Patents by Inventor Robert T. Killian

Robert T. Killian 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: 20030028872
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of non-participatory user identification includes using sensor technology to collect data related to identifying characteristics of a user. The collection preferably requires no active identification measures by the user. The data can be extracted from the sensor technology 12 and matched to a template. This matching can, as an example, be performed using a matcher included in a recognition technology device 14. The user can then be identified based upon the template of data matched. Typically, the recognition technology device 14 will recognize when a new but known fingerprint is operating the user interface. The corresponding user profile may then be used to provide personalized content to the new user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Rajko Milovanovic, Robert T. Killian
  • Publication number: 20020019843
    Abstract: A client-server system having server task scheduling in two phases with client deadlines phase information used in a second phase subtask server scheduling. Also, a object broker for the system with collapsing of client request calls and returns to maintain data in coprocessors, and server memory management for multitasking and data flow through a shared memory for multiple coprocessors to avoid primary processor bus congestion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventors: Robert T. Killian, James M. Overturf, Schuyler T. Patton, Rajko Milovanovic, Ajai Narayan, Philip R. Thrift
  • Publication number: 20010055058
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for intelligently acquiring participants in a video telephony system by identifying human faces (101) in a bit map image from other objects and determine locations of the faces on the screen (102). The method then determines those to be included in the video conferencing by prompting for example and addressing a processor to move the camera to those locations (104-106).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: Rajko Milovanovic, Robert T. Killian
  • Publication number: 20010035877
    Abstract: A system for providing data/information from a service provider at a display when requested includes providing from the service provider data/information and a displaylet in a communications data packet when requested by a user at a display device such as at a settop box and TV set. The displaylet contains a display program and data for controlling the manner in which the display is presented. The display can be a video or audio presentation or both. The displaylet is self contained with a header, processing rules, the type and name of the program locator and the data for the presentation which may be video, audio, sound, text, graphics, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventor: Robert T. Killian
  • Patent number: 6163316
    Abstract: An electronic programming guide (70) operates on a computing platform (12) associated with a television (40). The platform (12) accesses a program listing database (48) containing program listing information (6) for a plurality of television programs. The electronic programming guide (70) includes a profile database (80) that stores a viewer profile (84) and a suggest module (76) that is coupled to the profile database (80). The suggest module (76) accesses the viewer profile (84) and the program listing information (6) and, in response, generates a preferred schedule (100) according to the viewer profile (84) and the program listing information (6). The preferred schedule (100) indicates the desirability of a particular program relative to other programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert T. Killian