Patents by Inventor Menashe Haskin

Menashe Haskin 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: 9986077
    Abstract: Techniques for providing audio services to multiple devices are described. For instance, connections between a hands-free unit and multiple wireless devices are established. The connections are themselves used to establish active communication channels, such as active audio communication channels, between the hands-free unit and the wireless devices, such as during a phone call. Upon establishment of an active communication channel with one of the wireless devices, the connections to the other wireless devices are disconnected—and/or additional connections refused—for the duration of the active communication channel. Furthermore, a routing module in various embodiments permits multiple hands-free units to route active communication channels to each other depending on user location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Menashe Haskin
  • Patent number: 9896182
    Abstract: A package delivery system can be implemented to forcefully propel a package from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), while the UAV is in motion. The UAV can apply a force onto the package that alters its descent trajectory from a parabolic path to a vertical descent path. The package delivery system can apply the force onto the package in a number of different ways. For example, pneumatic actuators, electromagnets, spring coils, and parachutes can generate the force that establishes the vertical descent path of the package. Further, the package delivery system can also monitor the package during its vertical descent. The package can be equipped with one or more control surfaces. Instructions can be transmitted from the UAV via an RF module that cause the one or more controls surfaces to alter the vertical descent path of the package to avoid obstructions or to regain a stable orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Menashe Haskin, Michael Rolnik, Yan Vule
  • Patent number: 9866964
    Abstract: A computing system with multiple audio devices local to an environment to provide synchronized audio output to a user. A remote system receives a local audio signal representing sound captured from an environment from a local audio device and a remote audio signal representing sound captured from the environment from the remote audio device. The server determines a delay associated with the local audio signal and a delay associated with the remote audio signals and, based on the delays, synchronizes the audio being output by the local and remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Kavitha Velusamy, Daniel Christopher Bay, Jason Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9779731
    Abstract: An audio processing system configured to generate, based at least in part on captured sound, an audio signal that includes a speech component corresponding to a user's speech utterance and an audio component corresponding to audio output of another device is described herein. The audio processing system is also configured to receive a reference signal that corresponds to the audio output of the other device. The reference signal may be received as ultrasonic audio output of the other device or from a remote server. The audio processing device then processes the generated audio signal to remove at least a part of the generated audio signal that corresponds to the reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Kavitha Velusamy
  • Patent number: 9739870
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for visually tracking a position of an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) using reflected light. A light source at an origin location, such as the location of an operator of the UAV, is aligned and emitted toward the position of the UAV. The emitted light source reflects off a reflector coupled to the UAV toward a location of the operator or a visual observer working with the operator. The reflected light increases the visibility of the UAV, thereby extending the distance from an operator at which the UAV can be operated while maintaining visible contact between the operator and/or a visual observer working with the operator and the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Menashe Haskin, Gershon Parent, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9721586
    Abstract: A voice controlled assistant has a housing to hold one or more microphones, one or more speakers, and various computing components. The housing has an elongated cylindrical body extending along a center axis between a base end and a top end. The microphone(s) are mounted in the top end and the speaker(s) are mounted proximal to the base end. A control knob is rotatably mounted to the top end of the housing to rotate about the center axis. A light indicator is arranged on the control knob to exhibit various appearance states to provide visual feedback with respect to the one or more functions being performed by the assistant. In one case, the light indicator is used to uniquely identify participants involved in a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Christopher Bay, Ramy S. Sadek, Menashe Haskin, Jason Zimmer, Robert Ramsey Flenniken, Heinz-Dominik Langhammer
  • Patent number: 9661286
    Abstract: Techniques are described for reducing safety-relevant emission of a laser projection system. A multi-facet optical element is positioned in the path of a raster-scanning laser beam. Each facet of the optical element is angled to redirect a projected pixel to a different pixel position. Collectively, the facets are configured to convert the projected raster scan into a non-raster scan in which physically proximate pixels are illuminated temporally non-proximate times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Menashe Haskin
  • Patent number: 9650136
    Abstract: Techniques for using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver a payload may be provided. For example, upon arrival to a delivery location, the UAV may release the payload and lower a tether coupling the payload to the UAV. Based on a distance associated with the lowering of the payload, the UAV may release the cable. This release may decouple the payload and at a least a portion of the cable from the UAV, thereby delivering the payload at the delivery location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Louis LeRoi LeGrand, III, Uri Ran
  • Patent number: 9567081
    Abstract: A package delivery system can be implemented to forcefully propel a package from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), while the UAV is in motion. The UAV can apply a force onto the package that alters its descent trajectory from a parabolic path to a vertical descent path. The package delivery system can apply the force onto the package in a number of different ways. For example, pneumatic actuators, electromagnets, spring coils, and parachutes can generate the force that establishes the vertical descent path of the package. Further, the package delivery system can also monitor the package during its vertical descent. The package can be equipped with one or more control surfaces. Instructions can be transmitted from the UAV via an RF module that cause the one or more controls surfaces to alter the vertical descent path of the package to avoid obstructions or to regain a stable orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Menashe Haskin, Michael Rolnik, Yan Vule
  • Patent number: 9531995
    Abstract: A projector based user interface unit is described for implanting an interactive workspace. The interface unit projects a graphical workspace onto a display surface and monitors user interactions with the workspace. A mirror is placed on or near the workspace to reflect the face of the user to the interface unit. The interface unit captures the mirrored face of the user and provides images of the face of the user to other users for use in conjunction with collaborative techniques such as video conferencing or content sharing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Wayne Arthur, Menashe Haskin
