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: 8341412
    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 crowdsourcing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120280908
    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: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120220311
    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: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120218436
    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: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez, Gilbert B. Shaw, Bruce L. Davis, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120208592
    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: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Geoffrey G. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell, Jerrine K. Owen, Adnan M. Alattar, Eliot Rogers, Brett A. Bradley, Alastair M. Reed, Robert Craig Brandis
  • Patent number: 8200976
    Abstract: The presently claimed invention relate generally to portable audio devices. One claim recites a method including: receiving audio content data through an interface of a portable personal digital device capable of playing audio; storing the received audio content data in electronic memory; audibly rendering said audio content data; utilizing an electronic processor, counting a number of plays of the received audio content data; and displaying the number of plays of the received audio content data to a user of the portable personal digital device. Of course additional claims and combination are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8194986
    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: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: William Y Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120134548
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements involving portable devices are disclosed. One arrangement enables a content creator to select software with which that content should be rendered—assuring continuity between artistic intention and delivery. Another arrangement utilizes the camera of a smartphone 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 of the detailed 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: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriquez, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120123959
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to methods and systems to aid in verifying a person's identity, e.g., in connection with applying for an identity document (such as a passport or driver's license), or in connection with qualifying to enter a secured area (such as at an airport). Many arrangements involve testing the person concerning specific knowledge with which he or she should be familiar, e.g., by reason of living in a particular residence and neighborhood, by reason of their particular employment, or by reason of their particular education. An appendix particularly addresses crowdsourcing technology, including its applicability in redressing some of the shortcomings of fingerprint-based content identification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120114249
    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: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8122257
    Abstract: The presently claimed technology relates generally to audio-based, location-related methods. One claim recites a method in which a microphone in a user's portable device captures ambient sound, and corresponding data is then processed to determine location information about the user's location. Action is then taken involving the determined location information. By such arrangement, location information is determined by reference to ambient sound captured by a user-carried portable device. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 8121342
    Abstract: A method of associating metadata with a media signal receives an identifier for the media signal, uses the identifier to look up metadata in a metadata database, validates the metadata by checking attributes of the media signal relative to at least a portion of the metadata to provide validated metadata; and provides the validated metadata to a requesting application. Related methods enable searching of metadata across metadata databases, routing metadata requests to the metadata databases, controlling access to and validating metadata for media content, and re-associating valid metadata with media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120028577
    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: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Tony R. Rodriguez, William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20120014568
    Abstract: In one arrangement, information useful in understanding the content of user speech (e.g., phonemes identified by a speech recognition algorithm, data indicating the gender of the speaker, etc.) is determined at an apparatus (e.g., a cell phone), and accompanies speech data sent from that apparatus. (Steganographic encoding of the speech data can be employed to convey this information.) A receiving device can use this accompanying information to better understand the content of the speech. A great variety of other features and arrangements—some dealing with imagery rather than audio—are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: William Y. Conwell, Joel R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8095796
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to content identification with so-called fingerprinting. One claim recites a method comprising: deriving fingerprint information corresponding to audio or video using a mobile user device; obtaining geographical location information associated with the mobile user device; communicating the fingerprint information and the geographical location information to a remotely located network service; and receiving a response from the remotely located service, the response being dependent on both the fingerprint information and the geographical location information. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: William Y. Conwell, Brett A. Bradley, Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Publication number: 20110317875
    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: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20110301964
    Abstract: Known auction techniques are modified to provide various benefits. In one arrangement, a pseudo-random function is employed to determine whether a nominally-ended auction should be extended, allowing an unsuccessful remorseful bidder a possible further chance to win the auction. A variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20110280447
    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 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Digimarc Corp.
    Inventor: William Y. Conwell
  • Publication number: 20110276429
    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 useful in on-line shopping are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, William Y. Conwell, Joel R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8036420
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to various methods and systems to provide substitute sound (e.g., audio). One claim includes an apparatus comprising: electronic memory for storing identifying information obtained from steganographically encoded sound; an electronic processor programmed for: providing the identifying information to a remote computer, the remote computer including substitute sound corresponding to the identifying information; providing format information to the remote computer, the format information identifying a format in which the substitute sound should be formatted prior to communication of the substitute sound; and controlling receipt of substitute sound corresponding to the identifying information. Of course, other apparatus, methods and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas B. Evans, William Y. Conwell