Amazon Patents

Amazon.com, Inc. sells electronics, books, media and other general merchandise through its websites. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including its Kindle e-Readers, Fire tablets and Fire phones. The company also provides services to developers and enterprises through Amazon Web Services, which offers computing, storage, database, analytics and deployment services.

Amazon Patents by Type

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  • Patent number: 9927949
    Abstract: A computing device can utilize a recognition mode wherein an interface utilizes graphical elements, such as virtual fireflies or other such elements, to indicate objects that are recognized or identified. As objects are recognized, fireflies perform one or more specified actions to indicate recognition. A ribbon or other user-selectable icon is displayed indicates a specific action that the device can perform with respect to the respective object. As additional objects are recognized, additional ribbons are created and older ribbons can be moved off screen and stored for subsequent retrieval or search. The fireflies disperse when the objects are no longer represented in captured sensor data, and can be animated to move towards representations of new objects as features of those objects are identified as potential object features, in order to communicate a level of recognition for a current scene or environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Thomas Gray, Marc Anthony Salazar, Steven Michael Sommer, Charles Eugene Cummins, Sean Anthony Rooney, Bryan Todd Agnetta, Jae Pum Park, Richard Leigh Mains, Suzan Marashi
  • Patent number: 9928123
    Abstract: Processes from a set of processes are divided for use at a second triggering event and which are part of a single application programming interface (API). The set of processes including a subset of the set of processes including at least one process in the set and a remainder of the set of processes including at least one process in the set of processes and outside of the subset of the set of processes. A first triggering event is identified. The subset of the set of processes are performed using a processor and in response to the first triggering event to obtain a first result for use at the second triggering event. A state and the first result of the subset of the set of processes is saved. The remainder of the set of processes are performed using the processor in response to the second triggering event occurring after the first triggering event, and using the state and first result, to obtain a second result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ajit Ashok Varangaonkar
  • Patent number: 9928655
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include an augmented reality (AR) system that predictively renders images which may reduce or remove lag. Instead of rendering images in response to sensing changes in the user orientation, the AR system generates predictive images by predicting future user orientations. The AR system can render multiple predictive images that each includes AR content that will be displayed at a future time. Because the predictive images are generated using different user orientations, the location of an object in the AR content in each of the predictive images is different. The predictive images are transmitted to the AR device which selects one of the images to display by comparing the orientations used to generate each of the predictive images with the current (actual) orientation of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel Jared Alston
  • Patent number: 9927606
    Abstract: A display device includes a first support plate and a second support plate. The second support plate has a first refractive index. A pixel region is positioned between the first support plate and the second support plate. A first liquid and a second liquid that is immiscible with the first liquid are disposed in the pixel region. A diffusion layer disposed between the first support plate and the second support plate contacts the second liquid. The diffusion layer includes a first region providing a common electrode associated with the pixel region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Toru Sakai
  • Patent number: 9930131
    Abstract: Generally described, the present disclosure is directed to managing request routing functionality corresponding to resource requests for one or more resources associated with a content provider. The processing of the DNS requests by the service provider can include the selective filtering of DNS queries associated with a DNS query-based attack. A service provider can assign DNS servers corresponding to a distributed set of network addresses, or portions of network addresses, such that DNS queries exceeding a threshold, such as in DNS query-based attacks, can be filtered in a manner that can mitigate performance impact on for the content provider or service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm MacCarthaigh, David R. Richardson, Benjamin W. S. Redman
  • Patent number: 9929753
    Abstract: Techniques for harmonizing wireless communications performed by a computing device which communicates using varying wireless communication standards are described herein. For instance, a computing device may include multiple chipsets with associated antennas that are configured to perform wireless communications using separate wireless standards which operate at overlapping frequencies. To avoid performance degradation experienced in simultaneous use cases with communications operating at overlapping frequencies, the multiple chipsets may be configured with logic to determine which communications are prioritized when multiple chipsets attempt to communicate simultaneously. The multiple chipsets may be communicatively coupled to coordinate their communications by prioritizing certain types of communications over other types of communications to avoid simultaneous communications in overlapping frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris Yuanhsiang Hsu, Pratik Kalpesh Patel, Qinghai Gao, Ateet Kapur, Milos Jorgovanovic, Jay Praful Desai, Jin Guo, King Shaw
  • Patent number: 9928469
    Abstract: Techniques for administrating computing resources include identifying, dynamically and/or based at least in part on historical data, a set of server computer systems expected to have availability for at least a portion of a future time period. A pricing scheme for implementing computer system instances for the future time period based at least in part on the availability of the server computer systems is generated. Accounting records in accordance with a price, determined based at least in part on the pricing scheme, for fulfilling requests to implement computer system instances for a predetermined finite amount of time are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Roth, Adam K. Loghry, David John Ward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9929763
    Abstract: Systems and methods for addressing an inadvertent decrease in transmission energy/power due to triggering a proximity sensor by a cover disposed on a computing device. In an embodiment, a cover sensor may be incorporated into the device. The cover sensor may be used to detect the presence of a cover on the device, as well as whether the cover is in an open or closed position. The output of the cover sensor may then be used to adjust a trigger/proximity threshold of the proximity sensor to account for the presence and position of the cover on the device. In this manner the device may avoid unnecessary power backoff caused by proximity of the cover, rather than proximity of the user. This improves the over the air (OTA) performance of the device, as well as the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Zheng, Omar Sze Leung, Jerry Weiming Kuo, Willy Horng Jean Cheung, Michael Serge Devyver, Mudit Sunilkumar Khasgiwala
  • Patent number: 9928107
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for migrating network addresses between host computers in a hybrid network environment. Before migrating a network address between a source host computer in a first network and a target host computer in a second network, potentially affected host computers in the networks are notified of the upcoming migration. This may cause an address translation module of an affected host computer to enter a fast polling mode. The networking infrastructures of the first and second networks are then reconfigured to effect transfer of the network address. This may include updating overlay IP mappings for the network address being migrated to point to the target host computer. Finally, the affected host computers are notified that migration of the network address is complete, causing the address translation module of the affected host computer to stop fast polling and return to normal operation with update mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pradeep Vincent
  • Patent number: 9926131
    Abstract: The disclosure describes, in part, a system and method for improving the stacking of containers on or in a transportation unit. In some implementations, a stacking configuration may be planned that identifies containers and a position for those containers in the stacking configuration. As part of the planning, a volume correction may be identified that if corrected would improve the stability of the stacking configuration. A planned custom container may also be identified and one or more dimension values of the planned custom container modified based on the volume correction. The modified planned custom container may be added to the planned stacking configuration to improve the stability of the stacking configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastian Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9930051
    Abstract: In a cloud environment, each host computer can have its own security service processor with an independent network interface for communicating with a remote server over a network. The security service processor can provide remote management and security functionalities for various devices connected using different buses on a platform in each host computer. The security service processor can provide a centralized mechanism to verify and authenticate firmware updates for various devices using different buses. A hardware interface can allow the security service processor to provide remote debugging and diagnostic capabilities. The security service processor can also provide some of the typical functionalities of a baseboard management controller or can be used in addition to the baseboard management controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nachiketh Rao Potlapally, Jason Alexander Harland, Derek Del Miller, Christopher James BeSerra
  • Patent number: 9928247
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing object versioning in a storage system may support the logical deletion of stored objects through the use of delete marker objects. In response to a delete operation specifying a key, but not a version identifier, the storage system may create a delete marker object that is stored as the latest object version of the key. In response to performing a subsequent mutating operation, or at pre-determined time intervals, the storage system may perform a local and/or a global analysis of the delete marker objects stored in the system (and/or metadata associated with those delete marker objects) to determine whether any of them are no longer needed to ensure correct operation of the system. The analysis may apply one or more reap conditions to delete marker objects and/or metadata to identify extraneous delete marker objects, removing those that meet one or more reap conditions from storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Ten-Pow, Derek Ernest Denny-Brown, II, Jason G. McHugh, Praveen Kumar Gattu
  • Patent number: 9928698
    Abstract: An inventory system employs self-illuminating inventory management containers. A self-illuminating container can include a container body, an illumination element, and a signal receiver for receiving instructions to illuminate the container. The self-illuminating inventory management containers can be illuminated to assist in locating the containers in the system broadly, or locally, and to assist in inventory processing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Lee Farrow, Kristopher William Bell, Wesley Scott Lauka
  • Patent number: 9930103
    Abstract: An endpoint management and proxy system is described, by which users can manage and enable exposure of application programming interfaces (“APIs”) usable to cause execution of program code on a remote or third party system. Systems and methods are disclosed which facilitate the handling of user requests to perform certain tasks on remote systems. The endpoint management system allows the application developer to define and specify a first proxy API which maps to a second API associated with the remote system. The endpoint proxy system receives requests to execute the proxy API, determines the API mapping, and sends one or more backend API requests to execute program codes by the associated remote systems. Responses from the remote systems are received by the endpoint proxy system which parses and/or transforms the results associated with the response and generates an output result for response back to the user computing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Paul Thompson
  • Patent number: 9928174
    Abstract: A consistent caching service for managing data consistency between a cache system and backing store is provided. The consistent caching service compares an origin token and a parity token associated with the cached copy of the data item to determine consistency of the data item. The origin and parity tokens may be generated by an operation that caused population of the data item to the cache. The parity token may be invalidated by a write operation of the data item, thus causing a mismatch between the two tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Connell
  • Patent number: 9930067
    Abstract: A client establishes a network session with a server. The network session is used to establish an encrypted communications session. The client establishes another network session with another server, such as after terminating the first network session. The client resumes the encrypted communications session over the network session with the other server. The other server is configured to receive encrypted communications from the client and forward them to the appropriate server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesper Mikael Johansson, Darren Ernest Canavor, Jon Arron McClintock, Gregory Branchek Roth, Gregory Alan Rubin, Nima Sharifi Mehr
  • Patent number: 9928518
    Abstract: The use of a mobile device with a merchant application may enable the merchant to turn the mobile device into a point-of-sale terminal that interfaces with a server. The server may receive from the mobile device a transaction via a network, in which the transaction includes transaction details for a purchase request made by a customer. In turn, the server may transmit a transaction token that identifies the transaction to the mobile device of the merchant. Subsequently, the server may receive the transaction token from a client device of the customer. The transaction token being transmitted from the mobile device to the client device using a short range communication that is independent of the network. After receiving the transaction token, the server may provide the transaction details of the transaction that matches the transaction token to the client device for display so that the customer may pay for the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajendra Kumar Vippagunta, Jon T. Rogers, Jason David Birchler, Tal Elisha Shprecher, Artur Barbalho de Oliveira Souza
  • Patent number: 9927650
    Abstract: Displays are described. One display having a reflective display, a light guide, and a light guide cover. The light guide is disposed on a top side of the reflective display. The light guide cover is disposed on the light guide. The light guide cover includes: a cover glass disposed above the light guide; an opaque layer, disposed above the cover glass and around an edge of the reflective display that absorbs light reflected off the reflective display; and a white ink layer disposed above the opaque layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Angeles Marcia Almanza-Workman, Isabella Talley Lewis
  • Patent number: 9928178
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for managing a data store, invalidation requests, and/or resource requests. The system and methods may use one or more data structures, such as hash data structures and/or probabilistic data structures, to achieve various levels of granularity and/or computer resource efficiencies. Further, the invalidation request data may be stored at a front-end layer separate from a data store layer, such that the invalidation requests are processed based on resource requests. In the example, the hash data structure can be used for recent invalidation requests and older request data can be stored in memory-efficient probabilistic data structures. For example, probabilistic filters, such as a bloom filter, can store resource identifiers along with an associated version for space-efficient invalidation comparisons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chaitanya Ashok Solapurkar
  • Patent number: 9928099
    Abstract: A virtual computer system service receives a request to migrate a virtual machine instance from a first physical host to another physical host. The virtual computer system service identifies a configuration of the first physical host and obtains a data structure that specifies compatibility values for pairings of physical host configurations. The virtual computer system uses the configuration of the first physical host and the data structure to select a compatible physical host configuration. Using this compatible physical host configuration, the virtual computer system service selects a set of physical hosts that have this compatible physical host configuration. The set of physical hosts is used to select a second physical host onto which the virtual machine instance is migrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mihir Sadruddin Surani, Diwakar Gupta, Eric Paul Wei
  • Patent number: 9928481
    Abstract: In some examples, a reader system is provided for managing inventory items in an inventory system. The reader system may be configured to read tags associated with items stowed in an inventory holder. The inventory holder may be detachably coupled to a mobile drive unit. The mobile drive unit may move the inventory holder to a first position near an antenna of the reader system and the tags may begin to be read. While reading or at other times in the reading process, the mobile drive unit may move the inventory holder relative to the antenna. The identified tags may be compared to a manifest list of items expected to be stowed in the inventory holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Thomas Matthew Ryle, Wesley Scott Lauka, Jonathan David Phillips, James Hollis Wood
  • Patent number: 9927797
    Abstract: Techniques for making a physical area safe for a human to enter when mobile drive units (e.g., robots) are operating in the physical area are described. A management device may send an activity message to the mobile drive units instructing the mobile drive units to perform a set of activities. If a human is detected in the physical area, the management device may stop sending the activity command. If the mobile drive units do not receive the activity command, the mobile drive units may stop performing the set of activities. After the management device determines that the human has left the physical area, the management device may resume sending the activity message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Stubbs, Matthew David Verminski, Michael T. Barbehenn, Andrew Brenden Tinka, Peter K. Mansfield, Peter R. Wurman
  • Patent number: 9925998
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for performing a consolidated pick and package process in a materials handling center. A computing environment may be employed to generate a batch of a plurality of items to be picked and packaged in fulfillment of a plurality of orders in the materials handling center. Shipping labels corresponding to items in the orders may be generated, wherein the shipping labels comprise pick information that aids a person in locating a corresponding one of the items in the materials handling center and packaging the corresponding one of the items in suitable packaging. A fulfillment cart may be employed by an operator in performing the consolidated pick and package process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Neil Scott Ackerman, Bijal Satish Mehta, Balaji Nageswaran, Rohit Kumar Nathany, Adrian Dsouza, Nihar Shashank Nabar, Mark Wellington Bosley, Jayson Michael Jochim, Ingrid Rivera, Ashwin Philip Ollapally, Michael Canty
  • Patent number: 9929971
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for flexible-location reservations and pricing for network-accessible resources are disclosed. A system includes a plurality of resources of a provider network distributed across multiple locations, and a resource manager. The resource manager implements a programmatic interface to allow a client to specify a flexible location option for a resource reservation request, indicating that the resource manager is to select one or more locations at which to reserve resource capacity. When a reservation request with the flexible location option specified is received, the resource manager selects a particular location based at least in part on heuristics using resource utilization data. In response to a resource activation request for the reservation, the resource manager activates a resource at a launch location selected from the multiple locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Ward, Jr., David Nunnerley, Matthew S. Garman
  • Patent number: 9928572
    Abstract: A computing device can identify, for a placement of a label, a first and second character of the label that have a shortest distance from one another. The placement for the label can define a position at which the label is to be placed in an interactive geographic map and a formatting for that label. The computing device can determine that the first and second identified characters do not overlap. In response to determining that the first and second characters do not overlap, the computing device can select the placement of the label for display in the interactive geographic map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Matthew Magouyrk, Scott Robert Parish
  • Publication number: 20180084032
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a computing infrastructure for configurable-quality random data are disclosed. A storage medium stores program instructions that when executed on a processor designate some servers of a provider network as members of a pool of producers of random data usable by random data consumers. The instructions, when executed, determine a subset of the pool to be used to supply a collection of random data intended for a random data consumer, and one or more sources of random phenomena to be used to generate the collection of random data. The instructions, when executed, initiate a transmission of the collection of random data directed to the random data consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nachiketh Rao Potlapally, Andrew Paul Mikulski, Donald Lee Bailey, JR., Robert Eric Fitzgerald
  • Publication number: 20180083872
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus that allow clients to connect resource instances to virtual networks in provider network environments via private IP. Via private IP linking methods and apparatus, a client of a provider network can establish private IP communications between the client's resource instances on the provider network and the client's resource instances provisioned in the client's virtual network via links from the private IP address space of the virtual network to the private IP address space of the provider network. The provider network client resource instances remain part of the client's provider network implementation and may thus also communicate with other resource instances on the provider network and/or with entities on external networks via public IP while communicating with the virtual network resource instances via private IP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: KEVIN CHRISTOPHER MILLER, ANDREW BRUCE DICKINSON, ERIC WAYNE SCHULTZE, IAN ROGER SEARLE, SHANE ASHLEY HALL, DEEPAK MOHAN, DAVID BRIAN LENNON
  • Publication number: 20180084665
    Abstract: A system includes a rack and one or more server systems mounted in the rack. A server system includes at least one sever node and each server node includes an array of devices including mass storage devices and at least one server device. Segments of the array of devices of a particular server node are mounted in sub-node chassis that include intra node connectors. Multiple sub-node chassis that each include devices such as mass storage devices or server devices of the sever node couple together via the intra node connectors when installed in a server system chassis to form a server node. Each server node of a server system may be a separate logical node. Also, the sub-node chassis of a server node may be configured for vertical airflow through the sub-node chassis in addition to cross airflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roey Rivnay, Darin Lee Frink, Christopher Strickland Beall, Felipe Enrique Ortega Gutierrez
  • Publication number: 20180084664
    Abstract: A patch panel assembly mounts in a rack on a side of the rack other than the front side of the rack and other than the back side of the rack and fits within a volume of space not occupied by rack slots of the rack. In some embodiments the patch panel assembly includes brackets that articulate into out of the volume of space in the rack in which the patch panel assembly is mounted to allow access to patch cable connectors coupled in the brackets of the patch panel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandyn David Giroux
  • Patent number: 9922006
    Abstract: Techniques are described for promoting content items in a page to load in a different order than the order in which they were initially designated to load in the page source. A page may include critical content items designated to load earlier than non-critical content items. In instances where there is a delay due to latency in generating or retrieving the critical content items, one or more non-critical content items may be promoted to load earlier than initially designated. Promotion may include incorporating metadata based priority indicators, such as attributes, into the tags for content items to suggest an order in which the content items may be requested by a user device. By promoting non-critical content items to load during the period in which the loading of the page may otherwise be stalled, overall page load times may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Boynes
  • Patent number: 9922288
    Abstract: Systems and methods for checking the consistency of established facts within internal works according to the present disclosure operate by identifying established facts within the internal works and determining whether any of the established facts are contradictory to one another. Facts may be established and conflicts may be identified by any means, such as by determining associations between words of the internal work, or by consulting one or more external resources. If a contradiction between established facts is identified, then an author of the internal work or other user may be notified, and a change to the internal work may be recommended to the author or user, or requested from the author or user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Austin Crosley
  • Patent number: 9923776
    Abstract: An electronic workspace may be created from multiple viewer devices. The viewer devices are coordinated so that each exhibits a different visual identification characteristic such as a distinct or unique color. Content can be assigned by way of a user interface in which individual viewer devices are represented by visual icons that exhibit the same visual identification characteristics as the respective viewer devices, so that a user may easily distinguish between the available viewer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James David Meyers
  • Patent number: 9922646
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying a location of a voice-controlled device within an environment. After identifying a location of the device, the device may receive a voice command from a user within the environment and may determine a response to the command based in part on the location, may determine how to output a response based in part on the location or may determine how to interact with the user based in part on the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott I. Blanksteen
  • Patent number: 9921884
    Abstract: Mechanisms are disclosed for mount and non-mount based access to filesystems contained in virtual disks in virtual machine images. Access can be had to the filesystems even when the virtual machine images are not executing. Access to the filesystems can also be provided to local and remote client applications. Access can also be provided to snapshots of the virtual machine images at various points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. McInerny
  • Patent number: 9921404
    Abstract: A method for fabricating electronic displays comprises placing a fluoropolymer layer on a support plate for the electronic display device and etching the fluoropolymer layer. Etching changes a surface of the fluoropolymer layer so that the fluoropolymer layer becomes less hydrophobic. Pixel walls are formed on the hydrophilic surface of the fluoropolymer layer to form an array of electrowetting display elements. The fluoropolymer layer is subsequently immersed in a vapor or a liquid that is heated to heat the surface of the fluoropolymer layer. Such immersion allows the surface of the fluoropolymer layer to reflow and to become more hydrophobic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerben Boon
  • Patent number: 9921854
    Abstract: An application manager provides anonymized user profile information to third party adaptive software applications. As a result, a software developer may produce a single software application that is adapted to run in a first mode providing full-functionality for use by adults and a second mode providing appropriate privacy and content restrictions for use by children. The mode is selected at run-time based on the anonymized user profile information received from the application manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Brent Glissmeyer, Ethan Zane Evans
  • Patent number: 9922050
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein to determine data associated with color palettes identified from keyword searches. Color palettes may be searched by name or other data associated with the color palettes. Color palettes may include colors determined by human color preferences and/or may be associated with human votes. Furthermore, color palettes may be filtered by trends and/or times of the color palettes. Various user interfaces may be based at least in part on the keyword searching and/or trending techniques for color palettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Shearer Dorner, Jenny Ann Blackburn, Timothy Andrew Ong, Paul Barnhart Sayre, III
  • Patent number: 9921827
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for developing versions of applications based on application fingerprinting. For example, an application may be ported from one operating system platform to another, or an application may be modified to be compatible with a specific device. In one embodiment, an application fingerprint is received for an application. The application fingerprint may be generated based at least in part on a static analysis of the application and a dynamic analysis of the application. A device that is incompatible with the application based at least in part on the application fingerprint may be determined. A modification to the application to make the application compatible with the device may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Zane Evans, David Allen Markley, Paul Allan Ryder, Miguel Azancot Roque, James Newton Adkins, III, Ameesh Paleja, Christopher Lawrence Lavin, Jason Shih Shen Chein, Michael Anthony Frazzini, Aaron Curtis Rubenson
  • Patent number: 9922135
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for distributed storage and retrieval of directed acyclic graphs, such as version control graphs maintained by a version control system. In order to store data contained in a directed acyclic graph, objects stored in the graph may be grouped into chunks utilizing a relatedness heuristic. The chunks may then be stored in a distributed object store. An index to the objects stored in the chunks may also be created that includes an index entry for each object. The index entry for each object includes a unique identifier for the object and data identifying the location of the object in the distributed object store. The index may be utilized to traverse the directed acyclic graph and to obtain all or a portion of the objects in the directed acyclic graph from the distributed object store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Roy Noble
  • Patent number: 9922007
    Abstract: An intermediary system operates as an intermediary between content servers and user devices, and provides services for improving page load times as seen by end users. One such service involves converting a retrieved content page (e.g., web page) into a number of encoded layers that can be decoded and rendered by the user device. The intermediary system determines a suitable encoding technique for each of the layers. The intermediary system sends the encoded layers to a browser component running on the user device for rendering by the GPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Saral Jain, Dmitry Sokolowski, James Alan Umstot
  • Patent number: 9923927
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to enable access control based on credential properties. Besides authenticating a credential, an authentication service can provide additional credential-related information with respect to a credential such as last updated time. An entity receiving such additional credential-related information can implement access control policies based on the credential-related information. For instance, a user's access rights may be gradually restricted after an initial expiration time and towards a final expiration time. In an example, such access control may be implemented by a client application or client website of the authentication service. Alternatively or additionally, such access control may be implemented by an authorization service used by the client application or client website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Arron McClintock, Yogesh Vilas Golwalkar, Bharath Kumar Bhimanaik, Darin Keith McAdams, Tushaar Sethi
  • Patent number: 9920750
    Abstract: A data center includes computing devices, an air handling system, a heat engine, and a generator. Air moved by the air handling system flows across heat-producing components in the computing devices in the data center. Heat from air that has flowed over the heat-producing components heats a hot section of the heat engine. The heat engine generates mechanical work based on a temperature differential between a hot section of the heat engine and a cold section of the heat engine. The generator generates electricity from the mechanical work generated by the heat engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter George Ross
  • Patent number: 9921878
    Abstract: Techniques for singleton coordination in an actor-based system are described herein. In some examples, one or more actors within an actor based system may be designated as singleton actors. Each singleton actor is permitted to have only a single associated instance in the actor-based system. In some cases, when multiple executing instances (i.e., duplicates) of a singleton actor are detected, the duplicates may be resolved, for example, such that no more than a single instance of the singleton actor is retained. In some examples, one or more singleton coordinators may be responsible for selecting one or more hubs on which to generate new or re-generated singletons, monitoring existing singletons to ensure that they continue to execute, and re-generating existing singletons after termination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian James Schuster
  • Patent number: 9923922
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for virtualized network honeypots. In one embodiment, client computing devices that are coupled to a network are each configured with both a primary operating system and a honeypot operating system. The primary operating system is configured to provide workstation functionality for a user having permission, and the honeypot operating system is configured to route unauthorized network traffic to a honeypot server. The honeypot server is configured to provide a honeypot environment that mimics characteristics of client or server computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Naylor Brown, Jr., Volker Helmut Mosthaf
  • Patent number: 9922639
    Abstract: An interactive system may be implemented in part by an audio device located within a user environment, which may accept speech commands from a user and may also interact with the user by means of generated speech. In order to improve performance of the interactive system, a user may use a separate device, such as a personal computer or mobile device, to access a graphical user interface that lists details of historical speech interactions. The graphical user interface may be configured to allow the user to provide feedback and/or corrections regarding the details of specific interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilles Jean Roger Belin, Charles S. Rogers, III, Robert David Owen, Jeffrey Penrod Adams, Rajiv Ramachandran, Gregory Michael Hart
  • Patent number: 9923977
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transferring cookie data between different domains. A first network data request is obtained from a client through a first domain. The first network data request includes a first cookie set by the first domain. Data from the first cookie is received from a client device along with a unique identifier through a first domain. A second network data request, which presents the unique identifier, is received from the client through a second domain. A second cookie is set in the client through the second domain based at least in part on data from the first cookie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bobby D. Martin
  • Patent number: 9923966
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for storing and retrieving data storage devices of a data storage system are disclosed. In some embodiments, inventory holders are used to store data storage devices used by a data storage system. When data is to be transacted with the data storage devices, mobile drive units locate appropriate inventory holders and transport them to a device reading station, where an appropriate device retrieval unit transacts the data. The inventory holders are configured such that any of the mobile drive units may interchangeably interact with any of the inventory holders and/or the data device reading stations. After the data has been transacted, the data storage devices are returned to the appropriate inventory holders, and the inventory holders are placed by the mobile drive units in locations where they may be accessed in response to further data transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul David Franklin, James Raymond Allard, Samuel Rubin Barrett, Jeremiah Brazeau, Jeffrey Allen Dzado, James Caleb Kirschner, David Levy, Brent James Lutz, Andrew Brenden Tinka, Colin Laird Lazier
  • Patent number: 9924438
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for allowing a mobile device to roam from a first frequency band to a second frequency band for a dual band access point when a signal strength associated with the first frequency band improves. For example, the mobile device may store a first signal strength associated with the first frequency band when the mobile device first connects to the first frequency band and may monitor subsequent signal strengths to determine if they exceed the first signal strength. When a subsequent signal strength exceeds the first signal strength, the mobile device may use this as an indication that the mobile device is closer to the access point and within range of the second frequency band. The mobile device may then detect and connect to the second frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Guo, Binh Quoc Tran, Shengwei Zhang, Jay William Kruse
  • Patent number: D813273
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Monica Liane Mecchella, Ravi Yatnalkar
  • Patent number: D813289
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel J M Laffon de Mazieres, Christopher Green, Giles David Matthew McWilliam