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).

  • Publication number: 20180210701
    Abstract: Keyword driven voice interfaces are described. An assistant device can provide a graphical user interface (GUI) on a display screen. The GUI can be adjusted based on receiving voice input (e.g., speech) having a keyword representing an action to perform the adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180213009
    Abstract: Facilitating communication between assistant devices is described. A method or an electronic device can determine an assistant device closest to the user can allow other users to contact said user via that assistant device. In one example, a user can use a an assistant device to have a conversation with others by communicating over a communication link established with a network outside of the user's environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10031727
    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: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20180205602
    Abstract: Management of devices on a wireless network is described. An assistant device can determine that a device is missing configuration settings to access resources within a connected environment. Characteristics of that device can be determined and configuration settings to a selection of the resources can be provided based on the characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10021226
    Abstract: Techniques are described for mounting a display and/or display cover to a housing of a display device, such as a mobile phone. In an embodiment, the housing and display cover include chamfered edges at complementary angles to allow for an “edge-to-edge” display. The display cover and housing are affixed to each other at the chamfered edges using curable liquid adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Matthew Hershenson, Xinrui Jiang, Xiaoyu Miao, Andrew E. Rubin, Joseph Anthony Tate, David John Evans, V, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 10013979
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of methods and systems for enabling users to automatically expand the set of commands a user can issue. An assistant device can receive a user instruction via microphone and determine a voice activatable command and device description. The assistant device can then identify that no adapter associated with the voice activatable command and device description is available. The user can be prompted to provide a second voice activatable command or a second device description which can then be used to identify an adapter. The assistant device can store the voice activatable command or the device description in association with the identified adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10002613
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for determining hotword suitability. In one aspect, a method includes receiving speech data that encodes a candidate hotword spoken by a user, evaluating the speech data or a transcription of the candidate hotword, using one or more predetermined criteria, generating a hotword suitability score for the candidate hotword based on evaluating the speech data or a transcription of the candidate hotword, using one or more predetermined criteria, and providing a representation of the hotword suitability score for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Andrew E. Rubin, Johan Schalkwyk, Maria Carolina Parada San Martin
  • Patent number: 9998642
    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: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 9996158
    Abstract: Introduced here are methods and systems to create a relief on an electronic display. In one embodiment, the relief is created by micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) placed above a cover layer of the electronic display. Each MEMS when activated can protrude or depress, thus creating the relief on the electronic display. In another embodiment, the relief is created by a plurality of resistors placed beneath the cover layer. The cover layer is made out of an elastically deformable material that, when heated, expands, thus creating a protrusion on the electronic display. Each resistor when activated heats a section of the cover layer, causing the cover layer to protrude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Andrew E. Rubin, Xinrui Jiang, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Matthew Hershenson, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Michael Kolb
  • Publication number: 20180159580
    Abstract: Various embodiments concern a wireless accessory bus for a user device that enables accessories to be easily and securely attached to the user device. More specifically, the wireless accessory bus enables data to be wirelessly transmitted between the accessory and the user device when the accessory and the user device are located within close proximity to one another (e.g., when the accessory is securely attached to the wireless accessory bus). Power could also be wirelessly transferred from the user device to the accessory (or vice versa). In some embodiments, the user device includes fastening component(s) (e.g., magnets) that allow the user device and the accessory to be magnetically secured to one another. The accessory typically enables the user device to readily utilize a new functionality or an improvement to an existing functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 9989757
    Abstract: Disclosed here are methods and systems to vary geometry of an optical lens, so that a single lens can assume various geometries, and change from a portrait lens, to a standard lens, to a wide-angle lens, to a fisheye lens, etc. The lens is made out of piecewise linear elements of polygonal shape, that can move in relation to forcing members laid out on a plane. The forcing members can exert a force on the corresponding piecewise linear elements to cause them to move in relation to the forcing members. The force can be electrical, magnetic, mechanical, etc. As a result, the optical lens can assume various shapes such as concave, convex, and planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 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
  • Patent number: 9986424
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 9985846
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 9980183
