Patents Examined by Brian T. Pendleton
  • Patent number: 10694253
    Abstract: Blu-ray™ pairing with a video portal is described herein. The pairing capabilities are able to be stored on the Blu-ray™ disc. Additionally, analytics are stored on the Blu-ray™ disc which are able to determine which user took which action (e.g., pressed play, stop, skipped chapters, did not watch a video). By pairing the Blu-ray™ with a video portal, a user is able to resume a video online where the user left off at on the disc or vice versa. Additionally, from the Blu-ray™ disc or video portal, a user is able to take social networking actions such as “liking” on Facebook®, sending tweets, sharing content. The Blu-ray™ disc also provides additional interactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew M. Shenkler
  • Patent number: 10694140
    Abstract: The present invention enables real-time video commenting by viewers of media content on a web site. The media content may be video, audio, text, still images or other types of media content. When a content viewer indicates a desire to provide a real-time video comment, a content server causes a video input device at the content viewer's location to be activated. The content viewer's video comment is captured by the video input device and transmitted to the content server, where it is stored and associated with the video being commented upon. When the original video is subsequently presented to content viewers, indicia of the video comment such as a thumbnail or description of the comment is also presented, thus inviting content viewers to view the video comment in addition to the original video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Steven Chen, Michael Powers, Hong Qu, Yu Pan
  • Patent number: 10687106
    Abstract: A control server in communication with one or more a content delivery network (CDN) node and a client device may include a client controller configured to receive a plurality of manifests from the one or more CDN defining a plurality of content segments of a master content available at the CDN, and receive client information from the client device. The control server may generate, based on the client information, synchronized manifests for each of a plurality of client device media players of the client device to control synchronous display at the client device of a plurality of programs selected at the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: i4Vu, Inc.
    Inventors: Dariush Hale Afshar, Robert Owen Eifrig, Scott Blair Steele
  • Patent number: 10687098
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for crediting a media presentation device are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed include a signal generator to compute a signature from audio obtained from a media device during a time period, and an on/off detector to determine an on/off state of the media device based on a gain level applied by an automatic gain controller during collection of the audio. Disclosed apparatus also include a location creditor to credit the media device with presenting media during the time period when the signature matches at least one of a set of reference signatures and the on/off state is determined as the on state or as the off state, the location creditor not to credit the media device with presenting the media when the signature does not match at least one of the set of reference signatures and the on/off state is determined as the off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Robert Stokes, Venugopal Srinivasan, Arun Ramaswamy, Daniel Nelson
  • Patent number: 10681400
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and device for transmitting video data. The method includes allocating a traffic to each piece of data to be transmitted at interval of a preset duration, and when a traffic that needs to be used by the data to be transmitted is larger than the traffic allocated to it, transmitting a part of the data to be transmitted using this allocated traffic, and transmitting the remaining data after a next traffic allocation is performed. By allocating traffic, the traffic for transmission can be controlled, thereby reducing possibility of network congestion caused by relatively large bandwidth being used for transmitting video resources. If the traffic that needs to be used by the data to be transmitted is larger than the traffic allocated to it, only part of the data is transmitted, and the remaining of the data will not be transmitted until traffic is allocated again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Youtong Sun, Xinyu Gu, Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10678038
    Abstract: A scanning confocal microscope apparatus includes: a scanning confocal microscope that includes an objective lens; a computing device that divides a range in a direction of an optical axis of the objective lens of a preliminary scanning area on which preliminary scanning has been performed into a plurality of groups, in accordance with data obtained by performing the preliminary scanning using the scanning confocal microscope; and a controller that controls the scanning confocal microscope so as to perform principal scanning in which at least a portion of the preliminary scanning area is scanned under a measurement condition determined for each of the plurality of groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Akihiro Fujii, Yosuke Tani
  • Patent number: 10674195
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a break in a broadcast including receiving a broadcast of an event, the broadcast comprising one of audio and video, receiving event data about the event, determining, during the event, a break threshold based on the event data and a type of the event and identifying a break based on the broadcast of the event and the break threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel Joseph Reisner
  • Patent number: 10666993
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for transmitting a broadcast signal. A broadcast receiver, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises: a broadcast signal interface, which receives a broadcast signal comprising broadcast content, which includes one or more components, and a component element which describes the one more components; a control unit for parsing the component element and decoding the broadcast content by referencing the parsed component element, wherein the component element comprises a capability element describing capabilities of a broadcast receiver required for processing the component; and a display unit for displaying the broadcast content which has been decoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Seungryul Yang, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10638189
    Abstract: A broadcast receiver is configured to receive a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service; separate at least a video image related to a broadcast program, electronic program guide information, and application-related information from the received broadcast wave; reproduce the video image related to the broadcast program; form an electronic program guide screen based on the electronic program guide information; acquire an application based on location information by referring to the application-related information; execute the application and outputs an application execution video image; and display the video image related to the broadcast program, the electronic program guide screen, or the application execution video image. The electronic program guide screen indicates information relating to applications to be executed in cooperation with the broadcast program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Motoyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10638194
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media device, overlay data associated with media content. The overlay data includes information indicating a time and a position at which a particular object is represented within the media content, and the overlay data includes information associating the particular object with supplemental information. The method further includes, during playback of the media content, receiving user input at the media device, and, responsive to the user input, generating an overlay display based on the overlay data, where the overlay display causes the particular object to be highlighted in a display of the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Patent number: 10630407
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an in-vehicle image supplement are disclosed. One embodiment includes receiving a broadcast media signal that includes a content portion and a metadata portion, determining whether a primary image is included in the metadata portion, and in response to determining that the primary image is included in the metadata portion, providing the primary image for display. Additionally, in response to determining that the primary image is not included in the metadata portion, some embodiments include determining whether the primary image is otherwise available and in response to determining that the primary image is otherwise available, retrieving the primary image and providing the primary image for display. In response to determining that the primary image is not otherwise available, some embodiments include determining whether a secondary image is available, retrieving the secondary image, and providing the secondary image for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 10631050
    Abstract: Certain embodiments involve determining visual context associated with user behavior and associating the visual context with the user behavior. For example, a system captures a portion of a user interface provided to a user at a time of a user action on the user interface. The captured portion can include digital content and the system can detect the digital content. The system can also generate a digital representation of the digital content. The digital representation can indicate the digital and exclude the digital content. The system can determine a visual context associated with the user action based on the generated digital representation. The visual context describes the digital content displayed via the user interface at the time of the user action. The system can also determine subsequent digital content to output to the user to create a subsequent visual context to encourage a particular user behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Raymond Fransen, Aaron Motayne
  • Patent number: 10631030
    Abstract: A technique for providing a video streaming service is provided. A method of a mobile device for providing a video streaming service includes sending periodically location and moving path information of the mobile device to a first server, receiving bitrate information per location predicted according to a moving path of the mobile device, from the first server, determining a bitrate for a current location of the mobile device based on the predicated bitrate information per location of the mobile device, and requesting a second server to send video segments based on the bitrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Hyung-Ho Lee, Taekyoung Kwon, Han-Na Lim, Dookyoon Han, Ji-Cheol Lee, Youngbin Im, Taejoong Chung
  • Patent number: 10631023
    Abstract: A television playout system that handles playout of a channel, receives a video feed of the channel comprising programming data and a plurality of interstitial content items, and a playout schedule of the channel. Metadata comprising a pre-roll value is inserted at a first insertion point related to a first interstitial content item of the plurality of interstitial content items, based on the playout schedule. An offset is detected in the metadata, based on the first insertion point of the metadata in the video feed, the pre-roll value, and a time-code (TC) jump associated with a second interstitial content item in the video feed. One or more control parameters associated with the insertion of the metadata are calibrated, based on the detected offset to align a splice point related to the first interstitial content item with the TC jump associated with the second interstitial content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Donald Jude Loheide, Kevin Scott Snedden, Steven Ernest Riedl, James T. Bernier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10630960
    Abstract: A machine vision system may perform compressive sensing by aggregating signals from multiple pixels. The aggregation of signals may be based on a sampling function. The sampling function may be formed of a product of a random basis, which may be sparse, and a filtering function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: John McGarry
  • Patent number: 10623743
    Abstract: An imaging device captures images of a head-mounted display (HMD), or other object, including locators providing a pattern of light. The imaging device compresses captured images of the locators of the HMD by identifying pixels of a captured image having at least a threshold brightness and additional pixels within a threshold distance of the identified pixels. To generate a compressed image, the camera performs run-length encoding of pixels other than the identified pixels and additional pixels. The compressed image is provided by the imaging device to a console or other computing device. In some embodiments, the imaging device also determines whether a segment of adjacent pixels in a captured image is above the threshold brightness and sets the segment of adjacent pixels to a specific value and performs run-length encoding on the segment of adjacent pixels above the threshold brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Enders Robertson, Maksym Katsev, Neil Konzen
  • Patent number: 10623823
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method, a system, and a website server for playing a website video. The method includes: receiving a video playback request that includes a client identification and a video identification, and querying a playback record corresponding to the client identification; accumulating video playback times in the playback record to obtain current video playback times; determining advertisement information duration corresponding to the current video playback times, where the playback times are inversely proportional to the advertisement information duration; and extracting, from an advertisement information library according to the determined advertisement information duration, advertisement information that meets the duration, acquiring video data corresponding to the video identification, inserting the extracted advertisement information ahead of the video data, and transmitting the extracted advertisement information and the video data to a client for playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Bin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10623796
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for detecting a smart phone to enable content. An embodiment operates by detecting that a mobile device is within a vicinity of a media device. A different set of media options corresponding to the mobile device is determined. The media device is configured with the different set of media options. An indication that the media device has been configured with the different set of media options is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Garner, Joseph Hollinger
  • Patent number: 10622023
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for receiving, at a computing device, a plurality of video sources related to an event. For each video source of the plurality of video sources, the systems and methods further provide for analyzing, by the computing device, the video source of the plurality of video sources to determine a device orientation to associate with the video source, associating, by the computing device, the device orientation with the video source, and storing, by the computing device, the video source and the associated device orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jia Li, Nathan Litke, Jose Jesus (Joseph) Paredes, Rahul Bhupendra Sheth, Daniel Szeto, Ning Xu, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 10616565
    Abstract: A system includes a head mounted display (HMD), a processor, and a memory. The HMD is configured to generate sensor data indicative of a gaze vector of a user and a position of the user. The processor is configured to communicate with the HMD. The memory is coupled to the processor and stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to obtain data indicating the gaze vector of the user and the position of the user. The instructions also cause the processor to determine a component vector for a virtual component of a virtual reality simulator based on the position of the user and a position of the virtual component. The instructions further cause the processor to calculate an alignment value based on the gaze vector and the component vector, and adjust a simulation setting of the virtual component based on the alignment value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: William Wai Ho Cheung