Patents Examined by Nathan J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 10992994
    Abstract: A video content source includes a processor and a media module executed by the processor. The media module identifies available on-demand media content, organizes on-demand media content by provider and associates on-demand media content by category. Aggregated on-demand media content is formed in a non-temporal grid organized by provider and category. The non-temporal grid may include various combinations of providers, categories and on-demand media content instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Wood
  • Patent number: 10979779
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes receiving weblink information, receiving media content, inserting the weblink information into a digital frame, providing the plurality of digital frames as a video stream to a consumer media device, displaying, by the consumer media device, the video stream, receiving, by the consumer media device, a user input to pause the video stream during the displaying of the video stream to pause the video stream to display a current digital frame of the plurality of digital frames, receiving, by the consumer media device, a user input indicating a selection of a portion of the current digital frame, determining selected Weblink information for the portion of the current digital frame, and providing a connection to a website associated with the selected Weblink information to the consumer media device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Manouchehr Bagheri
  • Patent number: 10972804
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein enable a media device to be controlled from any location via a network-based device. For example, a user, using a control device, initiates a command that identifies media content to be streamed by the media device. The command is transmitted to a proxy device coupled to the media device and a network-based device. The proxy device transmits the command to the network-based device, which translates the command into a format compatible with the media device. The translated command is transmitted to the proxy device, which transmits the translated command to the media device. The media device streams the media content based on the received translated command. Alternatively, the control device and the proxy device are integrated as a single device, which generates and transmits the command to the network-based device, receives the translated command from the network-based device, and transmits the translated command to the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventors: Ashish D. Aggarwal, Vinod K. Gopinath, Sharath H. Satheesh, Bitto Niclavose
  • Patent number: 10972792
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for indicating whether a scene in a media asset corresponds to a scene for which a scene change was previously requested. A media player client monitors scene sequences in a media asset to anticipate whether the user will initiate a scene change request based on historical scene change data. In response to detecting a scene sequence for which the user is expected to request a scene change, the media player client determines whether a scene change is necessary and outputs an indication of whether a scene change is recommended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 10965994
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for determining a recommended video, a data processing computer server and a system. The computer server determines candidate virtual scenes, users currently participating in the candidate virtual scenes, and a user corresponding to a virtual role in the candidate virtual scenes. After selecting a target virtual scene from the candidate virtual scenes, the computer server determines representation data of virtual roles of the target virtual scene, selects a target virtual role from the virtual roles of the target virtual scene according to the representation data of the virtual roles of the target virtual scene, and generates a recommended video at a viewing angle of the target virtual role in the target virtual scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xing Guo, Ruchun Wu, Jun Deng
  • Patent number: 10945023
    Abstract: In the present specification, various embodiments are disclosed of digital devices and methods of processing data in said digital devices. Here, a digital device according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a user interface unit for receiving execution requests for a first application through to a fourth application; a decoder for decoding data on the applications for which the execution requests were made; a control unit; and an output unit for outputting first through to third display windows and application data in each of the display windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Haeryong Kim
  • Patent number: 10945037
    Abstract: Techniques for real-time DVR programming employ secure instant message protocol in a DVR environment. An embodiment sends an instant message to the DVR which causes the DVR to open a new secure connection with the service provider for synchronizing data on the DVR with updated programming data from the service provider. Another embodiment uses an already established connection with an instant message server for synchronizing data on the DVR with updated programming data from the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TIVO SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 10939145
    Abstract: A method of processing information in a digital receiver connected to an external input source includes receiving uncompressed data of a broadcast service from the external input source, the broadcast service delivered based on either a Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (ROUTE) protocol or an MPEG Media Transport (MMT) protocol; extracting an audio watermark from the uncompressed data; making a request to a specific server using domain type and server code of the audio watermark to form a first URL; receiving a recovery file including a second URL used to retrieve signaling files needed to access and present a supplementary content; retrieving the signaling files using the second URL in the recovery file; and presenting the supplementary content based on the signaling files. Further, timing information included in the recovery file is used to synchronize the supplementary content with the uncompressed data from the external input source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungryul Yang, Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10932001
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to identify media sources are disclosed. Example apparatus disclosed herein include an exclusivity determiner, a unique asset identifier, and a signature matcher. The exclusivity determiner is to determine whether media is exclusive to a provider. The unique asset identifier is to associate a first signature of the media with the provider if the media is exclusive to the provider. The signature matcher is to identify the provider based on a second signature, the second signature matching the first signature, the second signature extracted from media presented at a media presentation location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Sandeep Tapse, Jason Olmsted, James Petro, Albert T. Borawski, Brian Fuhrer
  • Patent number: 10924797
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system that generates an avatar having a first behavior determined by a user profile of a user. An avatar profile is received from a content source for modifying the avatar according to a second behavior. The avatar is modified to generate an adaptive avatar based on the avatar profile. The adaptive avatar has, at least in part, the second behavior determined by the avatar profile, while retaining, at least in part, the first behavior determined by the user profile of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Ann Roberts, Darnell Clayton, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 10924792
    Abstract: A system and method in which a TV signal reception device (e.g., set top box) receives a broadcast signal, sends the broadcast signal to a TV, and sends an event signal to a rating statistics information server or associated user terminal when a predetermined condition occurs, to ultimately cause an associated user terminal to generate fingerprint data of audio from the TV and to provide the fingerprint data to the server so as to facilitate channel identification and generation of ratings statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Enswers Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon-Young Cho, Kil-youn Kim, Jaehyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10911828
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to impute media consumption behavior are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a localized event engine implemented with hardware or at least one processor to, in response to a difference satisfying a first threshold, determine that a first subset of tuning data exhibits local bias, the difference to be between (i) a first percentage of exposure minutes determined from the tuning data, and (ii) a second percentage of exposure minutes determined from viewing data, determine that a second subset of the viewing data represents heavy viewing in response to (1) a first number of households satisfying a second threshold and (2) a third percentage of exposure minutes satisfying a third threshold, and a localized event selector implemented with hardware or the at least one processor to impute the second subset of the viewing data for the first subset of the tuning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: David J. Kurzynski, Balachander Shankar, Richard Peters, Jonathan Sullivan, Molly Poppie
  • Patent number: 10887669
    Abstract: A system for broadcasting that includes a watermark payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10887500
    Abstract: Optical inspection system detects defects of an object, such as an electronic device during manufacturing. The optical inspection system includes a first linear light source that irradiates a first light beam on a top surface of the object along a scan line across the width of the object. A second linear light source forms an angle with the first linear light source and irradiates a second light beam on a side surface of the object. A camera receives scattered light from the top surface and the side surface of the object and captures a subimage of the object along the scan line. An image processing system receives each subimage from the camera, stitches the subimages, and detects defects on the top surface and the side surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changli Wu, Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 10874332
    Abstract: A system for respiration monitoring includes a garment, which is configured to be fitted snugly around a body of a human subject, and which includes, on at least a portion of the garment that fits around a thorax of the subject, a pattern of light and dark pigments having a high contrast at a near infrared wavelength. A camera head is configured to be mounted in proximity to a bed in which the subject is to be placed, and includes an image sensor and an infrared illumination source, which is configured to illuminate the bed with radiation at the near infrared wavelength, and is configured to transmit a video stream of images of the subject in the bed captured by the image sensor to a processor, which analyzes movement of the pattern in the images in order to detect a respiratory motion of the thorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: UDISENSE INC.
    Inventors: Assaf Glazer, Hadas Kaminsky-Glazer, Shaked Dovrat, Amnon Kami, Tor Ivry, Amir Katz, Mark Prommel, Oscar Frias, Marco Perry, Natalie Louise Barnett, Yanai Victor Ankri, Yena Seo Lukac
  • Patent number: 10873787
    Abstract: Mechanisms provide intermediate key frame animation during a media seek. A streaming server receives a seek request from a client device while the streaming server provides the client device with a media stream. The seek request is made when the media stream is playing at an initial location and the seek request includes a request to play the media stream from a seek location. In some embodiments, intermediate key frames before the seek location are identified. In other instances, intermediate key frames between the initial location and the seek location are identified. These intermediate key frames are provided to the client device for display before the media stream begins playing at the seek location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: David Casey, Bob Carlson
  • Patent number: 10863234
    Abstract: Secure control of network appliances uses a central hub connected to a plurality of network appliances or multiple hubs in a short-range wireless mesh network. The central hub controls communication with the appliances and also includes a cellular link for communication with a cellular network. Only the central hub can communicate with the Internet via the cellular link. User equipment (UE) contains an application program that works in conjunction with the central hub to control the appliances. Commands generated by the UE are sent either directly to the central hub or via the mesh network. Upon receipt of an authenticated command, the central hub propagates commands via the short-range wireless mesh network to the intended network appliance either directly or via the mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mobilitie, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Bernard Jabara, Shah J. Zeb, Lloyd Frederick Linder
  • Patent number: 10848660
    Abstract: The focus detection accuracy is improved in an imaging apparatus that detects focus of each of a plurality of lenses. A main side focus control section detects, as a main side in-focus position, a main side lens position where focus is achieved in a main side detection region inside a main side image. A parallax acquisition section acquires parallax proportional to a distance by finding the distance on the basis of the main side in-focus position. A subordinate side detection region setup section sets a subordinate side detection region position in a subordinate side image on the basis of the parallax and the main side detection region position. A subordinate side focus control section detects, as a subordinate side in-focus position, a subordinate side lens position where focus is achieved in the subordinate side detection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Saito, Takeshi Akabane
  • Patent number: 10834458
    Abstract: A method and system for improving automated video detection and correction is provided. The method includes retrieving a portion of a video stream and dividing the portion into video frames and an audio file. The video frames and audio file are analyzed, and a speech polarity of the audio file is detected. Likewise, a visual action epicenter of the portion of the video stream is detected and a fade portion of the portion of the video stream is removed. An edited fade portion associated with the fade portion is generated and patched into the video stream. The edited fade portion patched into the video stream is presented via a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Stephen C Hammer
  • Patent number: 10820019
    Abstract: Systems, methods, machine-readable media, and media device are provided to facilitate seamless flow content splicing to dynamically insert particularized content items in television programming content. A plurality of particularized content items may be received and stored in a content store. First content that corresponds to television programming may be received and processed to detect a first set of color characteristics of video content. A subset of the particularized content items may be selected based on matching a second set of color characteristics of the subset of the particularized content items to the first set of color characteristics of the video content corresponding to the television programming. The first content may be output for display. Then, the subset of the particularized content items may be output for display in succession so that display of the subset of the particularized content items directly follows display of the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Abhijit Sharma