Patents by Inventor Gregory M Hart

Gregory M Hart 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: 10134087
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques are configured to distribute and activate payment cards. The techniques include providing payment cards to distributors, who then sell or distribute these cards to other users. Each of these payment cards may include activation information for activating the card as well as redemption information for redeeming a value associated with the card. The distributor may activate a card by, for instance, taking a picture of or scanning an identifier on the card and sending this image to a provider of the card. In response, the provider may activate the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michal J. Geller, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Michael Carr, Brian R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10108274
    Abstract: A user of a computing device may view an initial content item in a landscape orientation on a display of a computing device. When the user rotates the computing device, supplemental content may be presented in a portrait orientation on the display of the computing device. The supplemental content may include virtually any information in which the user may be interested and/or that is related or similar to the content item. Accordingly, rather than presenting such supplemental content upon an affirmative request or search by the user, the supplemental content is presented to the user automatically when the user rotates the computing device from a landscape position to a portrait position or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nanyan Nicholls, Samuel P. Hall, VI, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 10050429
    Abstract: A remote display system including a portable display that wirelessly receives data and power from a primary station. The primary station, which is remote from and without a tangible connection with the portable display, includes a data transmitting element and a power transmitting element. The portable display includes a power receiving element that receives power wirelessly from the power transmitting element and a data receiving element operable to receive data from the data transmitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9870426
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and interfaces for the selective management of information collected by a browser are provided. The browser obtains a network resource, such as a Web page, from a content provider, and collects information associated with the display and interaction with the content by a user. The browser presents, among other controls, a graphical icon that is representative of an integrated command to remove information collected while accessing a first network resource and to cause the browser application to access a second accessed network resource. Upon receipt of an input corresponding to the selection of the graphical icon, the browser deletes information collected while accessing the first network resource and accesses the second network resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Jenkins, Brett R. Taylor, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9779757
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques to visually indicate an operational state of an electronic device. In some instances, the electronic device comprises a voice-controlled device configured to interact with a user through voice input and visual output. The voice-controlled device may be positioned in a home environment, such as on a table in a room of the environment. The user may interact with the voice-controlled device through speech and the voice-controlled device may perform operations requested by the speech. As the voice-controlled device enters different operational states while interacting with the user, one or more lights of the voice-controlled device may be illuminated to indicate the different operational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott I. Blanksteen, Gregory M. Hart, Charles S. Rogers, III, Heinz-Dominik Langhammer, Ronald Edward Webber
  • Patent number: 9706028
    Abstract: A system and method for protecting devices from impact damage is provided. Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or substantially eliminate damage to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Publication number: 20170147095
    Abstract: A user of a computing device may view an initial content item in a landscape orientation on a display of a computing device. When the user rotates the computing device, supplemental content may be presented in a portrait orientation on the display of the computing device. The supplemental content may include virtually any information in which the user may be interested and/or that is related or similar to the content item. Accordingly, rather than presenting such supplemental content upon an affirmative request or search by the user, the supplemental content is presented to the user automatically when the user rotates the computing device from a landscape position to a portrait position or vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Nanyan Nicholls, Samuel P. Hall, VI, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9575615
    Abstract: A user of a computing device may view an initial content item in a landscape orientation on a display of a computing device. When the user rotates the computing device, supplemental content may be presented in a portrait orientation on the display of the computing device. The supplemental content may include virtually any information in which the user may be interested and/or that is related or similar to the content item. Accordingly, rather than presenting such supplemental content upon an affirmative request or search by the user, the supplemental content is presented to the user automatically when the user rotates the computing device from a landscape position to a portrait position or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nanyan Nicholls, Samuel P. Hall, VI, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9576109
    Abstract: Revenue generated through electronic book sales (and other transactions, such as rental, sample, leasing, etc.) is allocated among rights holders and other parties based on a ranking of common work distributed in electronic book form or any other form (e.g., paperback, hardcover, audio). As the ranking changes, the revenue allocated to the rights holder changes. The changes may be made in real-time as revenue and metric data is collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell C. Grandinetti, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Melissa C. Kirmayer
  • Patent number: 9472939
    Abstract: A remote display system including a portable display that wirelessly receives data and power from a primary station. The primary station, which is remote from and without a tangible connection with the portable display, includes a data transmitting element and a power transmitting element. The portable display includes a power receiving element that receives power wirelessly from the power transmitting element and a data receiving element operable to receive data from the data transmitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9405918
    Abstract: A computing device can monitor the gaze direction of people around the device to determine whether any unintended viewers are viewing content displayed on the device. A user can activate a privacy mode of the device, such that when an unintended viewer is detected the device can take an appropriate action. In some cases the device can notify the primary user of the device using audible, visual, or tactile alerts. In other cases, the device can modify the display of content such that the unintended viewer is unable to decipher or view the content, or is otherwise notified of the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian W. Freed, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9274744
    Abstract: A computing device can analyze image or video information to determine a relative position of an active user. The computing device can optimize audio or video data capture based at least in part upon the relative location. The device can capture audio using one or more microphones pointing toward the relative location of the active user, and can use other microphones to determine audio from other sources to be removed from the captured audio. If video data is being captured, a video capture element can be adjusted to focus primarily on the active user. The position of the user can be monitored so the audio and video data capture can be adjusted accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Frances MHH Kwee, James Samuel Brown
  • Patent number: 9251787
    Abstract: Techniques for altering audio being output by a voice-controlled device, or another device, to enable more accurate automatic speech recognition (ASR) by the voice-controlled device. For instance, a voice-controlled device may output audio within an environment using a speaker of the device. While outputting the audio, a microphone of the device may capture sound within the environment and may generate an audio signal based on the captured sound. The device may then analyze the audio signal to identify speech of a user within the signal, with the speech indicating that the user is going to provide a subsequent command to the device. Thereafter, the device may alter the output of the audio (e.g., attenuate the audio, pause the audio, switch from stereo to mono, etc.) to facilitate speech recognition of the user's subsequent command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, William Spencer Worley, III
  • Patent number: 9232353
    Abstract: An electronic device can utilize image capture technology to detect the presence and location of another device. Using this information, the electronic device can display, in a user interface, a graphical element representing a detected device, along with identity information and the location of the detected device relative to the electronic device. The location of each detected device relative to the electronic device can be tracked and thus the graphical element can be updated in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Bozarth, Kenneth M. Karakotsios, Gregory M. Hart, Ian W. Freed, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9147399
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying users that issue audio commands based on signatures associated with the commands and additional characteristics associated with the commands. For instance, a device that includes a microphone may capture audio uttered by a user. The device, or another device, may then compare a signature associated with a generated audio signal to audio signatures associated with known users. For instance, the device may have access to multiple audio signatures, each of which is unique to a respective user that has previously interacted with the device or with another device. The device may then use this comparison to help identify the user that uttered the audio. In addition, however, the device may utilize a characteristic other than the audio signature. Using both the comparison of the audio signature to the previously received signatures along with the additional characteristic(s), the device may make a presumed identification of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Allan Timothy Lindsay, William F. Barton, John Daniel Thimsen
  • Publication number: 20150254361
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and interfaces for the selective management of information collected by a browser are provided. The browser obtains a network resource, such as a Web page, from a content provider, and collects information associated with the display and interaction with the content by a user. The browser presents, among other controls, a graphical icon that is representative of an integrated command to remove information collected while accessing a first network resource and to cause the browser application to access a second accessed network resource. Upon receipt of an input corresponding to the selection of the graphical icon, the browser deletes information collected while accessing the first network resource and accesses the second network resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Jenkins, Brett R. Taylor, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9123272
    Abstract: An electronic device can utilize one or more sensors and/or imaging elements to determine the relative position of at least one light source relative to the device. In various embodiments, occlusions can be used to cause shadows to be cast on certain sensors. By determining the relative position of each occlusion relative to the sensor, the device can determine an approximate direction of the light source. Utilizing the relative position of a light source, the electronic device can properly light or shade a graphical object to be rendered by the device or otherwise process image information captured by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo B. Baldwin, Kenneth M. Karakotsios, Volodymyr V. Ivanchenko, Isaac S. Noble, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9111542
    Abstract: A voice interaction architecture that compiles multiple audio signals captured at different locations within an environment, determines a time offset between a primary audio signal and other captured audio signals and identifies differences between the primary signal and the other signal(s). Thereafter, the architecture may provide the primary audio signal, an indication of the determined time offset(s) and the identified differences to remote computing resources for further processing. For instance, the architecture may send this information to a network-accessible distributed computing platform that performs beamforming and/or automatic speech recognition (ASR) on the received audio. The distributed computing platform may in turn determine a response to provide based upon the beamforming and/or ASR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9037696
    Abstract: Systems, methods and interfaces for the selective management of information collected by a browser are provided. The browser obtains a network resource, such as a Web page, from a content provider, and collects information associated with the display and interaction with the content by a user. The browser presents, among other controls, a graphical icon that is representative of an integrated command to remove information collected while accessing a first network resource and to cause the browser application to access a second accessed network resource. Upon receipt of an input corresponding to the selection of the graphical icon, the browser deletes information collected while accessing the first network resource and accesses the second network resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Jenkins, Brett R. Taylor, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Publication number: 20150116212
    Abstract: A computing device can monitor the gaze direction of people around the device to determine whether any unintended viewers are viewing content displayed on the device. A user can activate a privacy mode of the device, such that when an unintended viewer is detected the device can take an appropriate action. In some cases the device can notify the primary user of the device using audible, visual, or tactile alerts. In other cases, the device can modify the display of content such that the unintended viewer is unable to decipher or view the content, or is otherwise notified of the detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ian W. Freed, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos