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Scott M Herz, Roberto G Yepez, Wayne C Westerman, Steven P Hotelling: Using ambient light sensor to augment proximity sensor output. Apple, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, June 7, 2011: US07957762 (180 worldwide citation)

Apparatuses and methods to sense proximity of an object and operate a proximity sensor of a portable device. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving an ambient light sensor (ALS) output, and altering, based on the ALS output, an effect of a proximity sensor output on control of a proximity ...


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Marcel Van Os, Bas Ording, Stephen O Lemay, Wayne C Westerman, B Michael Victor: Methods and graphical user interfaces for editing on a portable multifunction device. Apple, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, June 12, 2012: US08201109 (86 worldwide citation)

Methods and graphical user interfaces for editing on a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display are disclosed. While displaying an application interface of an application, the device detects a multitouch edit initiation gesture on the touch screen display. In response to detection o ...


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Wayne C Westerman: Multi-touch input discrimination. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, December 21, 2010: US07855718 (58 worldwide citation)

Techniques for identifying and discriminating between different input patterns to a multi-touch touch-screen device are described. By way of example, large objects hovering a short distance from the touch-surface (e.g., a cheek, thigh or chest) may be identified and distinguished from physical conta ...


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Scott M Herz, Roberto G Yepez, Wayne C Westerman, Stephen P Hotelling: Using ambient light sensor to augment proximity sensor output. Apple, December 3, 2013: US08600430 (41 worldwide citation)

Apparatuses and methods to sense proximity of an object and operate a proximity sensor of a portable device. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving an ambient light sensor (ALS) output, and altering, based on the ALS output, an effect of a proximity sensor output on control of a proximity ...


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Wayne C Westerman, Steve Hotelling: Far-field input identification. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, January 25, 2011: US07876310 (41 worldwide citation)

Techniques for identifying an object in close proximity to, but not in contact with, a multi-touch touch-screen device are described. By way of example, a cheek or ear hovering a short distance from the touch-surface (e.g., approximately 1 to 3 centimeters) may be identified and distinguished from p ...


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Wayne C Westerman, Steve Hotelling: Peripheral pixel noise reduction. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, January 5, 2010: US07643010 (37 worldwide citation)

Techniques for identifying and discriminating between different input patterns to a multi-touch touch-screen device are described. By way of example, large objects hovering a short distance from the touch-surface (e.g., a cheek, thigh or chest) may be identified and distinguished from physical conta ...