Conferencing (e.g., Loop) Patents (Class 348/14.08)
  • Patent number: 10289681
    Abstract: Technology is disclosed for snippet pre-translation and dynamic selection of translation systems. Pre-translation uses snippet attributes such as characteristics of a snippet author, snippet topics, snippet context, expected snippet viewers, etc., to predict how many translation requests for the snippet are likely to be received. An appropriate translator can be dynamically selected to produce a translation of a snippet either as a result of the snippet being selected for pre-translation or from another trigger, such as a user requesting a translation of the snippet. Different translators can generate high quality translations after a period of time or other translators can generate lower quality translations earlier. Dynamic selection of translators involves dynamically selecting machine or human translation, e.g., based on a quality of translation that is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Kay Rottmann, Fei Huang, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 10284717
    Abstract: A method to transcribe communications is provided. The method may include obtaining first communication data during a communication session between a first communication device and a second communication device and transmitting the first communication data to the second communication device by way of a mobile device that is locally coupled with the first communication device. The method may also include receiving, at the first communication device, second communication data from the second communication device through the mobile device and transmitting the second communication data to a remote transcription system. The method may further include receiving, at the first communication device, transcription data from the remote transcription system, the transcription data corresponding to a transcription of the second communication data, the transcription generated by the remote transcription system and presenting, by the first communication device, the transcription of the second communication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jasper Cheekeong Pan
  • Patent number: 10284820
    Abstract: Systems and methods for covert monitoring and/or recording of audio and/or video in controlled-environment facilities are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include capturing at least one of: an audio, a video, or a picture of one or more residents of a controlled-environment facility using a communication device disposed within the controlled-environment facility, where the communication device is not being used in any communication session during at least a portion of the capturing; and storing the at least one of the audio, video, or picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Passe, Luke Keiser
  • Patent number: 10277817
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including: a determination unit configured to determine whether a mode in which an external apparatus is capable of detecting a state of an imaging unit is set according to a communication state through a wireless communication channel between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus; and a controller configured to control an operation of the imaging unit based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Yoko Fukata, Keiji Okamoto, Kazuma Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 10271069
    Abstract: Approaches to selectively using start code emulation prevention (“SCEP”) on encoded data for media content are described herein. For example, a media encoder selectively performs SCEP processing on encoded data for media content, and sets a value of a syntax element that indicates whether or not to perform SCEP processing on the encoded data. The encoder stores the encoded data for output as part of a bitstream, where the syntax element is signaled in association with the bitstream. A media decoder receives the encoded data, determines, from the value of the syntax element, whether or not to perform SCEP processing on the encoded data, and selectively performs SCEP processing on the encoded data. In this way, the computational cost of scanning operations for SCEP processing can be avoided in many scenarios, and bit rate increases due to insertion of SCPE bytes can be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bakkama Srinath Reddy, Shyam Sadhwani, Victor Cherepanov
  • Patent number: 10263922
    Abstract: Forming a group of users for a conversation includes determining when users are accessing information associated with each other, maintaining a group of the users, the group of the users representing a transitive closure over a viewing relationship of the information, displaying, via a display of a user device, digital representations of the users in the group accessing the information, and initiating, based on an action of at least one of the users in the group of users, a conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Brunn, Jennifer Heins
  • Patent number: 10264267
    Abstract: A method for compressing image data is provided. The image data includes a file to be compressed, which includes N blocks to be compressed. The method includes: setting a target data increment of each of the N blocks of the file according to a 0th accumulated target data size and an Nth accumulated target data size; before compressing an nth block, calculating an (n?1)th accumulated target data size of an (n?1)th block according to the 0th accumulated target data size and the target data increment; when a difference between an (n?1)th accumulated compressed data size and the (n?1)th accumulated target data size is smaller than a predetermined threshold, removing X least significant bit(s) of a plurality of sets of data in the nth block to generate an updated nth block; and compressing the updated nth block to generate a compressed nth block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Yi-Chin Huang, Yi-Shin Tung
  • Patent number: 10261327
    Abstract: A head mounted display includes a control section that switches between a single-touch mode and a multi-touch mode in a case where an operation in a preset aspect is detected, and, in the multi-touch mode, in a case where a pseudo-pointer is moved to a corresponding position outside a display region of an image display section according to an operation on an operation surface, the control section changes a display aspect of the pseudo-pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 10264184
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device with high portability, a highly browsable electronic device, or an electronic device having a novel light source that can be used in shooting photographs and video. The electronic device includes a camera and a flexible display portion. The display portion has a first region and a second region. The first region has a function of emitting light to a photographic subject. The second region has a function of displaying an image of the photographic subject shot by the camera. The display portion can be bent so that the first region and the second region face in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Hideaki Shishido
  • Patent number: 10250849
    Abstract: An overlay network platform facilitates a multi-party videoconference. End users participate using client-based browser or mobile application rendering software, such as a web browser, and using a protocol such as WebRTC. Dynamic speaker selection among the participants is facilitated by continuously determining the “relevance” of a participant's stream with respect to other participants in the conference. Thus, for example, a particular participant stream might be deemed to have a higher relevance if it is the stream corresponding to a person that is currently speaking, that has spoken recently, or that is about to speak. Streams with higher relevance are then selectively delivered at higher quality relative to less relevant streams. Preferably, individual client machines determine which streams are requested and at which quality based in part on their local resource capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Akamai Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Gero, Thomas Houman, Abhijit C. Mehta
  • Patent number: 10243529
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a satellite microphone assembly for use in teleconferencing or other audio based communications comprises a base housing a microphone and volume control electronics. The base is enclosed by a cylinder, rotatable about the base and having a top surface configured to be an actuatable button to toggle a mute/unmute status of the microphone. The cylinder has a sidewall configured to be engaged by a user such that the user can rotate the cylinder. An optical sensor is supported by the base, and is configured to detect a rotation of the cylinder and to output information about a direction and a degree of rotation of the cylinder to the volume control electronics, causing a rotation of the cylinder to affect the volume level of a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian M. Snyder, Matthew Cho, Nicholas Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10235928
    Abstract: A wearable display device includes: a display on an exterior side of the wearable display device; one or more processors that determine positioning data that describe a physical three-dimensional orientation of the wearable display device relative to a face of a user by: receiving radio frequency (RF) readings from an array of RF detectors within the wearable display device, where the RF detectors detect a relative orientation and distance between the wearable display device and an RF transmitter that is positioned on a head of the user; and determining positioning data that describe the relative orientation and distance between the wearable display device and the RF transmitter based on the RF readings from the array of RF detectors; and a video display controller that displays video content on a section of the wearable display device that is facing the user according to the positioning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz, James L. Lentz
  • Patent number: 10237273
    Abstract: A system and method for with an inmate in a privileged communication are disclosed. A communication system includes a portal subsystem that determines whether a communication should be monitored, or not, based on received information, including access information, from a first communication device. Based on the determination, the communication system bypasses a monitoring subsystem and stores and/or transmits the communication to a second communication device by way of a non-monitoring subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen L. Hodge
  • Patent number: 10223060
    Abstract: Video content items representing a video may be provided to a group of mobile devices to present the video on a combined display screen of the mobile devices. An indication of a user interaction performed at one of the mobile devices with respect to a corresponding video content item of the plurality of video content items that has been provided to the one of the mobile devices may be received. An action to change a display of other video content items of the video content items provided to other mobile devices of the group based on the indication of the user interaction with respect to the corresponding video content item may be determined. The action may be provided to the other mobile devices of the group to change the display of the other video content items provided to the other mobile devices of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Peter Karacas, James Sowden, Matthieu Lorrain, Bryan Rodman
  • Patent number: 10209946
    Abstract: An identification module receives an identification signal that uniquely identifies an individual and captures an image of the individual. The identification module determines tag information associated with the individual using the received identification signal and displays, to a user, the tag information overlayed on the image of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Masters
  • Patent number: 10212390
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for enabling a standby mode during videoconferencing, the standby mode having reduced bandwidth consumption and configured to indicate whether a person is present while protecting a privacy of the person. For example, a local device may capture low resolution video data at a low sampling rate, downsample the video data and send the downsampled video data to a remote device, which may upsample the downsampled video data and display the upsampled video data on a display. The upsampled video data indicates an environment of the local device while blurring details, enabling a user of the remote device to identify movement or activity while maintaining privacy for anyone near the local device. The local device may identify activity, motion and/or objects of interest in the video data and may apply a special effect emphasizing the activity, motion and/or objects of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Dean Christian, David Marc Levine, Blair Harold Beebe
  • Patent number: 10197406
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a housing, display, keyboard or touch screen keyboard, microphone, speaker, camera, memory or database which stores information regarding a travel schedule or itinerary, global positioning device, controller, transmitter, and first communication device. The controller detects a deviation of the apparatus from the travel schedule or itinerary or detects an absence of, or a leaving of, the apparatus from the expected location on the travel schedule or itinerary and generates a travel route deviation message. The transmitter transmits the travel route deviation message to the first communication device. The apparatus initiates a telephone call to the first communication device or to a second communication device, deactivates an on/off switching functionality of the apparatus to prevent the apparatus from being turned off, and deactivates a telephone calling on/off switching functionality to prevent the telephone call from being terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Raymond Anthony Joao, Mary Antonette Spano
  • Patent number: 10200206
    Abstract: A method of requesting an inquiry reply during a synchronous remote meeting is provided. The method includes recording a synchronous meeting between remote users to generate a meeting recording, generating an inquiry during the synchronous meeting to create a generated inquiry, identifying a portion of the meeting recording relevant to the inquiry during the synchronous meeting, and transmitting the generated inquiry and the captured portion of the recording to a recipient user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Torben Wallbaum, Andreas Girgensohn, Lynn Donelle Wilcox, Frank M. Shipman, III, Susanne Boll-Westermann
  • Patent number: 10200651
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may capture images using a camera system at a location associated with a user, transmit video content representative of the images over a network for presentation by another media processor at another location, receive at a media processor media content and second video content representative of second images that are associated with the second user, and present at a display device of the location the media content and the second video content in a telepresence configuration that simulates a presence of the other user at the location, where at least one of the media content and the video content is presented as three dimensional content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 10193794
    Abstract: A multiparty call method and an apparatus. A transmit end acquires communications data to be transmitted to at least two receive ends and identifiers of the at least two receive ends. The transmit end sends the communications data and the identifiers of the at least two receive ends to a network side device. The network side device forwards the communications data to the receive ends that correspond to the identifiers of the at least two receive ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Changzhou Chen
  • Patent number: 10192528
    Abstract: Foveated rendering based on user gaze tracking may be adjusted to account for the realities of human vision. Gaze tracking error and state parameters may be determined from gaze tracking data representing a user's gaze with respect to one or more images presented to a user. Adjusted foveation data representing an adjusted size and/or shape of one or more regions of interest in one or more images to be subsequently presented to a user may be generated based on the one or more gaze tracking error or state parameters. Foveated image data representing one or more foveated images may be generated with the adjusted foveation data. The foveated images are characterized by level of detail within the one or more regions of interest and lower level of detail outside the one or more regions of interest. The foveated images may then be presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Young, Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 10191242
    Abstract: A moveable mirror assembly can be used in connection with a case for a portable electronic device. The assembly can include a mirror housing and a mirror positioned within the mirror housing to redirect light to a portable electronic device within the case. The assembly can also include a rotational member coupled with the mirror housing and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Scandit AG
