Two-way Video And Voice Communication (e.g., Videophone) Patents (Class 348/14.01)
  • Patent number: 9998672
    Abstract: Disclosed is a magnifier for use by blind or low vision users. The magnifier includes a camera, such as a CMOS image sensor, that displays enlarged images upon a screen for easy viewing. The magnifier further includes a handle that is pivotally interconnected to a housing to allow for handheld use in a variety of different configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos M. Rodriguez, Patrick Murphy, Waldemar H. Tunkis, Todd Conard, Michael Goldenberg, Jeffery McDaniel
  • Patent number: 9984237
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system includes a processor with at least one core to execute an application to provide intrusion detection and protection, a radar sensor to detect presence of one or more persons within a detection zone about the system and to output a detection notification responsive to the presence detection, and a peripheral controller coupled to the radar sensor to receive the detection notification and to provide the detection notification to the application, where the application is to cause a protection measure to be performed responsive to the detection notification. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Sprenger, Paul J. Gwin
  • Patent number: 9986532
    Abstract: Various examples of the present invention relate to an electronic device group paging method and an electronic device thereof, and an electronic device operating method can comprise the steps of: converting, in a discontinuous reception (DRX) mode, the electronic device from an idle state into a wakeup state when it is time to check group paging; analyzing, in the wakeup state, the validity of a group paging message received through machine type communication (MTC); and performing a specific function according to the group paging message if the group paging message is valid. In addition, the various examples of the present invention also include the aforementioned example and other examples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sung-Jun Lee, Hye-Jeong Kim, Jeong-Don Kang, Ji-Eun Jung
  • Patent number: 9986360
    Abstract: A system that automatically calibrates multiple speaker tracking systems with respect to one another based on detection of an active speaker at a collaboration endpoint is presented herein. The system collects a first data point set of an active speaker at the collaboration endpoint using at least a first camera and a first microphone array. The system then receives a plurality of second data point sets from one or more secondary speaker tracking systems located at the collaboration endpoint. Once enough data points have been collected, a reference coordinate system is determined using the first data point set and the one or more second data point sets. Finally, after a reference coordinate system has been determined, the system generates the locations of the one or more secondary speaker tracking systems with respect to the first speaker tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rune Øistein Aas, Kristian Tangeland, Erik Hellerud
  • Patent number: 9980235
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided. The information processing apparatus includes a communication interface configured to perform a wireless communication with an external apparatus and to transmit data to the external apparatus, and a controller configured to calculate a required bandwidth of a wireless communication as required by at least one application and to adjust a transmission power of the communication interface based on the calculated required bandwidth, when the at least one application is determined to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Do-won Hyun
  • Patent number: 9978238
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9977944
    Abstract: A photography subsystem is configured to be operated in fingerprint scanning mode and a normal mode. An autofocus module may be initialized to control a lens with an initial focal length set according to received instructions indicating one of the modes of operation. An image signal processor associated with the photography subsystem may process images received from the photography subsystem and, if necessary, process the images to form a candidate digital fingerprint for use in an authentication process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Colin Shiva Ramrattan, Robert James Lowles, Graham Charles Townsend
  • Patent number: 9967395
    Abstract: A modified telecommunications system is provided herein in which UEs can be associated with a user account using information other than SIM card data or a username and password combination. For example, when a subscriber activates a user account, the subscriber may be requested to provide a signature. A signature can include a unique PIN, a sample voice command, a fingerprint, a retinal scan, and/or the like. The signature may be stored in a data store in an entry corresponding to the user account. To associate a UE with a user account, the subscriber can provide a signature via the UE. The UE can then transmit the provided signature and a UE address to a management system. The management system can then store the UE address in the data store in an entry associated with the user account that corresponds with the provided signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasmin Karimli, Gunjan Nimbavikar
  • Patent number: 9967380
    Abstract: A communication system including a hard of hearing user's captioned device, the captioned device including a display screen and a processor. The processor in the captioned device is configured to: establish communication with a hard of hearing user's phone device that is independent of the hard of hearing user's captioned device, receive a text communication originating at a relay, the text communication corresponding to a transcription of the hearing user's voice signal, and display a text caption corresponding to the text communication on the display of the hard of hearing user's captioned device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ULTRATEC, INC.
    Inventors: Robert M Engelke, Kevin R Colwell
  • Patent number: 9967399
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for providing a co-browsing preview of a queued contact. According to one embodiment, providing a co-browsing preview of a queued contact can comprise receiving a contact from a customer, selecting an agent from a plurality of agents based at least in part on the contact and a defined set of skills for each of the agents, and assigning the contact to the selected agent. Assigning the contact to the selected agent can comprise placing the contact into a queue for the selected agent. A live, real-time co-browsing preview of a current user interface of the customer can be provided to the selected agent while the contact is assigned to the selected agent's queue and before the customer is connected to the selected agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Igor Khalatian, Albert Manukyan, Hayk Baghdasaryan
  • Patent number: 9967245
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for user authentication using hidden unique identifiers in networks. In some example embodiments these systems and methods only require a single human readable identifier be provided and minimize personal information exposure in the event of a network breach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Brian A. Truong
  • Patent number: 9961196
    Abstract: A method of and system for facilitating a captioned conversation between a hard of hearing user using a hard of hearing user's captioned device and a hearing user, the method including the steps of establishing communication between the captioned device and a hard of hearing user's phone device that is independent of the captioned device, and establishing communication between the captioned device and a relay for communicating a text communication from the relay to the captioned device, the text communication including a text transcript corresponding to a hearing user's voice signal transmitted to the hard of hearing user's phone device from a hearing user's phone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ULTRATEC, INC.
    Inventors: Robert M Engelke, Kevin R Colwell
  • Patent number: 9954909
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a video frame is received from an external source, one or more users are extracted from the video frame, and user attendee data is generated based on the one or more extracted users and stored in a database. The user attendee data and video frame are transmitted to the client device and a communication session of the client device is updated based on the video frame and attendee data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Smiling Al, David Ye, Jin Li
  • Patent number: 9953448
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for image processing are disclosed herein. The method, implemented in an image-processing device, comprises computation of a plurality of boundary-connectedness values associated with a plurality of regions in a plurality of Boolean maps. The plurality of Boolean maps corresponds to a plurality of color channels of an image. The plurality of boundary-connectedness values associated with the plurality of regions is compared with a pre-specified threshold value. A first set of regions is identified from the plurality of regions in the plurality of Boolean maps as a set of foreground regions, based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramin Eslami, Yu Kimishima
  • Patent number: 9948902
    Abstract: Video camera and sensor integration, in which an event is detected at a property based on sensor data and, based on the detected event, multiple cameras are controlled to operate in a tracking mode. One or more moving objects are detected in images captured by the cameras and metadata related to capture of the one or more moving objects is determined. Tracking operations of the cameras is coordinated based on the metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 9948890
    Abstract: The communication device which includes a TV phone pausing visual data selecting implementer, a TV phone implementer, a TV phone pausing visual data transferring implementer, and a digital camera implementer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 9936138
    Abstract: A user terminal apparatus and a control method thereof are provided. The user terminal apparatus includes a display including a main display area which is disposed on a front surface of the user terminal apparatus, and a sub display area which extends from one side of the main display area and is disposed on at least one area of a rear surface of the user terminal apparatus, a camera configured to photograph an image, and a processor configured to display a live view acquired through the camera on one of the main display area or the sub display area, and control the display to display, in response to an orientation of the user terminal apparatus being changed, the live view on another one of the main display area or the sub display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-sub Park, Dae-myung Kim, Dae-hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9936193
    Abstract: A device for generation of three-dimensional images in the observer's eye using at least one two-dimensional display and an optical system with an adjustable focal length. The display generates planar images corresponding to the different depths of the designed three dimensional (3D) image and the images are then directed to at least one mirror or lens with the adjustable focal length synchronized to the particular image. The optical system generates virtual images at different virtual planes in such a way that the eye receives a complete 3D virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Nikolay Ledentsov
  • Patent number: 9933275
    Abstract: A navigation device with the auto mirroring function includes: a first driving route calculator configured to collect a current position and a destination of the vehicle and to calculate a first driving route corresponding to the current position and the destination by using previously stored map information; a mirroring determinator configured to determine whether mirroring is required based on a predetermined mirroring condition; a start signal transmitter configured to transmit a navigation application start signal to the mobile device when it is determined that the mirroring is required; and a mirroring controller configured to receive and mirror a second driving route transmitted from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yong Ki Lee, Jin Young You, Kang Ju Cha, Jang Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9930489
    Abstract: A distance display method based on a social networking application includes: establishing, by a first terminal, a connection with a second terminal by using a social networking application obtaining, by the first terminal, a distance to the second terminal; and generating, by the first terminal according to the distance, an icon corresponding to the distance, and displaying the icon on an interface of the social networking application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Xiao Guo
  • Patent number: 9924209
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and a method for minimizing signal interference for a broadcasting and communication convergence section within a local area, and an apparatus applied to the same. The system has a construction of mounting a plurality of multi RF (Radio Frequency) channels within a short-range wireless transmitting apparatus located in a local area and minimizing signal interference between mutually adjacent RF channels within the short-range wireless transmitting apparatus in a standard for providing a broadcasting and communication convergence service. Accordingly, it is possible to remove the mutual channel effects affecting a communication signal without signal interference for adjacent channels due to a broadcasting signal and it is not necessary to enhance a filtering characteristic for the adjacent channels of a chipset, which corresponds to a broadcasting and communication convergence standard structure in a local area, so that there is an advantage of reducing network investment costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SK TECHX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Ho Chae
  • Patent number: 9916816
    Abstract: A method for presenting information includes: receiving a notification message when a display screen is in a screen-off state; and presenting the notification message on the display screen with darkening a selected object, when the display screen is switched into a screen-on state from the screen-off state. Herein the selected object comprises all or partial content displayed on the display screen except the notification message. Accordingly, the selected object can be darkened and hidden on the display screen while the notification message can be highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Yifan Zhu, Wankun Yang, Yinli Chen
  • Patent number: 9912777
    Abstract: An example method is provided and includes establishing, by one or more servers, a communication session that provides an endpoint with access to at least one communication data stream, wherein the at least one communication data stream involves a plurality of profiles; generating a plurality of graphical identifiers corresponding to the plurality of profiles, wherein each of the plurality of graphical identifiers has at least one visual effect that is based on a determination of whether the corresponding endpoint is presently connected to the another communication session with the one or more servers, and wherein each of the plurality of graphical identifiers has at least one additional visual effect that is based on an elapsed time since the corresponding endpoint performed the action related to the another communication session; and transmitting the plurality of graphical identifiers to the corresponding endpoint of at least one of the plurality of profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sahiba Singh Johar, Susan McGarry, Jeremy Santy, Lonny Chu
  • Patent number: 9913302
    Abstract: A method of interfacing with a serving device from a wearable device worn by a user, the method includes establishing a lossless and wireless data link between the serving device and the wearable device. The method further includes collecting, by the wearable device, audio data from one or more microphones of the wearable device. The method also includes sending, by the wearable device, the collected audio data to the serving device through the lossless and wireless data link. The method may further include providing, by the serving device, speech recognition services associated with the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Parkinson, Dashen Fan, Frederick Herrmann, John Gassel, Murshed Khandaker
  • Patent number: 9913112
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sending video content to a mobile device is described. According to one embodiment, a computer-implemented method comprising embedding a widget in a website, the widget generating a form. The form is provided when a user visits the website so as to execute the widget. The form includes a first field to enter a recipient phone number, a send selector, and one or more non-visible fields, the non-visible fields containing a content service provider identifier, and a video URL. A data packet is generated with the widget when the user selects the send selector, the data packet including the recipient phone number, the video URL, and the content service provider identifier. An encoded version of the data packet is sent to the content service provider and a video link message is sent to the recipient phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventors: Scirocco Michelle Six, Sterling Mace, Rajeev Raman, Stephen Mui, Jason Fisher
  • Patent number: 9911164
    Abstract: This invention is a system and method for managing restaurant customer data elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew Silver
  • Patent number: 9905244
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for real-time audio processing employs a gaze detection sensor to detect a direction of a user's gaze and output a gaze signal corresponding to the detected direction of the user's gaze. A digital signal processing unit responds to a plurality of signals corresponding to a plurality of sounds received at the apparatus, and the determined direction of gaze to identify a signal of interest from the plurality of signals using the gaze signal. The signal of interest is processed for output to the user. In embodiments, a microphone array provides the plurality of signals. An imaging sensor may work with either the microphone array or the gaze detection sensor to identify the signal of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Justin Van Winkle, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman
  • Patent number: 9906725
    Abstract: A method and device for adapting a display image on a hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device. The device includes a camera for capturing a digital video and/or still image of a user, means for adjusting the captured digital image in response to poor image capture angle of said image capture device so as to create a modified captured digital image; and means for transmitting said modified captured digital image over a wireless communication network to a second hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MOUNUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC
    Inventors: John N. Border, Ronald S. Cok, Amy D. Enge, Andrew F. Kurtz, Joseph A. Manico, Lynn Schilling-Benz, Peter O. Stubler, Frances C. Williams
  • Patent number: 9898850
    Abstract: A support and complement device etc., are provided, which appropriately generates the character's motion for content introduction in a simple manner. The user inputs a command to an input device, which specifies the character's motion used for content introduction. The support and complement device complements the command input operation. The content includes material data and language data. The language data includes voice data to be emitted by the character. A unit for recognizing emotions analyzes the material data and the language data, and deduces the emotion pattern to be expressed by the character. A unit for choosing commands determines the character's motion using the deduced emotion pattern, command, and voice data, and generates a motion command. A unit for reading out animation movies for user's check instructs a readout device to display a proposed animation movie generated by the unit for choosing commands, thereby allowing the user to review it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BOND Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromi Furukawa, Hiroyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 9900488
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a flexible screen capable of being folded and/or bent by a user. A first camera is disposed on a first surface of the flexible screen and a second camera is disposed on a second surface of the flexible screen. A detection unit is configured to detect, in a first condition, whether the first camera and/or the second camera is blocked because the user folds and/or bends the flexible screen. A control unit is configured to control an ON/OFF state of the first camera and/or the second camera based on a detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ben Xu
  • Patent number: 9896166
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically enabling an automated commercial fishing process is provided. The method includes enabling a commercial fishing software application associated with selecting a location for implementing a commercial fishing process. In response user data identifying a user and license data associated with a commercial fishing license belonging to the user are received. A control signal is transmitted to a vehicle. The control signal enables control of the vehicle such that the vehicle initiates motion and navigates in a specified direction towards a specified geographical area. Control hardware of the vehicle verifies a status of the commercial fishing license belonging to the user and it is determined if the commercial fishing license authorizes commercial fishing activities within the specified geographical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ahamed Jalaldeen, Chivukula V. Narayana
  • Patent number: 9894461
    Abstract: A communications system is to communicate with an application server storing a plurality of applications. The communications system includes a mobile wireless communications device configured to store at least one application from among the plurality of applications, the at least one application having stored version information associated therewith. An intermediate server is configured to update the mobile wireless communications device by at least obtaining respective current version information for associated current versions of the plurality of applications and obtaining the stored application version information from the mobile wireless communications device for the at least one stored application. The stored application version information is compared with the current version information for the at least one stored application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Xianfeng Chen, Orlin Vesselinov Stoev
  • Patent number: 9894238
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a data sharing unit configured to cause an application selected as a data output destination to process data which is output by an application which is a data output source; a process-object-data generation control unit configured to generate process object data in one of a first format and a second format based on image data acquired by an image information interface from an image information source; and an application-information display unit configured to display identification images for identifying applications which the data sharing unit can select as the data output destination if the data sharing unit is to process either data of the first format or data of the second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 9892573
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses that may facilitate communications to rate driver performance and provide a driver rating to a driver in a competitive manner are provided. Driver computing devices may collect drive data (e.g., vehicle telematics data) to determine whether conditions are met (i.e., whether a driver speeds, brakes hard, or drives at night). The system may generate a driver rating based on these conditions. The rating may be used in a competitive manner (such as by sharing ratings with friends) and rewards given for good performance (such as new levels for display in a social environment, or financial incentives such as charitable donation or sweepstakes entry).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Chienlan Hsu-Hoffman, Maryam Zahedi, Taylor Parsell, Evan Gibbs
  • Patent number: 9888237
    Abstract: Improved video coding is described to encode video data within a sequence of video frames. To this end, at least a portion of a reference frame is encoded to include motion information associated with the portion of the reference frame. At least a portion of a predictable frame that includes video data predictively correlated to s portion of said reference frame is defined based on the motion information. At least said portion of the predictable frame is encoded without including corresponding motion information and including mode identifying data. The mode identifying data indicate that the encoded portion of the predictable frame can be directly derived using at least the motion information associated with the portion of the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Feng Wu, Shipeng Li
  • Patent number: 9881359
