Patents by Inventor Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin 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: 20190112023
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for constructing an airship quickly and cost-effectively are described. In one embodiments, an airship structure may have a plurality of mainframes, each comprising interconnected pyramid structures. One of the pyramid structures may include an apex joint, four base joints, first connectors, and second connectors. The apex joint and base joints may each have slots configured for receiving connectors. The apex joint may have four apex-to-base slots and each base joint may have a base-to-apex slot and two base-to-base slots. Each of the first connectors may connect the apex joint to one of the four base joints using one of the apex-to-base slots of the apex joint and the base-to-apex slot of that base joint. Each of the second connectors may connect two of the four base joints using one of the base-to-base slots of each of the two base joints connected by that second connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Sergey Brin, Alan Weston, Fan Yang Yang, Kyle Kepley, Ricardo Amezquita, Tsu Han, John Morehead, Benjamin Klamm, Eric Wilms, Edward Clements, III, David Sanchez, Shalom Johnson, Tanner Yaberg
  • Patent number: 9967487
    Abstract: Embodiments may be implemented by a computing device, such as a head-mountable display or mobile phone, in order to pre-emptively warm up the device's camera, when it is probable that a user will be taking a photo. An illustrative method involves a computing device (a) receiving sensor data from one or more sensors associated with the computing device, wherein the computing device comprises an image-capture device, (b) analyzing the sensor data to detect at least one pre-image-capture signal, wherein the at least one pre-image-capture signal indicates a subsequent image-capture signal is likely to be received, and (c) in response to detecting the at least one pre-image-capture signal, causing the computing device to initiate an image-capture preparation process that prepares the image-capture device to capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Max Benjamin Braun, Peter Malkin, Sergey Brin
  • Publication number: 20160080672
    Abstract: Embodiments may be implemented by a computing device, such as a head-mountable display or mobile phone, in order to pre-emptively warm up the device's camera, when it is probable that a user will be taking a photo. An illustrative method involves a computing device (a) receiving sensor data from one or more sensors associated with the computing device, wherein the computing device comprises an image-capture device, (b) analyzing the sensor data to detect at least one pre-image-capture signal, wherein the at least one pre-image-capture signal indicates a subsequent image-capture signal is likely to be received, and (c) in response to detecting the at least one pre-image-capture signal, causing the computing device to initiate an image-capture preparation process that prepares the image-capture device to capture an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Max Benjamin Braun, Peter Malkin, Sergey Brin
  • Publication number: 20160057339
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to winking to capture image data using an image capture device that is associated with a head-mountable device (HMD). An illustrative method includes detecting a wink gesture at an HMD. The method also includes causing an image capture device to capture image data, in response to detecting the wink gesture at the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Hayes Solos Raffle, Sergey Brin, Bo Wu, Michael Patrick Johnson, David Sparks
  • Patent number: 9254906
    Abstract: A high-altitude balloon is provided that may use at least one conductive coil to facilitate attitude control of the balloon. The balloon may include an envelope, a conductive coil, and a control system. The conductive coil may be operatively coupled to the envelope, and the control system may be configured to perform functions. The functions may include determining a measure of rotation with respect to a predetermined orientation of the balloon. The functions may additionally include causing a current to be applied to the conductive coil in a manner such that torque is applied to the envelope that counteracts the measure of rotation and substantially returns the balloon to the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus Behroozi, Sergey Brin, Anton Valdemar Staaf
  • Publication number: 20160011724
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing a user-interface are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving data corresponding to a first position of a wearable computing device and responsively causing the wearable computing device to provide a user-interface. The user-interfaces comprises a view region and a menu, where the view region substantially fills a field of view of the wearable computing device and the menu is not fully visible in the view region. The method further comprises receiving data indicating a selection of an item present in the view region and causing an indicator to be displayed in the view region, wherein the indicator changes incrementally over a length of time. When the length of time has passed, the method comprises responsively causing the wearable computing device to select the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Sergey Brin, Thad Eugene Starner, Alejandro Kauffmann, Cliff L. Biffle, Liang-Yu (Tom) Chi, Steve Lee, Sebastian Thrun, Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez
  • Patent number: 9223136
    Abstract: Embodiments may be implemented by a computing device, such as a head-mountable display or mobile phone, in order to pre-emptively warm up the device's camera, when it is probable that a user will be taking a photo. An illustrative method involves a computing device (a) receiving sensor data from one or more sensors associated with the computing device, wherein the computing device comprises an image-capture device, (b) analyzing the sensor data to detect at least one pre-image-capture signal, wherein the at least one pre-image-capture signal indicates a subsequent image-capture signal is likely to be received, and (c) in response to detecting the at least one pre-image-capture signal, causing the computing device to initiate an image-capture preparation process that prepares the image-capture device to capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Max Benjamin Braun, Peter Kenneth Malkin, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 9171198
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to winking to capture image data using an image capture device that is associated with a head-mountable device (HMD). An illustrative method includes detecting a wink gesture at an HMD. The method also includes causing an image capture device to capture image data, in response to detecting the wink gesture at the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hayes Solos Raffle, Sergey Brin, Bo Wu, Michael Patrick Johnson, David Sparks
  • Patent number: 9152713
    Abstract: A media stream, such as a news broadcast, is supplemented with documents that are relevant to the media stream. The documents may be web pages returned from a search engine. A search query generation component generates search queries for the search engine based on the media stream. A post processing component may re-rank and/or filter the documents to enhance the viewing experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: Google Inc., The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Monika H. Henzinger, Bay-Wei Chang, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 9146400
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tiled multi-panel display including first and second display panels, each including a substrate with a main portion having a main thickness, an abutting edge with an thickness less than the main thickness, and a taper surface extending between the main portion and the abutting edge, and an array of display pixels disposed in the main portion and extending at least partially around the curved surface. The abutting edge of the first display panel abuts the abutting edge of the second display panel to form a seam, and a seam-concealing optical element is disposed in a void formed by the first and second taper surfaces. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny Lee, Eric Teller, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 8976085
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a band configured to be worn on the head of a user. The band has a central portion and first and second temple portions extending therefrom. The central portion is configured to contact a portion of the face of a user, and the temple portions are configured to contact portions of the head of the user near ears thereof. An operational unit having a display element is affixed to the first temple portion and includes a housing having an arm defining a longitudinal axis. The housing also includes an elbow portion defining a display end that supports the display element such that it extends along a display axis angled with respect to the longitudinal axis and such that the display element is positionable over an eye of the user. Image generating means are disposed within the housing for generating an image presentable on the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Maj Isabelle Olsson, Mitchell Joseph Heinrich, Sebastian Thrun, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 8948935
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may relate to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) navigating to a medical situation in order to provide medical support. An illustrative method involves a UAV (a) housing a medical-support device, (b) determining a target location associated with at least one individual in need of medical assistance, (c) navigating the UAV from a remote location to the target location, (d) the computing system making a determination that the UAV is located at the target location, and (e) in response to the determination that the UAV is located at the target location, delivering by a delivery mechanism the medical-support device for providing medical assistance for the at least one individual in need of medical assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Peeters, Eric Teller, William Graham Patrick, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 8893010
    Abstract: An exemplary computer-implemented method involves a computing device: (a) causing a graphic display to display a user-interface for accessing one or more experience-sharing sessions, wherein the user-interface is associated with a first user-account; (b) determining a location; (c) initiating a location-based search for one or more associated experience-sharing sessions, wherein each associated experience sharing session involves at least one second user-account that has a confirmed association with the first user-account, and wherein the location-based search is based on the determined location; and (d) causing the graphic display to display at least a portion of each of one or more associated experience-sharing sessions that result from the location-based search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Brin, Steven John Lee, Indika Charles Mendis, Max Benjamin Braun
  • Patent number: 8868543
    Abstract: A media stream, such as a news broadcast, is supplemented with documents that are relevant to the media stream. The documents may be web pages returned from a search engine. A search query generation component generates search queries for the search engine based on the media stream. A post processing component may re-rank and/or filter the documents to enhance the viewing experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Google Inc., The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Monika H. Henzinger, Bay-Wei Chang, Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 8856163
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a user interface with search query broadening is described. A query defining a search executable on potentially retrievable information is accepted. The query is parsed. A broadened query is provided. At least one of the broadened query and results of a search executed on the broadened query is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Brin, Benedict Gomes, Simon Tong
  • Patent number: 8832233
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems relate to the handling of a communication request by a wearable computing device. For example, a wearable computing device may respond to communication requests by sharing real-time media that portrays the device's surroundings and the activity of a user associated with the device. The wearable device or a server system communicatively linked to the wearable device may perform the reception and transmission functions. This process may proceed automatically or as a result of user-input and may additionally involve procedures for accepting or rejecting the communication request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Brin, Steven John Lee, Indika Charles Mendis
  • Patent number: 8768700
    Abstract: A system may receive a voice search query and may determine word hypotheses for the voice query. Each word hypothesis may include one or more terms. The system may obtain a search query log and may determine, for each word hypothesis, a quantity of other search queries, in the search query log, that include the one or more terms. The system may determine weights based on the determined quantities. The system may generate, based on the weights, a first search query from the word hypotheses and may obtain a first set of search results. The system may modify, based on the first set of search results, one or more of the weights. The system may generate a second search query from the word hypotheses and obtain, based on the second search query, a second set of search results for the voice query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Mark Franz, Monika H. Henzinger, Sergey Brin, Brian Christopher Milch
  • Patent number: 8629815
    Abstract: A binocular head mounted display includes a frame, right and left displays, an alignment sensor, and a control system. The right and left displays display right and left images to a user and are mounted to the frame. The alignment sensor includes a first laser source mounted proximate to one of the right or left displays and a first photo-detector array mounted opposite the first laser source and proximate to an opposite one of the right or left displays. The first alignment sensor is mounted to measure misalignment between the right and left displays due to deformation of the frame about one or more rotational axes and to generate a signal that is indicative of the misalignment. The control system is coupled to the alignment sensor to receive the signal and to calculate the misalignment based at least in part upon the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Brin, Babak Amirparviz
  • Patent number: 8589387
    Abstract: Techniques for extracting information from a database are provided. A database such as the Web is searched for occurrences of tuples of information. The occurrences of the tuples of information that were found in the database are analyzed to identify a pattern in which the tuples of information were stored. Additional tuples of information can then be extracted from the database utilizing the pattern. This process can be repeated with the additional tuples of information, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignees: Google Inc., The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventor: Sergey Brin
  • Patent number: 8515752
    Abstract: A system provides search results from a voice search query. The system receives a voice search query from a user, derives one or more recognition hypotheses, each being associated with a weight, from the voice search query, and constructs a weighted boolean query using the recognition hypotheses. The system then provides the weighted boolean query to a search system and provides the results of the search system to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Mark Franz, Monika H. Henzinger, Sergey Brin, Brian Christopher Milch