    Inventor: John Palmeri
  • Patent number: 10187432
    Abstract: A method of facilitating the re-joining of a virtual meeting by a participant. The method comprises determining at what time the participant was disconnected from the virtual meeting; and determining whether or not the participant was talking within a time period containing the time at which the participant was disconnected from the virtual meeting. If it is determined that the participant was talking within the time period, then, consequently, the method comprises deciding not to enable the participant to replay stored data representative of a missed portion of the virtual meeting. As well as the method, related apparatuses, systems and computer readable storage media are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Rowan James Katekar, Glenn N. Dickins
  • Patent number: 10185711
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes receiving two or more data sets each representing speech of a corresponding individual attending an internet-based social networking video conference session, decoding the received data sets to produce corresponding text for each individual attending the internet-based social networking video conference, and detecting characteristics of the session from a coalesced transcript produced from the decoded text of the attending individuals for providing context to the internet-based social networking video conference session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Glen Shires, Sterling Swigart, Jonathan Zolla, Jason J. Gauci
  • Patent number: 10186281
    Abstract: A communication system and a method can be configured to facilitate the performance of a conference. The system can include a conference organizer terminal and at least two participants' terminals each assigned to respective conference participants who each log in to start a conference on the communication system. The communication system can be configured to calculate a decision situation at a particular point in time of the ongoing conference by analyzing the views expressed by the conference participants during the conference and send data relating to the decision situation for that point in time to the conference organizer's terminal and/or other conference participant terminals for use in facilitating the conference. IN some embodiments, such data can be used to assist the conference participants' in recognizing when there is a consensus made on at least one decision to be made during the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jurgen Totzke, Karl Klug
  • Patent number: 10182280
    Abstract: A sound processing apparatus includes a processor to obtain sound data and image data, wherein the sound data is collected from a sound source in a given area by a sound collection unit including a plurality of microphones and the image data is captured by an imaging unit which captures an image at least partially in the given area, to designate a direction defined relative to the sound collection unit, wherein the designated direction corresponds to a designation part on an image displayed based on the image data, to designate an arbitrary range in the given area, wherein the designated arbitrary range corresponds to a designation part on the image displayed based on the image data, and to emphasize a sound component in the sound data in the direction designated by the first designation unit within the arbitrary range designated by the second designation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michinori Kishimoto, Yoshiyuki Watanabe, Makoto Takakuwa, Manabu Nakamura, Hideki Shuto, Kenji Tamura, Ryuji Yamazaki, Norio Saitou, Akihiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10182206
    Abstract: In an image display system for viewing, by a user in a first space, an image of a second space remote from the first space, image data indicating an image acquired by an imaging device placed in the second space is received from the imaging device. A partial image of the image indicated by the received image data is displayed on a display screen in the first space, the partial image having a display size corresponding to the size of the display screen. At least one of the position, the facial direction, the visual line, or the facial position of the user in the first space is detected by a detector. When a detection result of the detector changes while the partial image is being displayed, it is determined which partial image of the image indicated by the image data is to be displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Takahashi, Hiroki Matsumoto, Tsukasa Nakano, Takashi Orime, Yuichiro Takeuchi, Yasushi Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10181056
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display method and an electronic device. The method is applicable to an electronic device, the electronic device is capable of data transmission with a display device, the electronic device includes a first display unit, and the display device includes a second display unit; and the method includes: when the electronic device obtains information needing to be displayed, determining whether the information needing to be displayed is private information and generating a first determination result; in a case that the information needing to be displayed is private information, transmitting the information needing to be displayed to the first display unit only; and in a case that the information needing to be displayed is not private information, transmitting the information needing to be displayed at least to a second display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Gao, Naibo Hong, Yanjun Tian
  • Patent number: 10158886
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for the use of slice groups in encoding and decoding multi-view video coding (MVC) information. An apparatus and method are described which encodes at least two views corresponding to multi-view video content using multiple slice groups. Furthermore, an apparatus and method are described for decoding at least two views corresponding to multi-view video content using multiple slice groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: InterDigital Madison Patent Holdings
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Jill Boyce
  • Patent number: 10148911
    Abstract: In one or more implementations, a first video stream of multiple video streams is displayed at a display of a first user device. A reaction that matches an expected reaction of multiple expected reactions is detected in a second video stream of the multiple video streams. If the reaction matches one of the multiple expected reactions, the detected reaction of the second video stream is displayed at a first area of the display of the first user device. In some cases, the second video stream replaces the first video stream which was previously displayed at the first area of the display. Alternately or additionally, the second video stream is moved from being displayed at a second area of the display to the first area of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Faulkner
  • Patent number: 10148912
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for providing lighting indications in speech-based systems. For instance, a remote system may receive, from a conferencing system, a first message indicating that a first electronic device is participating in a conference call with at least a second electronic device and a third electronic device. The remote system can then associate the second electronic device with a first visual indication, and then cause the first electronic device to display the first visual indication. The remote system can further associate the third electronic device with a second visual indication, and then cause the first electronic device to display the second visual indication. Additionally, the remote system may receive a second message indicating that the first electronic device disconnected from the conference call and, in response, cause the first electronic device to cease from displaying the first visual indication and the second visual indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Alexander Oliver, Tony Roy Hardie
  • Patent number: 10148821
    Abstract: A method schedules a conference call via a scheduler application on a first information handling system by recording a date, a start time, and an end time and setting invitees for the call. The method further receives bound identification data from an invitee, associates the bound identification data with the scheduled conference call, and stores the bound identification data in a database to enable minimal touch access to the conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Robert A. Contreras, Chaula B. Patel, Vishwanath Jayaraman, Jianwen Yin
  • Patent number: 10148909
    Abstract: A portable immersive telepresence conferencing system which can capture audio data and video data and communicate at least some of the captured data to at least one remote endpoint via a network interface, receive image data and audio data from at least one remote source via the network interface and render a depiction of at least one object, which is substantially the same size of the actual object being shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Gopal Paripally, Stephen Botzko
  • Patent number: 10148868
    Abstract: A multimedia telephony services over internet protocol (IP) multimedia subsystems (IMS) (MTSI) receiver operable to support region of interest (ROI) signaling with a MTSI sender is disclosed. The MTSI receiver can define a requested region of interest (ROI). The MTSI receiver can map the requested ROI to one or more pan, tilt, zoom and focus (PTZF) commands. The MTSI receiver can encode the one or more PTZF commands for transmission to the MTSI sender via real-time transport protocol (RTP) packets. The one or more PTZF commands can represent the requested ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ozgur Oyman, Jean-Pierre Giacalone, Ivan Fox
  • Patent number: 10148913
    Abstract: An automatic process for producing professional, directed, production crew quality, video for videoconferencing is described. Rule based logic is integrated into an automatic process for producing director quality video for videoconferencing. The automatic process uses sensor data to process video streams for video conferencing. A method and system for automatically processing sensor data on room activity into general room analytics for further processing by application of rules based logic to produce production quality video for videoconferencing is described. Sensory devices and equipment, for example motion, infrared, audio, sound source localization (SSL) and video are used to detect room activity or room stimulus. The room activity is analyzed (for example, to determine whether individuals are in the subject room, speaker identification and movement within the room) and processed to produce room analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Elon Nimri, Shu Gao, Stephen Schaefer, Robert Murphy
  • Patent number: 10142593
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a video quality control unit configured to control, on the basis of a degree of importance of a user based on whether or not the user of a client device makes utterance, a quality of a video of the user transmitted from the client device to a server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kohei Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10139917
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for gesture-initiated actions in videoconferences. In one implementation, a processing device receives content streams during a communication session, identifies a request for feedback within one of the content streams, based on an identification of the request for feedback, processes the content streams to identify one or more gestures within at least one of the content streams, and based on a determination that a first gesture of the one or more gestures is relatively more prevalent across the content streams than one or more other gestures, initiates an action with respect to the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mehul Nariyawala, Rahul Garg, Navneet Dalal, Thor Carpenter, Gregory Burgess, Timothy Psiaki, Mark Chang, Antonio Bernardo Monteiro Costa, Christian Plagemann, Chee Chew
  • Patent number: 10142505
    Abstract: A multi-function printer comprises: a printer engine unit having a function of switching the mode of the multi-function printer from a print mode to a power-saving mode based on predetermined conditions; a first to a third microphone arranged at intervals on the same plane; and a control section configured to determine the position of a sound source according to the difference between the moments sound sources are captured by the first to the third microphone and switch the mode of the multi-function printer from the power-saving mode to the print mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 10142589
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for receiving, at a computing device, a call from a first telephony device using a telephone number associated with a second telephony device and a web-based user account. An indication of the call is received at the computing device where the web-based user account is signed into. An input is received at the computing device to accept the call. A conferencing application session associated with the web-based user account is initiated at the computing device between the first telephony device and the computing device based upon, at least in part, receiving the input to accept the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Jawad, Michel Ossesia, Tomas Lundqvist, Kathryn Cushing, Jordanna Chord, Tobias Jungen
  • Patent number: 10134189
    Abstract: To provide an excellent image display device worn on a head or face and used to view images, and an image display method. When displaying an image of a virtual world, such as a movie or computer graphics, with a display unit 309, a head-mounted display 100 temporarily removes the image in a portion specified with a touch panel, and display an image of the real world captured with an outward-facing camera 312. By looking at the image of the real world mixed in with the image of the virtual world, the user is able to perceive the real world and suitably interact with the real world, thereby making it possible to lessen psychological resistance while also avoiding physical harm due to events such as collisions with objects in the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Yamamoto, Kenta Kawamoto, Takayasu Kon
  • Patent number: 10136102
    Abstract: An online conferencing system that provides an automatic mechanism to broadcast an online conference. A video gathering component gathers video streams for each of at least some of the current participants in the online conference. A broadcast start triggering component allows one or more of the participants to trigger operation of a broadcasting component. The broadcast component that, when triggered, causes a resulting video stream comprising at least a composite of at least some of the gathered video streams to be published to a plurality of viewers. In some embodiments, pre-processing of the video streams to create the resulting video stream also occurs. Such pre-processing could include, for instance, composing a stream from multiple video streams, altering one or more of the video streams, applying augmented reality to the video stream, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adit Dalvi, Uladzimir Skuratovich, Marius Ungureanu
  • Patent number: 10129503
    Abstract: An image-capturing device is disclosed. The image-capturing device may include two cameras, a watch body, and a watch band coupled to the watch body. The two cameras may simultaneously capture images. A processor of the image-capturing device may combine image data of the simultaneously-captured images from the two cameras into resultant image data representing a single continuous image. The images captured by the cameras may be moving images (i.e., video). The processor may identify a tracking target within the captured images and may continuously output target image data representing a target area of the image including the tracking target. Where the tracking target is a face captured from a low angle, the processor may angle-adjust the image so that the output target image data represents the face from a different angle (e.g., a front angle).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Seung Wook Kim, Megan A. McClain
  • Patent number: 10122968
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for enabling indirect person-to-person calls between deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired (D-HOH-SI) inmates in a correctional institution and D-HOH-SI called parties outside the correctional institution. A man-in-the-middle approach enables a complete separation of the inmate and called party, preventing any possible non-ASL communications between them, thereby ensuring the safety and security of inmates, called parties, and the public in general. Standard restrictions on allowed called parties are implemented, along with protection of confidential calls from being recorded. A first VRS system enables video communication between the inmate and the man-in-the-middle who is a sign language interpreter, while a second video communications system enables video communication between the man-in-the-middle and the called party. No direct video contact between the inmate and called party is allowed or required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Chris Talbot
  • Patent number: 10122970
    Abstract: A videoconferencing endpoint can provides a caller with the ability to make unscheduled video calls to a callee without having knowledge of dialing information of a videoconferencing endpoint where the callee is currently located. The videoconferencing endpoint searches a location database using an identity of the callee provided by the caller, where the location database can store dialing information of a videoconferencing endpoint where the callee is known to be located. The videoconferencing endpoint can collect biometric data from a user and determine the identity of the user by matching the collected biometric data to biometric data stored in a biometric database. If a match is found, the videoconferencing endpoint updates the location database such that the location database indicates the videoconferencing endpoint as the current location of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventor: Koby Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10123055
    Abstract: A video content distribution system including a user terminal on which contents are viewable and a content management server. The user terminal includes a first reception unit configured to receive field-of-view video data. The user terminal includes a display control unit configured to display a field-of-view video. The user terminal includes a viewpoint switch request signal generating unit for requesting a switch from a first viewpoint to a second viewpoint in the field-of-view video. The user terminal includes a first transmission unit configured to transmit the viewpoint switch request signal to the content management server. The content management server includes a second reception unit configured to receive the viewpoint switch request signal. The content management server includes a second transmission unit configured to transmit the field-of-view video data. The content management server further includes a switch count updating unit configured to update a count of switches to the second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Kento Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10110852
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and techniques for creating media conferencing layouts that are intelligent (i.e., based on some underlying principle to enhance user-perceived conference quality) and persistent (i.e., consistent within a call and from one call to the next).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Everett Hiller, Jim Darrah, Jimmy Carter, Satyanarayana Damisetti, Simon Booth, Jesse Coleman, Frank Lacombe
  • Patent number: 10110848
    Abstract: An apparatus for simultaneously recording a first live video stream and projecting a second live video stream onto an interactive touch screen, the apparatus comprising (a) a backlight panel; (b) a horizontally polarized screen associated with one face of the backlight panel; (c) a camera having a lens, the camera having controllable frame rate and exposure; and, (d) a LCD screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: THE SUPERGROUP CREATIVE OMNIMEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: John Gabriel Aldridge, David Lee Sutton, John Michael Preziotti
  • Patent number: 10110645
    Abstract: A virtual conferencing system is described which tracks events during a virtual conference, provides a user interface for reviewing the events, and allows a moderator and/or other participant to provide feedback related to the events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Minerva Project, Inc.
    Inventors: Ari Bader-Natal, Brandon Tilley, Stephen Michael Kosslyn, Jonathan Scott Katzman, Matthew Michael Regan, Ben Nelson
  • Patent number: 10110974
    Abstract: An accessory includes a main body that includes a communication module that is configured to communicate with a predetermined network, and a container including a main body-coupling portion that is located at an upper portion of the container and configured to separably couple to the main body, the container being made of a material that is able to be injection-molded. The container includes an outer portion that is exposed to an outside of the container based on the main body being coupled to the container, and an inner portion that is recessed downward to thereby define the main body-coupling portion, the inner portion including a bottom portion that defines a bottom surface of the inner portion, and an inclined portion that extends upward from a circumference of the bottom surface and outward with respect to a central axis passing through the container in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dooyul Kim, Kyeonggyu Goo
  • Patent number: 10110352
    Abstract: A receiver for receiving data in a broadcast system comprises a broadcast receiver that receives via said broadcast system a receiver input data stream comprising a plurality of channel symbols represented by constellation points in a constellation diagram, a demodulator that demodulates said channel symbols into codewords, and a decoder that decodes said codewords into output data words. A redundancy calculator determines a required amount of redundancy data required for correct demodulation and decoding by use of the originally received channel symbol and additional redundancy data. A broadband request unit requests, if demodulation of a channel symbol and/or decoding of a codeword is erroneous or likely to fail, a required amount of redundancy data via a broadband system, that is received by a broadband receiver via said broadband system. Said demodulator and/or said decoder is configured to use said redundancy data for demodulation and decoding, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Junge Qi, Joerg Robert, Jan Zoellner, Lothar Stadelmeier, Nabil Loghin