Patents by Inventor Nadim Awad

Nadim Awad 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: 10290283
    Abstract: A content item to be displayed via a display of an electronic device may be associated with a first set of grey values or a set of color values. The electronic device may generate, maintain, or at least have access to one or more mappings that map the set of color values and/or the first set of grey values to a second set of grey values. Based on the one or more mappings, the electronic device may convert a color value of the set of color values or a first grey value of the first set of grey values to a second grey value of the second set of grey values. The content item may then be displayed utilizing the second grey value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Gupta, Jerry Yee-Ming Chung, Haili Wang, Herve Jacques Clement Letourneur, Kathryn Chinn, Nadim Awad
  • 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: 9791930
    Abstract: User input is accepted by a force sensing resistor (“FSR”) assembly, a force sensing capacitor (“FSC”) assembly, or both. The FSR or FSC assemblies may be located within an input device, such as behind a device exterior, display, and so forth. A force applied to the device exterior proximate to the assembly may result in a signal indicative of the force to the assembly. The signal may be processed to determine a particular touch zone was activated. A particular action associated with the touch zone may be performed. The particular action may be based at least in part on which touch zone which was activated, a magnitude of the force, or both. For example, the particular action may include a haptic output to provide feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, Lakshman Rathnam, Nadim Awad, John Aaron Zarraga, David Charles Buuck, Julien George Beguin
  • Patent number: 9773474
    Abstract: A content item to be displayed via a display of an electronic device may be associated with a first set of grey values or a set of color values. The electronic device may generate, maintain, or at least have access to one or more mappings that map the set of color values and/or the first set of grey values to a second set of grey values. Based on the one or more mappings, the electronic device may convert a color value of the set of color values or a first grey value of the first set of grey values to a second grey value of the second set of grey values. The content item may then be displayed utilizing the second grey value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Gupta, Jerry Yee-Ming Chung, Haili Wang, Herve Jacques Clement Letourneur, Kathryn Ann Chinn, Nadim Awad
  • Publication number: 20170054832
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for facilitating customized process flows at an event. A beacon generating device is positioned at the event and is configured to transmit information including a unique identifier associated with the beacon generating device. A user having a mobile communications device running an event management application detects the transmission and sends the detected unique identifier to an event management server. Alternatively, the user's mobile communications device generates and transmits a beacon that is detected by an event organizer device. The event management server returns information to allow the mobile communications device or the event organizer device to run an event-related process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Nadim Awad, Steven Elliott Lewandowski, Edial W. Decker
  • 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: 9374655
    Abstract: A user device may include a transmission power manager to control a transmission power level of a wireless transceiver based on a location of a human body proximate the user device as detected by a proximity sensor. In response to at least one of a power up of the user device or initialization of a wireless transceiver, the transmission power manager may restrict a transmission power level of the wireless transceiver to one of a plurality of power states. The transmission power manager may then operate to detect a step in proximity sensor data obtained by the proximity sensor. Then, in response to detecting the step in the proximity data, the transmission power manager may restricting the transmission power level of the wireless transceiver and determine a proximity threshold value based at least in part on the detected step and the proximity sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Lee, Nadim Awad, Ruenjou Lu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9299350
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Dumont, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakain, Srinivasan Sridharan, Arnaud Marie Froment, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 9286482
    Abstract: In some examples, an electronic device may include one or more recognition devices able to be used to recognize a current user. If the electronic device recognizes that a primary user, such as an owner, is currently using the electronic device, the electronic device may allow access to all of the primary user's private information and all of the features of the electronic device. On the other hand, when the electronic device determines that the current user is an unknown user, or that the current user is a known user who is authorized to access only limited information or features of the electronic device, the electronic device may send a communication to restrict the current user from accessing private information of the primary user. In some cases, the electronic device may enable the primary user to designate which items known users and/or unknown users may access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Dumont, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Levon Dolbakian, Srinivasan Sridharan, Nadim Awad, Jonathan White Keljo, Arnaud Marie Froment
  • Patent number: 9280234
    Abstract: A system and method determines whether a finger touch on a touch screen device is outside the defined boundary of a touch target. In such situations a device may adjust the location coordinates of the finger touch to adaptively correspond to an appropriate touch target based on such factors as context, region, distance from touch target, user history, device movement, parallax, etc. The method and system may also be applied to overlapping touch targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 9276541
    Abstract: Content is presented by media devices to a user. Described herein are techniques and systems for determining occurrence of one or more events at, or proximate to, the media device. Once an event is determined, one or more actions to modify presentation of the content may be initiated. The actions may include starting presentation of the content, stopping presentation of the content, applying noise mitigation techniques to the content, and so forth. The noise mitigation techniques may include modification of an intended signal from the content to produce a noise mitigation zone 118 proximate to, or encompassing, at least a portion of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Marie Froment, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Jonathan White Keljo, Srinivasan Sridharan, Levon Dolbakian, Nadim Awad, Michael David Dumont
  • Patent number: 9262999
    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: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    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: 9190025
    Abstract: Techniques for utilizing different versions of a same font when rendering subsequent portions of a content item. For instance, envision that a user requests to open an electronic book. In response to this request, a display controller may display the first page of the electronic book using a flashing update and, therefore, may display the text using a regular weight of a particular font. However, when the user subsequently requests to turn to the second page of the electronic book, the display controller (utilizing a non-flashing update) may update the display using a version of the same font having a lesser weight. Given that some level of bleeding with likely occur when using the non-flashing update, the lesser weight coupled with the bleeding may result in text that approximates the weight of the text of the first page of the electronic book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Waverly Zehner, Nadim Awad, Scott Michael Dylewski, Ronald Joseph Fernandez, Herve Jacques Clement Letourneur, Jonathan Ian McCormack, Hannah Rebecca Lewbel
  • Patent number: 9104886
    Abstract: Systems and approaches are provided for automating privacy control for a computing device based on a privacy or security context of the device. The privacy or security context of the computing device can be determined by analyzing sensor data or other input data captured by the device. The sensor and other input data can provide information such as a location of the computing device or the presence of other persons within the vicinity of the device to indicate whether the user is situated within a private or secure setting or a public or unsecure setting. A privacy or security control can be updated based on the determined privacy or security context, such as modifying a manner of displaying a pin or password during entry, elements of a home screen of the computing device, or preview content of user applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Levon Dolbakian, Jonathan White Keljo, Kenneth Paul Kiraly, Nadim Awad, Arnaud Marie Froment, Michael David Dumont, Srinivasan Sridharan
  • Patent number: 9035752
    Abstract: User input is accepted by a force sensing resistor (“FSR”) assembly, a force sensing capacitor (“FSC”) or both. The FSR or FSC assemblies may be located within an input device, such as behind a device exterior, display, and so forth. A force applied to the device exterior proximate to the assembly may result in activation of the assembly. The activation may be processed as input and used to determine and then perform a particular action. The particular action may be based at least in part on a particular portion of the assembly which has been activated, a magnitude of applied force, or both. A haptic output may be provided on activation to provide feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, Lakshman Rathnam, Nadim Awad, John Aaron Zarraga, David Charles Buuck, Julien George Beguin