Patents by Inventor Robert M. Wolff

Robert M. Wolff 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: 9407511
    Abstract: A method provides for controlling home devices via a home network, by a first home device connected to the home network. The method includes detecting presently connected home devices on the home network automatically. A user interface is displayed and includes at least one or more areas. One of the one or more areas corresponds to a placement in a home and includes at least one representation of at least one detected home device in the placement. A user input made on a representation of a second home device from the at least one detected home device is accepted for controlling the second home device. Control information is sent to the second home device based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20150215171
    Abstract: A method provides for controlling home devices via a home network, by a first home device connected to the home network. The method includes detecting presently connected home devices on the home network automatically. A user interface is displayed and includes at least one or more areas. One of the one or more areas corresponds to a placement in a home and includes at least one representation of at least one detected home device in the placement. A user input made on a representation of a second home device from the at least one detected home device is accepted for controlling the second home device. Control information is sent to the second home device based on the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 8413056
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard J. Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20120173957
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20100064227
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co.,Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7640327
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7500177
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7310770
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7308644
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7308645
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7231592
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7103834
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 7039858
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20040249851
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Publication number: 20040103184
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for detecting, commanding and controlling diverse home devices currently connected to a home network. An interface is provided for accessing the home devices that are currently connected to a home network. According to the method, a device link file is generated, wherein the device link file identifies home devices that are currently connected to the home network. A device link page is created, wherein the device link page contains a device button that is associated with each home device that is identified in the device link file. A hyper-text link is associated with each device button, wherein the hyper-text link provides a link to an HTML page that is contained on the home device that is associated with the device button, and the device link page is displayed on a browser based home device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 6603488
    Abstract: A method and system for commanding and controlling diverse home devices is provided. A first home device capable of displaying user interface data is connected to a home network. A second home device stores user interface data that defines a user interface for commanding and controlling the second home device, also connected to the home network. The first device receives the user interface data from the second device over the network. The first device then displays the user interface as defined by the data. The user interacts with the user interface displayed on the first device by a control device. User input is accepted from the user responsive to the interaction. Control and command information is sent from the first home device to the second home device in order to control the second device according to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 6373898
    Abstract: A word wise search is performed on an MPEG-2 stream. For every word, the invention finds word-aligned patterns of 0×00 0×00 or 0×00 0×01. The algorithm applied by the invention examines the input stream buffer for the first word aligned 0 in which further testing determines is the first byte of a valid start code, and sets the sub-buffer defined by the start of the search to the location of this discovered start-code as the zero-word reach. A second search is performed in the same part of the input stream buffer, this time looking for word aligned 1's (i.e. byte pattern 0×00 0×01). For each word aligned 1 that is a start code, an entry is made into a start code list. When all of these have been found, the offset of the start code ending the current zero-word reach is added to the list of start-code offsets. This process is repeated from the 0 word reach until the end of the buffer is encountered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Ravisent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Langer, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 6366970
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimal handling of high bandwidth streaming data in a computer system minimizes computational activities to achieve maximal performance. This performance improvement is accomplished by minimizing the amount of memory copying and also by minimizing the number of allocation and deallocations of objects which occur. Memory copying is a CPU/bandwidth intense operation when there is high speed streaming data on the input. The allocation and deallocation of objects is a system resource intense activity and requires a very significant amount of CPU processing per invocation in a computing device. Using a combination of techniques, the invention provides a technique that reduces both the number of memory copies as well as the number of objects which get allocated and deallocated during the course of operating on the streaming media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Ravisent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Wolff, Randy Langer
  • Publication number: 20010038392
    Abstract: A method and system for commanding and controlling diverse home devices is provided. A first home device capable of displaying user interface data is connected to a home network. A second home device stores user interface data that defines a user interface for commanding and controlling the second home device, also connected to the home network. The first device receives the user interface data from the second device over the network. The first device then displays the user interface as defined by the data. The user interacts with the user interface displayed on the first device by a control device. User input is accepted from the user responsive to the interaction. Control and command information is sent from the first home device to the second home device in order to control the second device according to the user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Publication date: November 8, 2001
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff
  • Patent number: 6288716
    Abstract: A method and system for commanding and controlling diverse home devices is provided. A first home device capable of displaying user interface data is connected to a home network. A second home device stores user interface data that defines a user interface for commanding and controlling the second home device, also connected to the home network. The first device receives the user interface data from the second device over the network. The first device then displays the user interface as defined by the data. The user interacts with the user interface displayed on the first device by a control device. User input is accepted from the user responsive to the interaction. Control and command information is sent from the first home device to the second home device in order to control the second device according to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics, Co., LTD
    Inventors: Richard James Humpleman, G. Kevin Harms, Michael S. Deacon, Robert M. Wolff