Patents by Inventor Blaise Aguera y Arcas

Blaise Aguera y Arcas 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: 10579442
    Abstract: In the field of computing, many scenarios involve the execution of an application within a virtual environment of a device (e.g., web applications executing within a web browser). Interactions between applications and device components are often enabled through hardware abstractions or component application programming interfaces (API), but such interactions may provide more limited and/or inconsistent access to component capabilities for virtually executing applications than for native applications. Instead, the device may provide hardware interaction as a service to the virtual environment utilizing a callback model, wherein applications within the virtual environment initiate component request specifying a callback, and the device initiates the component requests with the components and invokes associated callbacks upon completion of a component request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Hen Fitoussi, John Daniell Hebert, Benny Schlesinger, Eran Yariv
  • Patent number: 10542122
    Abstract: In server/client architectures, the server application and client applications are often developed in different languages and execute in different environments specialized for the different contexts of each application (e.g., low-level, performant, platform-specialized, and stateless instructions on the server, and high-level, flexible, platform-agnostic, and stateful languages on the client) and are often executed on different devices. Convergence of these environments (e.g., server-side JavaScript using Node.js) enables the provision of a server that services client applications executing on the same device. The local server may monitor local events occurring on the device, and may execute one or more server scripts associated with particular local events on behalf of local clients subscribing to the local event (e.g., via a subscription model).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Avi Bar-Zeev, Gur Kimchi, Brian C. Beckman, Scott Isaacs, Meir Ben-Itay, Eran Yariv, Blaise Aguera y Arcas
  • Patent number: 10217294
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) model of an object or environment may be created from images and other information of the object or environment. The 3D model may be created by aligning the images. The 3D model may include surfaces that are based on surfaces of the object or environment. The 3D model may be displayed, exported, modified and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P Sheppard
  • Patent number: 10217157
    Abstract: Personalized services often utilize individual profiles, such as social network profiles, product purchase histories, or browsing histories. However, personalization may exhibit or imply a familiarity level between the service and the individual that is beyond the individual's comfort level. Presented herein are techniques for adapting personalized services to request supplemental individual information only within a current familiarity stage that has been established by the individual with the service, and only to provide a requested usage of a service. Such solicitation may inform the individual of the intended usage of the requested information. Usages that may involve more sensitive information may be predicated upon requesting and receiving individual consent from the individual to advance to a higher familiarity stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Margaret JoAnn Novotny, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Jeffery David Howard
  • Publication number: 20190020733
    Abstract: In server/client architectures, the server application and client applications are often developed in different languages and execute in different environments specialized for the different contexts of each application (e.g., low-level, performant, platform-specialized, and stateless instructions on the server, and high-level, flexible, platform-agnostic, and stateful languages on the client) and are often executed on different devices. Convergence of these environments (e.g., server-side JavaScript using Node.js) enables the provision of a server that services client applications executing on the same device. The local server may monitor local events occurring on the device, and may execute one or more server scripts associated with particular local events on behalf of local clients subscribing to the local event (e.g., via a subscription model).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Avi Bar-Zeev, Gur Kimchi, Brian C. Beckman, Scott Isaacs, Meir Ben-Itay, Eran Yariv, Blaise Aguera y Arcas
  • Publication number: 20180220072
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for ordering images for panorama stitching and/or for providing a focal point indicator for image capture. For example, one or more images, which may be stitched together to create a panorama of a scene, may be stored within an image stack according to one or more ordering preferences, such as where manually captured images are stored within a first/higher priority region of the image stack as compared to automatically captured images. One or more images within the image stack may be stitched according to a stitching order to create the panorama, such as using images in the first region for a foreground of the panorama. Also, a current position of a camera may be tracked and compared with a focal point of a scene to generate a focal point indicator to assist with capturing a new/current image of the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y ARCAS, Markus UNGER, Donald A. BARNETT, David Maxwell GEDYE, Sudipta Narayan SINHA, Eric Joel STOLLNITZ, Johannes KOPF
  • Patent number: 10027753
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for cloud service hosting on a client device. For example, a cloud service may comprise data and/or functionality that may be consumed by apps on client devices. The cloud service may be hosted within a cloud computing environment because a client device may not comprise processing resources capable of hosting the entire cloud service. Accordingly, a local service may be deployed on a client device as a local instantiation of the cloud service. For example, the local service may be a local instantiation of at least a portion of the data and/or functionality of the cloud service. In this way, the local service may utilize fewer resources than the cloud service, and may locally process requests from apps on the client device. For example, a map local service may process requests using map data locally cached from a map cloud service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Hen Fitoussi, Benny Schlesinger
  • Patent number: 9973697
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for ordering images for panorama stitching and/or for providing a focal point indicator for image capture. For example, one or more images, which may be stitched together to create a panorama of a scene, may be stored within an image stack according to one or more ordering preferences, such as where manually captured images are stored within a first/higher priority region of the image stack as compared to automatically captured images. One or more images within the image stack may be stitched according to a stitching order to create the panorama, such as using images in the first region for a foreground of the panorama. Also, a current position of a camera may be tracked and compared with a focal point of a scene to generate a focal point indicator to assist with capturing a new/current image of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Markus Unger, Donald A. Barnett, David Maxwell Gedye, Sudipta Narayan Sinha, Eric Joel Stollnitz, Johannes Kopf
  • Patent number: 9865077
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are provided for mitigating redundant pixel texture contribution for texturing a geometry. That is, the geometry may represent a multidimensional surface of a scene, such as a city. The geometry may be textured using one or more texture images (e.g., an image comprising color values and/or depth values) depicting the scene from various view directions (e.g., a top-down view, an oblique view, etc.). Because more than one texture image may contribute to texturing a pixel of the geometry (e.g., due to overlapping views of the scene), redundant pixel texture contribution may arise. Accordingly, a redundant textured pixel within a texture image may be knocked out (e.g., in-painted) from the texture image to generate a modified texture image that may be relatively efficient to store and/or stream to a client due to enhanced compression of the modified texture image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Markus Unger, Konrad Karner, Blaise Aguera y Arcas
  • Patent number: 9818219
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are provided for defining a view direction for a texture image used to texture a geometry. That is, a geometry may represent a multi-dimensional surface of a scene, such as a city. The geometry may be textured using one or more texture images depicting the scene from various view directions. Because more than one texture image may contribute to texturing portions of the geometry, a view direction for a texture image may be selectively defined based upon a coverage metric associated with an amount of non-textured geometry pixels that are textured by the texture image along the view direction. In an example, a texture image may be defined according to a customized configuration, such as a spherical configuration, a cylindrical configuration, etc. In this way, redundant texturing of the geometry may be mitigated based upon the selectively identified view direction(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Markus Unger, Konrad Karner, Blaise Aguera y Arcas
  • Patent number: 9773339
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are provided for defining a view direction for a texture image used to texture a geometry. That is, a geometry may represent a multi-dimensional surface of a scene, such as a city. The geometry may be textured using one or more texture images depicting the scene from various view directions. Because more than one texture image may contribute to texturing portions of the geometry, a view direction for a texture image may be selectively defined based upon a coverage metric associated with an amount of non-textured geometry pixels that are textured by the texture image along the view direction. In an example, a texture image may be defined according to a customized configuration, such as a spherical configuration, a cylindrical configuration, etc. In this way, redundant texturing of the geometry may be mitigated based upon the selectively identified view direction(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Markus Unger, Konrad Karner, Blaise Aguera y Arcas
  • Publication number: 20170257565
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for ordering images for panorama stitching and/or for providing a focal point indicator for image capture. For example, one or more images, which may be stitched together to create a panorama of a scene, may be stored within an image stack according to one or more ordering preferences, such as where manually captured images are stored within a first/higher priority region of the image stack as compared to automatically captured images. One or more images within the image stack may be stitched according to a stitching order to create the panorama, such as using images in the first region for a foreground of the panorama. Also, a current position of a camera may be tracked and compared with a focal point of a scene to generate a focal point indicator to assist with capturing a new/current image of the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y ARCAS, Markus UNGER, Donald A. BARNETT, David Maxwell GEDYE, Sudipta Narayan SINHA, Eric Joel STOLLNITZ, Johannes KOPF
  • Publication number: 20170206714
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) model of an object or environment may be created from images and other information of the object or environment. The 3D model may be created by aligning the images. The 3D model may include surfaces that are based on surfaces of the object or environment. The 3D model may be displayed, exported, modified and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P Sheppard
  • Patent number: 9712746
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for ordering images for panorama stitching and/or for providing a focal point indicator for image capture. For example, one or more images, which may be stitched together to create a panorama of a scene, may be stored within an image stack according to one or more ordering preferences, such as where manually captured images are stored within a first/higher priority region of the image stack as compared to automatically captured images. One or more images within the image stack may be stitched according to a stitching order to create the panorama, such as using images in the first region for a foreground of the panorama. Also, a current position of a camera may be tracked and compared with a focal point of a scene to generate a focal point indicator to assist with capturing a new/current image of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Markus Unger, Donald A. Barnett, David Maxwell Gedye, Sudipta Narayan Sinha, Eric Joel Stollnitz, Johannes Kopf
  • Publication number: 20170161118
    Abstract: In the field of computing, many scenarios involve the execution of an application within a virtual environment of a device (e.g., web applications executing within a web browser). Interactions between applications and device components are often enabled through hardware abstractions or component application programming interfaces (API), but such interactions may provide more limited and/or inconsistent access to component capabilities for virtually executing applications than for native applications. Instead, the device may provide hardware interaction as a service to the virtual environment utilizing a callback model, wherein applications within the virtual environment initiate component request specifying a callback, and the device initiates the component requests with the components and invokes associated callbacks upon completion of a component request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Hen Fitoussi, John Daniell Hebert, Benny Schlesinger, Eran Yariv
  • Patent number: 9659406
    Abstract: A three dimensional (3D) model of an object or environment may be created from images and other information of the object or environment. The 3D model may be created by aligning the images. The 3D model may include surfaces that are based on surfaces of the object or environment. The 3D model may be displayed, extorted, modified and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera Y. Arcas, Brett D. Brewer, Steven M. Drucker, Karim T Farouki, Gary W. Flake, Stephen Lawler, Donald J. Lindsay, Adam P Sheppard
  • Publication number: 20170083964
    Abstract: Personalized services often utilize individual profiles, such as social network profiles, product purchase histories, or browsing histories. However, personalization may exhibit or imply a familiarity level between the service and the individual that is beyond the individual's comfort level. Presented herein are techniques for adapting personalized services to request supplemental individual information only within a current familiarity stage that has been established by the individual with the service, and only to provide a requested usage of a service. Such solicitation may inform the individual of the intended usage of the requested information. Usages that may involve more sensitive information may be predicated upon requesting and receiving individual consent from the individual to advance to a higher familiarity stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Margaret JoAnn Novotny, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Jeffery David Howard
  • Patent number: 9600351
    Abstract: In the field of computing, many scenarios involve the execution of an application within a virtual environment of a device (e.g., web applications executing within a web browser). Interactions between applications and device components are often enabled through hardware abstractions or component application programming interfaces (API), but such interactions may provide more limited and/or inconsistent access to component capabilities for virtually executing applications than for native applications. Instead, the device may provide hardware interaction as a service to the virtual environment utilizing a callback model, wherein applications within the virtual environment initiate component request specifying a callback, and the device initiates the component requests with the components and invokes associated callbacks upon completion of a component request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Hen Fitoussi, John Daniell Hebert, Benny Schlesinger, Eran Yariv
  • Patent number: 9600353
    Abstract: In the field of computing, many scenarios involve the execution of an application within a virtual environment (e.g., web applications executing within a web browser). In order to perform background processing, such applications may invoke worker processes within the virtual environment; however, this configuration couples the life cycle of worker processes to the life cycle of the application and/or virtual environment. Presented herein are techniques for executing worker processes outside of the virtual environment and independently of the life cycle of the application, such that background computation may persist after the application and/or virtual environment are terminated and even after a computing environment restart, and for notifying the application upon the worker process achieving an execution event (e.g., detecting device events even while the application is not executing).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Hen Fitoussi, John Daniell Hebert, Benny Schlesinger, Eran Yariv
  • Patent number: 9571441
    Abstract: A device set may interoperate to perform an action, such as providing a message to a user or storing photos taken by a user. Performing the action on all available devices may cause redundancy (e.g., presenting the same message to the user on each device), and depending on user selection (e.g., the user requesting to play music and specifically designating a device) may become onerous. A centralized, server-driven selection of the device to perform the action may be problematic if the server is inaccessible and/or inaccurate if not currently informed of the current state of each device. In accordance with the techniques presented herein, a requesting device broadcasts an action invitation to the device set. Each device provides a suitability report indicating its suitability to perform the action. The requesting device identifies one or more suitable devices, and sends an action request to identified devices to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Benny Schlesinger, Guy Kashtan, Saar Yahalom, Christina Summer Chen, Blaise Aguera y Arcas