|| List of recent Input Device-related patents
| Input device for inputting password or the like and mobile telephone having the input device|
A contact sensor capable of inputting a character by tracing a character with user's finger is arranged in a region of a ten-key unit of a mobile telephone. When registering a password to release a key lock, a user traces a shape of a line, a character, a number, or other symbol on the contact sensor with his/her finger so that the shape is inputted and stored in a memory, thereby completing registration of a password.
| Method, apparatus and computer readable medium for providing a user interface|
According to one aspect of the present disclosure there is provided a method performed in an electronic device associated with an input device, the method comprising: in a first user interface state, in response to the input device receiving a user input at a first region of a graphical user interface, gui, the first region located adjacent an edge of the gui, transitioning to a second, different, user interface state; and, in the second user interface state, in response to the input device receiving a user input at a second region, spaced from the first region, transitioning back to the first user interface state. An electronic device and computer program product are also provided..
| Method and system for providing targeted searching and browsing|
A server constituted a processor and a server memory, the processor arranged to: provide a selectable plurality of attributes, the plurality of attributes stored on the server memory; provide, for each selected one of the plurality of attributes, a selectable plurality of values, the plurality of values stored on the server memory; and generate an archetype responsive to the selected values of the selected attributes. Preferably, a system exhibiting the server and a user computing station in communication with the server, is provided, the user computing station comprising a user input device, wherein each of the selected one of the plurality of attributes is selected responsive to the user input device, and wherein each of the selected one of the plurality of values for each of the selected one of the plurality of attributes is selected responsive to the user input device..
| Method for separating private data from public data in a database|
An electronic voting terminal includes: a display; a data input device; a biometric input device; a case having an open and a closed position, the case protecting the display, the input device, and the biometric input device in the closed position, the case making the display, input device and biometric input device accessible by the voter in the open position; a communications medium; a microprocessor to control the display, the data input device, the biometric input device, and the communications medium; and a power supply that accepts alternating current and provides direct current to the microprocessor the device utilizes the biometric input device to validate the identity of the voter, utilizes the data input device to receive the ballot from the voter, and utilizes the communications medium to transmit the ballot. A system for voting also includes a centralized computer and voter registration database..
| Systems and methods for capturing, managing, sharing, and visualising asset information of an organization|
A system for semantically modeling relationships and dependencies between groups, enclosures, assets, and support entities according to an industry specific manner. An exemplary system includes a user interface device, a relational database and a processor.
| Driver coaching system|
A driver coaching system may have an input device generating an input signal indicative of a road condition. The system may also include an advisory device determining an output conveyed to a driver and indicative of a fuel efficiency rating based on an actual vehicle speed and an optimum fuel efficient speed.
| Wireless transmission of temperature data|
An identification input device and a temperature detector that detects body temperature data. The identification input device may be an optical touch pen.
| System for enabling a visually impaired or blind person to use an input device having at least one key|
System for enabling a visually impaired or blind person to use an input device having at least one key, comprising: at least one tactile sensor array, in particular a pressure sensor array, attachable to a fingertip of a visually impaired or blind person for acquiring a pressure distribution image of a key slightly touched by a finger of said person when attached to said finger, a pressure distribution image processing and character recognition unit that is connected to said tactile sensor array for processing said pressure distribution image and for recognizing the key label of the touched key and an audio output device that is connected to said unit for outputting and acoustic reproduction of said key label.. .
| Reduction of cfar false alarms via classification and segmentation of sar image clutter|
The classification and segmentation system of the current invention makes use of information from pixels of an image, namely the magnitude of the pixels, to run specific analytics to classify and segment the image pixels into different groups. This invention includes a system for processing an image, the system including an input device, a processor, a memory and a monitor.
| Frame-sequential multiwavelength imaging system and method|
A frame-sequential multiwavelength imaging system comprises a wavelength switching device for producing a repeated series of different wavelength profiles, a detector for detecting the dynamic scene and a signal processing unit for synthesizing a dynamic multiwavelength image of the dynamic scene. The signal processing unit may comprise at least one input device at least one logic device and at least one output device.
| Redrawing recent curve sections for real-time smoothing|
A recently rendered section of a curve is redrawn to smooth the curve on-the-fly while a user moves a stylus or other input device. On receiving data points for the curve, an old rendered section for prior data points is deleted by curve redrawing code, and a new spline that's visually smooth through the new data points and at least one prior data point is added.
| System and method for measuring individual force in multi-object sensing|
An input device is provided that facilitates improved user interface functionality by determining force information for each of multiple objects in a sensing region. The input device includes a processing system, a sensor configured to sense objects in a sensing region proximate a surface, and a plurality of force sensors.
| Touch panel input device and touch panel input detection method thereof|
Disclosed are a touch panel input device and a touch input detection method in accordance with the present invention, which include a plurality of intervals in which a driving signal is simultaneously driven to at least two of a plurality of driving signal lines and the driving signal is not driven to the at least one driving signal line. A combination of the driving signal line to which the driving signal is driven in one of the plurality of the intervals and the driving signal line to which the driving signal is not driven in the one interval may be different from a combination of the driving signal line to which the driving signal is driven in an interval different from the one interval and the driving signal line to which the driving signal is not driven in the different interval..
| System and method of analyzing input on touch panel|
The system and method of analyzing input on touch panel are provided. The system includes an electrical device, including a touch panel, wherein plurality of patterns on the touch panel are generated by a manufacturing process; and an input device, including a photograph unit and a processing unit and configured to input a message to the electrical device, wherein when the message is inputted to the electrical device, the input device photographs one or more of the patterns by the photograph unit for generating an image data, analyzes a location information included in the image data by the first processing unit for generating a coordinate information, and transmits the coordinate information to the electrical device through a wireless transmission..
| Client device, operating method, and recording medium|
A touch input device that includes a touch panel stacked with a display or integrally disposed with a display, and a controller. During a state of the display displaying a designated image, upon detecting that a specific location in the image has been touched with the touch panel, the controller detects a velocity by which a touch position changes and a direction in which the touch position changes while the touch continues, and determines an input instruction..
| Input device|
An example method for inputting data into a device in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure includes detecting, by a sensor, an object in an area on an input device, generating input device data indicating a function responsive to the detected object, and providing the input device data to an output device. The output device displays a digital input device in response to receiving the input device data, and the digital input device has a specified area corresponding to the area on the input device..
| Multidirectional input device|
A multidirectional input device includes a case; a slider slidable in a first direction and mounted to the case; a movable member mounted on an upper surface of the slider so as to be slidable in a second direction; a first reflection portion provided on any one of the movable member, the case, and the slider; a first light-emitting device arranged to be opposite to the first reflection portion; and a first light-receiving device arranged to be opposite to the first reflection portion, wherein the first reflection portion has a plurality of steps confronting the side facing the first light-emitting device, and a distance between the first reflection portion and the first light-emitting device in a third direction varies according to an area.. .
| Emergency override system|
An emergency override system for a machine is disclosed. The emergency override system may have an input device configured to generate a stop signal.
| Interactive entertainment apparatus and system and a method of interacting with water to provide audio, visual, olfactory, gustatory or tactile effect|
An interactive entertainment apparatus and system and a method of interacting with water to provide audio, visual, olfactory, gustatory and/or tactile effects are provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus and system comprise one or more imagery multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output device(s), one or more sound multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output device(s); one or more camera and/or motion multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications input device(s); one or more nozzle assemblies for spraying and/or emitting liquid and/or vapour and/or gas that can produce lively and entertaining liquid and/or vapour and/or gas screen and/or middle drop(s)/screen(s)and/or other arena-like and/or skyscreen-like arrangement(s) located at or near the centre(s) or focal zone(s) of the theatrical arrangement(s) for the entertainment apparatus and system, on to which liquid and/or vapour and/or gas screen and/or contour arrangement(s) can be projected and/or augmented by harmonized and/or sychronized light and/or laser source for entertaining lighting and/or laser shows; one or more sound generating and/or broadcasting device(s); one or more light and/or laser source(s); one or more tactile stimulus multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output device(s) and/or one or more heating and/or cooling device(s) adapted to provide a tactile sensation of three-dimensional movement(s), motion(s) and/or tilting and/or temperature alteration(s) or variation(s); one or more olfactory stimulus multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output device(s); one or more gustatory stimulus multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output device(s), according to the occurrence of one or more events (random, reconfigurable and/or pre-set) and/or the multilevel channel communications input from one or more user-interface device(s), when activated automatically or on the demand(s), option(s) and/or desire(s) of the user(s); one or more device(s) modulator and/or controller which modulates and/or controls one or more of the above devices and/or one or more parameters of the features of the invention; and one or more interactive microprocessing, computing and/or data-transmission system(s) and/or device(s) to capture, animate, digitize, vary, modify and co-ordinate light emissions, sound or musical note and/or tune broadcasting, tactile stimulus multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output, olfactory stimulus multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output, gustatory stimulus multilevel channel communications input and/or multilevel channel communications output, and/or dancing water trajectories with random, reconfigurable and/or pre-set motions and/or sound multilevel channel communications inputs and/or multilevel channel communications output, produced and/or caused by and/or through interaction of human, animal and/or objects, into control multilevel channel communications inputs, data and/or signals delivered automatically or on the demand(s), option(s) and/or desire(s) of the user(s) to one or more device controllers for controlling the trajectory(ies) of liquid and/or vapour and/or gas emitted from the nozzle assembly(ies), the sound generating and/or broadcasting, the mood, soft or hard lighting changes and/or laser renditions to produce life-like, integrated, artistic and featured entertaining performances automatically or on the demand(s), option(s) and/or desire(s) of the user(s)..
| Electric weigh packer and a weighing method according to the particle numbers|
The present invention is related to a quantifying packaging balance for weighing according to the number of the goods, characterized in that the balance includes a storage funnel, unit particle weight obtaining unit and a quantifying packaging unit, wherein the unit particle weight obtaining unit comprises a sampling device (2), a feeding device (3), multiple line vibrator (4), a storage channel (7), a camera (5), a camera control device, a light source (6) and an input device, wherein the quantifying packaging unit is a one-head quantifying packaging balance or a multiple-head quantifying packaging balance, and comprises a dividing channel (9), a feeding device (10), quantifying funnels (8, 11) and a weight control device, wherein the unit particle weight obtaining unit and all the components of the quantifying packaging unit are coordinated by plc. The balance according to the current invention can obtain the unit particle weight in time, amend the weight being packaged and thus improve the packaging accuracy..
| Plastic film having lines for a multi-modal input device and method for producing|
A plastic film for a multi-modal input device has conductors that link a touch module and an operating element. Such input devices, for example, are in central consoles of motor vehicles, dishwashers, washing machines, telephones, or the like.
| Solar powered container|
A portable solar energy generation system that has a disassembled configuration and an assembled configuration. The system includes a solar energy generation assembly, and portable container.
| Device and method for localized force sensing|
A device and method for operating a capacitive input device configured to sense input objects and their applied force in a sensing region, the device including a pliable component having an input surface and characterized by a bending stiffness, and first and second arrays of sensor electrodes. The input device further includes a third array of sensor electrodes and a spacing layer disposed between the third array.
|Glow touch feedback for virtual input devices|
The claimed subject matter is directed to providing feedback in a touch screen device in response to an actuation of a virtual unit in a virtual input device. Specifically, the claimed subject matter provides a method and system for providing visual feedback in response to an actuation of a virtual key in a virtual keyboard.
|Motion-sensitive controller and associated gaming applications|
A wireless input device for playing an interactive motion-sensitive game using a wireless-compatible game console in which a virtual play environment is represented through one or more computer-animated visual, aural or tactile effects is provided wherein game play is conducted by moving, shaking, twisting, waving or pointing the input device in a particular manner. The input device can include motion-sensitive circuitry and/or command circuitry for generating control signals and/or an effects generator and associated control circuitry to enable the input device to selectively generate at least one visual, aural or tactile effect comprising sound, lighting or vibration.
|Gaming machine with enhanced privacy features and mechanics|
A gaming system includes features to relay sensitive information to a player while keeping the sensitive information private from non-players. According to one aspect the gaming system comprises one or more input devices, one or more display devices for displaying a wagering game including sensitive and non-sensitive information, one or more processors, and one or more memory devices.
|Gaming machine and control method thereof|
In a gaming machine, a symbol display device variably displays a plurality of symbols, and an input device inputs an instruction related to a game. A controller executes a normal game in which the symbol display device variably displays and then stop-displays symbols, triggers a bonus game when a plurality of specific symbols are stop-displayed in the normal game, selects any one of a plurality of options by an operation of the input device by a user in the bonus game, and awards a benefit according to the selected option.
|Video poker system and method|
An electronic gaming machine configured to allow play of at least two hands of video poker where the two hands intersect and share a common card between the hands. The electronic gaming machine comprises at least one display device, at least one input device, a memory and at least one computer processor configured to display at least a first hand and a second hand of at least three cards.
|Modular adapter assembly for telecoil and auxiliary audio input device mixing|
An exemplary apparatus for use with an auditory prosthesis system includes a housing, a connector port disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to be communicatively coupled to an auxiliary audio input device, a telecoil disposed at least partially within the housing, and a multi-position switch disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to selectively enable the auxiliary audio input device and the telecoil. The auxiliary audio input device is enabled and the telecoil is disabled when the switch is in a first position, both the auxiliary audio input device and the telecoil are enabled when the switch is in a second position, and the telecoil is enabled and the auxiliary audio input device is disabled when the switch is in a third position.
|Sound input device|
A sound input device includes a housing, a microphone housing, a vibrator, and first and second sound guide components. The housing has first and second sound collection holes.
|Advanced in-cell touch optical pen|
A user input device communicatively coupled to a memory is disclosed. The user input device may include a user-manipulated portion; a surface contact portion of the user-manipulated portion, the surface contact portion disposed at an end of the user-manipulated portion; a first light source contained substantially within the user-manipulated portion, the first light source emitting light through the surface contact portion; a user input detector at an external surface of the user-manipulated portion; and an optical receiver at an external surface of the user-manipulated portion, the optical receiver configured to communicate a plurality of data associated with an object external to the user input device to the memory..
|Coordinate input device and display device including the same|
A coordinate input device includes: a coordinate input unit having a plurality of first detection electrodes and a plurality of second detection electrodes; an electrode drive circuit that applies a drive signal to one or more of the detection electrodes; a detection circuit that detects a signal of the first and/or second detection electrode; a selection circuit for selecting one or more of the detection electrodes to which the drive signal is not applied from among the detection electrodes which are disposed in parallel to the detection electrodes to which the drive signal is applied, as a reference electrode; a detection circuit for detecting a signal of the selected reference electrode; an input coordinate computing circuit for correcting a detection result of the detection circuit on the basis of the detected capacitance of the reference electrode and for calculating an input coordinate from the corrected detection result.. .
|Systems and methods for traffic prioritization|
Methods and apparatus are provided for traffic prioritization of surrounding air traffic for display onboard an aircraft. The apparatus includes a traffic data source configured to supply surrounding traffic data.
|Systems and methods for monitoring patients for risk of ventilator associated events|
A system for monitoring a patient on ventilation includes a ventilator system configured to provide mechanical ventilation in accordance with a fio2 setting and a peep setting, a temperature sensor configured to sense body temperature, one or more input devices configured to receive patient information, e.g., wbc count information, an information processing system, and a display device. The information processing system is communicatively coupled to the ventilator system, temperature sensor, and input device, and is configured to receive, process, and output fio2 information, peep information, temperature information, and wbc count information.
|Force-feedback plane slide input device|
A force-feedback plane slide input device includes: a base body having a housing space formed in a rectangular shape; a slider configured to move within the housing space along a plane including a first direction and a second direction which are orthogonal to each other; an operation member integrally provided with the slider; a first actuating member configured to be actuated by movement of the operation member in the first direction; a second actuating member configured to be actuated by movement of the operation member in the second direction; and a force-feedback unit configured to feed back a sense of force to an operator. The slider includes a first slider member and second slider member.
|Illuminating outrigger tip|
An outrigger tip attachable to an outrigger pole comprises a translucent elongate main body including a proximal end portion having an opening for accessing an inner cavity, and the proximal end portion of the translucent elongate main body being sized and configured for engaging an open end of the outrigger pole. A light emitting diode assembly is sized and configured for engaging the inner cavity through the opening on the proximal end portion of the translucent elongate main body.
|Biometric-based access control system comprising a near field communication link|
The subject invention is directed to a class of biometric-based authentication methods and devices that can be utilized to control access to any electronic device or electronically-controlled device. Certain embodiments include a touch sensitive device including a transparent input device (e.g., a touchscreen) or opaque input device (e.g., a touchpad).
|Methods and systems for managing a graphical user interface|
Methods and systems for managing a graphical user interface involve, for example, defining, using a processor coupled to memory, a threshold distance between windows on a display screen at which a mutual attraction between the windows is activated to draw the windows together as components of a picture of windows. Also using the processor, all windows of a same functional type that are components of the picture of windows are resized simultaneously without affecting the size of windows of other functional types that are also components of the picture of windows.
A system and method for enhancing a controller interface is provided. In one embodiment, the system may include an input device, an input interface, a processor, and a display.
|Operation input device and method of initializing operation input device|
An operation input device that has multi jointed arms includes: a holding unit that holds proximal ends of the multi-jointed arms in a state in which a relative positional relationship between the proximal ends is fixed; a detection unit that detects a joint movement amount that represents a movement of a joint by a rotation angle or a translational displacement from an unknown initial joint value; engagement units that are provided in distal ends of the multi jointed arms; a data acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of sets of joint movement amounts detected by the detection unit in a time series when engaging and moving the distal ends; and an initial value calculation unit that calculates the unknown initial joint value under a condition that a relative positional relationship between the distal ends is fixed via the engagement units.. .
|Gaming system having system wide tournament features|
A multi-mode gaming terminal comprising, a wager input device, a primary display for displaying a primary wagering game. And at least one controller operative to: (i) detect a selection between a cash mode of operation and a tournament mode of operation; (ii) if the cash mode is selected, execute the primary wagering game configured with a first payback return; (iii) if the tournament mode is selected, execute the primary wagering game in a tournament mode configured with a second payback return and a tournament return, wherein on each tournament eligible play of the primary wagering game resulting in a winning outcome, a predetermined number of tournament points are awarded and added to a tournament entry; and (iv) upon the occurrence of a triggering event, entering the tournament entry into at least one tournament..
|Method and device for visually inspecting objects to be tested during the production and/or packaging of cigarettes|
A method and a device for the optical testing of objects during the production and/or packaging of cigarettes, in particular of cigarette packs and/or blanks for cigarette packs and/or overprints and/or print substrates on or for cigarette packs, with the aid of a suitable testing device. For at least one feature characterizing the test object, in particular in a visual respect, a set of feature-value alternatives for the corresponding feature that are stored in a memory is displayed on a display means.
|Voice input device and noise suppression method|
A voice input device includes a first microphone, a second microphone, and a processor. The second microphone has a lower distance decay rate than the first microphone.
|Guarding and shielding routing traces in proximity sensors|
A capacitive input device has a sensor electrode pattern disposed on a first side of a substrate. The sensor electrode pattern comprises a plurality of sensor electrode elements disposed on the first side of a first substrate.
A method for detecting interference in an input device, the method involving: driving a transmitter signal onto a transmitter sensor electrode of the input device; receiving a resulting signal from a receiver sensor electrode of the input device; sampling a first value associated with the resulting signal during a first half of a sensing cycle; sampling a second value associated with the resulting signal during a second half of the sensing cycle; generating an interference value based on the first value and the second value; determining, based on the first value and the second value, an input in a sensing region of the input device; and comparing the interference value to a noise threshold.. .
A display device includes a display panel, a light shielding plate having an opening, a protective plate, and a coordinate input device having a transparent substrate, and a first flexible interconnect substrate. The coordinate input device is disposed on the display panel at the side of a display screen, and each of the light shielding plate and the protective plate is arranged on the coordinate input device on the opposite side of the display panel.
|Mesh sensor design for reduced visibility in touch screen devices|
An input device having a plurality of low-visibility sensor electrodes and method for fabricating the same are provided. In one embodiment, an input device includes a plurality of sensor electrodes disposed over a display device.
|Force sensing mouse|
A force sensing input device (such as a force sensing mouse) includes at least one force sensor and at least one top portion movably connected to at least one bottom portion. When a force is applied to the top portion, the top portion exerts pressure on the force sensor.
|Method for detecting motion of input body and input device using same|
An input device includes: a light source; an image sensor (camera c) disposed on the same side of a hand as the light source; a controller; a shape recognizer for calculating coordinates of the center of gravity of a fist and the tip of a finger from a two-dimensional image; and a motion determinator for comparing distances between the center of gravity of the fist and the fingertip. When there is a decrease or an increase between the distances between the center of gravity of the fist and the fingertip before and after measurement, a determination is made that the motion is an upward or downward motion of the finger with respect to a virtual imaging plane of the camera.
|Method of manufacturing input device|
A method of manufacturing an input device includes a step of bonding a translucent first optical adhesive layer to one surface of a first transparent base so that a part of first lead electrodes is exposed to the outside; a step of disposing a fpc so that a predetermined gap is formed between the fpc and the first optical adhesive layer in plan view, and electrically connecting the fpc to the first lead electrodes exposed to one surface of the first transparent base; a step of bonding a surface member, which forms an input surface, to the first transparent base with the first optical adhesive layer interposed therebetween; and a step of sealing the exposed lead electrodes by injecting a resin into a space between the first transparent base and the surface member facing each other.. .
|System for organizing and displaying information on a display device|
A system for organizing, displaying, and interacting with information on a display device includes a computer processor and a memory device. The memory device stores at least one piece of computer code executable by the computers processor and data used by the computer code.
|Controlling bus access priority in a real-time computer system|
In a real-time application, one or more computational tasks execute according to a time schedule and use input data from input devices and/or output data from output devices. One or more of the input devices or output devices may be unscheduled devices that attempt to access the peripheral bus at unscheduled times.
|Controlling bus access in a real-time computer system|
In a real-time application, one or more computational tasks execute according to a time schedule and use input data from input devices and/or output data from output devices. One or more of the input devices or output devices may be unscheduled devices that attempt to access the peripheral bus at unscheduled times.
|Group communications multiplexing system|
A computerized human communication arbitrating and distributing system, including a controller digital computer and a plurality of participator digital computers, each of the participator computers including an input device for receiving human-input information from a human user and an output device for presenting information to the user. A connection, such as internet, links the controller computer with each of the participator computers.
|Materials analytical review and reporting system|
A computer-implemented analytical and reporting system includes an input device, a database and a processor. The input device is operative for inputting analytical data results of a test sample.
|Apparatus, system, and method for vehicular characteristic monitoring and cataloging|
The present disclosure is directed to a mobile device for reporting at least one characteristic of at least one vehicle. The mobile device includes at least one input device, at least one transmitting device configured to transmit the at least one characteristic of the at least one vehicle to a second device, at least one storage device for storing data, and a module stored on the at least one storage device, the module executable by the mobile device and configured to accept user inputs from the at least one input device and catalog each user input with respect to an identified vehicle by causing the apparatus to perform the steps of: generating a first user interface (ui) at least including a field to input an identification data of the identified vehicle; receiving characteristic data from the input device relating to the at least one characteristic of the identified vehicle; and transmitting the characteristic data with reference to the identified vehicle to a database..
|Check cashing banking system|
A card actuated automated banking machine (152, 198, 200) includes a plurality of transaction function devices. The transaction function devices include a card reader (170), a printer (174), a bill dispenser (176), a display (182), a check imaging device (186), and at least one processor (190).
|System and method for validating a controller for an automated banking machine using a displayed indicia|
A computer implemented method for validating the identity of a controller for an automated banking machine based on displayed indicia. The method includes detecting access to a secure compartment of an automated banking machine, displaying a security indicia visible from the secure compartment, receiving the security indicia at an input device and a first controller accessible from outside of the secure compartment, and validating the identity of the controller based on the received security indicia..
|Systems and methods for controlling movement of unmanned vehicles|
Control units (10) for use with unmanned vehicles (12) include an input device (50) that moves in response to a user input, sensors (70) coupled to the input device (50), and a controller (16). The sensors (70) generate outputs related to the movement of the input device (50).
|Medical robotic system with coupled control modes|
In a coupled control mode, the surgeon directly controls movement of an associated slave manipulator with an input device while indirectly controlling movement of one or more non-associated slave manipulators, in response to commanded motion of the directly controlled slave manipulator, to achieve a secondary objective. By automatically performing secondary tasks through coupled control modes, the system's usability is enhanced by reducing the surgeon's need to switch to another direct mode to manually achieve the desired secondary objective.