Patents Assigned to SNAP INC.
  • Patent number: 11405341
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a system and method for optimizing a content shared via a messaging system based on an expected audience for the content. A content is received from a publisher client device associated with a publisher. A list of content versions associated with the publisher is accessed form a database, each content version being associated with an associated set of content parameters. The one or more content versions of the content are generated. When an access request is received from a viewer client device, an optimal content version is identified for the viewer client device based on the device capabilities of the viewer client device. An updated list of content versions is associated with the publisher by aggregating the optimal content versions identified for a plurality of viewer client devices, and the database is updated with the updated list of content versions associated with the publisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ronald Cieslak, Zahra Ferdowsi, Jun Huang, Michael David Marr, Jiayao Yu, Finn Parnell, Aleksandr Zhang, Chao Pang
  • Patent number: 11403081
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure improve the functionality of computer software and systems by facilitating the automatic performance optimization of a software application based on the particular platform upon which the application runs. In some embodiments, the system can automatically choose a set of parameters or methods at run-time from a design space with pre-selected optimization methods and parameters (e.g., algorithms, software libraries, and/or hardware accelerators) for a specific task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Guohui Wang, Fenglei Tian, Samuel Edward Hare, Sumant Hanumante, Tony Mathew
  • Patent number: 11405552
    Abstract: In a camera-enabled electronic device, photo capture is triggered by a press-and-hold input only if the holding duration of the press-and-hold input is greater than a predefined threshold duration. A press-and-hold input shorter in duration than the threshold triggers video capture. Thus, a short press triggers video capture, while a long press triggers photo capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Hanover, Justin Huang, David Meisenholder
  • Patent number: 11404056
    Abstract: A drone system is configured to capture an audio stream that includes voice commands from an operator, to process the audio stream for identification of the voice commands, and to perform operations based on the identified voice commands. The drone system can identify a particular voice stream in the audio stream as an operator voice, and perform the command recognition with respect to the operator voice to the exclusion of other voice streams present in the audio stream. The drone can include a directional camera that is automatically and continuously focused on the operator to capture a video stream usable in disambiguation of different voice streams captured by the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: David Meisenholder, Steven Horowitz
  • Patent number: 11403342
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method for performing intent-based search of media files, a search query for searching media files of a library of media files is received from an electronic device. The search query includes a user-entered search term and additional search information related to an intent of a user. The library of media files is searched for media files according to the search query. Search results are returned to the electronic device, the search results including a listing of media files satisfying the user-entered search term and prioritized according to the additional search information related to the intent of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Rabbat, Ernestine Fu
  • Patent number: 11397503
    Abstract: An addressable media system for performing operations that include: accessing image data that depicts an object in an environment at a client device; causing display of a presentation of the image data within a graphical user interface at the client device; detecting the display of the object within the presentation of the image data based on at least a portion of the plurality of image features of the display of the object; identifying an object class based on at least the portion of the image features of the display of the object; receiving an input that selects the display of the object from the client device; and associating the object class that corresponds with the object with the user profile in response to the input that selects the display of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Piers Cowburn, David Li, Isac Andreas Müller Sandvik, Qi Pan
  • Patent number: 11397517
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure improve the functionality of electronic messaging and imaging software and systems by enabling users to generate customized media overlays that can be shared with other users. For example, media overlays can be generated by the system and displayed in conjunction with media content (e.g., images and/or video) generated by an image-capturing device (e.g., a digital camera). In some embodiments, existing media overlays may be used by users to create derivative media overlays. The system may track usage of media overlays and any derivatives created based thereon, and allow users to control the distribution and use of their overlays in future derivatives. In some embodiments, for example, a user can modify an overlay they created and cause the modification to propagate to all derivative overlays based on the user's overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Newar Husam Al Majid, Sheldon Chang, Yunchao Gong, Kirk Ouimet, Haibo Zhao
  • Patent number: 11398036
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for generating a persistent world-space ground (or floor) segmentation map (or “texture”) for use in augmented or virtual reality 3D experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Piers Cowburn, David Li, Isac Andreas Müller Sandvik, Qi Pan, Andrew Tristan Spek
  • Patent number: 11397504
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating and displaying collections of images according to a user-selected queue are described. In some example embodiments, a system aggregates content items organized into collections for display to a user on a device. The system receives a selection from the user of a desired order of collection display, based on the user selecting queue request elements associated with the content collections. In response to receiving a playlist request from the user, the system causes display of the content collections in the order selected by the user. In some example embodiments, the system automatically queues one or more pieces of autoforward content to automatically play after the completion of the queued content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Andreou
  • Patent number: 11398995
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sending serialized data for an interactive message comprising a first session data item to a second computing device to render the interactive message using the first session data item and display the rendered interactive message comprising a first media content item associated with a first interactive object and receiving, from the second computing device, a second media content item associated with a second interactive object of the interactive message. The systems and methods further provided for generating a second session data item for the second interactive object of the interactive message, adding the second session data item to the serialized data, and sending the serialized data to a third computing device to render the interactive message using the serialized data and display the rendered interactive message comprising the first media content item and the second media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Grygoriy Kozhemiak, Victor Shaburov, Trevor Stephenson
  • Patent number: 11392264
    Abstract: A social media platform provides a map-based graphical user interface (GUI) with multiple geographically anchored icons that are selectable to trigger playback of respective galleries of ephemeral messages. Each of the plurality of location-based ephemeral galleries comprises media content contributed by multiple different users. The ephemeral galleries are compiled based on geotag data associated with respective ephemeral messages submitted by multiple users to be publicly viewable via the map-based GUI. Two or more different types of galleries are represented in the map-based GUI by different, visually distinct types of gallery icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Amitay, Jonathan Brody, Jeffrey Arthur Johnson, Andrew Lin, Walton Lin, John Rauser, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 11393203
    Abstract: Systems, devices, media, and methods are presented for identifying emerging viewing patterns for visual media such as still images and videos. Emerging viewing patterns are identified by identifying visual tags for visual media viewed by users, selecting a subset of the tags by applying a taxonomy-based filter, generating pattern candidates from the subset, evaluating consumption metrics for each of the generated patterns, and ranking the generated pattern candidates responsive to the consumption metrics to identify emerging viewing patterns for the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Vitor Silva Sousa, Lin Qiu, Nils Murrugarra-Llerena
  • Patent number: 11392275
    Abstract: Method of generating contextual sending menu starts with processor causing first client device to display first and second portion of display screen in inactivated position. Processor receives selection from first user of first client device of chat selectable item in application interface. Chat selectable item is associated with communication interface of messaging system. In response to receiving the selection, processor generates media content item based on context of first client device and causes first portion and second portion of display screen to be displayed in an activated position by causing first portion to contract, and causing second portion to expand and to comprise a preview of media content item and selectable item associated with second user. Processor then receives from the first user selection of the selectable item associated with the second user, and transmits media content item to second client device. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Desserrey, Dylan Shane Eirinberg, Matthew Colin Grantham, David Whyte
  • Patent number: 11393134
    Abstract: A system for customizing soundtracks and hairstyles in modifiable videos is provided. In one example embodiment, the system includes a memory storing processor-executable codes and a processor configured to receive a modifiable video and a user image including a facial image and a hair image; analyze the facial image and the hair image to determine at least one hair property, determine whether the hair image is modifiable, and determine modifications to the at least one hair property; modify the at least one hair property to generate a modified hair image; generate a further image including the modified hair image and the facial image; and generate, based on the further image and the modifiable video, a personalized video that includes at least a part of the further image and at least a part of the modifiable video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Voss, Victor Shaburov, Ivan Semenov, Diana Maximova, Alina Berezhko
  • Patent number: 11392199
    Abstract: Eyewear providing an interactive augmented reality experience between two users of eyewear devices to perform a shared group task. During a shared group task session, each eyewear displays the same image. An eye tracker in each eyewear detects a portion of the image the respective user is gazing at. Each eyewear generates an indication of the portion of the respective image each eyewear user is gazing at. The indication is shared with the other eyewear, and the eyewear display indicates the portion of the image the other eyewear user is gazing at. This allows each eyewear user to see what the other user is gazing at when collaborating and visually observing the same image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Ilteris Canberk
  • Patent number: 11392633
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated local story generation and curation are described. In one example embodiment, a server computer receives content from client devices, and processes the content to identify content characteristics. Stories are then generated based on the characteristics of the received content, and the stories are communicated to client devices. In certain embodiments, selection at a client device of an individual piece of content within a story may further be used by the system to provide the client device with a sub-story that includes pieces of content sharing content characteristics with the characteristics of the selected image or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Pavlovskaia, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 11392173
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a body having fasteners and a frame coupled between two fasteners. The frame includes first and second sections. A first portion of the body includes the first section of the frame and one fastener and a second portion of the body includes the second section of the frame and the other fastener. A speaker and a microphone are connected to the first portion and another speaker and another microphone are connected to the second portion. The body also includes a processor, memory accessible to the processor, and programming in the memory for configuring the processor to selectively activate the speakers and microphones such that a first speaker emits an output sound signal while a first microphone and a second speaker are deactivated and a second microphone captures an input sound signal during the emission of the output sound signal by the first speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II, Julio Cesar Castañeda, Samuel Bryson Thompson
  • Patent number: 11393152
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for photorealistic real-time portrait animation. An example method includes receiving a scenario video with at least one input frame. The input frame includes a first face of a first person. The method further includes receiving a target image with a second face of a second person. The method further includes determining, based on the at least one input frame and the target image, two-dimensional (2D) deformations of the second face and a background in the target image. The 2D deformations, when applied to the second face, modify the second face to imitate at least a facial expression and a head orientation of the first face. The method further includes applying the 2D deformations to the target image to obtain at least one output frame of an output video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Krokhalev, Aleksandr Mashrabov, Pavel Savchenkov
  • Patent number: 11393432
    Abstract: A rotational image viewer for viewing an image on a mobile device having a display including a viewport. The image viewer monitors the orientation of the mobile device and enlarges/reduces the image responsive to the mobile device's orientation such that the viewport remains filled with at least a portion of the image (i.e., no letterboxing or pillarboxing within the viewport).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Huang, Oleksandr Romanov
  • Patent number: D958804
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Benedict Copping, Laurent Desserrey, Virginia Drummond, Celia Nicole Mourkogiannis