Patents by Inventor William Y. Conwell

William Y. Conwell 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: 9131035
    Abstract: A variety of haptic improvements useful in mobile devices are detailed. In one, a smartphone captures image data from a physical object, and discerns an object identifier from the imagery (e.g., using watermark, barcode, or fingerprint techniques). This identifier is sent to a remote data structure, which returns data defining a distinct haptic signature associated with that object. This smartphone then renders this haptic signal to the user. (Related embodiments identify the object using other means, such as location, or NFC chip.) In another arrangement, haptic feedback signals social network information about a product or place (e.g., the user's social network friends “Like” a particular brand of beverage). In yet another arrangement, the experience of watching a movie on a television screen is augmented by tactile effects issued by a tablet computer on the viewer's lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 9105083
    Abstract: Arrangements involving portable devices (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) are disclosed. One arrangement enables a content creator to select software with which that creator's content should be rendered—assuring continuity between artistic intention and delivery. Another utilizes a device camera to identify nearby subjects, and take actions based thereon. Others rely on near field chip (RFID) identification of objects, or on identification of audio streams (e.g., music, voice). Some technologies concern improvements to the user interfaces associated with such devices. Others involve use of these devices in connection with shopping, text entry, sign language interpretation, and vision-based discovery. Still other improvements are architectural in nature, e.g., relating to evidence-based state machines, and blackboard systems. Yet other technologies concern use of linked data in portable devices—some of which exploit GPU capabilities. Still other technologies concern computational photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 9104915
    Abstract: Portable devices are equipped with a variety of technologies by which existing functionality can be improved, and new functionality can be provided. One claim recites a method comprising: receiving data representing imagery that depicts an object, the imagery captured by a portable device, the portable device comprising a camera and a microphone; determining one or more descriptors relating to the object in the imagery, the determining including collecting descriptors associated with other imagery or audio; processing the descriptors in discerning whether the imagery depicts an object that is likely of a first class or a second class or a third class, the processing being performed by one or more electronic processors configured to perform such act; and taking an action dependent on whether the imagery depicts an object that is likely of a first class or a second class or a third class. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 9015138
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods to provide or establish links, web addresses or web content with media (e.g., audio, videos or imagery). In one implementation, we provide a method comprising: upon receipt of a content identifier associated with media, initiating a time-limited auction for a right to associated a link or website with the content identifier; receiving additional bids for the right; and at a conclusion of a predetermined time associated with the time-limited auction, awarding the right to associate a link or website with the content identifier. In another implementation we provide a method including awarding a right to provide or host web content; and monitoring provided or hosted web content to ensure that non-advertising content is maintained at or above a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: William Y. Conwell, Kenneth L. Levy
  • Publication number: 20150106389
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to methods for identifying audio and video entertainment content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20150080060
    Abstract: A variety of haptic improvements useful in mobile devices are detailed. In one, a smartphone captures image data from a physical object, and discerns an object identifier from the imagery (e.g., using watermark, barcode, or fingerprint techniques). This identifier is sent to a remote data structure, which returns data defining a distinct haptic signature associated with that object. This smartphone then renders this haptic signal to the user. (Related embodiments identify the object using other means, such as location, or NFC chip.) In another arrangement, haptic feedback signals social network information about a product or place (e.g., the user's social network friends “Like” a particular brand of beverage). In yet another arrangement, the experience of watching a movie on a television screen is augmented by tactile effects issued by a tablet computer on the viewer's lap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8983118
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to cell phones and cameras, and to shadow analysis in imagery captured by such cell phones and cameras. One claim recites a method comprising: identifying a shadow cast by a cell phone on a subject being imaged by a camera included in the cell phone; and using a programmed electronic processor, determining proximity to the subject based on an analysis of the shadow. Another claim recites a mobile phone comprising: a camera for capturing images and video; memory; and one or more processors programmed for: identifying a shadow cast by a cell phone on a subject being imaged by said imager; and determining proximity to the subject based on an analysis of the shadow. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20150055855
    Abstract: A sequence of images depicting an object is captured, e.g., by a camera at a point-of-sale terminal in a retail store. The object is identified, such as by a barcode or watermark that is detected from one or more of the images. Once the object's identity is known, such information is used in training a classifier (e.g., a machine learning system) to recognize the object from others of the captured images, including images that may be degraded by blur, inferior lighting, etc. In another arrangement, such degraded images are processed to identify feature points useful in fingerprint-based identification of the object. Feature points extracted from such degraded imagery aid in fingerprint-based recognition of objects under real life circumstances, as contrasted with feature points extracted from pristine imagery (e.g., digital files containing label artwork for such objects).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, Osama M. Alattar, Hugh L. Brunk, Joel R. Meyer, William Y. Conwell, Ajith Mulki Kamath
  • Publication number: 20150006186
    Abstract: Audio sounds are captured from a subject's body, e.g., using a smartphone or a worn array of microphones. Plural features are derived from the captured audio, and serve as fingerprint information. One such feature may be a time interval over which a threshold part of spectral energy in the audio is expressed. Another may be a frequency bandwidth within which a second threshold part of the spectral energy is expressed. Such fingerprint information is provided to a knowledge base that contains reference fingerprint data and associated metadata. The knowledge base matches the fingerprint with reference fingerprint data, and provides associated metadata in return—which can comprise diagnostic information related to the captured sounds. In some arrangements, an audio signal or pressure waveform stimulates the body at one location, and is sensed at another, to discern information about the intervening transmission medium. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Alastair M. Reed, John Stach, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Shankar Thagadur Shivappa, Ravi K. Sharma, Richard F. Gibson
  • Publication number: 20150005640
    Abstract: In one particular arrangement, a smartphone camera is moved by a user to capture dermatologic imagery from a variety of viewpoints. When the user thereafter holds the phone in a particular pose (e.g., with the display inclined upwardly, and with a display edge oriented substantially horizontally), the device switches to a display mode—presenting information derived from the earlier-captured dermatologic imagery. The device thus switches automatically between data collection and data presentation modes, based on pose and motion. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Alastair M. Reed, John Stach, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Shankar Thagadur Shivappa, Ravi K. Sharma, Richard F. Gibson
  • Publication number: 20150003699
    Abstract: Reference imagery of dermatological conditions is compiled in a crowd-sourced database (contributed by clinicians and/or the lay public), together with associated diagnosis information. A user later submits a query image to the system (e.g., captured with a smartphone). Image-based derivatives for the query image are determined (e.g., color histograms, FFT-based metrics, etc.), and are compared against similar derivatives computed from the reference imagery. This comparison identifies diseases that are not consistent with the query image, and such information is reported to the user. Depending on the size of the database, and the specificity of the data, 90% or more of candidate conditions may be effectively ruled-out, possibly sparing the user from expensive and painful biopsy procedures, and granting some peace of mind (e.g., knowledge that an emerging pattern of small lesions on a forearm is probably not caused by shingles, bedbugs, malaria or AIDS).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Alastair M. Reed, John Stach, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Shankar Thagadur Shivappa, Ravi K. Sharma, Richard F. Gibson
  • Publication number: 20150003698
    Abstract: Computer-aided dermatological analysis requires accurate color data. Color accuracy can be improved by compensating captured imagery based on reference color data. In one particular arrangement, reference color data is acquired from blood. In another arrangement, imagery captured from a banknote is used as reference data. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Alastair M. Reed, John Stach, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Shankar Thagadur Shivappa, Ravi K. Sharma, Richard F. Gibson
  • Publication number: 20140378810
    Abstract: The availability of high quality imagers on smartphones and other portable devices facilitates creation of a large, crowd-sourced, image reference library that depicts skin rashes and other dermatological conditions. Some of the images are uploaded with, or later annotated with, associated diagnoses or other information (e.g., “this rash went away when I stopped drinking milk”). A user uploads a new image of an unknown skin condition to the library. Image analysis techniques are employed to identify salient similarities between features of the uploaded image, and features of images in this reference library. Given the large dataset, statistically relevant correlations emerge that identify to the user certain diagnoses that may be considered, other diagnoses that may likely be ruled-out, and/or anecdotal information about similar skin conditions from other users. Similar arrangements can employ audio and/or other physiologically-derived signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Alastair M. Reed, John Stach, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Shankar Thagadur Shivappa, Ravi K. Sharma, Richard F. Gibson
  • Publication number: 20140320021
    Abstract: Arrangements involving portable devices (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) are disclosed. One arrangement enables a content creator to select software with which that creator's content should be rendered—assuring continuity between artistic intention and delivery. Another utilizes a device camera to identify nearby subjects, and take actions based thereon. Others rely on near field chip (RFID) identification of objects, or on identification of audio streams (e.g., music, voice). Some technologies concern improvements to the user interfaces associated with such devices. Others involve use of these devices in connection with shopping, text entry, sign language interpretation, and vision-based discovery. Still other improvements are architectural in nature, e.g., relating to evidence-based state machines, and blackboard systems. Yet other technologies concern use of linked data in portable devices—some of which exploit GPU capabilities. Still other technologies concern computational photography.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8868917
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to analyzing user uploaded visual or audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20140304122
    Abstract: A decade from now, a visit to the supermarket will be a very different experience than the familiar experiences of decades past. Product packaging will come alive with interactivity—each object a portal into a rich tapestry of experiences, with contributions authored by the product brand, by the store selling the product, and by other shoppers. The present technology concerns arrangements for authoring and delivering such experiences. A great variety of other features and technologies are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8819172
    Abstract: Arrangements involving portable devices (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers) are disclosed. One arrangement enables a content creator to select software with which that creator's content should be rendered—assuring continuity between artistic intention and delivery. Another utilizes a device camera to identify nearby subjects, and take actions based thereon. Others rely on near field chip (RFID) identification of objects, or on identification of audio streams (e.g., music, voice). Some technologies concern improvements to the user interfaces associated with such devices. Others involve use of these devices in connection with shopping, text entry, sign language interpretation, and vision-based discovery. Still other improvements are architectural in nature, e.g., relating to evidence-based state machines, and blackboard systems. Yet other technologies concern use of linked data in portable devices—some of which exploit GPU capabilities. Still other technologies concern computational photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Jerrine K. Owen, Adnan M. Alattar, Eliot Rogers, Brett A. Bradley, Alastair M. Reed, Robert Craig Brandis
  • Patent number: 8805110
    Abstract: Mobile phones and other portable devices are equipped with a variety of technologies by which existing functionality can be improved, and new functionality can be provided. Some aspects relate to visual search capabilities, and determining appropriate actions responsive to different image inputs. Others relate to processing of image data. Still others concern metadata generation, processing, and representation. Yet others concern user interface improvements. Other aspects relate to imaging architectures, in which a mobile phone's image sensor is one in a chain of stages that successively act on packetized instructions/data, to capture and later process imagery. Still other aspects relate to distribution of processing tasks between the mobile device and remote resources (“the cloud”). Elemental image processing (e.g., simple filtering and edge detection) can be performed on the mobile phone, while other operations can be referred out to remote service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez, John D. Lord, Brian T. MacIntosh, Nicole Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8798534
    Abstract: A variety of haptic improvements useful in mobile devices are detailed. In one, a smartphone captures image data from a physical object, and discerns an object identifier from the imagery (e.g., using watermark, barcode, or fingerprint techniques). This identifier is sent to a remote data structure, which returns data defining a distinct haptic signature associated with that object. This smartphone then renders this haptic signal to the user. (Related embodiments identify the object using other means, such as location, or NFC chip.) In another arrangement, haptic feedback signals social network information about a product or place (e.g., the user's social network friends “Like” a particular brand of beverage). In yet another arrangement, the experience of watching a movie on a television screen is augmented by tactile effects issued by a tablet computer on the viewer's lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20140193087
    Abstract: Cell phones and other portable devices are equipped with a variety of technologies by which existing functionality can be improved, and new functionality can be provided. Some relate to visual search capabilities, and determining appropriate actions responsive to different image inputs. Others relate to processing of image data. Still others concern metadata generation, processing, and representation. Yet others relate to coping with fixed focus limitations of cell phone cameras, e.g., in reading digital watermark data. Still others concern user interface improvements. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: DIGIMARC CORPORATION
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell