Patents by Inventor Szu-Wen Huang

Szu-Wen Huang 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: 11706169
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first electronic device shares a portion of a content item corresponding to a respective portion of lyrics for the content item with a second electronic device. In some embodiments, a system facilitates securely sharing a portion of a content item between two devices. In some embodiments, an electronic device generates a server address for accessing a portion of a content item. In some embodiments, a uniform resource locator includes an identification of content, an indication of a first subset of the content, and authentication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Betim Deva, Catarina Peres Coelho Borges, Szu-Wen Huang, Mufaddal Y. Khumri, Edward Zhang
  • Patent number: 11706729
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20230053350
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for managing media playback among an ad hoc group of playback devices. Such techniques may involve building a session among the playback devices in which playback devices communicate information regarding their playback capabilities. Based on the playback capabilities of the devices, playback mode may be derived for the session. Playback operations may be synchronized among the devices that are members of the session, in which devices receive identification of asset(s) to be rendered pursuant to the playback operation and timing information of playback of the asset. The devices may stream the playback assets directly from media sources when they are capable of doing so. In this manner, communication resources are conserved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2022
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas ALSINA, Charles MAGAHERN, Cody D. JORGENSEN, Edward T. SCHMIDT, Jason P. KETTERMAN, Nicholas J. PAULSON, Szu-Wen HUANG, Cesar de CAMARGO BARSCEVICIUS, Elena LEYFMAN, Keith HENRICKSON, Andrew SINESIO, Owen IMHOLTE, Harry SIMMONDS
  • Patent number: 11509726
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for managing media playback among an ad hoc group of playback devices. Such techniques may involve building a session among the playback devices in which playback devices communicate information regarding their playback capabilities. Based on the playback capabilities of the devices, playback mode may be derived for the session. Playback operations may be synchronized among the devices that are members of the session, in which devices receive identification of asset(s) to be rendered pursuant to the playback operation and timing information of playback of the asset. The devices may stream the playback assets directly from media sources when they are capable of doing so. In this manner, communication resources are conserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Charles Magahern, Cody D. Jorgensen, Edward T. Schmidt, Jason P. Ketterman, Nicholas J. Paulson, Szu-Wen Huang, Cesar de Camargo Barscevicius, Elena Leyfman, Keith Henrickson, Andrew Sinesio, Owen Imholte, Harry Simmonds
  • Publication number: 20220295436
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20220247703
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a first electronic device shares a portion of a content item corresponding to a respective portion of lyrics for the content item with a second electronic device. In some embodiments, a system facilitates securely sharing a portion of a content item between two devices. In some embodiments, an electronic device generates a server address for accessing a portion of a content item. In some embodiments, a uniform resource locator includes an identification of content, an indication of a first subset of the content, and authentication data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Betim DEVA, Catarina PERES COELHO BORGES, Szu-Wen HUANG, Mufaddal Y. KHUMRI, Edward ZHANG
  • Patent number: 11304160
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 11212808
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang, Steven P. Bischoff, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Jason Ketterman
  • Publication number: 20200221443
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas ALSINA, Szu-Wen HUANG, Steven P. BISCHOFF, Nicholas J. PAULSON, Gregory R. CHAPMAN, David P. SARACINO, Jason KETTERMAN
  • Patent number: 10624099
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang, Steven P. Bischoff, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Jason Ketterman
  • Publication number: 20190313355
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 10389782
    Abstract: Users can share a content stream and can create and/or edit playlists that include content items of the content stream. Each user device, or a subset of the user devices, can edit the playback commands of the content stream once it is being shared. Playback of the content items is synchronized between the sharing devices. If one device is associated with a content restriction, an alternate version may be provided to that device. The two versions can still be played synchronously with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Arvind S. Shenoy, Gregory R. Chapman, James D. Batson, Nicholas J. Paulson, Simon Goldrei, Szu-Wen Huang
  • Publication number: 20190124159
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for managing media playback among an ad hoc group of playback devices. Such techniques may involve building a session among the playback devices in which playback devices communicate information regarding their playback capabilities. Based on the playback capabilities of the devices, playback mode may be derived for the session. Playback operations may be synchronized among the devices that are members of the session, in which devices receive identification of asset(s) to be rendered pursuant to the playback operation and timing information of playback of the asset. The devices may stream the playback assets directly from media sources when they are capable of doing so. In this manner, communication resources are conserved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas ALSINA, Charles MAGAHERN, Cody D. JORGENSEN, Edward T. SCHMIDT, Jason P. KETTERMAN, Nicholas J. PAULSON, Szu-Wen HUANG, Cesar de CAMARGO BARSCEVICIUS, Elena LEYFMAN, Keith HENRICKSON, Andrew SINESIO, Owen IMHOLTE, Harry SIMMONDS
  • Patent number: 10120842
    Abstract: There is provided a method for preloading the glyphs required to display the content of a system. In accordance with an embodiment of the present technique, only those glyphs which are present in the system upon startup or synchronization of an electronic device are preloaded. The glyphs present upon startup or synchronization of the electronic device may be determined by scanning the system. In an illustrated embodiment, scanning the system may include analyzing models and views to determine the glyphs present in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Szu-Wen Huang, Valeri A. Krasnov, Jesse W. Boettcher
  • Patent number: 9875006
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (“GUI”) can be presented on a remote control accessory device that has user input and display devices. The GUI can be defined and managed by a portable media device that is controlled using the GUI. The portable media device can provide the accessory with a GUI image to be displayed. The accessory can send information to the portable media device indicative of a user operation of an input device in response to the displayed image. The portable media device can process this input to identify the action requested by the user and take the appropriate action, which can include updating the GUI image provided to the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Alsina, Szu Wen Huang, William Bull, Anthony M. Fadell, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Emily Clark Schubert, Shyam S. Toprani
  • Publication number: 20170273067
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for coordinated control between multiple devices of playback of a media track or playlist. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing control of media. A control device may coordinate control of the playlist and facilitate playback of the media at a playback device. Then when the control device leaves the group, a second device in the group will seamlessly become the control device and control playback and playlist coordination. The playback device may also be the control device. The playback advice may be a network-enabled speaker. Where the playback device is separate from the control device, the playback device may maintain sufficient information to operate without a control device until a new control device is selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang, Steven P. Bischoff, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Jason Ketterman
  • Publication number: 20170273044
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Publication number: 20170093943
    Abstract: Users can share a content stream and can create and/or edit playlists that include content items of the content stream. Each user device, or a subset of the user devices, can edit the playback commands of the content stream once it is being shared. Playback of the content items is synchronized between the sharing devices. If one device is associated with a content restriction, an alternate version may be provided to that device. The two versions can still be played synchronously with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Arvind S. Shenoy, Gregory R. Chapman, James D. Batson, Nicholas J. Paulson, Simon Goldrei, Szu-Wen Huang
  • Publication number: 20160246764
    Abstract: There is provided a method for preloading the glyphs required to display the content of a system. In accordance with an embodiment of the present technique, only those glyphs which are present in the system upon startup or synchronization of an electronic device are preloaded. The glyphs present upon startup or synchronization of the electronic device may be determined by scanning the system. In an illustrated embodiment, scanning the system may include analyzing models and views to determine the glyphs present in the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Szu-Wen HUANG, Valeri A. KRASNOV, Jesse W. BOETTCHER
  • Patent number: 9311115
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (“GUI”) can be presented on a remote control accessory device that has user input and display devices. The portable media device can provide the accessory with a GUI image to be displayed. The accessory can specify the configuration of the remote GUI image and send that information to the portable media device. The portable media device can generate a GUI image based on the configuration and send the GUI image to the accessory. The accessory can display the GUI image on one part of its display and other information on another part of its display. The portable media device can define different GUI image types for use with different types of input controls of the accessory. Based on which input control is currently active, the portable media device can send the corresponding GUI image to the accessory for display on the accessory display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Schubert, Shyam Toprani, Thomas M. Alsina, Szu-Wen Huang