Over Wireless Communication Patents (Class 348/14.02)
  • Patent number: 10037780
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method includes (i) receiving, by a computing system, first video content captured by a front-facing camera of an end-user device; (ii) receiving, by the computing system, second video content captured by a rear-facing camera of the end-user device, wherein the first video content is captured by the front-facing camera while the second video content is captured by the rear-facing camera; and (iii) using, by the computing system, the received first video content, the received second video content, and a DVE template to generate third video content that includes the received first video content and the received second video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale T. Roberts, Michael Gubman
  • Patent number: 10028175
    Abstract: Communication systems and methods suitable for use in a Multiple Line Multiple Device service environment, involving a native line and a second shared line, are disclosed. Logic at one or more nodes and application servers is configured to ensure that network handover data, or other information, is only updated for the native line registration but not the shared line. Then when a call is placed or received on the shared line, the call is anchored to the native line based on that network handover data. If, during that call, a request is received to handover the call from a first network having a first communication protocol to a second network having a second communication protocol, the handover occurs based on the anchored native line. In one example embodiment the first network is a Packet Switched network and the second network is a Circuit Switched network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Mavenir System, Inc.
    Inventors: Anish Sharma, Michael Brett Wallis, Bejoy Pankajakshan
  • Patent number: 10028011
    Abstract: A server device may determine content prediction parameters associated with multiple items of content; generate respective content prediction aggregate scores for each of the multiple items of content based on the content prediction parameters. A particular content prediction aggregate score, associated with a particular content, may be generated based on content prediction parameters associated with the particular content. The server device may generate a content prediction instruction; and may provide the content prediction instruction to cause the user device to receive and store a portion of the particular item of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC
    Inventors: Xuefeng Yao, Jianxiu Hao, Yuhui Qian, Jian Huang
  • Patent number: 10027926
    Abstract: In one embodiment, upon detection of a mobile device within a proximity of a video conference endpoint and authentication of the mobile device at a server managing the video conference endpoint, the server may receive information regarding a camera of the mobile device. The server may then receive the output of the camera from the mobile device. Finally, after receiving the output of the camera, the server may send the output of the camera to the video conference endpoint as part of media to be presented by the video conference endpoint. The server may also send the output of the camera to one or more other endpoints participating in a video conference managed by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jochen Christof Schirdewahn, John Knight Restrick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10025469
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed, including a first display and a second display and a controller operatively coupled to the first display and the second display, the controller configured to receive an input, identify a function associated with the input, present first information associated with a first function via the first display operatively coupled to the electronic device if the identified function is the first function, and present second information associated with a second function via the second display operatively coupled to the electronic device if the identified function is the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Sang Hyeon Yoon
  • Patent number: 10021318
    Abstract: A method for delivering motion video, which is captured by a first motion video camera, to a client device from said first motion video camera. The method comprises receiving, at the first motion video camera from the client, a request of a motion video and an indication of a requested format, matching, in a transcoding format list of the first motion video camera, the selected format to an address of a second motion video camera, sending, to said address of the second motion video camera, a motion video which have been identified in a request, the motion video having a format different from the selected format, receiving at the first motion video camera from the second motion video camera said requested motion video in the selected format, and sending said requested motion video in the selected format to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Hugosson, Ted Hartzell, Bjarne Rosengren
  • Patent number: 10015251
    Abstract: Digital content, such as video, audio, multimedia, and similar files may be segmented at a determined frame resolution rate and analyzed to determine a fingerprint for each content segment. An identifier that uniquely identifies each content segment may be determined based on the fingerprint of the respective content segment. The identifier may be associated with data relating to the content segment and with one or more identifiers that uniquely identify other content segments of the content. The content segment identifiers may be used to construct a content segment sequencing representation that represents the playback of the content segments in playback order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Glenn Deen, Michael Shane Wilkinson, Braxton Paul Perkins
  • Patent number: 10013031
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a system may include a first member, a second member hingedly coupled to the first member via a hinge, and a camera mechanically interfaced with the hinge such that as the first member is rotated relative to the second member about the hinge, the camera rotates as a function of the rotation of the first member relative to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Knepper, David M. Meyers
  • Patent number: 10014996
    Abstract: A method and system for bit-level protection in concurrent downlink coordinated multipoint transmission of bit groups to multiple user equipment devices (UEs) from multiple base stations. Multiple base stations each serving a respective UE and each having a separate bit stream to communicate to its respective served UE will define bit groups across the bit streams, such that each bit group includes at least one bit from each base station's bit stream. Each bit group will be transmitted as a multi-bit data symbol modulated onto a subcarrier frequency. Susceptibility to pairwise confusion between different data symbols due to misidentification of particular bits will be used to determine bit-level protection for various bit positions of the data symbols. Assignment of particular bits of each bit group to particular UEs will include consideration of bit-level protection, such that UEs with lower quality downlink properties will be assigned bits providing higher bit-level protection, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Muhammad Ahsan Naim, Yu Zhou, Luca Zappaterra
  • Patent number: 10009578
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control method for a display apparatus and a mobile terminal which includes a camera for taking a photograph and generating an image; a voice input unit which is used to input a voice; a user input unit which receives a user's input; a display unit which displays the image thereon; a wireless communication unit which communicates with a counterpart mobile terminal through a wireless network; and a controller which performs a video call by transmitting to the counterpart mobile terminal video call data comprising a video generated by the camera and a voice input by the voice input unit according user input, displays on the display unit a shared image during the video call, and transmits to the counterpart mobile terminal the shared image added to the video call data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-yong Chang, Seung-dong Yu, Se-jun Park, Min-jeong Moon
  • Patent number: 10003770
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for multi-picture control in a video conference, a related device, and a storage medium. An MCU supports a multi-site video conference; and in the method, the process executed by the MCU comprises: when a conference is initially started, the MCU sending unified conference site picture information to a video terminal in each conference site; and during the conference, the MCU sending corresponding customized conference site picture information to some video terminals according to conference site picture customization requests of the video terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dafeng Su, Rong Shi
  • Patent number: 9998705
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments for visual communication between a first device and a second device, comprising: creating a 3D mesh model of a first device user; receiving sensor data from a sensor array during the visual communication session between the first device and the second device, wherein the image data includes motion of the first device user; determining 3D mesh model updates using the image data; transmitting the 3D mesh model updates to the second device for the second device to update display of the 3D mesh model of the first device user, wherein the update is represented as one or more of a blend shape and a relative vertex position change of the 3D mesh model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Schuyler Cullen
  • Patent number: 9992449
    Abstract: A method and a system for sharing in video images, captured by a video image capturing device mounted on a source user and having a wide field of view, with a destination user, are provided herein. The method may include: receiving video images and respective positions and orientations thereof, captured by the video image capturing device at the source location; receiving a request from a destination user equipment, to view video images captured at the source location, wherein the request includes a line of sight of the destination user, as derived by an orientation sensor of a destination user headset; mapping the request to a respective region of interest of the destination user based on the line of sight; cropping the video images based on the respective region of interest and further based on said respective positions and orientations; and transmitting the cropped video images to the destination user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: EVERYSIGHT LTD.
