Patents by Inventor Gary S. Shuster

Gary S. Shuster 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: 20140064573
    Abstract: A method for verifying an identity attribute of a remote user includes providing pose instructions to a remote client from a host during an authentication session. The pose instructions may reference a specific physical token associated with the user, for example a government ID card, credit card, household object or printed or displayed image provided from an authentication host. The host receives an image from the client and may analyze the image to determine if the pose instructions were followed and if the physical token appears in the image. Based on this determination, and optionally using other factors, the host verifies an identity attribute of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: GARY S. SHUSTER
  • Patent number: 8593565
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes a photogrammetric range sensor, small aperture lens and a processor configured to carry out a method for simulating a large aperture lens. The method includes capturing a photographic image data of a scene using the camera with the lens set to a small aperture size. Simultaneously or near-simultaneously with capturing the image, the camera captures photogrammetric range data pertaining to depth of objects in a field of view of the camera, using the range sensor. The processor then processes the photographic image data using the photogrammetric range data to obtain second photographic data simulating an image captured using a lens set to an aperture size larger than the small aperture size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Patent number: 8582829
    Abstract: A method for verifying an identity attribute of a remote user includes providing pose instructions to a remote client from a host during an authentication session. The pose instructions may reference a specific physical token associated with the user, for example a government ID card, credit card, household object or printed or displayed image provided from an authentication host. The host receives an image from the client and may analyze the image to determine if the pose instructions were followed and if the physical token appears in the image. Based on this determination, and optionally using other factors, the host verifies an identity attribute of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20130260827
    Abstract: A portable communications device, such as a mobile phone, includes a novel tactile alerting mechanism capable of alerting the user of an incoming communication or other event. A gyroscopic mechanism is coupled to a housing of the portable communications device and controlled by a processor. The processor is configured to control a spin velocity of the gyroscopic mechanism based on receiving an alert of an incoming call or message, or detecting a fall. The gyroscopic mechanism may spin up or change a spin state to provide a tactile signal via the housing of the communications device, by imparting stabilizing force to the housing that can be felt by a person wearing the communications device, or to change an orientation of the device while falling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Patent number: 8463704
    Abstract: A computer receives information about a debit account controlled by a third-party issuer, a user owing the account and instructions for managing the account after a specified trigger date. Operating according the instructions, an unknown remaining balance in the account may be exhausted after the trigger date has passed, using a sequence of charges responsive to the initial balance, to the last charge amount completed or attempted, and to whether or not the last charge amount is accepted. In the alternative, or in addition, the account may be managed to convert the remaining balance to a non-monetary coupon (e.g., “virtual currency”) for use in an online computer game or the like, after the trigger date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20130073453
    Abstract: A computer receives information about a debit account controlled by a third-party issuer, a user owing the account and instructions for managing the account after a specified trigger date. Operating according the instructions, an unknown remaining balance in the account may be exhausted after the trigger date has passed, using a sequence of charges responsive to the initial balance, to the last charge amount completed or attempted, and to whether or not the last charge amount is accepted. In the alternative, or in addition, the account may be managed to convert the remaining balance to a non-monetary coupon (e.g., “virtual currency”) for use in an online computer game or the like, after the trigger date.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120242867
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes a photogrammetric range sensor, small aperture lens and a processor configured to carry out a method for simulating a large aperture lens. The method includes capturing a photographic image data of a scene using the camera with the lens set to a small aperture size. Simultaneously or near-simultaneously with capturing the image, the camera captures photogrammetric range data pertaining to depth of objects in a field of view of the camera, using the range sensor. The processor then processes the photographic image data using the photogrammetric range data to obtain second photographic data simulating an image captured using a lens set to an aperture size larger than the small aperture size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120188233
    Abstract: A virtual environment in generated in a server where at least one object representative of an entity interacts with other objects or attributes of the environment. A desired frame rate for rendering the virtual environment is identified, and compared to a maximum achievable frame rate at a client device. If the maximum achievable frame rate is slower than the desired frame rate, the number of objects displayed within the virtual environment is modified, in accordance with one or more rule sets, until the maximum achievable frame rate is at or near the desired frame rate. In addition, a server may provide and synchronize output for clients participating in the virtual environment using different target frame rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Mark Shuster, Aaron Burch, Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120177248
    Abstract: A computer alters at least one recognizable metric or text in a digitally-encoded photographic image by operating an alteration algorithm in response to user input data while preserving an overall aesthetic quality of the image and obscuring an identity of at least one individual or geographic location appearing in the image. An altered digitally-encoded photographic image prepared by the altering of the at least one recognizable metric or text in the image is stored in a computer memory. User feedback and/or automatic analysis may be performed to define parameter values of the alteration algorithm such that the alteration process achieves preservation of aesthetic qualities while obscuring an identity of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120170922
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a focus point for a camera lens may include capturing a reflection of a focus point measuring device that is affixed to the camera. The method may include evaluating a captured image of the reflection to measure a calibration amount for a focus point, and adjusting a focus point of a lens of the camera by the calibration amount. The focus point measuring device may include a substantially planar target surface defining a plane, and a ruled target surface inclined at substantially 45° to the substantially planar target and extending through the plane thereof, marked to indicate respective distances in front of and behind the plane. The device may further include a fixture for holding the substantially planar target surface and the ruled target surface in a defined orientation to the camera, enabling performance of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120163269
    Abstract: A method for using a wireless receiver may include receiving subscribed messages for a user identified with a user account of a hub, being messages posted by other users of the hub to which the user has subscribed. The method may include automatically processing the messages to determine content for display on a display device, and displaying the content on the display device. The display device may be configured as two separate screens mounted at separate locations on the user's body. The messages may include user status messages, which are messages posted to the hub by the user, and the user status messages and subscription messages may be displayed on separate ones of the two screens. An apparatus for performing the method may include a processor coupled to a memory holding encoded instructions for performing operations of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Gary S. Shuster, Brian M. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120115603
    Abstract: A method for providing a single user multiple presence implementation may include providing access for a user identified by a user account to a virtual environment hosted by a computer. The method may further include generating multiple avatars for the user account to concurrently coexist and be operative within the virtual environment. The method may further include controlling the multiple avatars at least partly in response to input from the user. The method may further include communicating virtual environment data regarding more than one of the multiple avatars to at least one client operated by the user. An apparatus for performing the method may include a processor coupled to a memory holding encoded instructions for performing operations of the method on a computer configured as a network entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20120106805
    Abstract: A method for verifying an identity attribute of a remote user includes providing pose instructions to a remote client from a host during an authentication session. The pose instructions may reference a specific physical token associated with the user, for example a government ID card, credit card, household object or printed or displayed image provided from an authentication host. The host receives an image from the client and may analyze the image to determine if the pose instructions were followed and if the physical token appears in the image. Based on this determination, and optionally using other factors, the host verifies an identity attribute of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Publication number: 20080272928
    Abstract: A signaling light, such as a wand light or flashlight, includes a motion sensor coupled to a controller for lamp intensity. When the light is moved in a first direction, the lamp is powered at a baseline intensity. When the light is moved in a second direction generally opposite the first direction, the lamp is switched off or dimmed. When swung in a back-and-forth motion, the light as controlled by the controller thereby appears to move in only one direction, thereby providing a signal indicating a direction of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster