Granted: August 15, 2017
A child-oriented browsing system is provided wherein the system is implemented using a piece of client software, executing on the computing device of a child, and a website/server that manages the client software and other functions of the child-oriented browsing system.
Granted: May 2, 2017
A method for providing electronic content for a learning appliance is disclosed. The method includes selecting a learning appliance from a set of different learning appliances on a host site. The set of learning appliances is previously selected from a group of learning appliances. The electronic content package is received and is loaded into the learning appliance.
Granted: December 13, 2016
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…
Granted: November 22, 2016
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…
Granted: September 20, 2016
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…
Granted: June 21, 2016
Granted: March 29, 2016
The system provides a method and apparatus for a parent or other custodian or guardian to monitor, filter, and approve of content to be accessed by a child or children on a network. In one embodiment, the system logs all activity on a network by a child and sends regular historical reports to the parent for review. The parent can set certain triggers that will provide more immediate feedback when certain events occur or when certain types of data are accessed, or an attempt is made by…
Granted: March 1, 2016
Granted: January 5, 2016
Granted: May 19, 2015
Granted: February 10, 2015
A method for producing an output in response to an interaction with a print element on a sheet is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes placing a sheet comprising a print element on a surface of a base unit. A user can then mark on the sheet in the vicinity of the print element with a marking instrument. An audio output that corresponds to the print element is generated.
Granted: October 21, 2014
The system provides a way for a parent or other custodian or guardian to control content to be accessed by a child or children on a network. In one embodiment, the system logs all activity on a network by a child and sends regular historical reports to the parent for review. The parent can set certain triggers that will provide more immediate feedback when certain events occur or when certain types of data are accessed, or an attempt is made by the child for such access. The system…
Granted: February 25, 2014
Granted: December 3, 2013
An apparatus for detecting writing pressure is comprised of a carrier. A mode selection device coupled to the carrier is operable to select writing modes. A switch coupled to the carrier is operable to move between a first state and a second state in response to writing pressure coupled to the switch. An actuator coupled to the carrier is configured to actuate the switch in response to pressure applied to the actuator in response to writing.
Granted: September 24, 2013
Granted: July 2, 2013
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…
Granted: January 15, 2013
Granted: December 25, 2012
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…
Granted: September 18, 2012
An interactive media device. The device has an area for receiving a document and a sensor network adjacent to the area. The sensor network has a first region adjacent to the document and responsive to user proximity to the first region. The sensor network has a second region that is responsive to markers disposed on or embedded in the document. The device has a processor coupled to the sensor network and able to receive signals from the sensor network indicating capacitance change in the…
Granted: September 11, 2012
A technique for interactively coupling electronic content to printed or written content, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, includes use of a computing device and a pre-printed control panel. The control panel includes graphic representations overlaid on unique coded patterns. Each unique coded pattern is associated with a particular function or datum. The control panel is used to input an identifier of a written or printed content to the computing device. In…