Two-way Video And Voice Communication (e.g., Videophone) Patents (Class 348/14.01)
  • Patent number: 10153854
    Abstract: A live uplink transmission and broadcasting management system and method for managing a plurality of live uplink transmissions and broadcasting events, the system comprising: (i) a publication portal for publishing transmissions of live events; (ii) a database for storing metadata, system data, broadcast data and user data; (iii) a broadcast manager adapted for receiving and processing in real-time metadata information related to a plurality of live uplink transmission events wherein each live uplink transmission event transmits in a plurality of uplink channels, wherein processed metadata information generate data elements adapted for being used in telecom and datacom real time management applications, said broadcast manager also adapted for updating the publication portal with live event information and (iv) a set of Quality of Service (QOS) management methods to coordinate the usage of Uplink transmissions based on the received metadata and their processing in the broadcast manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: LiveU Ltd.
    Inventor: Baruch Yosef Altman
  • Patent number: 10148482
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a video interconnect system that may establish a Video over Long Term Evolution (ViLTE) communication session between two interacting client devices. In some examples, the video interconnect system may selectively establish a ViLTE communication based on one or more rules associated with the domain information of interacting client devices, availability of network bandwidth, bandwidth consumption of a video component of the ViLTE communication, or established service agreements between telecommunication service providers of the interacting client devices. Further, the video interconnect system may facilitate generating termination charges for a video and/or audio communication session of a ViLTE communication. For example, a video component of the ViLTE communication may be charged and metered based on data usage, and an audio component of the ViLTE communication may be charged and metered based on the duration and relative location of the interacting client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Hichem Zait, Nassereddine Sabeur
  • Patent number: 10142526
    Abstract: A multi-part electronic device has a mode with at least two overlapped device parts comprising a first camera part mounted on a first device part and a second camera part mounted on a second device part. At least one of the first and second camera parts is resiliently mounted such that contact between the first and second camera parts when the first device part and the second device part are overlapped with each other aligns the first camera part and the second camera part within a selected angular deviation between the camera parts' respective optical axes. A camera part having a body and a flexible mount and a method of reducing tilt error are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Marko Eromäki, Urho Konttori, Eero Tuulos
  • Patent number: 10133408
    Abstract: A method, electronic device and computer program product are disclosed. The method includes detecting an operation made on a device, determining a frame of video, and sends the frame of video to a second device. The device includes a processor, a display, a playing unit, and a signal transmitting unit. The processor detects an operation made on the device while the playing unit is playing a video, determines a frame of video, and controls the signal transmitting unit to send the frame of video to a second device. The computer program product includes executable code to perform: detecting an operation made on a device, determining a frame of video and sending the frame of video to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Zhengjun Yin
  • Patent number: 10135993
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating a communication session receive a sound signal and determine at least one contributing source to the received sound signal from among a plurality of communication endpoints, wherein each respective communication endpoint of the plurality of communication endpoints is associated with a corresponding participant in the communication session and includes a microphone and loudspeaker. Based on a determination of multiple communication endpoints being co-located, one or more embodiments perform at least one of processing the received sound signal by selectively altering the received sound signal, or initiating an instruction to inhibit further contribution, to the sound signal, from at least one of the co-located multiple communication endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventors: Natan Shaltiel, Yuval Golan
  • Patent number: 10134296
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention disclosed herein provides techniques for controlling a movement training environment. A movement training system retrieves a movement object from a set of movement objects. The movement training system attains first motion capture data associated with a first user performing a movement based on the movement object. The movement training system generates a first articulable representation based on the first motion capture data. The movement training system compares at least one first joint position related to the first articulable representation with at least one second joint position related to a second articulable representation associated with the movement object. The movement training system calculates a first similarity score based on a difference between the at least one first joint position and the at least one second joint position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Fraser Anderson, Tovi Grossman, Justin Frank Matejka, George Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 10129502
    Abstract: A method of authorizing video contents during a video call initiated by a first device to a second device, includes capturing the video contents of the video call, generating a watermark payload from information about at least one of the first device and the second device, applying the watermark payload to the video contents, and transmitting the watermarked video contents to at least one of the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Sariya Ansari, Tanweer Alam
  • Patent number: 10122964
    Abstract: Either of a first person image capturing a person located in front of a first projection surface from a first projection surface side and a second person image capturing the person from an opposite side of the first projection surface with respect to the person is projected on a second projection surface of a remote place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisui Okuma
  • Patent number: 10122900
    Abstract: A web cam device includes a camera housing, a camera disposed in the camera housing, a data cable coupled to the camera that extends from the camera housing, and a base including an aperture to receive the data cable such that the base is slideable along the data cable, where the aperture provides a sliding friction to the data cable, and where the camera is operable to be mounted on a monitor when the camera is positioned on a front of the monitor, the data cable is configured to pass through the aperture of the base, and the base is secured against the back of the monitor and held by the sliding friction of the aperture on the data cable. The camera housing can include a protrusion extending from the camera housing and is flush against the front of the monitor when the camera is mounted on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Ivan Liu, Ivan Ho, Jr-Jay Jhang, Gary Choi, Chun-Wei Su, Luke Wu
  • Patent number: 10110768
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting and registering applications associated with operation of a multifunction peripheral includes a processor, a network interface and a memory. A plurality of user selectable applications for operation of a multifunction peripheral controller is stored. Each customization group includes a plurality of electronic files, and each customization group corresponds to a unique business type. A plurality of device customization data sets, each data set corresponding to document processing in the multifunction peripheral are also stored. Indicia are displayed identifying customization groups by business type. At least one user selected application is identified. A customizations menu listing available customizations from the selected identified customization group is generated. A user selects one or more applications from the customizations menu. A determination is made as to whether each application associated with the user application selection input is registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: David Webb, William Su, Dehua Zhao, Marianne Kodimer, Louis Ormond, Christopher Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10104423
    Abstract: Systems and methods here may be used to communicate wirelessly with a wireless user device, communicate with a media service provider by a network, communicate with a media equipment player, receive from the wireless user device, a request to access a media service by the media service provider, access media available by the media service provider and communicate the availability of the media to the wireless user device, and mirror playing of the media from the media service provider by the media equipment player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Ted Andrew Watson, Matthew Fitzgerald, Yogesh Ranade
  • Patent number: 10097975
    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: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Xianfeng Chen, Orlin Vesselinov Stoev
  • Patent number: 10096125
    Abstract: A forecasting neural network receives data and extracts features from the data. A recurrent neural network included in the forecasting neural network provides forecasted features based on the extracted features. In an embodiment, the forecasting neural network receives an image, and features of the image are extracted. The recurrent neural network forecasts features based on the extracted features, and pose is forecasted based on the forecasted features. Additionally or alternatively, additional poses are forecasted based on additional forecasted features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Jimei Yang, Yu-Wei Chao, Scott Cohen, Brian Price
  • Patent number: 10097795
    Abstract: A video recorder cluster for use in a video surveillance system includes multiple recorder nodes that can each participate in processing of user-specified operations such as playback, recording, and analysis of the video streams. The video recorder cluster determines the required resources for processing the video data of streams, determines the available resources on each of the recorder nodes, and forwards the video data of the streams to recorder nodes that either include the required resources or include a preferred set of available resources in accordance with the required resources. The video recorder cluster presents a single cluster address for client user devices to access the resources of the video recorder cluster, thereby enabling the video recorder cluster to appear as a single virtual network video recorder to clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: James Trani
  • Patent number: 10079861
    Abstract: Custom traffic tagging on a control plane backend is disclosed. Information associated with a video session is obtained. Based at least in part on at least some of the obtained information associated with the video session, additional metadata to associate with the video session is determined. The additional metadata is determined from metadata obtained from one or more disparate sources. The video session is associated with the determined additional metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Conviva Inc.
    Inventors: Faisal Zakaria Siddiqi, Alexey Serbin, Haijie Wu
  • Patent number: 10074161
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a sky editing system and related processes for sky editing. The sky editing system includes a composition detector to determine the composition of a target image. A sky search engine in the sky editing system is configured to find a reference image with similar composition with the target image. Subsequently, a sky editor replaces content of the sky in the target image with content of the sky in the reference image. As such, the sky editing system transforms the target image into a new image with a preferred sky background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Xiaohui Shen, Yi-Hsuan Tsai, Kalyan K. Sunkavalli, Zhe Lin
  • Patent number: 10070099
    Abstract: A videophone system includes a processor which selectively sets a television (TV) broadcast program viewing function mode and videophone function mode in response to manual operation of a remote control, a decoder which performs, in the TV program view mode, a TV program-use decode function for decoding a broadcast program signal received from a TV tuner to thereby display it on a display screen while producing audio sounds by loudspeakers and which performs, in the videophone function mode a videophone-use decode function for decoding a videophone signal received from a distant party to thereby display on the screen an image of the distant party using the screen and speakers, and an encoder which performs a videophone-use encode function for encoding a video signal from a camera and a voice signal from a microphone to generate a videophone signal, which is sent to the distant party via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Iwabuchi, Hiroki Mizosoe, Mutsumi Shimoda, Setiawan Bondan, Manabu Sasamoto
  • Patent number: 10063967
    Abstract: A sound collecting device includes a sound source position input interface that receives input of sound source position information indicating a sound source position, an audio interface that receives input of sound signals collected by two or more sound collecting units placed at predetermined positions in advance, a recording medium in which sound collecting unit placement information indicating placement information of the sound collecting units is stored, and a controller that selects one of the sound signals output from the sound collecting units, based on the sound source position information and the sound collecting unit placement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Noda, Kou Watanabe, Takeshi Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10062367
    Abstract: A vocal effects control system may include a device having a display, an audio input, an audio output, and a processor configured to present a user interface (UI) on the display. The UI may include an array of toggle elements, each toggle element corresponding to one of a plurality of vocal effects applicable by the processor, and one or more scrolling vocal effect indicators synchronized to a selected audio background track of a song, each of the one or more vocal effect indicators indicating when a corresponding one of the vocal effects is to be active within a timeline of the song.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen Jarrett Evans, Jesper Richard Rage
  • Patent number: 10063541
    Abstract: Provided are a user authentication method and an electronic device performing the method. The method is performed under the control of a processor and includes inputting a user authentication request for identifying a user, generating random number data that corresponds to knowledge-based authentication information in the user authentication request, generating an authentication code by combining biometrics-based authentication information in the user authentication request and the random number data, and processing the user authentication request based on the authentication code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Pyo Kim, Min-Soo Kang, Ki-Hong Kim, Je-Sang Lee, Min-Ja Han
  • Patent number: 10062106
    Abstract: A teledining system is configured to display shared menu information between geographically remote teledining session participants. The teledining system is configured to enable viewing of participant bills by any one or more of the session participants, and payment of bills by a session participant for a geographically remote participant(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Mirza M. Ahmad
  • Patent number: 10063812
    Abstract: Various embodiments facilitate sharing program content between computing devices that utilize different media formats. In one embodiment, a media format transcoder facilitates content sharing between a receiving device, such as a set-top box, and a content player, the receiving device providing a program as data formatted in a first media format. The media format transcoder obtains from the receiving device the data formatted in the first media format, transcodes the received data into data formatted in a second media format that is compatible with the content player, and causes the content player to present the program by transmitting the transcoded data to the content player. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jennifer Addair
  • Patent number: 10063931
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that receives, from a particular user, identification of selected users from which recommendations are sought. Those users that have made recommendations are determined, and a recommendation is provided to equipment of the particular user for presentation in a graphical user interface. The graphical user interface item is associated with a recommending user and a media content item. A selection of the recommendation graphical user interface item is received, and information is provided for presentation, responsive to a determination that viewing of the information has been authorized. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 10057256
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for enabling a real-time visual verification that a video relay service (VRS) call originates from a specific pre-authorized and pre-determined inmate at a corrections facility. The method comprises providing a VRS call recorder, a VRS rules gateway, and a VRS video client being used by the inmate to connect to another VRS client being used by a sign language interpreter (SLI). The display seen by the SLI has a picture-in-picture image showing the inmate (from a database of images of inmates stored in the rules gateway) who should be using the VRS client as well as a real-time video image of the inmate actually using the VRS client. If the picture-in-picture image does not match the live video image, then the audio call to the designated phone number may not be placed by the SLI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Chris Talbot
  • Patent number: 10055879
    Abstract: A 3D human face reconstruction method and apparatus, and a server are provided. In some embodiments, the method includes determining feature points on an acquired 2D human face image; determining posture parameters of a human face according to the feature points, and adjusting a posture of a universal 3D human face model according to the posture parameters; determining points on the universal 3D human face model corresponding to the feature points, and adjusting the corresponding points in a sheltered status to obtain a preliminary 3D human face model; and performing deformation adjusting on the preliminary 3D human face model, and performing texture mapping on the deformed 3D human face model to obtain a final 3D human face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Chengjie Wang, Jilin Li, Feiyue Huang, Lei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10051109
    Abstract: Measurements can be obtained from sensors to determine a state of a device. The state can be used to determine whether to provide an alert. For example, after a first alert is provided, it can be determined that the device is not accessible to the user based on the determined state, and a second alert can be suppressed at a specified time after providing the first alert. The sensor measurements can be monitored after suppressing the second alert, and a state engine can detect a change in a state based on subsequent sensor measurements. If the state change indicates that the device is accessible to the user the second alert can be provided to the user. Alerts can be dismissed based on a change in state. A first device can coordinate alerts sent to or to be provided by a second device by suppressing or dismissing such alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Jackson, Anil K. Kandangath, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 10051305
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing media options over a network. In one embodiment, the media options are presented in conjunction with a promotion or advertisement for particular content. The precise ones of a plurality of disclosed options that will be presented may be determined based at least in part on a campaign established by a content management entity and a current availability of the content. For example, certain media options may only be made available for content that is currently available, while other options may be only available for content available at a future date/time, or during a particular time window. Rules for determining which options are to be provided in conjunction with which content and/or advertisements are established and by a content management entity, such as an entity of a multiple systems operator (MSO).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Justin Tidwell
  • Patent number: 10051175
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for generating a split screen image in an electronic device. The method for generating the image includes capturing an image, displaying the captured image on a display, changing one or more of a location, a size, and a shape of the captured image displayed on the display, and displaying a second image outside a region displaying the captured image on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Hyun-Jung Kim, Ki-Tae Lee
  • Patent number: 10044939
    Abstract: Provided are ways in which a camera can be operated by a control device. Such provides a convenient solution whenever, e.g., two friends, each with a cell phone, wish to take a well-composed impromptu group picture. The “camera” may be any type of camera, which can be coupled to the control or monitoring device. Typical cameras include those associated with mobile devices, such as cell phone cameras, but also dedicated cameras with transceiver functionality. The control device is often a mobile device such as a cell phone, but can also be a dedicated monitoring device. In one implementation, the control device can control the direction of view, the field of view, and shutter operation, and provide to the user an image of the current view seen. In this implementation, the user may control most significant aspects of camera composition, as well as initiating the capture of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Prisciliano Flores, Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Yuqian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10044873
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a system and method for dynamically providing a mute alert on a communication device. The system receives an audio signal during a communication session. Using one or more hardware processors of the system, the audio signal is analyzed to detect speech. The system determines whether the detected speech transgresses a predetermined threshold. In response to determining that the communication device is in a mute mode and the detected speech transgresses the predetermined threshold, the system provides an alert, via the communication device, notifying the user that the communication device is in the mute mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventor: John Tinsman
  • Patent number: 10042802
    Abstract: A method for reconfiguring a bus device from a first configuration into a second configuration, wherein the second configuration is not visible to, and is not selectable by, an unauthorized host device that connects to the bus device through a peripheral port of the bus device is described. In the bus device, a received message transmitted by the authorized host device through the peripheral port of the bus device to which the authorized host device is connected is parsed and an instruction to reconfigure the bus device from the first configuration into the second configuration is detected. Responsive to detecting the instruction, a daemon signals reconfiguration of the bus device into the second configuration, and responsive to the daemon signaling, the bus device is reconfigured into the second configuration. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Torrey H. Walker, Daniel C. Klingler, Balasubramanya Bhat
  • Patent number: 10037708
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and a system for analyzing exam-taking behavior and improving exam-taking skills are disclosed, the method includes obtaining a student answering sequence and timing to an examination having a series of questions; comparing the student answering sequence and timing with results from a statistic analysis of the examination obtained from a plurality of students; and identifying an abnormality in the student answering sequence and timing according to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Ming, Yibin Tian
  • Patent number: 10033738
    Abstract: An aspect of providing communications services to Internet Protocol-enabled devices includes storing, in an account of the subscriber, a globally unique identifier for each of a plurality of the devices associated with the subscriber. For each of the devices, the globally unique identifier is appended to a network address of the subscriber in the account, where each of the devices is uniquely addressable via the appended globally unique identifier and network address. An aspect also includes provisioning a subscriber-selected communications service for the account, and assigning to the account subscriber-selected permissions for defining access to features of the communications service for individuals specified in the account with respect to a corresponding device. The permissions are assigned based on a combined user identifier and corresponding globally unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Cassanova
  • Patent number: 10032259
    Abstract: Aspects saves modifications made to a depiction of a person within a photographic image uploaded to a networked service. In response to determining a presence of another depiction of the identified person in a different photographic image uploaded to the networked service, the modification saved to the profile data is automatically applied to another depiction of the identified person within the different photographic image to an initial publication of the uploaded, different photographic image on the networked service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Jeremy A. Greenberger, Trudy L. Hewitt, Jana H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10021266
    Abstract: A system and method for document translation during transmission includes digital device, such as a multifunction peripheral, that includes an input for electronic document data, such as with a scanner or facsimile machine input interface. A user interface receives destination address data corresponding to a plurality of document delivery destinations as specified by a user. A memory stores language selection data for each of the plurality of document delivery destinations, as well as web service address information corresponding to at least one cloud-based document processing service including a document translation service. A processor communicates document output data, corresponding to the electronic document, and the language selection data to the at least one document translation service via a network interface, and the translated document is sent to one or more destinations as specified by the destination address data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Louis M. Ormond, Marianne Kodimer
  • Patent number: 10021149
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a system for enabling two or more users to interact within a virtual world comprising virtual world data, comprising a computer network comprising one or more computing devices, the one or more computing devices comprising memory, processing circuitry, and software stored at least in part in the memory and executable by the processing circuitry to process at least a portion of the virtual world data; wherein at least a first portion of the virtual world data originates from a first user virtual world local to a first user, and wherein the computer network is operable to transmit the first portion to a user device for presentation to a second user, such that the second user may experience the first portion from the location of the second user, such that aspects of the first user virtual world are effectively passed to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10015135
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method, and a client for synchronizing a jump context, such as for synchronizing a jump context of a social application platform to a third-party website, are provided. The apparatus includes a session ID generating module configured to acquire a jump context of a user from a social application platform, save the jump context to a session data DB, and return an ID of the jump context to the social application platform. The apparatus also includes a session data acquiring API configured to acquire the ID of the jump context from a third-party website, acquire the corresponding jump context from the session data DB according to the ID, and feed back the jump context to the third-party website. The session data DB is configured to save the jump context and the ID corresponding to the jump context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Changwen Yuan
  • Patent number: 10009472
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and machine-readable articles of manufacture enable private notification of a participant in a telephone conference. In representative embodiments, a system receives a telephone call intended for a first conference participant, generates an informative announcement containing information regarding the call, mixes the informative announcement with the conference audio, and privately plays the mixed audio to the first participant. In other representative embodiments, the system concurrently generates a non-informative announcement, mixes the non-informative announcement with the conference audio, and plays the second mixed audio to the other conference participant or participants. In this way, the first participant is notified of the incoming call while simultaneously listening to the conference audio, and the information regarding the call is not shared with the other conference participant or participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Daniel Gierach, Michael V. Shmalko
  • Patent number: 10007921
    Abstract: In selected embodiments, one or more wearable mobile devices provide videos and other sensor data of one or more participants in an interaction, such as a customer service or a sales interaction between a company employee and a customer. A computerized system uses machine learning expression classifiers, temporal filters, and a machine learning function approximator to estimate the quality of the interaction. The computerized system may include a recommendation selector configured to select suggestions for improving the current interaction and/or future interactions, based on the quality estimates and the weights of the machine learning approximator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Emotient, Inc.
    Inventors: Javier Movellan, Marian Steward Bartlett, Ian Fasel, Gwen Ford Littlewort, Joshua Susskind, Jacob Whitehill
  • Patent number: 10008877
    Abstract: A household appliance (1) includes an electronic command device (3) configured to reduce standby-state energy consumption of the electric household appliance (1). The electronic command device (3) includes an electronic control unit (20) and a switching mode low power supply unit (6) with a switching regulator unit (13) having a first control terminal (11) and at least an output terminal (9) which supplies a main prefixed supply voltage (VB) to the electronic control unit (20). The switching mode low power supply unit (6) is further configured to switch from a standby state to an operating state, when a prefixed voltage variation (?V) on the first control terminal (11) is detected. The switching mode low power supply unit (6) includes auxiliary supply means (14) which supply a low supply voltage (V1) different than zero to the first control terminal (11) during at least the standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Giuliano Lovisotto
  • Patent number: 10003699
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable optimizing a ringtone on a mobile communication device so that it may be audible to a user among ambient music. Specifically, an incoming communication (e.g., phone call) or other event (e.g., incoming notification, alarm, etc.) that is associated with a ringtone is detected. Any ambient music is detected and identified. A waveform associated with the ringtone and a waveform associated with the ambient music are analyzed. Based on the analysis, the ringtone is initiated. For example, a peak of the ringtone waveform may be aligned with a trough of the ambient music waveform to determine a point to initiate the ringtone among the ambient music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Myers, Vincent Tkac
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
    Inventors: Igor Khalatian, Albert Manukyan, Hayk Baghdasaryan