Patents by Inventor Srinivas Rama

Srinivas Rama 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: 11297373
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure present devices, methods, and computer readable medium for enabling controller device to control proprietary digital media players, network accessories, and virtual assistants, providing an overall improved user experience. The techniques disclosed herein reduce clutter because a single controller can control various different devices and accessories. The techniques discloses also can include identifying a change in the configuration information for the computing device. The technique for accessory control can include transmitting updated configuration information for the controller, the configuration information associating a function for the computing device with a user interface element value for the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Zaka Ur Rehman Ashraf, Anush G. Nadathur, Jared S. Grubb, Srinivas Rama
  • Patent number: 11283703
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joe S. Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig P. Dooley, Gregg J. Golembeski, Jr., Andrew W. Burks, Srinivas Rama, Arun G. Mathias, Anush G. Nadathur, Kevin P. McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20220006662
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 11088862
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 10951592
    Abstract: A controller and an accessory controllable by the controller can communicate using secure read and write procedures. The procedures can include encrypting identifiers of accessory characteristics targeted by a read or write operation as well as any data being read or written. The procedures can also include the accessory returning a cryptographically signed response verifying receipt and execution of the read or write instruction. In some instances, a write procedure can be implemented as a timed write in which a first instruction containing the write data is sent separately from a second instruction to execute the write operation; the accessory can disregard the write data if the second instruction is not received within a timeout period after receiving the first instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Anush G. Nadathur, Matthew C. Lucas, Srinivas Rama, Dennis Mathews
  • Publication number: 20200267552
    Abstract: A controller device within a home network (or any suitable network) can be configured to manage network access tokens for various accessory devices within the home network. These network access tokens can be used by the accessory devices to access the home network without needing the network owner's network password. The network access tokens can be revocable and/or for a limited time. The controller device can generate the network access tokens, and can provide them to the accessory devices (or other user devices) as well as to an access device on the home network. Once the access device is provisioned with the accessory device's network access token, the router can control whether the accessory device is to be granted access to the home network and for how long.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne A. Lee, Zaka Ur Rehman Ashraf, Daniel R. Borges, Kyle C. Brogle, Srinivas Rama, Benjamin S. Turner, Hung Q. Le, Devin E. Gund, Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Praveen Chegondi
  • Publication number: 20200228362
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Publication number: 20200213656
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure present devices, methods, and computer readable medium for enabling controller device to control proprietary digital media players, network accessories, and virtual assistants, providing an overall improved user experience. The techniques disclosed herein reduce clutter because a single controller can control various different devices and accessories. The techniques discloses also can include identifying a change in the configuration information for the computing device. The technique for accessory control can include transmitting updated configuration information for the controller, the configuration information associating a function for the computing device with a user interface element value for the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Zaka Ur Rehman Ashraf, Anush G. Nadathur, Jared S. Grubb, Srinivas Rama
  • Patent number: 10630647
    Abstract: A controller and an accessory controllable by the controller can communicate using secure read and write procedures. The procedures can include encrypting identifiers of accessory characteristics targeted by a read or write operation as well as any data being read or written. The procedures can also include the accessory returning a cryptographically signed response verifying receipt and execution of the read or write instruction. In some instances, a write procedure can be implemented as a timed write in which a first instruction containing the write data is sent separately from a second instruction to execute the write operation; the accessory can disregard the write data if the second instruction is not received within a timeout period after receiving the first instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Anush G. Nadathur, Matthew C. Lucas, Srinivas Rama, Dennis Mathews
  • Patent number: 10630500
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 10595073
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure present devices, methods, and computer readable medium for enabling controller device to control proprietary digital media players, network accessories, and virtual assistants, providing an overall improved user experience. The techniques disclosed herein reduce clutter because a single controller can control various different devices and accessories. The techniques discloses also can include identifying a change in the configuration information for the computing device. The technique for accessory control can include transmitting updated configuration information for the controller, the configuration information associating a function for the computing device with a user interface element value for the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zaka Ur Rehman Ashraf, Anush G. Nadathur, Jared S. Grubb, Srinivas Rama
  • Publication number: 20190373303
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure present devices, methods, and computer readable medium for enabling controller device to control proprietary digital media players, network accessories, and virtual assistants, providing an overall improved user experience. The techniques disclosed herein reduce clutter because a single controller can control various different devices and accessories. The techniques discloses also can include identifying a change in the configuration information for the computing device. The technique for accessory control can include transmitting updated configuration information for the controller, the configuration information associating a function for the computing device with a user interface element value for the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Zaka Ur Rehman Ashraf, Anush G. Nadathur, Jared S. Grubb, Srinivas Rama
  • Patent number: 10454783
    Abstract: Controllers can be used to control the operation of various accessories. A group of accessories can be organized into an accessory network that can facilitate coordinated control of multiple accessories. The accessory network can be organized according to an environment model that can include a hierarchical representation of a physical environment where accessories are present. The environment model can be synchronized across different controllers that have access to the accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Burks, Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Joe Abuan, Harlan Haskins
  • Publication number: 20190260660
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joe S. Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig P. Dooley, Gregg J. Golembeski, JR., Andrew W. Burks, Srinivas Rama, Arun G. Mathias, Anush G. Nadathur, Kevin P. McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20190229942
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 10305770
    Abstract: A uniform protocol can facilitate secure, authenticated communication between a controller device and an accessory device that is controlled by the controller. An accessory and a controller can establish a pairing, the existence of which can be verified at a later time and used to create a secure communication session. The accessory can provide an accessory definition record that defines the accessory as a collection of services, each service having one or more characteristics. Within a secure communication session, the controller can interrogate the characteristics to determine accessory state and/or modify the characteristics to instruct the accessory to change its state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Andrew Burks, Srinivas Rama, Anush Nadathur, Joe Abuan, Bob Bradley, Craig Dooley, Gregg Golembeski, Jr., Arun Mathias
  • Patent number: 10270610
    Abstract: An automated environment can include multiple controller devices capable of communicating with multiple accessory devices. The controller devices can automatically elect one of their number as a coordinator device for the environment and can automatically perform a new election if an incumbent coordinator becomes unavailable or resigns. The election processes can be transparent to any users. An elected coordinator can perform various operations to facilitate management of the automated environment, including routing of communications between controllers and accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Matthew C. Lucas, Nathan E. Carroll, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Thomas A. Dilligan, Arun G. Mathias
  • Patent number: 10257474
    Abstract: An integrated accessory control system can efficiently set up a new media streaming session with one or more accessories. A session identifier for the new session, as well as a destination address and security parameters can be generated. A data object comprising the generated elements can be written to a resource location. Additionally, a second data object comprising the session identifier, a streaming source address, a source identifier, and additional security parameters can be read from the resource location. A third data object comprising the session identifier, a session start command, and codec parameters can then be generated. The third data object can also be written to the resource location. Further, streamed media data conforming to the codec parameters and the security parameters may be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Christopher M. Garrido, Vinay A. Ramaswamy, Karthick Santhanam, Joe S. Abuan, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Srinivas Rama, Ming Jin, Hsien-Po Shiang, Wenhui Xu
  • Publication number: 20190028445
    Abstract: A controller and an accessory controllable by the controller can communicate using secure read and write procedures. The procedures can include encrypting identifiers of accessory characteristics targeted by a read or write operation as well as any data being read or written. The procedures can also include the accessory returning a cryptographically signed response verifying receipt and execution of the read or write instruction. In some instances, a write procedure can be implemented as a timed write in which a first instruction containing the write data is sent separately from a second instruction to execute the write operation; the accessory can disregard the write data if the second instruction is not received within a timeout period after receiving the first instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. McLaughlin, Anush G. Nadathur, Matthew C. Lucas, Srinivas Rama, Dennis Mathews
  • Patent number: 10177933
    Abstract: Controllers can be used to control the operation of various accessories. Controllers with access to a particular accessory (or group of accessories) can be organized into a controller network to facilitate control. The controller network can include various proxy devices including bridge and tunnel proxies that can relay messages to and from accessories, perform protocol translations, and/or provide communication security. Some proxy devices can include decision logic to enable coordinated control over one or more accessories by the controllers in the controller network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Burks, Anush G. Nadathur, Srinivas Rama, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Joe Abuan, Dennis Mathews, Matthew C. Lucas