordance with the keyboard layout data and, region data and display size data associated with each thin client and communicated to each thin client in accordance with the calculation corresponding thereto so as generate a soft keyboard layout thereon.02-18-2010
20090158190COMPUTING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PERSONAL WEB AND APPLICATION ASSISTANT - A computing device is configured to include a computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions for a personal Web and application assistant program.06-18-2009
20090158191VIRTUAL KEYPAD FOR TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY - A method for changing a transparency level of a virtual keypad on a display, comprising the steps of: activating a pointing device on the display; and dragging the pointing device along the display for a predetermined distance; whereby said dragging step causes the transparency level of the virtual keypad on the display to change. The keypad can be arranged to include a stacked intuitive layout for keys, where the left side of a qwerty keyboard is placed over the right side of a qwerty keyboard to created a stacked virtual keyboard.06-18-2009
20100107107APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTEXT AND LANGUAGE SPECIFIC DATA ENTRY - An apparatus, system and method that allow for context and language specific data entry via a user interface. A user interface is displayed on a display device, where the user interface includes a data entry menu having one or more menu selections. A menu selection is activated. A data entry method is displayed, where the data entry method is context and language specific to the activated menu selection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.04-29-2010
20100107106APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTEXT AND LANGUAGE SPECIFIC DATA ENTRY - An apparatus, system and method that allow for context and language specific data entry via a user interface. A user interface is displayed on a display device, where the user interface includes a data entry menu having one or more menu selections. A menu selection is activated. A data entry method is displayed, where the data entry method is context and language specific to the activated menu selection. Other embodiments are described and claimed.04-29-2010
20100107105CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL SYSTEM OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An AV amplifier includes a selector which outputs a video signal input from an output device to a display device, a display controller which makes a display device display a virtual controller including a plurality of operation buttons and a cursor for selecting any operation button on the virtual controller together with a output video corresponding to an AV signal input form the output device, an operation signal receiver which receives an operation signal for moving the cursor on the virtual controller so as to select an operation button corresponding to a position of the cursor together with identification information for identifying a device to be controlled from an amplifier controller, and a control signal transmitter which transmits predetermined control signals set to the operation buttons for the AV devices to the device to be controlled according to the device to be controlled and the selected operation button.04-29-2010
20130047114MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM - According to an aspect, a mobile electronic device includes: a display unit, an operating unit, and a control unit. The display unit for displays a character input screen including a part of a plurality of soft key objects each associated with a process in a line. The operating unit receives input of an operation. Upon detecting a changing operation through the operating unit, the control unit changes arrangement of the soft key objects such that at least one of the soft key objects that has been displayed is not displayed and at least one of the soft key objects that has not been displayed is displayed.02-21-2013
20100064244MULTI-FOLD MOBILE DEVICE WITH CONFIGURABLE INTERFACE - A multi-fold mobile device with a configurable interface is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a method includes detecting a hardware configuration change from a first configuration to a second configuration at an electronic device that includes at least a first panel having a first display surface and a second panel having a second display surface. The hardware configuration change includes a change in a relative orientation of the first display panel to the second display panel. The method also includes automatically modifying a graphical user interface displayed at the first display surface and the second display surface at least partially based on the second configuration.03-11-2010
20100064243METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANIPULATING GROUPS OF DATA REPRESENTATIONS OF A GRAPHICAL DISPLAY - A system is disclosed wherein a graphical representation of a profile may be adjusted to adjust one or more values of the profile. The profile may includes data values corresponding to respective time periods. The data values being represented by data representations in the graphical representation. A non-contiguous grouping of the data representations may be selected by an operator to adjust the data values of the profile corresponding to the non-contiguous grouping of data representations. A contiguous grouping of the data representations may be selected by an operator to adjust the data values of the profile corresponding to the non-contiguous grouping of data representations.03-11-2010
20120192094USER INTERFACE - A computer readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by a processor of a mobile handheld computer, cause the processor to present a user interface including a touch sensitive area in which a representation of a function is provided, wherein the function is activated in response to a multi-step operation including an object touching the touch sensitive area at a location where the representation is provided, and then the object gliding along the touch sensitive area away from the touched location irrespective of how far the object glides, wherein the function, when activated, causes the user interface to display user input controls at respective display locations that are determined prior to performance of the multi-step operation, and wherein any user gesture that activates a function and begins with an object touching the touch sensitive area at a location where the representation is provided causes the same response.07-26-2012
20120192093Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Navigating and Annotating an Electronic Document - A device, configured to operate in a first operational mode at some times and in a second operational mode at other times, detects a first gesture having a first gesture type; in response to detecting the first gesture: in accordance with a determination that the device is in the first operational mode, performs an operation having a first operation type; and, in accordance with a determination that the device is in the second operational mode, performs an operation having a second operation type; detects a second gesture having a second gesture type; and in response to detecting the second gesture: in accordance with a determination that the device is in the first operational mode, performs an operation having the second operation type; and in accordance with a determination that the device is in the second operational mode, performs an operation having the first operation type.07-26-2012
20120227006CONFIGURABLE INPUT DEVICE - There are provided methods and systems related to having an input device configured according to a position of a user's hand relative to the input device. In particular, in some embodiments, a method of operating a computing system is provided that includes determining an operational context of the computing system utilizing a processor of the system and configuring an input device for the system based on the operational context. The input device includes a plurality of discrete input members. The method also includes displaying a virtual image representative of the input device on a display of the system. A position of a user's digits relative to the input device is sensed and the input device is reconfigured based on the sensed position of the user's digits. An image of the user's digits overlaying the virtual image representative of the input device is provided on a display of the computing system.09-06-2012
20130067382SOFT KEYBOARD INTERFACE - User experience of the performance of a computing device is improved through an operating system that processes inputs from a soft keyboard to provide information that can be used to accurately determine keys a user intended to strike while typing. For each detected tap, the operating system provides a probability that one or more keys were the intended target for the user. These probabilities may be computed from probability distribution functions that are dynamically determined based on user and/or system factors, such as typing rate and keyboard style or layout. Other components may use the probabilities to select a key corresponding to a detected keyboard tap as representing the intended user input. The selection may be made based on the probabilities alone or in combination with contextual factors that yield an overall probability that a detected tap arose from a user targeting a specific key.03-14-2013
20130067383USER GESTURES INDICATING RATES OF EXECUTION OF FUNCTIONS - Aspects of this disclosure are directed to receiving, by a computing device having one or more processors and a presence-sensitive interface, an indication of a first user gesture to select an icon of a graphical keyboard displayed by the presence-sensitive interface, and receiving, by the computing device, an indication of a second user gesture that indicates a rate of execution of a function associated with the selected icon. The computing device may execute the function associated with the selected icon at an execution rate based on the indicated rate of execution.03-14-2013
20090235195VIRTUAL OPTICAL INPUT DEVICE FOR PROVIDING VARIOUS TYPES OF INTERFACES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Provided are a virtual optical input device and a method of controlling the same. In the method, a portion of an input means such as a finger, and a portion of a shadow of the input means generated by a light source are detected through image processing. Physical variations formed between them are used to detect the touch contact of the input means, calculate the position of the input means, and input the corresponding command. Accordingly, it is possible to provide various input patterns.09-17-2009
20090007001Virtual keypad systems and methods - Accordingly, a virtual keypad system for inputting text is provided. A virtual keypad system includes a remote controller having at least one touchpad incorporated therein and divided into a plurality of touch zones. A display device is in data communication with the remote controller and is operable to display a user interface including a keypad, where each key of the keypad is mapped to a touch zone of the touchpad. A prediction module, in response to an operator pressing a given touch zone to select a particular character, performs one or more key prediction methods to predict one or more next plausible keys. A key mapping module remaps the touch zones of the touchpad to the keys of the keypad based on the one or more next plausible keys.01-01-2009
20130167062TOUCHSCREEN GESTURES FOR SELECTING A GRAPHICAL OBJECT - A two-finger selection method is implemented on a touchscreen of an electronic device. One embodiment involves sensing the touch positions of two fingers on the touchscreen. In response to sensing the two simultaneous touch positions, a selection graphic is displayed and dynamically positioned on the touchscreen as a function of the two touch positions. A specific graphical object, such as a command button having an associated function, is selected in response to a separate selection input received while the selection graphic is positioned on the specific graphical object.06-27-2013
20130167063Systems and Methods of Using Input Events on Electronic Devices - A method and system are provided for using input events on an electronic device. The method includes detecting a first input event compatible with a first platform and determining a second input event representing the first input event, which is compatible with a second platform. The method may include determining a third input event representing the first input event, which is compatible with the second platform, and calling an input event handler compatible with the second platform to generate the second input event using the third input event.06-27-2013
20130167064SELF-ADAPTING KEYPAD - 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.06-27-2013
20110302520IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image reading apparatus includes a touch panel, a storage unit, and a control unit, wherein the control unit includes a screen displaying unit that displays, on the touch panel, a screen area containing a text input area, wherein user input is possible, and a keyboard displaying unit that displays, when the user performs an operation of selecting the text input area via the touch panel, a part of the screen area containing the selected text input area and a keyboard screen on the touch panel.12-08-2011
20110302518SELECTING ALTERNATE KEYBOARD CHARACTERS VIA MOTION INPUT - In general, this disclosure describes techniques for selecting alternate keyboard characters via motion input provided by a user. One example method comprises displaying a graphical keyboard via a user interface and receiving, via the user interface, initial user input specifying a selection of a key on the graphical keyboard, wherein the initial user input comprises an initiation of a contact with the user interface. The method further includes displaying alternate characters via the user interface, wherein each alternate character is displayed to indicate at least one corresponding selection direction that is associated with that alternate character, and receiving, via the user interface, additional user input specifying a selection of at least one of the alternate characters, wherein the additional user input comprises motion in the at least one selection direction corresponding to the at least one selected alternate character, and a release of the contact from the user interface.12-08-2011
