US 10,890,982 B2
System and method for multipurpose input device for two-dimensional and three-dimensional environments
Philipp Schoessler, Los Gatos, CA (US); Link Huang, San Jose, CA (US); Dane Mason, San Francisco, CA (US); Sergio Perdices-Gonzalez, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Jun Yeon Cho, San Jose, CA (US); Nigel Clarke, Mountain View, CA (US); Jose Marcel Santos, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Brian Harms, San Jose, CA (US); Jiawei Zhang, Sunnyvale, CA (US); and Curtis Aumiller, San Jose, CA (US)
Assigned to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Suwon-si (KR)
Filed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Gyeonggi-do (KR)
Filed on Apr. 16, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/386,149.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/781,205, filed on Dec. 18, 2018.
Prior Publication US 2020/0192486 A1, Jun. 18, 2020
Int. Cl. G06F 3/01 (2006.01); G06F 3/0346 (2013.01); G06F 3/041 (2006.01); G06F 3/0354 (2013.01)
CPC G06F 3/017 (2013.01) [G06F 3/0346 (2013.01); G06F 3/03543 (2013.01); G06F 3/041 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An input device comprising:
a position sensor; and
a processor configured to:
determine whether the input device is in a vertical orientation or a horizontal orientation, wherein in the vertical orientation, a first lateral surface is disposed vertically with respect to a ground, and wherein in the horizontal orientation, the first lateral surface is disposed horizontally with respect to the ground,
switch between operation modes as a function of orientation measurements detected by the position sensor;
enter a three-dimensional (3D) input mode when the processor detects that the input device is in a first orientation, and
enter a two-dimensional (2D) input mode when the processor detects that the input device is in a second orientation,
wherein the 2D input mode is configured to provide 2D position data to a connected computer system, and wherein the 3D input mode is configured to provide 3D position data to the connected computer system.