Patents by Inventor Peter P. Tong

Peter P. Tong 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: 20210019469
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a portable device for an e-book, with at least a page including a section including text linked to an illustration. Another embodiment includes materials with a text sub file with texts, an illustration sub file with illustrations, and a logic sub file with rules on displaying the materials. One embodiment includes materials with a logic sub file that can analyze an attribute of, and provide a response to, a user. Another embodiment is applicable to apparatus and methods using a limited voice recognition dictionary at least tailored for a piece of materials that includes illustrations and instructions. The another embodiment can also use a limited image dictionary. The apparatus can include a headset, and the illustrations can include a piece of audio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10873828
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to analyze and present location information in an easy-to-digest manner are disclosed. In one embodiment, each piece of location information can include a piece of location-designating information and a piece of location-related information. Location-designating information is primarily for identifying location. Location-related information is information related to location-designating information. The location-designating information and the location-related information can be supplied by a mobile device. With the help of location-related information, each piece of location-designating information can be more accurately transformed into a label to help identify a location. The amount of location information can be reduced. All of the location-designating information pertaining to a given area can be consolidated into one piece of location-designating information related to the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung Lau, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200364992
    Abstract: Novel methods and apparatus regarding electronic eyewear are disclosed. Different embodiments can be applicable for seniors. One embodiment includes an eyewear that can charge when placed in an eyewear case. A user can access a live operator by tapping a button at the eyewear. The live operator can connect the user to a person. The eyewear can detect falls. In another embodiment, the eyewear with a digital assistant can be voice activated, and can provide assistance via the digital assistant. In yet another embodiment, the eyewear includes a position identifying system to identify a position of the eyewear. In one embodiment, the eyewear could wirelessly interact with a device coupled to an apparatus in the vicinity of the eyewear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10831982
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a portable reading device for reading a paginated e-book, with at least a page including a section including text linked to an illustration. The device can layout the section by keeping the text with the illustration to be displayed in one screen, and maintaining the pagination of the e-book if the page is displayed in more than one screen. Another embodiment includes reading materials with a text sub file with texts, an illustration sub file with illustrations, and a logic sub file with rules on displaying the materials. Either the text or the illustration sub file includes position information linking at least an illustration to a corresponding piece of text. One embodiment includes reading materials with a logic sub file that can analyze an attribute of, and provide a response to, a reader. Another embodiment can be an eyewear presenting device, allowing for hands-free presenting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: IPLContent, LLC
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10827298
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to analyze and present location information in an easy-to-digest manner are disclosed. In one embodiment, each piece of location information can include a piece of location-designating information and a piece of location-related information. Location-designating information is primarily for identifying location. Location-related information is information related to location-designating information. The location-designating information and the location-related information can be supplied by a mobile device. With the help of location-related information, each piece of location-designating information can be more accurately transformed into a label to help identify a location. The amount of location information can be reduced. All of the location-designating information pertaining to a given area can be consolidated into one piece of location-designating information related to the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung Lau, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: 10777048
    Abstract: Novel methods and apparatus regarding electronic eyewear are disclosed. Different embodiments can be applicable for seniors. One embodiment includes an eyewear that can charge when placed in an eyewear case. A user can access a live operator by tapping a button at the eyewear. The live operator can connect the user to a person. The eyewear can detect falls. In another embodiment, the eyewear with a digital assistant can be voice activated, and can provide assistance via the digital assistant. In yet another embodiment, the eyewear includes a position identifying system to identify a position of the eyewear. In one embodiment, the eyewear could wirelessly interact with a device coupled to an apparatus in the vicinity of the eyewear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Publication number: 20200267220
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a network apparatus at a store for allowing digital amenities to be accessed at the store by a mobile device of a user. The network apparatus includes a network interface, a storage module to keep digital amenities and a computing module. The network interface can be designed to couple to the mobile device at the store, and to a computing device outside the store. The network interface can be designed to recognize the mobile device at the store based on a piece of software related to the store in the mobile device. The computing module can be designed to help the mobile device to access a first digital amenity from the storage module in view of the piece of software. Based on the access, a second digital amenity from the computing device can be pre-stored at the storage module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Publication number: 20200218094
    Abstract: Techniques for providing eyewear with electrical components are disclosed. The electrical components can provide electrical technology to eyewear (e.g., eyeglasses) without having to substantially compromise aesthetic design principles of the eyewear. The electrical components can operate independently or together with other electrical components provided elsewhere. The eyewear with electronic components can, for example, provide audio output, audio enhancements, or event-related audio content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10708727
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method to manage the communication of a user are disclosed. In one embodiment, when a person tries to electronically convey a message to the user, the status of the user, the identity of the person, and the urgency of the message can be identified. The access priority of the person can be determined based on the person's identity. Then, the message can be managed using one or more rules and in view of the status of the user, the access priority of the person and the urgency of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwok Wai Cheung, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200209956
    Abstract: Different computing methods and systems to at least compose at least a portion of a story are disclosed. In one embodiment, the story can be presented by an electronic device. The device can include a sensor to sense the user, and a processor. The processor can become aware of an attribute of the user. The story can depend on the attribute. In one embodiment, the attribute can be a behavior of the user. In another embodiment, the attribute can be a location of the user, or a social network of the user. The story can include a story theme and a non-story theme. The story theme can convey a concept, and the non-story theme can include scenes, scripts and/or props. The attribute can affect the story theme, the non-story theme, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Publication number: 20200186975
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method to manage the communication of a user are disclosed. In one embodiment, when a person tries to electronically convey a message to the user, the status of the user, the identity of the person, and the urgency of the message can be identified. The access priority of the person can be determined based on the person's identity. Then, the message can be managed using one or more rules and in view of the status of the user, the access priority of the person and the urgency of the message. In one embodiment, the message can be received by the user via a headset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Kwok Wai Cheung, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: 10652690
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to analyze and present location information in an easy-to-digest manner are disclosed. In one embodiment, each piece of location information can include a piece of location-designating information and a piece of location-related information. Location-designating information is primarily for identifying location. Location-related information is information related to location-designating information. The location-designating information and the location-related information can be supplied by a mobile device. With the help of location-related information, each piece of location-designating information can be more accurately transformed into a label to help identify a location. The amount of location information can be reduced. All of the location-designating information pertaining to a given area can be consolidated into one piece of location-designating information related to the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung Lau, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200109986
    Abstract: Eyewear having monitoring capability, such as for radiation or motion, is disclosed. Radiation, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared (IR) radiation or light, can be measured by a detector. The measured radiation can then be used in providing radiation-related information to a user of the eyewear. Motion can be measure by a detector, and the measured motion can be used to determine whether the eyewear is being worn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: THOMAS A. HOWELL, DAVID CHAO, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Publication number: 20200105288
    Abstract: Different embodiments of methods and apparatus to produce audio output signals are disclosed. In one embodiment, an ultrasonic speaker outputting ultrasonic signals can be transformed into first audio output signals, which are directional. A non-ultrasonic speaker can output second audio output signals. The embodiment can be configured to output the first audio output signals or the second audio output signals in a vehicle. Another embodiment can be configured to output the first and the second audio output signals together. Yet another embodiment can be configured to be personalized to hearing characteristics of a user, or to depend on sound level of an environment of the user. One embodiment can include a directional speaker attached to a vehicle, with its output steerable towards a user in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Kwok Wai Cheung, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: 10606346
    Abstract: Different computing methods and systems to at least compose at least a portion of a story are disclosed. In one embodiment, the story can be presented by an electronic device. The device includes a sensor regarding an attribute of the user. The story can depend on the attribute. In one embodiment, the attribute is a behavior of the user. In another embodiment, the attribute can be a location of the user, or a social network of the user. The story can include a story theme and a non-story theme. The story theme can convey a concept, and the non-story theme can include scenes, scripts and/or props. The attribute can affect the story theme, the non-story theme, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: IPLContent, LLC
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Publication number: 20200089739
    Abstract: Different methods and apparatuses applicable to prepare materials for a user. One embodiment includes a device, with an imaging sensor. Based on analyzing a user attribute from the imaging sensor monitoring the user, the device can identify and access an area of the materials for the user. The area includes a section, and the device can layout the section by keeping a piece of text together with an illustration to be displayed in at least two screens of different sizes. Another embodiment includes materials with a text sub file with texts, an illustration sub file with illustrations, and a logic sub file with instructions to prepare materials for the user. Either the text or the illustration sub file can include position information linking at least an illustration to a corresponding piece of text. Annotations could be added to the materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10539459
    Abstract: Eyewear having monitoring capability, such as for radiation, is disclosed. Radiation, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared (IR) radiation or light, can be measured by a detector. The measured radiation can then be used in providing radiation-related information to a user of the eyewear. Advantageously, the user of the eyewear is able to easily monitor their exposure to radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: IngenioSpec, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Publication number: 20200012127
    Abstract: Techniques for providing eyewear with electrical components are disclosed. The electrical components can provide electrical technology to eyewear (e.g., eyeglasses) without having to substantially compromise aesthetic design principles of the eyewear. Often, the electrical components can be attached to the eyewear as an after-market enhancement. The electrical components can operate independently or together with other electrical components provided elsewhere. In some embodiments, tethered electrical components can be coupled to electrical components in or attached to a pair of eyeglasses. Tethered electrical components, alone or in combination with eyeglass electrical components can be used for a variety of different applications and uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 10522165
    Abstract: Methods and systems to produce audio output signals from audio input signals. In one embodiment, a first portion of the audio input signals can be pre-processed, with the output used to modulate ultrasonic carrier signals, thereby producing modulated ultrasonic signals. The modulated ultrasonic signals can be transformed into a first portion of the audio output signals, which is directional. Based on a second portion of the audio input signals, a standard audio speaker can output a second portion of the audio output signals. Another embodiment further produces distortion compensated signals based on the pre-processed signals. The distortion compensated signals can be subtracted from the second portion of the audio input signals to generate inputs for the standard audio speaker to output the second portion of the audio output signals. In yet another embodiment, noise can be added during pre-processing of the first portion of the audio input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: IpVenture, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwok Wai Cheung, Peter P. Tong, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: D900813
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jody Akana, Bartley K. Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Anthony Michael Ashcroft, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel J. Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Erik Geddes Pieter De Jong, M. Evans Hankey, Julian Hoenig, Richard P. Howarth, Jonathan P. Ive, Peter Jon Kardassakis, Duncan Robert Kerr, Marc A. Newson, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Fletcher Rothkopf, Peter Russell-Clarke, Benjamin Andrew Shaffer, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher J. Stringer, Katherine E. Tong, Samuel Bruce Weiss, Eugene Antony Whang, Rico Zörkendörfer