Patents by Inventor Markus K. Cremer

Markus K. Cremer 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: 20240070194
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for inserting information into playing content are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems may identify a break in content playing via a playback device, select an information segment representative of information received by the playback device to present during the identified break, and insert the information segment into the content playing via the playback device upon an occurrence of the identified break.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Vadim Brenner, Markus K. Cremer
  • Publication number: 20240069854
    Abstract: A machine is configured to identify a media file that, when played to a user, is likely to modify an emotional or physical state of the user to or towards a target emotional or physical state. The machine accesses play counts that quantify playbacks of media files for the user. The playbacks may be locally performed or detected by the machine from ambient sound. The machine accesses arousal scores of the media files and determines a distribution of the play counts over the arousal scores. The machine uses one or more relative maxima in the distribution in selecting a target arousal score for the user based on contextual data that describes an activity of the user. The machine selects one or more media files based on the target arousal score. The machine may then cause the selected media file to be played to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Aneesh Vartakavi, Peter C. DiMaria, Michael Gubman, Markus K. Cremer, Cameron Aubrey Summers, Gregoire Tronel
  • Publication number: 20240062754
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modification of electronic system operation based on acoustic ambience classification are presented. In an example method, at least one audio signal present in a physical environment of a user is detected. The at least one audio signal is analyzed to extract at least one audio feature from the audio signal. The audio signal is classified based on the audio feature to produce at least one classification of the audio signal. Operation of an electronic system interacting with the user in the physical environment is modified based on the classification of the audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Inventors: Suresh Jeyachandran, Vadim Brenner, Markus K. Cremer
  • Publication number: 20240064366
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for synchronizing streaming media content. An example apparatus includes a storage device, and a processor to execute instructions to identify a first source streaming broadcast media to a first computing device based on an audio fingerprint of audio associated with the broadcast media, identify sources broadcasting the broadcast media streaming to the first computing device, the sources available to a second computing device including the processor, select a second source of the identified sources for streaming the broadcast media to the second computing device, the second source different than the first source, detect termination of the streaming of the broadcast media on the first computing device, the termination corresponding to a termination time of the broadcast media, and automatically start, by using the selected second source, streaming of the broadcast media to the second computing device at the termination time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Inventors: Suresh Jeyachandran, Roger Tsai, Paul Emmanuel Quinn, Markus K. Cremer
  • Publication number: 20240048793
    Abstract: Techniques of providing motion video content along with audio content are disclosed. In some example embodiments, a computer-implemented system is configured to perform operations comprising: receiving primary audio content; determining that at least one reference audio content satisfies a predetermined similarity threshold based on a comparison of the primary audio content with the at least one reference audio content; for each one of the at least one reference audio content, identifying motion video content based on the motion video content being stored in association with the one of the at least one reference audio content and not stored in association with the primary audio content; and causing the identified motion video content to be displayed on a device concurrently with a presentation of the primary audio content on the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2023
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Inventor: Markus K. Cremer
  • Patent number: 11895370
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) providing, by a playback device, replacement media content for display; (ii) determining, by the playback device that while the playback device is displaying the replacement media content a remote control transmitted an instruction to a media device that provides media content to the playback device; (iii) determining, by the playback device, a playback-modification action corresponding to the instruction and the media device; and (iv) modifying, by the playback device, playback of the replacement media content in accordance with the playback-modification action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt R. Thielen, Shashank Merchant, Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Chungwon Seo, Seunghyeong Lee, Steven D Scherf
  • Publication number: 20240039498
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods for volume adjustment are disclosed herein. An example method includes collecting data corresponding to a volume of an audio signal as the audio signal is output through a device, when an average volume of the audio signal does not satisfy a volume threshold for a specified timespan, determining a difference between the average volume and a desired volume, and applying a gain to the audio signal to adjust the volume of the audio signal to the desired volume, the gain determined based on the difference between the average volume and the desired volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Robert Coover, Jeffrey Scott, Markus K. Cremer, Aneesh Vartakavi
  • Patent number: 11886521
    Abstract: An apparatus (a) groups descriptors into a cluster based on associating the descriptors with each of a first item and a second item, (b) accesses biometric data of a user, (c) determines a first activity of the user based on contextual data correlating the cluster with the biometric data, including determining whether the first activity represents an anomalous phase of the user based on a time period of the first activity being shorter than a threshold duration, and (d) generates a user profile based on the first activity of the user and the cluster, including (i) responsive to determining that the first activity represents the anomalous phase of the user, omitting a name of the cluster from the user profile, and (ii) responsive to a second activity of the user matching the first activity associated with the cluster, generating a recommendation including a third item based on the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Popp, Ching-Wei Chen, Peter C. DiMaria, Markus K. Cremer
  • Patent number: 11882321
    Abstract: A media client ascertains a plurality of matching points between (i) query fingerprints representing a media stream being received by the client and (ii) reference fingerprints, each identified matching point defining a respective match between a query fingerprint that is timestamped with client time defined according to a clock of the client and a reference fingerprint that is timestamped with true time defined according to a timeline within a known media stream. Further, the client performs linear regression based on the timestamps of the ascertained plurality of matching points, to establish a mapping between true time and client time. The client then uses the established mapping as a basis to determine a client-time point at which the client should perform an action with respect to media stream being received by the client. And the client performs the action at the determined client-time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Shashank C. Merchant, Kurt R. Thielen
  • Patent number: 11862198
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a method is described. The implementation accesses first and second media clips. The implementation also matches a first fingerprint of the first media clip with a second fingerprint of the second media clip and determines an overlap of the first media clip with the second media clip. The implementation also, based on the overlap, merges the first and second media clips into a group of overlapping media clips, transmits, to a client device, data identifying the group of overlapping media clips and specifying a synchronization of the first media clip with the second media clip, and generates for display on a display device of the client computing device, a graphical user interface that identifies the group of overlapping media clips, specifies the synchronization of the first media clip with the second media clip, and allows access to, and manipulation of, the first and second media clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale T. Roberts, Randall E. Cook, Markus K. Cremer
  • Patent number: 11856253
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for synchronizing streaming media content. An example apparatus includes a storage device, and a processor to execute instructions to identify a first source streaming broadcast media to a first computing device based on an audio fingerprint of audio associated with the broadcast media, identify sources broadcasting the broadcast media streaming to the first computing device, the sources available to a second computing device including the processor, select a second source of the identified sources for streaming the broadcast media to the second computing device, the second source different than the first source, detect termination of the streaming of the broadcast media on the first computing device, the termination corresponding to a termination time of the broadcast media, and automatically start, by using the selected second source, streaming of the broadcast media to the second computing device at the termination time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh Jeyachandran, Roger Tsai, Paul Emmanuel Quinn, Markus K. Cremer
  • Patent number: 11853645
    Abstract: A machine is configured to identify a media file that, when played to a user, is likely to modify an emotional or physical state of the user to or towards a target emotional or physical state. The machine accesses play counts that quantify playbacks of media files for the user. The playbacks may be locally performed or detected by the machine from ambient sound. The machine accesses arousal scores of the media files and determines a distribution of the play counts over the arousal scores. The machine uses one or more relative maxima in the distribution in selecting a target arousal score for the user based on contextual data that describes an activity of the user. The machine selects one or more media files based on the target arousal score. The machine may then cause the selected media file to be played to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Aneesh Vartakavi, Peter C. DiMaria, Michael Gubman, Markus K. Cremer, Cameron Aubrey Summers, Gregoire Tronel
  • Patent number: 11853355
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for inserting information into playing content are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems may identify a break in content playing via a playback device, select an information segment representative of information received by the playback device to present during the identified break, and insert the information segment into the content playing via the playback device upon an occurrence of the identified break.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Vadim Brenner, Markus K. Cremer
  • Patent number: 11842730
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modification of electronic system operation based on acoustic ambience classification are presented. In an example method, at least one audio signal present in a physical environment of a user is detected. The at least one audio signal is analyzed to extract at least one audio feature from the audio signal. The audio signal is classified based on the audio feature to produce at least one classification of the audio signal. Operation of an electronic system interacting with the user in the physical environment is modified based on the classification of the audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh Jeyachandran, Vadim Brenner, Markus K. Cremer
  • Publication number: 20230396836
    Abstract: A client device accesses a video input stream from an intermediate device for display. The client device analyzes the video input stream to determine that the video input stream matches a template corresponding to a screen portion. Based on the video input stream matching the template, a video output stream is generated and caused to be presented on a display. In some example embodiments, the analysis is performed while the client device is replacing video content received from a content source via the intermediate device. For example, commercials transmitted from a national content provider to a smart TV via a set-top box may be replaced with targeted commercials. During the replacement, menus generated by the set-top box may be detected and the replacement video altered by the smart TV to include the menus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Inventors: Markus K. Cremer, Peter Dunker, Steven D. Scherf, David Henry Pearce, Sherman Ling Fung Li, Wilson Harron, Konstantinos Antonios Dimitriou, Dewey Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 11824507
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods for volume adjustment are disclosed herein. An example method includes collecting data corresponding to a volume of an audio signal as the audio signal is output through a device, when an average volume of the audio signal does not satisfy a volume threshold for a specified timespan, determining a difference between the average volume and a desired volume, and applying a gain to the audio signal to adjust the volume of the audio signal to the desired volume, the gain determined based on the difference between the average volume and the desired volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Coover, Jeffrey Scott, Markus K. Cremer, Aneesh Vartakavi
  • Publication number: 20230353832
    Abstract: Techniques of providing an interactive programming guide with a personalized lineup are disclosed. In some embodiments, a profile is accessed, and a personalized lineup is determined based on the profile. The personalized lineup may include a corresponding media content identification assigned to each one of a plurality of sequential time slots, where each media content identification identifies media content for the corresponding time slot. A first interactive programming guide may be caused to be displayed on a first media content device associated with the profile, where the first interactive programming guide includes the personalized lineup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: Wilson Harron, Oscar Celma Herrada, Irene Zhu, Markus K. Cremer
  • Publication number: 20230350935
    Abstract: A clustering machine can cluster descriptive vectors in a balanced manner. The clustering machine calculates distances between pairs of descriptive vectors and generates clusters of vectors arranged in a hierarchy. The clustering machine determines centroid vectors of the clusters, such that each cluster is represented by its corresponding centroid vector. The clustering machine calculates a sum of inter-cluster vector distances between pairs of centroid vectors, as well as a sum of intra-cluster vector distances between pairs of vectors in the clusters. The clustering machine calculates multiple scores of the hierarchy by varying a scalar and calculating a separate score for each scalar. The calculation of each score is based on the two sums previously calculated for the hierarchy. The clustering machine may select or otherwise identify a balanced subset of the hierarchy by finding an extremum in the calculated scores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: Aneesh Vartakavi, Peter C. DiMaria, Markus K. Cremer, Phillip Popp
  • Publication number: 20230353822
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) identifying, by a playback device, a media device that provides media content to the playback device; (ii) providing, by the playback device, replacement media content for display; (iii) determining, by the playback device, that while the playback device is displaying the replacement media content a remote control transmitted an instruction to the identified media device; (iv) determining, by the playback device, a playback-modification action corresponding to the instruction and the identified media device; and (v) modifying, by the playback device, playback of the replacement media content in accordance with the playback-modification action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: KURT R. THIELEN, Peter Dunker, Markus K. Cremer, Steven D. Scherf, Shashank Merchant
  • Publication number: 20230324182
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamic content delivery based on vehicle navigational attributes. An example apparatus includes at least one memory, machine readable instructions, and processor circuitry to execute the machine readable instructions to at least obtain navigational attributes from an electronic device of a vehicle via a network, determine a relevancy score for respective ones of first sporting event data items based on the navigational attributes, based on a determination that the navigational attributes correspond to a driving condition, identify a second sporting event data item of the first sporting event data items based on a relevancy score of the second sporting event data item corresponding to the driving condition, and transmit the second sporting event data item to the electronic device of the vehicle to cause the second sporting event data item to be presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2023
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Inventors: Markus K. Cremer, Suresh Jeyachandran, Paul Emmanuel Quinn, Roger Tsai