Patents by Inventor Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley 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: 11461165
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for enabling a computing device to cure a configuration issue associated with an auxiliary computing device. According to some embodiments, the technique can include the steps of (1) receiving, from the auxiliary computing device, a request to repair the configuration issue, where the request includes device information associated with the auxiliary computing device, and (2) in response to determining, based on the device information, that the auxiliary computing device is known to the computing device: (i) establishing a secure communication link with the auxiliary computing device, (ii) identifying at least one problem associated with the configuration issue, (iii) generating repair information based on the at least one problem, and (iv) transmitting the repair information to the auxiliary computing device over the secure communication link to cause the auxiliary computing device to cure the at least one problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Per Love Hornquist Astrand
  • Publication number: 20220294746
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an electronic device. The method stores user data associated with a web-based third party service based on user interaction with a web domain for the third party service through a web browser. The method receives a request from a service-specific application to utilize the user data stored for the third party service. The method provides the user data to the application only when the application is verified by the web domain for receiving user data associated with the third party service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventors: Andrew R. WHALLEY, Bob BRADLEY, Kenneth C. MCLEOD
  • Patent number: 11372479
    Abstract: A head-mounted video camera, a processor, and a display are integrated within the head-mounted device worn by the user. The head-mounted device is configured to capture images of the environment and subject those images to specialized processing in order to diagnose and/or make up for deficiencies in the user's eyesight. Different modes of operating the device are provided that enable the user to configure the device for a specific application. The modes of operation include at least an assistive mode, a diagnostic mode, and a therapeutic mode. Each mode of operation may include further options, where each option is dedicated to a specific processing approach specific to a condition that may afflict the user, ranging from contrast sensitivity issues to strabismus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Chris Bradley, Bob Massof, Frank Werblin
  • Patent number: 11349776
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an electronic device. The method stores user data associated with a web-based third party service based on user interaction with a web domain for the third party service through a web browser. The method receives a request from a service-specific application to utilize the user data stored for the third party service. The method provides the user data to the application only when the application is verified by the web domain for receiving user data associated with the third party service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Whalley, Bob Bradley, Kenneth C. McLeod
  • Publication number: 20220166700
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig Dooley, Gregg Golembeski, JR., Andrew Burks, Srinivas Rama, Arun Mathias, Anush Nadathur, Kevin P. McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20220116438
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a network system to enable content playback on multiple devices. An electronic device can receive information associated with media playback request and resolve a media item and intended playback device for the media request based on a set of available media items and player devices. The device can then transmit, via the data interface, a request to play the media item at the player device via a secure device to device communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Bryan E. Hansen, Vincent M. Lane, Benjamin S. Phipps, Karl F. Schramm, Andrew J. Sinesio, Jaireh Tecarro
  • Publication number: 20220095091
    Abstract: A device implementing dynamic controller selection may include a processor configured to generate a connectivity graph based on a scan for accessory devices, the connectivity graph including a connectivity metric value for a discovered accessory device. The processor may be configured to broadcast the connectivity graph and receive another connectivity graph broadcasted by another electronic device that includes another connectivity metric value for the accessory device. The processor may be configured to receive a request to provide an instruction to the accessory device and determine which of the electronic devices will provide the instruction based on the connectivity metric values. The processor may be further configured to, when the electronic device is determined, provide the instruction for transmission to the accessory device, and when the other electronic device is determined, provide, for transmission to the other electronic device, the instruction to be provided to the accessory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Avinash Reddy SINGIREDDY, Anjali S. SANDESARA, Sergey CHEMISHKIAN, Yilok L. WONG, Bob BRADLEY, Michael GILES
  • Patent number: 11283703
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joe S. Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig P. Dooley, Gregg J. Golembeski, Jr., Andrew W. Burks, Srinivas Rama, Arun G. Mathias, Anush G. Nadathur, Kevin P. McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20220066635
    Abstract: The systems described herein provide a remote keyboard service for a media device on a computing device without having to invoke an application or unlock the computing device. The computing device can receive a message indicating that a text input field on the other device is selected and present a notification to the user prompting the user to invoke the virtual keyboard on the computing device to provide text input to the selected text input field. The computing device can receive user input selecting the notification and present a virtual keyboard for providing text input to the other device. The computing device can receive keyboard input from the user selecting characters and send the characters to the other device. The other device can then user the characters as text input to the selected text input field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Sanciangco, Bob Bradley, Marc Krochmal, Graham Clarke
  • Publication number: 20220007188
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for securely identifying relevant computing devices that are nearby. The technique can be implemented at a first computing device, and include the steps of (1) receiving, from a second computing device, an advertisement packet that includes: (i) a network address that is associated with the second computing device, and (ii) a hash value that is calculated using the network address and an encryption key that is associated with the second computing device, and (2) for each known encryption key in a plurality of known encryption keys that are accessible to the first computing device: (i) calculating a temporary hash value using the network address and the known encryption key, and (ii) in response to identifying that the temporary hash value and the hash value match: carrying out an operation associated with the second computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Bob BRADLEY, Marc J. KROCHMAL
  • Publication number: 20210406886
    Abstract: A device in a payment transaction handoff system may include at least one processor configured to receive a request to perform a payment transaction and identify, using a first communication protocol, a respective device identifier of each of a plurality of proximate devices. The at least one processor is configured to select, based at least in part on a payment factor, a default payment device from the plurality of proximate devices. The at least one processor is configured to transmit, via a second communication protocol, a message to perform the payment transaction, the message comprising the device identifier of the default payment device. In one or more implementations, a first device of the plurality of proximate devices may be associated with a first user account and a second device of the plurality of proximate devices may be associated with a second user account, different from the first user account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Bob BRADLEY, Marc J. KROCHMAL, William M. BUMGARNER, Vijay SUNDARAM, Margaret A. MOORE, Nicholas J. SHEARER, Brandon J. KIEFT
  • Publication number: 20210400388
    Abstract: A system and method for routing communication to a common audio output device connected to each of two or more audio signal source devices. For each of the two or more audio signal source devices, a set of inputs are assessed. The set of inputs include: an operational state of the audio signal source device, an activity the audio signal source device, an audio-producing application being executed by the audio signal source device, and a degree of user activity with the audio-producing application being executed by the audio signal source. At a point in time, an audio routing score is generated for each of the two or more audio signal source devices according to a weighted calculation of the set of inputs based on the assessing. Finally, an audio signal routing decision is made, to route an audio signal from one of the two or more audio signal source devices to the audio output device, based on the audio routing score for each of the two or more audio signal source devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Aarti Kumar, Bob Bradley, Natalia A. Fornshell, Deepak Iyer, Astrid Yi, Michael J. Giles, Sriram Hariharan, Kang Sun, Akshay Mangalam Srivatsa, Jonathan A. Bennett, Taylor G. Carrigan, Anthony J. Guetta
  • Patent number: 11204695
    Abstract: The systems described herein provide a remote keyboard service for a media device on a computing device without having to invoke an application or unlock the computing device. The computing device can receive a message indicating that a text input field on the other device is selected and present a notification to the user prompting the user to invoke the virtual keyboard on the computing device to provide text input to the selected text input field. The computing device can receive user input selecting the notification and present a virtual keyboard for providing text input to the other device. The computing device can receive keyboard input from the user selecting characters and send the characters to the other device. The other device can then user the characters as text input to the selected text input field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Sanciangco, Bob Bradley, Marc Krochmal, Graham Clarke
  • Publication number: 20210392129
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for enabling a computing device to securely configure a peripheral computing device. According to some embodiments, the method can include the steps of (1) approving a request received from the peripheral computing device to engage in a setup procedure for the peripheral computing device, (2) receiving, from the peripheral computing device: (i) an audio signal that encodes a password and timing information, and (ii) a light signal. Additionally, the method can involve, in response to identifying that the timing information correlates with the light signal: (3) extracting the password from the audio signal, and (4) establishing a communication link with the peripheral computing device based on the password. In turn, the method can involve (5) providing configuration information to the peripheral computing device over the communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jay S. COGGIN, Daniel C. KLINGLER, Kyle C. BROGLE, Johannes P. SCHMIDT, Eric A. ALLAMANCHE, Thomas ALSINA, Bob BRADLEY, Alex T. NELSON, Rudolph VAN DER MERWE, Joseph M. TRISCARI, Keun Sup LEE, Pedro MARI, Aaron M. ELDER, Richard M. POWELL
  • Publication number: 20210385527
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can transfer a playback queue between the computing device and a playback device. For example, the computing device can detect when the computing device is within a threshold distance of a playback device. The computing device can establish a connection to the playback device and receive state information describing the media playback state of the playback device. The computing device can determine the media playback state of the computing device. The computing device can present graphical user interfaces for initiating a transfer of a playback queue between the computing device and the playback device based on the playback state of the devices. The computing device can initiate a transfer of the playback queue in response to user input to one of the graphical user interfaces or automatically based on the context of the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Graham, Taylor G. Carrigan, Nicholas J. Paulson, Johannes P. Schmidt, Thomas Alsina, Bob Bradley, Haishan Ye, James C. Grandy, Pierre De Lastic, Julien Lerouge
  • Patent number: 11122328
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can transfer a playback queue between the computing device and a playback device. For example, the computing device can detect when the computing device is within a threshold distance of a playback device. The computing device can establish a connection to the playback device and receive state information describing the media playback state of the playback device. The computing device can determine the media playback state of the computing device. The computing device can present graphical user interfaces for initiating a transfer of a playback queue between the computing device and the playback device based on the playback state of the devices. The computing device can initiate a transfer of the playback queue in response to user input to one of the graphical user interfaces or automatically based on the context of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Graham, Taylor G. Carrigan, Nicholas J. Paulson, Johannes P. Schmidt, Thomas Alsina, Bob Bradley, Haishan Ye, James C. Grandy, Pierre De Lastic, Julien Lerouge
  • Patent number: 11120445
    Abstract: A device in a payment transaction handoff system may include at least one processor configured to receive a request to perform a payment transaction and identify, using a first communication protocol, a respective device identifier of each of a plurality of proximate devices. The at least one processor is configured to select, based at least in part on a payment factor, a default payment device from the plurality of proximate devices. The at least one processor is configured to transmit, via a second communication protocol, a message to perform the payment transaction, the message comprising the device identifier of the default payment device. In one or more implementations, a first device of the plurality of proximate devices may be associated with a first user account and a second device of the plurality of proximate devices may be associated with a second user account, different from the first user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Marc J. Krochmal, William M. Bumgarner, Vijay Sundaram, Margaret A. Moore, Nicholas J. Shearer, Brandon J. Kieft
  • Patent number: 11115818
    Abstract: The embodiments set forth a technique for securely identifying relevant computing devices that are nearby. The technique can be implemented at a first computing device, and include the steps of (1) receiving, from a second computing device, an advertisement packet that includes: (i) a network address that is associated with the second computing device, and (ii) a hash value that is calculated using the network address and an encryption key that is associated with the second computing device, and (2) for each known encryption key in a plurality of known encryption keys that are accessible to the first computing device: (i) calculating a temporary hash value using the network address and the known encryption key, and (ii) in response to identifying that the temporary hash value and the hash value match: carrying out an operation associated with the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Marc J. Krochmal
  • Patent number: 11102259
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a network system to enable content playback on multiple devices. An electronic device can receive information associated with media playback request and resolve a media item and intended playback device for the media request based on a set of available media items and player devices. The device can then transmit, via the data interface, a request to play the media item at the player device via a secure device to device communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Bryan E. Hansen, Vincent M. Lane, Benjamin S. Phipps, Karl F. Schramm, Andrew J. Sinesio, Jaireh Tecarro
  • Patent number: 11074116
    Abstract: The subject technology provides a system of devices, at least one of which includes an application configured to receive data directly from another one of the devices. The application is configured to obtain a list of available devices and associated features and provide input options for display based on the list. When one of the input options is selected, the application activates a component and/or an application of the other device for generation of the desired data. When the desired data has been generated by the other device, the generated data is directly input from the other device into the limiting application, without storage of the generated data at the other device, and without operation of the same application on the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John O. Louch, Kevin J. Van Vechten, Christopher N. Ryan, John J. Iarocci, Bob Bradley