Patents Represented by Attorney Edward W. Goodman
  • Patent number: 7980496
    Abstract: A method for detecting an amount of grains within a container of a rotating grinding member is described, said method comprising the steps of: supplying (FORP1) a first driving torque to the rotating grinding member during a first interval (T1) of a grinding cycle (CM); —having (CTM1OO) a first value indicative of a period of rotation of said member at the first driving torque; supplying (RP2) the rotating grinding member, during a second interval (T2) of said cycle, with a second driving torque lower than the first driving torque; —measuring (CTM50) a second value indicative of the relative period of rotation of said member at the second driving torque, processing (CDTR, CNFR) the first and second values in order to generate information (ALR) indicative of the amount of grains being within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Fabio Bolognesi, Massimiliano Milardi, Riccardo Ziani
  • Patent number: 7965769
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of decoding audiovisual data allowing to process, on the basis of an improved syntactic language, distincts elements of a scene as objects for which individual animations, particular interactions user/elements, and specific relations between said elements and the defined animations and/or interactions can be provided, said description being organized in a hierarchical tree also comprising transversal connections provided both for embedding bidimensional and/or tridimensional objects in each other and optionally controlling the rendering of scenes from various view points, while maintaining a control of all related actions both in the embedded objects and/or scenes and in the original ones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Raoul Mallart, Julien Signes
  • Patent number: 7961196
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rendering image data on a 3D display is disclosed. A first image signal is received and then at least one colour component of the first image signal is rendered in reduced spatial resolution to produce a second image signal. The second image signal is spatial filtered wherein spatial errors and view errors are balanced when reconstructing a full resolution signal for the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Abraham Karel Riemens, Robert-Paul Mario Berretty
  • Patent number: 7958207
    Abstract: Method of installing software for enabling a connection of a phone to an interconnected network A method of installing a software on a computer using an operating system in order to enable a connection of a phone to an interconnected network, said method comprising the steps of: reading (303) audio input and audio output keys in operating system registers, said keys indicating devices which will be used for recording and playback, respectively, checking (304) if audio input and audio output key contents match with the phone, if yes, asking (305) end user to unplug the phone and returning to the reading step, if no, saving (306) audio input and audio output keys in a buffer, inviting (307) end user to plug in his phone to the computer, —installing (308) the software, writing (310) the saved audio input and audio output keys in the operating system register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Denis Augeray
  • Patent number: 7957542
    Abstract: The adaptive beamformer unit (191) comprises: a filtered sum beamformer (107) arranged to process input audio signals (u 1, u2) from an array of respective microphones (101, 103), and arranged to yield as an output a first audio signal (z) predominantly corresponding to sound from a desired audio source (160) by filtering with a first adaptive filter (f1(-t)) a first one of the input audio signals (u1) and with a second adaptive filter (f2(-t)) a second one of the input audio signals (u2), the coefficients of the first filter (f1(-t)) and the second filter (f2(-t)) being adaptable with a first step size (a1) and a second step size ((x2) respectively; noise measure derivation means (111) arranged to derive from the input audio signals (u1, u2) a first noise measure (x1) and a second noise measure (x2); and an updating unit (192) arranged to determine the first and second step size (a1, (x2) with an equation comprising in a denominator the first noise measure (x1) for the first step size (a1), respectively the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Bahaa Eddine Sarrukh, Cornelis Pieter Janse
  • Patent number: 7956877
    Abstract: A method of converting a three primary color input signal into a four primary color drive signal, includes defining three functions representing the first, second, and third drive signals as a function of the fourth drive signal, determining the intersection values of the fourth drive signal at a set of intersections of the three functions mutually, and of the three functions and a line defined by the fourth drive signal being equal to itself, determining boundary values of a valid range of the fourth drive signal in which all drive signals have valid values, determining calculated values of the first, second and third drive signals at the intersection values and the boundary values, calculating the maximum value (Vmax) or minimum value (Vmin) of the calculated values at the intersection, and selecting the intersection value at which the maximum value or minimum value is minimum or maximum, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Oleg Belik, Gerben Johan Hekstra, Nalliah Raman
  • Patent number: 7958542
    Abstract: For the transmission of an MBMS content to a plurality of user equipment units, the use of a p2m channel may only be beneficial if the number of joined user equipment units exceeds a threshold. However, counting is made difficult due to the fact that idle mode UE, also a non joined UE, may reply to the notification, and hence pretend a higher number of UEs which are ready and able to receive the MBMS content. According to the present invention, when joining the MBMS service, a number which is only known to the user equipment unit, as well as to those RNCs which will deliver the MBMS service for which the UE has joined, is provided to the UE. Whenever the UE replies to a service notification, it uses this number. The RNC determines a corresponding number and in case the number received from the UE matches the number determined by the RNC, the UE is counted. Advantageously, an integrity protection may be provided for the notification reply for joined UEs which are still in the idle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Christoph Herrmann
  • Patent number: 7953156
    Abstract: There is provided an image encoding system (300, 400) including an encoder (300) for receiving input image data and generating corresponding encoded image output data. The encoder includes image processing features (310, 320, 330, 360) for processing said input image data to generate for each input image therein a plurality of corresponding image layers including at least one basic layer BLOP and at least one enhancement layer ELOP. Moreover, the encoder (300) further includes encoding features (350) for receiving said image layers and generating therefrom the encoded image output data. The encoding features further comprising block selecting features (340) for selecting one or more sub-regions of said at least one enhancement layer and modelling said one or more sub-regions for representation thereof in the image output data by way of descriptive model parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Dzevdet Burazerovic, Wilhelmus Hendrikus Bruls, Stijn Waele
  • Patent number: 7952063
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of devices, the method including the steps of aiming a pointing device having a camera at an object representing a property of the device to be controlled and manipulating a control input on the pointing device to specify a degree of change for the property. The method further includes the steps of generating an image of a target area aimed at by the pointing device, interpreting the target area image to identify the chosen object, deducing the property of the device to be controlled based on the chosen object, and generating a control signal for the device to be controlled according to the degree of change for the deduced property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Jochen Peters
  • Patent number: 7953033
    Abstract: First and second data is transmitted simultaneously by modulating a first set of signal constellation points, corresponding to the first data, with second data thereby creating a second set of constellation points. The second set of constellation points comprises two subsets corresponding to two values of the first data. The constellation points are selected such that the minimum distance between the first and second subsets is not less than the minimum distance between the constellation points of the first set of constellation points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Matthew P. J. Baker, Timothy J. Moulsley, Olivier J-M. Hus, Paul Bucknell, Christoph Herrmann
  • Patent number: 7945635
    Abstract: An Internet receiving arrangement, such as an Internet radio, is connected to the Internet and stores internet addresses of information servers which provide information data. The internet receiving arrangement has a quality test device for testing whether the received information data have a satisfactory quality. If the quality value of the received information data detected by the quality detector is below a quality threshold value, then the internet addresses stored in the internet receiving arrangement are updated with internet addresses of the information servers which are stored in an address server connected to the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Adolf Proidl
  • Patent number: 7936973
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of detecting a boundary of a content item in a digital video stream. The method comprises the steps of determining (130) an average bit rate of the video stream over a period of time, and detecting (140) a change of the average bit rate indicating the boundary of the content item. A moving average of the bit rate may be determined. The method can be used for an encrypted digital video stream. The invention also relates to a device for detecting a boundary of a content item in a digital video stream. The invention further relates to a receiver for receiving at least one content item in a digital broadcast video stream, and a video recorder for recording at least one TV program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Mauro Barbieri
  • Patent number: 7937725
    Abstract: An electronic programming guide (EPG) system employing a preference engine and processing system that combines explicit rule profile, history profile, and feedback profile data to generate new predictions. Television shows are presumed to be indexed by many features. These features are extracted and counted for TV shows watched (implicit profile), and for TV shows rated by the viewer (feedback profile). These profiles are straightforward to combine with suitably greater weight being given to the feedback information. In addition, explicit profiles can make recommendations that stand alone or may be used to modify recommendations arising from either of the two sources. The modifications may take the form of additive or multiplicative changes to the existing recommendations or some other suitable mathematical form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: J. David Schaffer, Kwok Pun Lee, Srinivas Gutta
  • Patent number: 7934155
    Abstract: A method is used to reduce a size of an electronic collection of media elements (41, 43, 45). The method includes the steps of assigning a weight to each media element (41, 43, 45) in the collection and reducing size of the media elements (41, 43, 45) in dependency of a desired overall collection size reduction and the weight assigned to each media element (41, 43, 45). An electronic device includes logic circuitry operative to perform the method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Alon Benari, Yaniv Axen, Eran Vered
  • Patent number: 7933176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a corresponding method for determining write strategy parameters for recording data on an optical record carrier (100) and to an apparatus and a corresponding method for determining read parameters for reading data from an optical record carrier (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Tony Petrus Van Endert, Erno Fancsali
  • Patent number: 7934233
    Abstract: A method for providing complementary information 226 for a video program is provided that includes receiving complementary information 226 for a video program. A query is received from a consumer. The query is related to a specified portion of the complementary information 226. A query response is provided to the consumer based on the specified portion of the complementary information 226.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: John Zimmerman, Nevenka Dimitrova, Dongge Li, Johanna Maria Bont, Andreas Henricus Elisabeth Lamers, Angel Janevski, Lira Nikolovska
  • Patent number: 7420902
    Abstract: A device for recording digitally encoded video information records video segments and playback information for controlling the playback of the segments. The device has an error detection unit (32) for detecting recording errors, and a bridging unit for creating a bridge segment in the event of a detected recording error. The bridge segment (360,460) replaces the recorded video between an exit point in a segment before the detected recording error and an entry point in a segment after the recording error. The bridge segment (360,460) is recorded in a location in the track different from a location of the detected recording error. Further bridging playback information is recorded for controlling in playback mode to reproduce the encoded video up to the exit point via the bridge segment and continuing at the entry point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Johannis Friso Rendert Blacquiere
  • Patent number: 7194617
    Abstract: A method for authorizing the rendering of a digital recording. A first section and a last section of a track is first identified. A watermark is then decoded from the first and last sections of the track. It is then determined if at least one reserved bit is marked in the watermark in each of the first and last sections of the track. If so, it is determined if the sequence IDs of sections interposed between the first and last sections of the track are in sequential order. If both conditions are met, the rendering is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: André Weimerskirch
  • Patent number: 7155021
    Abstract: A panel-shaped loudspeaker comprising a panel (1) having a first main surface (1A) and a second main surface (1B) parallel to the first main surface and further comprising an exciter (3) positioned at the first main surface. When the exciter is energized the panel is capable of sustaining bending waves and has a distribution of resonant modes of its natural bending wave vibration, which results in an acoustic radiation. The loudspeaker has a tuning element (17) extending near the second main surface of the panel and positioned opposite the exciter so as to form a resonant cavity (18) between the panel and the exciter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: David Magda Eddy Corynen
  • Patent number: D558762
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Swarovski Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stephen Robert Heath, Aurélie Jouan