Patents by Inventor Kathleen Mulcahy

Kathleen Mulcahy 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: 10332317
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides approaches to facilitating virtual reality and cross-device experiences. In some implementations, an environmental snapshot is captured which includes an image of a virtual reality (VR) environment presented on a VR device and corresponding depth information of the VR environment. The image of the environmental snapshot is presented on a different device than the VR device. A user modification to content associated with the presented image is translated into the environmental snapshot based on the depth information. The environmental snapshot comprising the user modification is translated into the VR environment. The VR environment comprising the translated user modification is presented. The environmental snapshot may correspond to a personal space of a user and may be accessed by another user through a social networking interface or other user networking interface to cause the presentation of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Anderson Nagy, Jason Carter, Anatolie Gavriliuc, Daniel L. Osborn, Kathleen Mulcahy, Patrick C. Ryan, Michelle Tze Hiang Chua
  • Publication number: 20180114372
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides approaches to facilitating virtual reality and cross-device experiences. In some implementations, an environmental snapshot is captured which includes an image of a virtual reality (VR) environment presented on a VR device and corresponding depth information of the VR environment. The image of the environmental snapshot is presented on a different device than the VR device. A user modification to content associated with the presented image is translated into the environmental snapshot based on the depth information. The environmental snapshot comprising the user modification is translated into the VR environment. The VR environment comprising the translated user modification is presented. The environmental snapshot may correspond to a personal space of a user and may be accessed by another user through a social networking interface or other user networking interface to cause the presentation of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: SCOTT ANDERSON NAGY, Jason Carter, Anatolie Gavriliuc, Daniel L. Osborn, Kathleen Mulcahy, Patrick C. Ryan, Michelle Tze Hiang Chua
  • Patent number: 9710130
    Abstract: A user input for a near-eye, see-through display device is disclosed. Hands-free user input in an augmented reality environment is provided for. A user can provide input by moving the orientation of their head. For example, the user could rotate their head. In one aspect, a user can provide input by moving their eye gaze along a direction. In one aspect, when the user directs their attention at a user interface symbol, a handle extends away from the user interface symbol. The handle may serve as a type of selection device such that if the user directs their attention along the handle, away from the user interface symbol, a selection can be made. “As one example, the selection causes a spoke menu to appear which the user can select by rotating their head such that the system determines the user is looking along the spoke away from a central hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen Mulcahy, Aaron Burns, Todd Omotani, Felicia Williams, Jeff Cole, Tim Psiaki
  • Publication number: 20140372944
    Abstract: A user input for a near-eye, see-through display device is disclosed. Hands-free user input in an augmented reality environment is provided for. A user can provide input by moving the orientation of their head. For example, the user could rotate their head. In one aspect, a user can provide input by moving their eye gaze along a direction. In one aspect, when the user directs their attention at a user interface symbol, a handle extends away from the user interface symbol. The handle may serve as a type of selection device such that if the user directs their attention along the handle, away from the user interface symbol, a selection can be made. “As one example, the selection causes a spoke menu to appear which the user can select by rotating their head such that the system determines the user is looking along the spoke away from a central hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kathleen Mulcahy, Aaron Burns, Todd Omotani, Felicia Williams, Jeff Cole, Tim Psiaki
  • Patent number: 8352874
    Abstract: A communication icon represents a shared connection allowing members of an online group to interact with each other and participate in different activities together. The icon through which the group interacts resides on each group member's desktop and has many attributes including click activation modes and drag and drop functionality. The icon provides each group member with a representation of the group's shared relationship. Any group member can change the group icon and have that change propagated to the computers of the other members of the group. The icon can be activated for both non-verbal and verbal communications as well as activity sharing. Online members of the group are kept apprised of the group's status and activities via a displayed status bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Asta Glatzer, Kathleen Mulcahy, Rama Ranganath, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Eugene Zarakhovsky
  • Patent number: 7895524
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone
  • Publication number: 20100257460
    Abstract: A communication icon represents a shared connection allowing members of an online group to interact with each other and participate in different activities together. The icon through which the group interacts resides on each group member's desktop and has many attributes including click activation modes and drag and drop functionality. The icon provides each group member with a representation of the group's shared relationship. Any group member can change the group icon and have that change propagated to the computers of the other members of the group. The icon can be activated for both non-verbal and verbal communications as well as activity sharing. Online members of the group are kept apprised of the group's status and activities via a displayed status bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: MELORA ZANER, EUGENE MESGAR, NEEL ISHWAR MURARKA, ASTA GLATZER, KATHLEEN MULCAHY, RAMA RANGANATH, ERICA SANDERS, CESARE JOHN SARETTO, TAMMY SAVAGE, JOHN VERT, EUGENE ZARAKHOVSKY
  • Publication number: 20100229105
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: MELORA ZANER, KATHLEEN MULCAHY, ERICA SANDERS, CESARE JOHN SARETTO, EUGENE ZARAKHOVSKY, EUGENE MESGAR, NEEL ISHWAR MURARKA, HEATHER FERGUSON, ASTA GLATZER, RAMA RANGANATH, TAMMY SAVAGE, JOHN VERT, LINDA STONE
  • Patent number: 7747956
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone
  • Patent number: 7721216
    Abstract: A communication icon represents a shared connection allowing members of an online group to interact with each other and participate in different activities together. The icon through which the group interacts resides on each group member's desktop and has many attributes including click activation modes and drag and drop functionality. The icon provides each group member with a representation of the group's shared relationship. Any group member can change the group icon and have that change propagated to the computers of the other members of the group. The icon can be activated for both non-verbal and verbal communications as well as activity sharing. Online members of the group are kept apprised of the group's status and activities via a displayed status bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Asta Glatzer, Kathleen Mulcahy, Rama Ranganath, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Eugene Zarakhovsky
  • Patent number: 7702728
    Abstract: Techniques for enabling mobile shared group interaction are described. Members of a group may access, through a user interface, group activities that provide a shared, synchronous, interactive experience. An interface may be provided via a mobile device such as a cellular telephone that enables members who are mobile to participate in group activities with other members who are also mobile or who are logged on via a non-mobile device such as a desktop computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Eun-Kyung Chung, Kathleen Mulcahy, Cesare John Saretto, Asta Roseway, Tammy Savage
  • Patent number: 7689922
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone
  • Patent number: 7571213
    Abstract: Bubble messaging may include creating a bubble message and seamlessly sending the bubble message to one or more recipients. The bubble message may include message text and a bubble message shape specification. As a result of the bubble message being sent, a notification of the bubble message may be received. The notification of the bubble message may be displayed and, in response to recipient interaction with the displayed notification, a bubble message open animation may be displayed that provides a transition to a shape specified by the bubble message shape specification. The bubble message may be displayed with the shape specified by the bubble message shape specification. A bubble message editor may be configured to enable the creation and seamless sending of the bubble message. A bubble message viewer may be configured to enable the display of bubble messages. The bubble message may be unmodifiable after creation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Walkush, Melora Zaner, Tammy Savage, Eun-Kyung Chung, Caroline Rockey, Eugene Mesgar, Heather Ferguson, Kathleen Mulcahy
  • Patent number: 7530028
    Abstract: A novel technique enables participants of an online group interaction to capture and encapsulate an ongoing activity at a particular moment in time. During the online group interaction, a user activates an icon, and is enabled to select properties of the saved memory, such as icon color/image for the saved material, what parts of the shared experience to save, etc. For example, the user may want to save all or some of the conversation, music played, scores for a game played, and the pictures viewed during the session, as well as any other portion desired. The saved material may represent a snapshot of the activity at save time, or may comprise a sequence of events up to the point that the material was saved. While saving the selected material, the application displays an animation such as an origami-type animation of a box folding up from a flat sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kathleen Mulcahy, Eun-Kyung Chung, Geoffrey Elliott, Heather Ferguson, Asta Roseway, Tammy Savage, Melora Zaner
  • Patent number: 7516409
    Abstract: A novel virtual calling card system and method aid in the formation of online relationships, serving as an introduction tool and as a contact mechanism. The calling card is an exchangeable entity that is automatically updated, ensuring that the recipient or viewer sees the most current version of the card. The card may display an aspect ratio that is the same as that of a traditional business card, and has front side and a reverse side. Furthermore, the card provides a number of avenues for the card owner to express themselves, including an array of affiliation symbols, a most recent mood symbol, and a text field. The reverse side of the card can display a representation of the owner's social network, so that recipients of the card may identify common friends and associates. Thus, the server-based card exchange appears to users as an exchange in the physical world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Eun-Kyung Chung, Kathleen Mulcahy, Rama Ranganath, Erica Sanders, Tammy Savage, Linda Stone, John Vert
  • Patent number: 7373609
    Abstract: A novel virtual calling card system and method aid in the formation of online relationships, serving as an introduction tool and as a contact mechanism. The calling card is an exchangeable entity that is automatically updated, ensuring that the recipient or viewer sees the most current version of the card. The card may display an aspect ratio that is the same as that of a traditional business card, and has a front side and a reverse side. Furthermore, the card provides a number of avenues for the card owner to express themselves, including an array of affiliation symbols, a most recent mood symbol, and a text field. The reverse side of the card can display a representation of the owner's social network, so that the recipients of the card may identify common friends and associates. Thus, the sewer-based card exchange appears to users as an exchange in the physical world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Eun-Kyung Chung, Kathleen Mulcahy, Rama Ranganath, Erica Sanders, Tammy Savage, Linda Stone, John Vert
  • Patent number: 7234117
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarakhovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone
  • Patent number: 7149977
    Abstract: A novel virtual calling card system and method aid in the formation of online relationships, serving as an introduction tool and as a contact mechanism. The calling card is an exchangeable entity that is automatically updated, ensuring that the recipient or viewer sees the most current version of the card. The card may display an aspect ratio that is the same as that of a traditional business card, and has a front side and a reverse side. Furthermore, the card provides a number of avenues for the card owner to express themselves, including an array of affiliation symbols, a most recent mood symbol, and a text field. The reverse side of the card can display a representation of the owner's social network, so that the recipients of the card may identify common friends and associates. Thus, the server-based card exchange appears to users as an exchange in the physical world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Cesare John Saretto, Eugene Zarakhovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Ishwar Murarka, Eun-Kyung Chung, Kathleen Mulcahy, Rama Ranganath, Erica Sanders, Tammy Savage, Linda Stone, John Vert
  • Publication number: 20060190827
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone
  • Publication number: 20060190829
    Abstract: A novel application and user interface for facilitating group interactions over a network integrates messaging, file sharing, media playing, journaling, profiles, and gaming into a cohesive environment. The groups facilitated by the invention are persistent and mobile in that a user does not have to recollect and reconfigure the group each time he or she wants to interact with the group online and, while online, the group may be taken from one activity to another without having to disband and reconnect at the second activity. The application is modular so as to be extensible to include other activities and functionalities. In an embodiment, the group interaction application utilizes a peer-to-peer network environment to facilitate network communications between group members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Melora Zaner, Kathleen Mulcahy, Erica Sanders, Cesare Saretto, Eugene Zarahovsky, Eugene Mesgar, Neel Murarka, Heather Ferguson, Asta Glatzer, Rama Ranganath, Tammy Savage, John Vert, Linda Stone