20090037837Language Keyboard - A computer implemented method includes displaying first characters of a language script in a user interface, in response to receiving a selection of a first character, identifying second characters that are each a variant of the first character according to a language rule, displaying the second characters of the language script proximate the selected first character, and in response to receiving a subsequent selection of the selected first character or one of the second characters, displaying the subsequently selected character as an input character in the user interface.02-05-2009
20110296333User interaction gestures with virtual keyboard - A method and device are described that provides for operating system independent gestures and a virtual keyboard in a dual screen device.12-01-2011
20110302519Devices, Methods, and Graphical User Interfaces for Accessibility via a Touch-Sensitive Surface - An accessible electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface: displays a first plurality of user-selectable objects; detects a finger contact on the touch-sensitive surface; detects movement of the finger contact across the touch sensitive surface to an activation region that corresponds to a first user-selectable object; while detecting the finger contact at the activation region, initiates output of audible accessibility information associated with the first user-selectable object; detects termination of the finger contact while the finger contact is at the activation region that corresponds to the first user-selectable object; and, in response: performs a predefined operation associated with the first user-selectable object if the device has output at least a predefined portion of the audible accessibility information associated with the first user-selectable object when the termination of the finger contact is detected; and forgoes performing the predefined operation otherwise.12-08-2011
20120089937REMOTE CONTROLLER WITH TOUCH SCREEN - A remote controller with touch screen is used for controlling an electronic device. The remote controller includes a housing, a storage unit, an interface unit, and a processing unit. A remote control interface is displayed on the touch screen. The remote control interface includes at least one virtual key, and the at least one virtual key produces a corresponding trigger signal in response to user's touch. The processing unit identifies the remote code after receiving the trigger signal, and drives the interface unit to emit the corresponding coded pulse to the electronic device, and at the same time the processing unit drives the touch screen to display the next level remote control interface.04-12-2012
20110167375Apparatus and Method for Conditionally Enabling or Disabling Soft Buttons - A method of operating a multifunction device includes displaying a soft keyboard having a plurality of unconditionally enabled buttons and one or more conditionally enabled buttons, detecting a first input with a first button at a first time, and responding to detecting the first input by activating the first button. In response to detecting a second input with a second button at a second time, when the first button is an unconditionally enabled button and the second button is an unconditionally enabled button, the second button is activated. When the second button is a conditionally enabled button, and when the period of time between the first and second times is above a predefined threshold, the second button is activated; and when the period of time between the first and second times is equal to or below the predefined threshold, the second button is prevented from being activated.07-07-2011
20100169819Enhanced zooming functionality - A method includes detecting an image presented on a display area of a device; detecting a pointing device input on a touch sensitive area of a device; determining that the input includes at least one point of contact on the touch sensitive area; and activating a zoom functionality of the device.07-01-2010
20100088626Dynamic Alteration of Input Mode on Touch Screen Device - A mobile electronic device includes a touch sensitive display and enables text input to be provided in either a reduced keyboard ambiguous text input mode or in a full keyboard unambiguous text input mode and advantageously enables uncommitted text entered in the ambiguous input mode to be automatically committed when switching into the unambiguous input mode. An improved method employs the mobile electronic device.04-08-2010
20100088625TABLET PC AND FULL-SCREEN KEYBOARD WINDOW DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF - A tablet PC includes a processing unit and a display panel. The display panel is controlled by the processing unit and for displaying an application program window and selectively displaying a full-screen keyboard window of which the transparency is higher than the transparency of the application program window.04-08-2010
20110197158ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INPUT METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM USING THE METHOD - An electronic device, an input method thereof, and a computer-readable medium using the method are provided, wherein the electronic device has a function key corresponding to a predetermined function. In the method, when a function key input is received, whether the function key input is inputted successively is determined according to a time interval between a reception time of the function key input and a reception time of a previous key input. The electronic device is prohibited from executing the predetermined function relevant to the function key if the function key input is inputted successively.08-11-2011
20110173558INPUT DEVICE FOR PICTOGRAPHIC LANGUAGES - In some embodiments, input devices and related systems and methods for electronically inputting characters of a pictographic language are disclosed. In one embodiment, an input device for a pictographic language includes a touchscreen display, and a display controller programmed to display a first arrangement including a first set of characters of a pictographic language on the touchscreen display. The first arrangement includes a plurality of regions, each of which contains a plurality of characters of the first set of characters of the pictographic language. The touchscreen display may be programmed to receive selection of one of the regions, and to receive selection of one of the characters in the selected region after receiving the selection of the region. Advantageously, the input device can be effectively used by both non-speakers and language learners as well as native speakers.07-14-2011
20110271222METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING TRANSLUCENT POP-UP INCLUDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CORRESPONDING TO INFORMATION SELECTED ON TOUCH SCREEN - A method of displaying a translucent pop-up including additional information corresponding to information selected on a touch screen includes receiving a first touch input for selecting first information on the touch screen; displaying a first translucent pop-up including first additional information corresponding to the first information; receiving a second touch input for selecting second information located in a region of the first translucent pop-up, on the touch screen; and displaying a second translucent pop-up including second additional information corresponding to the second information.11-03-2011
20090177993INPUT OF INFORMATION USING A PLURALITY OF SCREENS IN COMBINATION WITH DISPLAY OF KEY WITH COLORS, DISPLAY OF INFORMATION AND SYSTEM USING THEM - The invention relates to a touch-panel keyboard for displaying information of many items of articles and selecting the information, thereby enhancing the searchability of the information. The touch-panel keyboard is used for input processing of information relative to a computer and comprises a display part and a display control part. The display part displays a plurality of keys on each screen. The display control part sets a first screen and a second screen on the display part, displays a plurality of sort keys having different color and one or plurality of first keys, which are displayed with the same colors as those of the sort keys corresponding to the sort keys, on the first screen, switches the first screen to the second screen by operating the sort keys, and displaying the first key or keys, which are similarly displayed on the first screen, while changing the color or colors of the first key or keys with different colors, and second keys displayed with the same colors as those of the sort keys corresponding to the sort keys, on the second screen.07-09-2009
20110225535INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes: a reception module configured to receive an operation input by a user; and a display module configured to display key images for receiving the operation, wherein the display module is configured to operate to: display a first key image group comprising one or more key images, a second key image group comprising one or more key images in a first display mode, and a first display switching key image; and display the second key image group in a second display mode which is larger in size than the second key image group in the first display mode, without displaying the first key image group, when the operation on the first display switching key image is received by the reception module.09-15-2011
20120079412Method, System, and Graphical User Interface for Providing Word Recommendations - One aspect of the invention involves a method that includes: in a first area of the touch screen, displaying a current character string being input by a user with the keyboard; in a second area of the touch screen, displaying the current character string or a portion thereof and a suggested replacement for the current character string; replacing the current character string in the first area with the suggested replacement if the user activates a delimiter key on the keyboard; replacing the current character string in the first area with the suggested replacement if the user performs a first gesture on the suggested replacement displayed in the second area; and keeping the current character string in the first area if the user performs a second gesture on the current character string or the portion thereof displayed in the second area.03-29-2012
20120079411OPERATION CONSOLE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - In an operation unit, a display panel displays a two-sided copy setting screen image including a still image display area on which a plurality of software keys (two-sided copy setting keys) corresponding to respective ones of a plurality of processes (one-sided/one-sided copy process, one-sided/two-sided copy process, two-sided/two-sided copy process and two-sided/one-sided copy process), for selecting any of the plurality of processes, are displayed. A touch-panel receives an input operation to the plurality of software keys. In response to the touch-panel receiving the input operation, a CPU displays, on a movie display area different from the still image display area of the two-sided copy setting screen image, an image representing contents of the selected process in a prescribed state.03-29-2012
20120079410SCROLLING VIRTUAL MUSIC KEYBOARD - Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for scrolling a virtual keyboard on a touch screen device including a display. A first aspect allows detecting a user contact swipe motion in a predetermined direction along said keyboard, scrolling said keyboard across said display in accordance with said motion, and stopping said scrolling upon termination of user contact swipe motion. A second aspect allows scrolling of a virtual keyboard to snap to an intelligent position based on a song key or relative minor of the song key. A third aspect allows a note to be held when a user's finger remains in contact with the display even though the finger is no longer in contact with a key linked to the note on the keyboard as a result of scrolling. A fourth aspect displays a second musical instrument keyboard adjacent to a first musical instrument keyboard, wherein said second musical instrument keyboard is linked to said first musical instrument keyboard such that scrolling of one keyboard causes automatic scrolling of the other keyboard.03-29-2012
20090210815APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INFORMATION INPUT IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH DISPLAY - A method, and apparatus is disclosed for input of information in an electronic device having a display, the apparatus comprising a graphic processor for displaying a plurality of objects on the display representative of the information to be input, each object of the plurality of objects arranged around the perimeter of a portion of the screen area of the display; a control interface for a user to control movement of a cursor generated in the display by the graphic processor and responsive to the control interface for scrolling through the plurality of objects and selection of an object for input of information.08-20-2009
20110231789PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method of controlling a portable electronic device that has a touch-sensitive display includes displaying information on the touch-sensitive display, detecting a gesture on the touch-sensitive display, scrolling through the information in a first scrolling mode when the gesture is associated with a first area of the touch-sensitive display, and scrolling through the information in a second scrolling mode when the gesture is associated with a second area of the touch-sensitive display.09-22-2011
20120144338PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A method includes displaying one or more selectable features on a touch-sensitive display of a portable electronic device, detecting a gesture on the touch-sensitive display, identifying at least one of the selectable features based on a direction of the gesture, and increasing a size of the at least one of the selectable features.06-07-2012
20090249242METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE IN A MEDIA PROCESSOR - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to present one of a plurality of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) with a keyboard for entering characters in a GUI field element presented in the GUI, identify a library of possible word constructs, detect a character selected from the keyboard, predict from the character selection one or more word constructs from the library of possible word constructs, present the one or more word constructs in the GUI, eliminate one or more characters from the keyboard according to the predicted one or more word constructs, and reduce a size of the keyboard responsive to removing the one or more characters. Other embodiments are disclosed.10-01-2009
