Patents by Inventor Edward Dietz Crump

Edward Dietz Crump 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: 10262230
    Abstract: A two-dimensional (2D) image and a three-dimensional (3D) of an environment may be captured. Upon identifying a location and/or contour of an object from the 3D image, the object from the 3D image may be mapped onto the 2D image. The object, including its location and contour, may be identified from the 2D image. Based at least partly on a comparison between the object from the 3D image and the object from the 2D image, a disparity may be calculated. The location and contour of the object may be determined when it is determined that the disparity is less than or equal to a predetermined threshold. Otherwise, the object from the 3D image may be remapped onto the 2D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Renwei Yan, Samuel Henry Chang, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 10175750
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a container that is accessible to at least a first user within a multiple user environment. The container has predetermined access attributes for the first user, and for other potential users within the environment, and the container can be portable across a network and accessible to the first user within either single user or multiple user environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, Christopher D. Coley
  • Patent number: 10008037
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. By monitoring user actions with the augmented reality environment various functions are provided to users. Users may buy or sell items with a gesture, check inventory of objects in the augmented reality environment, view advertisements, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, Robert A. Yuan, Christopher Coley, Colter E. Cederlof
  • Patent number: 9996972
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. By monitoring user actions with the augmented reality environment various functions are provided to users. Users may buy or sell items with a gesture, check inventory of objects in the augmented reality environment, view advertisements, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, Colter E. Cederlof, Christopher Coley, Robert A. Yuan
  • Patent number: 9973848
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. Beamforming techniques are applied to signals acquired by an array of microphones to allow for simultaneous spatial tracking and signal acquisition from multiple users. Localization information such as from other sensors in the environment may be used to select a particular set of beamformer coefficients and resulting beampattern focused on a signal source. Alternately, a series of beampatterns may be used iteratively to localize the signal source in a computationally efficient fashion. The beamformer coefficients may be pre-computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit S. Chhetri, Kavitha Velusamy, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9921641
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. By monitoring user actions with the augmented reality environment various functions are provided to users. Users may buy or sell items with a gesture, check inventory of objects in the augmented reality environment, view advertisements, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Christopher Coley, Robert A. Yuan, Edward Dietz Crump, Colter E. Cederlof
  • Patent number: 9874977
    Abstract: A sequence of 3D hand poses may be used to define a hand gesture, and different hand gestures may be represented by different sequences of poses. One or more hand gestures may be used to generate a virtual input device. Another one or more hand gestures may subsequently be used to provide input via the virtual input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Olusanya T. Soyannwo, Renwei Yan, Edward Dietz Crump, Sankara Narayana Hemanth Meenakshisundaram
  • Patent number: 9819610
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to routers and quality of service (QoS) systems and methods that base decisions on the identification of one or more users of computing devices within the environment. Profiles and/or attributes associated with the users may be created and dynamically updated to optimize user experience. For example, the routers may dynamically adapt QoS settings to regulate bandwidth, latency and other parameters to prioritize users and/or optimize a specific user's experience based on the user's priority, personal profile, and/or other attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Edward Dietz Crump, Matthew Alan Townsend, Jon Lewis Lindskog, Deon Poncini, Rahul Agrawal, Daniel Christopher Bay
  • Patent number: 9774998
    Abstract: A computing system with multiple devices local to an environment facilitates active transfer among the multiple devices as a user moves about the environment. The devices may sense a presence or non-presence of the user and attempt to coordinate transfer to a device proximal to the user. In another implementation, the devices may communicate with a remote system that monitors a location of the user within the environment and causes content associated with the user to transfer between computing devices of the system based on the location and movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Olusanya Temitope Soyannwo, Tina Yung-Ting Chen, Edward Dietz Crump, Kurt Wesley Piersol, Kavitha Velusamy
  • Patent number: 9759994
    Abstract: Techniques are described for performing automatic focusing of a projected image on a mobile projection surface. Specific regions of the projected image are identified that are likely to be desired to stay in optimal focus, and attributes of those specific regions, such as sharpness and contrast, can be used to determine the need to refocus the image. Advanced knowledge of the image data being projected can be utilized to determine the specific regions of the projected image that require monitoring for optimal focusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Olusanya Temitope Soyannwo, Renwei Yan, Edward Dietz Crump, Weijian Wang, Samuel Henry Chang, Ning Yao
  • Patent number: 9726967
    Abstract: Display media configured to receive projected content are described herein. In some instances, a display medium may be a non-powered object that a user may hold and move in different ways through a room or other environment. The display medium may be formed to fit into the user's hand and include elements that provide information to accurately project an image onto the display medium or to perform other actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Beverly L. Harrison, Edward Dietz Crump, William Thomas Weatherford, Juli A. Satoh, Navid Poulad, Robert A. Yuan, Jon L. Lindskog, Christopher D. Coley
  • Patent number: 9721386
    Abstract: Augmented reality environments allow users in their physical environment to interact with virtual objects and information. Augmented reality applications are developed and configured to utilize local as well as cloud resources. Application management allows control over distribution of applications to select groups or all users. An application programming interface allows simplified control and distribution of tasks between local and cloud resources during development and post-development operation. This integration between local and cloud resources along with the control afforded by application management allows rapid development, testing, deployment, and updating of augmented reality applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Jonathan Betts-LaCroix, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9516081
    Abstract: An architecture for selecting and providing content items to a device includes cloud-based resources of a device management service and one or more content sources. The device is configured to receive instructions and a portion of the content item from the device management service. The instructions direct the device to obtain and buffer the content item from the content source, while simultaneously outputting the portion of the content item to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice William Tebbs, Frederic Johan Georges Deramat, Michael Alan Pogue, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9491033
    Abstract: A computing system with multiple devices local to an environment facilitates active transfer among the multiple devices as a user moves about the environment. The devices may sense a presence or non-presence of the user and attempt to coordinate transfer to a device proximal to the user. In another implementation, the devices may communicate with a remote system that monitors a location of the user within the environment and causes content associated with the user to transfer between computing devices of the system based on the location and movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Olusanya Temitope Soyannwo, Kurt Wesley Piersol, Kavitha Velusamy, Tina Yung-Ting Chen, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9489948
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. Multiple microphone arrays of different physical sizes are used to acquire signals for spatial tracking of one or more sound sources within the environment. A first array with a larger size may be used to track an object beyond a threshold distance, while a second array having a size smaller than the first may be used to track the object up to the threshold distance. By selecting different sized arrays, accuracy of the spatial location is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wai C. Chu, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9462262
    Abstract: An architecture includes a system to create an augmented reality environment in which images are projected onto a scene and user movement within the scene is captured. The augmented reality environment is hosted within a surrounding area in which various ambient conditions, external to the augmented reality environment, persist. The architecture monitors the external conditions and controls secondary devices that selectively modify the conditions as desired in cooperation with operation of the augmented reality environment to effectively enhance user experience. Alternatively or additionally, the architecture may inform the user of what changes to make, and the user manually makes the adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, William Thomas Weatherford, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9380270
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. Wavelength modulated light with a known spectral signature available within the augmented reality environment is used to generate spectral reflectance data for objects within the environment. This reflectance data is used to determine whether objects or portions thereof are skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Ning Yao, Edward Dietz Crump, Sowmya Gopalan
  • Patent number: 9355559
    Abstract: A remote control is used to control one or more media devices which may be in various media device states during operation. Based on media device state data, different media device control profiles may be applied. The media device control profiles may specify mapping of particular buttons on the remote control to particular functions on the media device, designate a communication path to use, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Samuel Bowen, Menashe Haskin, Daniel Christopher Bay, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9349217
    Abstract: An architecture is provided to integrate multiple augmented reality environments to expand user experiences that might otherwise be limited in a single augmented reality environment. The architecture includes multiple augmented reality functional nodes located in separate locations to generate augmented reality environments within respective locations. The nodes are communicatively coupled together through a peer network, via cloud services, or other arrangements. The community of environments allows data, such as captured images, to be ported from one location to another, thereby allowing users to share in common experiences. Examples of such experiences might include team software coding, playing software games, virtually extending line-of-sight beyond physical boundaries, and controlling remote locations by virtually placing oneself in those locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, William Thomas Weatherford, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9338447
    Abstract: Devices and techniques are described for automatically calibrating a device such as a camera, projector, or both using a video stream. The device undergoing calibration is coupled to a computing device and configured to acquire video comprising a plurality of images. These images, at least some of the time, include targets having known characteristics present in an environment. From these acquired images calibration data comprising parameters such as intrinsic parameters, extrinsic parameters, or both, may be determined. The calibration data may be embedded or otherwise associated with the video stream as calibration matrix metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Dietz Crump, Manika Puri