    Abstract: A video communication method and system implementing video communication between a first user and a second user in instant communication are disclosed. The method includes: receiving a request for video communication; determining whether to perform a blurred processing on a video image of the first user; and if affirmative, performing the blurred processing on the video image of the first user such that a blurred video image of the first user is displayed on a video dialog window of the second user. Using the present disclosure, convenient online interactions via video communication may be achieved while ensuring that respective privacies of users are not overly exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Shuyan Liu
  • Patent number: 9883537
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and system for self-adaptive pairing communication between intelligent devices. The method comprises: sequentially connect all the intelligent devices into a network to establish network connections, and construct a virtual network; after being connected into the network, all the intelligent devices transmit respective role information and data processing characteristic information to one another and store the received information, till the mutual transmission of the corresponding role information and data processing characteristic information of all the intelligent devices is completed; and when a first intelligent device needs to carry out transmission of control information and data information with another intelligent device, the first intelligent device carries out data exchange with the other intelligent devices matching the first intelligent device according to the information of the first intelligent device and the stored information of all the intelligent devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SKYWORTH-RGB ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhiqun Wu
  • Patent number: 9880705
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for navigating a user interface are provided. In some embodiments, methods for navigating a user interface is provided, the method comprising: causing a user interface to be presented including media identifiers that correspond media assets; causing the media identifiers to be arranged along a first direction; causing a first media identifier at a first position to be highlighted; causing a menu element to be presented at a first menu position associated with the first media identifier; receiving an instruction from a user input device to navigate to a next element along the first direction; causing a second media identifier next to the first position to be highlighted in response to receiving the instruction; causing the menu element to be presented at a second menu position associated with the second media identifier; and inhibiting presentation of the menu element at the first menu position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Joseph Wheeler, Chris Lauritzen
  • Patent number: 9872083
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a data processing method comprises generating impression estimate data that specifies an estimated total number of impressions of a plurality of non-program media items that are possible during future transmission of a plurality of media programs via a plurality of media channels; based on the impression estimate data, generating campaign data specifying a target number of impressions of a particular non-program media item and specifying one or more particular media channels to receive the particular non-program media item; based on the campaign data, and based upon transmission schedule data that specifies future times of transmission of the plurality of media programs via the plurality of media channels, automatically determining digitally stored promotional schedule data that specifies a plurality of times to transmit the particular non-program media item to achieve the target number of impressions; wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jocelyne Francis, Brian Tatum, Amanda Held, Justin Streufert, Sarah Gershkon, Anthony Anderson, John Urbanik, Jacob Stern, Stacy Milspaw, Mahmoud Abdelsalam, Grant Wu, Jake Cornelius, Rolando Fentanes, Christian Tessier-Lavigne, Samuel Lite, Ankit Buddhiraju
  • Patent number: 9872186
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a call state over a single radio voice call continuity (SRVCC) handover, for a communication device in a wireless communication system is provided. The method includes performing, by a modem processor of the communication device, the SRVCC handover from a first type call to a second type call when an SRVCC handover command is received from a network of the wireless communication system, sending, by the modem processor, a first indication for notifying an occurrence of SRVCC handover to an application processor of the communication device, and monitoring, by the application processor, a call state of the second type maintained in the modem processor after the first indication is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiang Wu
  • Patent number: 9864430
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that are related to gaze tracking via image data. One example provides, on a gaze tracking system comprising an image sensor, a method of determining a gaze direction, the method comprising acquiring image data via the image sensor, detecting in the image data facial features of a human subject, determining an eye rotation center based upon the facial features using a calibrated face model, determining an estimated position of a center of a lens of an eye from the image data, determining an optical axis based upon the eye rotation center and the estimated position of the center of the lens, determining a visual axis by applying an adjustment to the optical axis, determining the gaze direction based upon the visual axis, and providing an output based upon the gaze direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Dijia Wu, Michael J. Conrad, Tim Burrell, Xu Miao, Zicheng Liu, Qin Cai, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Patent number: 9860536
    Abstract: An image-creation method includes capturing an image as digital data, locating an area of interest of the captured image, extracting, from the digital data, at least some data corresponding to the located area of interest, digitally magnifying the extracted at least some data to yield digitally magnified data, and combining the digitally magnified data with at least some of the digital data of the captured image to yield combined data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Enforcement Video, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Cilia, Robert V. Vanman
  • Patent number: 9848166
    Abstract: A communication unit prevents a malfunction which initiates communication against a user's will when communication for the purpose of remote dialog, without requiring a complex operation on the part of the user. This communication unit, used when a sender transmits his or her image or speech information to a recipient, comprises: a device that acquires image and speech information; a home server that transmits communication data indicating the information acquired by the information acquisition device to a device possessed by the recipient; and a detection unit that detects an object to be detected which is generated or changed by an action of the sender. The detection unit detects mutually different types of the objects each to be detected. Then, the home server starts transmitting the communication data when each detection result from each of two or more types of the detection units satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Nakano, Takashi Orime, Kenji Hirosawa, Hiroyuki Yajima, Hiroyuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9848165
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product for protecting privacy of a customer and an agent using face recognition in a video contact center environment is presented. A video call is initiated by a customer to a contact center. The customer video is muted while audio of the customer is provided to an agent of the contact center. A determination is made regarding whether a face is present in a video image of the customer. When a presence of a face is determined in the video image of the customer, then video of the customer is enabled. When a presence of a face is not present in the video image of the customer then the customer is notified so the customer can take appropriate action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Deep Subhash Pai, Jaydeep Deepak Bhalerao
  • Patent number: 9848168
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for implementing a video conference includes obtaining in real time an image of a first scene from a main camera located in a first conference site, obtaining in real time an image of a second scene from an auxiliary camera located in the first conference site, the second scene is a part of the first scene, and the second scene includes a target object, generating a target image in real time according to the image of the first scene and the image of the second scene and based on a location of the target object in the first conference site, a location of the image of the second scene in the target image is corresponding to the location of the target object in the first conference site, and sending the target image in real time to a display device located in a second conference site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tian Wang, Yanling Guo, Bo Liu
  • Patent number: 9848169
    Abstract: Enterprise communication display systems enable life-like images for videoconferencing and entertainment productions. Life-like images appear in a 3D environment where imaged people are visible through the use of specially configured see-through displays. Imaged people can also be viewed amongst a reflected foreground. Methods for enterprise wide deployments for corporate, healthcare, education, and government communications, including hotel properties and a property management system are shown. The invention further advances the communication and display art by creating novel direct projection see-through screen configurations that eliminate unwanted secondary images in the room, conceal exposed projector lenses, reduce lens flare, makes practical multi-use room installations, images conferees among a room environment, enables touch screen interactivity, and utilizes extreme short throw projectors to reduce cost and bulk of common throw projectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventors: Steve H. McNelley, Jeffrey S. Machtig
  • Patent number: 9843772
    Abstract: A method for providing telepresence by employing avatars is provided. The method includes steps of: (a) a corresponding location searching part determining a location in a first space where an avatar Y? corresponding to a human Y in a second space will be placed, if a change of a location of the human Y in the second space is detected from an initial state, by referring to (i) information on the first space and the second space and (ii) information on locations of the humans X and Y, and the avatar X? in the first and the second spaces; and (b) an avatar motion creating part creating a motion of the avatar Y? by referring to information on the determined location where the avatar Y? will be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: Korea Advanced Institute Of Science And Technology, Center Of Human-Centered Interaction For Coexistence
    Inventors: Sung Hee Lee, Bum Jae You
  • Patent number: 9838651
    Abstract: Systems and methods for streaming video and/or audio from wireless cameras are provided. Methods may include, at a network camera, receiving an instruction to begin video capture from a first network node, including information identifying a second network node. A first video stream may be sent from the network camera to the first network node, and a second video stream may be simultaneously sent to the second network node. The first and second video streams may be based on common video capture data, and may be sent at different bitrates, different resolutions, different frame-rates, and/or different formats. A parameter of the second video stream may be adjusted in response to performance data received from the second network node or another network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: John Bateman, Oleg Ostap, Oliver Hoheisel, David Kim, Vijay Karnataki
  • Patent number: 9833097
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a controller determines a particular compartment of a smart postal box in which a package is to be delivered. The controller associates the particular compartment with an authorized entity. The controller provides the authorized entity access to the particular compartment by aligning rolling doors of the smart postal box with the particular compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Calvin Byers, Gonzalo Salgueiro, Aparna Vellala, Salini Kumar Bogadapati, Jagadish Chandra Prasad Mynampati
  • Patent number: 9830927
    Abstract: A system for processing audio data comprising an audio data source. A delay system coupled to the audio data source and a delay input and configured to delay audio data provided by the audio data source by an amount of time equal to the delay input. A randomizer system coupled to the delay input and configured to generate an output that randomly changes as a function of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PSYX RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventor: Robert W. Reams