Patents Examined by Susan McFadden
  • Patent number: 10200746
    Abstract: Various arrangements are detailed herein related to managing scheduled events using a home assistant and an integrated video service. Using a network-enabled video camera, a video stream of a location may be captured. The video stream captured may be used to determine an identity of a user present at the location. In response to identifying the identity of the user, access to a cloud-based calendar account for the user may be determined to be authorized. The cloud-based calendar account linked with the user may be accessed. A next calendar event mapped to the cloud-based calendar account that is scheduled to occur within a threshold time duration may be determined. A description linked with the next calendar event may be accessed. A network-enabled smart home assistant device may be used to synthesize speech to announce details related to the next event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jessica Yuan, James Stewart, Rajeev Nongpiur, Patrick Lister, Chi Yeung Jonathan Ng
  • Patent number: 10168988
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and a computer system for identifying user preferences and changing settings of a device based on natural language processing. One or more programs running in background on the device capture an input of natural language from a user of the device, match the input of the natural language to a user frustration, map the user frustration to one or more solutions that make one or more changes of settings on the device, apply the one or more changes of settings to set user preference settings on the device, and store the user preference settings in a common store for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jing Jing Hu, Ling Ma, Graham A. Watts, Xiao Jin Zhao
  • Patent number: 10152964
    Abstract: Non-limiting examples described herein relate to processing for transcoding textual content into audio signals. In some examples, transcoding services are provided over a distributed network, for example, through an interaction between a client device and a server device. For instance, a client device may transmit a selection of a document to a server device. The server device may access a document source for the document and transcode content from the document source into speech. The server device may transmit the transcoded content to the client device, for example, where the client device may output the transcoded content. For instance, the transcoded content may be an audio file that is streamed by the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sheng-Yao Shih, Yun-Chiang Kung, Chiwei Che, Chih-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 10152982
    Abstract: An audio signal processing device comprises a discontinuity detector configured to determine an occurrence of a discontinuity from a sudden increase of an amplitude of decoded audio obtained by decoding the first audio packet which is received correctly after an occurrence of a packet loss, and a discontinuity corrector for correcting the discontinuity of the decoded audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Kimitaka Tsutsumi, Kei Kikuiri, Atsushi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10141001
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first calculator configured to determine a long-term noise estimate of the audio signal. The apparatus also includes a second calculator configured to determine a formant-sharpening factor based on the determined long-term noise estimate. The apparatus includes a filter configured to filter a codebook vector to generate a filtered codebook vector. The filter is based on the determined formant-sharpening factor, and the codebook vector is based on information from the audio signal. The apparatus further includes an audio coder configured to generate a formant-sharpened low-band excitation signal based on the filtered codebook vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Venkatraman Atti, Vivek Rajendran, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10140992
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable media are provided for voice authentication. The method includes receiving, on a mobile device, a speech sample from a user as part of a request for a restricted-access resource separate from the mobile device. When the user has previously established an identity with the mobile device, the method includes transmitting the speech sample along with the request to an authentication server which compares the speech sample to a previously established speech profile associated with the user and providing access to the restricted-access resource based on a response to the request from the authentication server if the speech sample from the user matches the speech profile on the authentication server with a minimum certainty threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Saurabh Kumar
  • Patent number: 10139898
    Abstract: Approaches to enable a computing device, such as a phone or tablet computer, to determine when a user viewing the content is being distracted or is generally viewing the content with a sufficient level of irregularity, and present an audible representation of the content during the times when the user is deemed distracted. The determination of when the user is distracted or is otherwise viewing the content with irregularity can be performed using sensor data captured by one or more sensors of the computing device. For example, the computing device may analyze the image data captured by one or more cameras, such as by tracking the movement/location of eye pupils of the user and/or tracking the head movement of the user to detect when the user is distracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Richard Taylor, Charley Ames, Matthew Lloyd Trahan, Dennis Pilarinos
  • Patent number: 10134383
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for intelligent caching of concatenative speech units for use in speech synthesis. A system configured to practice the method can identify, in a local cache of text-to-speech units for a text-to-speech voice an absent text-to-speech unit which is not in the local cache. The system can request from a server the absent text-to-speech unit. The system can then synthesize speech using the text-to-speech units and a received text-to-speech unit from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Stern, Mark Charles Beutnagel, Alistair D. Conkie, Horst J. Schroeter, Amanda Joy Stent
  • Patent number: 10134413
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a buffer, bitstream payload deformatter, and a decoding subsystem. The buffer stores at least one block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element that begins with an identifier followed by fill data. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether enhanced spectral band replication (eSBR) processing is to be performed on audio content of the block. A corresponding method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10127923
    Abstract: A method includes identifying, by a computing device including a processor, a plurality of words from data. The method includes determining a location of the computing device. The method includes determining, by the computing device, a sound output level based on the location. The method also includes generating, by the computing device, digital sound data based on the sound output level and the plurality of words identified from the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, Vinay Kundaje, Waliur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10127902
    Abstract: A method in a computing device for decoding a weighted finite state transducer (WFST) for automatic speech recognition is described. The method includes sorting a set of one or more WFST arcs based on their arc weight in ascending order. The method further includes iterating through each arc in the sorted set of arcs according to the ascending order until the score of the generated token corresponding to an arc exceeds a score threshold. The method further includes discarding any remaining arcs in the set of arcs that have yet to be considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Joachim Hofer, Georg Stemmer
  • Patent number: 10123119
    Abstract: A voice controlled assistant has two speakers and stereo component configured to produce high quality stereo sound. The stereo component generates a first channel signal and a second channel signal used to produce stereo sound. The first channel signal is filtered to remove a range of frequencies, such as the low frequency range. The filtered first channel signal is passed to a first transducer associated with a first speaker to output a first part of the stereo sound. The second channel signal, together with the frequency portion removed from the first channel signal, are provided to a second transducer associated with a second speaker to output a second part of the stereo sound. In this manner, the two speaker arrangement plays stereo, without distortion, while preserving all frequencies in the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy T. List
  • Patent number: 10089997
    Abstract: An audio signal decoding method includes: obtaining mode information of a high frequency band signal of an audio signal and indices of a low frequency band signal of the audio signal by parsing a received bitstream; obtaining the low frequency band signal based on the indices; predicting an excitation signal of a high frequency band signal based on the low frequency band signal; and reconstructing the high frequency band signal based on the frequency envelope and the excitation signal. A manner for obtaining the frequency envelope of the high frequency band signal when mode information indicates the high frequency band signal is a harmonic type signal is different from a manner for obtaining the frequency envelope of the high frequency band signal when the mode information indicates the high frequency band signal is not a harmonic type signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Zexin Liu, Lei Miao, Fengyan Qi
  • Patent number: 10089986
    Abstract: Systems and methods to process and/or present information relating to voice messages for a user that are received from other persons. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving first data associated with prior communications for the user on a mobile device; receiving a voice message for the user; transcribing the voice message using the first data to provide a transcribed message; and sending the transcribed message to the mobile device for display to the user. In one embodiment, links associated with person profiles are also provided for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bonforte
  • Patent number: 10089975
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a transliteration work support apparatus include an input unit, an extraction unit, a presentation unit, a reception unit, and a correction unit. The input unit receives document information. The extraction unit extracts, as a correction part, a surface expression of the document information that matches a correction pattern expressing a plurality of surface expressions having the same regularity in way of correction in one form. The presentation unit presents a way of correction defined in accordance with the correction pattern used in the extraction of the correction part. The reception unit receives selection of the way of correction. The correction unit corrects the correction part based on the selected way of correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kosei Fume, Masahiro Morita, Yuka Kuroda, Yoshiaki Mizuoka
  • Patent number: 10083698
    Abstract: A speech coding method of reducing error propagation due to voice packet loss, is achieved by limiting or reducing a pitch gain only for the first subframe or the first two subframes within a speech frame, the excitation of a next frame is obtained according to the reduced or limited pitch gain value of the first subframe, and the next frame is encoded according to the obtained excitation. The method is used for a voiced speech class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Yang Gao
  • Patent number: 10083473
    Abstract: Various embodiments are included for adjusting a search result user interface when a foreign language search query is detected. A search query associated with a search request is obtained. A language of the search query is identified. Search results are obtained from a site corresponding to the language. Additionally, a translation of the search query is obtained if allowed for a corresponding product category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul H. Bhagat, Michael Brundage, Daniel R. Parshall
  • Patent number: 10083690
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating a virtual assistant programmed to refer to shared domain concepts using concept nodes are provided. In an example process, user speech input is received. A textual representation of the user speech input is generated. The textual representation is parsed to determine a primary domain representing a user intent for the textual representation. A first substring from the textual representation that corresponds to a first attribute of the primary domain is identified. The identified first substring is parsed to determine a secondary domain representing a user intent for the first substring. A task flow comprising one or more tasks is performed based on the primary domain and the secondary domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D. Giuli, Nicholas K. Treadgold
  • Patent number: 10078733
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a natural language processor, a mapper, a string comparator, a nutrient calculator, and a diet planning module, the diet planning module configured to generate a diet action control, the diet action control comprising instructions to operate the client device to perform a diet change recommendation on the client device, and apply the diet action control to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Niloofar Hezarjaribi
  • Patent number: 10074377
    Abstract: An audio encoder device includes an audio encoder configured for producing an encoded audio bitstream from an audio signal having consecutive audio frames; a dynamic range control encoder configured for producing an encoded dynamic range control bitstream from an dynamic range control sequence corresponding to the audio signal and having consecutive dynamic range control frames, wherein each dynamic range control frame of the dynamic range control frames has one or more nodes, wherein each node of the one or more nodes has gain information for the audio signal and time information indicating to which point in time the gain information corresponds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Fabian Kuech, Christian Uhle, Michael Kratschmer, Bernhard Neugebauer, Michael Meier, Stephan Schreiner