Patents Assigned to Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
  • Patent number: 10674159
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology generally relate to encoding techniques. More specifically, some embodiments relate to encoding techniques for screen data. Intra block copy (IntraBC) using motion compensation within a frame (not between frames) is very useful for encoding data captured from screen. Unfortunately, this tool is not included in most of video coding standards, including the base version of HEVC (i.e., H.265). Various embodiments of the present technology utilize encoding techniques to simulate IntraBC with compliant syntax. For example, embodiments divide a high-resolution frame into smaller areas and then encode these areas independently as if these smaller areas were independent frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: You Zhou, Chih-Lung Lin, Ming Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 10674142
    Abstract: Sensor fusion is utilized in an electronic device such as a head mounted display (HMD) device that has a sensor package equipped with different sensors so that information that is supplemental to captured 2D images of objects or scenes in a real world environment may be utilized to determine an optimized transform of image stereo-pairs and to discard erroneous data that would otherwise prevent successful scans used for construction of a 3D model in, for example, virtual world applications. Such supplemental information can include one or more of world location, world rotation, image data from an extended field of view (FOV), or depth map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Scavezze, Arthur Tomlin, Rui Cai, Zhiwei Li
  • Patent number: 10674647
    Abstract: The description relates to devices, such as computing devices that can include structural assemblies. One example can include a structural component defining a periphery of the structural assembly and an internal region of the structural assembly. The example can also include a sacrificial component positioned in the internal region and secured to the structural component by a breakaway connector that defines a first void and an opposing second void that is at least partially offset from the first void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zhicong Yao, Guang Lei Wang, Tianyu Zhao
  • Patent number: 10673965
    Abstract: A system and method of adjusting an affinity score between an entity pair in a social network is disclosed. The method may include determining, with a processor, whether a first member of the entity pair is a heavy user member. The method further includes if the first member is the heavy user member, determining, with the processor, an affinity adjustment factor between the first member and the second member, and adjusting, with the processor, the affinity score between the first member and the second member of the entity pair in accordance with the adjustment factor to determine an adjusted affinity score. The method may include determining, with the processor, whether a number of interactions on content items indicates that the first member is the heavy user member. The second member is associated with a content item that is being considered for display to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail Obukhov, Qi He, Bee-Chung Chen, Deepak Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10674260
    Abstract: Systems and methods can be implemented to include a speaker system with microphone room calibration in a variety of applications. The speaker system can be implemented as a smart speaker. The speaker system can include a microphone array having multiple microphones, one or more optical sensors, one or more processors, and a storage device comprising instructions. The one or more optical sensors can be used to determine distances of one or more surfaces to the speaker system. Based on the determined distances, an algorithm to manage beamforming of an incoming voice signal to the speaker system can be adjusted or selected one or more microphones of the microphone array can be turned off, with an adjustment of an evaluation of the voice signal to the microphone array to account for the one or more microphones turned off. Additional systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Mahdi Tanabian, Timothy Allen Jakoboski
  • Patent number: 10673969
    Abstract: A scalable data feed system is disclosed. The data feed system may be offered as a cloud service that can serve many enterprises or tenants that require data to be pulled from information sources such as FTP, POP3, databases, line of business systems, a topic subscription, or an RSS feed, and pushed the data to information sinks, such as SMTP, email, FTP, mobile phones, and other devices and services. A pull agent pumps data from pull sources and pushes the data out to push agent counterparts. The push agent transforms and sends the data in messages to push sink, such as FTP, SMTP, or a mobile device. Both the pull agent and the push agent services are implemented as replicated services over a structured overlay network for high availability that can serve multiple requests to pump out data from multiple pull sources and push the data to multiple information sinks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anand Bheemarajaiah, Manas Garg, Sandeep Prabhu, Krishnan Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10669558
    Abstract: Information is stored in existing DNA through an iterative process of creating a break in dsDNA and adding new DNA by repairing the break with a homologous repair template. The order and sequence of DNA sequences added to the breaks in the dsDNA can encode binary data. By using a context-dependent encoding scheme, three unique homologous repair templates can encode an unbounded number of bits. When the existing DNA is in a cell, the changes are heritably passed to subsequent generations of the cell. Synthesis of the homologous repair templates may be under the control of a promoter and operator. Intra- or extra-cellular signals may regulate the synthesis of homologous repair templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Kris K. Ganjam
  • Patent number: 10670937
    Abstract: A see-through dimming panel includes first and second transparent substrate layers and suspended-particle-device (SPD) layer therebetween. A first transparent conductor layer is between the first transparent substrate layer and the SPD layer, and a second transparent conductor layer is between the second transparent substrate layer and the SPD layer. A first electrode is electrically coupled to the first transparent conductor layer. Second and third electrodes are electrically coupled to opposite ends of the second transparent conductor layer. An electric potential difference applied between the first and second electrodes controls a transmittance level of the SPD layer. An electric potential difference applied between the second and third electrodes, which results in a transverse electric field, controls a speed at which the transmittance level of the SPD layer decreases when the electric potential difference applied between the first and second electrodes controls is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Alton, Nathan Ackerman
  • Patent number: 10673989
    Abstract: This document relates to protocol translation for remote control of various devices. One example is a technique that includes identifying a controlled device that has a controlled device communication protocol for controlling the controlled device. The technique also includes obtaining translation data that conveys translations of commands from another protocol into the controlled device protocol. The technique also includes configuring a delay for transmitting the translated commands, and performing translation between the another protocol and the controlled device protocol using the translation data and the configured delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Garrett Blankenburg, Michael Duggan, Andres Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10674344
    Abstract: Techniques for emergency calling are described. In one or more implementations, data corresponding to an emergency call is received over a network from a communication client implemented al a client device. A registered location of the communication client and an updated location of the client device is obtained, and the updated location of the client device is compared to the registered location of the communication client. If the updated location is different than the registered location, the data of the emergency call is routed along with the updated location to a public-safety answering point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Aref Hassan, Russell Andrew Penar, David Michael Halley
  • Patent number: 10673970
    Abstract: Personalized notifications are provided to a user. The notifications correspond to events, which can include information items, unaddressed or unnoticed by a user. The unaddressed events may be determined based on sensor data provided by a user device associated with the user including user activity pattern information. Further, an urgency level of the unaddressed event and user availability for responding to the event may be determined. The availably may comprise a model with score(s) corresponding to the user's capability for carrying out tasks associated with addressing the event. Additionally, notification content may be generated based on information about availability and the unaddressed event, and used to provide notification(s). The notification content may include a recommendation to present a notification to the user at a time determined likely to be convenient for the user to be notified of the event or where the user likely has capacity to address the event appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Dikla Dotan-Cohen, Assaf Avihoo, Ido Priness, Haim Somech
  • Patent number: 10674305
    Abstract: The disclosed technology provides multi-dimensional audio output by providing a relative physical location of an audio transmitting device relative to an audio outputting device in a shared map of physical space shared between the audio transmitting device and the audio outputting device. An orientation of the audio outputting device relative to the audio transmitting device is determined and an audio signal received from the audio transmitting device via a communication network is processed using the determined orientation of the audio outputting device relative to the audio transmitting device and the relative physical location of the audio transmitting device to create an augmented audio signal. The augmented audio signal is output through at least one audio output on the audio outputting device in a manner indicating a relative physical direction of the audio transmitting device to the audio outputting device in the shared map of the physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kendall Clark York, Jeffrey Sipko, Aaron Krauss, Andrew F. Muehlhausen, Adolfo Hernandez Santisteban, Arthur C. Tomlin
  • Patent number: 10671190
    Abstract: A stylus pen is disclosed that can detect touch signals from a digitizer and dynamically determine which digitizer (e.g., make/model) generated the touch signals. The stylus pen can then switch to one of a plurality of candidate protocols, without interaction from the user, so as to communicate with the digitizer. The digitizer need not explicitly communicate what protocol it supports to the stylus pen. Rather, the stylus pen analyzes the digitizer waveforms and compares the waveforms to known signatures to determine which digitizer is being used. The stylus pen can then dynamically set a protocol used to communicate with the digitizer that matches the protocol expected by the digitizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Flavio Protasio Ribeiro, Steven Bathiche, Woo Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 10674295
    Abstract: An improved method and system for varying an amount of mechanical coupling in a speakerphone is disclosed. Solutions and implementations provided vary the amount of mechanical coupling between one or more speakers and one or more microphones of the speakerphone to generate high-quality sounds. Implementations include receiving a signal for a first speaker, transforming the signal to send to a second speaker or actuator to generate either complementary or opposing vibration forces to those generated by the first speaker, and an accelerometer to measure the amount of vibration caused by the speaker and adjust the transformation applied to the signal to increase or decrease the amount of mechanical coupling, as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Antti Pekka Kelloniemi, Ross Garrett Cutler, Sailaja Malladi, Tommi Antero Raussi
  • Patent number: 10673797
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for defining a message behavior profile for a sender, which may be used to categorize messages from the sender. A message behavior profile may be defined based upon, for example, message distribution behavior of the sender (e.g., volume, frequency, variance in content amongst messages sent to recipients, etc.); recipient interactions with messages from the sender (e.g., message read rates, message response rates, etc.); unsubscription options comprised within messages from the sender; and/or other factors. In this way, the message behavior profile and/or features extracted from a message may be used to categorize a message from the sender (e.g., newsletter, commercial advertisements, alert, social network etc.). Categorized messages may be organized into folders, displayed or hidden within views, and/or processed based upon their respective categorizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Osipkov, Wei Jiang, Malcolm Hollis Davis, Douglas Hines, Joshua Korb
  • Patent number: 10667680
    Abstract: Aspects extend to methods, systems, and computer program products for forecasting eye condition progression for eye patients. When a patient visits an eye practitioner, the patient (or when appropriate their guardian) may be interested in the current eye condition as well as a prediction of eye condition progression in the future and/or as the patient ages. Aspects of the invention can be used to predict the progress of an eye condition for a patient (e.g., a child) at a number of different post-examination times after an examination. Predicting the progress of an eye condition for a patient over time can be used to assist the eye practitioner in tailoring a treatment plan and/or tailoring a subsequent examination schedule for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Manish Gupta, Prashant Gupta, Joy Mustafi
  • Patent number: 10670862
    Abstract: In an optical display system that includes a waveguide with multiple diffractive optical elements (DOEs), gratings in one or more of the DOEs may have an asymmetric profile in which gratings may be slanted or blazed. Asymmetric gratings in a DOE can provide increased display uniformity in the optical display system by reducing the “banding” resulting from optical interference that is manifested as dark stripes in the display. Banding may be more pronounced when polymeric materials are used in volume production of the DOEs to minimize system weight, but which have less optimal optical properties compared with other materials such as glass. The asymmetric gratings can further enable the optical system to be more tolerant to variations—such as variations in thickness, surface roughness, and grating geometry—that may not be readily controlled during manufacturing particularly since such variations are in the submicron range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tuomas Vallius, Lauri Sainiemi
  • Patent number: 10671245
    Abstract: Techniques are described for creating and modifying task records and for controlling information displayed to a user in corresponding task representations. The task records are associated with more or more user activities, where each activity is associated with a record having an identifier for the activity, an application identifier that indicates a software application associated with the activity, and a content identifier identifying content associated with the software application and the activity. The activity records can include activation information. A user can select a task representation and resume one or more activities associated with the task. Tasks records can be shared between different computer devices of the user, and with different users. Task and activity records can be associated with navigational mnemonics. Representations of task and activity records can be displayed proximate representations of associated navigational mnemonics to help a user locate tasks and activities of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas H. Alphin, III, Kenneth Lynn Crocker, Brian R. Meyers, Michael J. Novak, Valerie Louise Wang
  • Patent number: 10670868
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) device may include an at least partially see-through display, one or more location sensors, a communication unit, and a processor. The HMD device may determine at least a location of the one or more location sensors in a physical environment. The communication unit may receive peer location data from at least one peer HMD device in the physical environment. The processor of the HMD device may determine a field of view of the HMD device, identify a display position at which the augmented reality image can be displayed and viewed in the physical environment by the HMD device and the at least one peer HMD device, and display the augmented reality image at the display position on the at least partially see-through display of the HMD device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kohler, Shawn Crispin Wright, Michael W. McManus, Anthony Ambrus, Korey Krauskopf
  • Patent number: 10671157
    Abstract: Methods and devices for presenting a virtual reality image may include receiving head motion information from a positional tracking system that tracks a position and orientation of a head of a user and receiving virtual motion information independent from the head motion information for a virtual reality simulation. The methods and devices may include generating a first scene of the virtual reality simulation based on the virtual motion information and the head motion information. The methods and devices may also include generating a set of visual cues based on the head motion information and rendering a frame including the set of visual cues and the first scene of the virtual reality simulation. The methods and devices may include transmitting the frame of the virtual reality simulation for presentation on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew L. Bronder