Patents by Inventor Paul Aoki

Paul Aoki 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: 20070055490
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is a computer application that establishes communication between a conversation-finder module and a computer application environment. The conversation-finder module determines a conversational floor based on three or more floor determination inputs. The conversational floor associates at least two of the three or more floor determination inputs as being on the conversational floor. The conversation-finder module and the computer application environment can be responsive to each other and can adapt to each other. That is (either or both), the computer application environment can adapt to the conversational floor(s) determined by the conversation-finder module; and the conversation-finder module can determine the conversational floors responsive to a floor determination input and/or control input from the computer application environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Aoki, Margaret Szymanski, James Thornton, Allison Woodruff, Nicolas Ducheneaut, Robert Moore
  • Publication number: 20070040892
    Abstract: Communication is carried out using devices with user-maintained modes that enable synchronous content sharing and communication. Each user-maintained mode enables a lightweight interface for positioning content in a conversation by initiating and terminating data transmission through user produced feedback to create a shared conversational experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventors: Paul Aoki, Rebecca Grinter, Margaret Szymanski, James Thornton, Allison Woodruff
  • Publication number: 20060270429
    Abstract: A method for interactive communication among lightweight audio communication devices over a communication network is stored and executed as an application for use by network devices. The method includes directing an initial message from a first audio communication device to a second audio communication device through an audio channel. Within the network devices a response message is produced and sent to the first audio communication device. A determination is made as to whether the first communication device is responsively engaging the response message. If so, a reply message is recorded as an audio stream and is transmitted from the first audio communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: Margaret Szymanski, Paul Aoki, James Thornton, Allison Woodruff
  • Publication number: 20050281248
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and computer program products are disclosed that use a lease to manage interpersonal communications over a computer-mediated network such as a telephone network or the Internet, whether using textual, audio, or video communication means. The use of the lease allows enables negotiated evolution and revocation of a communication privilege in a socially-acceptable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Publication date: December 22, 2005
    Applicant: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul Aoki, Allison Woodruff
  • Publication number: 20050110702
    Abstract: Flexible display membranes are provided in various geometries in which a display area may be expanded to an operable position and collapsed to a smaller area for storage. In various configurations, the display membrane may be provided in general polygon or rounded shapes having one or more individual collapsible sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Paul Aoki, Allison Woodruff
  • Publication number: 20050088981
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a computer controlled method for use with a communication system. The method includes a step of receiving a plurality of communications, where each one of the plurality of communications is from one of a plurality of communication sources; includes a step of mixing (that is responsive to a plurality of floor controls) the plurality of communications for a plurality of outputs associated with plurality of communication sources; and includes a step of analyzing, for a plurality of users associated with the plurality of communication sources, one or more conversational characteristics of two or more of the plurality of users. The method also includes a step of automatically adjusting the plurality of floor controls responsive to the step of analyzing. Other embodiments include systems and devices that use the method as well as program products that cause a computer to execute the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Inventors: Allison Woodruff, Paul Aoki, Margaret Szymanski, James Thornton, Daniel Wilson, Chen Yu