20100169818KEYBOARD BASED GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE NAVIGATION - A computer-implemented method of navigating a GUI can include, responsive to a user input initiating a navigation mode, overlaying, atop of the GUI located within a first layer, a virtual keyboard within a second layer, wherein the virtual keyboard includes a plurality of virtual keys. The method can include, for each virtual key, associating the virtual key with a region of the first layer including an area of the GUI beneath the virtual key. The method can include mapping each virtual key with a physical key of a physical keyboard communicatively linked with a computer rendering the GUI and, responsive to a user input selecting a physical key of the physical keyboard, selecting a region corresponding to the selected physical key. A level of magnification for the selected region can be increased within the first layer while keeping the virtual keyboard sizing constant.07-01-2010
20100192086Keyboard with Multi-Symbol Icons - A plurality of icons are displayed on a touch-sensitive display. A respective icon in at least a subset of the plurality of icons corresponds to two or more symbols. A contact by a user with the touch-sensitive display that corresponds to a selection of the respective icon, wherein the contact includes a respective gesture, is detected. A respective symbol in the two or more symbols for the respective icon to which the contact further corresponds is determined. The respective symbol is a first symbol in the two or more symbols if the respective gesture includes a continuous contact and the respective symbol is a second symbol in the two or more symbols if the respective gesture includes a discontinuous contact.07-29-2010
20100192085NAVIGATION APPARATUS - There is provided a navigation apparatus including: a display unit having a display screen; a touch panel provided to the display screen; and a display controller that selectively changes first, second, and third screens in response to contacting the touch panel to be displayed, wherein each of the screens has a manipulation-button display area for displaying a screen-changing button, and wherein, the display controller performs a first displaying operation of circulatingly changing the screens in a predetermined order to be displayed at each time of contacting the manipulation-button display area, a second displaying operation of displaying a pop-up menu including first, second, and third screen-selecting buttons for directly selecting the screens at the same time of the first displaying operation, and a third displaying operation of displaying on the display screen one screen selected among the screens in response to contacting the screen-selecting buttons displayed by the second displaying operation.07-29-2010
20090300535Virtual control panel - A system that enables a user to interact with a virtual control panel using a user controlled pointing object. The system includes a portable identification element, a tracking unit adapted to capture data representing the position of the pointing object and the position of the identification element, a storage unit, storing at least one pre-defined graphical interface representing a control panel of a device, a graphics unit, generating a graphical representation of the control panel, a registering unit, registering the graphical representation of the control panel in a fixed relation to the portable identification element to produce a virtual control panel and a display unit, showing the user a view including the real world and the virtual control panel.12-03-2009
20100185971MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE AND INPUT DEVICE - A mobile terminal device according to the present invention includes: an area setting unit, a software key display unit, a pointing device and a character information display unit. The area setting unit sets a plurality of display areas for displaying a plurality of software keys mapped to each of a plurality of pieces of character information included in a predetermined input character type. The software key display unit displays the two or more software keys assigned to each of the plurality of display areas set up by the area setting unit, in corresponding display areas. The plurality of pointing devices select the software keys displayed by the software key display unit, independently for every display area in accordance with an operation made by a user. The character information display unit displays character information corresponding to the software key selected by the pointing device.07-22-2010
20100180224UNIVERSAL MUSIC PRODUCTION SYSTEM WITH ADDED USER FUNCTIONALITY - A universal music production system and related software is provided that enables an open source microprocessor and its operating system to provide ergonomic and user friendly control of editing audio processing configurations of one or more systems, instruments or synthesizers in a music studio edit mode environment and then utilize the studio edit mode song/performance configurations in a live mode performance environment that disables the user from certain studio edit mode functions. Ergonomic user functionality for creating ivory keyboard splits is provided. Also a song configuration sustain feature allows sounds generated in a previous song to be held over or sustained while a next song configuration is established and the user begins playing the next song. User created virtual controls can be displayed on a touch sensitive display screen enabling a user to control predetermined sound or performance parameters easily during a live performance. Also, reconfiguration of any or all of the sound signal chains for various sound tracks can be accomplished substantially instantaneously via set list loading of VST instrument and effect plug-ins.07-15-2010
20100241984METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING THE NON ALPHANUMERIC CHARACTER BASED ON A USER INPUT - In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus, comprising a shorthand-aided rapid keyboarding enabled touchscreen is configured to receive a user input. Further, a processor is configured to identify a position in a text input; and determine a non alphanumeric character based at least in part on the user input. Further still, the shorthand-aided rapid keyboarding enabled touchscreen is further configured to display the non alphanumeric character in the position.09-23-2010
20100241983System And Method For Accelerometer Based Information Handling System Keyboard Selection - An information handling system presents a keyboard at a touch screen display to accept end user key inputs. An accelerometer integrated in the information handling system detects accelerations that indicate a change in the configuration of the keyboard presented at the touch screen display. The keyboard presentation adjusts from a full size that accepts end user inputs to a reduced size that provides the end user with increased display area for alternative uses. For example, an acceleration commands keyboard minimization, keyboard presentation at a reduced size, partial keyboard presentation, keyboard presentation to avoid key fields that accept use inputs, keyboard presentation with a configuration having fewer keys, or other types keyboard configurations.09-23-2010
20100241985Providing Virtual Keyboard - Apparatus and methods are described for providing a virtual keyboard. In one aspect, an apparatus for providing a virtual keyboard to be displayed on a touch screen is described. The apparatus includes a memory unit that includes a data repository to store data comprising at least one virtual keyboard configuration information to configure at least one corresponding virtual keyboard. The apparatus includes a processing module to select from the data stored in the data repository a given virtual keyboard configuration information to select a corresponding virtual keyboard to configure; configure the selected virtual keyboard to have a fan-like shape with multiple keys of the virtual keyboard arranged along an outline of an arc in a fan-shaped region based on the selected virtual keyboard configuration information; and instruct a touch screen module to display the configured virtual keyboard on a display region of a touch screen.09-23-2010
20100251161VIRTUAL KEYBOARD WITH STAGGERED KEYS - A computing system includes a touch display and a virtual keyboard visually presented by the touch display. The virtual keyboard includes one or more rows of staggered virtual-touch-input keys. The computing system further includes a touch-to-key assignment module configured to assign a touch directed to the virtual keyboard and recognized by the touch display to a virtual-touch-input key.09-30-2010
20120144337ADJUSTABLE TOUCH SCREEN KEYBOARD - A device displays keys, in a standard keyboard layout, on a touch screen of the device, and detects interaction of fingers, associated with a user of the device, with the touch screen. The device determines a type of interaction by the fingers, and reduces sizes of one or more of the keys when a finger contraction is the type of interaction by the fingers. The device displays, on the touch screen, a first reconfigured keyboard layout that includes the one or more keys that are reduced in size.06-07-2012
20100269057SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING EVENTS AT A SERVER TO A REMOTE DEVICE - Examples of systems and methods are provided for communicating events at a server to a remote client device. A system may allow communication and may provide, to a remote client device, a message related to an event at a server. The system may comprise an agent module configured to receive notification of the event at the server, configured to determine an action, based on the event, to be performed by the remote client device on a graphical user interface (GUI) at the remote client device or a remote view at the remote client device, configured to generate the message based on the determined action, and configured to direct the message to the remote client device. The GUI may be a GUI for controlling an application running on the server from the remote client device, and the remote view may be a view of the application running on the server.10-21-2010
20090319935Method and Apparatus for Signaling Neighbor Cell Transmission Frame Allocations - In accordance with an example embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus comprising a user interface configured to: display a plurality of selectable objects on a display, each of the plurality of selectable objects having a selection area. The apparatus further comprises a processor configured to: receive a user input within the selection area to select a first object, the first object being at least one of the plurality of selectable objects. Further, the apparatus comprises the user interface further configured to display an expanded selection area for the first object based at least in part on the user input.12-24-2009
20110107252TECHNIQUE FOR GENERATING AN ANALYSIS EQUATION - During a method, a hybrid graphical user interface (GUI), which is associated with electronic-design-automation (EDA) software, is displayed. This hybrid GUI allows users to efficiently specify useful analysis equations using textual and/or graphical information. In particular, the hybrid GUI has a first window that includes graphical objects associated with a circuit design. A user can select one or more of the graphical objects and associated electrical parameters using a user-interface device, such as a mouse. The hybrid GUI has a second window that has icons and other graphical controls that allow the construction of an analysis equation using the user-interface device. In addition, the hybrid GUI has a third window that includes an equation editor that provides a symbolic representation of an analysis equation based at least on one or more text entries provided by a user using a second user-interface device (such as a keyboard) and/or user selections of a given graphical object in the graphical objects and an associated electrical parameter.05-05-2011
20090113335DIALYSIS SYSTEM USER INTERFACE - A dialysis system includes a dialysis instrument including a pump actuator; a disposable dialysis fluid carrying set including a pump chamber operable with the pump actuator; and a graphical user interface including a selection highlighting input device and a selection entering input device, the selection highlighting input device configured to enable a user to perform each of: (i) screen navigation selection; (ii) parameter selection including at least one parameter related to the pump actuator and pump chamber; and (iii) value selection including at least one value related to the pump actuator and pump chamber.04-30-2009
20110119617SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVIEW AND SELECTION OF WORDS - A system, method and computer-readable medium that previews words and commands recognized by a continuous stroke recognizer based on input into a virtual keyboard layout is presented. The system and method allows a user to see the word that will be recognized or output before the user commits the continuous stroke input to the system. Further, after recognition and output, the system presents the recognized output word and the closest word candidates in a correction display integrated with the virtual keyboard layout. Among other things, the user is provided with options to change the current output word by selecting another word candidate on the correction display, and to delete the current output word by selecting the representation of the current output word on the correction display.05-19-2011
20130132883Apparatus and Associated Methods - An apparatus including at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: detect a particular user input from a user interface of an electronic device, the particular user input being associated with a list of items; and use the detected particular user input to provide for scrolling through a filtered sub-set of the list of items.05-23-2013
20130139092METHOD OF INPUTTING DATA ENTRIES OF A SERVICE IN ONE CONTINUOUS STROKE - A computer-implemented method for inputting data entries of a service for use with a portable electronic device having a touch screen. By detecting a continuous stroke moving on the touch screen to select desired items among multiple levels of menus which are displayed in a sequence for an object targeting to a service, the data entries according to the selected items are committed for the object when the continuous stroke ends. In addition, multiple items can be selected in one level of menu by using a pre-defined stroke indication in the continuous stroke. Furthermore, the selected items can be corrected by re-stroking back to the corresponding levels of menus.05-30-2013
20130139093DISPLAY SYSTEM AND OPERATION INPUT METHOD - A display system includes a sensor unit that detects the position of a pointing object in contact with a predetermined object, a control apparatus that sets a key layout on the object and recognizes a key operated by the pointing object based on the position of the pointing object relative to the key layout, and a display apparatus that receives operational input from the operated key.05-30-2013
20130139094ELECTRONIC 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.05-30-2013
20100325572MULTIPLE MOUSE CHARACTER ENTRY - This document relates to multiple mouse character entry. More particularly, the document relates to multiple mouse character entry tools for use on a common or shared graphical user interface (GUI). In some implementations, the multiple mouse character entry tools (MMCE tools) can generate a GUI that includes multiple distinctively identified cursors. Individual cursors can be controlled by individual users via a corresponding mouse. The MMCE tools can associate a set of characters with an individual cursor effective that an individual user can use the mouse's scroll wheel to scroll to specific characters of the set. The user can select an individual character by clicking a button of the mouse.12-23-2010
20100333011TOUCH SCREEN INPUT RECOGNITION AND CHARACTER SELECTION - A system and method of character input using a virtual keyboard, which may have a reduced number of keys. The virtual keyboard may be displayed on a touch screen and may include a plurality of keys. The virtual keyboard may have a plurality of keys, each key having a number of characters or symbols. Characters associated with a particular key may be selected through a series of related touch screen inputs.12-30-2010
20110010655METHOD, SYSTEM AND MEDIA FOR ENTERING DATA IN A PERSONAL COMPUTING DEVICE - In one aspect of the present invention a user can rapidly enter and search for data, such as text, using a data entry system by entering one or more characters on a digital keyboard with a pointing device. With the digital keyboard the user can create words, phrases and other character sequences. As the user enters a character sequence, a mechanism for character prediction visually informs the user of which set of characters on the digital keyboard are most likely to have the character that the user wishes to next enter as part of the text. In another aspect of the present invention, as the user forms a character sequence (partial text entry), the character sequence is used to search a dictionary for a set of completion candidates that begin with the character sequence. The data entry system retrieves completion candidates from the dictionary by determining which completion candidates in the dictionary are more likely to be the ones that the user is attempting to type. A rapid navigation system provides for enhanced navigation and retrieval of completion candidates from the dictionary.01-13-2011
20110035695KEYBOARD FOR A TOUCH SCREEN - A tactile keyboard provides a user of a touch sensitive device having a soft keyboard with a mountable keyboard with distinct keys. The mountable keyboard can be placed directly upon the soft keyboard and facilitates typing. As the hard keys on the mountable keyboard are depressed they simultaneously depress same keys on the soft keyboard which is removably attached to the touch screen device.02-10-2011
20110035696CHARACTER INPUT SYSTEM FOR LIMITED KEYBOARDS - A character input system for a limited keyboard, in which a number of input keys in the keyboard is smaller than a number of characters in an input alphabet, the system comprising: a memory comprising a plurality of different mappings of said characters onto combinations of said keys; and a selector for allowing a user to select one of said mappings for character input. The different mappings are optimized for different users and different purposes, so that the user may select a mapping for simplicity of use, or one optimized for touch-typing, or for minimal key pressing or for minimal ambiguity or for other factors and combinations thereof.02-10-2011
20110087990USER INTERFACE FOR A TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY - A device, which may have a touchscreen display, and methods for its operation are provided using a graphical user interface and an overlay user input interface such as a virtual keyboard. The graphical user interface may include one or more user interface elements displayed in a first region of the display that are actuatable to invoke a corresponding function. When the virtual keyboard is invoked for display in the same region, the underlying graphical user interface is redrawn with a further user interface element corresponding to at least one of the user interface elements previously displayed in the first region, so that the further user interface element is actuatable to invoke a command to carry out the corresponding function. In another embodiment, the virtual keyboard may be modified instead to provide an action key corresponding to a function related to an application executing on the device.04-14-2011
20090217191INPUT UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided are an input unit and a control method thereof. According to an embodiment of the input unit and the control method thereof, relationship information between the end of an input member and the end of the shadow of the input member, generated by a light source, are recognized through image processing, and is used to detect if an input is made by the input member.08-27-2009
20090217190DATA BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS, METHOD OF RECEIVING DATA BROADCAST, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING DATA BROADCAST RECEIVING PROGRAM - A data broadcast receiving apparatus is configured to provide interactive display of data broadcast in response to an input operation on a personal computer. The personal computer is connectable to a display device and a mouse including a wheel. The digital data receiving apparatus is configured to provide a display area reserved for a display of the data broadcast and an operation area reserved for a display of operation buttons, which are defined on a display screen. The digital data receiving apparatus is configured to detect the input operation from the mouse to perform the interactive display based on a description of data contained in the data broadcast in response to the input operation of the mouse. The scroll operation of the wheel of the mouse is assigned to operations on at least one of the operation buttons.08-27-2009
20100070908SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCEPTING OR REJECTING SUGGESTED TEXT CORRECTIONS - A method for accepting or rejecting suggested text corrections, involving receiving a first input from a keyboard associated with a computing device, wherein the first input corresponds to a composition of a message in a text input area on the computing device, displaying a first suggested text correction, in response to the first input, during the composition of the message, receiving a first keypress on the keyboard, wherein the first keypress corresponds to a rejection of the suggested text correction, when a rejection of the suggested text correction is desired, receiving a second keypress on the keyboard, wherein the first keypress corresponds to an acceptance of the suggested text correction, when an acceptance of the suggested text correction is desired, and automatically inserting a space in the message when one selected from a group consisting of the first keypress and the second keypress is received.03-18-2010
20110154246Image forming apparatus with touchscreen and method of editing input letter thereof - Provided are an image forming apparatus with a touchscreen and a method of editing input letters using the same. In the method, an inputted text is displayed on the touchscreen using keys of the soft keyboard. A letter to be edited is received from the displayed text. At least one of coordinates representing adjacent keys of the soft keyboard is determined based on a coordinate corresponding to a location of the received letter on the touchscreen. At least one of the magnified images of the adjacent keys corresponding to the determined coordinates and functions keys is displayed. The displayed text is edited using a letter corresponding to one key that is selected from the magnified image of the adjacent keys.06-23-2011
20120036469REDUCED KEYBOARD WITH PREDICTION SOLUTIONS WHEN INPUT IS A PARTIAL SLIDING TRAJECTORY - A reduced virtual keyboard system for text input on electronic devices is disclosed. Text input is performed by creating a tracing trajectory. Dynamic prediction solutions are created during the tracing process, thus avoiding the need for a user to complete the entire word trajectory. The system also allows a mixture of tapping actions and sliding motions for the same word. The system may comprise a Long Words Dictionary database having first letters corresponding to predetermined keys of the keyboard. Alternatively, the system uses a Dictionary and a database management tool to find long words.02-09-2012
20120036468USER INPUT REMAPPING - An apparatus and method for receiving an input at a first location on an input-sensing surface, the first location being mapped to the activation of a first user interface component; receiving a correction of the activation to the activation of a second user interface component; and based at least in part on the correction, remapping subsequent inputs within a locus to the activation of the second user interface component.02-09-2012
20120304100Method, 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.11-29-2012
20110072384METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPLEMENTING HOT KEYS FOR OPERATING A MEDICAL DEVICE - Methods and systems for implementing hot keys for operating a medical device are disclosed.03-24-2011
20110078614TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING VIRTUAL KEYBOARD - A terminal to provide a virtual keyboard includes a touch panel to sense a touch input, a memory unit to store a plurality of virtual keyboards and a touch point number corresponding to each virtual keyboard, a virtual keyboard setting unit to select one of the virtual keyboards corresponding to a touch point number that matches a number of sensed touch inputs, and a display unit to display the selected virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard setting unit may select one of the virtual keyboards according to a dimension or area of the sensed touch input, and may relocate the virtual keyboard according to coordinates of a touch input.03-31-2011
20110078613Dynamic Generation of Soft Keyboards for Mobile Devices - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to improving the efficiency of text input by dynamically generating a visually assistive virtual keyboard. Exemplary variations display a soft keyboard on a touchscreen of a text-entry device. The touchscreen works with the soft keyboard as a form of text input. Keyboard logic on the text-entry device is programmed to change the visual appearance of each key within the soft keyboard based on the prior entry. The keyboard logic assigns a prediction value to each key based on a statistical probability that the key will be entered next. The touchscreen displays a visually enhanced keyboard based on these prediction values. Enhancements include resizing keys relative to their prediction value, rearranging the keys a distance from the previous key entered inverse to its prediction value, etc.03-31-2011
20100262931SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SEARCHING A MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVE VIEWS - Systems and methods are provided for navigating a media guidance application with multiple perspective views. A first of a plurality of media guidance objects may be displayed in a first perspective view that appears flat on the screen. A second media guidance object may be displayed in a second perspective view that appears to be going into the screen creating the appearance of a fold between the first and second media guidance application objects at a location where the first perspective view changes into the second perspective view. The second media guidance object in the second perspective view may be caused to slide through the fold into the first perspective view. The second media guidance object displayed in the first perspective view may be selected. An action may be performed for a media asset corresponding to the selected media guidance object.10-14-2010
20090259962Character Input Method - A method is provided for inputting characters to an electronic device having a virtual keyboard displayed on a screen. The method includes the step of displaying a plurality of character entry regions (10-15-2009
20110161859ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PINYIN INPUT - An electronic device and a method for pinyin input include setting an initial virtual keyboard and a virtual keyboard as a word delimiter and determining whether received input is a word delimiter or not. The electronic device and the method further include retrieving the Chinese character database and confirming match letters after the input letters, and displaying virtual keystrokes on a display of the electronic device corresponding to the match letters.06-30-2011
20120311476SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ADAPTIVE TOUCH SCREEN KEYBOARD - A method for providing a touch screen keyboard according to one example embodiment includes detecting the presence of a user's fingers on a touch screen display. A set of home keys of a keyboard are associated with the detected fingers. The keyboard is displayed on the touch screen display with the home keys positioned at the locations of the detected fingers and additional keys positioned relative to the home keys.12-06-2012
20110179372Automatic Keyboard Layout Determination - A method for configuring a hardware keyboard without user intervention. At least one of language information and location information from one or more hardware and software information sources associated with the electronic device is obtained. The hardware and software information is prioritized based on the reliability of their associated language and location information. A keyboard language and layout is determined for the hardware keyboard based on the language information and location information obtained from the information source having the highest relative priority. The electronic device is configured to interpret key input signals from the hardware keyboard based on the determined keyboard language and keyboard layout.07-21-2011
20110055750SMALL-SIZED SETTLEMENT TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME - According to one embodiment, an information display area, a set key display area, and an information input area having a greater area than any of the information display area and the set key display area is set in a display zone of a display section. A ten-key image pattern for inputting amount information about settlement is displayed in the information input area.03-03-2011
20100313160VIRTUAL KEYBOARD OF A MOBILE TERMINAL - The invention relates to a method for representing a virtual keyboard on the display of a mobile terminal, as for example a cell phone, wherein the mobile terminal comprises a camera for capturing image data, a display for representing the image data and a keyboard for selecting menu functions or for inputting, for example, a text message The invention is characterized in that the keyboard is designed as a virtual keyboard on the display of the mobile terminal and that a cursor represented on the virtual keyboard is designed to the moveable, wherein the cursor moves according to the movements of the mobile terminal in the spatial axes to the corresponding keyboard field of the virtual keyboard.12-09-2010
20120204125USER INTERFACE INCORPORATING SLIDING PANELS FOR LISTING RECORDS AND PRESENTING RECORD CONTENT - Embodiments disclosed herein describe a system and method for displaying content on a computing device. According to an embodiment, the content may be displayed on a touch sensitive display having a plurality of slidable panels. A first panel displays a list of record entries and a second panel that displays a record corresponding to a selected entry from the list of record entries in the first panel. In certain embodiments, the list of record entries in the first panel is scrollable. Furthermore, the second panel may be expandable or slidable to replace or occlude at least a portion of the first panel08-09-2012
20100293497SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ALPHANUMERIC NAVIGATION AND INPUT - Systems and methods for simplifying text entry are provided. A visual keypad may include a plurality of user-selectable buttons corresponding to at least some of the buttons of the alphabet. The layout of the visual keypad may be determined based on an n-gram table. The layout of the visual keypad may be rearranged based at least in part on the most likely next character in response to receiving a user selection of a button on the visual keypad.11-18-2010
20100306691User Interface for Visual Cooperation Between Text Input and Display Device - A user-interface system for entering an alphanumeric string or alphanumeric clusters for identifying information content is presented. The user-interface system has presentation logic for displaying an image of a virtual user alphanumeric interface on a presentation device. The virtual user alphanumeric interface includes an image of an overloaded keypad that has a two dimensional configuration of alphanumeric clusters. Each cluster corresponds to a set of alphanumeric characters. The user-interface system also has cluster selection logic for receiving user actions from an input device (e.g., five-button interface) to provide visual cues to help the user select an alphanumeric cluster and to cause the selected alphanumeric cluster or character from a cluster to be displayed in a display field of the virtual user alphanumeric interface.12-02-2010
20100115448VIRTUAL KEYBOARD WITH VISUALLY ENHANCED KEYS - A method of presenting keys of a touchscreen device, to facilitate correct actuation. Following depression of a key, the device determines likelihood of selection of a subsequent key. Keys determined to be more likely to be subsequently selected are visually enhanced. Enhancement may be by presenting the keys as relatively large relative to keys not so determined, by adjusting coloring, and introducing dynamic effects, among others. Also, keys surrounding keys determined to be likely to be subsequently selected may be visually enhanced. Visually enhanced surrounding keys may have enhanced brightness relative to keys not surrounding keys so determined. Keys may be further categorized in an intermediate category as being of equal likelihood rather than of relatively great or relatively unlikely subsequent selection. Visual presentation may intuitively reflect the three categories.05-06-2010
20110191709VIRTUAL KEYBOARD INPUT MEANS WITH MULTIPLE INPUT FOCUSES AND METHOD THEREOF - The invention discloses a virtual keyboard input means with multiple input focuses and method thereof, relating to the field of information security. The means includes a control module and a virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard is a virtual keyboard unit controlled by the control module or a virtual keyboard module communicated with the control module. The method includes that displaying virtual keyboard and multiple simulated input/output unit in the virtual keyboard input mode and setting corresponding focus indicator; if a user clicks simulated input/output unit, the control module sets the current input focus indicator as the focus indicator of the simulated input/output unit, if the user clicks virtual keyboard, virtual keyboard unit controlled by the control module or a virtual keyboard module communicated with the control module determines corresponding character according to the position of the cursor and performs corresponding processing. The invention improves the security of input with the virtual keyboard.08-04-2011
20100031184SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSERTING A GRAPHIC OBJECT IN TO A TEXT BASED MESSAGE - A system and method for selecting graphic objects to insert in a text message when composed on a wireless device, each of the graphic objects representing a set of individual alphanumeric characters. The system comprises an object table for display on a user interface of the device, such that the table is configured for including a first object of the graphic objects associated with a first predefined input and a second object of the graphic objects associated with a second predefined input. The first input is different from the second input. The system also has a first input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the first input event component is configured for mapping to the first predefined input. The system also has a second input event component for coupling to the user interface such that the second input event component is configured for mapping to the second predefined input, the first input event component being different from the second input event component. A user of the device selects one of the graphic objects from the table by employing the respective one of the input event components mapped to the predefined input associated with the graphic object in the table.02-04-2010
20110307822LETTER INPUT METHOD AND APPARATUS OF PORTABLE TERMINAL - A text input method and apparatus of a portable terminal supporting a virtual keypad including a plurality of character keys are provided. The method includes displaying, when a text input mode is activated, a virtual keypad including a plurality of key regions, each key region being assigned plural letters, compounding, when a touch movement event is detected on the virtual keypad, letters assigned to a first key region to which a touch-down event is made with letters assigned to a second key region to which a touch-up event is made into compound letters, displaying the compound letters, and inputting, when a compound letter is selected, the compound letter selected.12-15-2011
20090172585INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A method for controlling an information processing apparatus includes displaying an input screen including a plurality of items in which text data can be input; displaying a keyboard for inputting text data in one input item of the plurality of items so as to be superimposed on the input screen; displaying the name of the input item on the displayed keyboard; and performing control, in a case where an instruction to change the input item to a different item is received, with the keyboard superimposed on the display unit by the keyboard display unit, so as to change the input item to the different item, with the keyboard kept displayed on the display unit, and cause the display unit to display the name of the different item.07-02-2009
20120047454Dynamic Soft Input - Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to improving the efficiency of text input by dynamically generating a soft input based upon current context information. In some embodiments the dynamic soft input may comprise a reduced set of input areas (e.g., keys), which may be sized and/or positioned according to their relative probability of being selected as the next user input. In addition, in some embodiments the probability that an input will be selected may be determined by comparing the current context (e.g., user inputs) to an input model, such as a language model.02-23-2012
20120047453SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING CALCULATIONS USING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus and method for performing calculations is provided so that a paradigm of a tape is utilized in a calculator application that executes on a computing platform and which is configured to enable a user to see and interact with multiple virtual tapes that each show numerical values and operators. Each tape functions as a user-accessible memory and a memory value may be recalled from any one tape and that value placed on any other tape. The calculator application is configured to enable the user to enter a sequence of values and operators which are all displayable on a given tape, as well as support the user's ability to edit any value or operator that was previously entered on that tape. Calculations are updated to reflect the user's edits on both the tape currently being edited and any other tape that uses the edited tape as a memory.02-23-2012
20120210268GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND DATA TRANSFER METHODS IN A CONTROLLING DEVICE - A smart device is provided with a main remote control application that may be configured using information obtained from a QR code. The main remote control application may present images of original remote controls corresponding to devices which are controllable by the configured main remote control application. In connection with a presented image of an original remote control, the display may present icons that are representative of a subset of the buttons of the original remote control. The user interface also allows a user to select amongst the images of the original remote controls to change which appliances are to be controlled via the user interface. A pop-up remote control widget may also be provided which may be invoked without switching to the main remote control application provisioned on the smart device.08-16-2012
20120005615METHOD FOR EXECUTING AN INPUT BY MEANS OF A VIRTUAL KEYBOARD DISPLAYED ON A SCREEN - A method is described for executing an input using a virtual keyboard which is displayed on a screen and on which each key is represented by an object displayed on the screen. In said method, the three-dimensional position of at least one input object relative to a plane is monitored, the position of the input object parallel to the plane represents a selected spot on the screen, a key of the virtual keyboard represented by an object is highlighted on the screen when the selected spot in the display on the screen is located within the object, an approach of the input object towards the plane is monitored, and a highlighted object is selected and a function associated with the key that is represented by the displayed object is input when the input object moves closer to the plane than a given distance and/or approaches the plane at a speed that is higher than a given approach speed.01-05-2012
20120011462Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards - Systems, methods, and devices for interpreting manual swipe gestures as input in connection with touch-sensitive user interfaces that include virtual keyboards are disclosed herein. These allow for a user entering text using the virtual keyboard to perform certain functions using swipes across the key area rather than tapping particular keys. For example, leftward, rightward, upward, and downward swipes can be assigned to inserting a space, backspacing, shifting (as for typing capital letters), and inserting a carriage return and/or new line. Various other mappings are also described. The described techniques can be used in conjunction with a variety of devices, including handheld devices that include touch-screen interfaces, such as desktop computers, tablet computers, notebook computers, handheld computers, personal digital assistants, media players, mobile telephones, and combinations thereof.01-12-2012
20080320410VIRTUAL KEYBOARD TEXT REPLICATION - The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for replicating text at a virtual keyboard. Characters submitted to, displayed at, or accumulated for submission to an application data field are echoed at a keyboard data field that is in relatively close proximity to virtual keys used to enter the characters. Thus, a user does not have to alter their field of view to the application data field to determine what was submitted to the application data field, what was entered at the application data field, or what is to be submitted to the application data field. Accordingly, embodiments of the invention permit a user to much more easily see what they typed using a virtual keyboard. The need to alter a visual field of focus between an application data field and a virtual keyboard is significantly reduced, if not eliminated.12-25-2008
20120023433METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INPUTTING CHARACTER IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method and apparatus for inputting a character in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes displaying a virtual keypad on a screen, inputting the character by detecting a user touch, predicting at least one next input character associated with the input character, and controlling at least one area between a key area of the predicted character and a key area of an unpredicted character in the virtual keypad so that the respective key area is displayed in different scale for distinction.01-26-2012
20120117506Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating Soft Keyboards - A method includes, at an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface: concurrently displaying a first text entry area and an unsplit keyboard on the display; detecting a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface; and, in response to detecting the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, replacing the unsplit keyboard with an integrated input area. The integrated input area includes a left portion with a left side of a split keyboard, a right portion with a right side of the split keyboard, and a center portion in between the left portion and the right portion.05-10-2012
20120117505Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating Soft Keyboards - A method includes, at an electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface: concurrently displaying a first text entry area and an unsplit keyboard on the display; detecting a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface; and, in response to detecting the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, replacing the unsplit keyboard with an integrated input area. The integrated input area includes a left portion with a left side of a split keyboard, a right portion with a right side of the split keyboard, and a center portion in between the left portion and the right portion.05-10-2012
20120159372Remote Control Emulation Methods and Systems - An exemplary method includes a remote control emulation system directing a mobile device to display an emulation graphical user interface (“GUI”) on a display screen of the mobile device and directing the mobile device to emulate one or more user input devices by selectively positioning one or more interactive graphical depictions of one or more feature sets associated with the one or more user input devices within the emulation GUI. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.06-21-2012
20120110494CHARACTER INPUT METHOD USING MULTI-TOUCH AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A character input method and apparatus enable a user to input characters rapidly and easily using multi-touch on a touch screen. The character input method using a multi-touch, preferably includes: executing a character input mode; displaying a virtual key pad including a plurality of key regions for character input; generating a multi-touch event on the virtual key pad, the multi-touch event indicating a touch event occurring on at least two key regions; and inputting characters allotted to respective regions according to a touch-released order on a multi-touched key region.05-03-2012
20120110493TEXT ENTRY USING A STEERING WHEEL IN A VEHICLE - The present invention describes an in-vehicle text entry method and system using controls of a steering wheel. The in-vehicle text input system provides a graphical user interface (GUI) keyboard layout that is conducive to memorization.05-03-2012
20100095234MULTI-TOUCH MOTION SIMULATION USING A NON-TOUCH SCREEN COMPUTER INPUT DEVICE - A method of multi-touch portable electronic device simulation using a non-touchscreen computer input device. The method includes entering a multi-touch simulation mode; recording a first touch motion and a second touch motion using the non-touchscreen computer input device; rendering the recorded first touch motion and second touch motion as a simulated simultaneous multi-touch motion; and generating a sub-routine associated with the simulated simultaneous multi-touch motion.04-15-2010
20110099506Predictive Text Entry for Input Devices - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for providing predictive text functionality to input devices. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a selection of a first character from a plurality of characters displayed in a virtual representation of an input device; generating one or more first selectable suggestions based on the first character; and displaying the one or more first selectable suggestions proximate to the first character in the virtual representation of the input device. The first selectable suggestions are displayed closer to the first character than any of the plurality of characters normally displayed in the virtual representation of the input device.04-28-2011
20110099505TOUCH SCREEN KEYPAD LAYOUT - A apparatus includes a touch-screen display. A virtual keypad is displayed wherein the keys are sized in accordance with their location. Keys located in a corner of the display are smallest, keys located on an edge but not in a corner are larger, and keys not having any contact with an edge are largest. A user can easily select keys for entering a text message using multi-tap or predictive text algorithms.04-28-2011
20090132948APPARATUS AND METHODS OF SELECTING SPECIAL CHARACTERS IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - Apparatus and methods of selecting special characters in a mobile communication terminal are provided. The method includes storing a set of European alphabet letters in a memory, inputting an alphabet letter to be converted in a European alphabet letter, determining a mode conversion key has been activated, displaying a plurality of European alphabet letters corresponding to the inputted alphabet letter on a pop-up window when it is determined that the mode conversion key has been activated, wherein the European alphabet letters are read from the memory, and selecting a desired one of the displayed European alphabet letters.05-21-2009
20120166995SMART VIRTUAL KEYBOARD FOR TOUCHSCREEN DEVICES - Presented is a system and methods for adaptively adjusting the size and position of virtual keys on a virtual keyboard based on a user signature. The user signature is generated or updated based on the user's interaction with the virtual keyboard. The user signature is persistently maintained allowing the optimization of a virtual keyboard for different users. The user signature is also transportable allowing the user to transfer device use efficiency from one device virtual keyboard to another device supporting a virtual keyboard.06-28-2012
20120131490TOUCH-CONTROLLED DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A VIRTUAL KEYBOARD ON THE TOUCH-CONTROLLED DEVICE THEREOF - A touch-controlled device includes a touch panel, a recognition module, and a control unit. The touch panel is arranged for generating a touch signal according to a plurality of blocks on the touch panel triggered by a gesture, and for displaying images. The recognition module is coupled to the touch panel, and is arranged for recognizing a designated type of the gesture according to the touch signal. The control unit is coupled to the touch panel and the recognition module, and is arranged for triggering and displaying a virtual keyboard on the touch panel according to the designated type.05-24-2012
20120260207DYNAMIC TEXT INPUT USING ON AND ABOVE SURFACE SENSING OF HANDS AND FINGERS - A virtual keyboard is displayed on a touch screen display surface of a computing device. Partial images of the keyboard are displayed, where a partial image may be one key, referred to as the most probable key that the user will touch, or a group of keys, which may include some less probable or surrounding keys that may be touched. Sensors under or near the display surface detect an outline of the user hands and determines which finger is the fastest moving finger, which is presumed to be the finger used to touch a key. The most probable key is determined based on the fastest moving finger and may be displayed before the finger touches the surface. If the most probable key is not touched, a user profile containing user typing habits may be updated to reflect that a less probable key was touched.10-11-2012
20120137244TOUCH DEVICE INPUT DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD OF THE SAME - A touch device operation method is provided. The touch device input method comprises the steps as follows. A display frame is provided on the touch display module of the touch device, wherein the display frame comprises a software keyboard having virtual keys. A touch input on the touch display module is detected. The touch input is determined to correspond to a triggered key of one of the virtual keys. An amount of characters that the triggered key has is determined. When the amount of characters is not larger than one, the character is displayed on the display frame. When the amount of characters is larger than one, the virtual keys are updated to output under-selection characters in a neighboring area of the triggered key. A displacement of the touch input is detected to select one of the virtual keys. A touch device is disclosed herein as well.05-31-2012
20110185306Methods and Systems for a Linear Character Selection Display Interface for Ambiguous Text Input - Methods of and systems for entering ambiguous text input via a linear character selection display are provided. A system for entering an alphanumeric string includes presentation logic for displaying on a presentation device an alphabet arranged into a row of letters and indication logic for presenting visual cues grouping a series of letters of the row into a cluster. The system also includes navigation logic for receiving user actions to move the visual cues along the row of letters to change the letters grouped into the cluster. The visual cues move along the row of letters in variable offsets based on a rate of input of the user actions. The system further includes selection logic for receiving user actions to select the cluster of letters to cause at least one of the letters of the selected cluster to be displayed in a string field.07-28-2011
20100175016Security key inputting system for touch screen device - A touch screen device includes a touch screen panel having a key input area and defining a plurality of touch-sensitive keys at the key input area, a control module operatively linking with the touch screen panel, and a security key inputting system operatively linked to the control module. The control module displays a plurality of input characters at the touch-sensitive keys respectively in such a manner that when one of the touch-sensitive keys is contacted, the control module identifies the corresponding input character being selected as an input data. The security key inputting system is arranged for randomly re-arranging the input characters at different touch-sensitive keys respectively, wherein the input characters are alternately displayed at the touch-sensitive keys for preventing the input characters from being read by memorization of fixed location.07-08-2010
20120216139Soft Keyboard Display for a Portable Multifunction Device - A computer-implemented method for use in conjunction with a computing device with a touch screen display comprises: detecting one or more finger contacts with the touch screen display, applying one or more heuristics to the one or more finger contacts to determine a command for the device, and processing the command. The one or more heuristics comprise: a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a one-dimensional vertical screen scrolling command, a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a two-dimensional screen translation command, and a heuristic for determining that the one or more finger contacts correspond to a command to transition from displaying a respective item in a set of items to displaying a next item in the set of items.08-23-2012
20120254786CHARACTER ENTRY APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - An apparatus comprising: a processor; and a memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer program code configured to, with the processor, cause the apparatus to perform the following: detect, from a key user interface of an electronic device, key input of a particular key character from a first set of key characters; detect, from a user-scribe delineation user interface of the electronic device, user-scribed delineation input of a particular delineation character from a second set of delineation characters; wherein the first set of characters comprise grapheme characters and the second set of characters comprises embellishment marks, and wherein the apparatus is configured to associate together the particular key character and the particular delineation character for display.10-04-2012
20120174019ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH TYPING PROMPT FUNCTION AND TYPING PROMPT METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device includes a touch-sensitive screen which displays a virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard includes a number of virtual letter keys. The electronic device further employs a predictive text function to predict which word a user is typing and prompts the user which letters can be entered next to form a proper word by changing the display status of the corresponding possible virtual letter keys, such as changing the size or the brightness of the possible virtual letters labeled on the virtual letter keys. Therefore, under such input prompt on the possible virtual letter keys, the user can quickly and correctly enter data. A related typing prompt method is also provided.07-05-2012
20120084701KEYBOARD MAXIMIZATION - Methods and devices for selectively presenting a virtual keyboard are provided. More particularly, a change in the operating mode of a multiple screen device from a multiple screen operating mode to a single screen operating mode, or from a single screen operating mode to a multiple screen operating mode, can be determined. Moreover, a change in the operating mode can effect a change in a presentation of a virtual keyboard. More particularly, a presentation of a virtual keyboard can be retained, where the number of screens of the device in view of the user is changed, provided an application with a keyboard focus remains in view of the user after the change in operating mode.04-05-2012
20120084700KEYBOARD DISMISSED ON CLOSURE OF DEVICE - Methods and devices for selectively presenting a virtual keyboard are provided. More particularly, a change in the operating mode of a multiple screen device between a multiple screen operating mode and a single screen operating mode can be determined. Moreover, a change in the operating mode can effect a change in a presentation of a virtual keyboard. More particularly, a presentation of a virtual keyboard can be discontinued in response to a change in the operating mode of the device, where an application that had keyboard focus prior to the change is, after the change, no longer in view of the user.04-05-2012
20120084698SMARTPAD SPLIT SCREEN WITH KEYBOARD - A multi-display device is adapted to be dockable or otherwise associatable with an additional device. In accordance with one exemplary embodiment, the multi-display device is dockable with a smartpad. The exemplary smartpad can include a screen, a touch sensitive display, a configurable area, a gesture capture region(s) and a camera. The smartpad can also include a port adapted to receive the device. The exemplary smartpad is able to cooperate with the device such that information displayable on the device is also displayable on the smartpad. Furthermore, any one or more of the functions on the device are extendable to the smartpad, with the smartpad capable of acting as an input/output interface or extension of the smartpad. Therefore, for example, information from one or more of the displays on the multi-screen device is displayable on the smartpad.04-05-2012
20080301575VARIABLY DISPLAYABLE MOBILE DEVICE KEYBOARD - A variably displayable mobile device keyboard includes a display for presenting two or more groups of basic images, such that a different keyboard display can be generated by each of these groups of basic images, a filter for filtering one or more groups of basic images so that a single group of basic images will be displayed; and a touch screen transparent to ambient light for selecting a key of the displayed single group of basic images.12-04-2008
20120266097INPUT METHOD AND INPUT DEVICE - An input method includes: receiving a key instruction generated by a key pressed by a user; obtaining an input instruction according to the key instruction and a predetermined corresponding relationship, and inputting the input instruction. The key of the keyboard are corresponding to the GUI according to their zone, such that when a key is pressed by the user to generate a key instruction, the graphic zone affected by the obtained input instruction is corresponding to the key zone, and the corresponding operations, similar to left click, double click, or right click of the mouse, can be performed to the corresponding graphic zone, thus facilitating the operation of the GUI.10-18-2012
20120324391PREDICTIVE WORD COMPLETION - This document describes predictive word completion. By predicting complete words after each user input on an input device, e.g., a virtual keyboard, a user may readily receive computer aid when inputting characters to increase accuracy and speed of the user's typing.12-20-2012
20120272175SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIRTUAL KEYBOARD OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - In a system and method for controlling a virtual keyboard of an electronic device, the virtual keyboard is generated and displayed on a touch screen of the electronic device. The method sets an angle threshold value, a movement amplitude and a movement direction of the virtual keyboard for each tilting angle of the electronic device. When the electronic device is in an edit mode and displays a middle keyboard area of the virtual keyboard, the method records an initial tilting angle and read the tilting angle of the electronic device. The method calibrates the read tilting angle to acquire actual tilting angle according to the initial tilting angle, and confirms the movement amplitude and movement direction of the virtual keyboard according to the actual tilting angle. The virtual keyboard is controlled to move according to the confirmed movement amplitude and towards the confirmed movement direction.10-25-2012
20110214082PROJECTION TRIGGERING THROUGH AN EXTERNAL MARKER IN AN AUGMENTED REALITY EYEPIECE - This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eyepiece with an integrated camera facility that images an external visual cue. An integrated processor of the eyepiece identifies and interprets the external visual cue as a command to display content associated with the visual cue.09-01-2011
20110239150METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SOFTWARE DIRECTION PAD OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM THEREOF - A method for controlling a software direction pad of an electronic device, configured to display a software keyboard and an editing area, includes the following steps: displaying the software direction pad in response to a start input, wherein the software direction pad is used for moving a cursor on the editing area; and closing and hiding the software direction pad in response to a close input received through the software keyboard.09-29-2011
20110276916INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention enables a user to perform an operation of closing a software keyboard displayed on a display unit by an operation to a predetermined input item with use of a hardware keyboard. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus includes receiving an input to a predetermined input item via a software keyboard displayed on a display unit, receiving an input to the predetermined input item via a hardware keyboard connected to the information processing apparatus, inputting a character to the predetermined input item according to the key input received via the software keyboard or the hardware keyboard, and closing a display of the software keyboard displayed on the display unit if the input to the predetermined input item which is received via the hardware keyboard satisfies a predetermined condition during the display of the software keyboard.11-10-2011
20110320975INPUTTING SYMBOLS INTO AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A TOUCH-SCREEN - A graphical user interface for inputting symbols into an electronic device having a touch-screen, especially a portable consumer device like a terminal for use in a mobile communication network according to GSM, GPRS, UMTS and/or LTE standard, including a display for representing a plurality of selectable keys of a keyboard on the touch-screen, the keys associated with symbols of a symbol set, and mapping for selecting a symbol in response to a user input using a one of the keys associated with symbols of a symbol set, the graphical user interface providing for inputting symbols into the electronic device with kinemimic gestics, realising an input of symbols with direction inducing gestics. Further described is a method for inputting symbols into an electronic device having a touch-screen, and an electronic device including a graphical user interface for inputting symbols into the electronic device according to the described method.12-29-2011
20110320974METHOD AND SYSTEM HAVING A VIRTUAL KEYBOARD ON DEVICES WITH SIZE LIMITED TOUCH SCREEN - A method for providing and using a touch screen to enter letters or symbols which form a desired word entry input to a smart mobile device includes a touch screen display configured to display one of a plurality of regions of a replicated standard keyboard display. Key buttons are displayed in the one of the plurality of regions to provide a key button size substantially similar to at least half the size of an average human finger.12-29-2011
20130019198ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM UTILIZING A CHARACTER INPUT METHOD - A character input method is implemented in a device with a plurality of keys. If a key is activated by a first operation matching a first input pattern, a first route is selected to traverse a plurality of characters corresponded by the key during presentation of the plurality of characters. If the first key is activated by a second operation matching a second input pattern, the plurality of characters corresponded by the first key are orderly retrieved and presented according to a second route in response to operations on the first key. The order for presenting two characters corresponded by the first key in the first route is reversed in the second route.01-17-2013
20130174080VIRTUAL PIN PAD FOR FUEL PAYMENT SYSTEMS - A method and system for displaying a virtual PIN pad and a virtual non-PIN pad on a touch screen having a screen area. Electronics in electrical communication with the touch screen are operative to provide the virtual PIN pad on the touch screen in a payment mode and provide the virtual non-PIN pad in a non-payment mode. The virtual PIN pad has a first plurality of virtual buttons and the virtual non-PIN pad has a second plurality of virtual buttons, the first plurality of virtual buttons being greater than the second plurality of virtual buttons. The electronics are operative in the payment mode to render the virtual PIN pad having the first plurality of virtual buttons and determine a numerical sequence entered by a user at the virtual PIN pad. The electronics are operative in the non-payment mode to render the virtual non-PIN pad having the second plurality of virtual buttons determine selections entered by a user at the virtual non-PIN pad.07-04-2013
20130174081METHOD OF DISPLAYING BROWSER AND TERMINAL IMPLEMENTING THE SAME - A method of displaying a browser including a text field and a terminal for implementing the same are discussed. According to an embodiment, the method includes displaying a browser including at least one or more text fields, selecting a specific text field from the at least one or more text fields, and enlarging the selected text field. If a terminal user selects a specific text field, the selected text field is enlarged or a text field input window is generated. Accordingly, the present invention facilitates the terminal user to input prescribed information to the selected text field.07-04-2013
20130174079Virtual Interface Devices - A touch screen device configured to implement an auxiliary virtual keyboard on a touch screen, the device having touch/gesture sensing and image display functions, a processor, and memory storing control code and data defining the keyboard comprising a set of keys and a key layout map. The processor is configured to determine a size of a window in which the keyboard is to be displayed as a strip of keys; send instructions to display a partial view of the keyboard within the window so that a subset of keys are displayed, whereby the keyboard is scrollable in response to user input to alter the partial view to display a different subset of keys; receive touch data; map said touch data to a key using the key layout map to identify a touched key; and provide a response dependent on the identified touched key.07-04-2013
20130185668VIRTUAL KEYBOARD ARRANGEMENT - A display assembly includes display having a bottom edge. An input device is integrated with the display for receiving input from a user. A plurality of icons are arranged as a row and displayed on the display. Each of the icons is selectable by the user. The row of icons is displayed non-parallel to the bottom edge of the display.07-18-2013
20110246927TOUCH-ENABLED TERMINAL AND METHOD OF PROVIDING VIRTUAL KEYPAD FOR THE SAME - A touch-enabled terminal and a keypad providing method for the same are provided. The method of providing a virtual keypad includes activating the virtual keypad in character input mode, performing first-stage presentation by focusing a first one of characters assigned to each one of plural buttons of the virtual keypad and displaying the focused characters, and performing, in response to a touch on a button of the virtual keypad, second-stage presentation by displaying a character entered by the touched button, focusing a next enterable character related to the touched button, and focusing next enterable characters related respectively to the other buttons. The touch-enabled terminal provides visual information regarding currently enterable characters through the virtual keypad with respect to the last entered button.10-06-2011
20130097549METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SEARCH FUNCTION IN TOUCH-SENSITIVE DEVICE - A method and apparatus for a search function are provided in a touch-sensitive device that supports a search for contents in a list view by using a dedicated keypad displayed in the list view. In the method, the apparatus displays the dedicated keyboard for a content search in the list view, and performs the content search in the list view in response to an interaction inputted on the dedicated keyboard. The apparatus then displays at least one execution item associated with at least one found content, and executes the content associated with a selected one among the at least one execution item.04-18-2013
20130097548Virtual Keyboard, Input Method, and Associated Storage Medium - Apparatus, a method and a computer program are provided. The apparatus comprises, at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code; the at least one memory and the computer program on a key code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to perform: receiving pressing of a key on a virtual keyboard; determining, based on a predetermined rule, whether the pressed key in a main input mode can be mapped to an auxiliary input mode; and displaying one or more keys for the auxiliary input mode in an expandable region of the virtual keyboard if the key can be mapped to the auxiliary input mode.04-18-2013
20130125037DISPLAYING A PREDICTION CANDIDATE AFTER A TYPING MISTAKE - A method includes receiving an input string from a virtual keyboard, generating at least one string based on the input string, where the input string is not a substring of the generated string, responsive to a determination that the generated string was previously generated based on the input string, selecting a candidate character associated with the input string and with the generated string, and displaying the generated string at a location on the virtual keyboard that is associated with the selected candidate character.05-16-2013
20130125036TOUCHSCREEN KEYBOARD PREDICTIVE DISPLAY AND GENERATION OF A SET OF CHARACTERS - A method including receiving an input of a character from a virtual keyboard rendered on a display, generating a set of characters that includes the character, and displaying the generated set of characters at a location that is associated with the virtual keyboard and that is on the display. An electronic device including a display having a virtual keyboard rendered thereupon and a processor, the processor being configured to perform the method. Also disclosed is a keyboard, including a plurality of keys, each key corresponding to one or more different characters of a plurality of characters, wherein in response to receiving an input of a character, the keyboard is configured to generate a set of characters that includes the character, and the keyboard is further configured to cause display of the generated set of characters at a location that is associated with the virtual keyboard and that is on the display.05-16-2013
20130125035VIRTUAL KEYBOARD CONFIGURATION - A keyboard rendered on a display of an electronic device, the keyboard comprising a plurality of keys, each key corresponding to one or more different characters of a plurality of characters, wherein the plurality of keys are arranged in two or more rows, wherein at least one row includes two edge keys which are located towards the respective edges of the display, wherein the at least one row further includes inner keys located between the edge keys which are larger than the edge keys.05-16-2013
20130125034Touchscreen keyboard predictive display and generation of a set of characters - A method including receiving an input of a character from a virtual keyboard rendered on a display, generating a set of characters that includes the character, and displaying the generated set of characters at a location that is associated with the virtual keyboard and that is on the display. An electronic device including a display having a virtual keyboard rendered thereupon and a processor, the processor being configured to perform the method. Also disclosed is a keyboard, including a plurality of keys, each key corresponding to one or more different characters of a plurality of characters, wherein in response to receiving an input of a character, the keyboard is configured to generate a set of characters that includes the character, and the keyboard is further configured to cause display of the generated set of characters at a location that is associated with the virtual keyboard and that is on the display.05-16-2013
20130145302VISUAL EDITOR FOR DEFINING GEO FENCE BOUNDARIES - A workflow authoring program generates a workflow. Further, a visual editor is invoked. In addition, a portion of a map is selected with the visual editor by marking a geo fence with boundaries that indicate the portion. The workflow authoring program also establishes a geo decision point in the workflow at which a determination is made if a condition is met within the geo fence.06-06-2013
20100281416PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - A potable terminal device comprises an upper housing including a display unit on the surface thereof and a lower housing including a hard key on the surface thereof and relatively slidably coupled to the upper housing. Bothe of the housings are movable between a closed position in which all hard keys of the lower housing is covered with the upper housing, at least one intermediate position in which part of the hard keys are uncovered with the upper housing, and a full open position in which all of the hard keys are uncovered with the upper housing. In the intermediate position, in response to pressing any of part of the hard keys which are uncovered, a soft key for complementing part of the hard keys which are uncovered is displayed in a position starting from the edge of the display unit adjacent to the hard keys.11-04-2010
20110225536SLIDING KEYBOARD INPUT CONTROL IN AN AUGMENTED REALITY EYEPIECE - This disclosure concerns an interactive head-mounted eyepiece with an integrated processor for handling content for display and an integrated image source for introducing the content to an optical assembly through which the user views a surrounding environment and the displayed content. The displayed content is an interactive keyboard control element. The keyboard control element is associated with an input path analyzer, a word matching search facility, and a keyboard input interface, wherein the user inputs text by sliding a pointing device across character keys of the keyboard input interface in a sliding motion through an approximate sequence of a word the user would like to input as text, wherein the input path analyzer determines the characters contacted in the input path, the word matching facility finds a best word match to the sequence of characters contacted and inputs the best word match as input text.09-15-2011
20120260208MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal, and more particularly, to a mobile terminal and control method thereof capable of performing a handwriting input. A mobile terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention may include a display unit configured to display a virtual keypad, and a controller configured to implement a handwriting mode when a drag across the virtual keypad is sensed, and recognize a trace of the drag as a handwriting character when the drag is completed in the handwriting mode.10-11-2012
20130185669SYSTEM 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 inactive.07-18-2013
20130104068TEXT PREDICTION KEY - A dedicated text prediction key for inserting a text prediction candidate is described. The text prediction key may be configured and/or output for display in conjunction with an on-screen/adaptable keyboard when a prediction for entered characters is detected. The text prediction key provides a mechanism for explicit insertion of a text prediction candidate that can be employed to avoid passive/non-explicit insertions. In at least some embodiments, the text prediction key may be selectively displayed by replacing/modifying one or more keys of the on-screen keyboard. In another approach, the text prediction key may appear at a designated location within or proximate to the on-screen keyboard. The text prediction key may also be configured in various ways to notify a user that a prediction candidate is available.04-25-2013
20110314405CONTEXTUAL CONTROL OF DYNAMIC INPUT DEVICE - A computing system includes one or more input-device user-interface runtime applications to dynamically display images on a dynamic input device. The one or more input-device user-interface runtime applications are executed in a currently active desktop. The computing system further includes a dominant application configured to execute in the currently active desktop. The dominant application is configured to specify an input-device user-interface runtime application corresponding to a current context of the dominant application. The specified input-device user-interface runtime application is configured to dynamically display virtual controls on the dynamic input device. The specified input-device user-interface runtime application is also configured to report activation of the virtual controls to the dominant application.12-22-2011
20130191772METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR KEYBOARD LAYOUT USING TOUCH - A method includes selecting a desired keyboard layout by performing a specific touch input within or around a search window of a portable terminal whereby if a touch input is a first direction touch, a first keyboard layout with one language format is displayed, and a second keyboard layout with another language format is displayed if a second direction touch is detected.07-25-2013
20120030610INFUSION PUMP SYSTEM WITH DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGE HAVING PRESSURE VENTING AND PRESSURE FEEDBACK - Embodiments are directed to portable infusion devices, systems, and methods of using the same for dispensing materials. In some cases, the devices, systems and methods may be used for infusing a material such as medicament, e.g., insulin, into a body in need thereof.02-02-2012
20120030609VIRTUAL KEYBOARD TEXT REPLICATION - Text that is selected at a virtual keyboard is submitted to and displayed at an application data field and is echoed at a keyboard data field that is in relatively close proximity to virtual keys used to select the text. Thus, a user does not have to alter their field of view to the application data field to determine what was submitted to the application data field.02-02-2012
20120030608METHOD, FUNCTIONAL ARRANGEMENT AND SOFTWARE MEANS FOR SEARCHING AND PROCESSING INFORMATION WITH USER INTERFACE OF A TERMINAL IN WHICH AN ADDRESS FIELD AND VIRTUAL FUNCTION KEYS ARE MODIFIED TO CORRESPOND TO AN INVOKED SERVICE THROUGH DATA INPUT TO A BROWSER ADDRESS FIELD, AND CELLULAR NETWORK TERMINAL EMPLOYING THE METHOD - The invention relates to a method for making it easier to carry out information search and processing with a communications device. Furthermore, the invention relates to a network browser employing the method and a www service at a server in a communications network as well as a cellular network terminal. In the method according to the invention, information entered in the address field of the network browser is utilized so that the address field with its virtual function keys is modified in accordance with the service used on the basis of information entered in the address field.02-02-2012
20120030607CONTROLLING A KEYBOARD - Devices, systems, methods, and other embodiments are associated with controlling a keyboard. In one embodiment, a remote control comprises an initiation button configured to cause a keyboard with keys to be displayed upon a remote display device. The remote control includes a keypad with a button set, where the button set maps with keys of a highlighted sector of the remote display device.02-02-2012
20120030606SELECTING ALTERNATE KEYBOARD CHARACTERS VIA MOTION INPUT - In general, this disclosure describes techniques for selecting alternate keyboard characters via motion input provided by a user. One example method comprises displaying a graphical keyboard via a user interface and receiving, via the user interface, initial user input specifying a selection of a key on the graphical keyboard, wherein the initial user input comprises an initiation of a contact with the user interface. The method further includes displaying alternate characters via the user interface, wherein each alternate character is displayed to indicate at least one corresponding selection direction that is associated with that alternate character, and receiving, via the user interface, additional user input specifying a selection of at least one of the alternate characters, wherein the additional user input comprises motion in the at least one selection direction corresponding to the at least one selected alternate character, and a release of the contact from the user interface.02-02-2012
20120030605OPERATION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND OPERATION METHOD - Provided is an operation apparatus including: a touch panel which selectably displays a plurality of function item keys, and selection item keys corresponding to each of the plurality of function item keys; a shortcut acceptance unit which generates an icon-attached function item key by pasting to a pasting target function item key which is a function item key, an icon indicating a shortcut of a function item key which is different from the pasting target function item key, and selectably displays the icon-attached function item key, and accepts a selection of the icon-attached function item key; and a integrated screen selection acceptance unit which displays a integrated selection screen which selectably displays in a same screen a selection item key which corresponds to the pasting target function item key, and a selection item key which corresponds to a function item key identified by an icon in the touch screen.02-02-2012
20120030604MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIRTUAL KEY PAD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and a method for controlling a virtual key pad thereof are disclosed. The mobile terminal identifies a touch pattern of a touch action of each of a plurality of virtual keys, and changes at least one of an area and position of a sensing zone corresponding to each of the plurality of virtual keys to correspond to the identified touch pattern.02-02-2012
20130205242Character-String Completion - This disclosure describes techniques enabling character-string completion. These techniques present characters and character strings responsive to a selected prior character and enable selection of one of these characters or character strings quickly, easily, and/or accurately.08-08-2013
20120084699KEYBOARD FILLS BOTTOM SCREEN ON ROTATION OF A MULTIPLE SCREEN DEVICE - Methods and devices for presenting a virtual keyboard are provided. More particularly, in connection with a multiple screen device, a virtual keyboard can be presented in a first mode using portions of both of the screens. In a second mode, the virtual keyboard can be presented using all of one of the screens. 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, with the screens of the device in a landscape orientation, one screen can be devoted to present the virtual keyboard while the other screen remains available to present other information.04-05-2012
20130091455ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING TOUCHSCREEN AND CHARACTER INPUT METHOD THEREFOR - An electronic device having a touchscreen and a character input method which enable the user to enter characters more conveniently through a virtual keyboard area having a minimum number of character input regions by displaying a virtual keyboard area, displaying basic characters entered through the virtual keyboard area, displaying one or more candidate words corresponding to the entered basic characters, and displaying, when one of the candidate words is selected, the selected candidate word, using a virtual keyboard area having a minimum number of consonant and vowel key regions so that the user can enter characters without much awareness of consonant and vowel key positions.04-11-2013
20120096388ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF INITIALIZING SETTING ITEMS THEREOF - An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus is controlled by using parameters relating to a plurality of setting items, including: a specifying unit performing an operation of specifying a setting item out of the plurality of setting items; and a display processing unit displaying a numeric keypad to input a parameter relating to the specified setting item and an initialization icon to initialize the specified setting item on a graphical user interface screen. Further, the electronic apparatus includes: an initial value storing unit storing initial values set/changed regarding the plurality of setting items; and an initialization processing unit returning the parameter of the specified setting item to the initial value based on an operation of the initialization icon.04-19-2012
20130212515USER INTERFACE FOR TEXT INPUT - A user interface allows a user to input text, numbers and symbols in to an electronic device through a touch sensitive input and make edits and correction to the text with one or more swipe gestures. The system can differentiate the swipes and perform functions corresponding to the detected swipes based upon swipe direction, number of fingers used in the swipe and the location of the swipes on the touch sensitive input.08-15-2013

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