    Abstract: Facilitating a conversation using resources of devices within an environment is described. A user within an environment can be determined to be engaged in a conversation with another person via a mobile device. Characteristics of the environment can be determined and devices that can provide playback of content of the conversation or receive content of the conversation can be identified based on the characteristics of the environment. Playback of content and receiving of content can then be provided using the resources of the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mara Clair Segal, Manuel Roman, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 9973919
    Abstract: A handheld device can include antenna elements and a housing. The housing can include a processor, communications circuitry communicatively coupled to the plurality of antenna elements and the processor, and memory including instructions executable by the processor. The executable instructions can cause the handheld device to estimate a geographic location of the handheld device, configure the communications circuitry and/or the antenna elements for a communications resource. The communications resource can be selected based on the geographic location of the handheld device. The handheld device can be further caused to enable access to a wireless network by using the communication circuitry and the antenna elements as configured in accordance with the communications resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Tate, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, David John Evans, V, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 9965869
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a light sensor, such as a camera, records an image through the surface with the residue to produce a stained image. A processor associated with the camera identifies object outlines within the image using a machine learning model, and smooth the colors within the object outlines. In another embodiment, the light sensor is placed beneath a dual-mode region of a display containing the residue. The dual-mode region can be opaque and function as part of the display, or can be transparent and allow environment light to reach the light sensor. Initially, the processor determines the position of the residue by causing the dual-mode region to display a predetermined pattern, while the light sensor records the predetermined pattern. Using the determined position of the residue, the processor corrects the pixels within the residue in the recorded image, by interpolating the values of the pixels outside of the residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 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
  • Patent number: 9967374
    Abstract: A mobile device can include a unibody component (e.g. chassis shell) with at least a co-mold feature that isolates a contiguous portion of the unibody component from an outer portion of the unibody component. For example, the outer portion and the contiguous portion can be made of an electrically conductive material. The co-mold feature can be made of non-conductive material that electrically isolates the contiguous portion from the outer portion. The co-mold feature can be made by co-molding a resin material in a channel cut into a piece of metal and later exposing the cured resin material on two sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 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
  • Patent number: 9961283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, coloring artifacts of a color image output by a camera are minimized by taking into account a distortion introduced by the lens. Based on the distortion, the color reconstruction determines which pixels in the grayscale image to include in the reconstruction process. Additionally, the color reconstruction can take into account edges depicted in the grayscale image to determine which pixels to include in the reconstruction process. In another embodiment, coloring artifacts in a 360 degree color image are minimized by performing the color reconstruction process on a three-dimensional surface. Before the color reconstruction takes place, the two-dimensional grayscale image is projected onto a three-dimensional surface, and the color reconstruction is performed on the three-dimensional surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Publication number: 20180107241
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the technology disclosed herein integrate a camera with an electronic display. An electronic display includes several layers, such as a cover layer, a color filter layer, a display layer including light emitting diodes or organic light emitting diodes, a thin film transistor layer, etc. In one embodiment, the layers include a substantially transparent region disposed above the camera. The substantially transparent region allows light from outside to reach the camera, enabling the camera to record an image. In another embodiment, the color filter layer does not include a substantially transparent region, and the camera records the light from the outside colored by the color filter layer. According to another embodiment, while none of the layers include a substantially transparent region, the layers are all substantially transparent, and the camera disposed beneath the layers records light reaching the camera from outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats
  • Publication number: 20180095922
    Abstract: Various embodiments concern techniques for intelligently switching between multiple sources of USB signals. More specifically, user devices are described that include a physical USB port for receiving a USB connector and one or more wireless transceivers that communicate with an accessory. The wireless transceiver(s) may communicate with the accessory using a USB-based protocol (e.g., Wireless USB). The user devices described herein can intelligently switch between these different sources of USB signals so that USB signals can be simultaneously or sequentially received from a peripheral (via the USB port) and an accessory (via the wireless transceiver(s)). In some embodiments, a switching routine is executed (e.g., by a processor or signal switch) that determines which peripheral and/or accessory is connected to a user device at a given point in time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Andrew E. Rubin, David John Evans, V, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Xinrui Jiang, Joseph Anthony Tate