Patents by Inventor Aaron Joseph Wheeler

Aaron Joseph Wheeler has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210109632
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, a method for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including a plurality of media identifier elements corresponding to media assets; causing the plurality of media identifier elements to be arranged along a first direction of the user interface; selecting a first media asset associated with a first media identifier element for presentation; identifying related media assets in response to selection of the first media asset; causing the first media asset to be presented in a first portion of the user interface; and causing related media identifier elements to be presented in a second portion of the user interface aligned with the first portion along the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 10877626
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, a method for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including a plurality of media identifier elements corresponding to media assets; causing the plurality of media identifier elements to be arranged along a first direction of the user interface; selecting a first media asset associated with a first media identifier element for presentation; identifying related media assets in response to selection of the first media asset; causing the first media asset to be presented in a first portion of the user interface; and causing related media identifier elements to be presented in a second portion of the user interface aligned with the first portion along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20200371649
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, methods for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including media identifiers that correspond media assets; causing the media identifiers to be arranged along a first direction; causing a first media identifier at a first position to be highlighted; causing a menu element to be presented at a first menu position associated with the first media identifier; receiving an instruction from a user input device to navigate to a next element along the first direction; causing a second media identifier next to the first position to be highlighted in response to receiving the instruction; causing the menu element to be presented at a second menu position associated with the second media identifier; and inhibiting presentation of the menu element at the first menu position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 10739945
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, methods for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including media identifiers that correspond media assets; causing the media identifiers to be arranged along a first direction; causing a first media identifier at a first position to be highlighted; causing a menu element to be presented at a first menu position associated with the first media identifier; receiving an instruction from a user input device to navigate to a next element along the first direction; causing a second media identifier next to the first position to be highlighted in response to receiving the instruction; causing the menu element to be presented at a second menu position associated with the second media identifier; and inhibiting presentation of the menu element at the first menu position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20190095061
    Abstract: A video playlist associated with a set of videos is distinguished in a graphical user interface using a dynamic thumbnail to represent the playlist. The dynamic thumbnail comprises a static portion comprising a first image associated with the set of videos and a dynamic portion comprising one or more second images associated with the set of videos. An image provided in the dynamic portion is configured to change while the first image remains the same in response to a shift in the graphical user interface that results in a change in position of the thumbnail about the user graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 10139992
    Abstract: A video playlist associated with a set of videos is distinguished in a graphical user interface using a dynamic thumbnail to represent the playlist. The dynamic thumbnail comprises a static portion comprising a first image associated with the set of videos and a dynamic portion comprising one or more second images associated with the set of videos. An image provided in the dynamic portion is configured to change while the first image remains the same in response to a shift in the graphical user interface that results in a change in position of the thumbnail about the user graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20180107354
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, methods for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including media identifiers that correspond media assets; causing the media identifiers to be arranged along a first direction; causing a first media identifier at a first position to be highlighted; causing a menu element to be presented at a first menu position associated with the first media identifier; receiving an instruction from a user input device to navigate to a next element along the first direction; causing a second media identifier next to the first position to be highlighted in response to receiving the instruction; causing the menu element to be presented at a second menu position associated with the second media identifier; and inhibiting presentation of the menu element at the first menu position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20180081530
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for providing media guidance with contextual controls are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises: causing a user interface to be presented that includes media interface elements, wherein each of the media interface elements is a selectable object that represents at least one media content item; determining that a media interface element from the media interface elements has been selected; in response to determining that the media interface element has been selected, causing the at least one media content item corresponding to the selected media interface element to be presented in a portion of the user interface; and concurrently with causing the at least one media content item to be presented, causing a control interface to be presented that is associated with the selected media interface element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, David Mark Halloran
  • Patent number: 9880705
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, methods for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including media identifiers that correspond media assets; causing the media identifiers to be arranged along a first direction; causing a first media identifier at a first position to be highlighted; causing a menu element to be presented at a first menu position associated with the first media identifier; receiving an instruction from a user input device to navigate to a next element along the first direction; causing a second media identifier next to the first position to be highlighted in response to receiving the instruction; causing the menu element to be presented at a second menu position associated with the second media identifier; and inhibiting presentation of the menu element at the first menu position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20180011614
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, a method for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including a plurality of media identifier elements corresponding to media assets; causing the plurality of media identifier elements to be arranged along a first direction of the user interface; selecting a first media asset associated with a first media identifier element for presentation; identifying related media assets in response to selection of the first media asset; causing the first media asset to be presented in a first portion of the user interface; and causing related media identifier elements to be presented in a second portion of the user interface aligned with the first portion along the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 9830061
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for providing media guidance with contextual controls are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises: causing a user interface to be presented that includes media interface elements, wherein each of the media interface elements is a selectable object that represents at least one media content item; determining that a media interface element from the media interface elements has been selected; in response to determining that the media interface element has been selected, causing the at least one media content item corresponding to the selected media interface element to be presented in a portion of the user interface; and concurrently with causing the at least one media content item to be presented, causing a control interface to be presented that is associated with the selected media interface element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, David Mark Halloran
  • Patent number: 9766781
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, a method for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including a plurality of media identifier elements corresponding to media assets; causing the plurality of media identifier elements to be arranged along a first direction of the user interface; selecting a first media asset associated with a first media identifier element for presentation; identifying related media assets in response to selection of the first media asset; causing the first media asset to be presented in a first portion of the user interface; and causing related media identifier elements to be presented in a second portion of the user interface aligned with the first portion along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 9563627
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to contextual determination of related media content. A referral source identification component determines a referral source associated with a request for media content, and a determination component determines a set of context data for the request based in part on the referral source. A contextual suggestion component identifies or selects a set of additional content based in part on a subset of the context data, and suggests or recommends a subset of the additional content to a user based on a set of recommendation criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Kathryn Bush
  • Publication number: 20160364097
    Abstract: A video playlist associated with a set of videos is distinguished in a graphical user interface using a dynamic thumbnail to represent the playlist. The dynamic thumbnail comprises a static portion comprising a first image associated with the set of videos and a dynamic portion comprising one or more second images associated with the set of videos. An image provided in the dynamic portion is configured to change while the first image remains the same in response to a shift in the graphical user interface that results in a change in position of the thumbnail about the user graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 9477302
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to controlling the functions of various devices based on spatial relationships. In one example, a system may include a depth and visual camera and a computer (networked or local) for processing data from the camera. The computer may be connected (wired or wirelessly) to any number of devices that can be controlled by the system. A user may use a mobile device to define a volume of space relative to the camera. The volume of space may then be associated with a controlled device as well as one or more control commands. When the volume of space is subsequently occupied, the one or more control commands may be used to control the controlled device. In this regard, a user may switch a device on or off, increase volume or speed, etc. simply by occupying the volume of space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alejandro Kauffmann, Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Liang-Yu Chi, Hendrik Dahlkamp, Varun Ganapathi, Yong Zhao, Christian Plagemann
  • Patent number: 9454289
    Abstract: A video playlist associated with a set of videos is distinguished in a graphical user interface using a dynamic thumbnail to represent the playlist. The dynamic thumbnail comprises a static portion comprising a first image associated with the set of videos and a dynamic portion comprising one or more second images associated with the set of videos. An image provided in the dynamic portion is configured to change while the first image remains the same in response to a shift in the graphical user interface that results in a change in position of the thumbnail about the user graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Publication number: 20160252956
    Abstract: A wearable computing device or a head-mounted display (HMD) may be configured to track the gaze axis of an eye of the wearer. In particular, the device may be configured to observe movement of a wearer's pupil and, based on the movement, determine inputs to a user interface. For example, using eye gaze detection, the HMD may change a tracking rate of a displayed virtual image based on where the user is looking. Gazing at the center of the HMD field of view may, for instance, allow for fine movements of the virtual display. Gazing near an edge of the HMD field of view may provide coarser movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Hayes Solos Raffle
  • Patent number: 9392248
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for visually rendering a requested scene based on a virtual camera perspective request as well as a projection of two or more video streams. The video streams can be captured using two dimensional cameras or three dimensional depth cameras and may capture different perspectives. The projection may be an internal projection that maps out the scene in three dimensions based on the two or more video streams. An object internal or external to the scene may be identified and the scene may be visually rendered based on a property of the object. For example, a scene may be visually rendered based on where an mobile object is located within the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Christian Plagemann, Hendrik Dahlkamp, Liang-Yu Chi, Yong Zhao, Varun Ganapathi, Alejandro Jose Kauffmann
  • Publication number: 20160112501
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems relate to creating and loading a device-group snapshot, which allows the states of devices to be stored and restored by different devices. A hub system may create a device-group snapshot for a plurality of devices in a source device group and load the device-group snapshot to a target device group by: (a) receiving an instruction to load a device-group snapshot; (b) determining the target device group with devices that are available to load the device-group snapshot; (c) determining that there is a difference between device groups; (d) modifying the device-group snapshot based on the difference between device groups; and (e) communicating with devices in the target device group to load the corresponding device states from the modified device-group snapshot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Aaron Joseph Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20160011724
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a user-interface are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving data corresponding to a first position of a wearable computing device and responsively causing the wearable computing device to provide a user-interface. The user-interfaces comprises a view region and a menu, where the view region substantially fills a field of view of the wearable computing device and the menu is not fully visible in the view region. The method further comprises receiving data indicating a selection of an item present in the view region and causing an indicator to be displayed in the view region, wherein the indicator changes incrementally over a length of time. When the length of time has passed, the method comprises responsively causing the wearable computing device to select the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Sergey Brin, Thad Eugene Starner, Alejandro Kauffmann, Cliff L. Biffle, Liang-Yu (Tom) Chi, Steve Lee, Sebastian Thrun, Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez