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).

  • Publication number: 20140169686
    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: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: William Y. Conwell, Tony F. Rodriguez, Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Publication number: 20140156691
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to methods for identifying audio and video entertainment content. Certain shortcomings of fingerprint-based content identification can be redressed through use of human-reviewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8688999
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying audio and video entertainment content are provided. Certain shortcomings of fingerprint-based content identification can be redressed through use of human-reviewers in a first party's social networking site environment. Access to a copy of a possible fingerprint-based match of user uploaded content is provided to a second party via a queue of an online interface provided by the first party. In response to providing access to the copy of the user uploaded content, manual human assessment data is obtained from the second party through the online interface. The manual human assessment data indicating a result of a comparison of the copy of the user uploaded content and data associated with reference content by one or more human reviewer(s). The manual human assessment data is used in concluding that the reference content corresponds with the user uploaded content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20140071272
    Abstract: A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. The image processing tasks applied to the scene can be selected from among various alternatives by reference to resource costs, resource constraints, other stimulus information (e.g., audio), task substitutability, etc. The phone can apply more or less resources to an image processing task depending on how successfully the task is proceeding, or based on the user's apparent interest in the task. In some arrangements, data may be referred to the cloud for analysis, or for gleaning. Cognition, and identification of appropriate device response(s), can be aided by collateral information, such as context. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8644546
    Abstract: An image containing text (e.g., a surveillance camera photo that includes a vehicle license plate) is analyzed to determine the text (e.g., by an OCR technique). The recognized text is then stored in a database. The image is digitally watermarked with an identifier that associates the image with the database location where the text is stored. In addition to surveillance contexts, this technology can be employed in indexing the World Wide Web. Images used in web pages can be watermarked to link to associated text or other data. When the web page is crawled by an indexer, the watermark can be decoded and the associated data repository accessed to obtain information that can augment the web index for that page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20140029785
    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: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8606021
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130324161
    Abstract: A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. The image processing tasks applied to the scene can be selected from among various alternatives by reference to resource costs, resource constraints, other stimulus information (e.g., audio), task substitutability, etc. The phone can apply more or less resources to an image processing task depending on how successfully the task is proceeding, or based on the user's apparent interest in the task. In some arrangements, data may be referred to the cloud for analysis, or for gleaning. Cognition, and identification of appropriate device response(s), can be aided by collateral information, such as context. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez, Gilbert B. Shaw, Bruce L. Davis, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130294648
    Abstract: A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. The image processing tasks applied to the scene can be selected from among various alternatives by reference to resource costs, resource constraints, other stimulus information (e.g., audio), task substitutability, etc. The phone can apply more or less resources to an image processing task depending on how successfully the task is proceeding, or based on the user's apparent interest in the task. In some arrangements, data may be referred to the cloud for analysis, or for gleaning. Cognition, and identification of appropriate device response(s), can be aided by collateral information, such as context. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez, Gilbert B. Shaw, Bruce L. Davis, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130297942
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to methods for identifying audio and video entertainment content. Certain shortcomings of fingerprint-based content identification can be redressed through use of human-reviewers in a social networking site environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130290112
    Abstract: A shopper is presented with a customized online store whose inventory is defined by the shopper. In one embodiment, specification of the inventory is conducted in a bricks and mortar store—either during checkout, or by the shopper walking the aisles and scanning items with a barcode scanner pen or the like. The inventory may be defined—at least in part—by scanning items in the shopper's home. A variety of other novel features are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, William Y. Conwell, Joel R. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20130265196
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the present technology, information about multipath in an area is gained by occasionally switching the directivity of one or more of the involved antennas (transmitting or receiving). Based on resulting changes in signal strength, information about the multipath effects can be discerned, and corresponding action may thereafter be taken. Another aspect of the technology involves localizing sources of multipath by reference to multiple receiving stations, such as cellular receivers at cell towers in adjoining cells of a wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8520979
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8503791
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130183952
    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: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    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: 8489115
    Abstract: A smart phone senses audio, imagery, and/or other stimulus from a user's environment, and acts autonomously to fulfill inferred or anticipated user desires. In one aspect, the detailed technology concerns phone-based cognition of a scene viewed by the phone's camera. The image processing tasks applied to the scene can be selected from among various alternatives by reference to resource costs, resource constraints, other stimulus information (e.g., audio), task substitutability, etc. The phone can apply more or less resources to an image processing task depending on how successfully the task is proceeding, or based on the user's apparent interest in the task. In some arrangements, data may be referred to the cloud for analysis, or for gleaning. Cognition, and identification of appropriate device response(s), can be aided by collateral information, such as context. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8488900
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to cell phones and cameras, and to shadow detection in images captured by such cell phones and cameras. One claim recites a method comprising: identifying a shadow cast by a camera on a subject being imaged; and using a programmed electronic processor, redressing the shadow in connection with: i) reading a digital watermark from imagery captured of the subject, or ii) calculating a fingerprint from the imagery captured of the subject. Another 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 a proximity of the camera to the subject based on an analysis of the shadow. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8458482
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to methods for identifying audio and video entertainment content. Certain shortcomings of fingerprint-based content identification can be redressed through use of human-reviewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130063613
    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: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20130011062
    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: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: William Y. Conwell, Brian T. MacIntosh, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez