Mobile Patent Roundup 2-26-2007 – Fujitsu’s Motion Controlled Handhelds

Patent applications and granted patents from last week cover a wide range.

The ones I enjoyed the most were three from Fujitsu which allow people to move their smart phones in different gestures to navigate around applications. I’m looking forward to watching people use those phones.

Patent Applications

Wireless Emergency-Reporting System
University of South Florida (20070040895)

Mobile Emergency Reporting

Abstract

A method of providing emergency related information to and from a centralized location over a wireless network. The method utilizes cellular phones in emergency communications and entails two embodiments that employ location-aware technologies, in portable form, in security applications.

One embodiment serves as a modern high-tech “neighborhood watch,” enabling law enforcement access to the many “eyes and ears” of the public simultaneously via available cell phones. Cell phones with embedded digital cameras allow the instant capture and remote submission of suspicious circumstances to law enforcement through pictures or video.

Tethered Digital Butler Consumer Electronic Device and Method
(20070042767)

Abstract

The present invention relates to a tethered digital butler consumer electronics product and method. The tethered digital butler, of a price and form factor suitable for consumer electronics markets of developed and developing countries, includes a communications and multi-media console and a wireless remote.

The remote may resemble a handheld personal computer (HPC), a palm-held personal computer (PPC or PDA) or a smart phone, but has a low cost and feature set supported by the console that is novel in the consumer electronics market. In particular, this disclosure relates to combining telephone service, device control and, optionally, a fingerprint reader for easy user identification/authorization and personalization. As another option, a camera can be incorporated into the remote, thereby enabling video conferencing and other visual features.

Alternatively, the remote may be packaged separately from a console and sold to interact with capabilities of a communications and console, set-top box, multi-media PC or other consumer electronics device from a different source, such as one running on a Windows, OS X or Linux platform, with or without telephone capabilities. The remote may include a media reader and remote USB port.

Navigational interface providing auxiliary character support for mobile and wearable computers
Microsoft (20070040811)

Mobile Text Input Device

Abstract

A text input mechanism is provided especially for non-keyboard input devices for inputting text for languages that include large numbers of characters and that are not based on the Roman alphabets. Reading symbols of a language are presented to the user for selection.

Reading symbols can be phonetic symbols for composing a pronunciation for a character in the language. Reading symbols can also be sub-characters that make up characters in the language. Upon a user specifying one or more reading symbols for a character, all characters in the language that match the specified reading symbols are dynamically identified and displayed to the user.

The user can select the desired character from the displayed characters. The selected character is then entered into a computing system.

Ghost Messaging
Toshiba America Research, Inc. and Telcordia Inc. (20070043828)

Mobile Ghost Message

Abstract

In some embodiments, a ghost messaging system is disclosed that includes:

a server configured to store user information, location information of client devices and ghost messages composed by users of client devices;

a plurality of access points configured to transmit location information related to client devices to the server; and,

at least one client device configured to compose ghost messages, including indications of location relevance.

System and method for searching for network-based content in a multi-modal system using spoken keywords
V-Enable, Inc. (20070043868)

Abstract

A speech-based method of searching for network content is disclosed. The method includes receiving, at a portable communication device, speech input containing a keyword.

Data representative of the speech input is then sent by the portable communication device to a server. The method further includes receiving, at the portable communication device, information relating to a plurality of candidate results corresponding to the keyword.

A list of selectable links through which network-based content associated with the plurality of candidate results may be accessed is then displayed through an interface of the portable communication device.

Media Delivery System and Method
TXTStation Global Limited (20070040850)

Abstract

An interactive system that provides real time animated broadcast graphics which are input directly from a mobile device. The input from the mobile devices may include text messages and the like.

The broadcast graphics are then output by the system to any kind of display screen, such as a television, stadium screen or a mobile device screen. The broadcast graphics may include real time animation in response to the mobile device input. The real time animated graphics are output in broadcast compatible video feed.

Granted Patents

The first three patents I’ve listed are all from Fujitsu, and involve using gestures with a handheld device in hand to navigate through applications.

User definable gestures for motion controlled handheld devices
Fujitsu Limited (7,180,500)

Abstract

A motion controlled handheld device includes a display having a viewable surface and operable to generate an image and a gesture database maintaining a plurality of gestures.

Each gesture is defined by a motion of the device with respect to a first position of the device. The device includes a motion detection module operable to detect motion of the handheld device within three dimensions and to identify components of the motion in relation to the viewable surface.

The device also includes a control module operable to detect an indication to record a new gesture, detect a stabilization of the components of the motion of the device, upon detecting the stabilization, determine a base reference position, record movement of the device with respect to the base reference position, detect an indication to stop recording the new gesture, define the new gesture using the recorded movement of the device with respect to the base reference position, and store the new gesture in the gesture database.

Gesture based navigation of a handheld user interface
Fujitsu Limited (7,180,501)

Abstract

A motion controlled handheld device includes a display having a viewable surface and operable to generate a current image. The device includes a motion detection module operable to detect motion of the device within three dimensions and to identify components of the motion in relation to the viewable surface.

The device also includes a gesture database comprising a plurality of gestures, each gesture defined by a motion of the device with respect to a first position of the device. The gestures comprise at least four planar gestures each defined by a motion vector generally aligned in parallel with the viewable surface. The device includes a gesture mapping database mapping each of the gestures to a corresponding command, the gesture mapping database mapping each of the four planar gestures to a corresponding grid navigation command.

The device also includes a motion response module operable to identify a matching one of the planar gestures based on the motion and to determine the corresponding one of the grid navigation commands based on the identified planar gesture and a display control module operable to logically parse a viewable image into a plurality of grid sections, to set one of the grid sections as the current image, and to set another one of the grid sections as the current image in response to the determined grid navigation command.

Handheld device with preferred motion selection
Fujitsu Limited (7,180,502)

Abstract

A motion controlled handheld device includes a display having a viewable surface and operable to generate an image and a motion detection module operable to detect motion of the device within three dimensions and to identify components of the motion in relation to the viewable surface.

The components comprise a first component parallel to the viewable surface, a second component parallel to the viewable surface and perpendicular to the first component, and a third component perpendicular to the viewable surface. The device includes a motion processing module operable to compare the components, to isolate a preferred one of the components based on the comparison, and to adjust a magnitude of the preferred component by an augmentation factor.

The device also includes a motion response module operable to modify the image based on the augmented preferred component.

Location-based weather nowcast system and method
Nooly Technologies Ltd. (7,181,345)

Abstract

A method for providing a mobile user with updated weather nowcasts comprises: receiving a request from a user, the request being associated with a location, and for a period such as about an hour sending the user regular meteorological information regarding the location. The user may be a mobile telephone user and the location may be determined from the location of the mobile telephone.

Method and apparatus for routing wireless village messages in an internet protocol multimedia subsystem
Nokia (7,181,537)

Abstract

A method, and related equipment, for interoperating between a device (11a) in a first network, such as an IMS network, and a device (12a) in a second network (12), such as a WV network, the first network using a first protocol (SIP) requiring that a message have a request uniform resource identifier including an address scheme, and the second network (12) using one or more other protocols.

The method includes a step (41) of converting a message constructed according to the first protocol (SIP) but having as an address scheme indicating a protocol of the second network (such as “wv:”) to a message in which the address scheme is changed (e.g. to “sip:”) to indicate the protocol of the first network and in which a user uniform resource locator parameter is provided having a value indicating the original scheme, before conversion (i.e. “wv” in the example given).

Glanceable information system and method
Microsoft (7,181,701)

Mobile Watch

Abstract

An apparatus, system, and method are related to navigating through content on a device that includes stored information that is organized according to channels.

Content that is associated with the channels is selected and viewed on a display of the device by means of passive interaction when the device is in a glance-view operating state. The device periodically changes the display according to a playlist that indexes selected channel views associated with the current channel. The selected channel views are selected from the available channels according to a rule set that is associated with the channel.

After every item in the playlist is processed, the playlist is updated according to application of the rule set. A customized channel may include references to other channels such that channel views associated with the customized channel correspond to channel views from other channels.

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2 thoughts on “Mobile Patent Roundup 2-26-2007 – Fujitsu’s Motion Controlled Handhelds”

  1. That is an interesting list of patents. Too bad you did not list the dates these patents were granted. I had similar ideas around 2002, but never applied for a patent
    for them.

    Peter

  2. Hi Peter,

    There were some interesting ideas amongst those patents. My post was a rundown of patents either published or granted the week before the post, and the patent applications were published on February 22, 2007. The granted patents listed were granted on February 20, 2007. If you click through to view the patents, you can see when they were filed with the patent office.

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