Motion Planning Or Control Patents (Class 345/474)
  • Patent number: 10777006
    Abstract: Plural individual sensor assemblies are engaged with respective parts of a person's body. Each assembly may include accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes. Sensor data is fused together to get the orientation at each body location. To simplify, the body is assumed to consist of rigid bars of known length connected with ball joints so that once the relative orientations of all bars are given by the respective assemblies, body pose can be computed. Then the body pose is translated as a virtual body into a virtual world either by a ray cast method that anchors a foot of the virtual body to the ground assuming infinite gravity and infinite friction and then translating the other body parts to make the ground contact point fixed, or by implementing an approximate dynamics physics engine on the virtual body. The technique may be used in VR location-based entertainment and for motion capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Bashkirov, Takeo Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 10769422
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for neural network-based recognition of trade workers present on industrial sites is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: indus.ai Inc
    Inventors: Lai Him Matthew Man, Mohammad Soltani, Ahmed Aly, Walid Aly
  • Patent number: 10765944
    Abstract: An animation system and method generates predictive models that are deployed in animations, such as an animation associated with a video game, to predict outcomes resulting from events occurring in the animation, such as interactions between two or more objects in the animation. These predictive models may be generated based at least in part on training data that is generated by running the animation, such as playing a video game, generating parameter values associated with events in the animation, and determining an outcome of the events. The training data may be used to generate predictive models, such as by using machine learning algorithms. The predictive models may then be deployed in the animation, such as in a video game, to make real time or near real-time predictions of outcomes based at least in part on events in the animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventor: Cesar Dantas de Castro
  • Patent number: 10762721
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose an image compositing method and apparatus, used for harmoniously obtaining and displaying a simulation object composited with an accessory, so that a user has desirable experience and visual enjoyment. The apparatus obtains first data of a skeletal model of a simulation object and skeleton data of an accessory to be composited to the simulation object and determines, based on the first data and the skeleton data of the accessory, a target skeleton that is on the skeletal model and that corresponds to the accessory. The apparatus copies first target data of the target skeleton from the first data and adjusts the first target data of the target skeleton based on preconfigured offset data of the target skeleton to obtain first adjusted data. Finally the apparatus performs shading based on the first adjusted data and the first data to obtain the simulation object composited with the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Bing Li, Jiang Pan, Yang Lan
  • Patent number: 10754543
    Abstract: Operating a touch-screen device includes displaying at least a portion of a keyboard on a touch-screen, detecting a touch on the touch-screen, and detecting movement of the touch on the touch-screen. Operating the touch-screen device also includes moving the displayed keyboard in response to the detected movement of the touch on the touch-screen, detecting a release of the touch from the touch-screen, and assigning a character according to a final location of the touch relative to a location of the displayed keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Olivier Artigue, Jean-Michel Douliez, Francois Trible
  • Patent number: 10748235
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for optimizing display processing of layers below a dim layer by a display system. Because the dim layer may partially obstruct, conceal, or otherwise impact a user view of layers below the dim layer, resource-saving techniques may be used in the processing the layers below the dim layer. While these techniques may impact visual quality, a user is unlikely to notice visual artifacts or other reductions in quality in the modified layers below the dim layer. For example, when a dim layer is to be displayed, a GPU can render layers below the dim layer at a lower resolution. Furthermore, the GPU can increase a compression ratio for layers below the dim layer. The low-resolution layers can be scaled-up to an original resolution and the compressed layers can be uncompressed in the display pipeline for display underneath the dim layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Raviteja Tamatam, Jayant Shekhar, Kalyan Thota, Venkata Nagarjuna Sravan Kumar Deepala
  • Patent number: 10740636
    Abstract: A method, a system and a terminal for identity authentication, and a computer readable storage medium are provided. The method for identity authentication includes: acquiring a facial image of a person to be authenticated, and determining from the facial image facial feature information of the person to be authenticated; determining a suspected object using a face authentication platform according to the facial feature information of the person to be authenticated; acquiring a human body image of the person to be authenticated, and determining from the human body image a plurality of skeleton key points of the person to be authenticated; converting the skeleton key points into feature data; and recognizing an identity of the person to be authenticated according to the feature data of the person to be authenticated and information of the suspected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Baidu Online Nework Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenbin Xie, Weiqing He, Fanping Liu, Xiangli Chen
  • Patent number: 10713835
    Abstract: A method for of playing an animation image, the method including: obtaining a plurality of images; displaying a first image of the plurality of images; detecting a first event as a trigger to play the animation image for a first object of the first image; and playing the animation image for the first object using the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pavan Sudheendra, Sarvesh, Yogesh Manav, Adappa M Gourannavar, Rahul Varna, Sumanta Baruah
  • Patent number: 10702778
    Abstract: Objects in a virtual space may be non-traversable such that traversal by characters of the virtual space through such objects is not permitted by the physics of the virtual space. Objects may be relocated during interactive gameplay. A navigation map of the virtual space is updated interactively, e.g. after an object has been relocated, by determining which regions are traversable or non-traversable, the boundaries of these regions, and which boundaries separate adjacent traversable regions. The updated navigation map may be queried on behalf of a non-player character in the virtual space, e.g. to determine where to go and/or how to get there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Rowe, Travis Nixon
  • Patent number: 10695676
    Abstract: An example of an information processing device generates a game field for each of a plurality of game stages. The information processing device executes a game process of controlling a player object in response to an operation by a user in a game stage for which the game field has been generated. The information processing device determines whether the user has cleared or failed to clear the game stage. In response to a determination that the user has cleared the game stage, the information processing device starts the game process for a next game stage while maintaining a state of the player object at the time of clearing. On the other hand, in response to a determination that the user has failed to clear the game stage, the information processing device starts the game process for a next game stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Norihito Ito, Yugo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10688395
    Abstract: An example of an information processing apparatus places, as a component object to be used for collision detection, a slope object having a unit portion in a virtual space. An image representing the virtual space in which the component object is placed is generated. The information processing apparatus places a first slope object having one unit portion in the virtual space, based on a first instruction of the user. The unit portion has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion has a first side and a second side that form an interior angle being an acute angle. The information processing apparatus places a second slope object in the virtual space. The second slope object has a continuous unit portion in which a plurality of the unit portions are connected such that a plurality of the first sides thereof are connected to form a single side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Oshino, Yusaku Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10685630
    Abstract: According to various aspects, just-in-time system bandwidth changes may be implemented in hardware to optimize power consumption and performance in an electronic device. More particularly, in a periodic system associated with an electronic device, a bandwidth for a next frame may be configured during a current frame via software operating on the electronic device. Hardware associated with the periodic system may issue a bandwidth change request for the next frame when a current time reaches a bandwidth increase threshold in response to actual processing time associated with the current frame finishing prior to the bandwidth increase threshold, which may be defined relative to a timer deadline that defines when the next frame starts to process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Carlos Javier Moreira, Paul Chow, Dhaval Kanubhai Patel
  • Patent number: 10664741
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for operating a virtual agent will be described. An interaction context is obtained. An agent state is determined based on the obtained interaction context. The agent state indicates an activity of the virtual agent. The emotion of the virtual agent is updated based on the obtained interaction context, the determined agent state and/or a personality of the virtual agent. One or more behaviors are selected. Each behavior involves or indicates a change in an appearance of the virtual agent or generation of audio. Various embodiments relate to devices, servers, software and systems arranged to implement one or more of the above operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon J. Gibbs, Anthony Liot, Yu Song
  • Patent number: 10657843
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: displaying, by a computer device, video content on a display of the computer device; determining, by the computer device, a moving object in the video content; and controlling, by the computer device, a plurality of microbots to move, on the display, over locations of the object in the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith R. Walker, James E. Bostick, Danny Y. Chen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10643065
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an image reception system is communicatively coupled to an image analysis system and is configured to receive a digital image and analyze the pixels of the digital image to determine one or more regions in the digital image. For each region in the one or more regions in the digital image, the image analysis system recognizes the content in the region. A document creation system communicatively coupled to the image analysis system is configured to create a digital document based on the recognized content for the one or more regions. In some embodiments, the image analysis system is further configured to analyze the digital image to detect one or more of the following: region markers, tables, headers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Atlassian Pty Ltd, Atlassian, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuntao Zhou, Andrew Nelson, Bradley Rodgers
  • Patent number: 10635763
    Abstract: A fluid is modeled as a set of discrete particles. Each of the particles is associated with one or more properties, and a spatial distance comprising a smoothing length over which the one or more properties are to be smoothed. A corresponding trajectory is simulated for each of the particles. The corresponding trajectory is used to formulate a first solution for simulating transport within the fluid. A first predicted error is determined for the first solution. An iterative adjustment is performed to at least one of: a quantity of particles, the smoothing length, or the one or more corresponding properties, to formulate a second solution for simulating transport with the fluid, and a second predicted error is determined for the second solution, until the second predicted error is within a predefined boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Fusco, Fearghal O'Donncha, Emanuele Ragnoli
  • Patent number: 10636194
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a mobile application that animates change information in a way that specifically indicates a change in workflow information for various users. This animation of change information permits users, which are often busy healthcare professionals, to be quickly apprised of relevant changes to workflow status. The mobile application also allows users to communicate change information, e.g., for updating the status of a workflow item, which may then be propagated throughout a network, including mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Edward Spear, Michael James Weber
  • Patent number: 10632997
    Abstract: In a vehicle control device, a target motion estimation unit estimates a motion for a target area representing an area where no other vehicle is traveling on a lane in the future based on motions of other vehicles traveling on the lane to which a course is to be changed. A control amount setting unit sets a control amount of an own vehicle required in order to make the motion of the target area and a motion of the own vehicle match. A motion control unit controls the motion of the own vehicle according to the set control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Inou, Minoru Okada
  • Patent number: 10620948
    Abstract: An application system for the creation, deployment, and management of applications is provided. A system for creating, sharing and managing an application may include a visual editing environment that enables a developer to create and edit code controlling an application and a code execution engine that operates on the code created in the visual editing environment to control execution of at least one hardware infrastructure element that enables the utilization of the application. The editor and the code execution engine provide for the creation, delivery, and editing of the application during runtime of the application on computing devices, such that a plurality of end users using different devices can simultaneously experience the same behavior of the application during its creation and editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: UMAJIN INC.
    Inventor: David Brebner
  • Patent number: 10602591
    Abstract: A robotic agent swarm system having first robotic luminaire agents, and at least one control processor. Each agent has a suspension configured to hold the agent against an architectural surface, which includes a holonomic operational area; at least one propulsion motor configured to enable holonomic movement of the agent different locations on the architectural surface; a communication system configured to communicate with at least one other agent; a power supply operatively connected to the at least one propulsion motor and the communication system; and a light source oriented to illuminate a region around the architectural surface. The control processor is operatively associated with the agents and configured to transmit operating instructions, via at least one of the agent's respective communication system. The operating instructions include instructions for operating one or more agent's respective propulsion motor to move the agent holonomically within the holonomic operational area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Jenish S. Kastee, Youssef F. Baker, Sean P. White, Nathaniel W. Hixon, Daniel M. Megginson, Niels G. Eegholm
  • Patent number: 10579139
    Abstract: A method operates virtual reality spectacles involves displaying a virtual object, arranged in virtual surroundings, by the virtual reality spectacles from a first observation position that is prescribed within the virtual surroundings. A position symbol is displayed at a position within the virtual surroundings that corresponds to a second observation position prescribed within the virtual surroundings. The displayed position symbol is selected as soon as a predetermined selection action has been sensed. The virtual object is displayed from the second observation position as soon as a predetermined confirmation action for the selected position symbol has been sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Marcus Kuehne, Thomas Zuchtriegel
  • Patent number: 10572609
    Abstract: A method and corresponding apparatus to model objects includes detecting an overlapping area between first and second objects each comprising particles. The method and corresponding apparatus also calculate, in the overlapping area, an action force between the first and the second objects. The method and corresponding apparatus model the first object and the second object based on the action force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nahyup Kang, Jiyeon Kim, Hyong Euk Lee, Hwiryong Jung
  • Patent number: 10567648
    Abstract: The present specification relates to a display device and a method of controlling therefor. According to one embodiment of the present specification, a method of controlling a display device may include the steps of displaying a video image and a timeline interface corresponding to the video image, setting frames of which correlation is greater than a predetermined ratio among a plurality of frames included in the video image as a first frame group, setting a first point and a second point on the timeline interface based on the first frame group, setting a first panorama section between the set first point and the second point and displaying a first panorama interface corresponding to the first panorama section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sihwa Park, Sinae Chun, Doyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10556180
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a system of moving a character in an online game. The method includes: receiving, by a first client, a movement instruction for a specified character, where the movement instruction includes a destination grid, acquiring a game map including a marked dynamic blocking grid, where the marked dynamic blocking grid is a dynamic blocking grid on which a game character exists, establishing an optimal path from a current start grid on which the specified character is located to the destination grid specified in the movement instruction without traveling through the marked dynamic blocking grid, generating movement information including the specified character and the optimal path, and sending the movement information to a server; and receiving, by the server, the movement information sent by the first client, and sending the movement information to all clients except the first client by group messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoyin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10540006
    Abstract: A system including: two arm modules each having an inertial measurement unit and attached to an upper arm of a user to measure the current orientations of the upper arms of the user; a head module having an inertial measurement unit and attached to the head of the user to measure the current orientation of the head; and a computing device coupled to the arm modules and the head module to calculate, based on the current orientations of the upper arms and the current orientation of the head, the current orientation of the torso of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FINCH TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Viktor Vladimirovich Erivantcev, Rustam Rafikovich Kulchurin, Alexander Sergeevich Lobanov, Iakov Evgenevich Sergeev, Alexey Ivanovich Kartashov
  • Patent number: 10535171
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention disclosed herein provides techniques for processing an evaluation graph associated with a three-dimensional animation scene. An evaluation management system retrieves a first plurality of nodes from a memory. The evaluation management system determines that a first node included in the first plurality of nodes depends on a first output generated by a second node that also is included in the first plurality of nodes. The evaluation management system generates a third node corresponding to the first node and a fourth node corresponding to the second node. The evaluation management system generates an evaluation graph that includes the third node, the fourth node, and an indication that the third node depends on the fourth node. The evaluation management system schedules the third node for evaluation after the fourth node has been evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Krystian Ligenza, Kevin Picott
  • Patent number: 10521938
    Abstract: Techniques for smoothing curves used in computer animation are disclosed. In one embodiment, a smoothing application determines a number of tangents to a curve in response to a modification to a knot or the addition of a new knot, by first determining phantom tangents at knots that are neighbors of each knot that is processed. The smoothing application then (1) determines a length of each side of the tangent at each knot being processed as 1/N times the x-axis distance to a neighboring knot on the same side, (2) determines initial angles of the tangent at each knot being processed by pointing a tip of each side of the tangent at a near tip of a previously determined phantom tangent on the same side, and (3) reconciles the initial angles determined for the tangent at each knot being processed by taking a weighted sum of those initial angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Pixar
    Inventors: Jayson G. Price, Thomas A. Hahn
  • Patent number: 10518188
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling physical toys using a physics engine are described. In an embodiment, a physics engine within an interactive software experience is used to model the motion of a virtual object in a virtual environment. The output of this modelling is then imposed on a physical toy which corresponds to the virtual object such that the motion of the physical toy in the real world more closely matches the motion of the virtual object in the virtual environment. In various examples, the modelling is imposed through control signals which are generated based on output of the physics engine and used to control actuators within the physical toy to change the motion of at least a part of the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Villar, James William Scott, Haiyan Zhang, Alexandra Keeley Bunting
  • Patent number: 10509468
    Abstract: Various systems, methods and computer program products are disclosed which provide fingertip tactile feedback from virtual objects. In various embodiments, a wearable haptic thimble is disclosed. The wearable haptic thimble is configured for use with a virtual reality (or augmented reality) system, and may include: an attachment mechanism for engaging a finger of a user; and at least one contact pad coupled with the attachment mechanism, the at least one contact pad configured to deliver tactile sensations to the finger of the user to provide a tactile representation of virtual reality (or augmented reality) in the virtual reality (or augmented reality) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TACTAI, INC.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Steven D. Domenikos, Jean-Samuel Chenard, Ilann Derche
  • Patent number: 10509464
    Abstract: A system including a plurality sensor modules, each having an inertial measurement unit and attached to a portion of a user (e.g., upper arm, hand, and/or head) to measure the current orientation of the corresponding portion of the user. A computing device coupled to the sensor modules is configured to identify a type of the current pose of the user, compute a front facing direction of the torso of the user from the sensor measurements, select a torso leaning model based on the pose type, project onto a vertical plane the lengthwise directions of the arms of the user as tracked by the sensor modules attached to the upper arms of the user, and calculate a torso leaning angle from the projected lengthwise directions of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: FINCH TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Viktor Vladimirovich Erivantcev, Rustam Rafikovich Kulchurin, Alexander Sergeevich Lobanov, Iakov Evgenevich Sergeev, Alexey Ivanovich Kartashov, Daniil Olegovich Goncharov
  • Patent number: 10500497
    Abstract: A system in which attributes are transferred between generations of characters in an interactive software experience is described. In an embodiment, data identifying one or more hardware attributes for a virtual entity are determined based on a physical user device associated with that virtual entity. One or more virtual attributes for the virtual entity are accessed and one or more behaviors of the virtual entity within the interactive software experience are modified based on a combination of the hardware and virtual attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: James William Scott, Haiyan Zhang, Nicolas Villar, Alexandra Keeley Bunting, Jonathan Leslie Venables, Simon Jay Carter
  • Patent number: 10497282
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: displaying, by a computer device, video content on a display of the computer device; determining, by the computer device, a moving object in the video content; and controlling, by the computer device, a plurality of microbots to move, on the display, over locations of the object in the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith R. Walker, James E. Bostick, Danny Y. Chen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10471596
    Abstract: A robot arm that can be suitably used in aerial vehicles and an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with the robot arm. The robot arm includes: an arm unit includes a plurality of joints; arm controlling means for controlling driving of the joints; and a displacement detector configured to detect a change of a position and inclination of the arm unit. The arm unit has a base end connected to the aerial vehicle. At least a leading end of the arm unit is exposed to an outside of the aerial vehicle. When the displacement detector has detected a position error that is an unexpected change of the position or inclination of the arm unit, the arm unit controlling means is configured to cause the joints to absorb the position error so as to prevent the position error from being transmitted to a side of the leading end of the arm unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: PRODRONE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Sugaki, Kazuo Ichihara
  • Patent number: 10467794
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a dynamic effects subsystem automatically generates a dynamic effects animation. A graphical user interface enables an animator to sketch applied energies that influence graphical objects. Each applied energy includes flow particles that are associated with velocity fields. Over time, a dynamic effects engine moves the flow particles and the associated velocity fields along a overall direction associated with the applied energy. To generate each frame included in the dynamic effects animation, the dynamic effect engine computes samples of the graphical objects, computes the influences of the velocity fields on the samples, and updates the positions of the samples based on the influences of the velocity fields. Notably, the applied energies and the flow particles enable the animator to effectively and interactively control the automated animation operations of the dynamic effects engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Jun Xing, Rubaiat Habib Kazi, Tovi Grossman, Li-Yi Wei, Jos Stam, George Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 10467792
    Abstract: A technology is described for simulating communication expressions detected in speech data using virtual objects. An example method may include receiving speech data for a virtual object configured to simulate communication expressions provided by the speech data. The speech data may be analyzed for an indicator of a communication expression and communication mark data that includes an expression tag representing the communication expression may be generated. The speech data and the communication mark data may be transmitted to a simulation client to enable synchronization of an animated expression for the virtual object with the speech data using the expression tag in the communication mark data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Michael Roche, David Chiapperino, Vasily Vasinov
  • Patent number: 10462510
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system for automatically identifying video content within source video and transmitting the video content to an electronic mail client. The transmitted video content can be streaming video, video files, and/or other medium derived from the source video. An enhanced electronic mail client is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Robert Edward Markowitz, Bernard Simon Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Gary Lee Zamchick
  • Patent number: 10460517
    Abstract: A 2D camera is used to create a 3D full body image. A camera takes 3 or more 2D images, an accelerometer is used to calculate camera position, and a CPU is employed to construct a 3D body model. This may be performed in a non-controlled environment and by the user alone. An automatic segmentation of the 2D images creates special information for 3D model reconstruction. Once the 3D model measurements are extracted, the user has the option to further specify measurements. In one embodiment, the 3D model is shared via cloud and social media, and also used to assist in shopping while ensuring accurate measurements for the user. In another embodiment, the digital model of products designed for the target consumer body is automatically adjusted and shown as a 3D image on the user's body. The 3D model may be shared with businesses for manufacturing using 3D morphology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Fabien Chojnowski, Yuri Peter Kizimovich, Frederic Tachet, Remy Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10459721
    Abstract: An application system for the creation, deployment, and management of applications is provided. A system for creating, sharing and managing an application may include a visual editing environment that enables a developer to create and edit code controlling an application and a code execution engine that operates on the code created in the visual editing environment to control execution of at least one hardware infrastructure element that enables the utilization of the application. The editor and the code execution engine provide for the creation, delivery, and editing of the application during runtime of the application on computing devices, such that a plurality of end users using different devices can simultaneously experience the same behavior of the application during its creation and editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Umajin Inc.
    Inventor: David Brebner
  • Patent number: 10437843
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure can include systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media configured to receive at least one database query to be executed. At least one computation graph corresponding to the at least one database query is generated. The computation graph is transformed to an optimized computation graph. The respective portions of the optimized computation graph are distributed to a plurality of distributed computing systems for execution. A result for the at least one database query is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick An Phu Nguyen, Theodore Vassilakis, Sreenivasa Viswanadha, David Kryze
  • Patent number: 10438392
    Abstract: A stylesheet data structure includes a plurality of stylesheet records, each comprising an ontology concept field, a presentation instruction field, and a presentation identifier field. Techniques for ontology driven animation includes receiving a request to render an instance of a first concept in an annotation with an associated ontology. It is determined whether a stylesheet file includes a first stylesheet record that indicates the first concept, wherein the first stylesheet record also indicates a first presentation identifier. If so, then an instance of a first component of the first concept is rendered according to a presentation instruction indicated in a second stylesheet record that also indicates the first presentation identifier. In some embodiments, the instance of the first component of the first concept is an instance of the first concept and the second stylesheet record is the first stylesheet record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Evan John Molinelli
  • Patent number: 10430642
    Abstract: A three-dimensional model (e.g., motion capture model) of a user is generated from captured images or captured video of the user. A machine learning network may track poses and expressions of the user to generate and refine the three-dimensional model. Refinement of the three-dimensional model may provide more accurate tracking of the user's face. Refining of the three-dimensional model may include refining the determinations of poses and expressions at defined locations (e.g., eye corners and/or nose) in the three-dimensional model. The refining may occur in an iterative process. Tracking of the three-dimensional model over time (e.g., during video capture) may be used to generate an animated three-dimensional model (e.g., an animated puppet) of the user that simulates the user's poses and expressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sofien Bouaziz, Brian Amberg, Thibaut Weise, Patrick Snape, Stefan Brugger, Alex Mansfield, Reinhard Knothe, Thomas Kiser
  • Patent number: 10395345
    Abstract: First and second spatial frame regions are identified in a sequence of motion picture image frames captured at a high frame rate. Different motion blur parameters are determined for each of the first and second spatial frame regions. First and second intermediate frame sequences having frame rates less than the capture frame rate are generated from the original frame sequence. The first motion blur parameter is applied to the first intermediate frame sequence and the second motion blur parameter is applied to the second intermediate frame sequence. The first and second spatial frame regions in the corresponding first and second intermediate frame sequences are composited to produce an output frame sequence having different motion blur in different regions of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: RealD Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Davis
  • Patent number: 10388053
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems disclosed herein reduce or eliminate artifacts or visible discrepancies that may occur when transitioning from one animation to another animation. In certain embodiments, systems herein identify one or more pose or reference features for one or more objects in a frame of a currently displayed animation. Although not limited as such, often the one or more objects are characters within the animation. Systems herein can attempt to match the reference features for the one or more objects to reference features of corresponding objects in a set of potential starting frames for a second animation that is to start being displayed. The potential starting frame with reference features that are an acceptable match with the current frame of the current animation may be selected as a starting frame for playing the second, animation potentially resulting in a smoother transition than starting from the first frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Folsom Carter, Jr., Fabio Zinno
  • Patent number: 10380784
    Abstract: Provided herein is an electronic apparatus including a storage configured to store a texture image representing a characteristic of a particle of an object; and a processor configured to map the texture image to a plurality of locations where the particle exists and to generate a blending image by blending the mapped texture images, and to render the object based on the blending image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-ho Shin, Soo-wan Park, Joon-seok Lee
  • Patent number: 10369469
    Abstract: A method of runtime animation substitution may include detecting, by a processing device of a video game console, an interaction scenario in an instance of an interactive video game, wherein the interaction scenario comprises a target animation associated with a game character. The method may further include identifying, by the processing device, a valid transitional animation. The method may further include causing, by the processing device, the valid transitional animation to be performed by the game character in the instance of the interactive video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Sherr, Brett Peake
  • Patent number: 10372317
    Abstract: A method for presenting a media item of a set of media items in a user interface (UI) of a client device is disclosed. The UI includes a first scrub area associated with a first scrub rate and a second scrub area associated with a second scrub rate. The client device receives a first user input via the first scrub area of the UI to navigate through the set of media items at the first scrub rate. The client device receives a second user input that is separate from the first user input via the second scrub area of the UI to navigate through the set of media items at a second scrub rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Baron Winfield Arnold
  • Patent number: 10357717
    Abstract: To improve the user friendliness of switching a map display between the real world and a virtual world while also improving the entertainment value of the game and avoiding the danger arising from using a smartphone while walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: EARTHBEAT, INC., DWANGO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeo Okajima, Kazuya Asano, Hiroto Tamura
  • Patent number: 10324943
    Abstract: Examples of auto-monitoring and adjusting dynamic data visualizations are provided herein. A data visualization based on initial data can be generated. A series of data updates can be received. The data visualization can be updated based on the series of data updates. Various performance metrics can be monitored, and data updates and/or the updated data visualization can be adjusted accordingly. Performance metrics can include at least one of: a data visualization rendering time; a data transfer time; or a data update generation time. Upon determining that one or more performance metrics exceed a threshold: a time between data updates of the series of data updates can be increased; sampled data can be requested for subsequent data updates; and/or a time-dimension extent of the updated data visualization can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Business Objects Software, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sybil Shim, Daniel Georges, Charles Wilson, Paul van der Eerden, Saeed Jahankhani
  • Patent number: 10297085
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods of creating virtual objects may provide for segmenting one or more objects in a scene and highlighting a selected object from the segmented one or more objects based on an input from a user. In one example, a scene-based virtual object is created from the selected object and a behavior is assigned to the scene-based virtual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Glen J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10274726
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes an image source providing illuminated images. At least one mirror is positioned to provide a first reflection of the illuminated images. A windshield is positioned to receive the first reflection and provide a second reflection of the illuminated image such that the second reflection is visible to a driver of the vehicle who has at least one eye within an eyebox defined by the second reflection. An image capturing device captures images of a head of a driver of the motor vehicle. An electronic processor adjusts, based on the captured images of the driver's head, the illuminated images and/or a position of the at least one mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Dallas Dwight Hickerson, Thomas Ray Burns