Patents Examined by Peter R Egloff
  • Patent number: 10445416
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to digital note manipulation. In this manner, the embodiments disclosed herein enable management of a set of notes for a user, where the set of notes include a note generated for the user and a shared note generated for a set of users including the user. The shared note for the set of users may also be managed. For example, responsive to the user providing an edit to the shared note, a second note may be generated for the user, where the second note comprises the shared note and the edit provided by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Joshua Hailpern, Rares Vernica, Shanchan Wu
  • Patent number: 10431115
    Abstract: A smart refrigerator including a processor, a memory, and a user interface is described herein. The smart refrigerator is configured to receive user input of a nutritional objective from a user via the user interface, and receive user input of a grocery order including a plurality of grocery items via the user interface. The smart refrigerator is also configured to retrieve nutritional information associated with the plurality of grocery items, and compile a nutritional profile for the user from the retrieved nutritional information. The smart refrigerator is further configured to compare the nutritional profile to the nutritional objective to determine whether the user has met the nutritional objective, and release, when the user has met the nutritional objective, a reward to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Alex Staveley
  • Patent number: 10424214
    Abstract: An aspect of student-centric learning includes a processor and software modules executable by the processor. A first module is configured to receive, via a first template, time-sensitive data about elements of learning objectives with respect to students in a structured learning environment. The elements are exported into a second template of a second module and are classified by topic. A selectable indicator in the second template is associated with each topic. The second module is configured to receive, via the second template: time-sensitive data about one of the students with respect to a real world experience that occurred outside of the learning environment; and input to a corresponding selectable indicator, which causes the second module to map the time-sensitive data of the real world experience to the corresponding topic in the first template. The learning objectives are augmented to include aspects of the real world experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: VALERE, INC
    Inventor: Joan Robichaud
  • Patent number: 10417925
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing commentary for multiple points of interests utilize audio communication devices having an optic code reader, a microcontroller, a transmitter/receiver, a storage module and a speaker and/or headphone jack. Two or more audio communication devices may be synced to the same channel. A primary audio communication device sends a signal that triggers a dependent audio communication device to play a prerecorded commentary regarding a selected point of interest in a language selected by a person using the dependent audio communication device. A map having icons representing points of interest includes optic codes embedded within the icons. When an audio communication device scans an icon with an optic reader, a triggering signal causes the audio communication device and any dependent audio communication devices to play a corresponding commentary and a language selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Wolfgang Michael Klante
  • Patent number: 10410534
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for assisting students in a development of critical thinking skills pertinent to solving problems. An educational system may access predefined education modules from memory that facilitate an interaction between a student and a user interface. The user input provided by the student is measured in real-time such that an analysis platform may conduct a real-time evaluation of the user input. A heat map that visually depicts skills of the student is generated and may be rendered in an administrative user interface that may be accessed by a teacher or similar personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LAZEL, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Robertson, Georgia W. Hodges, David L. Ducrest, Angela K. Brown
  • Patent number: 10410533
    Abstract: A Portal Assessment Design System includes a system for designing assessment models and assessments (e.g., standardized tests). In assessment design, specifications are organized around three basic elements: 1) what knowledge, skill or abilities are important to measure; 2) what is necessary evidence of that knowledge, skill or ability; 3) what performance situations are needed to elicit the required evidence from students and other assessment users. The system includes three modules (i.e., Domain Analysis, Domain Modeling, Conceptual Assessment Framework), each of which targets a specific phase of the design process, for designing an assessment in accordance with the three basic elements. The sequence of modules represents the structure of a design process that helps assessment developers work through successive stages or phases of assessment design, from the gathering of raw information to the creation of a complete set of specifications for an assessment product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Linda Steinberg, Robert J. Mislevy, Russell G. Almond
  • Patent number: 10373511
    Abstract: Techniques pertaining to automating generation of curricula for a class of students with blended-learning contents are presented. The blended-leaning contents provide common topics shared by all the students in a class as well as self-learning materials for sub-groups of the class. This approach creates curricula optimally attending to students with different interests and backgrounds. The course materials are selected by searching multiple external sources publically available while filtering the search results through inputs of the students and requirements set by the instructors. The course contents and schedules of the curricula are further optimized by organizing the filtered search results with respect to a set of constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Flavio D. Calmon, Ravindranath Kokku, Aditya Vempaty
  • Patent number: 10366626
    Abstract: A method for facilitating handwriting practice includes: generating handwriting strokes in response to user input of user-writing strokes; generating an input image that includes the handwriting strokes, and that has a shape similar to a shape of a standard image associated with a standard word character; scaling the input image to generate a scaled image with a size that is the same as a size the standard image; overlapping the standard image and the scaled image; comparing an nth handwriting stroke in the scaled image with an nth standard stroke in a standard order of the standard word character; and when the nth handwriting stroke does not correspond in position to the nth standard stroke, displaying a notification of a stroke order error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Hsien-Sheng Hsiao, Chia-Hou Wu, Rong-Long Chang, Yu-Kai Chang
  • Patent number: 10366619
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a learning and advancement system in form of an audiovisual stimulator device that is configured to stimulate a user's brain to induce various brain wave frequencies, comprising: a) a timing module for defining a breathing sequence timing to be displayed to the user, wherein said breathing sequence includes inspiration timing, exhalation timing and hold breath timing; and b) a processing unit adapted to control visual and audible signals to display and play learning content according to the timing of said breathing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jerry Yaacov Saada
  • Patent number: 10354543
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for implementing assessments by correlating browsing patterns are provided herein. A computer-implemented method includes detecting web browsing anomalies (i) attributed to a user and (ii) related to answering questions pertaining to predetermined content; estimating the probability of the user answering a question pertaining to the predetermined content based on (i) skills associated with the user and (ii) identification of required concepts associated with the predetermined content; dynamically generating at least two sets of questions pertaining to the predetermined content based on the detected web browsing anomalies; determining a time interval during a user web tutorial session at which to pose to the user a question from one of the sets of questions based at least on (i) the estimated probability and (ii) an estimated level of user engagement; and outputting to the user the question in accordance with the determined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Malolan Chetlur, Pankaj Dayama, Vijay Ekambaram
  • Patent number: 10339827
    Abstract: An examination processing system for use with a corresponding mobile device associated with a user taking an examination is operable to receive calculator parameter data from an examination server via a network. An interactive calculator interface is displayed on the mobile device, and the interactive calculator interface performs an approved set of calculator functions indicated by the calculator parameter data. An unapproved activity notification is generated for transmission to the examination server via the network in response to detecting unapproved activity on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GraphR Applications, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Rose Goodfriend, Pawankumar Jajoo, Gilberto Galen Briscoe-Martinez
  • Patent number: 10325512
    Abstract: A training system has one or more displays that simulate or mimic rear view mirrors, showing, for example, what is visible behind the simulated vehicle. The training system includes sensors, software, and related hardware for determining a position of a trainee's head within the simulated vehicle and calculating a viewing angle and/or distance between the trainee's eye(s) and the rear view mirrors. Based upon the viewing angle and/or distance, a rear image is panned/zoomed on each of the rear view mirrors corresponding to the viewing angle and/or distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Training System LLC
    Inventors: Reginald T. Welles, Darrell R. Turpin, Aaron J. Turpin
  • Patent number: 10325510
    Abstract: An interactive system for facilitating interaction between one or more users is provided. The system includes computing devices accessible to several users, including a user interface to enable the user to activate an interaction session amongst a selected set of users; and a plurality of interactive tools to enable each user to communicate with the selected set of users via the user interface. The interactive system includes a session data module to acquire session data from each computing device. The session data module is to acquire session data from each computing device. The interactive system also includes a processing engine to compute an effectiveness score and an engagement score of the interaction session by analyzing the session data. The effectiveness score and the engagement score is continuously computed for a duration and a quality score is calculated as a function of the engagement score and the effectiveness score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Pulkit Jain, Ajith Reddy, Pranav Ramaraya Mallar, Namo Narain Kaul, Mehar Chandra Palamakula
  • Patent number: 10321888
    Abstract: A method and system provides improved auscultation training for medical students and other healthcare providers. The system includes an instructor stethoscope which generates an acoustic output corresponding to an ausculatory sound from the patient. The acoustic output is wirelessly transmitted to earpieces worn by one or more students such that the students can simultaneously listen with the instructor to the ausculatory sound. The acoustic output may be recorded for future listening and training. The instructor stethoscope includes a resonance chamber having a capacitive pickup to receive the ausculatory sound wave from the stethoscope chest piece. The acoustic wave is converted to an analog signal and then to a digital signal, which is broadcast and then re-converted to an analog signal for the listening students.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Nikhil Sahai, Subhash Sahai, Jr., Arun Somani, Koray Celik
  • Patent number: 10304346
    Abstract: A method and system of training in conjunction with a computer animation executed by a computing environment is described. The method includes recognizing a task to be performed in the computer animation, recognizing a problem, displayed in the computer animation, to accomplish the task, and solving the problem by manipulation of a virtual apparatus having virtual components displayed in the computer animation. The virtual components are manipulated by a student or user desiring to learn. The student is taught to understand logically consistent goals by using the virtual apparatus and without language interaction. Rules and properties for a subject area are modeled to the student by the virtual apparatus without language interaction. The student is taught to operate the virtual apparatus without language interaction. The student is requested to operate the virtual apparatus to reach goals in a sequence of problems having progressive difficulty and without language interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MIND Research Institute
    Inventors: Matthew R. Peterson, Mark Bodner
  • Patent number: 10249216
    Abstract: A Morse code training tool and use method for learning how to copy and send Morse coded messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The CW Operators' Club
    Inventor: Robert Brownstein
  • Patent number: 7963770
    Abstract: A surgical-training device for measuring roughness (non-delicate manipulation) during a simulated-surgical technique is described. The device has a housing, a platform, and a sensor module. The platform is movably coupled to the housing, and is configured for three-dimensional motion relative to the housing. The platform is further configured to move from a start position to a displaced position when a force is applied to the platform as a result of a user performing a simulated-surgical technique on the platform. A sensor module, coupled to the housing, is configured to determine when the platform moves a distance (from the start position to the displaced position) that exceeds a preset-threshold distance. If the preset-threshold distance is exceeded, sensor module indicates (by visual and/or auditory alarms within the device, and/or computerized counting and scoring reports) that the user applied excessive force, and was therefore too rough when performing the simulated-surgical technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: John S. Kukora, Richard M. Berman
  • Patent number: 7850456
    Abstract: A device system and method for simulating laparoscopic procedures, particularly for the purposes of instruction and/or demonstration. The system comprises one or more virtual organs to be operated on. The organ comprises a plurality of elements, each element having neighboring elements; and a plurality of tensioned connections connecting neighboring elements over said organ, such that force applied at one of said elements propagates via respective neighboring elements provides a distributed reaction over said organ. In addition there is a physical manipulation device for manipulation by a user; and a tracking arrangement for tracking said physical manipulation device and translating motion of said physical manipulation device into application of forces onto said virtual organ. The system is capable of simulating organs moving, cutting, suturing, coagulations and other surgical and surgery-related operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Simbionix Ltd.
    Inventors: Edna Chosack, David Barkay, Ran Bronstein, Niv Fisher
  • Patent number: 7798814
    Abstract: A riding simulation system for providing an operator with a pseudo-experience of a running motorcycle. A steering handle mechanism of the system which enables the operator to perform steering operations is turnably held on a frame body and a connection shaft is supported to be inclinable relative to the frame body through an inclination lock mechanism. The connection shaft is provided to be extendable and contractable along the axial direction thereof through an extension/contraction lock mechanism, so that the position of a pedal mechanism mounted on the lower side of the connection shaft can be displaced to a desired position relative to the position of the steering handle mechanism. The system also includes a vibrator and a click generator to simulate the vibration of a motor and the sound of gear shifting, as well as a mechanism to simulate a reaction force to a steering handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Makuta, Kyohei Ueda, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 7530896
    Abstract: A group of linked gaming machines generates one or more progressive jackpots, common to all the linked machines, where the amount of each jackpot is increased by a percentage of the wagers made by the players. In accordance with the invention, in order to provide incentive for the player to keep playing the machines and to add additional excitement, non-jackpot awards are paid out to players of the linked gaming machines based on triggering thresholds met by each jackpot. One type of triggering threshold may be a threshold value reached by a jackpot. Upon a jackpot reaching the threshold, one or more players will win an award. After an award win, another threshold level will then be set for the jackpot. Since the frequency of the awards being granted is generally higher than the frequency of the full jackpots being won, the players will anticipate awards being granted and will continue to play the machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Atronic International GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Gauselmann