Patents by Inventor Cyril Houri

Cyril Houri 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: 10235769
    Abstract: Method for determining position of a mobile device having an imaging device includes obtaining an image of a mark on a known-position object from the imaging device, the mark having an encoded position, decoding the mark to derive data about the position of the mark using a database of marks and their positions, and analyzing appearance of the mark in the image in combination with the derived data about the position of the mark to determine the position of the mobile device. Mark appearance analysis may involve analyzing an angle between an imaging direction of the imaging device and a surface of the mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Publication number: 20190082296
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique is provided for wireless position determination wherein locations of Wi-Fi access points included in a collaborative database are both consumed to estimate the position of a wireless computing device and updated based on the position of the wireless computing device. Using the collaborative database, a geographic location of each one or more first Wi-Fi access points in signal reception range of the wireless computing device is determined based on a unique or semi-unique identification of each first Wi-Fi access point. A wireless positioning system estimates a position of the wireless computing device based on the geographic location of each of the one or more first Wi-Fi access points. It may be determined that a Wi-Fi access point of one or more second Wi-Fi access points in signal reception range of the wireless computing device is a new Wi-Fi access point whose geographic location is not contained in the collaborative database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 10157189
    Abstract: Method for providing position-based information to a mobile device with at least one imaging device includes obtaining, using the imaging device, an image including a stationary pattern of pixels, searching through a database of pixel patterns for a pixel pattern that most closely matches the pattern of pixels in the obtained at least one image, the database containing pixel patterns and positional information about the pixel patterns, and retrieving from the database as a result of the searching, positional information about one of the pixel patterns that is deemed to most closely match the pattern of pixels in the obtained at least one image. Data is provided to the mobile device, i.e., to a data output device or functionality thereof, dependent on the retrieved positional information about one of the pixel patterns that is deemed to most closely match the pattern of pixels in the obtained at least one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Publication number: 20180349710
    Abstract: Monitoring technique includes identifying objects in images and associating color characteristics with each identified object. When the color characteristics of an object in one image are above a color resemblance threshold to the color characteristics of an object in another image, the object in both images is considered the same. Otherwise, the respective object in both images are considered to be different. Data about time that each image including an identified object was obtained and location of each object when each image including an identified object was obtained is derived. An information conveyance system is activated to convey the time and location-related data about identified objects relative to defined areas of the site or movement of the identified objects or people into, between or out of the defined areas of the site or a communication resulting from such data satisfying one or more conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Accuware, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyril Houri, Gianni Giorgetti
  • Patent number: 10129697
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique is provided for wireless position determination wherein a wireless computing device both consumes and provides geographic locations for Wi-Fi access points to a collaborative database. The wireless computing device receives signals from one or more first Wi-Fi access points. Using the collaborative database, a geographic location of each of the one or more first Wi-Fi access points is determined and a position of the wireless computing device is estimated. The wireless computing device may receive signals from one or more second Wi-Fi access points. A Wi-Fi access point of the one or more second Wi-Fi access points may be determined to be a new Wi-Fi access point whose geographic location is not contained in the collaborative database and the wireless computing device may update the collaborative database based, at least in part, on one or more positions of the wireless computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 10026003
    Abstract: Monitoring technique includes identifying objects in images and associating color characteristics with each identified object. When the color characteristics of an object in one image is above a color resemblance threshold to the color characteristics of an object in another image, the object in both images is considered the same. Otherwise, the respective object in both images are considered to be different. Data about time that each image including an identified object was obtained and location of each object when each image including an identified object was obtained is derived. An information conveyance system is activated to convey the time and location-related data about identified objects relative to defined areas of the site or movement of the identified objects or people into, between or out of the defined areas of the site or a communication resulting from such data satisfying one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Accuware, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyril Houri, Gianni Giorgetti
  • Publication number: 20180114335
    Abstract: Method for determining position of a mobile device having an imaging device includes obtaining an image of a mark on a known-position object from the imaging device, the mark having an encoded position, decoding the mark to derive data about the position of the mark using a database of marks and their positions, and analyzing appearance of the mark in the image in combination with the derived data about the position of the mark to determine the position of the mobile device. Mark appearance analysis may involve analyzing an angle between an imaging direction of the imaging device and a surface of the mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 9911190
    Abstract: Method, system and computer program for generating a database of pixel patterns includes obtaining images using an imaging system of mobile devices, each image including a pixel pattern, and determining a position of the mobile device using a positioning system at least partly situated on the mobile device when each image is obtained using the imaging system of the mobile device. Positional relationships between a size and/or angular orientation of the pattern of pixels and an associated determined position of the mobile device when the at least one image including the pattern of pixels was obtained are generated and enables retrieval of an estimation of the position of the mobile device upon input of another image including the pattern of pixels. The generated positional relationships between the size and/or angular orientation of the pattern of pixels and the associated determined position of the mobile device are stored in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 9881378
    Abstract: Method for determining position of a mobile device having an imaging device includes obtaining an image of a mark on a known-position object from the imaging device, the mark having an encoded position, decoding the mark to derive data about the position of the mark using a database of marks and their positions, and analyzing appearance of the mark in the image in combination with the derived data about the position of the mark to derive the position of the mobile device. Mark appearance analysis may involve analyzing an angle between an imaging direction of the imaging device and a surface of the mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Publication number: 20170262725
    Abstract: Monitoring technique includes identifying objects in images and associating color characteristics with each identified object. When the color characteristics of an object in one image is above a color resemblance threshold to the color characteristics of an object in another image, the object in both images is considered the same. Otherwise, the respective object in both images are considered to be different. Data about time that each image including an identified object was obtained and location of each object when each image including an identified object was obtained is derived. An information conveyance system is activated to convey the time and location-related data about identified objects relative to defined areas of the site or movement of the identified objects or people into, between or out of the defined areas of the site or a communication resulting from such data satisfying one or more conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventors: CYRIL HOURI, Gianni Giorgetti
  • Publication number: 20170236285
    Abstract: Method for determining position of a mobile device having an imaging device includes obtaining an image of a mark on a known-position object from the imaging device, the mark having an encoded position, decoding the mark to derive data about the position of the mark using a database of marks and their positions, and analyzing appearance of the mark in the image in combination with the derived data about the position of the mark to derive the position of the mobile device. Mark appearance analysis may involve analyzing an angle between an imaging direction of the imaging device and a surface of the mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventor: CYRIL HOURI
  • Publication number: 20160337801
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique is provided for wireless position determination wherein a wireless computing device both consumes and provides geographic locations for Wi-Fi access points to a collaborative database. The wireless computing device receives signals from one or more first Wi-Fi access points. Using the collaborative database, a geographic location of each of the one or more first Wi-Fi access points is determined and a position of the wireless computing device is estimated. The wireless computing device may receive signals from one or more second Wi-Fi access points. A Wi-Fi access point of the one or more second Wi-Fi access points may be determined to be a new Wi-Fi access point whose geographic location is not contained in the collaborative database and the wireless computing device may update the collaborative database based, at least in part, on one or more positions of the wireless computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 9418284
    Abstract: Method for generating and using a database of pixel patterns includes obtaining images using a mobile device including a common pixel pattern and processing each image based on a size of the pixel pattern and/or angular orientation of the pixel pattern relative to an imaging direction to derive positional information about the pixel pattern. Location of the mobile device is determined by obtaining an image including a stationary pixel pattern, searching the database for the obtained pixel pattern, and retrieving positional information about a closest match pixel pattern. With the retrieved positional information, an angle between an imaging direction in which the image including the closest match pixel pattern was obtained and an imaging direction in which the image was obtained and/or a size differential between the closest match pixel pattern and the pixel pattern in the obtained image is/are analyzed to derive positional information about the mobile device's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 9402154
    Abstract: Method includes maintaining a collaborative database on a database server containing geographic location information pertaining to Wi-Fi access points. The collaborative database includes database records for Wi-Fi access points including a MAC address and geographic location. A position location request from a Wi-Fi enabled wireless device is received at a server, and includes a respective MAC address of at least one Wi-Fi access point for which a wireless beacon is detected by the wireless device. Via a query issued to the database server using at least one MAC address included in the position location request, geographic location data for one or more Wi-Fi access points is retrieved from the database. A processor determines geographic location of the wireless device based at least on the retrieved geographic location data, and returns, via the server, geographic location data to the wireless device corresponding to the geographic location of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 9392406
    Abstract: Method and system for monitoring location of a mobile device relative to a region of interest includes defining a geographic region of interest, receiving a request to obtain notification when the mobile device leaves from, is present in or enters into the region of interest, determining when the mobile device leaves, is present in or enters into the region of interest, and automatically generating a notification signal upon departure of the mobile device from, presence of the mobile device in or entry of the mobile device into the region of interest without manual intervention by a user of the mobile device. It is therefore possible to monitor the departure of a mobile device, and thus presumably the user thereof, from one or more defined regions, the presence of the person in one or more defined regions, and also the entry of the person into one or more defined regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: TruePosition, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 9226224
    Abstract: Method, system and computer program for obtaining information about telecommunications devices that transmit signals seeking available Wi-Fi connectivity. One or more Wi-Fi beacons are configured to detect probing signals from any telecommunications device in its range, a processor at each Wi-Fi beacon extracts an identifier of each telecommunications device from detected probing signals and each Wi-Fi beacon is associated with the identifier of any telecommunications devices whose probing signals have been received by that Wi-Fi beacon to thereby determine the presence and optionally position of any telecommunications devices within the range of the Wi-Fi beacon. The telecommunications devices are not involved in the method other than providing in their usual manner of operation, probing signals containing identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Vortex Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventors: Cyril Houri, Gianni Giorgetti
  • Publication number: 20150127495
    Abstract: Method for a first person to receive a wanted item purchased by a second person in exchange for virtual currency includes generating an order for a wanted item by the first person, assigning an amount of virtual currency to be provided in exchange for fulfillment of the order, displaying an indication of the amount of virtual currency to be provided in exchange for order fulfillment, and enabling the second person to view the indication of the amount of virtual currency to be provided in exchange for order fulfillment and indicate a desire to fulfill the order. The second person can fulfill the order and pay real money for each item to a third party, and the amount of virtual currency to be provided in exchange for fulfillment of the order is forwarded (e.g., released from an escrow account) to the second person upon or after shipping confirmation of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Publication number: 20140342756
    Abstract: Method includes maintaining a collaborative database on a database server containing geographic location information pertaining to Wi-Fi access points. The collaborative database includes database records for Wi-Fi access points including a MAC address and geographic location. A position location request from a Wi-Fi enabled wireless device is received at a server, and includes a respective MAC address of at least one Wi-Fi access point for which a wireless beacon is detected by the wireless device. Via a query issued to the database server using at least one MAC address included in the position location request, geographic location data for one or more Wi-Fi access points is retrieved from the database. A processor determines geographic location of the wireless device based at least on the retrieved geographic location data, and returns, via the server, geographic location data to the wireless device corresponding to the geographic location of the wireless device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 8670381
    Abstract: Method for determining location of a wireless computing device in a defined area includes arranging at least one WiFi beacon relative to the defined area such that a wireless computing device in the defined area is detectable, causing each beacon to generate information about detection of a wireless computing device in the defined area, providing the generated information to a processor, and at the processor, determining a location of the wireless computing device in the defined area by processing the information generated by the beacon(s). The wireless computing device is not configured to send information to the processor so that the determination of the presence and/or location of the wireless computing device in the defined area is performed at the processor using only information provided by the beacon(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mexens Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri
  • Patent number: 8565788
    Abstract: Method and platform for providing the location of a first mobile device to a second device in which the second device generates a query for the location of the first device which is in the form of an SMS or push e-mail message and which is directed to the first device. Upon receipt of the query, the first device initiates a determination of its location, either by itself or by providing information to a central server, and the determined location of the first device is then directed to the second device, either directly from the central server or via the first device. The central server may direct a transmission of the location of the first device to the second device in an SMS message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mexens Intellectual Property Holding LLC
    Inventor: Cyril Houri