Patents by Inventor Andrew E. Rubin

Andrew E. Rubin 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).

  • Patent number: 10136364
    Abstract: Switching the providing of a conversation among communication links is described. An electronic device can determine that a mobile device is being used to provide a conversation (e.g., a phone call) using a first communication link. The mobile device can enter an environment that includes a second communication link. The conversation can be switched to the second communication link that provides more content than the first communication link (e.g., audio and visual content rather than just audio content).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180322300
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for initializing a curated scene. The described solution includes a method comprising receiving an instruction including a user intention to initialize a scene controlling the functionality of one or more devices within an environment, determining the scene associated with the instruction, and performing the functionalities of the scene using an assistant device and the one or more devices within the environment that are capable of performing the activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180323991
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for initializing a curated scene. The described solution includes a method comprising receiving a user instruction including a user intention to initialize a scene controlling the functionality of one or more devices within an environment, determining the scene associated with the user instruction, and performing the functionalities of the scene using an assistant device and the one or more devices within the environment that are capable of performing the activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180314296
    Abstract: A mobile docking station (MDS) includes a surface through which the MDS can electrically and communicatively couple to a handheld mobile device (HMD) while remaining physically unattached from the MDS. The MDS power circuitry configured to electrically couple the MDS and the HMD while a surface of the HMD physically contacts the surface of the MDS, wherein the electrical coupling enables transferring of power between the MDS and the HMD. The MDS also includes communications circuitry configured to communicatively couple the MDS and the HMD while the surface of the HMD physically contacts the surface of the MDS, wherein the communicative coupling enables unidirectional or bidirectional communications between the MDS and HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Anh Tuan Nguyen, Paulina Mustafa
  • Publication number: 20180301148
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for enabling set up of a variety of disparate IoT devices coupled to the framework and/or ambient operating system of an assistant device. The described solution includes a voice-driven assistant device setup process. An assistant device can determine the IoT devices in its physical environment and provide setup instructions to the user. The setup including determining voice activatable commands, device information and the adapter to allow the assistant device to operate the one or more IoT devices in response to user instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180301149
    Abstract: A home assistant device assisting with the setup of devices is described. An assistant device can determine setup instructions for devices. The setup instructions for one device can be determined to include a step requesting information related to the setup of another device. The setup of the devices can be ordered based on that determination. The setup instructions can then be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180302285
    Abstract: A home assistant device assisting with the setup and troubleshooting of devices is described. An assistant device can determine setup instructions for devices. The setup instructions for one device can be determined the technical aptitude of the user and assistant the user with setting up devices within their own technical abilities. The setup instructions can then be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180301788
    Abstract: Disclosed are structures, methods and systems for wireless devices that are configured to allow the transmission of light through an enhanced antenna break for a wide variety of purposes. In an illustrative embodiment, an antenna break is configured to allow the passage of both wireless communication signals and light, such as to notify the user of one or more conditions. The light transmission can be integrated with other functions of the wireless device, such as to provide a flash for operation of a camera, to provide a light source for scanning or 3D sensing, to provide light in conjunction to acoustic or vibration output, or to sense light for other integrated functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: ANDREW E. RUBIN, Mathew Hershenson, David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Publication number: 20180300645
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for creating a unique user experience using an ambient operating system connected to a variety of disparate IoT devices. The described solution includes a curated scene or set of actions initiated by an assistant device. For example, the assistant device detects it is a weekday morning and initiates actions associated with the wakeup routine such as opening the blinds, making coffee and notifying the user of the current traffic report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180302284
    Abstract: A home assistant device assisting with the setup and troubleshooting of devices is described. An assistant device can determine setup instructions for devices. The setup instructions for one device can be determined the technical aptitude of the user and assistant the user with setting up devices within their own technical abilities. The setup instructions can then be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10102856
    Abstract: Ambient assistance is described. An assistant device can operate in an active experience mode in which a response to a user's speech is provided if it includes a hardware activation phrase. Based on characteristics of the environment, the mode can be adjusted to a passive experience mode in which a response to speech is provided even if it does not include the hardware activation phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10102789
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a mobile device with a light sensor overlaid under a display (e.g., a touchscreen). The mobile device can identify a command to capture an image. The mobile device can adjust at least a target portion of an opaqueness adjustable region of the display directly over the light sensor. The opaqueness adjustable region is capable of transforming from substantially opaque to substantially transparent. The mobile device can capture the image utilizing at least the light sensor while the target portion of the opaqueness adjustable region is substantially transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 10088359
    Abstract: Presented here are devices and methods to correct ambient light measurements made in the presence of optical elements, such as the curved edge of the cover glass associated with the mobile device. In one embodiment, a film with optical properties is placed within the ambient light sensor to diffuse the high-intensity light beam coming from the optical element. In another embodiment, an aperture associated with the ambient light sensor is disposed to prevent the high-intensity light beam from entering the ambient light sensor. In another embodiment, a processor coupled to the ambient light sensor smooths the peak associated with the high intensity light beam produced by the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Publication number: 20180267527
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a handheld mobile device (HMD) operable to cause a subsystem of a vehicle to perform a vehicular operation associated with an existing capability of the subsystem. The HMD includes a processor, a port operable to communicatively couple the HMD to an existing on-board computer of a vehicle via an existing data link connector of the vehicle, and a wireless interface operable to communicatively couple the HMD to at least one of the vehicle or a remote service. The HMD further includes a memory storing a software application that, when executed by the processor, causes the HMD to communicate a command to the on-board computer via the data link connector to perform the vehicular operation associated with the existing capability of the subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10073681
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for enabling developers to program and control a variety of disparate devices coupled to the framework and/or ambient operating system. The Home API can expose operation of the devices in a natural and intuitive manner, facilitating control of unknown devices by high-level commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10070030
    Abstract: The technology disclosed here maximizes the size of the display area associated with the mobile device by various camera placement. In one embodiment, the camera is placed inside the mobile device, and can pop outside the mobile device when the camera is activated. When the camera is inactive the camera retracts inside the mobile device, and becomes unnoticeable to the user. In another embodiment, the camera is integrated into the mobile device display as a camera icon. The integrated camera serves two purposes: to record pictures, and to act as a camera icon, that when selected activates the camera. By removing the camera from the front side of the mobile device, or by integrating the camera into the display screen of the mobile device, the size of the mobile device display screen can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 10068931
    Abstract: Presented here are manufacturing techniques to create an irregularly shaped electronic display, including a hollow within which a sensor, such as a camera, can be placed. The manufacturing techniques enable the creation of the hollow anytime during the manufacturing process. The resulting electronic display occupies the full side of the mobile device, with the sensors placed within and surrounded by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Publication number: 20180249325
    Abstract: Management of devices on a wireless network is described. An assistant device can determine that another device is missing configuration settings to use a wireless network. Using another wireless network employing a different protocol, the missing configuration settings can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10062322
    Abstract: The technology disclosed here integrates a light sensor with a dual-mode display, thus increasing the size of the dual-mode display. The light sensor can be a camera, an ambient sensor, a proximity sensor, etc. The light sensor is placed beneath the dual-mode display and can detect incoming light while the dual-mode display is displaying a display image. The dual-mode display and the light sensor can operate at the same time. For example, a camera placed beneath the dual-mode display can record an image of the environment, while at the same time the dual-mode display is showing the display image. Further, multiple light sensors can be placed at various locations beneath the dual-mode display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats
  • Publication number: 20180241639
    Abstract: Management of devices on a wireless network is described. An assistant device can determine how a user used resources and/or devices outside of an environment. Based on how the user used those resources and/or devices, configuration settings of local devices within the environment can be updated to provide new resources or settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin