Two-way Video And Voice Communication (e.g., Videophone) Patents (Class 348/14.01)
  • Patent number: 11820386
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to detecting distracted driving on a mobile device and mitigating distracted driving by determining whether a mobile device is used by a driver of a vehicle or by a passenger of the vehicle. The system can determine that the mobile device is in a vehicle and modify the functionality of the mobile device to transition the mobile device into an automobile mode. Vehicle data and/or mobile device data can be used to determine a number of individuals in the vehicle. An identity of the operator of the mobile device can be authenticated based on authentication information obtained by the mobile device. Based on the authenticated identity of the operator of the mobile device, a driving score associated with the driver can be modified, where the score indicates a number of instances of distracted driving by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Elena Carrasco, Will Kerns Maney, David Patrick Dixon, Subhalakshmi Selvam
  • Patent number: 11812131
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus (2000) detects an object (30) from each of a plurality of captured images (20) generated by an image capture apparatus (10). The information processing apparatus (2000) further determines, for each detected object (30), an appropriate image being a captured image (20) suitable for feature extraction of the object (30) from among a plurality of captured images (20) in which the object (30) is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiko Inoue, Takashi Shibata, Shoji Yachida
  • Patent number: 11762459
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a video display to display video images to a user; a gaze detector configured to detect a gaze direction for one or both eyes of the user while the user views the display; a head tracker configured to detect a head orientation of the user; an image processor configured to generate the video images for display by the video display; the image processor being responsive to one or more control functions dependent upon the gaze direction detected by the gaze detector; and a controller configured to detect a predetermined condition and, in response to detection of the predetermined condition, to control the image processor to be responsive to one or more control functions dependent upon the head orientation detected by the head tracker in place of the one or more control functions dependent upon the gaze direction detected by the gaze detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew William Walker, Nigel John Williams, Mandana Jenabzadeh, Rosario Leonardi
  • Patent number: 11752424
    Abstract: Methods for hosting online video games are provided. The method includes generating a plurality of video frames and initiating a sending of each one of the plurality of video frames to a client. Each of the video frames that is sent is compressed. Then, stopping the compression and sending of video frames when one of the plurality of video frames is taking longer than a frame time to compress and send. A frame time is defined as one over a frame rate, and wherein stopping the compression of video frames includes ignoring the video frames by an encoder. The method includes continuing to compress and send audio data to the client when one or more of the plurality of video frames are not sent to the client. The client is configured to display a received video frame for more than one frame time when a video frame is not received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Roger van der Laan, Stephen G. Perlman
  • Patent number: 11750739
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein enables an endpoint system to present a visual indicator that user communications have been suspended. In a particular embodiment, a method includes exchanging audio user communications for the communication between the first endpoint system and a second endpoint system. At the first endpoint system, the method includes determining that the second endpoint system caused a suspension of the audio user communications and providing a first visual indicator of the suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Avaya Management L.P.
    Inventors: Viralkumar R. Mehta, Shivani Gupta
  • Patent number: 11695813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for setting up live online conversations between people, and selecting participants for such conversations in a manner that optimizes the enjoyment of the participants. Conversations are analyzed and attributes of participants and conversations are extracted from the audio of the conversations. A quality level of the conversations is determined from the audio, and subjective quality assessments may be received from participants. Participants and conversations are divided into classes and clusters, where the classes and clusters represent groups of entities which have certain attributes in common. Based on the attributes, classes, clusters, and quality levels, compatibilities are determined between arbitrary pairs of participants and for arbitrary groups of participants. Conversations are generated, and participants are selected for the conversations based on the determined compatibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: PATTR CO.
    Inventor: Abraham Lieberman
  • Patent number: 11681748
    Abstract: A method for direct video broadcasting to video host, via a mobile device, including allowing the video host to initiate an audio communication with a user, via the user's mobile device; allowing the user, via the mobile device, to accept the initiated audio communication from the video host; providing, in response to the user accepting the initiated audio communication, audio communication between the user and the video host; and allowing, in response to the user accepting the initiated audio communication, the user to capture video, via the mobile device, and upload or stream the captured video to the video host, wherein the video host is enabled to engage in audio communications with the user, as the captured video is being captured, and wherein the audio communication is separate from the audio associated with any video being captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Worldwide Live Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Charles R. Tudor, Dani R. Sleiman
  • Patent number: 11676606
    Abstract: A voice to text model used by a voice-enabled electronic device is dynamically and in a context-sensitive manner updated to facilitate recognition of entities that potentially may be spoken by a user in a voice input directed to the voice-enabled electronic device. The dynamic update to the voice to text model may be performed, for example, based upon processing of a first portion of a voice input, e.g., based upon detection of a particular type of voice action, and may be targeted to facilitate the recognition of entities that may occur in a later portion of the same voice input, e.g., entities that are particularly relevant to one or more parameters associated with a detected type of voice action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Yuli Gao, Sangsoo Sung, Prathab Murugesa
  • Patent number: 11659137
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing displays on video communication devices are disclosed. A video communication session is established to a remote device. A video signal is received from the remote device. Images from the video signal are shown on the display. A blur command is received from a user of the video communication device or automatically based on a set of rules. At least a portion of the images on the display are blurred in response to the blur command. The blurring may comprise, blurring one or more objects in a background of the images, blurring one or more faces in the images, and/or blurring static background objects in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Parampottil, Amit Kumar Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 11647214
    Abstract: A device may perform a first prediction process for a first block of video data to produce a first residual. The device may apply a first transform process to the first residual to generate first transform coefficients for the first block of video data and encode the first transform coefficients. The device may perform a second prediction process for a second block of video data to produce a second residual. The device may determine that a second transform process, which includes the first transform process and at least one of a pre-adjustment operation or a post-adjustment operation, is to be applied to the second residual. The device may apply the first transform process and the pre- or post-adjustment operation to the second residual to generate second transform coefficients for the second block. The coding device may code the first and second transform coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Amir Said, Hilmi Enes Egilmez, Marta Karczewicz, Vadim Seregin
  • Patent number: 11628367
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by a client system of a first user, receiving a request from a second user to initiate a first game within a first layer of a communication interface, wherein the communication interface includes several layers, wherein a first layer includes a video communication of the second user, and wherein a second layer of the communication interface includes a thumbnail view of a video communication of the first user; generating a first game container in a third layer of the communication interface, wherein the third layer contains the first game in an augmented reality overlay; expanding the second layer into a full-screen view within the communication interface; and displaying the third layer as the augmented reality overlay over the second layer, wherein the first layer is closed responsive to the overlaying of the augmented reality overlay onto the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Shyamalan Pather, Michelle Ruby Hwang, Nora Micheva
  • Patent number: 11627344
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods, software applications and devices for the broadcasting of short-lived personal internet radio stations. Embodiments include software applications for live broadcasting over an internet network comprising a host mode and a recipient mode, wherein the software application may be executed on a connected mobile device to broadcast to many other recipients in a substantially synchronous manner. Embodiments provide for the live broadcasting of music and video content from a personal device to many listener or viewer devices, where content may be sourced from any number of locally stored or cloud-based content repositories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: BLUEJAY TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Leonard Peter Shore, Samuel Jordan Shore, Marty John Gauvin
  • Patent number: 11611720
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display device and a manufacturing method thereof, the display device has a camera region and a displaying region surrounding the camera region, and has a cover plate; a transparent release agent layer disposed on the cover plate and is located in the camera region; a display function structural layer disposed on a surface of the cover plate with the transparent release agent layer; a protective adhesive layer disposed on the display function structural layer, and the protective adhesive layer having a first through hole corresponding to a region of the transparent release agent layer; the display function structural layer having a second through hole corresponding to the region of the transparent release agent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Zhao, Zuomin Liao, Tao Chen
  • Patent number: 11606513
    Abstract: There is disclosed an information handling system, including a camera, which may include an input lens, and an image signal processor, which may include circuitry that converts an analog image received at the input lens to a digital image data structure; a device interface may include circuitry that provides the image data structure to an information handling device, and a modifier circuit that modifies human features of the digital image data structure before the digital image data structure is provided to the device interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John W. Nicholson, Daryl C. Cromer, Howard Locker, Mengnan Wang
  • Patent number: 11553026
    Abstract: Techniques are described with respect to management of streaming content. An associated computer-implemented method includes registering an event with a streaming platform and detecting from a client system of a streaming contributor unsanctioned streaming content captured from the event. The computer-implemented method further includes determining whether a selected portion of the unsanctioned streaming content includes a token associated with the event. Responsive to determining that the selected portion of the unsanctioned streaming content includes the token, the computer-implemented method further includes regulating the unsanctioned streaming content according to a media infringement policy implemented by the streaming platform. According to an embodiment, the token is a barcode or a visual representation included on at least one artifact placed at a site of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Craig M. Trim, Cesar Augusto Rodriguez Bravo, Jeremy R. Fox, Zachary A. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 11531700
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method to be performed by a computing device includes (a) receiving a request to use a camera of the computing device; (b) in response to receiving the request, (i) using a microphone of the computing device to capture audio content and (ii) using the camera of the computing device to capture an image; (c) identifying reference audio content that has at least a threshold extent of similarity with the captured audio content; and (d) outputting an indication of the identified reference audio content while displaying the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Nisarg A. Modi, Brian T. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11477327
    Abstract: Acoustic echo cancellation systems and methods are provided that can cancel and suppress acoustic echo from the output of a mixer that has mixed audio signals from a plurality of acoustic sources, such as microphones. The microphones may have captured speech and sound from a remote location or far end, such as in a conferencing environment. The acoustic echo cancellation may generate an echo-cancelled mixed audio signal based on a mixed audio signal from a mixer, information gathered from the audio signal from each of the plurality of acoustic sources, and a remote audio signal. The systems and methods may be computationally efficient and resource-friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Shure Acquisition Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Wells-Rutherford, Mathew T. Abraham, John Casey Gibbs
  • Patent number: 11471752
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for preserving and improving board games by changing the game board from a passive cardboard board to a dynamic computer controlled board while keeping the other tangible parts of the game unchanged—dice, game pieces, etc. The inherent values of board games are preserved, while improving the attractiveness of board games by using computing systems and advanced technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Dov Rotshtain
  • Patent number: 11462926
    Abstract: A pack is provided for holding and re-charging an e-cigarette. The pack com-prises a tube having a substantially cylindrical shape. The tube has a hole defined by an open end of the tube for receiving an e-cigarette into the tube, such that the e-cigarette is held in the tube. The pack further includes a re-charging mechanism for re-charging an e-cigarette held within the tube, and a light for indicating a char-ging state of the e-cigarette in the tube. The light is located at the open end of the tube adjacent the hole for receiving the e-cigarette into the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Nicoventures Trading Limited
    Inventors: Steven Michael Schennum, Thomas Michael McKeon, Matthew Joel Nettenstrom, Justin Banker Peart
  • Patent number: 11457262
    Abstract: Systems and technologies for providing an on-demand personalized news program are disclosed. The system and technologies allow an end user to create a news program that best matches the end user's tastes and preferences. To achieve this, one aspect of the disclosure relates to systematic personalization. Systematic personalization involves determining an end user's interests based on an assessment of user behavior as it relates to accessible content. The personalization process may also provide content to users that have been editorially curated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Thomson Reuters Enterprise Centre GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Johnston, Isaac Showman, Rahul Powar
  • Patent number: 11451596
    Abstract: Examples pertain to a system and method for enabling users to participate on a network conferencing session. In some examples, a first user device, using a network interface, can establish an independent network connection with a remote computer system that hosts a network conferencing session. In addition, the first user device, using a local wireless connection, can communicate with at least a second user device that is independently connected to the remote computer system. During the conferencing session, the first user device, using the local wireless connection, can direct a first audio input received on the first user device to the second user device for forwarding to the remote computer system, while maintaining the independent network connection with the remote computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Claudio Andre Heckler, Renan Antunes, Gabriela Matias Navarro
  • Patent number: 11438469
    Abstract: A wireless terminal according to an embodiment accepts a user input with a speech or a text, notifies a server of the accepted user input, and allows a user and the server to interact with each other by obtaining a question related to the user input from the server and presenting the obtained question to the user. Also, the wireless terminal receives, from the server, a list of one or more image forming apparatuses that match an intention of the user that is interpreted by the server based on the interaction through the interaction and displays the received list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11405735
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, comprising detecting a first audio output in a first room, and detecting a portion of the first audio output in a second room, determining whether the portion of the first audio output in the second room meets a trigger requirement, and for the determining that the portion meets the trigger requirement, providing an action to reduce the portion of the first audio input in the second room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Matthew Len Lee, Chelhwon Kim, Patrick Chiu, Miteshkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 11399155
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The device can display a live video communication user interface of a live video communication application that includes participant affordances corresponding to participants. In response to detecting an input that corresponds to a request to initiate a process of starting a new live communication session, the device can: in accordance with the input corresponding to selection of the first participant affordance, initiate a process of starting a new live communication session that includes a group of three or more participants; and in accordance with the input corresponding to selection of the new session affordance, initiate a process for selecting two or more participants and start a new live communication session that includes a participant associated with the device and the selected participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Lee S. Broughton, Peter Callaway, Pablo F. Caro, Jae Woo Chang, Allison Dryer, Craig M. Federighi, Robert Garcia, Stephen O. Lemay, John Louch, Hoan Pham
  • Patent number: 11394695
    Abstract: A system for generating a secure communication channel interface, the system including a computing device configured to initiate a secure communication channel interface between a user client device and the computing device, wherein the secure communication channel interface includes an audiovisual capture device; establish by the computing device, a security baseline parameter within the secure communication channel interface; wherein establishing the security baseline parameter includes transmitting to the user client device a configuration packet uniquely identifying the computing device; receiving from the user client device, a confirmation authenticating the configuration packet; establishing a communication exchange as a function of authenticating the configuration packet; detect a change in security as a function of the security baseline parameter; and execute a mitigation action to prevent a security breach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KPN INNOVATIONS, LLC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Neumann
  • Patent number: 11386933
    Abstract: An image information processing method is provided. The method includes obtaining a to-be-processed image, and preprocessing the to-be-processed image to obtain target image information, extracting facial feature point information from the target image information, and integrating the facial feature point information to a target region image to obtain an integrated image, the target region image being part of a playback image in a preset playback interval of a video, and displaying the integrated image on the video in response to detecting that the video is played to the preset playback interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Jiaping Yuan
  • Patent number: 11381863
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a memory and a processor configured to display a programming guide for a first media channel including a first media content scheduled to play at a first broadcast time and a second media channel including a second media content scheduled to play at a second broadcast time, receive a user input for creating a custom channel, the custom channel including the first media content obtained from the first media channel and the second media content obtained from the second media channel, create a custom content for the custom channel, in response to the user input, by obtaining the first media content from the first media channel at the first broadcast time and obtaining the second media content from the second media channel at the second broadcast time, receive a request for playing the custom channel, and display the custom content of the custom channel on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Skarphedinn Hedinsson, Michael P. Goslin, Scott F. Watson
  • Patent number: 11379469
    Abstract: A method for validating timestamps issued by a first node in a communications network, when the first node goes offline. A platform detects disconnection of the first node and triggers a selected second node of the communications network to acquire counter information. When the first node reconnects to the communications network, counter information is retrieved from the second node and timestamped data is received from the first node. The local timestamp information and the counter information are compared to validate or not the local timestamp information. If the local timestamp information is validated, the data can be added to a distributed database such as a Blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Sandeep Kumar Mishra
  • Patent number: 11381533
    Abstract: A client device receives a request to initiate a communication session with a particular user of a first plurality of users that are registered with the client device. The client device determines, using a sensor of the client device, a respective identity of each of a second plurality of users that are proximate to the client device. The client device determines whether an identity of the particular user matches the respective identity of any of the second plurality of users, and, in response to determining that the identity of the particular user matches the respective identity of any of the second plurality of users, the client device transmits the request to a device of the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Aryeh Selekman, Girish Patangay, Viresh Rustagi, Dev Bala, Nikhil Gautam, Rafael Camargo, Michael Jon Sundermeyer, Magdalena Krystyna Hammer
  • Patent number: 11375169
    Abstract: A video conference panoramic image spreading method is provided, in which an image capturing (acquiring) step is applied by using at least one panoramic camera to capture at least one video conference panoramic picture or image and a bodily human features recognition step is applied to achieve bodily human features recognition for recognizing each of conferee photographed subjects in the video conference panoramic picture or image, and then, based on the result of bodily human features recognition, steps of searching out a dividing point for a two-dimensional (2D) spread picture, image cutting and two-dimensional picture spreading, and stitching are carried out so as to avoid, in a real-time manner, conflicts of cutting of a human body in the conference panoramic picture or image based on the dividing point for two-dimensional spreading and correct the dividing point, for acquiring a two-dimensional panoramic picture that instantaneously reflects and completely and correctly corresponds to a primitive video c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Magic Control Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Pei-Chung Liu
  • Patent number: 11375259
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a particular item of interest of a user; determining a grouping of a number of items that are similar to the particular item; automatically creating a new video by combining the particular item and the respective number of grouped items that are similar to the particular item in accordance with a video-creation template; and providing the created video for display on a client device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: Haoran Liu, Zuli Liu, Emily Anciaux, Christopher John Marra, Andre Cassal, Peter Saisi, Zhiyao Xu
  • Patent number: 11368568
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal and an image acquisition module. The image acquisition module includes a mounting seat, a camera assembly, and a light source. The mounting seat includes a pedestal and a light transmission member, the light transmission member is coupled to the pedestal, wherein the pedestal and the light transmission member cooperatively define a receiving cavity; the camera assembly has an incident face, the camera assembly is arranged in the receiving cavity, and the incident face exposes from the light transmission member; a light source is configured to emit light transmitting through the light transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Biao Li
  • Patent number: 11368575
    Abstract: Call originator feedback may be gathered from members of a call group for a call originator. This feedback may be stored in a contact firewall data structure indexed by call originator identification information, where a contact firewall function can intercept a call to a member of the group when the contact firewall data structure indicates that an action to impact the call should be taken. In another aspect, a method may include receiving an indication of no-answer by a recipient of a call, activating a sender-controlled media (SCM) content selection/generation interface on the caller's phone, and delivering the item of content to the recipient's call message storage system, where the item of content is linked to the missed call. For example, a SCM data structure, or a link to the SCM data structure, may be delivered to the recipient's call message storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: VYNG, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Kats, Jeffrey Chernick, Mark Randall Goldston, Sohrab Pirayesh
  • Patent number: 11367164
    Abstract: An eyewear camera as a system is introduced that includes many subsystems. These subsystems include: scene imaging, control methods, tracking a user's eye, methods and techniques to increase the resolution of an image captured by a scene camera, methods to create a viewfinder, and methods to capture an image of a user's eye while simultaneously projecting an image into the user's eye. Such an eyewear will allow a user to capture a scene effortlessly, select an object within the scene, get extra information about the object via a digital personal assistant, or even modify a subset of the scene. Specific applications will be discussed that include visual aid for people with low vision and upgrading existing security cameras via proposed single camera super resolution techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Masoud Vaziri
  • Patent number: 11363081
    Abstract: A method for conducting remote communications at a funeral home in accordance with one or more aspects of the present disclosure is presented. The method includes providing a first video conference system positioned in a funeral home. A second video conference system is positioned in a vehicle structure remotely located from the funeral home. The vehicle structure is operable to have vehicles driven into and out of the vehicle structure. A communication link is established between the first and second video conference systems. One or more family members are enabled to gather at the funeral home for a funeral service of a loved one. One or more passengers are driven in a first vehicle into the vehicle structure. While the one or more passengers remain in the first vehicle, the one or more passengers and the one or more family members communicate via the communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Kathleen A. Sanvidge, Zoltan Prohaszka
  • Patent number: 11363146
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for automatically training a chatbot using utterances not understood by the chatbot itself and thus improve its understanding in a fast, effective and unsupervised way. This disclosure implements techniques to update known intents, to create new ones, and to modify the dialog manager so that new responses can be provided. Known intents can be updated with the chatbot's non-understood messages in three different ways: 1) when the user is asked to reformulate his request due to the chatbot not understanding the user, and the confidence of the new intent is greater than a confidence threshold, and the new detected intent is the same as the previous intent; 2) when the user accepts an intent suggestion from the chatbot; and 3) when the agent accepts a response suggestion from the chatbot. New intents, on the other hand, can be automatically created and automatically associated with real answers provided by human agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Sigma Technologies, S.L.
    Inventor: Jorge Rico RĂ³denas
  • Patent number: 11341711
    Abstract: System and method for rendering dynamic three-dimensional appearing imagery on a two-dimensional user interface screen of a portable computing device in dependence on a user's view-point of the screen. The method includes processing, on a portable computing device, data defining a plurality of user view-points of a user interface screen of the portable computing device. The method next includes rendering a first image of a constructed scene on the user interface screen based on a first determined user's view-point of the user interface screen of the portable computing device. The method then includes rendering a different image of the constructed scene on the user interface screen based on a subsequently determined user's view-point of the user interface screen and thereby presenting the illusion of a three-dimensional image of the constructed scene on the user interface screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan A. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 11343445
    Abstract: A computerized system comprising a processing unit and a memory, the system operating in connection with a real-time video conference stream containing a video of a user, wherein the memory embodies a set of computer-executable instructions, which cause the computerized system to perform a method involving: receiving the real time video conference stream containing the video of the user; detecting and separating the background in the received real time video conference stream from the user; and replacing the separated background with a background received from a system of a second user or with a pre-recorded background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Laurent Denoue, Scott Carter, Chelhwon Kim
  • Patent number: 11334746
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for facial recognition using a high probability group database. One method comprises maintaining (i) a first database of facial images of individuals, and (ii) a second database of facial images comprising a subset of the individuals from the first database based on a probability of individuals appearing in sequences of image frames at a given time; applying a face detection algorithm to sequences of image frames to identify one or more faces in the sequences of images; and applying a facial recognition to at least one sequence of image frames using at least the second database to identify one or more individuals in the at least one sequence of image frames. The second database is comprised of facial images of: (i) individuals from multiple angles; (ii) individuals that appeared in prior image frames; and/or (iii) individuals that appeared in an image frame generated by a plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Avitan Gefen, Omer Sagi, Amihai Savir
  • Patent number: 11336833
    Abstract: In a system including a processor and a computer-readable medium in communication with the processor, the computer-readable medium includes executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to control the system to perform receiving, from a remote system via a communication network, a first remote field of view (FOV) of a remote subject; causing, based on the received first remote FOV, a camera orienting unit to orient a camera in a first orientation, wherein the camera oriented in the first orientation has a first local FOV corresponding to the first remote FOV received from the remote system; upon orienting the camera in the first orientation, causing an image capturing unit to capture a first local image through a display; and transmitting, to the remote system via the communication network, the captured first local image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Franklin Cutler, Wen-Yu Chang, Spencer G Fowers
  • Patent number: 11325609
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assist system includes an imaging device, an alarm, and a controller. The controller includes a facial recognition unit, an occupant determination unit, and a loss determination unit. The facial recognition unit recognizes at least a part of an occupant's face in first captured images acquired from the imaging device. The occupant determination unit determines a driving state of the occupant on the basis of a second captured image in which at least the part of the face is recognizable, and generate a first alert request if the occupant is unable to drive the vehicle. The loss determination unit generates a second alert request if a third captured image in which at least the part of the face is unrecognizable occurs two or more times. The alarm outputs an alert to the occupant on the basis of the first and second alert requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Nakamura, Masayuki Marubashi, Junpei Tokizaki
  • Patent number: 11301728
    Abstract: A method of processing image data representative of at least part of an image using a computing system to detect at least one class of object in the image. The method comprises processing the image data using a neural network system selected from a plurality of neural network systems including a first neural network system arranged to detect a class of objects, and a second neural network system arranged to detect the class of objects. The first neural network system comprises a first plurality of layers and the second neural network system comprises a second plurality of layers. The second neural network system has at least one of: more layers than the first neural network system; more neurons than the first neural network system; and more interconnections between neurons than the first neural network system. The method comprises obtaining a trigger and, on the basis of the trigger, processing the image data using a selected one of the first and second neural network systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Apical Ltd.
    Inventor: Daren Croxford
  • Patent number: 11303801
    Abstract: Methods and computer program products for determining one or more settings of a camera apparatus are provided. The methods include obtaining one or more parameters of the camera apparatus and determining one or more settings of the camera apparatus using the one or more parameters and an image repository. The image repository may include images with image parameters associated with the images, which may be correlated with the one or more parameters of the camera apparatus, and the images may also have an associated rating attribute. One or more images may be identified for inclusion in a subset of images, based on an image's image parameters and/or based on an image's rating attribute. The camera settings of one image of the subset of images, corresponding to the settings used to create the one image, may be used to automatically adjust the one or more settings of the camera apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Kyndryl, Inc.
