Patents Examined by Ricky Chin
  • Patent number: 10511895
    Abstract: An entertainment system provides data to a common screen (e.g., cinema screen) and personal immersive reality devices. For example, a cinematic data distribution server communicates with multiple immersive output devices each configured for providing immersive output (e.g., a virtual reality output) based on a data signal. Each of the multiple immersive output devices is present within eyesight of a common display screen. The server configures the data signal based on digital cinematic master data that includes immersive reality data. The server transmits the data signal to the multiple immersive output devices contemporaneously with each other, and optionally contemporaneously with providing a coordinated audio-video signal for output via a the common display screen and shared audio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Christopher DeFaria, Gregory Gewickey, Michael Smith, Lewis Ostrover
  • Patent number: 10491953
    Abstract: A video presentation device is disclosed. The video presentation device comprises an electronic module including a microcontroller and a memory adapted for storing digital content, a communication link adapted to communicatively couple the electronic module with a host server, to receive multimedia digital content from the host server upon command from the host server, and a video display for playing the multimedia digital content upon command of the electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Video Plus Print Company
    Inventor: Vijay Mahbubani
  • Patent number: 10469893
    Abstract: An integrated cast and sling system capable of intermediating seamless multimedia data and playback transfers across multiple display devices is disclosed. The integrated cast and sling system contains a cast-sling box (CSB) connected to a conventional cable or satellite set-top box and a plurality of multimedia signal sources. In one instance, the CSB operates as an intermediary and specialized set-top box that provides seamless interoperability of multimedia cast or sling commands and related multimedia data and playback transfers between a gesture-based multimedia casting and slinging command device (e.g. a smart phone, a tablet computer, or another device with gesture command capabilities) and a targeted device (e.g. a television, a computer display, or an electronic device with a display unit).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DVDO, Inc.
    Inventor: William S Herz
  • Patent number: 10469892
    Abstract: Novel gesture-based multimedia casting and slinging command methods and systems that are configured to accommodate seamless multimedia data and playback transfers across various electronic devices in a multiple display device environment are disclosed. In one instance, a “casting” of an audio/video (AV), graphical, or photographic multimedia content from a touch-screen electronic device to a targeted device (e.g. a television, another portable electronic display device, a cast-sling box, etc.) is intuitively represented by a finger swipe-up gesture command because a finger swipe-up motion mimics a physical motion of pushing, throwing, or sending an item from the touch-screen electronic device to the targeted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DVDO, Inc.
    Inventor: William S Herz
  • Patent number: 10460180
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling an autonomous vehicle. A camera configured to capture an image, and a controller can execute an autonomous driving system (ADS) that classify that image. The ADS comprises a classification system for classifying objects in an environment within a driveable area of the autonomous vehicle. The classification system comprises a processor configured to execute a region proposal generator module and an image classification module. The region proposal generator module generates a set of bounding box region proposals for the image. The bounding box region proposals are selected areas of the image that include objects to be classified. The image classification module classifies, via a neural network executed by the processor, the objects from the image that are within one of the bounding box region proposals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Peter Gao, Wei Mou, Siddhartho Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 10448109
    Abstract: Various embodiments allow, as an alternative to skippable content, creation and delivery of secondary or supplemental content which renders differently in fast-forward or another adjusted-speed mode and presents a call for interaction. When primary content on a client device is determined fast-forwarded, through indicators such as embedded markers, an overlay, replacing, or otherwise enhancing supplemental content is selected from a plurality of options and displayed on the device such that it provides a perceptible message and an opportunity for interaction through hyperlinks in the supplemental content. Supplemental content may be in the form of an icon or other static images, a banner display, a series of still images from the primary content, a hyperlinked landing page for interaction, animations, a video clip, or text. Assisting in supplemental content selection, metrics including number of views, quartile reporting, or click-through rates are compiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Adrian Galep, Alexei Pineda
  • Patent number: 10433000
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining available media content from one or more content sources and providing at least a portion of the available media content for display in a programming guide on a display device of a user. The programming guide includes a plurality of entries each associated with one of the available media content. The method further includes determining that an update action button should be displayed on the display device, providing the update action button for display on the display device when it is determined that the update action button should be displayed, and updating the programming guide in response to a user selection of the update action button. The update action button is operable to cause the social-networking system to update the programming guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Colin Cameron Campbell, Gregory Moeck
  • Patent number: 10433021
    Abstract: A system and method for generating revenue for content distributors (e.g., studios) and location based viewing retailers (e.g., exhibitors) is provided. The system extends the viewing retailer footprints outside the various venues (e.g., into homes and mobile devices), using virtual seats that are associated to a particular location based on geography, and by making content available to consumers that might otherwise be either unavailable and/or inconvenient. The system comprises a control circuitry configured to: to receive, using a communications circuitry, a first location information from a first client device; to determine, using a location engine, a geographical location of the first client device using the first location information; and to send, using a content distribution engine, the content to a second client device based on the determined geographical location of the first location information, even if the first and second devices are contained in a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: George G. Christoph
  • Patent number: 10419713
    Abstract: A reproducing device includes a reproducer that reproduces a content, a communicator that establishes a direct wireless connection to an information terminal, and a controller. The controller determines whether the information terminal is a previously permitted information terminal or not when the communicator receives a content reproduction request from the information terminal through wireless connection. The controller performs first control to power on the reproducer, and issues an instruction to perform the content reproduction to the reproducer, when it is determined that the information terminal is the previously permitted information terminal, and when the reproducer is powered off. The controller does not perform the first control when it is determined that the information terminal is not the previously permitted information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiichi Takagaki
  • Patent number: 10415958
    Abstract: Provided is a measuring device that can easily and accurately measure a shape at a desired point of a measuring object. A stage is held on an installation part. A head unit including a light projecting unit and a light receiving unit and the installation part are fixedly coupled together by a stand. An effective region is set to a space on the stage. Point cloud data corresponding to the effective region is obtained as measurement data from the generated point cloud data. Designation of a point to be measured in the measuring object is received, and a measurement value at the designated point is calculated based on the obtained measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nakatsukasa
  • Patent number: 10390088
    Abstract: A collection method for information as to a user viewing videos can be executed in a device. The device comprises at least a decoder and at least one video application providing video content. The decoder decodes video contents. The device monitors pages of the video application and configures a table of browsing record for each of the pages. When it is monitored that a target page of the video application is opened and that the decoder is running, the device collects viewing information associated with the video content and records the viewing information in a table of target browsing record. On termination of the target page of the video application, the device transmits the table of target browsing record to a server. A processing method for viewing information, a device, and a server are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Hung Weng
  • Patent number: 10373458
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to identifying objects of interest and detecting motion to automatically detect a security threat as a function of video frame delta information received from a video encoder. In an illustrative example, the video encoder may be an H.264 encoder onboard a video camera. A cloud server may receive the video frame delta information in a compressed video stream from the camera. Threats may be detected by the cloud server processing the video frame delta information in the compressed video stream, without decompression, to identify objects and detect motion. The cloud server may employ artificial intelligence techniques to enhance threat detection by the cloud server. Various examples may advantageously provide increased capacity of a computer tasked with detecting security breaches, due to the significant reduction in the amount of data to be processed, relative to threat detection based on processing uncompressed video streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: David Lee Selinger, Ching-Wa Yip, Chaoying Chen
  • Patent number: 10360692
    Abstract: The wood tracking system for a production line generally has a wood product optimizer; a wood product trimmer downstream from the optimizer in the production line; a conveyor for moving wood products from the optimizer to the trimmer and across a handling area therebetween, the optimizer being configured to scan each of the wood products in a given order and to generate optimization data for each wood product; and a computer vision system positioned proximate the handling area along the production line, the computer vision system having a camera, a processor in communication with the optimizer and with the trimmer and a computer-readable memory for storing the optimization data, the processor being configured to acquire images of the handling area from the camera, the processor being configured to associate the optimization data of a given wood product across each of the images until it arrives at the trimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TIMBER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Marc Voyer, Marc-Antoine Paquet
  • Patent number: 10341711
    Abstract: A remote controller device, according to one embodiment, includes a display screen on which can be displayed a first item of video content as well as video content programming information. The first item of video content is displayed on the remote controller display screen and corresponds to the same video content that simultaneously is being displayed on a screen of a TV that can be controlled by the remote controller device. In response to a user command for selecting a program or video that currently is not being shown on the TV, a second item of video content is displayed on the remote controller display screen while the TV continues to show the first item of video content. In response to another user command, the remote controller device causes the TV to change channels (or otherwise change its reception to another content source) and display the second item of video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Steven Friedlander, Jeffrey D. Moguillansky
  • Patent number: 10327033
    Abstract: Optimizing ‘actual’ and ‘other’ table type EPG information acquisition. In a broadcast stream multiplex, information is comprised in event information tables of type ‘actual’ that comprises event or program information about a selected service, and of type ‘other’ that comprises event information about other services in the multiplex. An EPG database is updated with the event information comprised in the event information tables under certain conditions only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Bruno Cheron, Laurent Oreal, Bruno Le Garian
  • Patent number: 10321258
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to a head-mounted device configured to perform virtual echolocation. The head-mounted device is configured to cast an array of rays at specified angles from a position derived from a pose of the head-mounted device in a physical environment, identify a plurality of intersection points of the rays with a virtual model of the physical environment, for each identified intersection point, modify an audio signal based on a head-related transfer function corresponding to the intersection point to produce a plurality of spatialized audio signals, for each spatialized audio signal, determine a time-of-flight adjustment based upon a distance between the corresponding intersection point and the position from which the rays were cast, and output each spatialized audio signal to one or more speakers with a delay based on the time-of-flight adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Myles Arteaga, Wilson Jacob Dreewes, Jeffrey Michael Davis, Zainuddin Qazi, Boris Eduardo Baracaldo Doikova
  • Patent number: 10321182
    Abstract: A novel intermediary set-top box called a “cast-sling box” (CSB) uniquely incorporates multimedia and/or IoT data casting, slinging, transcoding, referring (i.e. referral mode), rendering, and recording capabilities for seamless interoperability of various electronic devices in a multiple device environment. The novel intermediary set-top box (i.e. “CSB”) is also configured to perform a holistic-level device analysis on a plurality of IoT devices in a home or office environment. Furthermore, a holistic computerized user interface that can simultaneously and synergistically control and manage a multiple number of IoT devices is devised with the CSB as an intermediary set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DVDO, Inc.
    Inventor: William S Herz
  • Patent number: 10321193
    Abstract: A processing device of a mobile device of a first user presents a graphical user interface (GUI) of an application providing group communication between the first user and one or more other users in a group, the GUI comprising a portion to receive a message of the first user for adding to the group communication, and a video sharing GUI element selectable by the first user to find a video to be added to the group communication. The processing device receives, via the GUI, a selection of the video sharing GUI element by the first user. Responsive to the selection of the video sharing GUI element, the processing device presents a plurality of video identifiers of videos having playback associated with the first user. Responsive to a selection of at least one of the plurality of video identifiers of at least one selected video, the processing device causes the at least one selected video to be added to the group communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Annie Tang, Benoît de Boursetty
  • Patent number: 10313615
    Abstract: There is disclosed an image processing method in which a video signal is inputted from an imaging optical system in which astigmatism remains, and is displayed on a two-dimensional display apparatus. Based on the circumferential direction modulation factor and radial direction modulation factor of a lens used in the imaging optical system, a signal including the amount of vertical or horizontal modulation factor correction proportional to an nth power (n is an integer greater than 1) of a distance from a center position of a screen of the two-dimensional display apparatus is outputted for at least one vertical or horizontal frequency of the two-dimensional display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10313722
    Abstract: Techniques are described for synchronizing audio content and video content when server-side fragment insertion techniques are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Searl, Yongjun Wu