Patents Assigned to Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
  • Patent number: 10234545
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides apparatus for providing light pulses comprising a light source electrically connected to a low inductance configuration of electrodes for electrically connecting the light source to a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Avner Sander, Giora Yahav, Asaf Pellman, Shlomo Felzenshtein, Eli Larry, David Mandelboum
  • Patent number: 10232255
    Abstract: A paddle accessory includes a blade, a sensor-activation feature extending from the blade, and a mounting interface spaced apart from the sensor-activation feature. The blade is sized and shaped for manual manipulation by a finger. The mounting interface is configured to selectively mate with a pivot of a game controller to removably affix the paddle accessory to the game controller. The paddle accessory is configured to rotate relative to the pivot to translate a touch force applied to the blade into an actuation force applied by the sensor-activation feature to a paddle-actuatable sensor interior an aperture of the game controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 10232258
    Abstract: A method for fusing game control inputs includes, on a computing device, receiving a first game control input from a first input device having a first housing and receiving a second game control input from a second input device having a second housing. The first game and second game control inputs are fused into a fused game control input mimicking a game control input from a single input device having a single housing. The fused game control input is provided to a video game application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Evelyn Thomas, Glenn Lavigne, Rudy Opavsky, Hamze Kalache, Ali Aqel, Nicholas Freda, Susanne Lynette Schell, Melissa Natasha Alleyne, Richard Sauer
  • Patent number: 10232254
    Abstract: A game controller includes a grip, one or more finger-actuatable controls on the grip, and a rim located on the grip. The rim defines an aperture. The game controller further includes a paddle-actuatable sensor accessible through the aperture and a pivot spaced apart from the aperture. The pivot is configured to removably affix a selected paddle accessory to the game controller and to translate a touch applied to the selected paddle accessory outside of the aperture to an actuation of the paddle-actuatable sensor inside the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 10235158
    Abstract: Variety of approaches to optimize a feature deployment based on an usage pattern are described. A hosted service initiates operations to optimize the feature deployment upon detecting a feature update associated with an application. Next, a target audience for the feature update is identified by processing an usage pattern signal of the application based on information update and an organizational rule associated with the feature update. The feature update is deployed to the target audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Bershansky, Anil Mehra, Sanjay Garg, Christian D. Molnar
  • Patent number: 10234835
    Abstract: This document relates to management of computing devices using modulated electricity. One example includes assigning a set of time slices to a computing device for drawing electricity and subsequently causing the computing device to adjust consumption of the electricity by assigning a different set of time slices to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jie Liu, Brian Janous, Gregory Joseph McKnight, Sean James, Ricardo Bianchini
  • Patent number: 10234941
    Abstract: A wearable sensor for tracking articulated body parts is described such as a wrist-worn device which enables 3D tracking of fingers and optionally also the arm and hand without the need to wear a glove or markers on the hand. In an embodiment a camera captures images of an articulated part of a body of a wearer of the device and an articulated model of the body part is tracked in real time to enable gesture-based control of a separate computing device such as a smart phone, laptop computer or other computing device. In examples the device has a structured illumination source and a diffuse illumination source for illuminating the articulated body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Kim, Shahram Izadi, Otmar Hilliges, David Alexander Butler, Stephen Hodges, Patrick Luke Olivier, Jiawen Chen, Iason Oikonomidis
  • Patent number: 10234561
    Abstract: A method for facilitating removal of specular reflection noise from light data can include illuminating, using an illumination unit, a target with a light source. The illumination unit is configured to project light with a spatial light pattern onto the target. The method can also include acquiring, with a sensor unit, light data that is reflected from the target. The light data may comprise a directly reflected spatial light pattern and a specular reflected spatial light pattern. The directly reflected spatial light pattern and the specular reflected spatial light pattern comprise at least one spatial distinction that distinguishes the directly reflected spatial light pattern from the specular reflected spatial light pattern. The method can further comprise processing the light data to distinguish the directly reflected spatial light pattern from the specular reflected spatial light pattern based upon the at least one spatial distinction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Peter Godbaz, Cyrus S. Bamji, Mirko Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10237566
    Abstract: A GPU loads point sprites that represent coded blocks of transform coefficients of one or more frames encoded in a bitstream and loads a transform kernel as a transform kernel texture. The GPU constructs an output frame using an inverse transform on the coded blocks of transform coefficients by transforming the point sprites with the transform kernel texture and by optionally dequantizing the point sprites. A single render pass may be used in which the rasterization formula performs the inverse transform and optionally dequantization. To preserve bandwidth, a CPU may refrain from sending the GPU at least some zero valued transform coefficients for the point sprites. Also, to reduce processing, the transform coefficients can remain in a zig-zag arrangement. The transform kernel texture used in the decoding can correspond to a modified version of the basis matrices used to encode the frame, which compensates for the zig-zag arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Lihua Zhu, Guosheng Sun, B Anil Kumar, Shir Aharon
  • Patent number: 10234965
    Abstract: A touch-sensing system is disclosed. The system includes a display device including a touch sensor having a plurality of electrodes, and drive logic coupled to the plurality of electrodes and configured to drive the plurality of electrodes during a plurality of touch-sensing frames, each of which includes a stylus sync sub-frame during which the drive logic drives at least some of the plurality of electrodes, referred to for that stylus sync sub-frame as sync-driven electrodes, with synchronization waveforms that are communicated electrostatically to cause synchronization of the display device with an active stylus. For each of the stylus sync sub-frames, the drive logic may be configured to differentially drive the sync-driven electrodes of such stylus sync sub-frame, such that a first synchronization waveform used to drive one of the sync-driven electrodes is different than a second synchronization waveform used to drive another of the sync-driven electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Tianzhu Qiao
  • Patent number: 10235273
    Abstract: Creating key frames during indexing of a trace for responsive trace replay. A method includes identifying responsiveness goal(s) for trace replay, including identifying a target trace section replay time. A portion of execution of executable entit(ies) is replayed based on trace data stream(s). While replaying execution of the executable entit(ies), and based on the identified target trace section replay time, points of interest in execution of the executable entit(ies) are identified. At least one key frame is created for each of the identified plurality of points of interest. Each key frame enables replay of at least one of the one or more executable entities beginning at the key frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jordi Mola, Juan Carlos Arevalo Baeza
  • Patent number: 10234686
    Abstract: In a near-eye optical display system comprising a waveguide and diffractive optical elements (DOEs) configured for in-coupling, exit pupil expansion, and out-coupling, a rainbow phenomenon manifested in the display may be removed or reduced using a polarizing filter at the front of the system so that real-world/stray light entering the system has a particular polarization state, for example TM-polarized. The polarizing filter is utilized in conjunction with a downstream out-coupling DOE that includes diffractive grating structures that are configured to enable sensitivity to an opposite polarization state, for example TE-polarized. An imager is configured to produce virtual-world images that also have a TE-polarized state. The polarization-sensitive out-coupling DOE diffracts the TE-polarized imaging beam out of the grating for display while the TM-polarized light from the real world and/or stray light passes through the grating without diffraction and thus cannot contribute to rainbows in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Tuomas Vallius
  • Patent number: 10234981
    Abstract: The display of a scrollable list of items is described. In one disclosed embodiment, a list of items may be displayed on a scrollable computing device display in such a manner that, upon receiving an input requesting movement of a select indicator to a different list item, the select indicator is moved on the display toward the different list item and the list is scrolled on the display in an opposing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Brinda, Robert C. J. Pengelly
  • Patent number: 10234966
    Abstract: An active stylus includes a body, an electrical connector operatively coupled to the body, wired connection circuitry contained within the body and electrically coupled to the electrical connector, and electrostatic circuitry contained within the body and electrically coupled to the electrical connector. The electrical connector is configured to electrically couple the active stylus with a device via a wired connection. The wired connection circuitry is configured to hold at least a portion of the electrical connector at ground when the active stylus is operating in a wired connection mode. The electrostatic circuitry is configured to transmit, via the electrical connector, one or more excitation waveforms when the active stylus is operating in an electrostatic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Westhues, Steven N. Bathiche, Denis V. Varlamov
  • Patent number: 10234992
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a memory in which input instructions, force level assessment instructions, and output instructions are stored, and further includes a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured through execution of the input instructions to obtain measurement data for a user interaction with a force-sensitive touch sensor, the measurement data being indicative of position information for the user interaction, amplitude information for the user interaction, and size information for the user interaction. The processor is further configured through execution of the force level assessment instructions to apply force level calibration data to the amplitude information and the size information in a force level assessment of the user interaction, the force level calibration data varying with user interaction size. The processor is further configured through execution of the output instructions to provide an output in accordance with the force level assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Flavio Protasio Ribeiro
  • Patent number: 10234919
    Abstract: Accessory-based power distribution techniques are described. In one or more implementations, power available from a power system of a computing device is intelligently and adaptively distributed between device systems and accessories in accordance with a current usage scenario. To do so, a power manager operates to collect information regarding the current usage scenario, including system state information and a power draw level for accessory devices. Power available from the power system is then divided between the device systems and accessories in dependence upon the usage scenario, such as by establishing and applying power limits dynamically based on the usage scenario. For instance, as system power level for device subsystems may be reduced to provide more power for accessories in some scenarios. Likewise, power for accessories may be limited to enable a high performance mode for device operations in scenarios in which the system is operating near applied limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory M. Daly
  • Patent number: 10234996
    Abstract: A sensor includes a sensor layer patterned with conductive elements spread across the sensor layer and a resilient layer proximate to the sensor layer. The conductive elements are electrically isolated from one another. The sensor layer is configured for capacitive based sensing and to detect local compressions based on pressure applied to the resilient layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Eliyahu Barel
  • Patent number: 10234935
    Abstract: In various embodiments, computerized methods and systems for mediating interaction methodologies with virtual objects rendered in an immersive environment are provided. An intended target is identified from one or more virtual objects rendered in an at least partially-virtual environment. A relative proximity of the intended target to the user, or an extension of the user, is determined. An interaction methodology is selected for interaction with the intended target based on the determined relative proximity to the intended target, among other things. An indication of the selected interaction methodology is then provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Julia Schwarz, James Tichenor, Yasaman Sheri, David J. Calabrese, Bharat Ahluwalia, Robert Pengelly
  • Patent number: 10235017
    Abstract: An integrated media user interface is described. In an implementation, a user interface is output that includes a plurality of representations of media, each of the media rendered by the mobile device through execution of a respective one of a plurality of applications. Responsive to selection of at least one of the representations, a corresponding application is located to render the media represented by the at least one said representation. The media represented by the selected representation is rendered through execution of the located application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kerri I. H. Sheldon, Timothy J. Scudder, Veronica Y. Law, Marc S. Doll, Jonathan D. Wiswall, Megan L. Tedesco, Sergey Chub, Eric J. Hull
  • Patent number: 10235200
    Abstract: Application management is facilitated by observing messages communicated amongst virtual applications external to application-hosting virtual machines. In one instance, the messages can be observed from within a virtual switch outside hosting virtual machines. One or more actions can subsequently be performed as a function of the messages such as but not limited to application monitoring as well as message routing, filtering, and/or transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ashvin Sanghvi, Liarie Letca, Alexandre Coelho