    Inventors: Dong Chen, Ling Chen, Yuan-Shyang Lee, Tao Liu, Jie Peng, Yu Lin Zhai
  • Patent number: 11290687
    Abstract: Examples described herein generally relate to a system and methods for providing a live multi-user video session. Access to the live video session may be limited and user devices may be moved between waiting rooms and the live session. The system may provide a first set of credentials to a first user device upon receiving a request from the user device to participate in the live video session. The first set of credentials allows the first user device to have access to a first separate video session different from the live video session. The system may place the first user device into the first separate video session. The system may provide a second set of credentials to the first user device. The second set of credentials allows the user device to have access to the live video session after the user device has been placed into the separate video session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: ZWEB HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventor: Francesco Becchetti
  • Patent number: 11290680
    Abstract: Techniques are provided by which a receiver of a video stream signals to the sender to freeze the video input at a certain frame, and the sender responds by adapting its encoding methods to progressively improve the quality of the sent static image. A method includes receiving at a first device a first freeze-frame request initiated by the second device. The first freeze-frame request indicates that a user of the second device requests a high-fidelity freeze-frame of a first frame of the encoded video stream from the first device. A first sequence of encoded video frames of the first frame is generated for a high-fidelity freeze-frame. Each encoded video frame of the first sequence is of progressively higher fidelity of the first frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Paul G. Bright-Thomas
  • Patent number: 11290560
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to an improved group-based communication apparatus that is configured to efficiently manage draft messaging communications in a group-based communication system. The group-based communication apparatus is configured to synchronize draft messaging communications, including creating, updating, deleting, and posting of such draft messaging communications, across multiple client devices and with a group-based communication repository. Utilizing draft message metadata associated with the draft messaging communications, the group-based communication apparatus is also configured to implement validation rules and conflict resolution procedures associated with draft messaging communications. Additionally, the group-based communication apparatus is configured to render a draft list icon or other visual indicia to a group-based communication interface to inform a user that there is a draft messaging communication associated with one or more of the group-based communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Slack Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Madeline Shortt, Ryan Greenberg
  • Patent number: 11265962
    Abstract: A communication device (e.g., a printer) may establish a wireless connection in accordance with a device provisioning protocol (DPP) between the communication device and an external device (e.g., access point) in a state in which a wireless connection has already been established between the communication device and another external device (e.g., access point). The communication device may disconnect its wireless interface from a first external device prior to connecting to a second external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Miyake
  • Patent number: 11257299
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a face model processing method performed at an electronic device. The method includes the following steps: obtaining a three-dimensional face model corresponding to a user picture, and selecting a sample oral cavity model in an oral cavity model library for the three-dimensional face model; registering the sample oral cavity model into the three-dimensional face model by using an oral cavity position parameter in the three-dimensional face model; performing form adjustment on an oral cavity form of the registered sample oral cavity model by using an expression parameter of the three-dimensional face model to generate a target oral cavity model; and generating, based on the three-dimensional face model and the target oral cavity model, a three-dimensional face expression model corresponding to the user picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Weilong Peng, Chen Li, Yuwing Tai, Xiaoyong Shen, Jiaya Jia
  • Patent number: 11256467
    Abstract: A connected classroom system provides for local and remote control and display of media streams. An instructor may, for instance, direct audio/video streams of the instructor to any number of displays and speakers located within a classroom. The system may send and receive control instructions to and from remote classrooms as well, through a network interface. The control instructions may configure any set of presentation devices in any classroom to reproduce any content originating from any source within any classroom. Accordingly, multiple classrooms located in disparate locations may participate in media exchanges arising from any source, including instructors and individual student seating locations within the classrooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Lisa Kay DeMik, Samir Desai, Kishore Prabhakar Durg, Srinivas Govindaiah, James Allen Glore, Niraj Gupta, William Alfred Jindrich, Jr., Bryan Michael McCart, Parag Pande, Damien X. Panketh, David Petricca, Nobby Rajan, Syed Sibgathulla, Surendra Sheshagiri, Gordon Trujillo, Alex Zorba, James Woodier
  • Patent number: 11259126
    Abstract: A monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property is disclosed. The monitoring system includes a microphone that is configured to detect sound within an area near a door of the property and generate audio data that represents the sound. The monitoring system includes a monitor control unit configured to obtain the audio data generated by the microphone; evaluate one or more characteristics of the audio data; based on evaluating the one or more characteristics of the audio data, determine that the audio data corresponds to a knock event at the door; and in response to determining that the audio data corresponds to a knock event at the door, perform a monitoring system action. The one or more characteristics of the audio data include one or more of a duration, a peak frequency, an amplitude, or a period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric Goebel, Robert Fennell