Patents Examined by Kristine Kincaid
  • Patent number: 8397272
    Abstract: Multiple video streams can be transmitted over a high speed link. A connection with a receiver can be detected by a transmitter. The transmitter can then establish a link with the receiver. Multiple streams of video data can be packed into a transfer unit. The transmitter can then transmit the transfer unit with the multiple stream video data over one or more lanes of the link to the receiver. A high speed communications link between a receiver and a transmitter can transmit data for multiple video streams over a single lane within a data link. The high speed communication link is scalable in bandwidth and video/audio streams transmitted, and backward compatible with other types of video data communication connections. The high speed link may support up to eight video/audio streams simultaneously, thereby enabling full use of data link bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Analogix Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Ning Zhu
  • Patent number: 8392944
    Abstract: A digital broadcasting receiving apparatus with improved start-up speed and a start-up method for the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus are provided. The start-up method for the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus includes performing a booting operation related to a central processing unit (CPU) when the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus is powered on, performing a channel decoding operation related to a channel to be displayed while the CPU booting is being performed, and displaying the channel decoded by the channel decoding operation when the CPU booting and the channel decoding are finished. Accordingly, the start-up time of the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus can be remarkably reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choon-sik Jung, Kang-wook Chun
  • Patent number: 8392951
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a communication unit configured to communicate with an external server associated with the mobile terminal; a display unit configured to display a video; and a controller configured to receive a detection request signal requesting an object in the video be detected, to detect the object in the video upon receiving the detection request signal, to retrieve history timing information about when the object was detected in the displayed video, and to display the history timing information on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Il-Yong Park, Seong-Pyo Hong, Jae-Ho Na
  • Patent number: 8387087
    Abstract: A system and method for applying a database to video multimedia is disclosed. Certain embodiments provide media content owners the capability to exploit video processing capabilities using rich, interactive and compelling visual content on a network. Mechanisms of associating video with commerce offerings are provided. Video server and search server technologies are integrated with ad serving personalization agents to make the final presentations of content and advertising. Algorithms utilized by the system use a variety of techniques for making the final presentation decisions of which ads, with which content, are served to which user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Virage, Inc.
    Inventors: David Girouard, Bradley Horowitz, Richard Humphrey, Charles Fuller
  • Patent number: 8381238
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an image analyzing unit performing a process of analyzing an image shot by a camera, a voice analyzing unit performing a process of analyzing voice input from a microphone, and a data processing unit receiving inputs of an analysis result of the image analyzing unit and an analysis result of the voice analyzing unit and controlling information to be output to a user. The data processing unit determines an output mode of the information to be provided to the user based on user information obtained from at least either one of the image analysis result and the voice analysis result, and system state information, and outputs the information to the user in the determined output mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akane Sano, Ugo Di Profio, Tsutomu Sawada, Kouichi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8375417
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, video image and voice signals are transmitted to a plurality of electronic devices each having at least one of a video image display function and a voice reproducing function. Information indicating the fact that at least one of a video image and a voice has been set in a mute state is acquired from each of the electronic devices. Based on the information, a processing operation is applied to the video image and voice signals supplied to each of the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takanobu Mukaide, Masahiko Mawatari
  • Patent number: 8365220
    Abstract: An interactive entertainment and information system using a television set-top box, wherein pages of information are periodically provided to the set-top box for user interaction therewith. The pages include associated meta-data defining active locations on each page. When a page is displayed, the user interacts with the active locations on the page by entering commands via a remote control device, whereby the system reads the meta-data and takes the action associated with the location. Actions include moving to other active locations, hyperlinking to other pages, entering user form data and submitting the data as a form into memory. The form data may be read from memory, and the pages may be related to a conventional television program, thereby providing significant user interactivity with the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Fries
  • Patent number: 8365229
    Abstract: A method for mapping signaling information to announcement information and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Jong Yeul Suh, Chul Soo Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8365217
    Abstract: A method for managing the detection of advertising sequences in a stream of information stored on a mass memory module of an electronic apparatus, the information stream corresponding to an extract of a television program, the information stream including a first set of information corresponding to a content to be rendered and a second set of information, corresponding to the advertising sequences, the information stream including at least one set of video information, and teletext type data, and subtitle data associated with the stream, the method including analyzing the video information for detecting a format transition in the images associated with the video information; optionally storing a first address information corresponding to the detected transition, and validating a first detection condition; analyzing the teletext type data for detecting an absence, and then a presence, of teletext subtitles associated with the video information, optionally storing a second address information corresponding to t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sagemcom Broadband SAS
    Inventor: Mickaƫl Legrand
  • Patent number: 8359628
    Abstract: A display device includes a signal receiving unit, an image display unit, a communicating unit, a position designating unit, and an information transmitting unit. The signal receiving unit receives a video signal by a differential signal through a plurality of channels from an external apparatus via a transmission path. The image display unit processes the vide signal received in the signal receiving unit to display an image. The communicating unit performs a bi-directional communication by using a predetermined line which constitutes the transmission path. The position designating unit designates a position on a display screen of the image display unit. The information transmitting unit transmits, by the communicating unit, coordinate information on the position designated by the position designating unit to the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsunori Kitaru, Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8358374
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus generating output image pixels from groups of one or more input image pixels, the groups selected in accordance with an image feature direction in the input image. An interpolator interpolates intermediate pixels between the input image pixels, and a block comparator detects correlation between sets of test blocks of pixels in the input image, which sets are oriented with respect to a current pixel position so that the orientation of a set having the greatest correlation indicates a probable image feature direction applicable to the current pixel position. For at least some sets of test blocks having an orientation with respect to the current pixel position within a predetermined range around a vertical orientation, the test blocks include the input image pixels and intermediate pixels interpolated from the input image pixels. For other sets of test blocks, the test blocks include only the input image pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sony United Kingdom Limited
    Inventor: Karl James Sharman
  • Patent number: 8355081
    Abstract: The invention discloses a display control device and method thereof. The display control device and method thereof utilize the phase deviation and the frequency deviation between the output signal and the input signal caused during channel switching to provide converting time acceptable by a display device and to achieve the objective of balancing the data stream transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Wen-Hsia Kung, Yu-Pin Chou, Yi-Teng Chen
  • Patent number: 8356330
    Abstract: An exemplary channel entry device comprises a SUBCHANNEL button. The exemplary channel entry device further comprises an OK button, and wherein the channel entry device is adapted to receive a subchannel selection after the SUBCHANNEL button is pressed and to thereafter transmit the subchannel selection to an associated electronic device when either the OK button or the SUBCHANNEL button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen TCL New Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Mark G. Mears, Minging (Mike) Xing
  • Patent number: 8356331
    Abstract: A packet structure for a Mobile Display Digital Interface (MDDI) includes a flexible sub-frame length to efficiently transmit large packets. A windowless video stream packet avoids repetitive transmissions of video packets when some parameters are unchanged, saving bandwidth. An enhanced reverse encapsulation packet combines the feature of a separate round trip delay packet with a separate reverse encapsulation packet. A link freeze is used to halt a transmission of a data stream at any point in the transmission and resume the transmission by a host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Steele, George Alan Wiley, Shashank Shekhar
  • Patent number: 8352994
    Abstract: A method and system for test monitoring video assets provided by a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) includes an expert test monitoring platform (ETMP) configured to emulate MCDN client systems at a facility of an MCDN service provider. The ETMP may be used to test monitor MCDN performance by acquiring a baseband video signal and performing a test operation. The test operation may involve determining if a video freeze event and/or an audio freeze event has occurred with respect to the baseband video signal. In one example, detection of both an audio and a video freeze event may determine a freeze event for an MHD. After a freeze event is detected, the MHD may be restarted. The freeze event may be logged as a result of the test operation. A predetermined network address may be sent a notification of the freeze alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hung John Pham, John Clayton Clark, IV
  • Patent number: 8345164
    Abstract: A video switching apparatus has a plurality of slots each for mounting any of a first input module capable of inputting any one of a plurality of predetermined types of video signals and performing processing, content of which varies depending on the type of input video signal and a second input module capable of inputting only predetermined one type of video signal. The video switching apparatus switches and outputs video signals of a plurality of channels input to the input modules mounted to the plurality of slots. The video switching apparatus includes an input setup data memory processor, a detector, and an input setup changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akimitsu Hio, Yuuichi Hayatsu, Norimasa Ozaki, Naomi Itoh
  • Patent number: 8345161
    Abstract: In a case of changing the resolution of the synthesized image signal obtained by synthesizing the first image signal and a second image signal, identification information for identifying whether or not the character signal is contained is added to the synthesized image signal based on presence/absence of the character signal, by a character signal creating unit and a character signal synthesizing unit. Then, based on the identification information, a resolution changing unit separates the synthesized image signal into a third image signal containing a component of the character signal and a fourth image signal containing no component of the character signal, changes the resolutions of the third image signal and the fourth image signal, and synthesizes the third image signal and the fourth image signal with the resolutions changed, based on the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoo Nishigaki
  • Patent number: 8341687
    Abstract: Described are methods and apparatus for enhancing an information resource, such as a Web page, simultaneously residing in memory on a number of remote receivers. A content creator, (e.g., a program producer, broadcaster, affiliate, cable company or satellite provider), embeds a trigger in a data service channel of a broadcast signal. The trigger includes a resource identifier unique to the information resource and a script capable of modifying the information resource. The script might be a script or a segment of a script written in a conventional scripting language. Each receiver that includes the targeted information resource monitors the data service channel of the broadcast video signal for script-bearing triggers directed to that resource. If a receiver receives a script-bearing trigger directed to the resident resource, the receiver executes the script contained within the trigger to alter the resource and/or the displayed video defined by the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dean J. Blackketter, Daniel J. Zigmond
  • Patent number: 8336072
    Abstract: A television receiver device including first and second tuners for receiving first and second multiplexes of channels, each multiplex including at least one channel carrying a succession of programs, actual event information providing information relating to channels in the respective multiplex and other event information providing information relating to channels of other multiplexes. A program is scheduled to be broadcast at the same time in different first and second formats respectively in the first and second multiplexes. The device further includes a user interface configured to allow selection of a channel of said first multiplex; a controller configured to tune said first tuner to said first multiplex and to select said channel of said first multiplex; wherein the controller is configured to be responsive to the channel selected by the user interface carrying said program to tune said second tuner to said second multiplex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sony United Kingdom Limited
    Inventor: Arthur Simon Waller
  • Patent number: 8330872
    Abstract: A receiving apparatus is disclosed which includes: an amplification section configured to amplify a received signal including a digital broadcast signal; a mixing section configured to mix the received signal amplified by the amplification section with a selective frequency signal so as to acquire an intermediate frequency signal; a demodulation section configured to demodulate the intermediate frequency signal acquired by the mixing section so as to acquire a demodulated signal of the digital broadcast signal; and a control section configured to control the amplification factor of the amplification section in a manner bringing to a target level the signal level of the intermediate frequency signal acquired by the mixing section, the control section being further configured to set variably the target level in accordance with bit error status of the demodulated signal acquired by the demodulation section from the digital broadcast signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Furuya, Yasunari Takiguchi