Patents by Inventor James Kai Yu Lau

James Kai Yu Lau 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: 20180213377
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for selecting one or more mobile device applications using context data describing the current environment of a mobile device and application metadata describing environment conditions where applications are more likely to be relevant, in order to improve the experience of discovering, downloading, and installing mobile device applications. According to one embodiment, a method comprises associating metadata with mobile device applications automatically receiving context data representing a current geographical location from a mobile phone, searching the metadata to determine which applications are likely of interest based on the current geographical location, and transmitting notification data to the mobile phone indicating the determined applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Kai Yu LAU, John P. BRUNO, JR.
  • Patent number: 9936333
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for selecting one or more mobile device applications using context data describing the current environment of a mobile device and application metadata describing environment conditions where applications are more likely to be relevant, in order to improve the experience of discovering, downloading, and installing mobile device applications. According to one embodiment, a method comprises associating metadata with mobile device applications automatically receiving context data representing a current geographical location from a mobile phone, searching the metadata to determine which applications are likely of interest based on the current geographical location, and transmitting notification data to the mobile phone indicating the determined applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Kai Yu Lau, John P. Bruno, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9703539
    Abstract: Viral application distribution facilitates distribution of an application among users and increases likelihood of downloading the application by the users. A first device may receive information of an application from a second device through a short-range communication channel. The information may comprise identification information of the application without any personally identifiable information of the second device to protect privacy of a user of the second device. A version of the application that is compatible with the first device is determined by searching a catalog using the identification information of the application. The compatible version of the application may then be downloaded or obtained by the first device. Location-based viral distribution may also be performed between devices that visit a location, even at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Miller T. Abel, Joseph Futty, James Kai Yu Lau, Shai Guday, Richard Yuqi Yao
  • Patent number: 9652663
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for authenticating a user to computing device. In one exemplary embodiment, an indication of a request by a user to unlock a mobile device in a locked state is received. One or more images of the face of the user are captured. Facial components of the user from the one or more captured images are extracted. A determination is made as to whether the user is an authorized user or a non-authorized user based at least in part on a comparison of the facial components of the user extracted from the one or more captured images to facial components of the authorized user from one or more authentication images of the authorized stored on the mobile device. If the user is determined to be the authorized user, the mobile device unlocked; otherwise, the mobile device is maintained in its locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Kai Yu Lau, Ayman Kaheel, Motaz El-Saban, Mohamed Shawky, Monica Gonzalez, Ahmed El Baz, Tamer Deif, Alaa Abdel-Hakim Aly
  • Patent number: 9536202
    Abstract: Determining geospatial patterns from device data collected from a plurality of computing devices. The devices represent, for example, a plurality of sources providing the device data. The device data describes the computing devices and/or environments thereof. Some embodiments present the determined patterns to users for editing, update maps with the edited patterns, and distribute the maps to the users. The maps are stored to create a searchable map library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Jyh-Han Lin, Miller Thomas Abel, Moe Khosravy, Katrika Morris, Karon A. Weber, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Patent number: 9219804
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile phone and a method for answering such a phone automatically without user input. In one embodiment, the mobile phone detects that a call is being received. A proximity sensor is then used to detect the presence of a nearby object. For example, this allows a determination to be made whether the mobile phone is within a pocket of the user while the phone is ringing. Then a determination is made whether the proximity sensor changes states. For example, if a user removes the phone from their pocket, the proximity sensor switches from detecting something proximal to detecting that the phone is no longer in the user's pocket. Next, a determination is made whether the proximity sensor is again next to an object, such as an ear. If so, the mobile phone can be automatically answered without further user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sarin, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron, Kenneth Paul Hinckley, Sumit Kumar, James Kai Yu Lau, Joseph H. Matthews, III, Jae Pum Park
  • Publication number: 20150310259
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for authenticating a user to computing device. In one exemplary embodiment, an indication of a request by a user to unlock a mobile device in a locked state is received. One or more images of the face of the user are captured. Facial components of the user from the one or more captured images are extracted. A determination is made as to whether the user is an authorized user or a non-authorized user based at least in part on a comparison of the facial components of the user extracted from the one or more captured images to facial components of the authorized user from one or more authentication images of the authorized stored on the mobile device. If the user is determined to be the authorized user, the mobile device unlocked; otherwise, the mobile device is maintained in its locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: James Kai Yu Lau, Ayman Kaheel, Motaz El-Saban, Mohamed Shawky, Monica Gonzalez, Ahmed El Baz, Tamer Deif, Alaa Abdel-Hakim Aly
  • Patent number: 9153031
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for modifying video based on user input and or face detection data received with a mobile device to generate foreground regions (e.g., to separate a user image from background in the video). According to one disclosed embodiment, a method comprises receiving user input and/or face regions generated with a mobile device, producing an initial representation for segmenting input video into a plurality of portions based on the user input, where the initial representation includes probabilities for one or more regions of the input video being designated as foreground regions or background regions. Based on the initial representation, input video is segmented by designating one or more of the regions of the input video as foreground regions or background regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Motaz El-Saban, Ayman Kaheel, Mohamed Shawky, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Patent number: 9082235
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for authenticating a user to computing device. In one exemplary embodiment, an indication of a request by a user to unlock a mobile device in a locked state is received. One or more images of the face of the user are captured. Facial components of the user from the one or more captured images are extracted. A determination is made as to whether the user is an authorized user or a non-authorized user based at least in part on a comparison of the facial components of the user extracted from the one or more captured images to facial components of the authorized user from one or more authentication images of the authorized stored on the mobile device. If the user is determined to be the authorized user, the mobile device unlocked; otherwise, the mobile device is maintained in its locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James Kai Yu Lau, Ayman Kaheel, Motaz El-Saban, Mohamed Shawky, Monica Gonzalez, Ahmed El Baz, Tamer Deif, Alaa Abdel-Hakim Aly
  • Patent number: 9031847
    Abstract: A computing device (e.g., a smart phone, a tablet computer, digital camera, or other device with image capture functionality) causes an image capture device to capture one or more digital images based on audio input (e.g., a voice command) received by the computing device. For example, a user's voice (e.g., a word or phrase) is converted to audio input data by the computing device, which then compares (e.g., using an audio matching algorithm) the audio input data to an expected voice command associated with an image capture application. In another aspect, a computing device activates an image capture application and captures one or more digital images based on a received voice command. In another aspect, a computing device transitions from a low-power state to an active state, activates an image capture application, and causes a camera device to capture digital images based on a received voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sarin, Joseph H. Matthews, III, James Kai Yu Lau, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron, Jae Pum Park
  • Patent number: 9008639
    Abstract: Techniques and tools are described for controlling an audio signal of a mobile device. For example, information indicative of acceleration of the mobile device can be received and correlation between the information indicative of acceleration and exemplar whack event data can be determined. An audio signal of the mobile device can be controlled based on the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Lyon, James Kai Yu Lau, Raman Kumar Sarin, Jae Pum Park, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron
  • Publication number: 20140040179
    Abstract: Determining geospatial patterns from device data collected from a plurality of computing devices. The devices represent, for example, a plurality of sources providing the device data. The device data describes the computing devices and/or environments thereof. Some embodiments present the determined patterns to users for editing, update maps with the edited patterns, and distribute the maps to the users. The maps are stored to create a searchable map library.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Jyh-Han Lin, Miller Thomas Abel, Moe Khosravy, Katrika Morris, Karon A. Weber, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Publication number: 20130324194
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile phone and a method for answering such a phone automatically without user input. In one embodiment, the mobile phone detects that a call is being received. A proximity sensor is then used to detect the presence of a nearby object. For example, this allows a determination to be made whether the mobile phone is within a pocket of the user while the phone is ringing. Then a determination is made whether the proximity sensor changes states. For example, if a user removes the phone from their pocket, the proximity sensor switches from detecting something proximal to detecting that the phone is no longer in the user's pocket. Next, a determination is made whether the proximity sensor is again next to an object, such as an ear. If so, the mobile phone can be automatically answered without further user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sarin, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron, Kenneth Paul Hinckley, Sumit Kumar, James Kai Yu Lau, Joseph H. Matthews, III, Jae Pum Park
  • Patent number: 8509842
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile phone and a method for answering such a phone automatically without user input. In one embodiment, the mobile phone detects that a call is being received. A proximity sensor is then used to detect the presence of a nearby object. For example, this allows a determination to be made whether the mobile phone is within a pocket of the user while the phone is ringing. Then a determination is made whether the proximity sensor changes states. For example, if a user removes the phone from their pocket, the proximity sensor switches from detecting something proximal to detecting that the phone is no longer in the user's pocket. Next, a determination is made whether the proximity sensor is again next to an object, such as an ear. If so, the mobile phone can be automatically answered without further user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sarin, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron, Kenneth Paul Hinckley, Sumit Kumar, James Kai Yu Lau, Joseph H. Matthews, III, Jae Pum Park
  • Patent number: 8504512
    Abstract: Determining geospatial patterns from device data collected from a plurality of computing devices. The devices represent, for example, a plurality of sources providing the device data. The device data describes the computing devices and/or environments thereof. Some embodiments present the determined patterns to users for editing, update maps with the edited patterns, and distribute the maps to the users. The maps are stored to create a searchable map library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Jyh-Han Lin, Miller Thomas Abel, Moe Khosravy, Katrika Woodcock, Karon A. Weber, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Publication number: 20130124207
    Abstract: A computing device (e.g., a smart phone, a tablet computer, digital camera, or other device with image capture functionality) causes an image capture device to capture one or more digital images based on audio input (e.g., a voice command) received by the computing device. For example, a user's voice (e.g., a word or phrase) is converted to audio input data by the computing device, which then compares (e.g., using an audio matching algorithm) the audio input data to an expected voice command associated with an image capture application. In another aspect, a computing device activates an image capture application and captures one or more digital images based on a received voice command. In another aspect, a computing device transitions from a low-power state to an active state, activates an image capture application, and causes a camera device to capture digital images based on a received voice command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sarin, Joseph H. Matthews, III, James Kai Yu Lau, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron, Jae Pum Park
  • Publication number: 20130015946
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for authenticating a user to computing device. In one exemplary embodiment, an indication of a request by a user to unlock a mobile device in a locked state is received. One or more images of the face of the user are captured. Facial components of the user from the one or more captured images are extracted. A determination is made as to whether the user is an authorized user or a non-authorized user based at least in part on a comparison of the facial components of the user extracted from the one or more captured images to facial components of the authorized user from one or more authentication images of the authorized stored on the mobile device. If the user is determined to be the authorized user, the mobile device unlocked; otherwise, the mobile device is maintained in its locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: James Kai Yu Lau, Ayman Kaheel, Motaz El-Saban, Mohamed Shawky, Monica Gonzalez, Ahmed El Baz, Tamer Deif, Alaa Abdel-Hakim Aly
  • Publication number: 20120327172
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for modifying video based on user input and or face detection data received with a mobile device to generate foreground regions (e.g., to separate a user image from background in the video). According to one disclosed embodiment, a method comprises receiving user input and/or face regions generated with a mobile device, producing an initial representation for segmenting input video into a plurality of portions based on the user input, where the initial representation includes probabilities for one or more regions of the input video being designated as foreground regions or background regions. Based on the initial representation, input video is segmented by designating one or more of the regions of the input video as foreground regions or background regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Motaz El-Saban, Ayman Kaheel, Mohamed Shawky, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Publication number: 20120231838
    Abstract: Techniques and tools are described for controlling an audio signal of a mobile device. For example, information indicative of acceleration of the mobile device can be received and correlation between the information indicative of acceleration and exemplar whack event data can be determined. An audio signal of the mobile device can be controlled based on the correlation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: James M. Lyon, James Kai Yu Lau, Raman Kumar Sarin, Jae Pum Park, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron
  • Publication number: 20120214542
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile phone and a method for answering such a phone automatically without user input. In one embodiment, the mobile phone detects that a call is being received. A proximity sensor is then used to detect the presence of a nearby object. For example, this allows a determination to be made whether the mobile phone is within a pocket of the user while the phone is ringing. Then a determination is made whether the proximity sensor changes states. For example, if a user removes the phone from their pocket, the proximity sensor switches from detecting something proximal to detecting that the phone is no longer in the user's pocket. Next, a determination is made whether the proximity sensor is again next to an object, such as an ear. If so, the mobile phone can be automatically answered without further user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raman Kumar Sarin, Monica Estela Gonzalez Veron, Kenneth Paul Hinckley, Sumit Kumar, James Kai Yu Lau, Joseph H. Matthews, III, Jae Pum Park