Patents Examined by Melur Ramakrishnaiah
  • Patent number: 11405583
    Abstract: Video conferencing in a controlled environment facility entails significant security concerns. These concerns are even more prevalent in a system that permits residents of such facilities to communicate via their own personal devices. Therefore, in order to alleviate these concerns and provide a secure system in which a resident is able to make video calls using their personal device, a kiosk unit is provided to which the personal device must be linked for completing a video call. When making the video call, the camera and display on the personal device are disabled, and all video data is captured and displayed by the kiosk unit. The link between the kiosk unit and the personal device facilitates the exchange of the image information for transmission to the outside party, or display to the user. By providing a fixed camera, and disabling the personal device camera, security can be maintained while permitting video calling services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Hodge, Anthony Bambocci
  • Patent number: 11405588
    Abstract: A conferencing device includes a power supply, a processor, a video out module, and a USB hub in communication with the processor and drawing power from the power supply. The conferencing device is configured to provide power from the power supply to an external host device in communication with the USB hub, receive control signals and video data from the external host device, and place video data from the external host device at a video out port of the conferencing device. Embodiments herein discuss the switching between and/or simultaneous presentation of video data for placement at the video out port as between two or more external host devices connected to the conferencing device based on the control signals sent from the external host devices. The conferencing device may be connected to another conferencing device to create a single logical conferencing device that can handle an expanded number of external host devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: TARGUS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Decamp, II, Man Cheung Dan Tsang, Nicholas Anthony Markovsky
  • Patent number: 11405584
    Abstract: A smart muting method for a teleconference or videoconference participant includes detecting audio of an audio-video stream; analyzing video data of the audio-video stream with respect to the detected audio; determining that the audio corresponds to an intended communication, based on the analyzing video data of the audio-video stream with respect to the detected audio; and rendering the audio, responsive to determining that the audio corresponds to an intended communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Grover, Cary Arnold Bran
  • Patent number: 11399155
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The device can display a live video communication user interface of a live video communication application that includes participant affordances corresponding to participants. In response to detecting an input that corresponds to a request to initiate a process of starting a new live communication session, the device can: in accordance with the input corresponding to selection of the first participant affordance, initiate a process of starting a new live communication session that includes a group of three or more participants; and in accordance with the input corresponding to selection of the new session affordance, initiate a process for selecting two or more participants and start a new live communication session that includes a participant associated with the device and the selected participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Lee S. Broughton, Peter Callaway, Pablo F. Caro, Jae Woo Chang, Allison Dryer, Craig M. Federighi, Robert Garcia, Stephen O. Lemay, John Louch, Hoan Pham
  • Patent number: 11395091
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a collaboration endpoint transmits an ultrasonic signal into an area based on a frequency sweep. The collaboration endpoint receives a reflected signal that comprises the ultrasonic signal reflected off an object located in the area. The collaboration endpoint detects, based on the reflected signal, the object as being a potential user. The collaboration endpoint determines, based on the reflected signal, a distance from the collaboration endpoint to the potential user. The collaboration endpoint initiates, based on the distance from the collaboration endpoint to the potential user, a wake-up sequence of the collaboration endpoint to exit a standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Asbjørn Therkelsen, Marcus Widmer
  • Patent number: 11388370
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing a mobile device to selectively act as a two-party endpoint in a videoconference with a remote party. The disclosed technique, by way of example, entails receiving first user video and audio from a first camera and mic located on the front of the mobile device and receiving second user video and audio from a second camera and mic located on the back of the device. Remote user video and audio are received at the device, and the remote user video and audio, and second user video and audio are conveyed via a first display screen and first speaker located on the front of the device. Similarly, the remote user video and audio, and first user video and audio are conveyed via a second display screen and second speaker located on the back of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Zhu
  • Patent number: 11380173
    Abstract: A circuit is described for powering a video doorbell in signal communication with a chime that outputs audio in response to a button on the video doorbell being pressed. The circuit includes a rectifier circuit configured to: i) receive a first voltage signal generated based on a power source and ii) generate a second voltage signal based on the first voltage signal. The circuit includes a boost circuit that generates a high-voltage direct-current (DC) signal for charging a capacitor without generating a peak current that triggers a particular noise output from the chime. The circuit also includes a converter circuit that generates a low-voltage power signal based on the high-voltage DC signal and a charge stored at the capacitor. The low-voltage power signal is for powering a plurality of components of the video doorbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Seton Paul Kasmir
  • Patent number: 11375158
    Abstract: One example system for sharing content across videoconferencing sub-meetings includes a processor and at least one memory device. The memory device includes instructions that are executable by the processor to cause the processor to establish a videoconferencing session including a main meeting and a first sub-meeting, receive, from a presenter, a content to be displayed in the main meeting, and cause the content to be displayed in the main meeting. The memory device further includes instructions that are executable by the processor to cause the processor to receive, from a first participant in the videoconferencing session, an indication that the content is to be displayed in the first sub-meeting, and cause the content to be displayed in the first sub-meeting simultaneously with the content in the main meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Han, Nitasha Walia
  • Patent number: 11372617
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) determining, by a playback device, a first loudness level of a first portion of first media content from a first source while the playback device presents the first media content, with the first portion having a first length; (ii) switching, by the playback device, from presenting the first media content from the first source to presenting second media content from a second source; (iii) based on the switching, determining, by the playback device, second loudness levels of second portions of the first media content while the playback device presents the second media content, with the second portions having a second length that is shorter than the first length; and (iv) while the playback device presents the second media content, adjusting, by the playback device, a volume of the playback device based on one or more of the second loudness levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus K. Cremer, Shashank Merchant, Robert Coover, Todd J. Hodges, Joshua Ernest Morris
  • Patent number: 11375155
    Abstract: A second intercom station when activated activates camera means to take a picture of a user and sends the picture to a first intercom station in an MMS and automatically and substantially simultaneously attempts to connect via a voice call to the first intercom station. The first intercom station displays the picture and substantially simultaneously receives the voice call connection attempt from the second intercom station when the MMS is received. The first intercom station comprises means to reject or accept the voice call. If the voice call is accepted then two-way voice communication between the first and second station is enabled, and if the voice call is rejected then two-way voice communication between the first and second station is not enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: ADVANCED ELECTRONIC SOLUTIONS GLOBAL LTD
    Inventor: Paul Creighton
  • Patent number: 11374911
    Abstract: One disclosed example method includes obtaining a meeting cryptographic key, transmitting, from a client device to a video conference provider, a request to initiate an encrypted video conference, the encrypted video conference including a plurality of participants, and distributing the meeting cryptographic key to each participant of the plurality of participants. The disclosed example method further includes receiving an indication that the encrypted video conference is to be locked, subsequent to receiving the indication that the encrypted conference is to be locked, receiving a request to admit an additional participant to the encrypted video conference, determining whether the additional participant is one of the plurality of participants, and responsive to determining that the additional participant is not one of the plurality of participants, rejecting the request to admit the additional participant to the encrypted video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Max Krohn
  • Patent number: 11368653
    Abstract: A projection-type video conference device comprises: a projection module configured to project a video image of a video conference, and comprising a housing with one or more status indicators thereon; a plurality of working modules configured to provide different services for the video conference; and a detection module configured to detect working statuses of the plurality of working modules, the detection module being connected to the plurality of working modules respectively, wherein the detection module detects the working statuses of the plurality of working modules in real time, and the working statuses are indicated by the one or more status indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: AMPULA INC.
    Inventor: Yajun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11368652
    Abstract: Audio content and played frames may be received. The audio content may correspond to first video content. The played frames may be included in the first video content. The first video content may further include a replaced frame. The played frames and the replaced frame may include a face of a person. Location data may also be received that indicates locations of facial features of the face of the person within the replaced frame. A replacement frame may be generated, such as by rendering the facial features in the replacement frame based at least in part on the locations indicated by the location data and positions indicated by a portion of the audio content that is associated with the replaced frame. Second video content may be played including the played frames and the replacement frame. The replacement frame may replace the replaced frame in the second video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Johnson, Pragyana K. Mishra, Mohammed Khalilia, Wenbin Ouyang, Naveen Sudhakaran Nair
  • Patent number: 11368651
    Abstract: A device includes a housing having a top, a bottom opposite the top, a front, and a back opposite the front. One or more microphones are oriented substantially towards the top. A first camera, a display, a loudspeaker, and an emitter are oriented substantially towards the front. A second camera, a projector, and a sensor are oriented substantially towards the bottom. The second camera and the sensor may include field of views that at least partially overlap with a projection area of the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Gupta, Oszkar Tiberius Bajko, Kristina Perez de Tagle, Hung-Bing Tan, Mona Mayeh, Martin Peter Aalund, Sudarshan Rangaraj, Arivazhagan Chandrashekaran, Pierre Della Nave
  • Patent number: 11363236
    Abstract: The embodiments of the disclosure provide a projection-type video conference system, which includes a video conference device and a cloud service system. The cloud service system is configured to provide services to the video conference device. The video conference device includes: a camera assembly configured to acquire image information of a conference scene and generate a conference video; an audio input assembly configured to collect voice signals of the conference scene, the voice signals including a recognizable voice instruction; a projection assembly configured to display the conference video. The video conference device can recognize the voice instruction, and perform, according to the voice instruction, an operation corresponding thereto. The video conference device may be controlled through voice, and it has high integration and is convenient to carry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: AMPULA INC.
    Inventor: Yajun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11363237
    Abstract: A system for alerting individuals when a user is a participant of a conference call is provided. The system has a software application downloadable to a one user device associated with a user, wherein the a user device comprises an audio or video interface that allows the user to participate on a conference call, and wherein the software application is configured to detect if the user is on the conference call, a communication interface, and a cue in communication with the software application via the communication interface, wherein the cue is configured to receive an input from software application when the user is on the conference call, and in response, trigger the cue so that the individual is alerted that the user is on a conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Ryan Block
  • Patent number: 11363081
    Abstract: A method for conducting remote communications at a funeral home in accordance with one or more aspects of the present disclosure is presented. The method includes providing a first video conference system positioned in a funeral home. A second video conference system is positioned in a vehicle structure remotely located from the funeral home. The vehicle structure is operable to have vehicles driven into and out of the vehicle structure. A communication link is established between the first and second video conference systems. One or more family members are enabled to gather at the funeral home for a funeral service of a loved one. One or more passengers are driven in a first vehicle into the vehicle structure. While the one or more passengers remain in the first vehicle, the one or more passengers and the one or more family members communicate via the communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Kathleen A. Sanvidge, Zoltan Prohaszka
  • Patent number: 11363078
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of capturing devices and a plurality of displaying devices. The capturing devices and the displaying devices can be communicatively connected to a server. The server can receive captured data from the capturing devices and transform the data into a digitized format. At least one of the capturing devices can record a video during a meeting and the capturing device can transmit the captured video to the server as a video feed. The video feed can show an area that includes handwritten text, e.g., a whiteboard. The server can receive the video feed from the capturing device and perform various processes on the video. For example, the server can perform a voice recognition, text recognition, handwriting recognition, face recognition and/or object recognition technique on the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Gaurang Bhatt, Negar Kalbasi
  • Patent number: 11356620
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing a program and method for including a video feed in a message thread. The program and method provide for determining that a message thread is being concurrently displayed on a first device associated with a first user and on a second device associated with a second user, the first user and the second user corresponding to contacts within a messaging application; and transmitting, in response to the determining, image data captured on the first device to the second device, for display within the message thread on the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Voss, Christie Marie Heikkinen, Daniel Rakhamimov, Laurent Desserrey, Susan Marie Territo
  • Patent number: 11354532
    Abstract: In some examples, a host device comprises a network interface and a processor. The processor is to, in response to a request to share content with a remote device, display the content in a graphical user interface. The content is a video. The processor is to generate an image of the content. The image is a frame of the video. The processor is to generate a first representation of the image, receive second and third representations of the image via the network interface, determine a first similarity between the first representation and the second representation, determine a second similarity between the first representation and the third representation, compare the first similarity to a threshold, compare the second similarity to the threshold, and indicate whether the content is successfully shared with the remote device based on the comparison of the first similarity to the threshold and the comparison of the second similarity to the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Charles J. Stancil, Lee Warren Atkinson