Patents Examined by Stephen Smith
  • Patent number: 10129585
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and computer products to manage recording resources for programming events of interest are disclosed. A first indication of a first selection of a first programming event to record may be processed, and a recording may be scheduled in a recording schedule. A second indication of a second selection of a second programming event to record may be processed, and available resources to record may be ascertained. A resource conflict may be identified based on event scheduling information for the first and/or second programming event. First and/or second programming metadata may be processed. Availability of alternative viewing options for the first and/or second programming event may be ascertained. The ascertaining may be based on the first and/or second programming metadata. Based on the availability of alternative viewing options, it may be determined whether to maintain or modify the recording schedule, and the recording schedule may be managed accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Stephen Michael Bennett
  • Patent number: 10121513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamic image content overlaying are disclosed. In embodiments, a computer-implemented method comprises analyzing one or more digital image frames for the presence of a placeholder, wherein the placeholder overlays a dynamic image space on a display object and includes a content identifier and a contour mesh; determining the content identifier; retrieving select image content based on the content identifier; determining an orientation of the dynamic image space; transforming the select image content to produce transformed image content that matches the contour mesh and the orientation of the dynamic image space; and replacing the placeholder with the transformed image content to produce a set of one or more embedded image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony E. Martinez, Vanessa V. Michelini, Vishwa Persaud
  • Patent number: 10096096
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for insuring the proper alignment of a detected vein pattern and a projected vein pattern are disclosed. The apparatus enhances the visual appearance of veins so that an error that can lead to improper patient care or injury can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AccuVein, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Luciano, Fred Wood
  • Patent number: 10075623
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to implement the display of synchronized sensor data and captured video signal. A mobile computing device receives a set of data points from a multi-sensor device. The set of data points may be assigned a timestamp value, obtained from an internal clock within the mobile computing device. Sets of data points and their assigned timestamp values are aggregated into an aggregated sensor dataset that represents the sets of data points over a particular period of time. Concurrent to receiving the sensor data, video frames are received. The video frames with an assigned timestamp value are stored in a video frame dataset that represents video frames over a particular period of time. The aggregated sensor dataset and the video frame dataset are synchronized and combined into a single combined video dataset based upon the assigned timestamp values of the sets of data points and the video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Myriad Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Roozeboom, Andrew Bellay, David Bakker
  • Patent number: 10068613
    Abstract: Techniques related to intelligent selection of scene transitions are disclosed. In some example embodiments, a sequence of video segments may be received as input. The video segments may include a first segment that is adjacent to a second segment. Properties of the first segment and the second segment may be detected. The properties may be used to determine one or more categories for one or more transitions for connecting the first segment to the second segment. The one or more categories may be used to determine one or more placements for the one or more transitions. A digital video that includes the one or more transitions may be generated as output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Animoto Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Wharton, Peter Sharp, Stephen J. Clifton
  • Patent number: 10057547
    Abstract: A medical image recording device includes an image pickup device generating an image pickup signal by photoelectrically converting light reflected from a subject with use of an image pickup element, wherein an image pickup control unit displays, on a display unit, image data generated for each of frames constituting a video by processing the image pickup signal. A recording control unit records the image data on a memory card. A movement detection unit sequentially compares the image data between the adjacent frames, and calculates an amount of movement of the image pickup device from a positional shift of a main subject between the adjacent frames. If the amount of movement is within a preset range, a camera shake correction unit corrects a blur. If the amount of movement is greater than an upper limit of the range, the recording control unit stops recording of image data on the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: ACP JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10049665
    Abstract: Provided are a method and an apparatus for performing exact start and end recognition of voice based on video recognition. The method includes determining whether a speech starts based on at least one of first video and audio data before conversion into a voice recognition mode, converting into the voice recognition mode and generating second audio data including a voice command, when it is determined that speech starts, and determining whether the speech is terminated based on at least one of second video and audio data after conversion into the voice recognition mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Dongyeol Lee, Sangbum Suh
  • Patent number: 10032484
    Abstract: A digital video builder system with methodology for designer-controlled user interaction is described. In one embodiment, for example, a method comprises receiving, from interactive controls on a graphical user interface, configuration of a storyboard block of a storyboard of a target digital video to be created. The storyboard block represents a scene of the target digital video, comprises a media element slot and a scene parameter for configuring the media element slot, and corresponds to a scene specification having a plurality of scene variants for rendering the scene of the target digital video. The received configuration comprises a setting for the scene parameter. Based on the scene parameter setting, the method further includes automatically selecting one of the plurality of scene variants for use in rendering as part of the scene of the target digital video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Animoto Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Clifton, Stephen J. Clifton, Tim Wharton, Krister Wombell, Brian Rhee, Peter Sharp
  • Patent number: 10003772
    Abstract: An audio/visual control apparatus includes a plurality of displays. A reverse driving camera application may be launched to display a camera image dedicated to reverse driving in a situation where another camera application is already running and causing a particular image to be displayed on a subject display of the displays. Such case causes an on-screen image displayed on the subject display to be switched from the particular image to a reverse driving image generated by the reverse driving camera application, regardless of normal display switching priorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Arihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9992486
    Abstract: An alignment, on a first projector, of a second projector, including: activating the projectors to project respective circles; transmitting projected image data from pictures of the projections to an analysis device that identifies respective centers of the projected circles and transmits adjustment commands the second projector to make the projected circle centers coincide. The analysis device: identifies at least one first and one second pair of projected-image zones, each zone of a pair including an arc of a circle, and the zones, pairwise, being spaced a maximum distance apart; identifies luminous intensity extrema in respective profiles of spatial distribution of luminous intensity; deduces spatial co-ordinates of points corresponding to said intensity extrema; defines spatial co-ordinates of the medium between the two points of the first pair and of the medium between the two points of the second pair, to deduce therefrom spatial co-ordinates of the center of the circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Highlands Technologies Solutions
    Inventor: Francois Helt
  • Patent number: 9947112
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a scanning device (10, 10?) for scanning an object (12), wherein the scanning device (10) comprises a projection unit (16) for projecting an alignment image (28) onto the object (12), said alignment image (28) comprising a main pattern (26), an image capturing unit (18) for capturing a live camera image (30) of the object (12), said live camera image (30) comprising a derivative pattern (32) of the main pattern (26), the derivative pattern (32) representing said projected alignment image (28) as seen from the image capturing unit viewpoint, and an alignment unit (22, 22?) for providing an indication of a correct position and/or orientation of the scanning device (10) with respect to the scanned object (12) on the basis of the captured live camera image (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Dmitry Nikolayevich Znamenskiy, Franciscus Hendrikus Van Heesch, Ruud Vlutters, Karl Catharina Van Bree
  • Patent number: 9940968
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to perform speed-enhanced playback of recorded media are disclosed. An example method includes parsing an audio frame included in the media to determine a number of skip bytes included in the audio frame, identifying the audio frame as a candidate frame when the number of skip bytes satisfies a skip bytes threshold, and calculating a speed-enhanced playback rate for the media based on a plurality of candidate frames identified in the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Venugopal Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9934823
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for improving a display of panoramic video data by including an angle indicator as a visual representation of a direction of a displayed portion of the panoramic video data relative to a reference location. For example, the angle indicator may illustrate an angle of the displayed portion of the video data relative to a front of the video capture device, using 360 degrees, and the user of the device may specify a desired angle and/or desired portion of the video data to display. In addition, the device may generate video tags including angle information based on the user input. For example, the device may determine the desired angle and/or desired portion of the video data to display and may generate a video tag associating the angle with a timestamp and/or video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Van Tuyl Bentley, Robert James Hanson, Mark Eugene Pearson, Manlio Armando Lo Conte
  • Patent number: 9872000
    Abstract: A second screen system comprises a first screen that renders a first content comprising watermarks of a first type and watermarks of a second type. The watermarks of the first type are captured by a second screen that reacts to these watermarks. The second screen displays information to a user and receives user input. The second screen also watermarks a second content with watermarks of the second type and renders the second content. A third device captures watermarks of the second type in both the first content and the second content. Since the watermarks embedded by the second screen can depend on the user's actions, the third device can indirectly react to the user's actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Eric Diehl
  • Patent number: 9866756
    Abstract: A medical image recording device includes an image pickup device. The image pickup device, which includes an optical lens and an image pickup element that generates an image signal by photoelectrically converting light introduced from a subject via the optical lens, is put an operator. An image pickup control unit displays, on a display unit, image data that is generated for each of frames that constitute a video by processing an image pickup signal. A recording control unit records the image data on a memory card. Based on an angular velocity output from an acceleration sensor, if an amount of movement calculated by the movement detection unit is within a preset range, a camera shake correction unit corrects a blur. If the amount of movement is greater than an upper limit of the range, the recording control unit stops recording of image data on the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: ACP JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9862488
    Abstract: Certain embodiments herein relate to location verification for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (also referred to as “drones”). In some embodiments, an unmanned aerial vehicle engaged in autonomous flight may determine its location using a satellite-based navigation system. The location may be evaluated against location data obtained from one or more secondary factors, such as public broadcast beacons, cellular towers, wireless network identifiers, visual markers, or any combination thereof. If the location is determined to be invalid, the unmanned aerial vehicle may be instructed to take a mitigation action. Additionally, certain embodiments also include the verification of a flight plan for the unmanned aerial vehicle using secure no-fly logic to verify a flight plan does not violate no-fly zones. If the flight plan is verified, the flight plan may be signed using a cryptographic signature and provided to a navigation module that verifies the signature and executes the flight plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MCAFEE, LLC
    Inventors: Simon Hunt, Venkata Ramanan Sambandam, Samir Shah
  • Patent number: 9851793
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for receiving viewing data that describes a location of a first user's gaze while viewing virtual reality content. The method also determining an object of interest in the virtual reality content based on the location of the first user's gaze. The method also includes generating a social network that includes the first user as a member of the social network. The method also includes performing an action in the social network related to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen
  • Patent number: 9838731
    Abstract: Video clips may be automatically edited to be synchronized for accompaniment by audio tracks. A preliminary version of a video clip may be made up from stored video content. Occurrences of video events within the preliminary version may be determined. A first audio track may include audio event markers. A first revised version of the video clip may be synchronized so that moments within the video clip corresponding to occurrences of video events are aligned with moments within the first audio track corresponding to audio event markers. Presentation of an audio mixing option may be effectuated on a graphical user interface of a video application for selection by a user. The audio mixing option may define volume at which the first audio track is played as accompaniment for the video clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joven Matias
  • Patent number: 9838730
    Abstract: Video clips may be automatically edited to be synchronized for accompaniment by audio tracks. A preliminary version of a video clip may be made up from stored video content. Occurrences of video events within the preliminary version may be determined. A first audio track may include audio event markers. A first revised version of the video clip may be synchronized so that moments within the video clip corresponding to occurrences of video events are aligned with moments within the first audio track corresponding to audio event markers. Other audio tracks similar to the first audio track may be identified based on audio characteristic parameters. Other revised versions of the video clip may be synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joven Matias
  • Patent number: 9832498
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium for synchronizing video are described. The system captures video data with a camera, the video data including a first video data segment and a second video data segment. When a network between the camera and a hub is insufficient to allow downstream real-time streaming of the video data, the system stores the first video data segment on a first storage. When the network is sufficient to allow downstream real-time streaming of the video data, the system transfers the second video data segment from the camera to the hub, reads the first video data segment from the first storage, and transfers the first video data segment to the hub. The system stores the video data segments onto a second storage such that a non-real-time playback from the second storage shows the first video data segment and the second video data segment in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventor: Kerry Calvert