Google Patents

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Google Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20170181245
    Abstract: Various arrangements of smart devices are presented. Such a smart device may include a case, a wireless interface, a light sensor that detects an ambient brightness level of an ambient environment of the smart device, a motion sensor that detects motion of a user in the ambient environment of the smart device, a light that is capable of outputting light into the ambient environment of the smart device, and a processing system. The processing system may cause the light to illuminate based on: the message indicating that the lighting feature has been activated; the ambient brightness level being below the threshold brightness value; and the user moving in the ambient environment of the smart device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Nick Webb, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Yoky Matsuoka, Adam Mittleman, Shigefumi Honjo
  • Publication number: 20170178690
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for small-screen movie-watching using a viewport. These techniques enable viewers to experience movies and other media programs using a small screen as a viewport to the movie rather than dramatically compressing or cropping the movie to fit the small screen. A viewer may select whatever portion of the movie imagery he or she desires to experience through the small screen at a size sufficient to perceive details of plot elements and an environment in which the plot elements interact. Thus, the viewer may follow plot elements central to the plot while also exploring the environment that provides context for these plot elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Mark Austin, Baback Elmieh, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Mark Jason Oftedal, Jan J. Pinkava
  • Publication number: 20170180541
    Abstract: A system for managing event streams is provided that includes a volatile memory, a non-volatile memory, and a processor. The volatile memory is configured to store, for each of a plurality of event streams associated with the client device, metadata indicative of events not yet delivered to a client device and the content associated with only a most recent event of the event stream. The non-volatile memory is configured to store the content associated with each of undelivered events. The processor is configured to, upon receiving a request from the client device, retrieve from the volatile memory, without accessing the non-volatile memory, data indicative of a current state of an event stream associated with the client device. The processor is further configured to deliver the retrieved data indicative of the current state of the event stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Prado, David Michael Renie, Basel Al-Naffouri, Eahab Ibrahim, John Pongsajapan
  • Publication number: 20170178180
    Abstract: Embodiments receive an identifier of a publisher that has previously advertised on a web site. Based on the identifier, embodiments provide electronic advertisement products related to the identified publisher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara Ann Stanley, Silvestru Cosmin Negruseri, Aaron Rothman, Dwight Porter
  • Publication number: 20170178201
    Abstract: General instructions for formatting advertisements are identified, content for a specific advertisement is identified, and the specific advertisement is displayed on a medium according to the identified formatting instructions. In connection with offering to publish advertisements, a CSS file is identified to be used to format the advertisements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz J. Tunguz-Zawislak, Nathan Lucash, Sandra Tsui, Leslie Chiang
  • Publication number: 20170178179
    Abstract: An advertisement presentation is generated for display to a user. The presentation may include an advertisement that is associated with an advertiser and with content requested by the user. User attention to the advertisement may be determined based on user activity. The advertisement presentation may be modified based on the determined user attention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Shannon P. Bauman, Brandon Pearcy, Brian Axe
  • Publication number: 20170173834
    Abstract: A tool (1000) includes a mold defining a cavity (1002). The cavity can be for receiving a glass layer (402). A floating core insert (1001) can be placed in the cavity to apply a preloading force against a first major face of the glass layer, preclude an overmolding operation on the first major face, and allow overmolding only on minor faces of the glass layer when polymeric material (1100) is injected into runners (1018,1019,1020) of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Eric J. Haupt
  • Publication number: 20170177944
    Abstract: Various arrangements for assessing an installation of a smart home device are presented. A video camera device may capture video indicative of a location of the smart home device. The video indicative of the location of the smart home device may be analyzed to determine whether the location of the smart home device prevents the smart home device from operating within specification. An indication may then be output indicative of whether the location of the smart home device prevents the smart home device from operating within specification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Sloo, Nick Webb, Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers
  • Publication number: 20170176201
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system and method is provided whereby map-related requests from mobile devices are used to store and aggregate routes. The routes are then used to determine optimum directions in response to subsequent requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Vinay Goel
  • Publication number: 20170178157
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, and including a method for providing advertisements. The method comprises determining at least in part based on analysis of user interaction data of a plurality of users in a user network, an inferred group of users that interact together, including two or more users from the users in the user network. The method further comprises receiving a request to present an advertisement to each of two or more users of a group of users that interact together, and based at least in part on the received request, providing for display, to each of two or more of the users in the inferred group of users that interact together, the requested advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Ranjith Jayaram
  • Publication number: 20170178156
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for measuring strengths of associations between branding content and branding content. In an aspect, branding content associations are collected from sessions of psychometric tools for branding content at client devices. Determined are orders of mention defining an order in which the branding content associations were input at each of the client devices, frequencies of mention for each of the branding content associations, and latencies of mention for each of the branding content associations. One or more of these metrics can be used to determine association strengths for each branding content association.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Sean M. Bruich, Frederick R. Leach, Ellen Konar
  • Patent number: 9682313
    Abstract: Generating in real-time multiple gameplay videos in a cloud computing network of a mobile game played on multiple mobile devices is disclosed. A cloud-based video system of the cloud computing network receives gameplay state information of the mobile game played on the multiple mobile devices, where the gameplay state information associated with a mobile device describes the states of the mobile game while the game is played on the mobile device. The video system generates a gameplay map comprising the gameplay observed by the multiple mobile devices. Responsive to a viewer or a virtual director selecting the gameplay associated with a mobile device, the video system generates a gameplay video of the mobile game associated with the mobile device based on encoded audio frames and video frames of the mobile game played on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jaroslaw Jerzy Wilkiewicz, Daniel Jerome Hermes
  • Patent number: 9684637
    Abstract: A networked application and email application were described herein that provide for an intuitive system by which users can participate in collaborative workflow relating to a network document. In one implementation, a system includes a messaging server component to provide messaging services and an application server component to provide a networked application. The application server component interacts with the messaging server component in response to a user command to initiate collaboration on the network document. The interaction with the messaging server component includes providing a link that refers to a version of the network document as created or edited by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Rochelle, Micah Lemonik, Farzad Khosrowshahi, John Stephen Danaher
  • Patent number: 9684374
    Abstract: Example methods and devices are disclosed for generating life-logs with point-of-view images. An example method may involve: receiving image-related data based on electromagnetic radiation reflected from a human eye, generating an eye reflection image based on the image-related data, generating a point-of-view image by filtering the eye reflection image, and storing the point-of-view image. The electromagnetic radiation reflected from a human eye can be captured using one or more video or still cameras associated with a suitably-configured computing device, such as a wearable computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Hayes Solos Raffle, Yong Zhao
  • Patent number: 9682704
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle configured for active sensing may also be configured to weigh expected information gains from active-sensing actions against risk costs associated with the active-sensing actions. An example method involves: (a) receiving information from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle, (b) determining a risk-cost framework that indicates risk costs across a range of degrees to which an active-sensing action can be performed, wherein the active-sensing action comprises an action that is performable by the autonomous vehicle to potentially improve the information upon which at least one of the control processes for the autonomous vehicle is based, (c) determining an information-improvement expectation framework across the range of degrees to which the active-sensing action can be performed, and (d) applying the risk-cost framework and the information-improvement expectation framework to determine a degree to which the active-sensing action should be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 9684627
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to determining a likelihood that a task is completed. One or more task completion entities with which the user can interact to complete the task may be determined. One or more activity data indicators may be determined for a given entity of the task completion entities. The activity data indictors are indicative of the user performing the action through interaction with the given entity. User activity data may be received and compared with the activity data indicators to determine one or more matching activity data indicators of the activity data indicators that match the user activity data. A likelihood that the task is completed may be determined based on the matching activity data indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Erwin Can Sar, Timothy Youngjin Sohn, Andrew Tomkins, Vijay Umapathy
  • Patent number: 9684317
    Abstract: A thermostat for controlling an HVAC system and related systems, methods, and computer program products for facilitating user-friendly installation of the thermostat are described. For one embodiment, automated installation verification is performed by the thermostat by automatically sensing which wires have been inserted, selecting a candidate HVAC operating function (e.g., heating or cooling) that is consistent with a subset of HVAC signal types indicated by the inserted wires, applying control signals to the HVAC system to invoke that HVAC operating function, and processing a time sequence of acquired temperature readings to determine whether that HVAC operating function was successfully carried out. For one embodiment, the initial automated testing of the heating and cooling functions are only carried out at times for which such heating or cooling function would normally be invoked during normal operation of the thermostat. Automated determination of a heat pump call convention is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Yoky Matsuoka, Matthew Lee Rogers, David Sloo, Michael Plitkins, Rangoli Sharan, Joseph Adam Ruff
  • Patent number: 9684644
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for managing and displaying annotations in online hosted videos. To determine related annotations associated with a video, a plurality of annotations for one or more intervals of the video are collected and organized into a plurality of groups. Each group includes annotations for intervals of the video that are similar to each other. A group having related annotations is identified, and an annotated clip of the video is formed based upon the intervals in the group. This process can be used to determine any number of groups in a given video having related annotations, forming the respective annotated intervals within a single video, and can also identify and organize annotated intervals within a large number of different videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mihai Badoiu, Shanmugavelayutham Muthukrishnan
  • Patent number: 9684645
    Abstract: An ebook is represented as a plurality of ebook pages associated with a plurality of segments. A summary view command is received, the summary view command requesting a particular type of summary view of a plurality of available summary views. One or more ebook pages are identified, for a summary view based in part on the requested type of summary view, and page thumbnails are generated for each of the identified one or more ebook pages. The generated page thumbnails are grouped by segment, using the plurality of segments. A summary view graphical user interface (GUI) is generated for the requested type of summary view using the grouped page thumbnails, the summary view GUI vertically listing one or more segments, of the plurality of segments, and horizontally listing page thumbnails associated with the one or more segments, and the summary view GUI is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Adeline Beavers, Marco Paglia, Nathan Stuart Streu, Chorong Johnston, Brian Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9684656
    Abstract: A method for creating personalized and continuous playlists for a content sharing platform based on user history is disclosed. The method includes grouping content items into groups based on whether users access the content items close together in time and whether the content items appear together in search results and are both selected by the users, the groupings representing a relatedness between pairs of the content items, determining probabilities that the users transition between the groups when viewing the content items, assigning, for a user of the users, a score to each group in a subset of the groups, wherein the scores represents preferences of the user for viewing the content items of the subset, selecting, for the user, a group in the subset based on the assigned scores and the probabilities, and providing a content item from the selected group to include in a playlist generated for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Huazhong Ning
  • Patent number: 9684947
    Abstract: An interactive digital map of a geographic area is provided via a viewport that defines a visible portion of the digital map. The digital map includes a representation of a structure. The viewport is panned relative to the digital map in response to receiving a user request. An indication that indoor map data is available for the structure is displayed in response to determining that the viewport is panning, and the indication is removed in response to determining that the viewport has stopped panning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Zhou Bailiang
  • Patent number: 9684898
    Abstract: Systems and methods can secure personal identification numbers associated with secure elements within mobile devices. A host application of the mobile device can receive a personal identification number (PIN) or user PIN from a user. The application can generate one or more random PIN components. The application can compute a PIN for the secure element based upon the user PIN and each of the one or more random components. The SE can be configured using the PIN computed for the secure element. Each of the one or more random components may be stored in one or more distinct, diverse locations. In addition to entering the correct user PIN, each of the one or more random components must be retrieved from the diverse locations in order to reconstruct the PIN for the secure element whenever performing a transaction using the secure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Ismail Cem Paya, Robert Lieh-Yuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 9684926
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products. A server system receives a request for details regarding a product that a user of a remote computing device selected for purchase from a user interface provided by a third-party application program executable at the remote computing device. The received request specifies the product. The server system uses an indication of the product to identify details that are specific to the product. The server system sends, for receipt by the particular application program, the details. The server system receives, from the particular application program and after sending the details, confirmation to purchase the product, and, in response, sends a charge request to charge the user for the product to a transaction processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Linda K. Nguyen, Jasper S. Lin, Jack Edward Veenstra
  • Patent number: 9684902
    Abstract: A facility for initiating a purchase is described. The facility receives a text sequence captured by a user from a rendered document using a handheld text capture device. The facility identifies in the received text sequence a reference to a distinguished product. In response to identifying the reference, the facility presents to the user an opportunity to place an order for the established product. If the user accepts the presented opportunity to order the distinct product, the facility orders the distinct product on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Patent number: 9684715
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to audio identification using ordinal transformations. A media matching component receives a sample audio file. The sample audio file can include, for example, a cover song. The media matching component includes a vector component that computes a set of vectors using auditory feature values included in the sample audio file. A hashing component employs a hash function to generate a fingerprint, including a set of sub-fingerprints, for the sample audio file using the set of vectors. The fingerprint is invariant to variations including but not limited to variations in key, instrumentation, encoding formats, performers, performance conditions, arrangement, and/or recording and processing variations. An identification component determines if any reference audio files are similar to the sample audio file using the fingerprint and/or sub-fingerprints, and identifies any similar reference audio files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Ross, Jay Yagnik
  • Patent number: 9684929
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing content are disclosed. In one aspect, a set of interaction data specifying one or more types of user interactions with a resource is received for a user. A determination is made, based on the interaction data, that the user is in a first engagement category from at least two different engagement categories. A request for a content item to be provided to the user is received. A content item having a bid specifying an amount that a content item provider is willing to pay for distribution of the content item to a user in the first engagement category is identified. A determination is made, based on the outcome of an auction performed using the bid, that the bid is a winning bid. The content item is provided for presentation in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jody Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9684690
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for information retrieval. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a search query in a search interface; determining that the received search query is a flights-related query; and in response to determining that the search query is a flights-related query and without further user input, providing a flight search interface including a plurality of search dimensions and a plurality of flight search results, each dimension associated with an attribute of flight search and each dimension having an associated value, wherein one or more dimension values correspond to values extracted from the search query, and wherein the plurality of flight search results are filtered according to the dimension values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcin Z. Brodziak, Emmet J. Connolly, Alejandro Diaz, Emmanuel Francois-David Pellereau, Stefan H. Pharies, Jiri Semecky, Petter Wedum
  • Patent number: 9684693
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, relating to on-device query annotating. In some implementations, a search query is received, and a mobile device identifies a reference to a particular entity and a reference to a category based on the query. A model that is stored on the mobile device and stores one or more facts that are associated with one or more entities is accessed. A subset of facts from among the facts that are stored in the model for the particular entity is selected. The search query is annotated based at least on one or more facts of the subset of facts that are stored in the model for the particular entity. The annotated search query is transmitted, from the mobile device to a search engine, for processing. A result of processing the annotated search query is received by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Petrou, Matthew Sharifi
  • Patent number: 9684697
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for receiving a search query from a client device; receiving search result data identifying a first plurality of search result resources and respective initial scores for each of the first plurality of search result resources; identifying a respective group of resources to which each of the search result resources belongs; determining a respective group-based modification factor for each group of resources; and adjusting the initial score for each of the search result resources based at least in part on the group-specific modification factor for the group of resources to which the search result resource belongs to generate a respective second score for each of the search result resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Navneet Panda, Vladimir Ofitserov, Kaihua Zhu
  • Patent number: 9685061
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing spoken messages that reflect event status of one or more hazard detection systems within a smart-home environment are described herein. The messages can inform occupants in concise manner that does not overload cognitive recognition of those occupants. For example, the messages may be prioritized to limit the amount of information that is spoken and intelligently condense information in as concise a manner as possible. This may be accomplished by using one or more speaking paradigms to compile audible messages to be played back through a speaker of the hazard detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Nina F. Shih, Lauren Von Dehsen, David Sloo, Tyler Moore, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Patent number: 9684727
    Abstract: Ranking of geographic information includes receiving information about geographic features, identifying documents based on the information, each document being associated with one of the geographic features, and generating a rank score for each document based on one or more properties of the geographic feature associated with the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Lalitesh Katragadda, Keith Ito, James R. Muller, Ramesh Balakrishnan, James S. Norris
  • Patent number: 9684776
    Abstract: Authenticating users comprises a computing device that receives a manual authentication input of a user and initiates a first user session between the user and the user computing device. The device communicates a request for a first user authorization data from an authentication technology associated with the one or more computing devices and receives the first user authentication data. The user or the device terminates the first user session and subsequently receives an input of the user to initiate a second user session. The device communicates a request for second user authentication data from the authentication technology and compares the first user authentication data and the second user authentication data. The device identifies a match of one or more features of the first user authentication data and one or more features of the second user authentication data and authorizes the user to conduct the second user session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Deepak Chandra
  • Patent number: 9685059
    Abstract: A computing system receives blackbody radiation data from a thermal radiation sensor that is located in a room with a heat source and is directed at the heat source. An operating state of the heat source is determined using the blackbody radiation data. Occupancy data is received for a dwelling that includes the room with the heat source; using this data, an occupancy of the dwelling is determined, including an occupancy for the room. It is determined, using the operating state of the heat source and the occupancy of the dwelling, including the occupancy of the room, whether a heat-source alert condition that includes a first threshold time is met. If so, a heat-source alert is provided. A request of a first type is then received to cancel the heat-source alert. In response, the heat-source alert is canceled and the heat-source alert condition is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Liang-Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 9685140
    Abstract: Systems, methods and articles of manufacture for optimized rendering of multimedia content as described herein. An embodiment includes identifying one or more content layers for display and promoting the multimedia content layer for display over all layers of the one or more content layers, when no content is to be displayed over the multimedia content layer. Another embodiment includes identifying one or more content layers for display and displaying a bitmap representing a multimedia content layer directly on a display device, when no content is to be displayed over the multimedia content layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Wilson, Antoine Labour
  • Patent number: 9685190
    Abstract: A first device captures content and streams the captured content to a second device as the first device continues to capture the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Fishkin, Stephen F. Yegge, Peter M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9685058
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a smoke chamber for a smoke detector are presented. Such a smoke chamber may include a housing, having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion may be through which an electromagnetic sensor and two or more electromagnetic emitters interact with an airspace within the housing. The second portion may have an airflow surface that at least partially defines a curved airflow path between the airspace within the housing and an external environment. The curved airflow path may curve radially outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mathias Schmidt, Adam Mittleman, Anurag Gupta, Mark Kraz, Nicholas Webb
  • Patent number: 9686478
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating high-dynamic range images. In particular, a signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio objective associated with an imaging platform configured to capture one or more images of a region of interest using an image sensor having a first portion and a second portion can be determined. The SNR objective can specify a desired SNR response as a function of a brightness of the region of interest. A first integration time and a second integration time can then be determined based at least in part on the SNR objective. Data indicative of a plurality of image frames can then be obtained. Each image frame is captured by exposing the first portion of the image sensor for the first integration time and exposing the second portion of the image sensor for the second integration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Robertson, Ken James Kryda
  • Patent number: 9686234
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed towards dynamically changing a quality of content being played when a robustness or level of trust is determined to have changed for a computing device, or platform, currently playing at least one stream of the content. An initial level of trust is determined for the computing device, and is used to select a quality of content from the at least one stream of content for play. During play, when a change in the level of trust is detected for the computing device, a different quality of the content may be selected, and replaces the currently playing content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Kimbal Dorwin
  • Patent number: 9686466
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may help to provide methods for sharing and viewing part of an environment of a computing device, such as a head-mountable device (HMD). An example method involves: (a) determining a still photo panorama of an environment, (b) receiving a video stream of a first portion of the environment from a video camera on a sharing device, (c) determining a registration data stream, where the registration data stream indicates a location and an orientation of the video stream within the still photo panorama of the environment; and (d) transmitting the video stream and the registration data stream to one or more viewing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Nathan Billinghurst, Matthew David Tate
  • Patent number: 9686083
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating or validating compact certificates include receiving a first format of the certificate. Moreover, obtain a signature for the certificate in the first format. For each field of the certificate decode the field to obtain a value for the field from the first format and encoding the value for the field into a second format. Decoding and encoding for each field is done incrementally in the same order of the fields as the first format. In other words, a next field is not decoded from the first format until the field is encoded in the second format. Furthermore, a security envelope is encoded using the signature in the first format and the fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jay D. Logue
  • Patent number: 9686145
    Abstract: A mufti-source client-host system that maintains a uniform look & feel user interface, including a host device including a central processing unit, a storage memory for storing look & feel parameters for a graphical user interface, the graphical user interface employing a plurality of graphic images for user interaction, and a display for displaying the graphic images employed by the graphical user interface, a client device that can be attached to and detached from the host device, including a central processing unit, and a configuration program for generating at least one of the graphic images employed by the graphical user interface, the at least one of the graphic images conforming to the look & feel parameters, and a communication channel between the host transceiver and the client transceiver, for data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Itay Sherman, Eyal Bychkov, Yaron Segalov, Uriel R. Brison
  • Patent number: 9686537
    Abstract: A plurality of images of a scene may be obtained. These images may have been captured by an image sensor, and may include a first image and a second image. A particular gain may have been applied to the first image. An effective color temperature and a brightness of a first pixel in the first image may be determined, and a mapping between pixel characteristics and noise deviation of the image sensor may be selected. The pixel characteristics may include pixel brightness. The selected mapping may be used to map at least the brightness of the first pixel to a particular noise deviation. The brightness of the first pixel and the particular noise deviation may be compared to a brightness of a second pixel of the second image. The comparison may be used to determine whether to merge the first pixel and the second pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Geiss, Changyin Zhou, Samuel William Hasinoff
  • Patent number: 9686396
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling multimedia presentation characteristics among a plurality of devices are disclosed. An electronic device (100) is capable of communication (109) with a peripheral device (102) to play back content (107) on the peripheral device (102). The content (107) has an associated a multimedia presentation characteristic signal, for example an audio signal (108). When the electronic device (101) receives a user input request to adjust a system volume, the device is configured to adjust either the associated audio signal or an output volume level of the peripheral device (102). Once this adjustment reaches a threshold, the device is configured to adjust the other of the associated audio signal or the output volume level of the peripheral device (102). The decision of which control to adjust first and which to adjust second can be user defined. The process can be repeated when more than two devices are included in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Yu-Ling Fu, Qiu-Ling Li
  • Patent number: 9686322
    Abstract: A container application is a native application that provides a web based application with access a computer's system resources and windowing system. If a container application is associated with a window, then the web based application can alter or control many, or all, aspects of the container application's content area and meta user interfaces (Uis). Web based applications are downloaded from application servers and run inside container applications. A container application can run a web based application as a service. Services made from web based applications running in container applications are almost indistinguishable from operating system services when there is no associated window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Tal Dayan
  • Patent number: 9686586
    Abstract: A method for audio matching may include sending a request to an external server to deliver a plurality of main media segments to the media device, receiving a first main media segment, and playing the received first main media segment. The method may further include determining audio parameters of the first main media segment, determining audio parameters of a first interstitial media segment to be served in proximity to the first main media segment, determining when the audio parameters of the first interstitial media segment are to be adjusted to match the audio parameters of the first main media segment, adjusting the audio parameters of the first interstitial media segment, and playing the first main video followed by the first interstitial media segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Alan Kosslyn
  • Patent number: 9684446
    Abstract: In one example, a device includes at least one processor and at least one module operable by the at least one processor to output, for display, a graphical user interface including a graphical keyboard and one or more text suggestion regions, and select, based at least in part on an indication of gesture input, at least one key of the graphical keyboard. The at least one module is further operable by the at least one processor to determine a plurality of candidate character strings, determine past interaction data that comprises a representation of a past user input corresponding to at least one candidate character string while the at least one candidate character string was previously displayed in at least one of the one or more text suggestion regions, and output the at least one candidate character string for display in one of the one or more text suggestion regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Shumin Zhai, Philip Quinn
  • Patent number: 9684432
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adding and displaying interactive annotations for existing online hosted videos. A graphical annotation interface allows the creation of annotations and association of the annotations with a video. Annotations may be of different types and have different functionality, such as altering the appearance and/or behavior of an existing video, e.g. by supplementing it with text, allowing linking to other videos or web pages, or pausing playback of the video. Authentication of a user desiring to perform annotation of a video may be performed in various manners, such as by checking a uniform resource locator (URL) against an existing list, checking a user identifier against an access list, and the like. As a result of authentication, a user is accorded the appropriate annotation abilities, such as full annotation, no annotation, or annotation restricted to a particular temporal or spatial portion of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Fink, Ryan Junee, Sigalit Bar, Aviad Barzilai, Isaac Elias, Julian Frumar, Herbert Ho, Nir Kerem, Simon Ratner, Jasson Arthur Schrock, Ran Tavory, Virginia Wang, Leora Wiseman, Shanmugavelayutham Muthukrishnan, Mihai Badoiu, Ankur Bhargava, Igor Kofman
  • Patent number: 9686643
    Abstract: An example method for providing motion detection via a Bluetooth low energy scan is disclosed. In particular, the method includes performing a scan via a Bluetooth unit of a computing device. Further, the method includes receiving one or more advertisement packets via the Bluetooth unit in response to the performed scan. The one or more advertisement packets may be associated with a respective Bluetooth device. Yet further, the method includes determining if a location of the Bluetooth unit has changed based on received one or more advertisement packets. The determining includes comparing the received one or more advertisement packets with a set of one or more reference advertisement packets. In addition, the method includes enabling an application processing unit in response to determining the Bluetooth unit has changed location. The application processing unit may be configured to determine the location of the Bluetooth unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Prerepa V. Viswanadham
  • Patent number: 9684676
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a computer-implemented method and apparatus for searching in response to Internet-based search queries using a search engine and an electronic database. According to one example embodiment of the present invention, data sets representing printed items from publications respectively printed by a plurality of respective publishers are input, e.g., scanned-in, and stored in a searchable database. Each data set includes text from at least one printed item. Responsive to the search query, a search engine searches for and identifies relevant web pages and data sets representing printed items from publications and, in a more specific embodiment, ranked characterizations are returned for the relevant web pages and publication items. Another aspect of the present invention is directed to an electronic path for accessing further information about a relevant publication item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Page
  • Patent number: D789976
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Zachary Gibson, Bethany Fong, Jonathan Lee, Helene Park, Andy Gugel