Patents by Inventor Kenneth Paul Kiraly

Kenneth Paul Kiraly 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: 11385765
    Abstract: Users can switch between applications using contextual interface elements. These elements can include icons for applications determined to likely be accessed by the user for a current context. Information is gathered to determine the current context, then information such as patterns of historical usage are utilized to determine and rank the applications by likelihood of use. Different contexts can include different icons, and a given context can include different icons for different points in time or locations. A user can access a contextual interface element by performing a swipe motion, for example. The user can continue the motion to an area associated with an icon of interest, and perform an action such as a tap or release to cause the associated application to be launched. Such an approach enables a user to quickly and easily launch another application independent of the application currently active on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment, Gy Stuart Fullmer, Sean Thomas Congden, Brett Nathan Lynnes, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Publication number: 20210278956
    Abstract: Users can switch between applications using contextual interface elements. These elements can include icons for applications determined to likely be accessed by the user for a current context. Information is gathered to determine the current context, then information such as patterns of historical usage are utilized to determine and rank the applications by likelihood of use. Different contexts can include different icons, and a given context can include different icons for different points in time or locations. A user can access a contextual interface element by performing a swipe motion, for example. The user can continue the motion to an area associated with an icon of interest, and perform an action such as a tap or release to cause the associated application to be launched. Such an approach enables a user to quickly and easily launch another application independent of the application currently active on the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment, Gy Stuart Fullmer, Sean Thomas Congden, Brett Nathan Lynnes, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 10969928
    Abstract: Users can switch between applications using contextual interface elements. These elements can include icons for applications determined to likely be accessed by the user for a current context. Information is gathered to determine the current context, then information such as patterns of historical usage are utilized to determine and rank the applications by likelihood of use. Different contexts can include different icons, and a given context can include different icons for different points in time or locations. A user can access a contextual interface element by performing a swipe motion, for example. The user can continue the motion to an area associated with an icon of interest, and perform an action such as a tap or release to cause the associated application to be launched. Such an approach enables a user to quickly and easily launch another application independent of the application currently active on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment, Gy Stuart Fullmer, Sean Thomas Congden, Brett Nathan Lynnes, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 10939500
    Abstract: An item-providing system supplies items to a user device for consumption at the user device via communication infrastructure. In one representative implementation, a user device includes a mode switching wireless communication module. The mode switching wireless communication module is adapted to receive a first paging signal via a first communication protocol when in a first mode of operation and adapted to receive a second paging signal via a second communication protocol when in a second mode of operation. The user device also includes a to-do list processing module. In response to receiving one of the first or second paging signal, the to-do list processing module sends a request to a remote network device. The request requests that one or more instructions be sent from the remote network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Subram Narasimhan
  • Publication number: 20210034192
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a user of a device includes comparing audio received by a device with acoustic fingerprint information to identify a user of the device. Image data, video data and other data may also be used in the identification of the user. Once the user is identified, operation of the device may be customized based on the user. Further, once the user is identified, data can be associated with the user, for example, usage data, location data, gender data, age data, dominant hand data of the user, and other data. This data can then be used to further customize the operation of the device to the specific user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Michael David Dumont, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakain, Srinivasan Sridharan, Arnaud Marie Froment, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Publication number: 20200348124
    Abstract: Techniques for determining positions of devices within an environment are described herein. In some instances, an environment, such as a home or office of a user, may include an array of devices, some or all of which may couple to a network or to other devices via short-range wireless connections (e.g., Bluetooth®, Zigbee®, etc.). These devices may capture an array of data for providing to a central service, which is configured to analyze the data and, based on this analysis, determine a location of the devices relative to one another. That is, the central service may analyze the data to determine relative distances and orientations between the identified devices within the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Levon Dolbakian
  • Patent number: 10655951
    Abstract: Techniques for determining positions of devices within an environment are described herein. In some instances, an environment, such as a home or office of a user, may include an array of devices, some or all of which may couple to a network or to other devices via short-range wireless connections (e.g., Bluetooth®, Zigbee®, etc.). These devices may capture an array of data for providing to a central service, which is configured to analyze the data and, based on this analysis, determine a location of the devices relative to one another. That is, the central service may analyze the data to determine relative distances and orientations between the identified devices within the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Levon Dolbakian
  • Publication number: 20190369842
    Abstract: Users can switch between applications using contextual interface elements. These elements can include icons for applications determined to likely be accessed by the user for a current context. Information is gathered to determine the current context, then information such as patterns of historical usage are utilized to determine and rank the applications by likelihood of use. Different contexts can include different icons, and a given context can include different icons for different points in time or locations. A user can access a contextual interface element by performing a swipe motion, for example. The user can continue the motion to an area associated with an icon of interest, and perform an action such as a tap or release to cause the associated application to be launched. Such an approach enables a user to quickly and easily launch another application independent of the application currently active on the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment, Gy Stuart Fullmer, Sean Thomas Congden, Brett Nathan Lynnes, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Publication number: 20190138147
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a user of a device includes comparing audio received by a device with acoustic fingerprint information to identify a user of the device. Image data, video data and other data may also be used in the identification of the user. Once the user is identified, operation of the device may be customized based on the user. Further, once the user is identified, data can be associated with the user, for example, usage data, location data, gender data, age data, dominant hand data of the user, and other data. This data can then be used to further customize the operation of the device to the specific user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Michael David Dumont, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakain, Srinivasan Sridharan, Arnaud Marie Froment, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 10261672
    Abstract: Users can switch between applications using contextual interface elements. These elements can include icons for applications determined to likely be accessed by the user for a current context. Information is gathered to determine the current context, then information such as patterns of historical usage are utilized to determine and rank the applications by likelihood of use. Different contexts can include different icons, and a given context can include different icons for different points in time or locations. A user can access a contextual interface element by performing a swipe motion, for example. The user can continue the motion to an area associated with an icon of interest, and perform an action such as a tap or release to cause the associated application to be launched. Such an approach enables a user to quickly and easily launch another application independent of the application currently active on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment, Gy Stuart Fullmer, Sean Thomas Congden, Brett Nathan Lynnes, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 10057306
    Abstract: A social networking system creates and manages dynamic social circles corresponding to real world social events where multiple people join in an event. The social networking system has stored conditions that, when met, for creating, closing, and deleting a social circle, and also determines which users are part of the social circle and for what time periods. Assets, such as photos, URLs, media selections, etc. that are used by members of the social circle during the event are recorded by the social networking system and access to those assets are selectively provided to members of the social circle. A social circle might be automatically opened when users congregate. A social circle closes when the event is over. Once closed, the assets might not change but continue to be available to members until the social circle is deleted. The social networking system might be a central system or a distributed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Levon Dolbakian, Nadim Awad
  • Patent number: 9972286
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, devices and methods for presenting content based on the spatial relationship between a media device and a user of the media device. The media device may present content based on an angle between an eye axis of the user and a device axis of the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Nadim Awad, Jonathan White Keljo, Michael David Dumont, Levon Dolbakian, Srinivasan Sridharan
  • Patent number: 9888005
    Abstract: An item-providing system supplies items to a user device for consumption at the user device via communication infrastructure. The device may correspond to a book reader device or other type of device. The item-providing system uses a content delivery module to deliver the items to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lattyak, Subram (Narsi) Narasimhan, Michael V. Rykov, Richard Moore, Beryl Tomay, Thomas Aquinas Ryan, Girish Bansilal Bajaj, Kevin R. Cheung, Jon Saxton, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Aviram Zagorie, Robert L. Goodwin, Gregg Elliott Zehr, James C. Slezak, Thomas M. J. Fruchterman
  • Patent number: 9740396
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for receiving sensor data indicative of one or more vibrational and/or environmental characteristics associated with a user device, a user of the user device, and/or an environment that includes the user device; determining a value for a metric representative of the one or more characteristics; determining a value of a gesture detection parameter based at least in part on the value of the metric; receiving input corresponding to a touch event detected at a touch-sensitive display of the device; and analyzing the input based at least in part on the value of the gesture detection parameter to determine whether the touch event corresponds to a particular type of gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Ahaus, Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Jonathan Ian McCormack
  • Patent number: 9706601
    Abstract: An item-providing system supplies items to a user device for consumption at the user device via communication infrastructure. In one representative implementation, a user device includes a mode switching wireless communication module. The mode switching wireless communication module is adapted to receive a first paging signal via a first communication protocol when in a first mode of operation and adapted to receive a second paging signal via a second communication protocol when in a second mode of operation. The user device also includes a to-do list processing module. In response to receiving one of the first or second paging signal, the to-do list processing module sends a request to a remote network device. The request requests that one or more instructions be sent from the remote network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Subram Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 9568984
    Abstract: An item-providing system supplies items to a user device for consumption at the user device via communication infrastructure. The device may correspond to a book reader device or other type of device. In one illustrative case, the item-providing system and the user device include functionality for providing upgrade-related items to the user device in a transparent manner. The item-providing system and the user device also include testing functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Ryan, Gregg Elliott Zehr, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, John Lattyak, Subram (Narsi) Narasimhan, Michael V. Rykov, Girish Bansilal Bajaj, James C. Slezak, Aviram Zagorie, Richard Moore, Kevin R. Cheung, Thomas M. J. Fruchterman, Robert L. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9456043
    Abstract: Users may access a variety of content in many locations. Described herein are systems, devices and methods for introducing users that are in close proximity to one another. Historical location data of the media devices, data indicating content usage on the media devices, or a combination of the two is used to determine a correspondence between two or more users. Once the correspondence has been determined, an introduction may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Levon Dolbakian, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Srinivasan Sridharan, Jonathan White Keljo, Nadim Awad
  • Patent number: 9411780
    Abstract: Techniques are described for determining height, weight, or other characteristics of a user based on processed sensor data. The sensor data may include data collected by sensors on the user's computing device or other computing devices, or data collected by stationary, external sensors. Different types of sensor data may be processed to estimate at least one physical characteristic of the user, such as the user's height, weight, apparel size, age, and so forth. The estimated characteristics may be employed to perform actions based on the user's identity or category, to customize content delivery for the user, or for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nadim Awad, Srinivasan Sridharan, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment
  • Patent number: 9357054
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device determines its position in a moving vehicle based on changes in air pressure that occur when the vehicle undergoes acceleration. Based on a direction of acceleration that correlates to a subsequent reduction in air pressure, a determination is made as to whether the device is in the front left, front right, back left, or back right quadrant of the vehicle. The device then alters its configuration based on the quadrant in which it is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Gy Stuart Fullmer, Wendy Chiu Fai Wong, Sean Thomas Congden, Seetha Lakshmi Annamraju, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Brett Nathan Lynnes
  • Patent number: 9319221
    Abstract: Approaches to enable a computing device, such as a phone or tablet computer, to compute a probability that the user currently using the device matches a profile of an authorized user and to set or change a security level of the computing device based on the computed probability. The security level can be one of many security levels each having a different scope of authorized access to data or functions of the computing device. The computing device may periodically re-compute the probability and change the security level whenever the probability crosses certain predefined thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nadim Awad, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakian, Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Michael David Dumont, Srinivasan Sridharan