  • Patent number: 9526115
    Abstract: A base device may work in conjunction one or more peripheral devices to capture audio from different locations within a room. The peripheral devices may include a companion device and an accessory device, either or both of which may be present in a given situation or deployment. The base device is configured to communicate with the companion device using a first wireless communications protocol and with the accessory device using a second wireless communications protocol. When both of the companion and accessory devices are present, however, the companion and accessory devices communicate with each other using the second wireless communications protocol and the companion device relays communications between the base device and the accessory device. This avoids the need for the base device to use the second wireless communications protocol and reduces contention for shared resources by the base device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Omar FawazHashim Zakaria, Menashe Haskin
  • Patent number: 9392320
    Abstract: A peripheral device includes a user interface and a battery. The peripheral device: accepts inputs from a user via the user interface; responsive to the inputs, and communicates with a base device by way of a wireless communication link. During intervals between the inputs, responsive to one or both of a usage characteristic of the user and an operational mode of the base device, the peripheral device adaptively manages power draw from the battery by switching between a normal mode and a power saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Makarand Damle, Menashe Haskin
  • Patent number: 9355559
    Abstract: A remote control is used to control one or more media devices which may be in various media device states during operation. Based on media device state data, different media device control profiles may be applied. The media device control profiles may specify mapping of particular buttons on the remote control to particular functions on the media device, designate a communication path to use, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Samuel Bowen, Menashe Haskin, Daniel Christopher Bay, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9329679
    Abstract: A projection and camera system projects content onto a passive, multi-surface projection screen. When a first surface of the screen is oriented to receive the projected images, the system detects this first surface and projects content associated with that surface of the screen. When a second surface is oriented to receive the projected images, the system detects this change from the first surface to the second surface and projects different content associated with the second surface. In this manner, to switch between different content or different applications, the user merely needs to turn the screen over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah M. Shepard, Menashe Haskin, James Samuel Bowen
  • Patent number: 9323352
    Abstract: Hand recognition is used to distinguish among users of gesture-based computer systems, and particularly between adults and children. Hands may be classified as adults or children based on certain physical characteristics, such as hand size, shape, or curvature. Depending upon whether the hand belongs to an adult or a child, user-appropriate interfaces are provided. For instance, in response to detecting a presence of a child, the interface may include more child-appropriate features such as simpler graphical elements, use of basic audio interfaces, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Deborah May Shepard
  • Patent number: 9281727
    Abstract: A user device may include one or more features on a surface of the user device, where a user may interact with the one or more features. In response to a user action with respect to one of the features, a particular sound, frequency, or change in frequency may be output. An augmented reality functional node (ARFN) may detect the sound or frequency and identify a particular operation that corresponds to the sound or frequency. The ARFN may then cause that operation to be performed within an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Coley, Menashe Haskin, Robert A. Yuan, Juli A. Satoh, William Thomas Weatherford
  • Patent number: 9261759
    Abstract: Techniques are described for compensating for distortion effects caused by projecting images to a surface that is non-perpendicular to a raster-scanning laser projector. Pixel size is modulated such that smaller pixels are projected to farther portions of the surface, and larger pixels are projected to nearer portions. Pixels within a raster scan line may have their lengths modulated through variation of a frequency of light source that generates the pixels, or through adjustment of a scan speed along the line. Pixel heights may be adjusted by modulating the distance between scan lines. Scan speed and distance between scan lines may be modified by controlling micromirrors incorporated into the laser projector for directing the light projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Christopher D. Coley
  • Patent number: 9154483
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for secure configuration provisioning of network credentials to configure a device to join one or more networks. One implementation provides for distribution of network credentials to associated devices without user intervention while maintaining security and avoiding distribution of the network credentials to external devices, such as a third-party server. Devices may be associated by purchase from a common merchant, registration to a common account, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Andrew Jay Roths, Edward James Gayles, James David Meyers, Shih-Chun Chang, Vlad Troyanker, Mark Wodrich, Daniel Christopher Bay, John Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 9127942
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a distance between the at least one light sensor and the surface may be calculated using a ratio representative of the phase difference using time-of-flight of light. The distance may be within a distance range defined by a distance of light travel during a modulation period of the predetermined frequency. The distance may be based on the ratio defined by an amount of energy stored from captured light during a first time interval and a second time interval, and a comparison of an amount of light stored from captured light during at least a third time interval. The first, second, and third time intervals are different, but may overlap in some instances. In some embodiments, the amount of ambient light may be identified and subtracted from the inputs of the ratio. A switch may be used to prevent oversaturation of a storage element storing the stored energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Christopher D. Coley, Gregg Elliott Zehr, Ronald Joseph Degges, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9109886
    Abstract: Calibration of devices may be performed to determine a relative location of the devices. The devices may be used to determine distances of surfaces within an environment. The calibration may be performed at different times and/or in response to triggering events to determine a relative location of each of the devices in an environment. After the relative location of the devices is known, the devices may be used to determine a distance of a surface within the environment. In various embodiments, a light sensor may identify a light emitter based on characteristics of the light emitted by the light emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Menashe Haskin, Edward Dietz Crump