Patents Examined by L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10413825
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for triggering (i.e., initiating, launching, or running) a software application (e.g., an interactive game application) or other computer program or application on a user device (e.g., a computer, etc.) based on multimedia content being provided to (e.g., displayed on) a different user device (e.g., a different computer, a television, etc.). The methods may comprise displaying, using a first device, multimedia content. A multimedia-analysis process may then be performed to determine an attribute of the multimedia content being displayed. These attributes may be used to acquire (e.g., select or produce) a software application comprising one or more elements that relate to the multimedia content. The software application may then be launched (i.e., triggered, initiated, or run) on a second device, the second device being different from the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jehan Wickramasuriya, Venugopal Vasudevan, Joseph F. Wodka
  • Patent number: 10417872
    Abstract: Embodiments of a game system and method employ the outcomes of external real-life events in determining winners. Generally, in various embodiments, the game system selects a group of performers for presenting in a game play area of an issued ticket, determines a performance score for each performer based on each performer's real-life performance in an upcoming event, and compares the performance score with the scores other performers in order to determine whether the ticket has zero, one or more winners. In embodiments, the game system can monitor performer status between the time of ticket issuance and the time of performance, and can replace any originally selected performers who become unavailable with a replacement performer. The game system and method of the present disclosure thus ensure that issued tickets maintain a full complement of chances based on external event outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Bradford Heathcote, Aaron Michael Koll, Francesco Parola, Sarah W. Simpkins
  • Patent number: 10413835
    Abstract: The present invention provides a game system having a communication function that takes into account player operability. A game device on which a mah-jongg game is executed holds registered comment information in which a plurality of registered comments are associated with a predetermined particular state in the mah-jongg game, and when a current game state transitions to the particular state, displays the plurality of registered comments associated with the particular state on a game screen. Delivery information that includes a registered comment selected by a player as a transmission comment is then sent to a server. The server holds a plurality of delivery destination addresses to which the delivery information of the player is to be sent via an open network, and when the delivery information is received from the game device, delivers the delivery information to each delivery destination address pertaining to the player corresponding to the delivery information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Shota Hidaka, Masakazu Shibamiya, Kenichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10410632
    Abstract: An input support apparatus of an embodiment includes a template storage unit configured to store a form template that is a template for form data having one or more slots to which item values are input in correspondence with item names, the form template describing item names of the respective slots and alternatives of an alternative type slot in which an item value is selected from a plurality of alternatives together with respective readings thereof; an acquisition unit configured to acquire recognition result data obtained by speech recognition performed on utterance of a user, the recognition result data containing a transcription and a reading; and a determination unit configured to determine the item values to be input to the slots of the form data based on the reading of the recognition result data and the readings of the item names and the alternatives described in the form template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Sakanushi, Yasunari Miyabe, Shozo Isobe, Kazuyuki Goto, Chikashi Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10403265
    Abstract: An object is to provide a technique that allows voice recognition of voice including a plurality of languages while suppressing a data size of a voice recognition dictionary. A voice recognition dictionary includes a plurality of place name dictionaries and a plurality of house number dictionaries in which phonemes in a different language are mapped to phonemes in a corresponding language. Out of the plurality of place name dictionaries, one place name dictionary is set, which a language-specific voice recognition unit set by a voice recognition language setting unit may perform voice recognition in phonemes of the corresponding language, and out of the plurality of house number dictionaries, one house number dictionary is set, which the language-specific voice recognition unit may perform voice recognition by substituting phonemes in a different language for the phonemes in the corresponding language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yuzo Maruta
  • Patent number: 10402930
    Abstract: A graphics rendering system is provided for controlling the rendering of images to manage expected errors. The graphics rendering system receives a specification of a render task to be performed to render an image of a graphics scene and then identifies computing devices that each have a graphics processing unit. The graphics rendering system directs each of the identified computing devices to render the image specified by the render task such that each identified computing device renders the same image. When the graphics rendering system detects that a computing device has completed the render task successfully, it provides the image rendered by that computing device as the rendered image of the render task such that any other image rendered by another of the computing devices is not needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Ashish Consul, Huy Hoang, Bryan W. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 10390722
    Abstract: Differently perceptible types of stimuli are applied to the a test subject and the test subject is set intellectual tasks which, in the presence of a stimulus, are intended to be performed according to the nature of this stimulus. In a plurality of test steps a particular type of stimulus is chosen from the set of possible types of stimuli and applied to the person. During or after the application of the respective stimulus, EEG data of the person are determined and recorded preferably within 1 to 10 seconds. Classification analysis is used to determine a measure of whether the EEG data assigned to a defined stimulus are distinguishable from the EEG data assigned to a stimulus of a different type. The measure of the distinguishability of the EEG data of different stimuli is used as a measure of the perceptive faculty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Christoph Guger, Guenter Edlinger
  • Patent number: 10376789
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for enabling a user of an online game to assemble a crew of additional crew members for accessing a content item after completing a goal with the crew. A method provides an operation for displaying a crew assembly dialog that includes a graphics user interface (GUI) allowing the user to select crew members for assembling the crew from a crew inventory. The method further provides operations for receiving a selection of at least one crew member and sending a help request directed to the at least one crew member. Additionally, the method provides for assembling the crew and detecting completion of the goal by the crew. Moreover, the method provides an operation for sending data to the user to access the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Andres Cantor
  • Patent number: 10380828
    Abstract: A method of displaying stereoscopic 3D images of a casino game apparatus is provided. Positions of heads of two or more viewers of a display device are determined. Viewpoints of the two or more viewers are determined based, at least in part, on the head positions. Stereoscopic 3D images depicting the casino game apparatus from approximately the viewpoints of the two or more viewers are generated. A first stereoscopic image of the game apparatus from the first viewpoint is displayed with a set of pixels configured to be visible to the first viewer. A second stereoscopic image of the game apparatus from the second viewpoint is displayed with a set of pixels configured to be visible to the second viewer. The first and second stereoscopic images of the game apparatus are displayed simultaneously to the first and second viewers based, at least in part, on the first and second viewpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Stefan Keilwert, Klaus Achmuller, Lukas Angermayer, Armin Herlitz, Sven Aurich
  • Patent number: 10380250
    Abstract: An entailment pattern pair extension apparatus 50 extends entailment pairs by generating an n-term entailment pair from an m-term entailment pair, where m and n are integers not smaller than 0 and satisfying m<n. Each entailment pair includes a first language pattern and a second language pattern entailed by the first language pattern. Entailment pattern pair extension apparatus 50 includes: a generation rule storage unit 110 storing generation rules for generating n-term entailment pairs from m-term entailment pairs, and a binary pair adding unit 112 receiving m-term entailment pair, determining, for each generation rule stored in the generation rule storage unit 110, whether its condition is satisfied by the m-term pair, and if the condition is satisfied, applying a modification rule of the generation rule to each language pattern constituting the m-term entailment pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
    Inventors: Takuya Kawada, Julien Kloetzer, Kentaro Torisawa
  • Patent number: 10347071
    Abstract: A method is set forth for providing for the integration of gaming functions and system functions into a gaming device of the type having a video touch screen display. The method includes configuring a platform for the gaming device to have at least a first processor for real time processing of hardware tasks and game logic processes and a second processor for processing system logic and game and system information display processes. At least one first processor and second processor are arranged to control said display to display a gaming interface for viewing a wagering game for play by a player and the second processor is configured to display a systems interface into said gaming interface to display non-game system information from said system-based information signals. The systems logic processes are kept separate from said game logic processes. In various embodiments the method includes displaying a system interface when a player or employee inserts a card into a card reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: James Morrow, Marvin Hein
  • Patent number: 10328337
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to unlocking game content for users of an online game. In implementations, affiliations between users may be established, and content may be made available to users individually based on the number of users within an affiliation. Content made available to a first user of the affiliation may be made available to the first user individually and independently from other users included in the affiliation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Clifford J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 10332352
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a display and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display. The game controller is arranged to play a spinning reel game wherein one or more random events are caused to be displayed on the display and, if a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize. When at least one special symbol appears on the display, the special symbol is held in a superimposed representation in that position for at least one further game while at least that reel carrying the special symbol is re-spun for the at least one further game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, Natalie Bryant
