Two-way Video And Voice Communication (e.g., Videophone) Patents (Class 348/14.01)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9832144
    Abstract: A method and device are described for implementing instant communication. Information indicating that a first user is logged into an instant communication interface is obtained. On-line users are displayed to the first user in response to the login of the first user. A first user selects an object to follow from the on-line users and, information about the selected object to follow is received in response to the first user selecting the object to follow from the on-line users. The first user may be set into a first instant communication room in which the selected object to follow resides, for performing instant communication. The device includes: an obtaining module, a displaying module and a processing module. In this manner communication between strangers is facilitated and the efficiency of making friends is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuhuang Li, Xingyi Zhang, Xiaoxiang Zuo, Xin Xie, Shiqi Xu, Xianxian Zhang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9824428
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image correction method, an image correction apparatus and a video system. The image correction method comprises: obtaining an actual face image; obtaining a target sample image matching with the actual face image; and correcting each eye area of the actual face image according to the target sample image such that orientation of each eye area of the corrected actual face image coincides with orientation of a corresponding eye area of the target sample image. The present invention may enable pupil portions of eye areas in a received face image to look toward a camera, thereby realizing an equal communication and improving sensory experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lijie Zhang, Naifu Wu
  • Patent number: 9821825
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for processing an intermittent information in railway, the method comprising determining that data of a prescribed first length is received in first and second buffers; reading and storing the data of the first length in the first and second buffers; determining that data of a prescribed second length is received in the first and second buffers; reading and storing the data of the second length in the first and second buffers; and generating a final data by combining the data of the first length and the data of the second length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok Heon Kim, Jae Mun Han, Yong Gee Cho
  • Patent number: 9807497
    Abstract: A sound source localization device, which has a plurality of sound pickup devices which record a sound signal and specifies a direction of a sound source based on sound signals recorded by at least two sound pickup devices of the sound pickup devices, includes a notification device that notifies information based on an arrangement of the sound pickup devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Nakadai
  • Patent number: 9804731
    Abstract: A conferencing arrangement and method for sharing information within a conference space, the arrangement comprising a common presentation surface positioned within the conference space, the common presentation surface including a presentation surface area, a common presentation surface driver, a system processor linked to the driver, the system processor receiving information content and presenting the information content via the common presentation surface and a user interface device including a device display screen and a device processor, the device processor programmed to provide a dynamic interface via the device display screen that is usable to create an arbitrary number of distinct sharing spaces on the presentation surface area for sharing information content and to automatically modify the interface to include features for controlling content presented in the sharing spaces as the number of distinct sharing spaces is altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A Baloga
  • Patent number: 9805184
    Abstract: A method of unlocking an electronic device based on motion recognitions generates motion information by detecting a user's motion, calculates optical flows based on the motion information, converts the optical flows into a code by sorting and grouping the optical flows based on predetermined reference directions, generates a comparison result indicating whether the code is consistent with a predetermined password by comparing the code with the predetermined password, and determines whether to unlock the electronic device based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang-Hyuk Bae, Kyu-Min Kyung, Tae-Chan Kim, Seong-Yeong Jeong, Shung-Han Cho
  • Patent number: 9805501
    Abstract: An image rendering method and apparatus where the method includes recognizing a target area from a to-be-rendered image, setting a virtual light source for the target area, and performing rendering on the target area using the virtual light source. When rendering is performed on the to-be-rendered image, the rendering performed on the to-be-rendered image is implemented using the virtual light source. The virtual light source plays a rendering action only on the target area corresponding to the virtual light source, and does not affect another part of the to-be-rendered image, and therefore an image effect of the to-be-rendered image may be relatively good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chuanna Huang, Jing Xiao, Guangyao Zhao
  • Patent number: 9807812
    Abstract: A communication terminal, installed with a plurality of types of communication application, receives first terminal identification information for identifying the first communication terminal from a second mobile terminal, after the second mobile terminal has received the first terminal identification information from a first mobile terminal, the first mobile terminal being a mobile terminal that has obtained the first terminal identification information from the first communication terminal through a first communication session. The communication terminal activates one of the plurality of types of communication application based on the first terminal identification information, and starts communicating with the first communication terminal through a second communication session using the activated communication application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinaga Kato, Haruomi Higashi, Atsushi Itoh, Kazunori Ide
  • Patent number: 9794599
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a system and method for auditing a plurality of multimedia content, creating a contextual cycle of multimedia contents, and associating the plurality of the multimedia content with a source. The system comprises a plurality of multimedia input sources configured for receiving a plurality of multimedia content, an analysis and recognition module connected to the plurality of multimedia input sources and configured for analyzing and recognizing the plurality of the received multimedia contents, and an auditing console communicatively coupled with the analysis and recognition module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TELIBRAHMA CONVERGENT COMMUNICATIONS PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Suresh Narasimha
  • Patent number: 9791938
    Abstract: Systems and methods for camera-based fingertip tracking are disclosed. One such method includes identifying at least one location of a fingertip in at least one of the video frames, and mapping the location to a user input based on the location of the fingertip relative to a virtual user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiminobu Sugaya, Andrew Sugaya
  • Patent number: 9787943
    Abstract: A system and method providing gesture controlled video conferencing includes a local capture device detecting movements of a user in a local environment and an audio/visual display. A processor is coupled to the capture device and a remote capture device and a remote processor at a remote environment via a network. The local processor includes instructions to render a representation of the remote environment on the display responsive to the remote processor and remote capture device. The processor also tracks movements of a local user in a space proximate to the local capture device. Responsive to a user gesture detected at the local capture device, the audio or visual signals provided by the remote capture device are altered to change the representation of the remote location is altered locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Dawson Yee
  • Patent number: 9769390
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed in which an optical image connector is moved from a second position to a first position. Light is received from a first direction and accordingly forming of a first optical image on an image sensor is caused using a first optical input. The optical image connector is moved from the first position to the second position. Light is received by the optical image connector from a second optical input. The second optical input is in a direction at least 90 degrees different than the first direction. A second optical image corresponding to the received light is formed on the image sensor by the optical image connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Tom Pylkkanen
  • Patent number: 9762861
    Abstract: A method is disclosed which provides for multicasting video of an event, thereby allowing geographically dispersed members of a user's social network to experience a user's current locale, so that the user's friends may join him via live video at events (concerts, clubs, or other venues) which they cannot attend in person. The method includes the steps of enabling transmission of an invitation to at least one selected individual; processing an acceptance of the invitation; processing a live video signal of the event; storing the signal in a streaming database; and outputting a video stream in accordance with the acceptance. The outputting may be performed in real time. The processing of the live video signal may also include caching the video signal, so that the event may be viewed other than in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 9755847
    Abstract: A method for sharing media within a chat room system, including: in response to receipt of a sharing selection from a user at a device, rerouting an audio output from a default audio output of the device to a virtual audio output, capturing a primary audio stream generated by an application executed on the device with the virtual audio output, sending the primary audio stream to an external server for distribution to secondary user devices, receiving a secondary audio stream from the external server and concurrently playing the primary audio stream and secondary audio stream at an audio output of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rabbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Clavel, Timophey Zaitsev, Stefan Birrer, Alexandre Francois
  • Patent number: 9756187
    Abstract: A mobile telephone device (10) comprises a microphone (20) and one or more spaced audio sensors (12) to sense the position and/or voice characteristics of one or more individual speakers (16). A mute control means (14) employs sound phase, and/or sound time of arrival, and/or sound loudness to create a map of the positions of individual speakers (16). The mute control means (14) identifies individual speaker (16) voice characteristics using one, the other or both of audio signal analysis of the sound of individual speaker's voices; and use of voice CODEC analysis results for each individual speaker. A call may involve no sound muting, may involve sound muting except for one individual speaker (16), or sound muting except for any one of a plurality of accepted individual speakers. A default individual speaker position immediately before and closest the microphone is provided. Positional tolerance for individual speakers of at least 5% to 10% is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Sandeep Kumar Chintala
  • Patent number: 9749072
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system that implements a multi-channel command and data processing device for multichannel data processing and transmission systems that are designed to connect to different types of data sources and sinks and describes a device configured to implement a novel endpoint parameter management architecture for generic devices. The system uses a multi-channel command and data processing device with one or more inputs and one or more outputs, with a processor and a memory, in communication with a data storage that manages endpoint parameters of one or more input devices and one or more output devices. The system further includes a data terminal and a plurality of endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ClearOne, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9749584
    Abstract: A video conferencing system conducting a videoconference comprising a computing device comprising a processor that, upon receiving input to mute the videoconference from a first participant of the videoconference creates a looping video and displays the looping video to a number of participants of the videoconference and converts detected speech of a number of participants of the videoconference into text and displays the text on a monitor of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Juan Martinez, Chi So, James McClellan
  • Patent number: 9743118
    Abstract: Systems and methods of emulating a conversation about a thematic content event are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment receives a member dialog video from a community member who is a member of a plurality of community members, wherein the member dialog video includes video and audio portions, and wherein the member dialog video expresses at least one of a personal opinion and a personal viewpoint about the thematic content event; generates dialog text from the audio portion of each received member dialog video, wherein the dialog text comprises words and phrases spoken by the community member in the member dialog video; receives a modified thematic content event; compares the words and phrases of the dialog text with the plurality of keywords; and associates at least one portion of the member dialog video having the words and phrases of the dialog text that match with the matching keyword of the anchor point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Broadcasting Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Brandon Newell, Omar Khan
  • Patent number: 9736203
    Abstract: A system and method for virtual social colocation with dynamic participation and audience among users with defined relationships are disclosed. In one embodiment, bridging of digital content and audio and/or video streams originating from one of first end points and incoming audio and/or video streams from remaining first end points is enabled on the one of the first end points. Further, first integrated audio and/or video streams and a second integrated audio and/or video stream are created based on the digital content and the audio and/or video streams originating from the one of the first end points and the incoming audio and/or video streams and sent to the remaining first end points and a virtual social colocation service (VSCS), respectively, by the one of the first end points. Also, the second integrated audio and/or video stream is broadcasted to the second end points by the VSCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ITTIAM SYSTEMS PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Sattam Dasgupta, Anil Kumar Agara Venkatesha Rao
  • Patent number: 9734530
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a watchlist of products relating to any type of item/service/event for which any type of purchase may be made by a user. The system permits a user to access a website and identify items of the website that are of interest and other users (or friends) and associate one or more users with one or more items in the watchlist. The system stores the identified items and friends in a watchlist for later retrieval, review, transmission or action by the user. The system may periodically inform the user of any changes to the items of interest or any changes in purchases made by the users friends to items in the watchlist. Items may alternatively be added from multiple websites, multiple emails or automatically by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: @PAY IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: John P. Killoran
  • Patent number: 9736351
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus configured to transmit image data to a reception apparatus through a network, in which a setting value for generating captured data and a setting value for generating image data by an encoding unit are updated according to reception of a command that sets the setting value for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit. When the setting value for generating the captured data is updated according to the received command, notification is performed through the network regardless of a restart process is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9729826
    Abstract: A communication management system and a method of managing communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Hasegawa, Takeshi Homma
  • Patent number: 9723262
    Abstract: A web-based video conferencing system and method for providing remote visitation with inmates incarnated in a prison. All visitations are initiated by the inmates and no endpoint control by prison personnel is required. Inmate terminals in the prison communicate via Internet with visitor Internet-enabled devices. Payment for services is paid by visitors using an on-line payment service relieving prison personnel of any handling of money. All calls (excluding clergy, lawyers, etc.) are typically recorded and no routine monitoring is required by prison personnel. A fee-per-minute is charged. Time is tracked for each call and the call duration and remaining time for a call based upon the maximum allowed call length and an inmate's available minutes are displayed for both the visitor and the inmate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HomeWAV, LLC
    Inventor: Gary James Humphries
  • Patent number: 9723245
    Abstract: Provided are data transmitting apparatuses and methods, data receives apparatuses and methods, and data transceiving systems and methods. A data transmitting apparatus includes: a packet generator configured to generate an audio metadata packet; and a transmitter configured to transmit the generated audio metadata packet to a data receiving apparatus, wherein a header of the generated audio metadata packet includes a split screen information field in relation to audio data represented by the generated audio metadata packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyeong-jae Lee, Soo-young Kim, Jong-hwa Kim, Il-ju Na
  • Patent number: 9720510
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for identifying a characteristic of an object. The technique includes determining that the object is a target of a directional gesture and detecting a trigger event that occurs while the object is the target of the directional gesture. The technique further includes, in response to the trigger event, acquiring sensor data associated with the object via one or more sensors and analyzing the sensor data to identify at least one characteristic of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Jaime Elliot Nahman
  • Patent number: 9723265
    Abstract: Systems and methods for videoconferencing using an avatar are described. The presence of a user may be detected by analyzing video captured by a digital camera. The avatar may be provided to a remote device to represent the detected user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eric H C Liu
  • Patent number: 9717090
    Abstract: A first near-end terminal is able to conduct voice or video calls with at least one far-end terminal via a packet-based communication system, the first near-end terminal being a mobile user terminal of a near-end user. The first near-end terminal is enabled to discover proximity of at least one second near-end terminal available to provide a resource for use by the near-end user in conjunction with the first near-end terminal when conducting one of said calls, the resource being for use in conducting at least part of the call or in conjunction with the call. The first near-end terminal is also arranged, based on discovering said proximity, to present the near-end user with a message indicating the availability of the second near-end terminal to provide the resource when conducting the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alastair Gillett, Manrique Brenes, Theo Short
  • Patent number: 9716859
    Abstract: A mobile device, and a method and computer program product for displaying a streaming video image at the mobile device during a packet based video call via a channel established over a wireless communication network, the method includes receiving a speed indication of the mobile device and sending said indication to a communication client application; and responsive to receiving said indication, the communication client application is configured to limit the amount of information in the streaming video image that is supplied for display on a display of the mobile device during the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Skype
    Inventor: Sten Tamkivi