Conferencing (e.g., Loop) Patents (Class 348/14.08)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10110831
    Abstract: A videoconference device displays video data from a speech site such that a viewer can easily understand even in a case where the number of sites is large. A communication controller receives each piece of video data and voice data from conference terminal devices of a plurality of other sites. A video and voice synthesizer determines a screen layout depending on the number of sites participating in a videoconference, and generates synthesized video data obtained by synthesizing video data of each site according to the screen layout. At this time, the video and voice synthesizer generates the synthesized video data such that display of the video data of each site where a level of voice data is higher than or equal to a threshold is highlighted more than display of video data of the other sites. A video and voice output controller displays the synthesized video data on a screen of a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Takita, Yoshimasa Honda, Masayuki Kumazawa
  • Patent number: 10110731
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and system for recording video relay service (VRS) calls. The method comprises providing a VRS call recorder, a VRS rules gateway, and a VRS video client connected to each other by means of a computer network; initiating a VRS call using the VRS video client; sending the VRS call to the VRS rules gateway; determining, by the VRS rules gateway, whether the VRS call is to be recorded; in response to a determination that the VRS call is to be recorded: modifying a property of the VRS call to indicate that the call is to be recorded; detecting, by the VRS call recorder, the modified VRS call property; and in response to detecting the modified VRS call property, trying the VRS call with recording enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Chris Talbot
  • Patent number: 10091643
    Abstract: Provided is a method for displaying counterpart-associated information in an electronic device. The method for displaying associated information in an electronic device may include: finding, when a function associated with a specific counterpart is executed, information that is stored so as to be mapped with identification information of the counterpart; and displaying at least of the found information and an item for the found information. The found information may include at least one of communication log information for a video or voice call with the counterpart, schedule or memo information related to the counterpart, voice information collected during a call with the counterpart, and social content information related to the counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sangwook Shin, Sungwoon Jang
  • Patent number: 10089793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for superimposing the human elements of video generated by computing devices, wherein a first user device and second user device capture and transmit video to a central server which analyzes the video to identify and extract human elements, superimpose these human elements upon one another, adds in at least one augmented reality element, and then transmits the newly created superimposed video back to at least one of the user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Russell Holmes
  • Patent number: 10083219
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system for presentation delivery. The mechanism delivering a presentation content to a group of users and receives a plurality of questions concerning the presentation content from the group of users. The mechanism stores the plurality of questions in a question history database and clusters the plurality of questions in the question history database into one or more question clusters. The mechanism determines a topic for each of the one or more question clusters to form one or more question topics and generates feedback for updating the presentation content based on the one or more question topics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Erik D. Anderson, Howard N. Anglin, Anthony J. Arcuri, James C. Palistrant
  • Patent number: 10075677
    Abstract: A novel universal bridge (UB) can handle and conduct multimedia multipoint conferences between a plurality of MREs and LEPs without using an MRM, an MCU and a gateway. Further, a UB can be configured to allocate and release resources dynamically according to the current needs of each conferee and the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventor: Avishay Halavy
  • Patent number: 10075674
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system, method, and computer program product that enable management of a plurality of video feeds with Push to Talk (PTT) communications. Some embodiments monitor a plurality of video feeds using a VMS graphics user interface (GUI) where a video feed of the plurality of video feeds is a video feed component of an interactive multimedia media object (IMMO) displayed in the VMS GUI. A talk group is logically associated with the video feed of the plurality of video feeds. Some embodiments detect that an embedded PTT control component associated with the video feed is activated, and enable PTT communications among members of the talk group and an operator of the VMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mutualink, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Mazzarella, Michael S. Wengrovitz, Mark Hatten
  • Patent number: 10075491
    Abstract: In some implementations, audio data or video data associated with a first participant of a communication session is obtained. The communication session may include communication between a first device of the first participant with a second device of a second participant of the communication session. It is determined that biometric information associated with the first participant indicates that the first participant is looking toward the first device. In response determining that the biometric information associated with the first participant indicates that the first participant is looking toward the first device, the audio data or the video data associated with the first participant is transmitted to the second device of the second participant of the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Boris Smus
  • Patent number: 10069877
    Abstract: A method for managing multiple electronic conference sessions. The method includes a computer processor identifying a plurality of conference sessions that a user is attending, wherein the plurality of conference sessions includes a first session and a second session. The method further includes a computer processor identifying one or more triggers that indicate an occurrence of an event in at least one of the plurality of conference sessions. The method further includes a computer processor determining that the user is an active participant in at least the first session of the plurality of conference sessions that the user is attending. The method further includes a computer processor detecting at least one trigger of the one or more identified triggers, within the second session of the plurality of conference sessions that the user is attending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anjil R. Chinnapatlolla, Casimer M. DeCusatis, Rajaram B. Krishnamurthy, Ajay Sood
  • Patent number: 10070093
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques to display live content of a teleconference session and recorded content of a teleconference session concurrently, in the same user interface. The recorded content and the live content can be part of the same teleconference session. Consequently, if a user joins the teleconference session late, the use can catch-up on missed activity of the teleconference session by viewing the recorded content while also staying engaged with the live content of the teleconference session as the teleconference session progresses. The live content and the recorded content can be respectively displayed in a first display area and a second display area. The live content and the recorded content switched, toggled, in response to an event. Subsequent to the switch, the system can visually share a portion of the recorded content with participants of the live communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Faulkner
  • Patent number: 10069968
    Abstract: Systems, methods, computer program products, and the like, are provided herein for collaboration conferencing with multiple participants over a communications network, and more specifically for utilizing a received Automatic Number Identification (ANI) value to validate an identification of a user of the collaboration system. In general, the ANI is a value associated with a telephone call or other communication of a telecommunications network that identifies the originating telephone number. For example, a telephone call placed from a communication device (such as a telephone at a person's home) may include the telephone number associated with the communication device, such as the ten-digit telephone number of the device. The ANI value may be obtained by one or more networking devices to determine the originating device or number of the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew J. Broadworth
  • Patent number: 10069870
    Abstract: For lingual transformation-based encryption, a method parses communication data into lingual units. The method further generates a validation nonce from the lingual units. In addition, the method generates a transform unit for each lingual unit by applying a lingual message transformation to each lingual unit as an encryption function of a selection rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Utah State University
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Johnson, Robert F. Houghton
  • Patent number: 10061467
    Abstract: Techniques for presenting a message in a communication session are described. In at least some embodiments, a message is sent by a participant in a communication session. The message is presented in a graphical user interface (GUI) for the communication session and visually linked to a visual representation of the participant. According to one or more implementations, a number of messages that are presented in a GUI for a communication session is throttled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Devi Brunsch, Jason Thomas Faulkner, Mark Robert Swift
  • Patent number: 10061552
    Abstract: In an approach for determining relative positioning in a multiple display grid, a processor receives positioning information from sensors operably affixed to at least a first display and a second display. A processor analyzes the positioning information to determine a relative positioning between at least the first display and the second display. A processor generates an extended display on the at least the first display and the second display, based on the analyzed positioning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 10055085
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a first computing device having a controller to present an avatar having characteristics that correlate to a user profile and that conform to operating characteristics of the first computing device, and transmit to a second computing device operational information associated with the avatar for reproducing at least in part the avatar at said second computing device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Madhur Khandelwal, E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Darnell Clayton
  • Patent number: 10057542
    Abstract: Disclosed is system and method for interactive telepresence that includes at least one data processing apparatus, at least one database, an audio/visual capture device that is configured with at least one microphone and camera. A detection module is provided to detect one of the plurality of participants who is speaking during the meeting, and a display module that is configured to display video that is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Edo Segal
  • Patent number: 10048078
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a housing; display; keyboard; at least one microphone; at least one speaker; at least one camera; memory or database which stores travel schedule or itinerary information for a first individual; global positioning device; communication equipment, controller; and transmitter. If the controller detects a deviation of the apparatus from a travel schedule or itinerary or detects an absence of or leaving of the apparatus from an expected location, the controller generates a message and the transmitter transmits the message to a first communication device associated with a second individual. The apparatus initiates a telephone call to the first communication device or a second communication device, de-activates an on/off switching functionality of the apparatus, and deactivates a telephone calling on/off switching functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Raymond Anthony Joao, Mary Antonette Spano
  • Patent number: 10044976
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus to display video data on a display apparatus includes a receiver to receive the video data from one or more other information processing apparatuses via a network, a video data determiner to determine the video data to be received by the receiver according to a communications status, a static image data storage to acquire static image data from the one or more other information processing apparatuses to store the acquired static image data, and a display processor to generate a screen having one or more areas to display the video data determined by the video data determiner in the areas. The display processor displays the static image data stored in the static image data storage in the areas when a determined number of the video data is less than a number of the areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Morita, Takuya Imai, Shoh Nagamine
  • Patent number: 10044783
    Abstract: In a method of controlling a real-time conference session there is a first user and a second user connected to a media processing unit. The first user has a passive mode wherein data is received at and transmitted by the first user's communication terminal as passive data but not received by the communication terminal of the second user and an active mode wherein the data is received and transmitted by the first user's terminal and received by the second user's terminal as active data. When the first user switches from the passive mode to the active mode there is a duration of the conference call that is left to be transmitted to the second user. That portion has been recorded and is played at a faster rate to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Unify Patente GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jurgen Totzke, Vasileios Giatilis, Charidimos Tzedakis, Kleoniki Markou, Labros Pappas
  • Patent number: 10038876
    Abstract: Binding of separate communication platform meetings is provided. Video conference service interconnection with online meeting service may be achieved by allowing the online meeting service to provide a tenant identifier to the video conference service, which may be associated with the tenant and used in a key that is used by the video conference service to schedule and initiate meetings. The online meeting service may also include the key in metadata used by its scheduling service. The tenant identifier and/or the key may be used by the components involved in initiating and, facilitating various meetings by users of the online meetings (and by users of the video conference service).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony C. Romano, Ganesh Sridharan, Giridhar Kalpathy Narayanan, Robert W. Young, Mattia Tocco, Deepak Rao
  • Patent number: 10038878
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a video conference method using a computer 20 and a conference server 10 connected to the Internet, in which objects that can be selected by a user, such as icons, buttons and the like, are outputted on the computer 20 connected to the conference server 10, and the computer 20 is registered as a participant of a conference as the user performs handling of selecting an object, and thus circulation of video information is performed through the conference server 10. Through the present invention, it is possible to participate in a video conference only by intuitive handling of selecting an object implemented in a computer 20 without inputting the complicated identification information or a URL, and therefore, an effect of enhancing user's convenience and expanding utilization of an Internet video conference can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: RSUPPORT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyungsu Seo
  • Patent number: 10038843
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to an image transmission apparatus connected to an image pickup apparatus and configured to transmit an image picked up by the image pickup apparatus to a plurality of client terminals via a network. The image transmission apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set a transmission processing mode for transmitting a still image picked up by the image pickup apparatus and a real-time image picked up by the image pickup apparatus and having a resolution lower than that of the still image according to an instruction issued from one of the plurality of client terminals, and a control unit configured to control an instruction to the image pickup apparatus and a transmission processing for the still image and the real-time image according to the transmission processing mode set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiichiro Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10033966
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a transmitter to transmit content data to one or more counterpart information processing apparatuses through a network to have a communication with the one or more counterpart information processing apparatuses, the content data being at least one of image data and audio data; a receiver to receive, from a first information processing apparatus of the one or more counterpart information processing apparatuses, a recording start notification indicating that the first counterpart information processing apparatus starts recording or is recording the content data that is transmitted from the information processing apparatus, the recording start notification being transmitted with first identification information of the first counterpart information processing apparatus that is recording; and circuitry to output, based on the recording start notification, notification information indicating that recording of the communication is being performed, in association with inf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeru Inoue, Yoshinaga Kato, Atsuhiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 10027813
    Abstract: A method for providing content via a computer network and computing device, which may include: storing data associated with and indicative of a plurality of presentations; receiving a request to host an audio presentation; receiving and storing data associated with the requested audio presentation; initiating and recording one or more telephone calls; and, presenting at least a portion of the stored data for selection by the computing device; wherein, selection causes the stored data indicative of the selected audio/visual or audio presentation to be provided to the computing device for playback thereby via the computer network. The method may include storing data associated with and indicative of a first plurality of presentations; storing data associated with a plurality of second presentation feeds: automatically and periodically accessing each of the feeds; and aggregating each of the presentations for delivery via the computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Uniloc Luxembourg S.A.
    Inventor: Tod C. Turner
  • Patent number: 10021378
    Abstract: A display apparatus is disclosed. The display apparatus includes a video reception unit to receive an input video, a flexible display module, and a controller to change luminance of the input video such that a luminance variation of an area of the input video corresponding to a first area of the display module is greater than that of an area of the input video corresponding to a second area of the display module and control a video, the luminance of which has been changed, to be displayed when the display module is curved. Consequently, a stereoscopic video with improved luminance is displayed on the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sung Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10009525
    Abstract: A camera may be mounted under a display in an electronic device. The display may include a polarizer layer, a color filter layer, and a thin-film-transistor layer. A layer of material such as a glass insert may be attached to an edge of the display. Openings may be formed in the layers of the display and the insert to accommodate the camera. A sleeve structure may be mounted within an opening. The camera may include lens structures formed from a stack of lens elements. One or more layers of the display may be interposed within the lens structures. The glass insert may be mounted within a notch in the color filter layer and thin-film transistor layer or along a straight edge of the color filter layer and thin-film transistor layer. The edge of the color filter layer may be recessed with respect to form a mounting shelf for the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh C. Mathew, Keith J. Hendren, Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., Adam T. Garelli
  • Patent number: 10009464
    Abstract: A system for complex interaction recording, comprising a recording management server that operates on a network-connected computing device and records communications, a record server that operates on a network-connected computing device and presents records for review and interaction by a human user, and an interaction evaluation server that operates on a network-connected computing device and identifies interactions segments and groups them into complex interactions, and a method for recording complex interactions comprising the steps of loading an interaction, identifying segments within the interaction, grouping segments into a complex interaction, and sending the resulting complex interaction as output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ZOOM International a.s.
    Inventor: Vaclav Slovacek
  • Patent number: 10008816
    Abstract: An electrical power unit with wireless communications capability includes a wireless communications module supported in a housing that is configured to be mounted at or along a work surface. The wireless communications module includes an audio speaker, a microphone, a wireless audio signal receiver, and a wireless audio signal transmitter. The wireless signal receiver is operable to receive first electronic audio signals from a first mobile communication device, and the audio speaker is operable to emit amplified sound in response to the wireless signal receiver receiving the first electronic audio signals. The wireless audio signal transmitter is operable to receive second electronic audio signals from the microphone, and to transmit the second electronic audio signals to the mobile communication device for further transmission from the first mobile communication device to a second communication device located remotely from the electrical power unit and the first mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Norman R. Byrne, Aaron G. Lautenbach
  • Patent number: 10008206
    Abstract: Verifying a user, such as, but not limited to, a user who answered questions for an unproctered test for employment. A representation of a transition pattern is stored (200). Time series voice data is received from a user responding to a sequence of questions (72) having multiple levels of difficulty. The transition pattern in the voice data (200) is based on a plurality of comparisons (503) of subsets (500) of the voice data corresponding to responses to questions having one or more different levels of difficulty. A further transition pattern (200) is determined from voice data in the same way but based on a shorter sequence of questions (78). The user is verified based on a comparison (78) of this further transition pattern to a previously stored transition pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL ICT AUSTRALIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Fang Chen, Bo Yin, Kim MacDonald
  • Patent number: 9998710
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for supporting a video conference in a client terminal for a video conference system. The apparatus includes: an edition/rendering module configured to receive basic lattice layout screen data containing respective participant images included in a plurality of lattices and respective location information of the plurality of lattices applied to the basic lattice layout screen data; and an input module configured to input edition information, wherein, in response to the edition information input through the input module, the edition/rendering module classifies respective lattice images of the basic lattice layout screen data according to the respective location information, and generates new layout screen data edited with respect to the respective lattice images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunicaticns Research Institute
    Inventors: Seung Han Choi, Do Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9998709
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to service orchestration to support cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service in a virtual overlay network environment. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a video conferencing service orchestrator can receive, from a user device, a service request for the cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service orchestrated by the video conferencing service orchestrator. In response to the service request, the video conferencing service orchestrator can provide, to the user device, virtual network layer system software and a virtual machine container for installation on the user device. The virtual network layer system software can implement a network function to provide an interface between the user device and a service controller during a video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, David H. Lu, Gabriel Bourge, Xidong Wu
  • Patent number: 9998711
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the representation of at least one data stream in a multi-participant application, comprising a server and a client, comprising: transmitter for transmitting a plurality of data streams from a server to a client across a communications network, each data stream being associated with a participant in a multi-participant video application; processor for determining a data stream ranking associated with at least one of the plurality of data streams; and, processor for selectively controlling the representation of at least one of the plurality of the data streams at the client in dependence on the data stream ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: iSee VC Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Farzad Safaei, Pedram Pourashraf
  • Patent number: 9986052
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for connecting two users when a caller places a call but a callee rejects the call or fails to answer in a predetermined period of time. The calling application may terminate the call attempt and request status updates regarding the called party to determine when the callee is available for a follow-up call. The system may gain insight into when a user is available based on the user's presence in a messaging or social networking app, activity in a third-party application unrelated to the call, or the power status of the user's device. When it is determined that the callee is available, a notification may be sent to the caller informing the caller that it is a good time to call back. The techniques may also be used in reverse, informing the callee of when the caller is available for a return call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Zhengping Zuo, Stephane Taine, Brendan Benjamin Aronoff
  • Patent number: 9979462
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a storage device configured to store location information of multiple receivers and auxiliary data associated with a space vehicle. A motion compensation block configured to correct timing of a received signal by a receiver from a space-vehicle transmitter and to generate a motion-compensated signal having corrected timing for motions of the space-vehicle transmitter. The corrected timing is determined based on stored location information of the receiver and the auxiliary data. The frequency correction block is configured to correct a carrier frequency of the motion-compensated signal using information associated with a synch channel of the received signal and to generate a processed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Douglas Watson, William Alexander Brown, III
  • Patent number: 9979880
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are configured to obtain video data from a camera used in a video conferencing system. A user interface displaying the video data can be provided on a screen, wherein the screen is capable of receiving touch input. A first touch input associated with a function of the camera can be obtained. The first touch input can be received from the screen. An instruction for executing the function can be sent to the camera. The user interface can be updated in response to the execution of the function of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Pell, Konrad Horst Michels
  • Patent number: 9971500
    Abstract: An electronic device with a touch-sensitive surface and display can execute a messaging application. In the messaging application, swipe options can be displayed for messages and threads. Swipe options correspond to actions that can be taken on the messages or threads. Messages and threads can be associated with notification rules as well as be ignored. Composition interfaces and messages can be displayed simultaneously in the messaging application. The messaging application can display a conversation view of a message thread with a common header that can include subject information and names of participants in the threads. The messaging application allows for adding and removing participants to the conversation view. The messaging application allows for grouping search results from a search of messages using a search term. The grouping can be based on the location of the search term within the messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Stephen O. Lemay, Tiffany S. Jon, Mohammed N. Jisrawi, Cristobal Baray, Chanaka G. Karunamuni