Patents Examined by Robert J Hance
  • Patent number: 10805683
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can send a priming command to a media application to cause the media application to load media items and media item metadata into memory associated with the media application. The computing device can predict a media application that is likely to be invoked by a user. The computing device can launch the media application. The computing device can send the priming command to the media application to cause the media application to prepare media items for playback or presentation to the user. After the media application loads the media items, the computing device can receive metadata associated with the loaded media items and present the metadata and appropriate media application controls on a display of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Charles Magahern, Edward T. Schmidt, Gregory R. Chapman, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 10798371
    Abstract: A head-tracking multiview display and a head-tracking multiview display system selectively provide a primary set of views and a secondary view representing a perspective view of a scene that is angularly adjacent to the primary view set. The head-tracking multiview display includes a multibeam backlight configured to provide a plurality of light beams corresponding to different view directions of a multiview image and a light valve array configured to modulate the light beams to provide a plurality of views including the primary view set and the secondary view. The head-tracking multiview display system further includes a head tracker configured to determine a position of a user. At a first determined position the head-tracking multiview display is configured to provide the primary view set and at a second determined position the head-tracking multiview display being configured to provide the augmented view set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: LEIA INC.
    Inventor: David A. Fattal
  • Patent number: 10785521
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top-box (STB) having a controller to join a multicast group having an associated multicast address, wherein the multicast address is associated with a first content type of a plurality of content types, access encoded content associated with the first content type from the multicast address, wherein the encoded content is transmitted by at least one source associated with the multicast group to the multicast address, decode the accessed encoded content, and display the decoded content on a channel mapped to the multicast address. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason Savard, Michael Raftelis
  • Patent number: 10778968
    Abstract: The coding efficiency of a multi-component picture or video coding concept is improved by reconstructing a third component signal relating to a third component of the multi-component video using inter-component prediction from both a reconstructed first component signal and a reconstructed second component signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Tung Nguyen, Ali Atef Ibrahim Khairat Abdelhamid, Detlev Marpe
  • Patent number: 10764624
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mirroring and transcoding media content are provided. In some embodiments, media content stored on a user equipment device is mirrored on a remote server, and the mirrored copy is transcoded and provided to other user devices in a media content format that is appropriate for the user devices. By so doing, the present invention not only provides a convenient and easy way for users to backup media content and access the media content from virtually any device, but also reduces the complexity and costs associated with maintaining reliable and consistent access to media content across various user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Benjamin Grasset
  • Patent number: 10757466
    Abstract: Media is selected for video playback through a first device and audio playback through one or more separate devices connected through a wireless network. Different techniques for synchronizing the audio and video can be selected based on one or more factors to improve media playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Dannie Lau, Chunho Lee
  • Patent number: 10750242
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enabling Internet users to schedule recordings of electronic programming content. One method includes displaying on a web page, over the Internet, a user interface element associated with an advertisement for electronic programming content; wherein selection of the user interface element, by a user of a web browsing device, initiates a recording device of the user, separate from the web browsing device, to schedule a recording of the electronic programming content. Another method for enabling Internet users to request television content includes displaying on a web page, over the Internet, a user interface element associated with an advertisement for television content; wherein a user's selection of the user interface element initiates a request for the advertised television content from a carrier that provides television service to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Media Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Mitchell Demsey, Susan Lynn Song
  • Patent number: 10742902
    Abstract: A tracking system is provided. The tracking system comprises a trackable device which comprises a first illuminating module and the first illuminating module emits an infrared (IR) light and a tracking device which comprises an optical sensing module and a processor. The optical module is configured to sense an IR spectrum to capture a first image and sense a visible spectrum to capture a second image, and the IR light is in the IR spectrum. The processor is coupled to the optical sensing module. The processor is configured to search in the first image a first region corresponding to the IR light, locate in the second image a second region associated with the first region in the first image, and calculate a spatial status of the trackable device according to the second region in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Tung Chen, Hsu-Hong Feng, Tzu-Yin Chang, Wei-Ta Wang, Tzu-Chieh Yu
  • Patent number: 10737140
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking user movement during physical fitness activities are presented. A camera tracks movements of objects of interest in a field of view thereof during an exercise routine to log, instruct and provide feedback data to assist the user in reaching fitness goals. The user can also share his data with friends or teammates, for example through social media or in a client-server environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Catalyft Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Rothman, Nathaniel Rodman
  • Patent number: 10735767
    Abstract: Encoding a transform block includes de-composing transform coefficients of the transform block into binary level maps arranged in a tier and a residual transform map, the binary level maps formed by breaking down a value of a respective transform coefficient into a series of binary decisions; and encoding, using a context model, a to-be-encoded binary decision that is at a scan location in a scan order, the to-be-encoded binary decision being a value of a binary level map at a level k. The context model is selected using first neighboring binary decisions of the binary level map at a level k that precede the to-be-encoded binary decision; and second neighboring binary decisions of a binary level map at a level (k?1), the second neighboring binary decisions including values that precede and values that follow, in the scan order, a co-located binary decision of the to-be-encoded binary decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Yaowu Xu, Jingning Han, Ching-Han Chiang
  • Patent number: 10735795
    Abstract: An addressable asset system (100) includes user equipment devices (UEDs) (102), a cloud decisioning system (CDS) (106) and a business data management system (BDMS) (108). The BDMS (108) collects information that is used by the CDS (106) to manage delivery of assets by the UEDs (102). In an exemplary network architecture, the CDS (106) is independent of the network insertion and delivery equipment. In particular, the broadcast content stream is delivered to the UED (102) by a digital content management (DCM) system (110) and certain assets are separately delivered to the UED (102) by the asset download network (ADN) (112). This allows the CDS (106) to remain independent of the network of the UED (102) such that the CDS (106) can operate across networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel C. Wilson, Bruce J. Anderson, Alden Lloyd Peterson, II, Howard Fiderer
  • Patent number: 10728621
    Abstract: A method of presenting electronic media assets may include retrieving metadata for a plurality of electronic media assets over a computer network, determining if one or more media assets is a transactional media asset, adding the transactional media assets to a media asset list, determining if one or more media assets is a subscription media asset, adding the subscription media assets to the media asset list, determining if one or more media assets is a live event media asset, adding the live event media assets to the media asset list, determining if one or more media assets is a current linear media asset, adding the current linear media assets to the media asset list, determining if one or more media assets is a future linear media asset adding the future linear media assets to the media asset list, and presenting the media title list to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Jarvis, Christopher Webster
  • Patent number: 10708609
    Abstract: A reference picture information decoding unit (13) omits decoding of a reference list sorting presence or absence flag and/or a reference list sorting order based on the number of current picture referable pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Tomohiro Ikai, Yukinobu Yasugi, Takeshi Tsukuba
  • Patent number: 10701446
    Abstract: A data analyzer engine can be configured to receive feedback indicating different content currently consumed by subscribers in a cable network environment. The data analyzer engine analyzes the feedback to identify most popular consumed content amongst the different content and produces a content guide to include multiple selectable channels from which content is available for retrieval over a shared communication link in the cable network environment. The content guide can include one or more selectable viewing options to view a rendition of content being identified as more or most popular. Each of one or more playback devices or other suitable resources retrieves and initiates display of the content guide on a display screen. Accordingly, a subscriber can view different available content options as well as an identification of content that is currently the most popular consumed content amongst viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Peter Stern
  • Patent number: 10691942
    Abstract: A system and methods for unsupervised land use and land cover detection using a classifier that produces a plurality of class image layers which are filtered to remove misclassified same-label pixel groupings, a class resolution module that reduces multiple pixel labels to a single one if applicable and a reconstruction module that generates the output land use and land cover image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DIGITALGLOBE, INC.
    Inventor: Georgios Ouzounis
  • Patent number: 10687045
    Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) imaging systems and methods are disclosed for analyzing idle time duration in a storage area. A 3D-depth camera non-concurrently captures frames having respective 3D image datasets. A 3D data analytics application maintains a plurality of records including a first record, associated with a 3D image dataset of a least-recent frame in a series of frames; a third record, associated with a 3D image dataset of a most-recent frame in the series of frames; and a second record, associated with a 3D image dataset of an intermediate frame captured between the least-recent frame and the most-recent frame. Based on comparisons of the first, second, and third records, an activity status type is determined defining an activity occurring within the storage area during a particular time segment. A cumulative idle time duration is incremented based on the activity status type having a non-loading status type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Adithya H. Krishnamurthy, Justin F. Barish
  • Patent number: 10674200
    Abstract: A last viewed zone comprising video streams of a predetermined number of last viewed channels is provided. Channels selected by a user are identified and added to a channel list, which is maintained and stored in a temporary repository. When a selection of the last viewed zone is received, a last viewed zone user interface comprising a predetermined number of channels from the channel list is generated for display on the user's display device in a mosaic fashion such that the video streams of each of the channels may be viewed simultaneously. Additional functionalities like audio may be provided for the video stream of user's choice. The channels within the channel list may include the last channels tuned-to on the viewing device and user selected channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Catherine Elizabeth Thompson, James Alan Strothmann
  • Patent number: 10674230
    Abstract: The current invention is an interactive advertising and marketing system that operates to provide users with an opportunity to identify objects within video media and create virtual hotspots with respect to the objects, which allows viewers the ability to select objects within the video media that are associated with one of the hotspots, and transmits their interest in the selected object to one or more users. Preferably, the system operates such that hotspots can be created for previously created video, newly created video media, as well as live broadcasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Lincoln Berry, III
  • Patent number: 10657784
    Abstract: Techniques are generally described for controlling a camera to capture video based on one or more auxiliary motion sensors. First data indicative of motion may be received from a first motion sensor at a camera. In some examples, the first motion sensor may have a first field-of-view. Second data indicative of motion may be received from a second motion sensor at the camera device. In some examples, the second motion sensor may have a second field-of-view different than the first field-of-view. A determination may be made that the first data temporally corresponds to the second data. In some examples, an image sensor of the camera may capture first image data in response to the first data indicative of motion and the second data indicative of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen E. Gordon, Douglas Mark Chin, Peter Douglas Besen
  • Patent number: 10657387
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a vision sensor are provided. The apparatus and corresponding method are configured to predict an expected point, on a traveling path of a host vehicle, at which an illumination variation greater than or equal to a threshold is expected to occur, and determine whether the host vehicle is located within a threshold distance. The apparatus and corresponding method are also configured to control a vision sensor in the host vehicle based on the expected illumination variation in response to the host vehicle being located within the threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Dae Hyun Ji, Dokwan Oh, Dongwook Lee, Jaewoo Lee, Cheolhun Jang