    Inventors: Asaf Ashkenazi, Hanan Shamir
  • Patent number: 9986166
    Abstract: A method of controlling a portable device including a flip cover for covering a display unit according to one embodiment of the present specification includes the steps of detecting that the portable device operates in a standby mode and the flip cover is positioned in a closed position, wherein the flip cover contains an open window and wherein the open window exposes a first part of the display unit when the flip cover is positioned in a closed position, sensing an orientation of the portable device, detecting a first control input, when the orientation of the portable device corresponds to a first orientation, displaying predetermined information in the first part of the display unit and when the orientation of the portable device corresponds to a second orientation, activating the camera unit in response to the first control input and displaying a first preview image of the digital image sensed by the camera unit in the first part of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongho Kim, Sinae Chun, Doyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9986205
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a hotspot scene of a video conference are provided. The method includes: a plurality of video receivers recognize in real time and perform statistics on specific behavior, including at least one of a discussion behavior, screen watching behavior and handclap behavior, of various viewers at a video conference site according to video data at video conference site; the video receivers judge, according to statistics, whether a frequency at which or a time length for which various viewers at video conference site perform the specific behavior, exceeds a first preset value; the video receivers send the video sender time period of the video played at video conference site, for which a result of the judgment is that the first preset value is exceeded; and the video sender determines a hotspot scene of the played video according to the time periods sent by the video receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Bin Feng, Xiaoyan Luo, Mu Liu, Cunwang Zhu, Xianfeng Xu, Dingzhun Sun
  • Patent number: 9986203
    Abstract: A virtual presence system includes a display having a structural matrix configured to arrange a plurality of spaced pixel elements. A plurality of spaced pixel elements collectively form an active visual area wherein an image is displayable. At least one image capture device is disposed within the active visual area for capturing an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nanolumens Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Craig Cope, Drew Fredrick Meincke, Jorge Perez Bravo
  • Patent number: 9980543
    Abstract: A protective case for a portable computing device in accordance with one example includes a cavity in the case to be a plurality of electronic devices. The cavity includes a first recess to receive a first electronic device and a second recess to receive a second electronic device. The case also includes a cover removably coupled to the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiang Ma, Carla Ali-Napo, Kyle Robert Thornton, Rudy Widiaman
  • Patent number: 9977917
    Abstract: A content management system implementing methodologies providing retroactive shared content item links is disclosed. The content management system and methodologies allow a team administrator of a team to configure a team-wide shared link policy that determines whether non-team members can access content items associated with team accounts using shared links generated for the content items by team members. The team shared link policy has two settings. In a first setting, the content management system allows non-team members to use shared links generated by team members to access content items associated with team accounts. In a second setting, the content management system blocks access to the content items by non-team members. Shared links are retroactive in the sense they do not need to be regenerated after the team shared link policy has been changed from the second setting back to the first setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Anand Subramani, Mark Delamere, Jonathan Vincent, Philip Rha, Emil Ibrishimov, Thomas Carriero, Francois Alexander Allain
  • Patent number: 9967295
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system related to automated discovery and launch of an application on a network enabled device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of a client device includes determining that a networked media device sharing a local area network common with the client device has automatically detected an audio-visual data and/or an application currently being accessed by a user of the client device. The client device automatically communicates a present state of the audio-visual data and/or the application currently being accessed by the user of the client device to the networked media device. Then, the client device detects that the audio-visual data and/or the application currently being accessed by the user of the client device has been launched on the networked media device. Optionally, a haptic gesture may be applied on the client device by the user to transport the audio-visual data and/or the application from the client device to the networked media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: David Harrison
  • Patent number: 9955115
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for facilitating a wide-view video conference through a UAV network. For facilitating the wide-view video conference, UAVs can be employed to capture and transmit video data at locations of parties involved in the wide-view video conference. One or more UAVs in the UAV network can be instructed to locate the party's location and zoom-in onto the party's location. In some examples, the UAV(s) can be equipped with a 360 degree video camera such that a wide-area covered by the 360 degree video can be captured. The video data can be transmitted to a video data processing center in real-time or substantially in real-time. The video data transmission by the given UAV to the video data processing center can be through a UAV network. The video stream can be output at a location of a given party in the video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 9941747
    Abstract: A system for selecting a deselecting charging devices in a wireless power network is disclosed here. The system includes a graphical user interface from which a user may select or deselect devices to be charged in a wireless power network. The disclosed system may store records from different components of a wireless power network into a database distributed throughout said network with copies stored within the memory of wireless power transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Patent number: 9923774
    Abstract: A data communication architecture delivers a wide variety of content, including audio and video content, to consumers. The architecture employs channel bonding to deliver more bandwidth than any single communication channel can carry. In some implementations, the communication architecture communicates content according to an initial bonding configuration. The communication architecture may adjust the bonding configuration to adapt to bonding environment changes affecting the communication capabilities or requirements associated with transmitting the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Victor Hou, Rajesh Shankarrao Mamidwar, Xuemin Chen
  • Patent number: 9916079
    Abstract: A method and system for enabling the sharing of information between a first application and a second application on a computing device are described herein. The method includes the steps of receiving a global search request through the first application and—in response to the reception of the global search request—prompting for a search term from a user. The method further includes the steps of receiving the search term and—based on the received search term—automatically presenting one or more corresponding candidate elements associated with the second application for selection by the user. In addition, the method includes the steps of receiving the selection of at least one of the candidate elements and linking the selected candidate element with the first application such that a user may access the selected candidate element from the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: OpenPeak LLC
    Inventor: Carsten Michael Dietz
  • Patent number: 9916020
    Abstract: A computing system includes a computing device and an image composing unit for generating a common video signal for a display device. The computing device is adapted to partition a display area of the display device into a plurality of sections. One of the sections is related to another computing device. The computing device is further adapted to receive an input signal from an input device. The input signal is relatable to a position within the display area. The computing device is further adapted to provide the other computing device with the input signal depending on the position being in one of the sections related to the other computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Alf Ludwig, Roland Claus Beck
  • Patent number: 9912706
    Abstract: Methods and systems of communication using a mobile device include detecting a motion of a mobile device corresponding to a user action, in response to the detected motion, initiating a half-duplex group communication application, and displaying visual feedback associated with the half-duplex group communication application on a display screen of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Aaron Lindner, Shobha Subbaramoo
  • Patent number: 9900676
    Abstract: Exemplary wearable computing systems may include a head-mounted display that is configured to provide indirect bone-conduction audio. For example, an exemplary head-mounted display may include at least one vibration transducer that is configured to vibrate at least a portion of the head-mounted display based on the audio signal. The vibration transducer is configured such that when the head-mounted display is worn, the vibration transducer vibrates the head-mounted display without directly vibrating a wearer. However, the head-mounted display structure vibrationally couples to a bone structure of the wearer, such that vibrations from the vibration transducer may be indirectly transferred to the wearer's bone structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jianchun Dong, Liang-Yu Tom Chi, Mitchell Heinrich, Leng Ooi
  • Patent number: 9894393
    Abstract: A client device requests a streaming video from a storage device, which encodes the video's frame in communication packets according to an encoding protocol for transmission to the client. The client device decodes the communication packets to obtain frame segments and a frame marking header indicating a boundary of the video frame relative to other video frames in the video. The communication packets may also include other segment headers indicating a relative ordering of corresponding frame segments. The client device determines, based on the frame marking header, whether a sufficient number of communication packets have been received to render a video frame. In response to determining that the sufficient number of communication packets has been received, the client device assembles the video frame from the frame segments corresponding to the video frame and presents at least a portion of the video by rendering the assembled video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Petersen, Peter Tran, Jeffrey S. Youel
  • Patent number: 9894428
    Abstract: A portable audio input/output device may include an assembly enclosure that contains electrical and mechanical components of the device. A substantially cylindrical frame may encircle the assembly enclosure and may be surrounded by a tube of seamless material. A top end of the tube of seamless material may fold over a top end of the substantially cylindrical frame, and a bottom end of the tube of seamless material may fold over a bottom end of the substantially cylindrical frame. A cover assembly may couple to a top end of the assembly enclosure and secure the top end of the seamless fabric. A charging foot may be coupled to a bottom end of the assembly enclosure and secure the bottom end of the seamless fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Mann Chamberlin, Chia Hung Kuo, Jacob William Beatty, Duane Everard Whyte, Adrian Roy Ramiscal Santos, Tony David, Albert John Yu Sam Chua
  • Patent number: 9883365
    Abstract: A wearable mobile terminal including a wireless communication processor configured to provide wireless communication; a display; a sensor configured to sense data including at least one of a heart rate, skin temperature, respiration volume and blood pressure of a first user wearing the mobile terminal; and a controller configured to identify an emotional state of the first user based on the data sensed by the sensor, and control the wireless communication processor to transmit a signal for notifying the emotional state of the first user to at least one or more predetermined external devices, in response to the identified emotional state corresponding to a predetermined emotional state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yunmi Kwon, HongJo Shim, Kiseon Lee
  • Patent number: 9860642
    Abstract: In a one-to-many audio wireless transmission system in which a plurality of speaker devices on an audio reception side are provided with respect to one source device, in a case where an error has occurred in a certain speaker device, a possibility of the same error occurring in other speaker devices is reduced. A speaker device (2a, 2b) includes an error detection unit (23) which detects an error regarding sound output and transmits error information which is information regarding an error detected by the error detection unit (23) to a source device (1) by using wireless communication. The source device (1) transmits an operation request corresponding to the error information by using wireless communication to speaker devices other than the speaker device which has transmitted the error information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Rin, Mamoru Oda
  • Patent number: 9813096
    Abstract: A wireless communication system includes a storage apparatus and a computing device. The storage apparatus includes a connector, a wireless antenna, a nonvolatile first memory having stored therein visual or audio content, a communication controller powered from an induction current generated when a wireless signal is received through the wireless antenna, and a controller powered using the power supplied from the electronic apparatus through the connector. The controller retrieves the visual or audio content from the first memory based on content ID transmitted wirelessly from the computing device and transmits the retrieved visual or audio content to the electronic apparatus for playback by the electronic apparatus. The computing device includes an image capturing unit, extracts feature values from the data of the captured image, and transmits the wireless signal containing the content ID to the storage apparatus, the content ID being determined from the extracted feature values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventors: Michio Ido, Keisuke Sato, Shigeto Endo
  • Patent number: 9800528
    Abstract: A system and method for the late-biding of time-based media in real-time. With late binding, the sender may create time-based media before or at the same time an active delivery route to the recipient is discovered. As soon as the route becomes available, the media is transmitted. The existing DNS and email infrastructure is possibly used for route discovery, while any real-time transmission protocol may be used for the actual delivery of the media. “Progressive” emails may also be used for the real-time delivery of time-based media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Voxer IP LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Katis, James T. Panttaja, Mary G. Panttaja, Matthew J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 9792926
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that use sensors (e.g., microphones) for noise reduction in a mobile communication device. For example, one technique enables a first sensor that is initially configured to be a speech sensor to be used as a noise reference sensor. This technique also enables a second sensor that is initially configured to be a noise reference sensor to be used as a speech sensor. Another technique enables a primary sensor and/or a secondary sensor in a handset of a mobile communication device to be used as a speech sensor while a sensor in a headset of the mobile communication device is used as a noise reference sensor, or vice versa. In yet another technique, a secondary sensor in a mobile communication device is configured to be a directional sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Leopold Boemer, Xianxian Zhang
  • Patent number: 9794384
    Abstract: A communication device achieving a better functional integration between multiple cameras and multiple antennas includes a housing, a circuit board received in the housing; a camera structure partially exposed through the housing, and an antenna structure. The camera structure comprises a first camera, a second camera, a first frame configured to received the first camera, and a second frame configured to received the second camera. The first camera and the second camera have a same orientation. The camera structure and the antenna structure are positioned on the circuit board. The antenna structure is positioned adjacent to and electrically connected to at least one of the first frame and the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Ying Chang, Ching-Sung Wang, Pai-Cheng Huang, Chao-Wei Ho
  • Patent number: 9767326
    Abstract: A method, system and device are provided that collect and provide information related to goods at retail sales locations. The goods may be or include consumer products, commodities, equipment, food, food products, agricultural supplies and agricultural products. A good may be associated with an identifier represented by a bar code or a quick response code, or recorded within an RFID chip and/or a radio frequency or photonic communications device. An observer may transmit the perceived or received identifier to a remote database server and optionally receive a credit for the transmission of this information to the database server. The observer may optionally use a cellular telephone or portable communications device to transmit the identifier, digitized photographic data, GPS data, other geolocational data, time-date stamps, textual data, and/or audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Abel Gonzalez, Alvaro Gonzalez, Antonio Sabarez, II
  • Patent number: 9769434
    Abstract: An application server based in a communication network facilitates help desk support for end users that employ a camera-equipped wearable device. Upon receiving a request from a user for assistance with a problem or task, the application server controls the wearable device to collect multimedia information—e.g., images, video, and sounds—associated with an object of the task. The application server then crowdsources the collected multimedia information to a plurality of other remote user devices. Based on helpful information received from users of the remote devices, and/or an analysis performed at the server, the application server categorizes the task. So categorized, the application server can retrieve pertinent assistance data associated with the task and send that information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Connie Smallwood, Steven L. Greenspan
  • Patent number: 9736531
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an apparatus may include a media streaming device including electronic circuitry configured to receive media content wirelessly from a media content source, and an output cord segment having a first end portion integrally coupled to a structure of the media streaming device, and a second end portion configured to be coupled to a receiving device, where the electronic circuitry is further configured to transmit the received media content through the output cord segment to the receiving device. The apparatus may include a power cord segment having a first end portion configured to be coupled to the media streaming device, and a second end portion configured to be coupled to a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Micah Thomas Collins, Michael Jon Sundermeyer, Kristen Beck, Wenson Chern, Philip Lee Ly, Colleen Mischke, Robert Jason Rose
  • Patent number: 9712988
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile communication terminal and a system and method for safety service using the terminal for checking the user's location and a situation of the surroundings of the user at the time of an emergency such as kidnapping, accident, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: THINKWARE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yongrae Jo, Junghwa Yoo, Jihyun Yoo
  • Patent number: 9712782
    Abstract: A communication system, method and communication terminal are configured to permit bandwidth reduction when communication partners are engaged in a communication session. In one embodiment, a communication terminal such as a cellular phone or tablet may turn off at least one of its display and camera sensor within a predetermined amount of time when the terminal is detected as being positioned near a user's ear via at least one sensor of the terminal. In some embodiments, the communication terminal may also transmit one or more messages to communication devices of communication partners engaged in the communication session to inform those devices that video transmissions should no longer be sent to the communication terminal. The communication terminal and other communication devices involved in the communication session may also stop transmitting video as a result of the detection of the communication terminal being positioned near a user's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bizhan Karimi-Cherkandi, Farrokh Mohammadzadeh Kouchri, Schah Walli Ali
  • Patent number: 9710629
    Abstract: An electronic device is able to alter one or more settings of its imager based on the motion of a user that the device is attempting to authenticate. The electronic device, in one implementation, captures a first set of image data of the user (e.g., a video or still photo of the user), detects motion of the user, alters a setting of the imager based on the motion, captures a second set of image data of the user, and authenticates the user based on the second set of image data. In some implementations, the electronic device has multiple imagers, and activates one or more additional imagers based on the detected motion of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Rachid M Alameh, Jiri Slaby
  • Patent number: 9681093
    Abstract: A method for geolocation impressions includes determining, at a first computing device, a geolocation of the first computing device. Impressions entered in a first display of the first computing device while the first computing device is within a predetermined area including the geolocation, are identified. A target audience entered in the first display is also identified. Information regarding the geolocation, the target audience, and the impressions are sent to a server device, for making the impressions viewable by the target audience in a second display at a second computing device associated with the target audience when the target audience is within the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Cristian Urosu
  • Patent number: 9642131
    Abstract: Dispatch-aiding communications between computing devices of a responder and a dispatch unit include a computing device of the responder determining that an event occurred, automatically sending an indication of the event to a computing device of the dispatch unit, receiving a request for information from the computing device of the dispatch unit, obtaining the information requested by the computing device of the dispatch unit, and sending the information requested by the computing device of the dispatch unit to the computing device of the dispatch unit. The computing device of the dispatch unit sends the request for information to the computing device of the responder in response to receiving the indication of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bohlander, Raymond T. Fortna, Anthony G. Huang, Jeffrey P. Jolma, Julianne C. Weiss, Aerianna K. Deluca
  • Patent number: 9621222
    Abstract: An electronic device including an antenna device with an integrated sensor is provided. In an embodiment, first and second antenna radiators are operably connected. A communication module transmits or receive communication signals through the first and/or second antenna radiator. A separation circuit such as a series connected inductor is connected in a path between the first and second antenna radiators. The separation circuit prevents passage of the communication signals through the path while enabling passage of a sensing signal acquired through the first and second antenna radiators. A sensor module such as a proximity sensor receives the sensing signal acquired through the first and second antenna radiators. A processor controls a function of the electronic device based on the sensing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In-Ho Shin, Ji-Woong Oh
  • Patent number: 9613259
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable media for matching faces. The method includes receiving an image of a face of a first person from a device of a second person, comparing the image of the face of the first person to a database of known faces in a contacts list of the second person, identifying a group of potential matching faces from the database of known faces, and displaying to the second person the group of potential matching faces. In one variation, the method receives input selecting one face from the group of potential matching faces and displays additional information about the selected one face. In a related variation, the method displays additional information about one or more face in the displayed group of potential matching faces without receiving input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William Roberts Cheswick
  • Patent number: 9614793
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sharing and distributing content using a mobile client on a cellular telephone. The mobile client may transmit the shared content to a service portal and the service portal may distribute the shared content to client devices. The content may include images, audio, video, documents, and any other content a user desires to share using the cellular telephone. The mobile client may be configured to operate in a variety of sharing modes. In some of the sharing modes, the mobile client may perform certain functions automatically in response to the creation of new content. Each item of content may be shared and distributed to one or more social groups. Each social group may include one or more users. Each of the users in a social group may be associated with a client device and may be associated with another cellular telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Gurminder Singh, Manoranjan D. Jesudoss
  • Patent number: 9596555
    Abstract: A camera input can be used by the computer to support audio spatialization or to improve audio spatialization of an application that already supports it. A computer system may to support audio spatialization, for example, by modifying the relative latency or relative amplitude of the rendered audio packets. If a sound is intended, for example, to be located on the left side of the user, then the audio channel that is rendered on the headset speaker located on the user's left ear may have a somewhat decreased latency and increased amplitude compared to the other audio channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nikos Kaburlasos, Scott W. Cheng, Devon Worrell
  • Patent number: 9596507
    Abstract: Presented is a method of facilitating use of an audio communication device, such as a telephone, in the presence of an electronic device capable of generating sound, such as a television or audio receiver. In the method, a message is received from the audio communication device, wherein the message indicates the audio communication device has received a request for an audio communication, such as a telephone call, from a second audio communication device. In response to receiving the message, an audio volume of the electronic device is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Ukraine LLC
    Inventor: Roman Verchykov
  • Patent number: 9591381
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system related to automated discovery and launch of an application on a network enabled device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of a client device includes determining that a networked media device sharing a local area network common with the client device has automatically detected an audio-visual data and/or an application currently being accessed by a user of the client device. The client device automatically communicates a present state of the audio-visual data and/or the application currently being accessed by the user of the client device to the networked media device. Then, the client device detects that the audio-visual data and/or the application currently being accessed by the user of the client device has been launched on the networked media device. Optionally, a haptic gesture may be applied on the client device by the user to transport the audio-visual data and/or the application from the client device to the networked media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: FREE STREAM MEDIA CORP.
    Inventor: David Harrison
  • Patent number: 9591344
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a storage medium including computer instructions to receive sensory information at a media device from a first mobile communication device where the first mobile communication device obtains at least a portion of the sensory information from at least one second mobile communication device in response to a broadcast by the first mobile communication device of a wireless signal representing a notice to obtain the sensory information, where the sensory information is associated with an environment of the first mobile communication device, and where the sensory information comprises images of the environment. The computer instructions can enable generating a plurality of personal content utilizing at least a portion of the sensory information, where each of the plurality of personal content includes some of the images captured at different perspectives. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aleksey Ivanov, Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9576189
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle control apparatus including an image obtaining part that obtains an image of outside of a vehicle; a face recognizing part that finds and tracks a face of a person from an image obtained by the image obtaining part based on feature elements human faces and extracts feature information regarding a face of a person; a face authenticating part that compares the feature information extracted by the face recognizing part to feature information regarding faces of persons registered in advance and, if a difference therebetween is less than or equal to a critical value, authenticates that the recognized face as a registered face; the motion recognizing part that, when authentication is completed by the face authenticating part, recognizes a motion; and a control part that recognizes a motion of a face-recognized and face-authenticated person and performs a set function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CHEMTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Je Lim, See-Wook Kim