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: 10089405
    Abstract: A system and a method for the management of addressable network resources (e.g., Web pages, electronic documents accessed via a Uniform Resource Identifier, etc.) within a network are provided. Specifically, embodiments of addressable network resource selection systems and methods are disclosed for managing the analysis and identification of optimal links between addressable network resources. A resource selection component enables pruning of undesirable pages on the basis of various usage metrics, including user depart rate. The resource selection component may then identify optimal linking strategies by determining one or more linking scores for remaining pages based on any of a number of different page usage metrics. In other embodiments, addressable network resource selection systems and methods may weight linking scores to emphasize desired outcomes, such as encouraging exploration of a network-based site or encouraging high aggregate sales figures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinesh U. Vora, Adam Brent Johnson
  • Patent number: 10089674
    Abstract: Techniques for ordering data associated with an item may be provided. For example, a first set of the data may be ordered based on predefined values of a first attribute. Based on receiving a request to further order the first set based on a second attribute, a second set of the data may be selected based on the first set and on a sizing window. The sizing window may be configured to define a size of the second set. Values corresponding to the data in the second set may be computed. These computed values may be used to order the second set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep Bhatia, Lynn Mendenhall, Damian Poznanski
  • Patent number: 10089403
    Abstract: Systems, methods and interfaces for the selective management of information collected by a software browser application are provided. The software browser application obtains content from a network resource, such as a Web page. The software browser application presents, among other controls, a graphical icon that is representative of a command to initiate a network-based service, such as network-based storage. The software browser application can also group similar content to provide for collective network service commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Trahan, Brett R. Taylor, Jonathan A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10089675
    Abstract: Data mining systems and methods are disclosed for associating users with items based on underlying personas. The system associates each user account with one or more underlying personas that contribute to the user's interactions with different items, and models user-to-item associations in accordance with the underlying personas based on probabilistic matrix factorization. The system may further predict an active persona for a user based on the user's recent interactions with items and make item related recommendations that are oriented to the active persona.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeev Ramnarain Rastogi, Varnit Agnihotri, Rushi Bhatt, Srujana Merugu
  • Patent number: 10089661
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for identifying software products, available from an electronic marketplace, to be tested. Data associated with software products is accessed and analyzed to determine what software products to test. The data analyzed may include, but is not limited to, download data, crash data, ratings data, marketplace data, usage data, and the like. A machine learning mechanism may be used to predict a popularity of a software product, classify the application into a category relating to whether a potential anomaly is identified for the software product, and determine whether to test the software product. A score may also be calculated for the software products that indicates whether or not to test the software product. The predicted popularity, the classification and/or the score may be used to determine whether to perform further analysis or testing with regard to a software product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Srikar Appalaraju, Vipul Bhargava, Amol Wanjari
  • Patent number: 10086636
    Abstract: A user may often be reading the same content on multiple different electronic devices, and this user may also wish to read the same content on printed pages of a physical book. In this case, described is a hybrid print medium that includes both printed pages and a computer system allowing a user to synchronize a current reading location in the hybrid print medium with the same content being read on one or more electronic devices. In different cases, this synchronization may include a synchronization service or the synchronization may occur directly between a hybrid print medium and an electronic device storing an electronic version of the content within the hybrid print medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian David Vielma Diaz, Dirk Tomio Cummings, Timothy Albert Laferriere, Troy Franklin Thacker, Trent Edward Thacker, Wayne Claus Heaney
  • Patent number: 10089505
    Abstract: A storage unit includes a support bar for hanging items and an RFID antenna provided within a predefined distance of the support bar. When the items hanging from the support bar are adorned with RFID tags, and the RFID antenna emits electromagnetic fields in a direction of the support bar, RFID signals identifying the items are transmitted from the RFID tags to the RFID antenna, thereby enabling a placement or a removal of an item to be automatically registered, or an accounting of the available items to be automatically performed. The RFID antenna may be a portion of a transmission line that uses shields and/or dielectric materials to shape the electromagnetic fields toward a predefined direction, and the locations of items bearing RFID tags on the support bar may be determined by varying the phase of the emitted radiofrequency and determining strengths of RFID signals when the electromagnetic fields are emitted at varying phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Eugene Huebner, Somasundaram Niranjayan, Camerin Hahn
  • Patent number: 10088181
    Abstract: A system for passively exhausting air from a structure includes at least one pair of modules arranged on a roof of the structure. Each module has an exhaust face on one side and a sloped surface on the opposite side, and can receive exhaust air that flows upward from inside the structure. The modules can be arranged in pairs facing one another, with one of the sloped surfaces facing a direction of an environmental flow of air, so that the environmental air can flow up the sloped surface of one module and down the sloped surface of the other module without impinging on the exhaust faces of either module. The pairs can also be arranged side-by-side in an array, which can be expanded with additional pairs of modules to exhaust from the structure at a greater rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Wilding, Peter George Ross, Geri-Ann Quinlivan, Alan Donald Gillooly, Sean Patrick Abbott
  • Patent number: 10089650
    Abstract: Method and systems for providing universal event reminders in place of advertisements by leveraging advertisement retargeting. Information about a reminder event and a registered interest associated with the reminder event is received from a browser utilized by a user. The user's browser is then directed to provide the registered interest and information about accessing the reminder to an advertising service. In response to receiving a request for content from the browser, the request for content being generated in response to the browser receiving information about accessing the reminder from the advertising service, serving to the browser the reminder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Arron McClintock
  • Patent number: 10089983
    Abstract: Methods and systems for adding functionality to an account of a language processing system where the functionality is associated with a second account of a first application system is described herein. In a non-limiting embodiment, an individual may log into a first account of a language processing system and log into a second account of a first application system. While logged into both the first account and the second account, a button included within a webpage provided by the first application may be invoked. A request capable of being serviced using the first functionality may be received by the language processing system from a device associated with the first account. The language processing system may send first account data and the second account data to the first application system to facilitate an action associated with the request, thereby enabling the first functionality for the first account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ganesh Kumar Gella, Venkata Abhinav Sidharth Bhagavatula, Robert William Serr, Yonnas Getahun Beyene
  • Patent number: 10088736
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods for surveying a destination as an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) descends toward the destination. To confirm that the destination is clear of objects and includes a safe landing or delivery location, such as a substantially planar surface, the UAV may capture and process images at different altitudes during the descent. Feature points of a first image captured at a first altitude may be paired with feature points of a second image captured at a second, different altitude. A homography may be computed to confirm that the paired feature points lie in the same plane and then the two images may be registered based on the paired feature points. The registered images may then be processed to determine depth information and determine if descent of the UAV is to continue or be aborted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Harris, Stephen Thomas Safarik, Paul Viola
  • Patent number: 10089981
    Abstract: Methods and systems for performing contact resolution are described herein. When initiating a communications session using a voice activated electronic device, a contact name may be resolved to determine an appropriate contact with which the communications session may be directed to. Contacts from an individual's contact list may be queried to determine a listing of probable contacts associated with the contact name, and contact identifiers associated with the contact may be determined. Using one or more rules for disambiguating between similar contact names, a single contact may be identified, and a communications session with that contact may be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Someshwaran Elangovan, Aparna Nandyal, Venkatesh Kancharla, Arun Rajendran, Sumedha Arvind Kshirsagar, Christopher Geiger Parker
  • Patent number: 10089801
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and universal access control device that may be installed in proximity to, or within, an access control system to enable a user to use a user device to gain access to a secure area or resource. In some embodiments, a user may submit a request for access to a remote server and may be provided with an access token. The user may relay the received access token to the universal access device via a wireless transmission means on his or her user device. The universal access device may verify the authenticity of the access token by relaying the access token information to the remote server. Once the access token has been authenticated, the universal access control device may retrieve a credential stored in memory and provide that credential to the access control system to enable the user to gain entry to a secure area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmet Musabeyoglu, Balarajan Balasubramaniam, William Greger, Carl Haverl, Prakash Krishnamurthy, Kaushik Mani, Peeyush Champalal Nahar, Hoshgeldy Tachmuradov
  • Patent number: 10089220
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for saving state information resulting from non-idempotent operations are described. A computer system includes a system memory coupled to one or more processors. The system memory comprises at least a non-volatile portion. Elements of state information associated with an executable component that are to be stored within the non-volatile portion are identified. In response to detecting an occurrence of a particular non-idempotent operation that results in the generation of state information, selected elements of information are stored in the non-volatile portion of the system memory. In response to a request subsequent to a failure event, wherein the failure event resulted in a loss of data stored in a volatile portion of the system memory, the state information is read from the non-volatile portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel James McKelvie, Anurag Windlass Gupta
  • Patent number: 10090702
    Abstract: Reconfiguring a power system for an electrical load includes establishing a secondary feed to an electrical load that is receiving power from a primary power source. A set of secondary feed lines is coupled between a donor power source and a power input to the electrical load such that the set of secondary feed lines is configured to supply power from the donor power source to the electrical load. An automatic transfer switch is coupled in parallel with the set of secondary feed lines. The electrical load is transferred by the automatic transfer switch from the donor power source to the primary power source for the reconfiguration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Noel Kellett, Patrick Hughes, Jonathan David Hay
  • Patent number: 10090020
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and method for creating a summary video of user content comprising a plurality of frames of data. A summarization engine may identify from the user content a first region-of-interest and a second region-of-interest. The summarization engine may generate a first content clip that comprises the first region-of-interest and has a first time length. The summarization engine may receive a new input variable for the summary video. The summarization engine may determine a modified first time length of the first content clip and generate a modified first content clip having the first modified time length. The summarization engine may generate the summary video including the modified first content clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Van Tuyl Bentley, Matthew Alan Townsend
  • Patent number: 10086998
    Abstract: Sortation systems and methods are described, in which the sortation systems may include a cylindrical sortation tower. The cylindrical sortation tower may include a plurality of sortation levels, and each of the sortation levels may include a plurality of sortation positions arranged around a periphery of the level. Each sortation position may include a sortation container. The cylindrical sortation tower may also include one or more horizontal tracks and vertical tracks, and each of the sortation levels may further include a circumferential track. Shuttles may traverse the horizontal, vertical, and circumferential tracks to transport items to desired sortation containers. Further, robotic arms may remove completed sortation containers from and add empty sortation containers to the cylindrical sortation tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Akshay Tilekar, Emily Dunne, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Timothy Alan Talda, Unnikrishnan Vadakkanmaruveedu
  • Patent number: 10086933
    Abstract: Multiple motors may drive (rotate) a single shaft coupled to a propeller. The motors may be selected such that a first motor is capable of rotating the drive shaft in an event of a failure of a second motor coupled to the drive shaft. A one-way clutch bearing, or similar device, may interface between a motor and the drive shaft to enable free rotation of the drive shaft in an event of the motor becoming inoperable, such as the motor freezing or locking in a position due to failure caused by overheating or caused by other conditions or events. Use of the second motor may secure a position of the drive shaft which may support the propeller in radial eccentric loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Hampel Roberts, Dominic Timothy Shiosaki, Ricky Dean Welsh
  • Publication number: 20180276040
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for event-driven scheduling using directed acyclic graphs are disclosed. A directed acyclic graph is generated that comprises a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges. The nodes represent jobs, and the edges represent dependency relationships between individual jobs. Based (at least in part) on one or more events, a job scheduler determines that one of the nodes represents a runnable job. One or more of the dependency relationships for the runnable job are satisfied by the one or more events. An execution schedule is determined for the runnable job. Based (at least in part) on the execution schedule, execution of the runnable job is initiated using one or more computing resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chetan Hosmani, Dougal Stuart Ballantyne
  • Publication number: 20180278602
    Abstract: A service provider system may include an application fulfillment platform that delivers desktop applications to desktops on physical computing devices or virtual desktop instances. A computing resource instance may be registered with the platform, which generates a unique identifier and a security token for the computing resource instance using multiple authentication mechanisms. An end user of a customer organization may be registered with the platform, which generates a unique identifier and a security token for the end user using multiple authentication mechanisms. An application delivery agent may submit service requests to the platform on behalf of itself or the given user. The identity and security credentials included in the requests may be dependent on the request type and the entities on whose behalf they are submitted. A proxy service on the platform may receive the requests and validate the credentials, then dispatch the requests to other services on the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheshadri Supreeth Koushik, Jaimin Paresh Shah, Yang Lin, Abhinav Shrivastava, Vikram Vijay Sahijwani, Hao Peng, David Pessis
  • Patent number: 10084851
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing a managed computer network, such as for a managed virtual computer network overlaid on another substrate computer network, and including managing communications for computing nodes of the managed computer network by using one or more particular hardware devices connected to the substrate computer network to operate as a logical network node of the managed computer network that acts as an intermediate destination to provide one or more types of functionality for at least some communications that are sent by and/or directed to one or more computing nodes of the managed computer network. For example, a communication manager module associated with a source computing node for the managed computer network may determine to direct a communication from the source computing node over the substrate network to one or more substrate hardware devices that represent a particular intermediate destination network node of the managed computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Jason Brandwine, Kevin Christopher Miller
  • Patent number: 10084866
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed for local and distributed function based dynamic traffic management for network services. A service host executes a network service and provides a service framework that includes one or more handlers. When a request is received for the service, one of the handlers assigns a classification to the request. The handler then provides the classification to a dynamic function based traffic controller. The controller determines whether the network service is to process the request based on the classification of the request, metrics associated with the network service, and a local traffic management policy. If the controller determines that the network service is not to process the request, the request is rejected. Otherwise, the request is passed to the network service for processing. Metrics can also be provided from the service host to a distributed performance monitoring system for use in managing network traffic at a fleet level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Y. Yamanoha, Timothy Allen Gilman, Eugene Sheung Chee Lam, Brady Montz, Joel Ross Ohman, Dipanwita Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10084697
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for Internet-scale routing using small-scale border routers and IP tunneling are described. Each border router is directly connected to a transit provider. Routing protocol peerings may be passed via the border routers through tunnels to a routing service; the routing service and the transit provider router(s) appear to be directly adjacent routing peers. The routing service receives routing data from the transit provider(s), maintains the routing data in a routing table, and processes the routing data in the routing table to select best paths. A mapping service may be informed, by the routing service, of a best exit point (or points) for each Internet prefix of each packet to be routed on the Internet. Outbound packets from devices on the network to the Internet, and inbound packets from the Internet to the network devices, may be encapsulated and passed through tunnels as directed by the mapping service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Michael Judge, David J. O'Meara, Daniel T. Cohn
  • Patent number: 10083054
    Abstract: Computing resources are provided to a user by identifying applications used by the user, and provisioning virtual computing resources that are adapted to the resource requirements of the identified applications. The resource requirements of the identified applications can be combined into a single set of resource requirements and used to acquire a virtual machine that is able to host the identified applications. In other examples, virtual machines may be acquired for each identified application. Each virtual machine generates a display stream via a streaming agent. The display stream is received by an application streaming client on the user's client computer system, and is displayed to the user on a client display. Multiple virtual machines may generate multiple display streams which can be combined by the application streaming client and presented to the user on the single client display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Bartholomew Thomas, Sheshadri Supreeth Koushik, Yang Lin
  • Patent number: 10083030
    Abstract: An asynchronous dependency resolution system receives a request to store a first application component in an application repository, stores a first dependency map for the first application component in a dependency repository, and generates a first executable bundle for the first application component. The asynchronous dependency resolution system determines that the dependency repository comprises a first association between the first application component and a second application component, where the first application component is a dependency of a second application component, obtains source code for the second application component, and generates a second executable bundle for the second application component using the source code for the first and second application components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Carl Fant, IV, Edwin Voskamp, Stephen Peter Wakefield
  • Patent number: 10083478
    Abstract: One or more images of items for an order being processed at processing station of an order fulfillment center may be captured and associated with the order. Alternatively, a short video clip may be captured of the order being packaged. An electronic notification that the order has been processed may be sent to a customer associated with the order. The electronic notification may include a reference to one or more of the captured images or video clips. The customer may use a reference included in the notification to view the captured images. The customer may view captured images to verify that the order has been correctly processed. The captured images may include images of the items being packaged for shipment and may show the shipping address on the package allowing the customer to verify that indeed it is his package in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Shakes, Francois M. Rouaix, Donald L. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10083473
    Abstract: Various embodiments are included for adjusting a search result user interface when a foreign language search query is detected. A search query associated with a search request is obtained. A language of the search query is identified. Search results are obtained from a site corresponding to the language. Additionally, a translation of the search query is obtained if allowed for a corresponding product category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul H. Bhagat, Michael Brundage, Daniel R. Parshall
  • Patent number: 10084959
    Abstract: A video capture device may include multiple cameras that simultaneously capture video data. The video capture device and/or one or more remote computing resources may stitch the video data captured by the multiple cameras to generate stitched video data that corresponds to 360° video. The remote computing resources may apply one or more algorithms to the stitched video data to adjust the color characteristics of the stitched video data, such as lighting, exposure, white balance contrast, and saturation. The remote computing resources may further smooth the transition between the video data captured by the multiple cameras to reduce artifacts such as abrupt changes in color as a result of the individual cameras of the video capture device having different video capture settings. The video capture device and/or the remote computing resources may generate a panoramic video that may include up to a 360° field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsz Ho Yu, Jim Oommen Thomas, Cheng-Hao Kuo, Yinfei Yang, Ross David Roessler, Paul Aksenti Savastinuk, William Evan Welbourne
  • Patent number: 10084870
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for identifying segment assignments of users within segments of interest. Historical user behavior associated with users for whom segment assignments within segments of interest is analyzed. Probabilities associating possible segment assignments within a segment of interest with user behavior are calculated. User behavior of anonymous users and/or users for which segment assignments are unknown can be determined along with a confidence score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Brundage
  • Patent number: 10084784
    Abstract: Functionality is disclosed herein for providing a resource monitoring environment that restricts access to computing resource data in a service provider network. The resource monitoring environment processes requests to access computing resource data, and denies requests not signed or authorized by a customer of a service provider network or other entity. Access to the computing resource data includes access to non-obfuscated data and/or access to encrypted computing resource data encrypted by way of a public encryption key held by a customer of the service provider network or other entity instead of a requestor of the computing resource data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Brandwine, Matthew Shawn Wilson
  • Patent number: 10082857
    Abstract: A system includes one or more electrical systems, an electrical power distribution system, one or more power sensors, an air handling system, and one or more controllers. The electrical power distribution system includes power distribution lines. The power distribution lines supply electrical power to the electrical systems. The power sensors are coupled to the power distribution lines. The power sensors sense characteristics of electrical power supplied to at least one of the electrical systems (for example, current draw). The one or more controllers control the air handling system based on characteristics measured by the power sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Czamara, John W. Eichelberg
  • Patent number: 10084818
    Abstract: Techniques for processing data according to customer-defined rules are disclosed. In particular, methods and systems for implementing a data alteration service using one or resources of a distributed computing system are described. The data alteration service is flexibly configurable by entities using the distributed computing system, and may be used to augment, compress, filter or otherwise modify data crossing a customer boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Roth, Graeme D. Baer, Eric Jason Brandwine
  • Patent number: 10082936
    Abstract: The hand which a user is using to hold an electronic device can be determined by analyzing data captured by one or more motion sensors on the device. The curvature to the motion can be indicative of handedness, and processing motion features using a classifier algorithm can enable the determination of handedness with a corresponding confidence. In some embodiments, motion data is collected over a monitoring window, and handedness values are accepted when the handedness value remains the same with at least a minimum confidence for at least a minimum number of window periods. A determination of handedness enables an operating system and/or applications executing on the device to adjust one or more operational or interface aspects in order to make it easier for the user to operate the device using the hand currently holding the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Dillon, Steven Scott Noble, Paul Aksenti Savastinuk, Ross David Roessler
  • Patent number: 10083052
    Abstract: Initial configuration of access for a client device to a streamed application may be initiated in response to receiving a request to enable access. The application may not, in some cases, have been configured for streaming. The application may execute on a virtual computing node assigned to run the application in the context of a user account created to run the application. A link for initiating the application stream may be sent to the client. A capture process detects resources accessed by the application and streams them to the client. Input from the client is inserted into the application's input/output streams by the capture process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajith Kuttai Venkatraman, Collin Charles Davis, Pavan Kumar Surishetty, Anantha Venkateshwaran Balasubramaniam, Jesen Kwok Ha
  • Patent number: 10083232
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides computer-implemented systems and processes for augmenting user ratings of items, such as a rating of a song playing on a user device, by analyzing contextual information, such as user and/or device activity data associated with the device. The contextual information may be used to determine an associated intensity of the rating or feedback. The determined intensity levels can be used to weigh the associated rating events and improve the quality of item recommendations that are based on such ratings. Contextual information may indicate whether the user transitioned from another application to rate an item, device status information, and so on. In one embodiment, contextual information can be used to assess how intensely the user feels about a music item and to provide improved music recommendations, such as songs to provide in a playlist or radio station, based on the intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Scott Durham, Toby Ray Latin-Stoermer, Darren Levi Malek, Christopher Lon McGilliard
  • Patent number: 10083160
    Abstract: A metadata item may be generated that includes metadata content corresponding to a selected portion of digital content stored on a first device, the metadata item may be associated with a first user profile, and the metadata item may be distributed to a second user device storing the digital content such that the metadata item can be accessed via a second user profile and rendered on the second user device in association with the digital content. In this manner, metadata content corresponding to digital content may be shared across user profiles that access the digital content. In addition, a collaborative content item may be generated that includes collaborative content associated with a word or phrase in digital content and that is editable by multiple user profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wainwright Gregory Siady Yu, Shanmugarasa Muhunthan, Robert Wayne Roth, Ashish Singh, Brian David Rosenblat, Jeffrey Craig Kunins, Eric Michael Franklin, Walter Manching Tseng, Seth Gershom Goldstein, Otis Yeager Chandler, Andrew Olcott, Arjun Subramanian, Jay Prashant Subhash, Manigandan Natarajan
  • Patent number: 10083352
    Abstract: A system configured to improve human presence detection and/or localization by generating aggregate confidence values. The system may aggregate confidence values corresponding to overlapping regions of interest. The system may perform human presence detection by comparing the aggregate confidence values to a universal threshold, with aggregate confidence values above the universal threshold indicating that human presence is detected. The system may use the aggregate confidence values to generate a heatmap, may identify a strongest cluster of pixels in the heatmap and determine a bounding box surrounding the strongest cluster. To reduce false positive detections, the system may track the false positive detections as heatmap base data and may remove the heatmap base data from the heatmap. Thus, pixel intensity values corresponding to the false positive detections may be reduced to improve an accuracy of the human presence detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mashhour Solh, Lelin Zhang, Jinglun Gao
  • Patent number: 10083357
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for augmenting or annotating image data to help a user locate an item among a number of items in a physical environment. The systems disclosed herein can access an image of a location that includes a number of items. The systems may then identify the items and the location of the items within the image. Further, the systems may create an interactive alternative visualization of the identified items to facilitate a user locating a particular item. For example, the alternative visualization may include presenting an ordered set of thumbnails corresponding to the items. The user can select the desired item using the alternative visualization and the systems can annotate a location within the image where the item can be located, thereby enabling the user to locate the item in the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Eugene Masters, Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan, Joseph Edwin Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180267735
    Abstract: A leader replica of a replica host group of a distributed storage service is configured to replicate the leader replica and its associated one or more secondary replicas to create a duplicate host group comprising a duplicate leader replica and one or more duplicate secondary replicas. The leader replica may appoint the duplicate leader replica or another host as the leader of the duplicate host group. The leader replica may assign a subset of database keys to be served by the duplicate host group and forward data requests directed a key of the subset of keys assigned to the duplicate host group. The leader replica may further update a global key table of the distributed data storage system to direct data requests associated with the subset of database keys to the duplicate leader replica.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Akhilesh Mritunjai
  • Publication number: 20180270153
    Abstract: Entropy in routing tables may be increase to perform packet forwarding. Hash tables that store forwarding routes may be divided into multiple hash table segments. Forwarding routes may be stored across the hash table segments in different route segments. When looking up route segments to identify a forwarding route for a destination address of a network packet, digest values generated for previous route segments may be used to determine hash key values to identify hash table entries in a different hash table segment. The forwarding route may be identified according to the hash table entries located based on the digest values for previous route segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bijendra Singh, Kari Ann O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10077137
    Abstract: A combination carrying device includes a rigid basket having a flexible bag nested therein. The flexible bag may be formed from one or more fabrics or like materials and form or define a tapered volume having a pair of handle extensions. The rigid basket may be formed from plastics or like materials and include rotatable handles mounted to sides of the rigid basket. The flexible bag and the rigid basket include magnetically compatible components that cause the flexible bag to remain nested within the rigid basket when such components are within a close proximity of one another. A customer carrying a combination carrying device in a materials handling facility may place one or more items in the flexible bag nested within the rigid basket, and extract the flexible bag from the rigid basket after executing a purchase for the items therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Wang, Thomas Duester, Ashley Anne Arhart, Rodger Benson
  • Patent number: 10078687
    Abstract: A computer system receives a request to remove an entry from a probabilistic data structure. In response to the request, the computer system queries the probabilistic data structure to determine a current iteration value for the entry within the probabilistic data structure. The current iteration value indicates a state of the entry such that a first state corresponds to the entry being a member of a set and a second state corresponds to the absence of the entry from the set. As a result of the current iteration value denoting that the entry is a member of the set, the computer system increments the current iteration value to generate a new iteration value that corresponds to the absence of the entry from the set. The computer system uses the new iteration value and the entry to generate a new output value that is then added to the probabilistic data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Rubin, Gregory Branchek Roth
  • Patent number: 10078656
    Abstract: An object-based data storage system receives a request to create a logical data container subject to a condition that data objects are to be unmodifiable until after a specified amount of time has transpired. During the amount of time, the object-based data storage system may deny any requests to modify the data objects stored in the logical data container while allowing read-only access to the data objects. After the amount of time has transpired, the object-based data storage system may be configured to allow a customer to modify or delete any data objects stored within the logical data container. Alternatively, the object-based data storage system may be configured to delete the data objects automatically after the amount of time has transpired for the data objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Keith Carl
  • Patent number: 10078136
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an automated mobile vehicle that includes one or more distance determining elements configured to detect the presence of objects and to cause the automated mobile vehicle to alter its path to avoid the object. For example, a distance determining element may be incorporated into one or more of the motors of the automated mobile vehicle and configured to determine a distance to an object. Based on the determined distance, a path of the automated mobile vehicle may be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gur Kimchi, Scott Isaacs, Amir Navot, Brian C. Beckman, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Scott A. Green
  • Patent number: 10078754
    Abstract: Techniques for providing cryptographic keys for encrypted system volumes on machine instances in virtualized and/or distributed systems are described herein. At a time after detecting the requirement for a cryptographic key by a virtual machine instance, one or more computer system entities within a computer system invoke one or more computer system capabilities at least to create one or more virtual hardware devices capable of representing or providing appropriate cryptographic keys. The virtual hardware devices are connected to the machine instance under the control of the computer system so that the encrypted system volumes may be used. After the cryptographic key is no longer needed, it is detached from the machine instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Jason Brandwine, Gregory Branchek Roth, Jamie Hunter
  • Patent number: 10079718
    Abstract: A network traffic processing device (NTPD) implements a plurality of virtual network traffic processing devices (VNTPDs), a control plane, and an NTPD manager. The plurality of VNTPDs are configured to perform respective versions of a network processing function on network transmissions, where at least two of the respective versions are different. The control plane is configured to select, for a network transmission based on a management policy, one or more of the VNTPDs to perform respective versions of the network processing function. The NTPD manager is configured to monitor results of the selected VNTPDs performing the respective versions of the network processing function and, based on the monitored results, to determine a configuration change for one or more of the VNTPDs or to control output of the network transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Channing Matthews
  • Patent number: 10079681
    Abstract: Techniques for securely instantiating applications associated with computing resource service provider services on hardware that is controlled by third parties and/or customers of the computing resource service provider are described herein. A request to instantiate an application is received and fulfilled by selecting a computer system from computer systems that are controlled by a third party and/or a customer of the computing resource service provider. The computer system is selected based at least in part on the hardware capabilities of the computer system associated with instantiating a secure execution environment. The application is then instantiated within a secure execution environment operating on the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Branchek Roth, Aaron Douglas Dokey, Eric Jason Brandwine, Nathan Bartholomew Thomas
  • Patent number: 10078625
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for identifying unique data elements in data record, removing the unique data elements from the record, storing the record, and employing the removed, unique data as a key in an index into the data storage. When the record is retrieved based on the key in the index, the removed unique data elements is restored. Removal of the unique data elements from the records may enable more efficient compression of the records using compression algorithms that employ an external reference dictionary. In some embodiments, a combination of multiple, removed data elements may be employed as a key. In some embodiments, the removal and use of the unique data as an index key proceeds in a manner that is transparent to the data consuming user, process, or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. McInerny
  • Patent number: D828842
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Monica Liane Mecchella, Jesse Wheeler Moore
  • Patent number: D829237
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly Anne Lewis, Elliot Dickison, Dan Griffin Dilworth, Michael Keith Lemmon, Carson Scott Reid