Patents by Inventor Ross Cutler

Ross Cutler 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: 10181178
    Abstract: A privacy image generation system may use a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy image generation system is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Ramin Mehran
  • Patent number: 9980040
    Abstract: Various examples related to determining a location of an active participant are provided. In one example, image data of a room from an image capture device is received. First audio data from a first microphone array at the image capture device is received. Second audio data from a second microphone array spaced from the image capture device is received. Using a three dimensional model, a location of the second microphone array is determined. Using the first audio data, second audio data, location of the second microphone array, and an angular orientation of the second microphone array, an estimated location of the active participant is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Arthur Whyte, Ross Cutler, Avronil Bhattacharjee, Adarsh Prakash Murthy Kowdle, Adam Kirk, Stanley T. Birchfield, Cha Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180123816
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for facilitating collaboration environments. In at least one implementation, a presentation of an initial view of a collaboration scene is presented within a collaboration environment. A portion of the collaboration scene is identified that corresponds to an object of interest selected for separate viewing. A separate presentation within the collaboration environment is initiated related to the portion of the scene corresponding to the object of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Ankit Tandon, William Verthein, Senthil Velayutham, Ross Cutler
  • Publication number: 20180109759
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for facilitating a video environment. In at least one implementation, video of at least a first object to be displayed in the video environment is received. Video of at least a second object is also received which is to be displayed with the first object in the video environment. A zoom operation is identified to be performed on the first object to reduce a difference between a size of the first object and a size of the second object. The zoom operation is then performed on the video of the first object. In response to the zoom operation, the first object and the second object are displayed in the video environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Ankit Tandon, Robert Aichner, Ross Cutler, Senthil Velayutham
  • Patent number: 9876988
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for facilitating a video conference environment. In at least one implementation, video captured of a scene is received. A modification to display of the video is identified based at least in part on a share of a display space associated with an object in the scene relative to a share of another display space associated with another object in another scene. The modification to the display of the video is then initiated. In another implementation, the modification may also be based on a target share indicated by way of an interactive graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ankit Tandon, Robert Aichner, Ross Cutler, Senthil Velayutham
  • Patent number: 9813255
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for facilitating collaboration environments. In at least one implementation, a presentation of an initial view of a collaboration scene is presented within a collaboration environment. A portion of the collaboration scene is identified that corresponds to an object of interest selected for separate viewing. A separate presentation within the collaboration environment is initiated related to the portion of the scene corresponding to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ankit Tandon, William Verthein, Senthil Velayutham, Ross Cutler
  • Patent number: 9729824
    Abstract: A privacy camera, such as a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy camera is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Ramin Mehran
  • Publication number: 20170201825
    Abstract: Various examples related to determining a location of an active participant are provided. In one example, image data of a room from an image capture device is received. First audio data from a first microphone array at the image capture device is received. Second audio data from a second microphone array spaced from the image capture device is received. Using a three dimensional model, a location of the second microphone array is determined. Using the first audio data, second audio data, location of the second microphone array, and an angular orientation of the second microphone array, an estimated location of the active participant is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Arthur Whyte, Ross Cutler, Avronil Bhattacharjee, Adarsh Prakash Murthy Kowdle, Adam Kirk, Stanley T. Birchfield, Cha Zhang
  • Patent number: 9621795
    Abstract: Various examples related to determining a location of an active speaker are provided. In one example, image data of a room from an image capture device is received and a three dimensional model is generated. First audio data from a first microphone array at the image capture device is received. Second audio data from a second microphone array laterally spaced from the image capture device is received. Using the three dimensional model, a location of the second microphone array with respect to the image capture device is determined. Using the audio data and the location and angular orientation of the second microphone array, an estimated location of the active speaker is determined. Using the estimated location, a setting for the image capture device is determined and outputted to highlight the active speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Arthur Whyte, Ross Cutler, Avronil Bhattacharjee, Adarsh Prakash Murthy Kowdle, Adam Kirk, Stanley T. Birchfield, Cha Zhang
  • Patent number: 9241078
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates enhancing connectivity associated with data communications. An interface can receive a portion of communication state data, wherein the communication state data is related to at least one of a data communication mode and a user context state. A routing component can evaluate the portion of communication state data to identify an optimized data communication mode, wherein the optimized data communication mode is dynamically linked to a virtual contact identifier. Moreover, the routing component can automatically and seamlessly employ an optimized communication session utilizing the dynamically identified optimized data communication mode based upon an activation of the virtual contact identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Forbes, Ross Cutler, Timothy M. Moore, Jeremy T. Buch, Anthony J. Bawcutt
  • Publication number: 20150334348
    Abstract: A privacy camera, such as a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy camera is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Ramin Mehran
  • Patent number: 9124762
    Abstract: A privacy camera, such as a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy camera is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Ramin Mehran
  • Publication number: 20140176663
    Abstract: A privacy camera, such as a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy camera is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Mehran Ramin
  • Patent number: 8744069
    Abstract: By-bandwidth voice-switching is performed during doubletalk between a near-end teleconference device and a far-end teleconference device. This may involve receiving far-end voice data from the far-end teleconference device. Near-end voice data is also received at the near-end teleconference device. Frequency subbands of the near-end voice data that having substantial energy are identified. Before playing the far-end voice data on one or more loudspeakers of the near-end teleconference device, frequency subbands from the far-end voice data frequency subbands thereof that correspond to the identified frequency subbands of the near-end voice data are attenuated and/or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Ross Cutler
  • Publication number: 20140032679
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for facilitating collaboration environments. In at least one implementation, a presentation of an initial view of a collaboration scene is presented within a collaboration environment. A portion of the collaboration scene is identified that corresponds to an object of interest selected for separate viewing. A separate presentation within the collaboration environment is initiated related to the portion of the scene corresponding to the object of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ankit Tandon, William Verthein, Senthil Velayutham, Ross Cutler
  • Publication number: 20140019883
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and software for facilitating a video conference environment. In at least one implementation, video captured of a scene is received. A modification to display of the video is identified based at least in part on a share of a display space associated with an object in the scene relative to a share of another display space associated with another object in another scene. The modification to the display of the video is then initiated. In another implementation, the modification may also be based on a target share indicated by way of an interactive graphic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ankit Tandon, Robert Aichner, Ross Cutler, Senthil Velayutham
  • Patent number: 8433061
    Abstract: Far-end audio signal data generated by a far-end device during voice cross-talk between the far-end device and a near-end device is received via a network. Energy levels of frequency components of the received far-end audio signal data are determined. Near-end audio signal data produced by a microphone array is received, the near-end audio signal data including components contributed by a loudspeaker playing at least some of the far-end audio signal data. Which frequency components of the near-end audio signal data to use to compute likely near-end sound source directions is controlled dynamically, where the controlling is based on the determined energy levels of the frequency components of the received far-end audio signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Ross Cutler
  • Patent number: 8219387
    Abstract: Frames containing audio data may be received, the audio data having been derived from a microphone array, at least some of the frames containing residual acoustic echo after having acoustic echo partially removed therefrom. Probability distribution functions are determined from the frames of audio data. A probability distribution function comprises likelihoods that respective directions are directions of sources of sounds. An active speaker may be identified in frames of video data based on the video data and based on audio information derived from the audio data, where use of the audio information as a basis for identifying the active speaker is controlled by determining whether the probability distribution functions indicate that corresponding audio data includes residual acoustic echo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Xinding Sun, Senthil Velayutham
  • Patent number: 8111282
    Abstract: A system and method for teleconferencing and recording of meetings. The system uses a variety of capture devices (a novel 360° camera, a whiteboard camera, a presenter view camera, a remote view camera, and a microphone array) to provide a rich experience for people who want to participate in a meeting from a distance. The system is also combined with speaker clustering, spatial indexing, and time compression to provide a rich experience for people who miss a meeting and want to watch it afterward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corp.
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Yong Rui, Anoop Gupta
  • Patent number: 7936374
    Abstract: A practical, real-time calibration of digital omnidirectional cameras in the areas of de-vignetting, brightness, contrast, and white balance control. Novel solutions for the color calibration of an omnidirectional camera rig, and an efficient method for devignetting images are presented. Additionally, a context-specific method of stitching images together into a panorama or a mosaic is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Ross Cutler