Patents by Inventor Andrew William Lovitt

Andrew William Lovitt 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: 20190237076
    Abstract: Examples for augmenting user recognition via speech are provided. One example method comprises, on a computing device, monitoring a use environment via one or more sensors including an acoustic sensor, detecting utterance of a key phrase via data from the acoustic sensor, and based upon the selected data from the acoustic sensor and also on other environmental sensor data collected at different times than the selected data from the acoustic sensor, determining a probability that the key phrase was spoken by an identified user. The method further includes, if the probability meets or exceeds a threshold probability, then performing an action on the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 10262655
    Abstract: Examples for augmenting user recognition via speech are provided. One example method comprises, on a computing device, monitoring a use environment via one or more sensors including an acoustic sensor, detecting utterance of a key phrase via data from the acoustic sensor, and based upon the selected data from the acoustic sensor and also on other environmental sensor data collected at different times than the selected data from the acoustic sensor, determining a probability that the key phrase was spoken by an identified user. The method further includes, if the probability meets or exceeds a threshold probability, then performing an action on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 10192555
    Abstract: Computing devices and methods for providing speech recognition data from one computing device to another device are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, audio input is received at a client device and processed to generate speech recognition data. An estimated confidence level is determined for a portion of the data, where the confidence level exceeds a predetermined confidence threshold corresponding to a valid result. At least one statistically improbable characteristic associated with the portion of data is identified. Based on identifying the statistically improbable characteristic, the portion of data is provided to a server computing device for evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 10176808
    Abstract: Techniques for integrating a virtual assistant into a spoken conversation session, the techniques including receiving an utterance information that expresses an utterance spoken by a first participant included in a plurality of participants of a spoken conversation session; processing the utterance information using at least one machine-trained model to determine an intent or content for a command or query included in the utterance; selectively identifying a recipient subset of one or more of the plurality of participants based on at least the determined intent or content for the utterance; generating a response for the command or query; and providing, during the spoken conversation session, the response to the identified recipient subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew William Lovitt, Kenneth Harry Cooper
  • Publication number: 20180366118
    Abstract: Techniques for integrating a virtual assistant into a spoken conversation session, the techniques including receiving an utterance information that expresses an utterance spoken by a first participant included in a plurality of participants of a spoken conversation session; processing the utterance information using at least one machine-trained model to determine an intent or content for a command or query included in the utterance; selectively identifying a recipient subset of one or more of the plurality of participants based on at least the determined intent or content for the utterance; generating a response for the command or query; and providing, during the spoken conversation session, the response to the identified recipient subset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew William LOVITT, Kenneth Harry COOPER
  • Patent number: 10154360
    Abstract: An improved method and system for enhancing a user's experience within an immersive environment is disclosed. Solutions and implementations provided improve the user's ability to both hear and identify sounds from outside the user's immersive experience. Implementations include receiving audio and sensor input from the environment, analyzing the received input and adjusting either the display or audio outputs generated for the user based in part on pre-determined policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Publication number: 20180324539
    Abstract: An improved method and system for enhancing a user's experience within an immersive environment is disclosed. Solutions and implementations provided improve the user's ability to both hear and identify sounds from outside the user's immersive experience. Implementations include receiving audio and sensor input from the environment, analyzing the received input and adjusting either the display or audio outputs generated for the user based in part on pre-determined policies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William LOVITT
  • Patent number: 9956487
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to adjusting a variable audio parameter of a game are provided. In one embodiment, based on a user ability level, a variable audio parameter of the game is adjusted to an adjusted audio parameter that either increases the difficulty level of the game or decrease the difficulty level of the game. The adjusted audio parameter is utilized to provide audio content of the game to a user via an electronic gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 9832595
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided for improving the collection and transmission of sensor collected data. In particular, sensor related data is initially collected. Then, a determination is made regarding a state of an anticipated recipient of the collected sensor related data. Based on the state of the anticipated recipient, a determination is made regarding a representation of the sensor collected data. At least some of this sensor collected data is then delivered to the anticipated recipient in the determined representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Publication number: 20170316780
    Abstract: Computing devices and methods for providing speech recognition data from one computing device to another device are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, audio input is received at a client device and processed to generate speech recognition data. An estimated confidence level is determined for a portion of the data, where the confidence level exceeds a predetermined confidence threshold corresponding to a valid result. At least one statistically improbable characteristic associated with the portion of data is identified. Based on identifying the statistically improbable characteristic, the portion of data is provided to a server computing device for evaluation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Publication number: 20170208421
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided for improving the collection and transmission of sensor collected data. In particular, sensor related data is initially collected. Then, a determination is made regarding a state of an anticipated recipient of the collected sensor related data. Based on the state of the anticipated recipient, a determination is made regarding a representation of the sensor collected data. At least some of this sensor collected data is then delivered to the anticipated recipient in the determined representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 9678576
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to using detected physical gestures to cause calls to transfer between client devices. A physical gesture between a first client device and a second client device can be detected (e.g., utilizing the first client device, the second client device, a disparate client-side device, a server, etc.). The first client device participates in a call, while the second client device is not participating in the call at a time of the detection of the physical gesture. Responsive to detection of the physical gesture, participation of the second client device in the call can be initiated. Participation of the second client device in the call can be initiated by causing the call to transfer from the first client device to the second client device or causing the second client device to join the call while the first client device continues to participate in the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew William Lovitt, Jason Ryan Farmer, Michael Hall
  • Patent number: 9659562
    Abstract: A system estimates environment-specific alterations of a user sound received at the system. The system modifies the received user sound to formulate a modified user sound by at least compensating for the audio modifications and/or formulates an expected audio model of a user by modifying a stored user-dependent audio model of the user with the audio modification. The system is also capable of estimating whether the received user sounds is from a particular user by use of a corresponding user-dependent audio model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 9641621
    Abstract: Providing sensor collected data. The data is related to sensor collected data. The method includes collecting sensor related data. The method further includes determining a state of an anticipated recipient of the collected sensor related data. The method further includes, based on the state of the anticipated recipient, determining a representation of the sensor collected data. The method further includes sending the sensor collected data in the determined representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Publication number: 20160372120
    Abstract: A system estimates environment-specific alterations of a user sound received at the system. The system modifies the received user sound to formulate a modified user sound by at least compensating for the audio modifications and/or formulates an expected audio model of a user by modifying a stored user-dependent audio model of the user with the audio modification. The system is also capable of estimating whether the received user sounds is from a particular user by use of a corresponding user-dependent audio model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Publication number: 20160259425
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to using detected physical gestures to cause calls to transfer between client devices. A physical gesture between a first client device and a second client device can be detected (e.g., utilizing the first client device, the second client device, a disparate client-side device, a server, etc.). The first client device participates in a call, while the second client device is not participating in the call at a time of the detection of the physical gesture. Responsive to detection of the physical gesture, participation of the second client device in the call can be initiated. Participation of the second client device in the call can be initiated by causing the call to transfer from the first client device to the second client device or causing the second client device to join the call while the first client device continues to participate in the call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew William Lovitt, Jason Ryan Farmer, Michael Hall
  • Patent number: 9437193
    Abstract: Computerized estimation of an identity of a user of a computing system. The system estimates environment-specific alterations of a received user sound that is received at the computing system. The system estimates whether the received user sounds is from a particular user by use of a corresponding user-dependent audio model. The user-dependent audio model may be stored in a multi-system store accessible such that the method may be performed for a given user across multiple systems and on a system that the user has never before trained to recognize the user. This reduces or even eliminates the need for a user to train a system to recognize the voice of a user, and allows multiple systems to take advantage of previous training performed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Publication number: 20160243445
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to adjusting a variable audio parameter of a game are provided. In one embodiment, based on a user ability level, a variable audio parameter of the game is adjusted to an adjusted audio parameter that either increases the difficulty level of the game or decrease the difficulty level of the game. The adjusted audio parameter is utilized to provide audio content of the game to a user via an electronic gaming machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William LOVITT
  • Publication number: 20160210969
    Abstract: Computerized estimation of an identity of a user of a computing system. The system estimates environment-specific alterations of a received user sound that is received at the computing system. The system estimates whether the received user sounds is from a particular user by use of a corresponding user-dependent audio model. The user-dependent audio model may be stored in a multi-system store accessible such that the method may be performed for a given user across multiple systems and on a system that the user has never before trained to recognize the user. This reduces or even eliminates the need for a user to train a system to recognize the voice of a user, and allows multiple systems to take advantage of previous training performed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew William Lovitt
  • Patent number: 9369855
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to using detected physical gestures to cause calls to transfer between client devices. A physical gesture between a first client device and a second client device can be detected (e.g., utilizing the first client device, the second client device, a disparate client-side device, a server, etc.). The first client device participates in a call, while the second client device is not participating in the call at a time of the detection of the physical gesture. Responsive to detection of the physical gesture, participation of the second client device in the call can be initiated. Participation of the second client device in the call can be initiated by causing the call to transfer from the first client device to the second client device or causing the second client device to join the call while the first client device continues to participate in the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew William Lovitt, Jason Ryan Farmer, Michael Hall