Patents Examined by Abul Azad
  • Patent number: 10210864
    Abstract: Methods and computing systems for enabling a voice command for communication between related devices are described. A training voice command of a user is processed to generate a voice command signature including a content characteristic and a sound characteristic. When the user wishes to transfer an on-going packet data session from a current device to a related device, the user inputs the same voice command. The voice command will be analyzed with the voice command signature to determine a correspondence before being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasmin Karimli, Gunjan Nimbavikar
  • Patent number: 10208462
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for harvesting water from precipitation while limiting loss due to evaporation and sublimation. In one implementation, precipitation is received on a collection surface through an opening during a precipitation event. The received precipitation is sealed on the collection surface from an outside atmosphere using at least one cover assembly in response to a triggering event concluding the receipt of the precipitation. The at least one cover assembly includes a take-up assembly adapted to extend a cover from a first cross bar to a second cross bar over at least a portion of the opening. Water harvested from the sealed precipitation is directed to a water storage device. Other implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for remote monitoring and management of water collection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Ramsey Carter, James Carter
  • Patent number: 10192552
    Abstract: Systems and processes for detecting and/or providing a whispered speech response are provided. In one example process, speech is received from a user, and based on the speech input, determined that a whispered speech response is to be provided. Upon determining that a whispered speech response is to be provided, the whispered speech response is generated and provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tuomo J. Raitio, Melvyn J. Hunt, Hywel B. Richards, Madhusudan Chinthakunta
  • Patent number: 10194151
    Abstract: A spectrum coding method includes quantizing spectral data of a current band based on a first quantization scheme, generating a lower bit of the current band using the spectral data and the quantized spectral data, quantizing a sequence of lower bits including the lower bit of the current band based on a second quantization scheme, and generating a bitstream based on a upper bit excluding N bits, where N is 1 or greater, from the quantized spectral data and the quantized sequence of lower bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-sang Sung, Ki-hyun Choo, Eun-mi Oh
  • Patent number: 10170107
    Abstract: An approach to extending the recognizable labels of a label recognizer makes use of an encoding of linguistic inputs and label attributes into comparable vectors. The encodings may be determined with artificial neural networks (ANNs) that are jointly trained, and a comparison between the encoding of a sentence input and the encoding of an intent attribute vector may use a fixed function, which does not have to be trained. The encoding of label attributes can generalize permitting adding of a new label via corresponding attributes, thereby avoiding the need to immediately retrain a label recognizer with example inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Dreyer, Pavankumar Reddy Muddireddy, Anjishnu Kumar
  • Patent number: 10163440
    Abstract: A method for assisting a user with one or more desired tasks is disclosed. For example, an executable, generic language understanding module and an executable, generic task reasoning module are provided for execution in the computer processing system. A set of run-time specifications is provided to the generic language understanding module and the generic task reasoning module, comprising one or more models specific to a domain. A language input is then received from a user, an intention of the user is determined with respect to one or more desired tasks, and the user is assisted with the one or more desired tasks, in accordance with the intention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Osher Yadgar, Neil Yorke-Smith, Bart Peintner, Gokhan Tur, Necip Fazil Ayan, Michael J. Wolverton, Girish Acharya, Venkatarama Satyanarayana Parimi, William S. Mark, Wen Wang, Andreas Kathol, Regis Vincent, Horacio E. Franco
  • Patent number: 10152971
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for advanced turn-taking in an interactive spoken dialog system. A system configured according to this disclosure can incrementally process speech prior to completion of the speech utterance, and can communicate partial speech recognition results upon finding particular conditions. A first condition which, if found, allows the system to communicate partial speech recognition results, is that the most recent word found in the partial results is statistically likely to be the termination of the utterance, also known as a terminal node. A second condition is the determination that all search paths within a speech lattice converge to a common node, also known as a pinch node, before branching out again. Upon finding either condition, the system can communicate the partial speech recognition results. Stability and correctness probabilities can also determine which partial results are communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason D. Williams, Ethan Selfridge
  • Patent number: 10135245
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an appliance with respect to the appliance's energy usage, in which a signal relating to the energy used by the appliance is received, and a determination of whether to continue or interrupt a cycle of operation being conducted by the appliance is made based at least on part upon the receipt of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Barry E. Tuller
  • Patent number: 10127918
    Abstract: A system configured to reconstruct audio signals. The system may identify missing audio samples due to packet loss or detect distortion caused by audio clipping and may reconstruct the audio data. The system may employ a forward-looking neural network that recursively predicts audio samples based on previous audio samples and/or a backward-looking neural network that recursively predicts audio samples based on subsequent audio samples. The system may generate audio data using only the forward-looking neural network for low latency applications or may generate audio data using both neural networks for mid to high latency applications. To reduce distortion in output audio data, the system may generate the audio data by cross-fading between outputs of the neural networks and/or may cross-fade between the generated audio data and the input audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Kamath Koteshwara, Trausti Thor Kristjansson
  • Patent number: 10127913
    Abstract: A method of decoding of syntactic elements of a data stream is disclosed where, before beginning of decoding of the data stream, cells of all context models are initialized with predefined values, so that each context model contains in each cell data on a probability and a counter of a context occurrence number. A number of cells stored in each context model is selected to be not less than a number of all possible states of context elements associated with a respective context model. The process of decoding of at least a portion of bits of the data stream includes, among other steps: selecting a group of context models; calculating values of at least two context elements; extracting data on the probability from the selected cell of the selected context module; updating data in the selected cell; and carrying out a procedure of probability inheritance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SIF CODEC LLC
    Inventor: Vsevolod Mokrushin
  • Patent number: 10108600
    Abstract: A system for annotating words of a data corpus based upon attributes, items, and actions with Identigens (IDNs) from a Descriptive Dictionary, pairing the word's or their IDNs based on logical forming rules (CETLO Rules); determining if a selected plurality of paired words or IDNs (CETs) are grammatically and syntactically correct by matching IDNs from each pair of words. Optionally, identifying and annotating the individual entities (Entigens) that words are identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ENTIGENLOGIC LLC
    Inventor: Frank John Williams
  • Patent number: 10089072
    Abstract: This relates to systems and processes for using a virtual assistant to arbitrate among and/or control electronic devices. In one example process, a first electronic device samples an audio input using a microphone. The first electronic device broadcasts a first set of one or more values based on the sampled audio input. Furthermore, the first electronic device receives a second set of one or more values, which are based on the audio input, from a second electronic device. Based on the first set of one or more values and the second set of one or more values, the first electronic device determines whether to respond to the audio input or forego responding to the audio input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt W. Piersol, Ryan M. Orr, Daniel J. Mandel
  • Patent number: 10074370
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide a wireless controller which shows a voice, motion, or an image complying with or not complying with a user's command and controls an external device in accordance with the user's command. According to an embodiment, a wireless controller includes a main body provided in a shape of a flowerpot, and includes a voice recognition unit, a control unit generating a signal for controlling an object to be controlled, which is designated by a voice recognized in the voice recognition unit, in accordance with the voice, and a communication unit outputting the control signal generated in the control unit to the object to be controlled; and an indicator provided at the main body in a shape of at least one of a stem, a leaf, a flower, and a tree, and showing a motion corresponding to the voice recognized in the voice recognition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Hwa Choi, Bo Kyung Kim, Ji Ho Seo, Chang Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 10068574
    Abstract: Disclosed are a voice control method, device and terminal, and the method includes: after a terminal has been triggered into voice control mode, receiving input voice data and obtaining corresponding speech text according to the voice data; matching the speech text with an interface word list corresponding to a current operating interface, wherein the interface word list includes text information of the current operating interface; in response to determining that the speech text matches an interface word list successfully, obtaining in the current operating interface an operation link which corresponds to the speech text; and performing an operation corresponding to the operation link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: HISENSE CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dazhao Zhang, Baolei Cui, Wenfei Zhu
  • Patent number: 10062389
    Abstract: A decoding device includes: a separating unit separating first encoded data, a spectrum including a low-band spectrum of audio signals having been encoded, and second encoded data, a high-band spectrum of a higher band having been encoded, based on the first encoded data; a first decoding unit decoding the first encoded data and generating a first decoded spectrum; a first amplitude normalizer dividing amplitude of the first decoded spectrum into sub-bands, normalizing the spectrum of each sub-band by the largest amplitude of the first decoded spectrum within each sub-band, and generating a normalized spectrum; an addition unit adding noise spectrum to the normalized spectrum and generating a noise-added normalized spectrum; a second decoding unit decoding the second encoded data using the noise-added normalized spectrum, and generating a second noise-added spectrum; and a converter performing time-frequency conversion regarding a spectrum coupled based on the first decoded spectrum and second noise-added spe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Takuya Kawashima, Hiroyuki Ehara
  • Patent number: 10049663
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to explore media items are provided. In one example process, a speech input representing a request for one or more media items is received from a user. The process determines whether the speech input corresponds to a user intent of obtaining personalized recommendations for media items. In response to determining that the speech input corresponds to a user intent of obtaining personalized recommendations for media items, at least one media item is obtained from a user-specific corpus of media items. The user-specific corpus of media items is generate based on data associated with the user. The at least one media item is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Orr, Matthew P. Bernardo, Daniel J. Mandel
  • Patent number: 10049664
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for determining application experience of a user based on paralinguistic information determined for the user. One embodiment presented herein includes a computer-implemented method, which includes receiving, at a computing device, one or more audio streams. Each audio stream includes audio from a user interacting with at least one page of an application. The computer-implemented method also includes generating paralinguistic information from at least one of the audio streams. The paralinguistic information characterizes acoustic aspects of the audio stream that are distinct from verbal content of the audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Indyk, Igor A. Podgorny, Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 10019995
    Abstract: A method for teaching a language, comprising: accessing, using a processor of a computer, an audio recording corresponding to a series of pitch patterns; accessing a cantillation representation of said series of pitch patterns, said cantillation representation comprising a plurality of cantillations; processing said audio recording to match the pitch patterns to the cantillations in said cantillation representation; calculating, using said processor, a start time and an end time for each of the series of cantillations as compared to said audio recording; outputting, using said processor, an aligned output representation comprising an identification of each of the cantillations, an identification of the start time for each of the cantillations, and an identification of the end time for each of the cantillations; receiving a request to play a requested pitch pattern; looking up said requested pitch pattern in said aligned output representation to retrieve one or more requested start times and one or more reques
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Norman Abramovitz, Jonathan Stiebel
  • Patent number: 10013971
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining candidate user profiles as being associated with a shared device, and identifying, from the candidate user profiles, candidate pronunciation attributes associated with at least one of the candidate user profiles determined to be associated with the shared device. The methods, systems, and apparatus are also for receiving, at the shared device, a spoken utterance; determining a received pronunciation attribute based on received audio data corresponding to the spoken utterance; comparing the received pronunciation attribute to at least one of the candidate pronunciation attributes; and selecting a particular pronunciation attribute from the candidate pronunciation attributes based on a result of the comparison of the received pronunciation attribute to at least one of the candidate pronunciation attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Lisa Takehana
  • Patent number: 10010288
    Abstract: Detection of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease can be accomplished through analyzing a subject's speech for acoustic measures based on human factor cepstral coefficients (HFCC). Upon receiving a speech sample from a subject, a signal analysis can be performed that includes identifying articulation range and articulation rate using HFCC and delta coefficients. A likelihood of Parkinson's disease, for example, can be determined based upon the identified articulation range and articulation rate of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University, University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: John Clyde Rosenbek, Mark D. Skowronski, Rahul Shrivastav, Supraja Anand