Patents by Inventor Craig A. Watson

Craig A. Watson 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: 10372489
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are generally related to configuring a system for use with a media application, including providing task-based configuration for users of the media application. In accordance with an embodiment, the system enables a user to interact with a configuration component of a media application accessible at a media device. The system displays a plurality of tasks and an indication of a media application functionality, such as, for example, access to a personalized playlist or set of media content, offered as an incentive or reward for completion of the tasks, at a user interface of the media device. The tasks relate to one or more features of the media application, and can be used to improve the configuration of the media application for a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Patent number: 10354633
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for providing a live lyrics overlay in a social messaging environment. The system can utilize advances in three-dimensional mapping technology that allow social messaging services, to offer real time video lenses or overlays to their users, and extends this three-dimensional mapping technology to support for lyrics. During creation of a video with lyrics lens overlay, the lyrics corresponding to a selected song are retrieved from a lyrics source, and are displayed within the video. For example, with the lyrics lens, a user can record an image of themselves on live video, singing along to a song clip, with the lyrics of the song displayed as if they appear to be coming from their mouths. The created live lyrics content can also be shared with other users of a social messaging environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Publication number: 20190050483
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus, system and method for the comparison between songs to analyse how similar each song is to the next using a new system of classification. A new and improved method and apparatus for the weighting of these comparable variables between songs in order to find the best objective criteria for finding a likeness between songs is disclosed. The time complexity associated with the computation of the optimal path for smoothing a playlist of songs is substantially reduced using the system of classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney, George Boyle, Clodagh McCarthy Luddy
  • Publication number: 20190018702
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are generally related to configuring a system for use with a media application, including providing task-based configuration for users of the media application. In accordance with an embodiment, the system enables a user to interact with a configuration component of a media application accessible at a media device. The system displays a plurality of tasks and an indication of a media application functionality, such as, for example, access to a personalized playlist or set of media content, offered as an incentive or reward for completion of the tasks, at a user interface of the media device. The tasks relate to one or more features of the media application, and can be used to improve the configuration of the media application for a particular user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: BRENDAN O'DRISCOLL, AIDAN SLINEY, CRAIG WATSON
  • Publication number: 20190018557
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are generally related to systems and methods for steering user interaction in a media content environment. In accordance with an embodiment, data derived from a user's interaction with a media application at a media device is used to determine a category for a user. The data can relate to the user's media consumption habits and preferences. For example, the data can be used to discern a media consumption style or use case, which in turn is used to categorize the user. A personalized user interface (UI) flow can be generated based on the user's determined category. The media device includes an adaptive user interface that implements the UI flow to steer the user's interaction with the media application, for example by drawing the user's attention to features of the media application that are best suited for the user based on the categorization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Patent number: 10108708
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus, system and method for the comparison between songs to analyze how similar each song is to the next using a new system of classification. A new and improved method and apparatus for the weighting of these comparable variables between songs in order to find the best objective criteria for finding a likeness between songs is disclosed. The time complexity associated with the computation of the optimal path for smoothing a playlist of songs is substantially reduced using the system of classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney, George Boyle, Clodagh McCarthy Luddy
  • Publication number: 20180192082
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for association of a song, music, or other media content with a user's video content. The system enables a user to associate a song, music, or other media content that is associated with an audio clip and a song metadata of a media content, with a video they are about to create, or have created, to create a video moment. A recipient of the video moment can hear the audio clip in combination with the video content, and also view the song metadata overlay, to determine the name of the song and artist that was used in the video, or optionally access the song at a media server, for further listening by the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Publication number: 20180190253
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for providing a live lyrics overlay in a social messaging environment. The system can utilize advances in three-dimensional mapping technology that allow social messaging services, to offer real time video lenses or overlays to their users, and extends this three-dimensional mapping technology to support for lyrics. During creation of a video with lyrics lens overlay, the lyrics corresponding to a selected song are retrieved from a lyrics source, and are displayed within the video. For example, with the lyrics lens, a user can record an image of themselves on live video, singing along to a song clip, with the lyrics of the song displayed as if they appear to be coming from their mouths. The created live lyrics content can also be shared with other users of a social messaging environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Publication number: 20180191654
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for programming of song suggestions for users of a social messaging environment. The system enables a user to add media content, for example a song or music, to a video, for sharing with other users. A media server can provide media content recommendations or suggestions, in response to interactions or conversations with the system or with a social messaging environment. The suggestions can be used to prompt users of social or messaging environments, to create user generated content, thereby increasing the word-of-mouth, or viral distribution and promotion of such media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Publication number: 20170161119
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus comprising at least one processor; at least one memory including computer program code, at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform identification of music data or other audio metadata played on an iOS device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Boyle, Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney
  • Publication number: 20170154109
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for locating and notifying a user of the music or other audio metadata matching the user's stated preference by appending location information to such metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Dave Lynch, Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney
  • Publication number: 20170024399
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method tracking music or other audio metadata from a number of sources in real-time on an electronic device and displaying this information as a unified music feed using a graphical and textual interface. In one embodiment the invention provides a system and method for sharing such information within a social network or other conveyance system in order to aggregate crowd sourced, location-based and real-time information by combining the location, timestamp and metadata of user's listening history on such an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Brian Boyle, Dave Lynch, George Boyle, Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney
  • Publication number: 20160294896
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for generating dynamic playlists utilising device co-presence proximity comprising the step of identifying of music preferences by analysing the listening history on a device of a user; and recognising what devices are co-present within a set proximity for the purposes of matching such devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney, Brian Boyle, Dave Lynch, Lucas M. Braz
  • Publication number: 20160292269
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method to cause an apparatus to perform at least the following; identifying music preferences by understanding the listening history of a user from one or more context signals associated with a user mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney, Brian Boyle, Dave Lynch, Lucas M. Braz, Clodagh McCarthy Luddy
  • Publication number: 20160292272
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus, system and method for the comparison between songs to analyse how similar each song is to the next using a new system of classification. A new and improved method and apparatus for the weighting of these comparable variables between songs in order to find the best objective criteria for finding a likeness between songs is disclosed. The time complexity associated with the computation of the optimal path for smoothing a playlist of songs is substantially reduced using the system of classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Craig Watson, Aidan Sliney, George Boyle, Clodagh McCarthy Luddy
  • Publication number: 20130087575
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for metered dispensing of granular seasoning material. The device comprises a reservoir including a dispensing outlet, a metered dispensing member having an axis and a metering chamber comprising a peripheral cavity in the metered dispensing member, the metered dispensing member mounted for axial linear movement relative to the reservoir through the dispensing outlet to and from a filling position, in which the metering chamber is in communication with the interior of the reservoir, and a dispensing position, in which the metering chamber is in communication with the exterior of the reservoir, to permit gravity dispensing of a metered quantity of material from the metering chamber. Preferably, an actuation assembly for movement of the dispensing member comprises biasing means. A diffuser may be connected to the exterior of the reservoir below the dispensing outlet for evenly distributing dispensed material onto a target area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Paul G. Simmons, Melissa Enge, Pia Ganner, Iris Prehn, Guo De Huang, Ying Zhou Zheng, Jeffrey Craig Watson
  • Patent number: 8316883
    Abstract: A water faucet providing a digital temperature readout indicating the temperature of the water exiting the faucet is herein disclosed. The faucet provides a switch to change the display between Fahrenheit and Celsius and is powered by a small integral solar cell and an internal battery for periods of low ambient light. The display and corresponding circuitry is mounted inside of a waterproof enclosure which is removably mounted to the faucet spout by locking fasteners. The display is removable and allows for replacement or maintenance should it malfunction or break. During use, an internal thermocouple senses a change in temperature to activate the apparatus, thereby conserving energy. Such features are ideal for measuring the temperature of water used to wash hands or dishes to ensure compliance with health department requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Craig Watson
  • Patent number: 8226326
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a system and method of constructing drilling and production platforms that are particularly useful in remote, inaccessible and/or environmentally sensitive operating environments. According to one aspect of the invention, an arctic drilling platform is provided wherein various methods and means of interlocking neighboring platform modules are provided. Methods and means for sealing the intersections formed between a plurality of interlocked platform modules are also disclosed. According to further aspects of the invention, improved platform floor plans are provided, and various wellhead cellar layouts and sealing means are also described. Methods and to means of enhancing the usefulness of modular storage platforms are disclosed, and a number of support post installation and removal techniques are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
    Inventors: Benton F. Baugh, Craig Watson, Keith K Millhelm, Ali G. Kadaster
  • Publication number: 20120124934
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a system and method of constructing drilling and production platforms useful in remote, inaccessible and/or environmentally sensitive operating environments. According to one aspect of the invention, an arctic drilling platform is provided wherein various methods and means of interlocking neighboring platform modules are provided. Means for sealing the intersections formed between a plurality of interlocked platform modules are also disclosed. Other aspects comprise improved platform floor plans, with various wellhead cellar layouts and sealing means also being described. Methods and means of enhancing the usefulness of modular storage platforms are disclosed, and a number of support post installation and removal techniques are also provided. Also taught are methods and means of adjusting the height and level of an assembled drilling platform, and for adding extension members to extend the length of a support post as needed during installation, maintenance or operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
    Inventors: Benton F. Baugh, Craig Watson, Keith K. Millheim, Ali G. Kadaster
  • Publication number: 20110299936
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a system and method of constructing drilling and production platforms that are particularly useful in remote, inaccessible and/or environmentally sensitive operating environments. According to one aspect of the invention, an arctic drilling platform is provided wherein various methods and means of interlocking neighboring platform modules are provided. Methods and means for sealing the intersections formed between a plurality of interlocked platform modules are also disclosed. According to further aspects of the invention, improved platform floor plans are provided, and various wellhead cellar layouts and sealing means are also described. Methods and to means of enhancing the usefulness of modular storage platforms are disclosed, and a number of support post installation and removal techniques are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Benton F. Baugh, Craig Watson, Keith K. Millhelm, Ali G. Kadaster