Patents by Inventor George M. White

George M. White 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: 9055147
    Abstract: The present invention provides a voice user interface with personality. In one embodiment, a method includes executing a voice user interface, and controlling the voice user interface to provide the voice user interface with a personality. The method includes selecting a prompt based on various context situations, such as a previously selected prompt and the user's experience with using the voice user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures I LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Surace, George M. White, Byron B. Reeves, Clifford I. Nass, Mark D. Campbell, Roy D. Albert, James P. Giangola
  • Patent number: 8396710
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and also provides the speech input to a remote system. The local device is able to update its recognition capabilities based on analysis of the speech, input by the remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Ben Franklin Patent Holding LLC
    Inventors: George M. White, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Publication number: 20120072221
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and determines whether it is able to respond to the command or request by itself. If not, the local device initiates communication with a remote system for further processing of the speech input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Ben Franklin Patent Holding, LLC
    Inventors: George M. WHITE, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Patent number: 8078469
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and determines whether it is able to respond to the command or request by itself. If not, the local device initiates communication with a remote system for further processing of the speech input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: George M. White, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Patent number: 7917361
    Abstract: A method for training a spoken language identification system to identify an unknown language as one of a plurality of known candidate languages includes the process of creating a sound inventory comprising a plurality of sound tokens, the collective plurality of sound tokens provided from a subset of the known candidate languages. The method further includes providing a plurality of training samples, each training sample composed within one of the known candidate languages. Further included is the process of generating one or more training vectors from each training database, wherein each training vector is defined as a function of said plurality of sound tokens provided from said subset of the known candidate languages. The method further includes associating each training vector with the candidate language of the corresponding training sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Haizhou Li, Bin Ma, George M. White
  • Patent number: 7769591
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and determines whether it is able to respond to the command or request by itself. If not, the local device initiates communication with a remote system for further processing of the speech input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: George M. White, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Patent number: 7266499
    Abstract: The present invention provides a voice user interface with personality. In one embodiment, a method includes executing a voice user interface, and controlling the voice user interface to provide the voice user interface with a personality. The method includes selecting a prompt based on various context situations, such as a previously selected prompt and the user's experience with using the voice user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Ben Franklin Patent Holding LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Surace, George M. White, Byron B. Reeves, Clifford I. Nass, Mark D. Campbell, Roy D. Albert, James P. Giangola
  • Patent number: 7058577
    Abstract: The present invention provides a voice user interface with personality. In one embodiment, a method includes executing a voice user interface, and controlling the voice user interface to provide the voice user interface with a personality. The method includes selecting a prompt based on various context situations, such as a previously selected prompt and the user's experience with using the voice user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Ben Franklin Patent Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Surace, George M. White, Byron B. Reeves, Clifford I. Nass, Mark D. Campbell, Roy D. Albert, James P. Giangola
  • Patent number: 6408272
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and determines whether it is able to respond to the command or request by itself. If not, the local device initiates communication with a remote system for further processing of the speech input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: General Magic, Inc.
    Inventors: George M. White, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Publication number: 20020072918
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and determines whether it is able to respond to the command or request by itself. If not, the local device initiates communication with a remote system for further processing of the speech input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: George M. White, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Publication number: 20020072905
    Abstract: A distributed voice user interface system includes a local device which receives speech input issued from a user. Such speech input may specify a command or a request by the user. The local device performs preliminary processing of the speech input and determines whether it is able to respond to the command or request by itself. If not, the local device initiates communication with a remote system for further processing of the speech input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: George M. White, James J. Buteau, Glen E. Shires, Kevin J. Surace, Steven Markman
  • Patent number: 6334103
    Abstract: The present invention provides a voice user interface with personality. In one embodiment, a method includes executing a voice user interface, and controlling the voice user interface to provide the voice user interface with a personality. The method includes selecting a prompt based on various context situations, such as a previously selected prompt and the user's experience with using the voice user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: General Magic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Surace, George M. White, Byron B. Reeves, Clifford I. Nass, Mark D. Campbell, Roy D. Albert, James P. Giangola
  • Patent number: 6144938
    Abstract: The present invention provides a voice user interface with personality. In one embodiment, a method includes executing a voice user interface, and controlling the voice user interface to provide the voice user interface with a personality. The method includes selecting a prompt based on various context situations, such as a previously selected prompt and the user's experience with using the voice user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Surace, George M. White, Byron B. Reeves, Clifford I. Nass, Mark D. Campbell, Roy D. Albert, James P. Giangola
  • Patent number: 5386494
    Abstract: A computer system having speech recognition functionality, a display screen, a microphone, and a mouse having pointer and voice buttons. The voice button located on the mouse is used to turn the microphone "on" and "off". The voice button in conjunction with the mouse are used to signal the computer to display the recognized spoken command. The pointer button located on the mouse is used to provide a standard "point and click" function so that a user can select text or object(s) on the display screen. The computer will apply recognized spoken commands only to the restricted selection. Voice icons are used to aid in the correction of any erroneous interpretation by the speech recognizer circuitry within the computer. A list of alternative commands are displayed in menu format associated with each icon so that the user can use the voice button and mouse to select the desired correct command. The computer then automatically corrects the erroneous interpretation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventor: George M. White
  • Patent number: 5131496
    Abstract: A tree seat comprises a horizontal beam having a rotatable seat at one end thereof and a vertical pin at the other end thereof that is removably journalled in a complementary vertical element that is secured to a tree by a pair of tree encircling straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: George M. White
  • Patent number: 5117821
    Abstract: A hunting mask for purifying the breath of a hunter comprises a face mask having a one-way air intake valve thereon, a tube for conducting a hunter's breath from the mask to an intake end of an air purification canister, and a one-way discharge valve at the discharge end of the canister for controlled passage of breath to the ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: George M. White
  • Patent number: 4570149
    Abstract: A touch tablet is provided containing two sheets of insulating material each of which contains a plurality of spaced apart conductive lines. A resistive strip on each sheet contacts and connects electrically one end of each of the plurality of conductive lines on that sheet. Each resistive strip functions as a potentiometer. Mounted between the two sheets and spaced apart therefrom is a conductive middle sheet. The first and second sheets are mounted such that the first and second sets of a plurality of conductive lines on these sheets are orthogonal to each other. A user presses on one of the two sheets to bring all three sheets into contact. The impedence of each potentiometer is a function of the contact point. The potentiometer is used as part of an RC circuit to provide a variable time constant representative of the coordinate of the contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Koala Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: David D. Thornburg, George M. White, III
  • Patent number: 4394538
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving spoken input training words and for subsequently recognizing a spoken input command word. For each training word, and for the command word, there is stored a time dependent array and a cumulative feature non-time-dependent vector. The command word array is compared, member-by-member, with each training word array. Also, the command word vector is compared, feature-by-feature, with each training word vector. The results of both comparisons are used for selecting the training word which most closely matches the command word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Assignee: Threshold Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Warren, George M. White, Rick Parfitt, Peter Deng