Patents Assigned to Phunware, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10254378
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, systems, and devices for tracking a mobile device in an indoor area or bounded area. A method for tracking a mobile device includes receiving sensor data from a mobile device and generating a heuristic map based on the sensor data describing a set of possible current locations of the mobile device in the bounded area. The method further includes receiving additional sensor data from the mobile device, and determining a change in position of the mobile device based on the additional sensor data. The method further yet includes updating the heuristic map to disqualify a first possible current location from the set of possible current locations, and outputting the updated set of possible current locations for display on a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PHUNWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Luan Dang, Matt Lindenberger, Devin Pigera, Duy Nguyen, Dennis Griesser, Kent Tu, Tyler Prevost
  • Patent number: 10038972
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for allocating monitoring resources of a mobile device based on information received at the mobile device. A plurality of outdoor regions and a plurality of indoor regions associated with a geographic area may be stored on the mobile device. Additionally, a determination may be made whether the mobile device is outside of each of the plurality of outdoor regions. Additionally, monitoring resources of the mobile device may be allocated in a first mode or a second mode based on the determination whether the mobile device is outside of each of the plurality of outdoor regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Quan Feng, Jason Schmitt, Hua Luo, Narayan Iyer, Paresh Suthar, Matthew Lindenberger
  • Patent number: 9965775
    Abstract: An application framework for mobile devices may provide a variety of application modules directed towards enterprise brand extension. The application modules are organized into five main categories: (1) featured, (2) community, (3) play/engage, (4) media, and (5) shop. The “featured” category may allow enterprises to push specific content onto its consumers. The “community” category may allow enterprises to leverage social networks and consumer communities that build and expand around their brands. The “play/engage” category may allow enterprises to offer compelling value and engaging utility to its customers. The “media” category may allow enterprises to entertain, inform, and educate consumers about brands through media content. The “shop” category may allow enterprises to facilitate electronic commerce with its customers. Further application analytics may be utilized by aggregating affiliate, sales, or usage data, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Knitowski, Luan Dang, Alan M. Kane, James D. Trim, Anthony C. Hall
  • Patent number: 9766080
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for facilitating indoor and outdoor navigation on a mobile device. First position information may be received from a first location provider and second position information may be received from a second location provider. Additionally, first normalized position information based at least in part on the first position information and second position information may be obtained. Based at least on the first normalized position information, a determination may be made that a mobile device is transitioning from a first geographic region to a second geographic region. Additionally, a determination may be made that the mobile device has entered a zone associated with the second geographic region. Further, a map of the second geographic region may be displayed on a user interface of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Enrique Ortiz, Illya Busigin
  • Patent number: 9015692
    Abstract: A server implemented method for processing data for rendering on a wireless device. A request to execute a generic application may be received. The server identifies a custom configuration for the generic application based on the wireless device access attributes, e.g., time zone, location, date, time zone, season, user's habit, user's interaction, user's interest, etc., wherein the custom configuration is operable to tailor the appearance of the generic application. The server configures the generic application based on the identified custom configuration to generate a customized application. The customized application may be executed on the server to generate a renderable customized application that is operable for rendering by the wireless device. The renderable customized application may be provided for transmission to the wireless device. The renderable customized application may be transmitted to the wireless device for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventor: Philippe Clavel
  • Patent number: 8989715
    Abstract: A method of rendering content on a wireless device. The wireless device sends a message to a server requesting an application and identifies itself with its rendering capabilities. The wireless receives an identification of a custom configuration of a plurality of rendering blocks of the wireless device associated with the application. The custom configuration configures the plurality of rendering blocks of the device. The wireless device receives compiled content from the application executing on the server that includes render commands expressed in a syntax that is device generic but has parameters specific to the rendering capabilities of the wireless device. A reader of the wireless device processes the compiled content and issues commands to individual rendering blocks of a graphical user interface based on the rendering commands of the compiled content and based on the custom configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Carion, Kevin Smith
  • Publication number: 20140337736
    Abstract: Methods and systems for interactive user interface objects are provided. The user interface allows for users to manipulate different objects represented by icons within a user interface, such as that of an iPhone or iPad or other touch screen devices. Users may bump objects together, flick one object towards another, bump an object against the edge of a screen, flick an object towards a certain area such as a dock, or otherwise manipulate the objects. The user's actions or manipulations of objects may result in an action by the objects or may have no effect. Depending on the compatibility of objects, the objects may be neutral towards one another, may attract each other, or may repel. The objects that attract may share content or communicate with each other via a one-time interaction, or may establish links or connections with each other that enable longer term communication or broadcasts that occur upon pre-determined triggers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: PHUNWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Alan S. Knitowski, Luan Dang, David J. Reese, James D. Trim, Anthony C. Hall, Cyrus Lum
  • Patent number: 8812024
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining when a mobile communications device has crossed a geo-fence. The method comprises (a) providing a mobile communications device (209) equipped with an operating system and having a location detection application resident thereon, wherein the mobile communications device is in communication with a server (211) over a network (203), and wherein the server maintains a geo-fence database (213); (b) receiving, from the operating system, a notification that (i) the location of the mobile communications device has changed by an amount that exceeds a predetermined threshold, or (ii) that a period of time has passed; (c) querying the operating system for a data set comprising the general location of the mobile communications device and the corresponding location accuracy; (d) transmitting the data set to the server; and (e) receiving from the server, in response, a set of geo-fences (205) proximal to the general location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance Obermeyer, Andrew Oliver, Kyle Miller, Prashant Shetty, Aditya Rustgi
  • Patent number: 8812027
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining when a mobile communications device has crossed a geo-fence. The method comprises (a) providing a mobile communications device (209) equipped with an operating system and having a location detection application resident thereon, wherein the mobile communications device is in communication with a server (211) over a network (203), and wherein the server maintains a geo-fence database (213); (b) receiving, from the operating system, a notification that (i) the location of the mobile communications device has changed by an amount that exceeds a predetermined threshold, or (ii) that a period of time has passed; (c) querying the operating system for a data set comprising the general location of the mobile communications device and the corresponding location accuracy; (d) transmitting the data set to the server; and (e) receiving from the server, in response, a set of geo-fences (205) proximal to the general location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance Obermeyer, Andrew Oliver, Kyle Miller, Prashant Shetty, Aditya Rustgi
  • Patent number: 8788358
    Abstract: An application framework for mobile devices may provide a variety of application modules directed towards enterprise brand extension. The application modules are organized into five main categories: (1) featured, (2) community, (3) play/engage, (4) media, and (5) shop. The “featured” category may allow enterprises to push specific content onto its consumers. The “community” category may allow enterprises to leverage social networks and consumer communities that build and expand around their brands. The “play/engage” category may allow enterprises to offer compelling value and engaging utility to its customers. The “media” category may allow enterprises to entertain, inform, and educate consumers about brands through media content. The “shop” category may allow enterprises to facilitate electronic commerce with its customers. Further application analytics may be utilized by aggregating affiliate, sales, or usage data, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Knitowski, Luan Dang, Alan M. Kane, James D. Trim, Anthony C. Hall
  • Patent number: 8732619
    Abstract: Methods and systems for interactive user interface objects are provided. The user interface allows for users to manipulate different objects represented by icons within a user interface, such as that of an iPhone or iPad or other touch screen devices. Users may bump objects together, flick one object towards another, bump an object against the edge of a screen, flick an object towards a certain area such as a dock, or otherwise manipulate the objects. The user's actions or manipulations of objects may result in an action by the objects or may have no effect. Depending on the compatibility of objects, the objects may be neutral towards one another, may attract each other, or may repel. The objects that attract may share content or communicate with each other via a one-time interaction, or may establish links or connections with each other that enable longer term communication or broadcasts that occur upon pre-determined triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Knitowski, Luan Dang, David J. Reese, James D. Trim, Anthony C. Hall, Cyrus Lum
  • Publication number: 20130339425
    Abstract: A method of rendering content on a wireless device. The wireless device sends a message to a server requesting an application and identifies itself with its rendering capabilities. The wireless receives an identification of a custom configuration of a plurality of rendering blocks of the wireless device associated with the application. The custom configuration configures the plurality of rendering blocks of the device. The wireless device receives compiled content from the application executing on the server that includes render commands expressed in a syntax that is device generic but has parameters specific to the rendering capabilities of the wireless device. A reader of the wireless device processes the compiled content and issues commands to individual rendering blocks of a graphical user interface based on the rendering commands of the compiled content and based on the custom configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventor: Phunware, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8560601
    Abstract: A server implemented method for facilitating execution of an application for a wireless device. The server selects a plurality of scene components, which comprise at least one functional unit operable to execute functions associated with the scene components. The functional units may be a portion of an application operable to be executed by the wireless device. The server selects a plurality of assets, which may be used in rendering a scene utilizing the plurality of scene components. The server determines a partition of functionality of the application which defines a server behavior module for executing on the server and a client behavior module for executing on the wireless device. The server customizes the plurality of scene components and the plurality of assets for the wireless device, which are then sent to the wireless device for execution and rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventor: Philippe Clavel
  • Patent number: 8478245
    Abstract: A method of rendering content on a wireless device. The wireless device sends a message to a server requesting an application and identifies itself with its rendering capabilities. The wireless receives an identification of a custom configuration of a plurality of rendering blocks of the wireless device associated with the application. The custom configuration configures the plurality of rendering blocks of the device. The wireless device receives compiled content from the application executing on the server that includes render commands expressed in a syntax that is device generic but has parameters specific to the rendering capabilities of the wireless device. A reader of the wireless device processes the compiled content and issues commands to individual rendering blocks of a graphical user interface based on the rendering commands of the compiled content and based on the custom configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Carion, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 8271579
    Abstract: A server implemented method for facilitating execution of an application for a wireless device. The server selects a plurality of scene components. The scene components comprise at least one functional unit operable to execute functions associated with the scene components. The functions of said functional units are a portion of an application operable to be executed by the wireless device. The server further selects a plurality of assets. The assets are operable to be used in rendering a scene utilizing said plurality of scene components. The server determines a partition of functionality of the application which defines a server behavior module for executing on the server and a client behavior module for executing on the wireless device. The server customizes the plurality of scene components and the plurality of assets for the wireless device. The plurality of scene components and plurality of assets are sent to the wireless device for execution and rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventor: Philippe Clavel
  • Patent number: 8103865
    Abstract: A server implemented method for processing data for a wireless device. The server in response to a user request executes an application program for generating content for rendering on the wireless device where the content is wireless device generic. A first screen description based on the content and a device profile of the wireless device is generated. The device profile may describe a rendering capability of the wireless device. The first screen may be in a syntax generic format independent of the wireless device type and describe relative screen location and display object size information independent of screen dimensions. The first screen is translated into a second screen description that includes discrete low level rendering commands within the rendering capability of the wireless device that is syntax generic. Low level rendering commands include physical screen positions of display elements. The translated second screen is then transmitted to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Carion, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 8060594
    Abstract: A client-based method for implementing a communications link. The method includes receiving a request for a communications link from an application executing on a handheld device and accessing a device API component to configure device hardware to implement the communications link. A wireless communications link is established with a server. In optimized protocol is automatically implemented between a client communications component and the server based on the wireless communications link type and the handheld device type, wherein the communications link is established via the communications component functioning with a device API component to configure hardware of the handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Clavel, Bryan Waters
  • Publication number: 20110265043
    Abstract: Methods and systems for interactive user interface objects are provided. The user interface allows for users to manipulate different objects represented by icons within a user interface, such as that of an iPhone or iPad or other touch screen devices. Users may bump objects together, flick one object towards another, bump an object against the edge of a screen, flick an object towards a certain area such as a dock, or otherwise manipulate the objects. The user's actions or manipulations of objects may result in an action by the objects or may have no effect. Depending on the compatibility of objects, the objects may be neutral towards one another, may attract each other, or may repel. The objects that attract may share content or communicate with each other via a one-time interaction, or may establish links or connections with each other that enable longer term communication or broadcasts that occur upon pre-determined triggers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Knitowski, Luan Dang, David J. Reese, James D. Trim, Anthony C. Hall, Cyrus Lum
  • Patent number: 8009619
    Abstract: A server-based method for implementing a communications link. The method includes receiving via a communications network a request for a communications link from a client communications component executing on a handheld device and establishing a wireless communications link with the handheld device by using a server communications interface executing on the server. An optimized protocol is automatically implemented between the client communications component and the server based on the wireless communications link type and the handheld device type, wherein the optimized protocol is implemented while maintaining a standardized application programming interface for the server communications interface, and wherein the communications link is established via the communications component functioning with a device API component to configure hardware of the handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Phunware, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Clavel, Bryan Waters