LeapFrog Enterprises Patent Applications

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY

Granted: June 26, 2014
Application Number: 20140177115
One embodiment of the invention is directed to a rechargeable battery pack configured to provide power to a device that also accepts at least one standard non-rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery pack comprises a housing for housing at least one battery cell and recharging circuitry. The at least one battery cell and the recharging circuitry is be housed substantially within the housing. The recharging circuitry is coupled with the at least one battery cell. The recharging…

TABLET LEARNING APPARATUS

Granted: September 19, 2013
Application Number: 20130244217
One embodiment of the invention is directed to a method comprising electronically providing content to a user via a display on a learning apparatus wherein the content comprises a plurality of stationary image elements and a plurality of removable image elements at a plurality of locations on the display, detecting when a user shakes the learning apparatus, wherein the removable image elements move away from the plurality of locations, receiving an indication that one or more of the…

INTERACTIVE APPARATUS WITH RECORDING AND PLAYBACK CAPABILITY USABLE WITH ENCODED WRITING MEDIUM

Granted: January 5, 2012
Application Number: 20120004750
An interactive apparatus is disclosed. The interactive apparatus has an audio recording mode and an audio playback mode. Further, the interactive apparatus includes a writing tool for manually writing on an encoded writing medium, an audio input device for recording audio, an audio output device for playing the recorded audio. Moreover, the interactive apparatus has an optical unit for determining position on the encoded writing medium of the writing tool and for recognizing information…

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUDIBLY INSTRUCTING A USER TO INTERACT WITH A FUNCTION

Granted: December 22, 2011
Application Number: 20110313771
A method for audibly instructing a user to interact with a function. A function is associated with a user-written selectable item. The user-written selectable item is recognized on a surface. In response to recognizing the user-written selectable item, a first instructional message related to the operation of the function is audibly rendered without requiring further interaction from the user.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING A USER INTERFACE FOR A DEVICE EMPLOYING WRITTEN GRAPHICAL ELEMENTS

Granted: November 17, 2011
Application Number: 20110279415
A method and system for implementing a user interface for a device through user created graphical elements. The method includes recognizing a graphical element icon created by a user. Once recognized, a function related to the graphical element icon is accessed and an output in accordance with the function is provided. The function is persistently associated with the graphical element icon. Menu selection and navigation is implemented through interaction with the graphic element icon. A…

Method and System for Providing Content for Learning Appliances Over an Electronic Communication Medium

Granted: February 3, 2011
Application Number: 20110029591
A method, a user interface, and an educational content server for assisting a user in learning using interactive learning appliances are disclosed. The performance information of the user, which may be in the form of a user log file in an interactive learning appliance, may be received at a server computer from a site where the user is present. The performance information and profile information can then be presented in the user interface and used to generate an electronic content…

INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATIONS APPLIANCE

Granted: January 13, 2011
Application Number: 20110009050
An interactive communications appliance for broadcasting personalized information is disclosed. The interactive communications appliance comprises a transceiver for receiving personalized information transmitted via a wireless link. A memory stores the personalized information and an audio device broadcasts the personalized information to a user.

USER INTERFACE DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEM

Granted: March 18, 2010
Application Number: 20100066687
A user interface device for controlling an audio visual system. In one embodiment, a device for interfacing with an audio/visual system includes a sensor mat including a surface and operable to be disposed on a substantially flat floor. The sensor mat is further operable for generating electrical signals responsive to physical interactions of a user with the surface. The interface device also includes an electronic control unit including circuitry for coupling to the mat, the electronic…

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF INTERACTION IWTH INVISIBLE PRINTING

Granted: February 25, 2010
Application Number: 20100044427
Systems and methods of interaction with invisible printing. In one embodiment, a printed page includes a printable surface, an invisible machine readable code disposed on the printable surface; and a human viewable image disposed on the printable surface. The invisible machine readable code may not absorb or reflect visible light substantially differently from the printable surface, in one embodiment. The invisible machine readable code may be detectable when exposed to infrared and/or…

AUDIO BOOK FOR PEN-BASED COMPUTER

Granted: December 3, 2009
Application Number: 20090295734
A system for producing audio output from interaction with printed material and a pen based computer system. The system includes a printed page including a substantially invisible position code and a human viewable image. The system further includes a pen-based computer system for determining a position of the human viewable image in response to interactions there between, e.g., based upon the pen tip's proximity to the image. The pen-based computer is operable to produce a human-audible…

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATING AND USING VIRTUAL FLASH CARDS

Granted: October 1, 2009
Application Number: 20090248960
Creating and using virtual flash cards is disclosed. A disclosed method includes receiving an input of sets of flash data into a portable handheld device, associating related sets of the flash data based on manual inputs that define the relationship between the related sets of flash data, presenting one of the related sets of flash data via the handheld device and prompting a selection of a set of flash data that is associated with the presented set of flash data. Feedback is provided…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DATA ORGANIZATION BY IDENTIFICATION

Granted: September 24, 2009
Application Number: 20090236152
A system and method for data organization by identification. The system includes a bus, a processor coupled to the bus, a memory unit coupled to the bus, a writing element for allowing a user to create written items on a surface, and an optical detector coupled to the bus for detecting information on the surface. The system further includes software implemented on the processor which is responsive to a user selection of an identifier corresponding to a group of writing surfaces. The…

POSITION CODE BASED CONTENT DEVELOPMENT METHOD AND TOOL

Granted: September 24, 2009
Application Number: 20090241041
Computerized content development methods and tools are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes generating a title by assigning one or more functions to respective portions of one or more position-coded pages through a graphical user interface which does not require a code level programming, and automatically converting the title to a format operable by computing device which interacts with a printed medium of the position-coded pages to perform the functions.

PRINT MEDIA INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Granted: August 27, 2009
Application Number: 20090213402
The present invention relates to a novel interactive information system which can be used to make a traditional print medium such as a magazine, “interactive”. When the traditional print medium is placed on a print media receiving unit in a predetermined position, a user can interact with the traditional print medium. Printed matter elements on the printed medium can be made “selectable” by the user.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A COMPUTER ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN

Granted: July 2, 2009
Application Number: 20090167685
A computer system for providing a simulated computer environment for young children. A console is coupled to a display, e.g., a television set, for storing and processing a plurality of user selectable programs. User selectable program may be stored on a cartridge and received by the console. The user selectable programs are child oriented, educational, interactive and provide feedback responsive to user interaction. A theme-able wireless keyboard adapted for use by young children with…

USER INTERFACES AND UPLOADING OF USAGE INFORMATION

Granted: April 9, 2009
Application Number: 20090094528
A graphical user interface (GUI) can be used to provide information reflecting a user's interaction with a product using a stand-alone portable device. The user can respond to questions while interacting with the product. The responses are logged by the portable device and subsequently uploaded to the computer system, which forwards them via the Internet to a server. The computer system also forwards registration information to the server. The registration information identifies the user…

METHODS AND SYSTEMS THAT MONITOR LEARNING PROGRESS

Granted: April 9, 2009
Application Number: 20090094540
A graphical user interface (GUI) can be used to provide information reflecting a user's interaction with a product using a stand-alone portable device. The portable device, operable as a stand-alone device, logs inputs by a user who is interacting with a product using the portable device. Information from the portable device, including the inputs, is uploaded and then forwarded to a server. Registration information identifying the user and the product can also be sent to the server. A…

INTERACTIVE APPARATUS WITH RECORDING AND PLAYBACK CAPABILITY USABLE WITH ENCODED WRITING MEDIUM

Granted: February 26, 2009
Application Number: 20090055008
An interactive apparatus is disclosed. The interactive apparatus has an audio recording mode and an audio playback mode. Further, the interactive apparatus includes a writing tool for manually writing on an encoded writing medium, an audio input device for recording audio, an audio output device for playing the recorded audio. Moreover, the interactive apparatus has an optical unit for determining position on the encoded writing medium of the writing tool and for recognizing information…

Toy for use with vertical surfaces

Granted: June 19, 2008
Application Number: 20080145823
An apparatus and method of interacting with a user is described. The method includes identifying a structure coupled to a base unit, wherein the structure includes a visual identifier. A sound is generated using a speaker of the base unit, wherein the sound is associated with the visual identifier of the structure.

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR TEACHING WRITING

Granted: February 28, 2008
Application Number: 20080048991
Apparatuses and methods are provided directed at teaching writing, such as printing, cursive, and calligraphy, to users of all ages. Typically, the embodiments are directed toward teaching children the basic skills of writing. However, it may be appreciated that the embodiments may be utilized by users of all ages. In particular, embodiments of the invention can be used to teach the skill of writing and learning letters of the English alphabet to foreigners. Or, embodiments of the…