Patents by Inventor Brant Candelore

Brant Candelore 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: 20190182536
    Abstract: An audio video display device executes a voice assistant that recognizes a spoken name associated with a hearing-impaired person and in response reduces the audio volume for the content being decoded, on the assumption that someone is speaking to the hearing-impaired person, and/or pauses the content being decoded, and/or determines the location of the source of the command and steers a microphone array to that location, and/or allows for independent volume/mute controls via an assistive listening device such as a neck loop to control the volume or mute the audio played on hearing aids independently of the volume of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Robert Noel Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10303427
    Abstract: Audio is shifted from being played on a central speaker element to either the right or left side speaker to accommodate a viewer suffering from macular degeneration moving his head to better see the visual display with his peripheral vision. If the user moves his head to the left to use the peripheral vision on the right, the audio is moved to the left speaker. Likewise, if the viewer is moving his head to the right, to take advantage of the peripheral vision on the left, then the audio switches to the right speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Publication number: 20190124251
    Abstract: A camera on an eyeglasses-type mount can he remotely controlled by a monitoring device to pan and tilt so that a remote monitor may gain a picture of the surroundings of a vision-impaired person wearing the head mount without pestering the person to move his head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Patent number: 10264206
    Abstract: A remotely controlled device receives a first command from a remote control (RC) but does not execute the command. Instead, the remotely controlled device waits to receive the first command within a threshold period, and if not received twice within the period, the first command is then executed. However, the first command is not executed if it is received twice, at which point the name of the corresponding RC key is announced. A second double command caused by a second double press of the same key on the RC causes the remotely controlled device to announce the function of the key. The logic may be executed in the RC as well as or in lieu of executing it in the remotely controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Patent number: 10262316
    Abstract: A bank customer's electronic debit or credit card (“e-card”) automatically reports to the customer's CE device the receipt of transaction interrogations the e-card receives from a point of sale (POS) apparatus. The e-card may simply report to the CE device and respond to the interrogation, or it may await a signal from the CE device prior to responding to the interrogation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Steven Martin Richman, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 10264330
    Abstract: To improve cognitive comprehension of plots in videos and thus assist not only people with cognitive issues but also inattentive people that have trouble following along with the plot, information is sent about each scene in a video. Image recognition or speech recognition may be implemented on a video to recognize where in the video the viewer currently is at, and ancillary information pertaining to that spot in the video presented immediately or at a convenient scene break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani, Robert Noel Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10237597
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes receiver and processing circuitry. The receiving circuitry is configured to receive a broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to extract a service list table (SLT) from the broadcast stream. The SLT includes service information for each of a plurality of services in the broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to determine whether the broadcast stream includes a digital rights management (DRM) service that is supported by the reception apparatus based on service category information in the service information for the plurality of services in the broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire DRM-related information, which is associated with the reception apparatus and delivered in the DRM service, based on a determination that the broadcast stream includes the DRM service that is supported by the reception apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Eyer, Tatsuya Igarashi, Brant Candelore, Paul Hearty
  • Patent number: 10225368
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for data communication based on content type are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, the system includes a first electronic device, which is configured to determine content type of one or more data signals received from one or more data sources. The one or more data signals are associated with one or more carrier signals that correspond to a first signal strength parameter. A priority is set for each of the received one or more data signals, based on the determined content type. From the set priority and the determined content type, one of the received one or more data signals is communicated to a second electronic device at a second signal strength parameter, via the wireless carrier signal. The wireless carrier signal is associated with one of the received one or more data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Publication number: 20190058909
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes receiver and processing circuitry. The receiving circuitry is configured to receive a broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to extract a service list table (SLT) from the broadcast stream. The SLT includes service information for each of a plurality of services in the broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to determine whether the broadcast stream includes a digital rights management (DRM) service that is supported by the reception apparatus based on service category information in the service information for the plurality of services in the broadcast stream. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire DRM-related information, which is associated with the reception apparatus and delivered in the DRM service, based on a determination that the broadcast stream includes the DRM service that is supported by the reception apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Eyer, Tatsuya Igarashi, Brant Candelore, Paul Hearty
  • Patent number: 10204433
    Abstract: Content substitution and/or picture-in-picture technology is used to provide a sign language window that provides a sign language interpretation of audio content in main program audio/video content. The sign language window can be selectively disabled by a user that does not wish to view the sign language video. Also, in some implementations, the user can move the sign language window to a desired location on the display. The desired location may be one of a plurality of pre-defined display locations. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore
  • Publication number: 20190020927
    Abstract: Placement of Closed Captioning (CC) in content by a content provider is overridden by means of a user interface (UI) that allows the user to place CC on screen on top of the video. The CC may be derived directly from the audio and synchronized with play of the audio and video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Publication number: 20190018478
    Abstract: A camera senses a direction in which a viewer such as a person whose vision is impaired by macular degeneration is looking. If the gaze is not straight ahead toward an audio video device (AVD) on which the camera may be mounted, visual impairment may be deduced, and a visual and/or audible accessibility menu automatically invoked. The AVD, for example, can play an audible prompt on speakers asking if the viewer would like to turn on a screen reader. This is especially advantageous where sighted and un-sighted persons share a common space with an AVD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Publication number: 20190018640
    Abstract: Audio is shifted from being played on a central speaker element to either the right or left side speaker to accommodate a viewer suffering from macular degeneration moving his head to better see the visual display with his peripheral vision. If the user moves his head to the left to use the peripheral vision on the right, the audio is moved to the left speaker. Likewise, if the viewer is moving his head to the right, to take advantage of the peripheral vision on the left, then the audio switches to the right speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Publication number: 20190020808
    Abstract: A camera on a head mount can be remotely controlled by a monitoring device to pan and tilt so that a remote monitor may gain a picture of the surroundings of a vision-impaired person wearing the head mount without pestering the person to move his head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Publication number: 20190018551
    Abstract: A user such as a vision-impaired person watching an audio video device (AVD) such as a TV may be given the option to define, in his user profile, whether he prefers options (such as channel listings on an electronic program guide (EPG)) to be presented in a two-dimensional matrix format or a one-dimensional list format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat
  • Publication number: 20190014380
    Abstract: The most active part of a video frame is magnified on a display to accommodate people with eye maladies such as macular degeneration. An area of interest in a video frame is identified, and that area is expanded or magnified to the periphery of the display, where people suffering from macular degeneration can best see. Assuming the viewer sits a benchmark distance from the display, the active part of the image is expanded to fit in what can be seen in the periphery of the display without moving the head left to right and up and down. This may be done by the display recognizing where most of the action is taking place by means of with motion vectors and I-macroblocks, or by allowing the viewer to switch to various predetermined blocks on screen using a remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Publication number: 20190012931
    Abstract: The most active part of a video frame is magnified on a display to accommodate people with eye maladies such as glaucoma or perhaps retinitis pigmentosa. An area of interest in a video frame is identified, and that area is expanded or magnified to the center of the display, where people suffering from loss of peripheral vision can best see. Assuming the viewer sits a benchmark distance from the display, the active part of the image is expanded to fit in what can be seen in the center of the display without moving the head left to right and up and down. This may be done by the display recognizing where most of the action is taking place by means of with motion vectors and I-macroblocks, or by allowing the viewer to switch to various predetermined blocks on screen using a remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Publication number: 20180376212
    Abstract: The most active part of a video frame is magnified on a display to accommodate people with eye maladies such as glaucoma or retinitis pigmentosa. An area of interest in a video frame is identified, and that area is expanded or magnified. This may be done by the display recognizing where most of the action is taking place by means of with motion vectors and I-macroblocks, or by allowing the viewer to switch to various predetermined blocks on screen using a remote control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Publication number: 20180373695
    Abstract: An accessibility button is provided on the remote control, which may replace any existing buttons that may be present for closed captioning. When the accessibility button is pressed, the TV screen text to speech function is immediately enabled, including accessing closed captioning functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Patent number: 10148901
    Abstract: A remotely controlled device receives a first command from a remote control (RC) but does not execute the command. Instead, the remotely controlled device waits to receive the first command within a threshold period, and if not received twice within the period, the first command is then executed. However, the first command is not executed if it is received twice, at which point the name of the corresponding RC key is announced. A second double command caused by a second double press of the same key on the RC causes the remotely controlled device to announce the function of the key. The logic may be executed in the RC as well as or in lieu of executing it in the remotely controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani