Patents by Inventor Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas

Blaise Hilary Aguera-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: 9786075
    Abstract: Architecture that extracts (analyzes and selects) a set of images from repositories or sources imagery to create one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) image manifolds (or image packets—also referred to as “synth” packets). The repositories of map imagery can include aerial views and terrestrial views (from points on the earth surface). The manifolds facilitate fluid translation between manifold images thereby providing a fluid user interactive navigation experience for viewing the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas
  • Patent number: 9606643
    Abstract: A subset of functionality associated with an application or portion of an application can be executed above a lock screen. A lock screen enables a device to transition from a locked state to an unlocked state. While in a locked state, at least a subset of application functionality can be deployed. Additional functionality associated with the application can be accessed by transitioning to an unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas, George Eric Engstrom, John Steven Strauch, Bernard Kerr, Scott Fynn
  • Patent number: 8971641
    Abstract: An image matching system is described for finding reference images that match a query image. The image matching system performs this operation in expeditious fashion by restricting the matching to a bounding region; the bounding region, in turn, may be associated with a location at which the query image may have been captured. In addition, the image matching system provides various mechanisms that expedite adding new reference images to an image index, to thereby provide a re-enforced learning mechanism of the image matching system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Buchmueller, Michael Kroepfl, David Z. Nister, Vadim Cugunovs, Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas, Scott V. Fynn, Eyal Ofek
  • Publication number: 20140362108
    Abstract: Architecture that extracts (analyzes and selects) a set of images from repositories or sources imagery to create one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) image manifolds (or image packets—also referred to as “synth” packets). The repositories of map imagery can include aerial views and terrestrial views (from points on the earth surface). The manifolds facilitate fluid translation between manifold images thereby providing a fluid user interactive navigation experience for viewing the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas
  • Patent number: 8515669
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for providing an improved view of a location in a spatial environment. A current image associated with a current location of a geographic area is displayed. A user-selected point on the current image is received. A target location of the geographic area is determined based on the user-selected point. A distance between the current location and the target location is determined. A determination is made as to whether the distance between the current location and the target location is greater than a distance threshold. If this distance is greater than the distance threshold, then a far distance process configured to determine and display a first target view of the target location is performed. If this distance is not greater than the distance threshold, then a near distance process configured to determine and display a second target view of the target location is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Pasquale DeMaio, Kristoffer Bernt Henriksson, Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas
  • Publication number: 20120284297
    Abstract: A subset of functionality associated with an application or portion of an application can be executed above a lock screen. A lock screen enables a device to transition from a locked state to an unlocked state. While in a locked state, at least a subset of application functionality can be deployed. Additional functionality associated with the application can be accessed by transitioning to an unlocked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas, George Eric Engstrom, John Steven Strauch, Bernard Kerr, Scott Fynn
  • Publication number: 20120155778
    Abstract: An image matching system is described for finding reference images which match a query image. The image matching system performs this operation in expeditious fashion by restricting the matching to a bounding region; the bounding region, in turn, may be associated with a location at which the query image may have been captured. In addition, the image matching system provides various mechanisms that expedite adding new reference images to an image index, to thereby provide a re-enforced learning mechanism of the image matching system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Buchmueller, Michael Kroepfl, David Z. Nister, Vadim Cugunovs, Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas, Scott V. Fynn, Eyal Ofek
  • Patent number: 8150214
    Abstract: A method and a processing device may be provided for discovering and constructing multi-resolution images. Content, including an image, may be obtained from a specified address via a network and rendered to a display monitor of the processing device. The processing device may attempt to discover a second image, corresponding to the image included in the obtained content, but with a different resolution than a resolution of the image included in the obtained content. If the second image is discovered, the second image and the image included in the obtained content may be linked to create a multi-resolution image. If the image included in the content rendered to the display monitor is enlarged beyond a threshold, the rendered image may become pixelated. A high resolution image corresponding to and linked to the rendered image may be blended into the enlarged rendered image to eliminate pixelation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Karim Taji Farouki, Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas
  • Publication number: 20110320116
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for providing an improved view of a location in a spatial environment. A current image associated with a current location of a geographic area is displayed. A user-selected point on the current image is received. A target location of the geographic area is determined based on the user-selected point. A distance between the current location and the target location is determined. A determination is made as to whether the distance between the current location and the target location is greater than a distance threshold. If this distance is greater than the distance threshold, then a far distance process configured to determine and display a first target view of the target location is performed. If this distance is not greater than the distance threshold, then a near distance process configured to determine and display a second target view of the target location is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pasquale DeMaio, Kristoffer Bernt Henriksson, Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas
  • Publication number: 20090136156
    Abstract: A method and a processing device may be provided for discovering and constructing multi-resolution images. Content, including an image, may be obtained from a specified address via a network and rendered to a display monitor of the processing device. The processing device may attempt to discover a second image, corresponding to the image included in the obtained content, but with a different resolution than a resolution of the image included in the obtained content. If the second image is discovered, the second image and the image included in the obtained content may be linked to create a multi-resolution image. If the image included in the content rendered to the display monitor is enlarged beyond a threshold, the rendered image may become pixelated. A high resolution image corresponding to and linked to the rendered image may be blended into the enlarged rendered image to eliminate pixelation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karim Taji Farouki, Blaise Hilary Aguera-Arcas