  • Patent number: 10334080
    Abstract: Data associated with a selectively offline capable voice action is locally persisted in a voice-enabled electronic device whenever such an action cannot be competed locally due to the device being offline to enable the action to later be completed after online connectivity has been restored. Synchronization with an online service and/or another electronic device, and/or retrieval of context sensitive data from an online service may be performed after online connectivity has been restored to enable the voice action to thereafter be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Sangsoo Sung, Yuli Gao, Prathab Murugesan
  • Patent number: 10325603
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a voiceprint authentication method and a voiceprint authentication apparatus. The method includes: displaying a tip text to a user, the tip text being a combination of a preregistered phrase; obtaining a speech of the tip text read by the user; obtaining a pre-established registration model and determining a result of a voiceprint authentication according to the speech of the tip text and the pre-established registration model, if the speech of the tip text corresponds to the tip text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Chao Li, Yong Guan
  • Patent number: 10318640
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide techniques for evaluating when words or phrases of a translation were generated with a low degree of confidence, and conveying this information when the translation is presented. For example, if a source language word is encountered in source material for translation, but the source language word was only encountered a few times (or not at all) in the training data used to train the translation system, then the resulting translation may be flagged as being of low confidence. Other situations, such as the generation of two equally-likely translations, or translation system model disagreement, may also indicate a questionable translation. When the translation is displayed, questionable words and phrases may be flagged, and possible alternative translations may be presented. If one of the alternatives is selected, this information may be used to update the translation system's models in order to improve translation quality in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: William Arthur Hughes, Matthias Gerhard Eck, Kay Rottmann
  • Patent number: 10304475
    Abstract: An audio capture device that incorporates a beamformer and beam-specific trigger word detection. Audio data from each beam is processed by a low power trigger word detector, such as a neural network or other trained model to detect if audio data (such as an audio frame or feature vector corresponding thereto) likely includes part of a trigger word. The beam that either most strongly represents a trigger word portion or represents a trigger word portion most early in time may be selected for further processing such as speech processing or confirmation by a more robust power intensive trigger word detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Wang, Amit Singh Chhetri, Xiaoxue Li, Trausti Thor Kristjansson, Philip Ryan Hilmes
  • Patent number: 10268674
    Abstract: A language validation system includes a language validation module (LVM) and a linguistic intelligence engine (LIE). The LVM may perform language validation on text in a source document. The LVM may identify a language of origin for each word or sentence in the document. The LVM may determine whether a word/sentence not of the expected language constitutes a true defect. The LVM may provide input to an LIE database as the LVM identifies new words/sentences. The LIE may remain dormant for an initial interval until it obtains a sufficient vocabulary. Eventually, the LIE may be sufficiently knowledgeable to perform automated translations requests to translate original documents in the original language into one or more source documents in one or more source language. The LIE may adapt or otherwise implement a particular style in accordance with a style guide or analogous information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Bhuvaneswari Tamilchelvan, Lakshmi Narasimhan M C
  • Patent number: 10268686
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to detecting, removing, and/or replacing objectionable words and phrases in a machine-generated translation. A classifier identifies translations containing target words or phrases. The classifier may be applied to the output translation to remove target words and phrases from the translation, or to prevent target words and phrases from being automatically presented. Further, the classifier may be applied to a translation model to prevent the target words and phrases from appearing in the output translation. Still further, the classifier may be applied to training data so that the translation model is not trained using the target words of phrases. The classifier may remove target words or phrases only when the target words or phrases appear in the output translation but not the source language input data. The classifier may be provided as a standalone service, or may be employed in the context of a machine translation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Gerhard Eck, Priya Goyal
  • Patent number: 10235129
    Abstract: Techniques for joining a device of a third user to a communication between a device of a first user and a device of a second user are described herein. For instance, two or more users may utilize respective computing devices to engage in a telephone call, a video call, an instant-messaging session, or any other type of communication in which the users communicate with each other audibly and/or visually. In some instances, a first user of the two users may issue a voice command requesting to join a device of a third user to the communication. One or more computing devices may recognize this voice command and may attempt to join a device of a third user to the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ty Loren Carlson, Rohan Mutagi