Patents by Inventor Frederick J. Zustak

Frederick J. Zustak 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: 20160019515
    Abstract: Mesh node modules are associated with movable and fixed items in a building such as a grocery store or factory floor to maintain a database of the locations of those items as they are processed through the establishment. The items form a mesh network and relay location information through access points, when in range, to control/monitoring computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: James R. Milne, Gregory Peter Carlsson, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20160019788
    Abstract: Mesh node modules are associated with vehicles and companion nodes can dynamically form a mesh network which uploads location information of the nodes and in some cases additional information, e.g., road condition or proximity to objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: James R. Milne, Gregory Peter Carlsson, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20160021492
    Abstract: Mesh node modules are associated with competitors in an arena to relay through a mesh network formed by the modules competitor biometric and/or parameter information. This information may be selected to be viewed by individual fans accessing their consumer electronics devices during the competition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Gregory Peter Carlsson, Frederick J. Zustak, James R. Milne
  • Publication number: 20160021493
    Abstract: Mesh node modules are associated with pet carriers and companion nodes can dynamically form a mesh network which uploads location information of the nodes and in some cases additional information, e.g., temperature or pet physical parameter signals, to a network. The information may be downloaded to an owner's CE device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: James R. Milne, Gregory Peter Carlsson, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 9237294
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, an apparatus comprises a data storage unit and a data processing unit. The data storage unit is adapted to store a plurality of advertisements. Coupled to the data storage unit, the data processing unit is adapted to detect an operation that alters playback of an advertisement being part of downloaded digital content, and in response to detecting the operation, to select one of the stored advertisements. The selection is based on heuristic information that is maintained for each of the plurality of stored advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant L. Candelore, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 9226025
    Abstract: An Internet audio video device receives a command to power up from a standby mode. This causes the device to start a boot process, and while the boot process proceeds. The process determines a next content selection from a usage pattern database. The Internet audio video device is set to the retrieved settings. At completion of the boot process the audio video device is operational at the retrieved settings. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Rae Shintani, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 9202212
    Abstract: A bank customer's CE device passively eavesdrops on NFC communications between the customer's electronic debit or credit card (“e-card”) and a third device and alerts the customer when such communication is detected from the e-card. In this way, the customer is alerted to possibly fraudulent “fishing” of the e-card data by a nearby thief device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Steven Martin Richman, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20150222941
    Abstract: An information providing system, reception apparatus, and methods thereof are provided for providing content data. The method for providing content includes generating the content data. A digital television pre-broadcast signal, including the content data, is generated. At least one portion of the digital television pre-broadcast signal is extracted. The at least one portion of the digital television pre-broadcast signal is packaged into one or more Internet Protocol (IP) data packets. A digital television broadcast signal, including the remainder of the digital television pre-broadcast signal, is generated. The one or more IP data packets is provided via a communication network. The digital television broadcast signal is provided on a predetermined radio frequency (RF) channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Luke FAY, Frederick J. ZUSTAK, Peter SHINTANI, Brant CANDELORE
  • Publication number: 20150215699
    Abstract: A networked-speaker system which includes noise cancelling for active suppression of unwanted sounds. Feed-forward or feed-back cancelation can be used as appropriate for the location of the microphone sensing the noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: GREGORY PETER CARLSSON, FREDERICK J. ZUSTAK, STEVEN MARTIN RICHMAN, JAMES R. MILNE
  • Publication number: 20150215691
    Abstract: In an audio speaker network, the individual speakers of the network have lamps on them that are controlled to present a light show in synchrony with the audio being played by the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory Peter CARLSSON, James R. Milne, Steven Martin Richman, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20150215722
    Abstract: In a multi-speaker audio system for, e.g., a home entertainment system or other entertainment system, each networked-speaker (wired or wireless) can be assigned a particular voice, instrument, group of voices and/or instruments, or a particular stage location of a performance to reproduce a more realistic and life-like audio experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: JAMES R. MILNE, Gregory Peter Carlsson, Steven Martin Richman, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20150215723
    Abstract: A speaker system comprised of more than one speaker, which utilizes the known characteristics and location of each speaker to enhance low frequency (low (bass) frequency) performance of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: GREGORY PETER CARLSSON, Frederick J. Zustak, Steven Martin Richman, James R. Milne
  • Publication number: 20150208123
    Abstract: An Internet audio video device receives a command to power up from a standby mode. This causes the device to start a boot process, and while the boot process proceeds. The process determines a next content selection from a usage pattern database. The Internet audio video device is set to the retrieved settings. At completion of the boot process the audio video device is operational at the retrieved settings. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: PETER RAE SHINTANI, FREDERICK J. ZUSTAK
  • Patent number: 9038095
    Abstract: An information providing system, reception apparatus, and methods thereof are provided for providing content data. The method for providing content includes generating the content data. A digital television pre-broadcast signal, including the content data, is generated. At least one portion of the digital television pre-broadcast signal is extracted. The at least one portion of the digital television pre-broadcast signal is packaged into one or more Internet Protocol (IP) data packets. A digital television broadcast signal, including the remainder of the digital television pre-broadcast signal, is generated. The one or more IP data packets is provided via a communication network. The digital television broadcast signal is provided on a predetermined radio frequency (RF) channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Luke Fay, Frederick J. Zustak, Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore
  • Publication number: 20150124169
    Abstract: Method, computer storage device, and system that establish communication with at least first and second sensors, receive information from the sensors, and determine whether the information from the first sensor satisfies a first alert threshold. It is also determined whether the information from the second sensor satisfies a second alert threshold. Responsive to a determination that the information from the first sensor satisfies the first alert threshold and that the information from the second sensor does not satisfy the second alert threshold, an alert signal is not generated. On the other hand, responsive to a determination that the information from the first sensor satisfies the first alert threshold and that the information from the second sensor satisfies the second alert threshold, the alert signal is generated for output thereof to a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Libiao Jiang, Adam Li, Aixin Liu, Djung Nguyen, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20150078595
    Abstract: An audio delivery method. An image of a listening area is captured and processed to locate a position of a listener in the room. A stored listener profile associated with the listener is retrieved and audio characteristics are established based on the listener's profile. A directional beam of audio is directed toward the listener's ears and the directional beam is adjusted to track movement of the listener. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Rae Shintani, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 8981929
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product determine when a user's mobile device has left a secured location, such as a house or office, without predefined site security settings being met, and responsively inform the user of any security anomalies. A predetermined distance threshold is compared with the distance between the mobile device, and the secured location. If the distance exceeds the threshold and a trigger event is detected, an alert is transmitted. An alert may also be sent when a mobile object to be secured is moved away from the user's mobile device by a distance that exceeds the predetermined distance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Andy Nguyen, Djung Nguyen, Lobrenzo Wingo, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Publication number: 20150012933
    Abstract: An information providing system, reception apparatus, and methods thereof are provided for providing content data. The method for providing content includes generating the content data. A digital television pre-broadcast signal, including the content data, is generated. At least one portion of the digital television pre-broadcast signal is extracted. The at least one portion of the digital television pre-broadcast signal is packaged into one or more Internet Protocol (IP) data packets. A digital television broadcast signal, including the remainder of the digital television pre-broadcast signal, is generated. The one or more IP data packets is provided via a communication network. The digital television broadcast signal is provided on a predetermined radio frequency (RF) channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Luke FAY, Frederick J. Zustak, Peter Shintani, Brant Candelore
  • Publication number: 20150007215
    Abstract: An information providing system, reception apparatus, and methods thereof are provided for protected content data. The method for providing the protected content data includes generating or receiving the protected content data, and generating a digital television broadcast signal including at least one data field sync segment and the protected content data. The digital television broadcast signal is provided to a reception apparatus. The at least one data field sync segment carries information necessary to identify a framing structure of the digital television broadcast signal and includes one of security information for accessing the protected content data and a location of the security information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Luke FAY, Brant CANDELORE, Frederick J. ZUSTAK, Peter SHINTANI
  • Patent number: 8885829
    Abstract: A method of segregating a hybrid fiber cable network involves assigning a packet identifier (PID) to each of a plurality of hubs on the hybrid fiber cable network; assigning a distinct decryption method to each of the plurality of hubs, so that each of the plurality of hubs is identifiable by its associated decryption method and PID; generating selectively multiple encrypted content for transmission to the hubs, where content encrypted for use by each hub is identified by the hub's assigned PID; and transmitting the selectively multiple encrypted content over the hybrid fiber cable network to the plurality of hubs. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant L. Candelore, Leo M. Pedlow, Jr., Steven Richman, Frederick J. Zustak