Patents by Inventor Wendell Lynch

Wendell Lynch 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: 20190019521
    Abstract: An audio beacon system, apparatus and method for collecting information on a panelist's exposure to media. An audio beacon is configured as on-device encoding technology that is operative in a processing device (e.g., cell phone, PDA, PC) to enable the device to encode an environmental sound and transmit it for a predetermined period of time. The acoustically transmitted data is received and processed by a portable audience measurement device, such as Arbitron's Personal People Meter™ (“PPM”), or other specially equipped portable device to enable audience measurement systems to achieve higher levels of detail on panel member activity and greater association of measurement devices to their respective users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Michael Tenbrock, Alan Neuhauser, Anand Jain, William K. Krug
  • Publication number: 20190012438
    Abstract: Systems and methods for payload encoding and decoding are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a processor. The example apparatus further includes a storage device in communication with the processor, the storage device including instructions which, when executed, cause the processor to at least process a license file to obtain information to access a message encoded in audio, the information obtained from the license file including at least one of decoding information, message codes, a decoding algorithm or diagnostic information; detect the message encoded in the audio based on the information obtained from the license file; and output the detected message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Ronald D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10095843
    Abstract: Systems and methods for payload encoding and decoding are disclosed. An example method to decode audio data includes receiving audio data having protected information embedded in the audio data; receiving a license file containing a first portion of a set of information required to access the protected information embedded in the audio data; processing the license file to obtain at least one of decoding information, message codes, a decoding algorithm or diagnostic information; producing a stream of symbol values for each code symbol included in the received audio signal; accumulating the stream of symbol values in a storage device; detecting the presence of an encoded message; outputting the detected message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Ronald D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20180288677
    Abstract: Example systems, methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for wirelessly modifying detection characteristics of portable devices are disclosed herein. Example portable devices disclosed here include a microphone and radio frequency circuitry to scan for a radio frequency beacon at a first scanning rate. Disclosed example apparatus also include a processor to trigger activation of audio monitoring, in the portable device, of an audio signal obtained via the microphone. In some disclosed examples, the audio monitoring is to be triggered in response to a first connection being made via the radio frequency circuitry with a first transmitter of the radio frequency beacon. In some disclosed examples, the audio monitoring is to collect research data from the audio signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 10008212
    Abstract: An audio beacon system, apparatus and method for collecting information on a panelist's exposure to media. An audio beacon is configured as on-device encoding technology that is operative in a processing device (e.g., cell phone, PDA, PC) to enable the device to encode an environmental sound and transmit it for a predetermined period of time. The acoustically transmitted data is received and processed by a portable audience measurement device, such as Arbitron's Personal People Meter™ (“PPM”), or other specially equipped portable device to enable audience measurement systems to achieve higher levels of detail on panel member activity and greater association of measurement devices to their respective users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Michael Tenbrock, Alan Neuhauser, Anand Jain, William K. Krug
  • Patent number: 9992729
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for modifying operation of a portable processing device configured to scan for wireless signals under a first scan rate. As wireless signals are received in the portable processing device, characteristics of the wireless signals are analyzed, and if the characteristics match one or more characteristics, the operation of the portable processing device is modified. Under one exemplary embodiment, the first scan rate is modified to a second scan rate, where the second scan rate being different from the first. Under another exemplary embodiment, monitoring capabilities in the portable processing device are activated or modified to collect research data on media data. The characteristics may include identification information or messages/commands that are transmitted wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 9894171
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein collect a cookie at a first device based on media accessed via a web page at the first device, obtain user information from a second device via communicative coupling between the first device and the second device, and in response to an instruction embedded in the media, send a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request to a server, the HTTP request including the cookie, the user information, and information identifying exposure to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Publication number: 20170299624
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying portable devices carried by the same person. An example method includes receiving media exposure data from one of a plurality of portable computing devices. Receiving segmented accelerometer data from the plurality of portable computing devices. Forming accelerometer classification data for the plurality of portable computing devices based on features extracted from the segmented accelerometer data. Comparing the accelerometer classification data for the first portable computing device to accelerometer classification data for the plurality of portable computing devices, to determine if the accelerometer classification data for the first portable computing device is sufficiently similar to a second portable computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Publication number: 20170242984
    Abstract: Systems and methods for payload encoding and decoding are disclosed. An example method to decode audio data includes receiving audio data having protected information embedded in the audio data; receiving a license file containing a first portion of a set of information required to access the protected information embedded in the audio data; processing the license file to obtain at least one of decoding information, message codes, a decoding algorithm or diagnostic information; producing a stream of symbol values for each code symbol included in the received audio signal; accumulating the stream of symbol values in a storage device; detecting the presence of an encoded message; outputting the detected message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Ronald D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9711153
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for performing an action on a device based on audio are disclosed. An example method includes determining at a first device whether the audio includes a monitoring code indicating that the audio is to be monitored, generating a signature using a portion of the audio containing the monitoring code, and causing the action to be performed on a second device based on at least one of the monitoring code or the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: William John McKenna, Jason Bolles, John Kelly, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch
  • Patent number: 9696336
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying users of portable user devices according to one or more accelerometer profiles created for a respective user. During a media session, the portable computing device collects media exposure data, while at the same time, collects data from the accelerometer and compares it to the user profile. The comparison authenticates the user and determines the physical activity the user is engaged in. Additional data may be collected from the portable computing device to determine one or more operational conditions of the device itself, including the detection of multiple devices being physically carried by one user. Gross motion strings may also be generated by devices and compared to see if strings match, thus suggesting multiple devices are being carried by one user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Patent number: 9665698
    Abstract: Systems and methods for payload encoding and decoding are disclosed. An example method to decode audio data includes receiving audio data having protected information embedded in the audio data; receiving a license file containing a first portion of a set of information required to access the protected information embedded in the audio data; processing the license file to obtain at least one of decoding information, message codes, a decoding algorithm or diagnostic information; producing a stream of symbol values for each code symbol included in the received audio signal; accumulating the stream of symbol values in a storage device; detecting the presence of an encoded message; outputting the detected message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Ronald D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9635403
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for configuring media devices utilizing audio codes and/or signatures are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include determining a characteristic of audio data received by a device, the characteristic including at least one of a code detected in the audio data or a signature generated from the audio data. Disclosed example methods also include determining whether the characteristic is mapped to at least one of a first command or a second command. Disclosed example methods further include, in response to determining the characteristic is mapped to the first command, executing the first command to cause the device to connect to a communication session to receive an upgrade to software executable on the device, and in response to determining the characteristic is mapped to the second command, executing the second command to cause a previously locked feature of the device to be unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Publication number: 20160329058
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for customizing, distributing and processing audio fingerprint data. An example method includes receiving, at a first device, an activation signal and a first audio fingerprint via first wireless communications between the first device and a communications network, the receiving occurring while the first device is not recording audio via a microphone of the first device; based on the activation signal, recording audio using the microphone during a first time period; generating a second audio fingerprint representative of the recorded audio; determining whether the second audio fingerprint matches the first audio fingerprint; and sending an indication of whether the second audio fingerprint matches the first audio fingerprint to an audience measurement entity via second wireless communications between the first device and the communications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Alan Neuhauser, Taymoor Arshi, Anand Jain
  • Patent number: 9437214
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for customizing, distributing and processing audio fingerprint data. An example method includes receiving, at a first device, an activation signal and a first audio fingerprint via first wireless communications between the first device and a communications network, the receiving occurring while the first device is not recording audio via a microphone of the first device; based on the activation signal, recording audio using the microphone during a first time period; generating a second audio fingerprint representative of the recorded audio; determining whether the second audio fingerprint matches the first audio fingerprint; and sending an indication of whether the second audio fingerprint matches the first audio fingerprint to an audience measurement entity via second wireless communications between the first device and the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Alan Neuhauser, Taymoor Arshi, Anand Jain
  • Publication number: 20160203297
    Abstract: Systems and methods for payload encoding and decoding are disclosed. An example method to decode audio data includes receiving audio data having protected information embedded in the audio data; receiving a license file containing a first portion of a set of information required to access the protected information embedded in the audio data; processing the license file to obtain at least one of decoding information, message codes, a decoding algorithm or diagnostic information; producing a stream of symbol values for each code symbol included in the received audio signal; accumulating the stream of symbol values in a storage device; detecting the presence of an encoded message; outputting the detected message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Ronald D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20160198204
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for configuring media devices utilizing audio codes and/or signatures are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include determining a characteristic of audio data received by a device, the characteristic including at least one of a code detected in the audio data or a signature generated from the audio data. Disclosed example methods also include determining whether the characteristic is mapped to at least one of a first command or a second command. Disclosed example methods further include, in response to determining the characteristic is mapped to the first command, executing the first command to cause the device to connect to a communication session to receive an upgrade to software executable on the device, and in response to determining the characteristic is mapped to the second command, executing the second command to cause a previously locked feature of the device to be unlocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, David Gish
  • Patent number: 9386069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for securely transferring research data relating to media exposure data, such as radio, television, streaming media and the Internet. A plurality of portable computing devices seek and bond to a collector via Bluetooth in a specific area, such as a household. The collector authenticates itself with each of the portable computing devices and vice versa where the collector arranges a secure research data transfer session with each respective device using exchanged authentication files. As each secure session is made, each portable computing device transmits stored research data during the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: John Stavropoulos, Anand Jain, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal, Jason Bolles, William John McKenna, David Gish, Mark Richardson, Alan Neuhauser
  • Patent number: 9386111
    Abstract: Disclosed examples involve collecting a cookie at a client device based on media accessed via a web page at the client device, and selecting a portable device identifier at the client device. The portable device identifier corresponds to a closest one of a plurality of portable devices in wireless communication with the client device. The portable device identifier is associated with a particular person. In response to instructions embedded in the media, a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request is sent to a server. The HTTP request includes the cookie, the portable device identifier, and information identifying exposure to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Publication number: 20160164989
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein collect a cookie at a first device based on media accessed via a web page at the first device, obtain user information from a second device via communicative coupling between the first device and the second device, and in response to an instruction embedded in the media, send a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request to a server, the HTTP request including the cookie, the user information, and information identifying exposure to the media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal