Patents by Inventor Anton O. Andrews

Anton O. Andrews 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: 10019962
    Abstract: A user interface includes a virtual object having an appearance in context with a real environment of a user using a see-through, near-eye augmented reality display device system. A virtual type of object and at least one real world object are selected based on compatibility criteria for forming a physical connection like attachment, supporting or integration of the virtual object with the at least one real object. Other appearance characteristics, e.g. color, size or shape, of the virtual object are selected for satisfying compatibility criteria with the selected at least one real object. Additionally, a virtual object type and appearance characteristics of the virtual object may be selected based on a social context of the user, a personal context of the user or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Liu, Anton O. Andrews, Benjamin I. Vaught, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Publication number: 20170103582
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying virtual objects within a mixed reality environment is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) identifies a real object (e.g., a person or book) within a field of view of the HMD, detects one or more interactions associated with real object, and automatically displays virtual objects associated with the real object if the one or more interactions involve touching or satisfy one or more social rules stored in a social rules database. The one or more social rules may be used to infer a particular social relationship by considering the distance to another person, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The virtual objects displayed on the HMD may depend on the particular social relationship inferred (e.g., a friend or acquaintance).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Novak, James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O.A. Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Martin
  • Patent number: 9536350
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying virtual objects within a mixed reality environment is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) identifies a real object (e.g., a person or book) within a field of view of the HMD, detects one or more interactions associated with real object, and automatically displays virtual objects associated with the real object if the one or more interactions involve touching or satisfy one or more social rules stored in a social rules database. The one or more social rules may be used to infer a particular social relationship by considering the distance to another person, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The virtual objects displayed on the HMD may depend on the particular social relationship inferred (e.g., a friend or acquaintance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Novak, James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O. A. Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Martin
  • Patent number: 9177604
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a user of a mobile media device to select one or more channels to load onto the device. Each channel comprises a collection of media content files, such as video content, audio content, and so on. Each collection of media content files can be associated with a particular genre (or genres) of media content. A channel can be managed such that its collection of media content can be rearranged, augmented, and/or otherwise edited to produce a refreshed version of the channel. A user's interaction with content within a channel can be monitored to produce behavior data about the user. The behavior data can be used to customize the playback of a particular channel to reflect user preferences. The behavior data can also be used to produce channels that are custom tuned for the user and can be used to produce a customized version of a mobile media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William J. Lauby, Albert Y. S. Shum, Anton O. A. Andrews, Jonathan R. Harris, Jeffrey C. Fong
  • Patent number: 8631351
    Abstract: Multiple degrees of context for media content that is consumable on computing platforms including PCs and personal media players is provided by logically organizing context objects into halos that surround each piece of consumable content. The context objects represent information and experiences that are contextually associated with media content to enable users to easily discover content and experiences that they will find interesting in a rich and personal manner. As a user navigates from a content item to a context object in the halo, the context object itself morphs into content that is then surrounded by a new halo of context objects to which the user may navigate. The organization of media content and information into halos enables an effective contextual paradigm that cuts across strict hierarchical structures to allow the user experience to be much more seamless and free-flowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Fong, Anton O. Andrews
  • Patent number: 8527525
    Abstract: Multiple degrees of context for media content that is consumable on computing platforms including PCs and personal media players is provided by logically organizing context objects into halos that surround each piece of consumable content. The context objects represent information and experiences that are contextually associated with media content to enable users to easily discover content and experiences that they will find interesting in a rich and personal manner. As a user navigates from a content item to a context object in the halo, the context object itself morphs into content that is then surrounded by a new halo of context objects to which the user may navigate. The organization of media content and information into halos enables an effective contextual paradigm that cuts across strict hierarchical structures to allow the user experience to be much more seamless and free-flowing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Fong, Anton O. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20130169682
    Abstract: A system for automatically displaying virtual objects within a mixed reality environment is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) identifies a real object (e.g., a person or book) within a field of view of the HMD, detects one or more interactions associated with real object, and automatically displays virtual objects associated with the real object if the one or more interactions involve touching or satisfy one or more social rules stored in a social rules database. The one or more social rules may be used to infer a particular social relationship by considering the distance to another person, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The virtual objects displayed on the HMD may depend on the particular social relationship inferred (e.g., a friend or acquaintance).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Novak, James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O.A. Andrews, Craig R. Maitlen, Sheridan Martin
  • Publication number: 20130174213
    Abstract: A system for automatically sharing virtual objects between different mixed reality environments is described. In some embodiments, a see-through head-mounted display device (HMD) automatically determines a privacy setting associated with another HMD by inferring a particular social relationship with a person associated with the other HMD (e.g., inferring that the person is a friend or acquaintance). The particular social relationship may be inferred by considering the distance to the person associated with the other HMD, the type of environment (e.g., at home or work), and particular physical interactions involving the person (e.g., handshakes or hugs). The HMD may subsequently transmit one or more virtual objects associated with the privacy setting to the other HMD. The HMD may also receive and display one or more other virtual objects from the other HMD based on the privacy setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: James Liu, Stephen Latta, Anton O.A. Andrews, Benjamin Isaac Vaught, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Publication number: 20130044128
    Abstract: A user interface includes a virtual object having an appearance in context with a real environment of a user using a see-through, near-eye augmented reality display device system. A virtual type of object and at least one real world object are selected based on compatibility criteria for forming a physical connection like attachment, supporting or integration of the virtual object with the at least one real object. Other appearance characteristics, e.g. color, size or shape, of the virtual object are selected for satisfying compatibility criteria with the selected at least one real object. Additionally, a virtual object type and appearance characteristics of the virtual object may be selected based on a social context of the user, a personal context of the user or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: James C. Liu, Anton O. Andrews, Benjamin I. Vaught, Craig R. Maitlen, Christopher M. Novak, Sheridan Martin Small
  • Patent number: 8275880
    Abstract: A media content programming, delivery, and consumption model is provided by which consumers can receive programming that is personalized to their tastes and interests and discover new media content that they will likely enjoy, without having to put in a lot of effort or needing to be technically adept. The received media content programming can then be played on a PC or portable media player. Consumers can access the media content programming from a cloud-based service with the same ease as tuning to a radio station, and then may simply enjoy the programming without needing to take any additional steps. However, unlike traditional linear programming, the programming here is curated so that the delivered content is highly relevant to the consumer. Navigation within a programmed sequence is enabled by skipping ahead or going back in a playlist, and consumers can learn more about particular content by interacting with rich metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Allard, Anton O. Andrews, Julio Estrada
  • Publication number: 20120209907
    Abstract: A content aggregation and distribution service, which can execute in a cloud computing environment, provides content based on a broadcast user's topics of interest to a subscriber user based on the context of the subscriber. An example of a broadcast user is a celebrity. Content is automatically gathered about the broadcast user's designated topics of interest from online resources, and filtered and distributed based on a context of the subscriber. Some examples of online resources are websites, social networking sites, and purchase transaction systems. An example of broadcast content is a recommendation which may have been entered directly to the service or posted by the celebrity in his or her social networking account. Both the broadcast user and the subscriber can control respectively the distribution and reception of content with subscription settings. For examples, the settings may set limitations with respect to topics, contexts, and subscriber profile data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Anton O. A. Andrews, Ryan Powell, Andre O. M. Mohr, Jae P. Park
  • Publication number: 20120209839
    Abstract: The technology provides content about a user to a currently executing instance of an application which uses the provided content to personalize and make its processing contextually relevant for a user. When the application instance is launched, a message requesting data related to categories for a user is sent to a context relevant, content aggregation and distribution system. The service executes within a cloud computing system, and provides the application instance with content derived from sources like other applications and data stored on devices the application instance is not or cannot communicate with. The service gathers content from many different types of online resources such as e-mail, social networking sites, websites, and other data accessible over communication networks with different communication protocols.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anton O. A. Andrews, Ryan Powell, Andre O. M. Mohr, Jae P. Park
  • Patent number: 8171112
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a user of a mobile media device to select one or more channels to load onto the device. Each channel comprises a collection of media content files, such as video content, audio content, and so on. Each collection of media content files can be associated with a particular genre (or genres) of media content. A channel can be managed such that its collection of media content can be rearranged, augmented, and/or otherwise edited to produce a refreshed version of the channel. The refreshed version of the channel can be provided to the mobile media device for playback. Thus, a channel associated with a particular genre of media content can provide a user with a dynamic user experience without requiring the user to manipulate specific media content files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Y. S. Shum, William J. Lauby, Anton O. A. Andrews, Jonathan R. Harris, Jeffrey C. Fong
  • Publication number: 20110145361
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a user of a mobile media device to select one or more channels to load onto the device. Each channel comprises a collection of media content files, such as video content, audio content, and so on. Each collection of media content files can be associated with a particular genre (or genres) of media content. A channel can be managed such that its collection of media content can be rearranged, augmented, and/or otherwise edited to produce a refreshed version of the channel. The refreshed version of the channel can be provided to the mobile media device for playback. Thus, a channel associated with a particular genre of media content can provide a user with a dynamic user experience without requiring the user to manipulate specific media content files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Y.S. Shum, William J. Lauby, Anton O.A. Andrews, Jonathan R. Harris, Jeffrey C. Fong
  • Patent number: 7933974
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a user of a mobile media device to select one or more channels to load onto the device. Each channel comprises a collection of media content files, such as video content, audio content, and so on. Each collection of media content files can be associated with a particular genre (or genres) of media content. A channel can be managed such that its collection of media content can be rearranged, augmented, and/or otherwise edited to produce a refreshed version of the channel. The refreshed version of the channel can be provided to the mobile media device for playback. Thus, a channel associated with a particular genre of media content can provide a user with a dynamic user experience without requiring the user to manipulate specific media content files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Y. S. Shum, William J. Lauby, Anton O. A. Andrews, Jonathan R. Harris, Jeffrey C. Fong
  • Publication number: 20090327941
    Abstract: Multiple degrees of context for media content that is consumable on computing platforms including PCs and personal media players is provided by logically organizing context objects into halos that surround each piece of consumable content. The context objects represent information and experiences that are contextually associated with media content to enable users to easily discover content and experiences that they will find interesting in a rich and personal manner. As a user navigates from a content item to a context object in the halo, the context object itself morphs into content that is then surrounded by a new halo of context objects to which the user may navigate. The organization of media content and information into halos enables an effective contextual paradigm that cuts across strict hierarchical structures to allow the user experience to be much more seamless and free-flowing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Fong, Anton O. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20090327341
    Abstract: Multiple degrees of context for media content that is consumable on computing platforms including PCs and personal media players is provided by logically organizing context objects into halos that surround each piece of consumable content. The context objects represent information and experiences that are contextually associated with media content to enable users to easily discover content and experiences that they will find interesting in a rich and personal manner. As a user navigates from a content item to a context object in the halo, the context object itself morphs into content that is then surrounded by a new halo of context objects to which the user may navigate. The organization of media content and information into halos enables an effective contextual paradigm that cuts across strict hierarchical structures to allow the user experience to be much more seamless and free-flowing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Fong, Anton O. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20090291677
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a user of a mobile media device to select one or more channels to load onto the device. Each channel comprises a collection of media content files, such as video content, audio content, and so on. Each collection of media content files can be associated with a particular genre (or genres) of media content. A channel can be managed such that its collection of media content can be rearranged, augmented, and/or otherwise edited to produce a refreshed version of the channel. A user's interaction with content within a channel can be monitored to produce behavior data about the user. The behavior data can be used to customize the playback of a particular channel to reflect user preferences. The behavior data can also be used to produce channels that are custom tuned for the user and can be used to produce a customized version of a mobile media device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: William J. Lauby, Albert Y.S. Shum, Anton O.A. Andrews, Jonathan R. Harris, Jeffrey C. Fong
  • Publication number: 20090293091
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a user of a mobile media device to select one or more channels to load onto the device. Each channel comprises a collection of media content files, such as video content, audio content, and so on. Each collection of media content files can be associated with a particular genre (or genres) of media content. A channel can be managed such that its collection of media content can be rearranged, augmented, and/or otherwise edited to produce a refreshed version of the channel. The refreshed version of the channel can be provided to the mobile media device for playback. Thus, a channel associated with a particular genre of media content can provide a user with a dynamic user experience without requiring the user to manipulate specific media content files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert Y.S. Shum, William J. Lauby, Anton O.A. Andrews, Jonathon R. Harris, Jeffrey C. Fong
  • Publication number: 20090282093
    Abstract: A media content programming, delivery, and consumption model is provided by which consumers can receive programming that is personalized to their tastes and interests and discover new media content that they will likely enjoy, without having to put in a lot of effort or needing to be technically adept. The received media content programming can then be played on a PC or portable media player. Consumers can access the media content programming from a cloud-based service with the same ease as tuning to a radio station, and then may simply enjoy the programming without needing to take any additional steps. However, unlike traditional linear programming, the programming here is curated so that the delivered content is highly relevant to the consumer. Navigation within a programmed sequence is enabled by skipping ahead or going back in a playlist, and consumers can learn more about particular content by interacting with rich metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Allard, Anton O. Andrews, Julio Estrada