Conferencing (e.g., Loop) Patents (Class 348/14.08)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9971445
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an image processor. The image processor performs an image processing on an image signal on a basis of a result of detection of a contact condition in which a user makes contact with a display section. The image processing includes an enhancement processing performed on the image signal in accordance with the contact condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Yohei Funatsu
  • Patent number: 9973829
    Abstract: A method and system for video communications between a terminal and a server. A first terminal establishes a communication connection with a server through a communication protocol. Local video data displayed in a video zone of the first terminal and other data displayed in a preset whiteboard zone of the first terminal are sent-to the server, to allow the server to send the local video data and the other data to one or more second terminals to be displayed. Complex content can be shown in one-to-one, one-to-many or many-to-many video communications applications to satisfy the demand and experience of video communications in the scenes of chats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shezhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Zhongnan Li, Hao Nian
  • Patent number: 9966063
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices are for identifying a user profile for speech recognition. The user profile is selected from one of several user profiles which are all associated with a speaker, and can be selected based on the identity of the speaker, the location of the speaker, the device the speaker is using, or other relevant parameters. Such parameters can be hierarchical, having multiple layers, and can also be dependent or independent from one another. Using the parameters identified, the user profile is selected and used to recognize speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Rathinavelu Chengalvarayan
  • Patent number: 9959083
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a system for sharing a screen and a method for sharing a screen to easily understand a work instruction even when it is difficult for the worker to catch a voice due to a surrounding noise etc. A system for sharing a screen including a screen transmitter device 100 providing screen data and one or more screen receiver devices 10, the screen transmitter device 100 sharing a screen with the screen receiver devices 10, the system receives a definition of the shared area to share screen display, receives a voice input, converts the input voice into text data by voice recognition, and displays both of screen data inside the shared area defined by the received definition and the converted text data in the shared area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OPTIM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 9952663
    Abstract: A method may track a motion of a body part in a series of images captured by an imager that is associated with an electronic device, and detect in such motion a gesture of the body part that matches a pre-defined gesture. Upon such detection of the gesture, a function that is associated with the gesture is activated but only upon a contact or other input, such as a push of a button by a user. The combination of the ‘push to enable’ and the ‘gesture to activate the function’ may provide comfortable operation of the gesture activation of a function. A system and method of altering a zoom of an image displayed on an electronic device by detecting in a series of images a change in distance between the device and a viewer of the image, and zooming the image to correspond to such change in position. The captured images and detected change in distance may be interpreted by a processor as a zoom gesture that may trigger a zoom of the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Umoove Services Ltd.
    Inventors: Yitzchak Kempinski, Yair Barak, Tuvia Elbaum
  • Patent number: 9955074
    Abstract: Disclosed is a target tracking method for an intelligent tracking high speed dome, comprising: in the process of target tracking, when the position coordinates of a newly selected target in the acquired tracking image are received, matching the position coordinates of the newly selected target in the tracking image, using the target corresponding to the position coordinates of the newly selected target in the tracking image as a current target, and extracting the characteristics of the current target; tracking the current target according to the characteristics thereof, and updating in real time the position coordinates of the current target in the tracking image; converting the updated position coordinates of the current target into speed dome identifiable horizontal rotation value P, vertical rotation value T and magnification factor value Z; adjusting in real time the magnification factor of the speed dome, and controlling in real time the rotation of the speed dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Limeng Zhou, Haixun Guo, Caihan Shen, Xiaochen Quan
  • Patent number: 9953392
    Abstract: A system including a large format display, a display computer storing a plurality of files to be displayed on the display, and a mobile device application loaded onto a mobile device, the mobile device application to load and store user information for more than one user, to generate a list of user information, and to share the list of user information with the display computer and other mobile devices having the mobile device application thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: T1V, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Feldman, James E. Morris
  • Patent number: 9954914
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing collaborative workspace are disclosed. The method receives a request to establish a video conference for two or more participants, and obtains information from historical information on the two or more participants to be used with the collaborative workspace. The method determines preferences for each of the two or more participants as to a presentation of the collaborative workspace. The method receives one or more live images of the two or more participants and presents the collaborative workspace to each of the two or more participants in accordance with the preferences for each of the two or more participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Aaron, Larry Woodring
  • Patent number: 9948428
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed that support the aggregation of acknowledgement messages and control messages. Advantageously, acknowledgement and negative acknowledgement indications for multiple client nodes are combined into a single aggregated message which is broadcast or multicast to the multiple client nodes. Based on unique identifiers assigned to each client node, client nodes are grouped such that the aggregated acknowledgement messages can be efficiently encoded to conserve both network capacity when they are transmitted, as well as processing capacity when they are parsed by the client nodes. If code division multiple access (CDMA) technology is used, the aggregated acknowledgment message can be transmitted without CDMA spreading to effectively broadcast or multicast it to multiple client nodes. A similar technique can be employed for the efficient broadcast or multicast of aggregated control messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Hemanth B. Pawar, Shilpa Kowdley Srinivas, Anoop K. Goyal, Bhagwan Khanka, Duane Anthony Tomka
  • Patent number: 9943965
    Abstract: Robots including projectors for projecting images on identified projection surfaces are disclosed. A robot includes a housing, an electronic control unit coupled to the housing, a projector coupled to the housing, a human recognition module coupled to the housing, and a projection surface identification module coupled to the housing. The projector, the human recognition module, and the surface identification module are communicatively coupled with the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit includes a non-transitory memory that stores a set of machine readable instructions and a processor for executing the machine readable instructions. When executed by the processor, the machine readable instructions cause the robot to recognize a human using the human recognition module, identify a projection surface using the projection surface recognition module, and project an image on the identified projection surface with the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Alan Moore
  • Patent number: 9942518
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided to intelligently frame groups of participants in a meeting. This gives a more pleasing experience with fewer switches, better contextual understanding, and more natural framing, as would be seen in a video production made by a human director. Furthermore, in accordance with another embodiment, conversational framing techniques are provided. During speaker tracking, when two local participants are addressing each other, a method is provided to show a close-up framing showing both participants. By evaluating the direction participants are looking and a speaker history, it is determined if there is a local discussion going on, and an appropriate framing is selected to give far-end participants the most contextually rich experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian Tangeland, Rune Oistein Aas, Christian Fjelleng Theien
  • Patent number: 9942519
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for enabling participant following in an electronic conference. An example method can involve generating a graphical interface for an electronic conference including a group of participants, the graphical interface displaying an active participant in a first display region and a panel of respective graphical participant representations in a second display region. The method can further involve receiving, via the graphical interface, an input requesting to move at least one of the respective graphical participant representations out of the panel in the second display region to a location in the first display region of the graphical interface, and based on the input, updating the graphical interface to display the at least one of the respective graphical participant representations in the first display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Grant Pan, Mingfeng Yang, Jason Ding
  • Patent number: 9942514
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to optimizing power consumption while one or more users are inactive during a video call. More particularly, according to various aspects, a current camera view may be captured at a first user equipment (UE) during a video call with at least a second UE. In response to the first UE determining that a user associated with the first UE is inactive on a camera at the first UE (e.g., when no faces are visible in the current camera view), the first UE may reduce uplink transmissions that are allocated to video content corresponding to the current camera view while the user associated with the first UE is inactive on the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Neeraj Panwar, Ishdeep Singh Juneja, Ashish Bhardwaj, Jagdeep Singh
  • Patent number: 9942481
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for iterative adjustment of video-capture settings based on identified persona. In an embodiment, a method includes receiving video frames that are being captured by a video camera of an ongoing scene. The method also includes identifying a persona in one or more of the received frames at least in part by identifying, in each such frame, a set of pixels classified as being representative of the persona. The method also includes selecting, based collectively on the brightness values of the pixels in the identified set, a respective adjustment command for one or more adjustable video-capture settings of the camera, as well as outputting the selected commands to the camera for use in continuing to capture video data representative of the ongoing scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Personify, Inc.
    Inventors: Simion Venshtain, Sanjay Patel, Dennis J. Lin
  • Patent number: 9942408
    Abstract: A conference management system of the present invention displays, before terminals used by users participate in a conference, electric field intensity information of the respective terminals, and available capacity information of bands in a plurality of lines, for each of the respective terminals and enables the users to select one terminal from among the plurality of terminals based on the display. Provided is the conference management system including a conference management device connected to a plurality of networks and a plurality of wireless terminals connected to the conference management device via access points corresponding to the plurality of networks. One or more wireless terminals corresponding to a predetermined user name display a plurality of wireless terminal names corresponding to the predetermined user name, and electric field intensity information and band information of access points to which the respective terminals belong, which have been received from the conference management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Shiota
  • Patent number: 9930270
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling video content displayed to a viewer are presented. The method includes receiving video stream of a video. Two or more areas of interest are identified in a segment of the video stream and a display priority for each area of interest is determined. The method includes facilitating display of concurrently occurring portions of the segment if the display priority for the each area of interest is equal and the areas of interest can be simultaneously presented in a single view on a display screen. The concurrently occurring portions are displayed in a split screen arrangement if the areas of interest cannot be simultaneously presented in the single view. The portions of the segment related to one or more areas of interest are displayed based on an order of the display priority if the display priority for the each area of interest is unequal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shahil Soni, Esa Kankaanpää
  • Patent number: 9930085
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for configuring an audio channel are provided. Aspects include generating a confidence metric indicative of at least one control cue in a telecommunication audio feed input. Generating the confidence metric can include analyzing the control cue to determine a cue type, assigning a confidence metric value for the control cue based on the cue type, and comparing the confidence metric value to a predetermined threshold value associated with the cue type. Aspects also include updating a context history with the cue type and configuring an audio channel output based on the confidence metric and context history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hugh E. Hockett, Rahul Ghosh, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9930361
    Abstract: An apparatus for dynamically adjusting video decoding complexity includes a decoding resolution control circuit and an adaptive spatial resolution decoder. The decoding resolution control circuit is arranged to dynamically determine whether at least one portion of multiple frames should be decoded in accordance with a specific resolution differing from an original resolution of the frames. In addition, the adaptive spatial resolution decoder is arranged to decode the frames according to whether the at least one portion of the frames should be decoded in accordance with the specific resolution. In particular, the apparatus further includes a system capability analyzing circuit arranged to analyze system capability of at least a portion of the apparatus, in order to generate analyzing results for being sent to the decoding resolution control circuit. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Fang-Yi Hsieh, Jian-Liang Lin
  • Patent number: 9922666
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes determining a meeting has initialized between a first user and a second user, wherein vocal and video recordings are produced for at least the first user. The method receives the vocal and video recordings for the first user. The method analyzes the vocal and video recordings for the first user according to one or more parameters for speech and one or more parameters for gestures. The method determines one or more emotions and a role in the meeting for the first user based at least on the analyzed vocal and video recordings. The method sends an output of analysis to at least one of the first user and the second user, wherein the output of analysis includes at least the determined one or more emotions and the role in the meeting for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Tynan J. Garrett, Emily M. Metruck
  • Patent number: 9924252
    Abstract: A videoconferencing system has a plurality of displays arranged side-by-side. Top loudspeakers are arranged adjacent the tops of the displays, and bottom loudspeakers are arranged adjacent the bottoms of the displays. A control unit operatively coupled to the displays and the loudspeakers routes video to each of the displays and routes audio corresponding to each display to any of the top and bottom loudspeakers arranged adjacent the display. Thus, the top and bottom loudspeakers form a vertical pair of loudspeakers that output the corresponding audio for its respective display. In this way, the audio for the video of a given display is perceived by participants to originate from the center of the given display. If one of the loudspeakers is not provided, gain setting and mixing between adjacent sets of loudspeakers can produce a virtual loudspeaker for the one that is missing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Pocino, Kwan K. Truong, Jinwei Feng, James M. Sharp
  • Patent number: 9923729
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes obtaining geographic information from a first party when the first party attempts to join a collaborative session, and identifying a first geographic region, using the geographic information, within which the first party is located. A first multipoint control unit (MCU) located within the first geographic region is identified for use in a dial out to establish a first audio connection for use by at least the first party during the collaborative session. The method also includes establishing a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) connection configured to shunt video between the first party and a cloud during the collaborative session, and causing the first MCU to dial out to establish the first audio connection to the cloud. The first audio connection is configured to shunt audio between the first party and the cloud while the VoIP connection shunts the video between the first party and the cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher E. Pearce
  • Patent number: 9911216
    Abstract: A method of exchanging audio-visual communication information between users includes detecting using an image capturing device associated with a wearable communication device, a mirror or image reflecting surface disposed in an environment of a first user, detecting a boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface in response to the mirror being detected in the environment of the first user, selecting a portion of a first image displayed on the mirror or image reflecting surface within the boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface, and displaying the portion of the first image as an overlay on a second image to a second user. A corresponding system and computer-readable device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Svetlana Yarosh, Brian S. Amento, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Patent number: 9910488
    Abstract: A motion guide display device includes a head-mountable image display device that displays an image, a camera that takes a self image from a first person perspective, an image display processing unit that displays a reference image from a first person perspective as a following target and the self image at the display unit alternately in a time-dividing manner under the condition generating a blending feeling, and a display mode setting unit that lets the image display processing unit operate within the range of cycles (frequencies) and self-other ratios as the condition generating a blending feeling. This can bring the blending feeling with the reference image, and can support the continuation of spontaneous following motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Taro Maeda, Hideyuki Ando, Hiroyuki Izuka, Tomoko Yonemura, Daisuke Kondo, Takumi Yokosaka
  • Patent number: 9906574
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method, server, client and system for data presentation in a multiplayer session, and belongs to the technical field of multiplayer video session. The method includes: establishing a session connection with multiple clients participating in the session; receiving session control commands, audio data and video data transmitted by the multiple clients participating in the session through the session connection; assigning audio data and video data to the first client based on the session control commands transmitted by the multiple clients participating in the session, the first client is any one of the multiple clients participating in the session; transmitting the audio data and video data to the first client, so as for the first client to present the audio data and video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Xiangwei Ge
  • Patent number: 9907024
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes a transceiver and processing circuitry. The transceiver is configured to establish a telecommunication connection to a network server. The processing circuitry is coupled to the transceiver. The processing circuitry is configured to monitor application programs executed by the processing circuitry. One of the application programs is executed as a foreground application. The processing circuitry is further configured to compare connection parameters of the telecommunication connection established by the transceiver with a connection standard. In response to the foreground application currently communicating with the network server through the telecommunication connection and the connection parameters being lower than the connection standard, the processing circuitry is further configured to limit performance of the processing circuitry, or change a mobile network protocol utilized the transceiver to establish the telecommunication connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Chuan Yu, Chun-Hao Lin
  • Patent number: 9900553
    Abstract: A method of facilitating a multi-participant communication session with an efficient use of network bandwidth and processing resources is described. The processing resources are made available to the session participants via a switching fabric and composites of less active session participants can be used to minimize the bandwidth utilization between a media server and endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen R. Whynot
  • Patent number: 9900555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for virtual collaboration between participants in remote locations are provided. A system can include a computing device, a display, a plurality of cameras, a microphone, at least one speaker or headset, a sensor, and a computer-readable medium having software stored thereon for generating a virtual roundtable experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Armando Barreto, Naphtali Rishe, Francisco Ortega, Nonnarit O-larnnithipong
  • Patent number: 9900578
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing 3-Dimensional (3D) broadcast signals, comprises: a tuner for receiving broadcast signals containing 3D content; a service information processor for parsing target viewing information and at least one reference viewing condition information received from the broadcast signals which are received; a viewing analysis module for receiving viewing condition information of the viewer, parsing compensation-type information that is included in the reference viewing condition information, which contains information that is most relevant to the viewing condition information that is received, and for rendering the 3D content so that an element expressed by the correction-type information is maintained; and an output formatter for controlling so that the 3D content that is rendered is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongyeul Suh, Jeehyun Choe
  • Patent number: 9898096
    Abstract: A method of controlling a display of a screen is provided. The method includes selecting a first image and a second image, selecting a masking pattern including at least one first area and at least one second area, measuring an inclination of the electronic device, and determining a part of the first image displayed in a screen corresponding to the at least one first area and a part of the second image displayed in a screen corresponding to the at least one second area, based on the measured inclination of the electronic device, and outputting the determined parts of the first image and the second image on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changmo Yang, Junwon Park, Hongsik Park, Eunjoo Kim, Hyungmin Lee, Chulho Jang
  • Patent number: 9894259
    Abstract: Movable image capture devices and methods for images from behind a display screen are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes determining a position of a displayed target image on a display screen. The method also includes using an image capture device positioned behind the display screen for capturing images positioned in front of the display screen. The method also includes moving the image capture device behind the display screen to a position near the position of the displayed target image based on the determined position of the displayed target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jacob Kakou, Daniel M. Ranck, Nusrat Sherali, Suresh K. Thapa
  • Patent number: 9892313
    Abstract: Disclosed are a central control device capable of identifying a user and a control method thereof. According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided an electronic device including: an electronic device body; an output unit disposed in the body and configured to output information; a sensing unit configured to sense a user's approach to the body; and a controller configured to identify the user whose approach has been sensed, and output information related to the identified user in a different manner according to a distance between the body and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sanghyuck Lee, Chulbae Lee
  • Patent number: 9892352
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting, identifying, and/or confirming the presence of an object in a predefined space include communication between the object and a sensor having a detection range. The detection range of the sensor is limited to a predefined space or direction that may be less than its maximum detection range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dark Horse Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Dee A. Warmath, Kevin B. Ponto, Randall E. Basso, Martin E. McGee
  • Patent number: 9894320
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for transmitting image data to an information terminal, the information processing apparatus being capable of performing communication with the information terminal via a network is disclosed. The information processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine persons from the image data captured by an imaging unit; a speaker estimating unit configured to estimate a speaker among the persons captured in the image data; a measurement unit configured to measure a speech time of the speaker estimated by the speaker estimating unit; an acquisition unit configured to obtain from the image data, based on the speech time measured by the measurement unit, a speaker image including the speaker that continuously speaks for a certain duration; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the speaker image obtained by the acquisition unit to the information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Uchiyama, Masato Takahashi, Koji Kuwata, Kazuki Kitazawa, Kiyoto Igarashi, Tomoyuki Goto, Nobumasa Gingawa
  • Patent number: 9888211
    Abstract: A technique involves electronically providing live video of a first participant of the online meeting to a set of other participants of the online meeting. The live video displays live physical movement of the first participant. The technique further involves receiving a live video replacement command from the first participant after electronically providing the live video of the first participant of the online meeting to the set of other participants of the online meeting. The technique further involves electronically providing recorded video of the first participant of the online meeting to the set of other participants of the online meeting in place of the live video in response to the live video replacement command. The recorded video displays recorded physical movement of the first participant. Such operation affords the first participant with a period of privacy during the online meeting without calling attention to the video's change in state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: GetGo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Casper Browne, Mengqian Liu
  • Patent number: 9883206
    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 (100) and method (500) are described which encodes at least two views corresponding to multi-view video content using multiple slice groups (510, 515, 520). Furthermore, an apparatus (200) and method (600) are described for decoding at least two views corresponding to multi-view video content using multiple slice groups (620).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Jill Boyce
  • Patent number: 9875571
    Abstract: In an embodiment, provided is an image combining apparatus coupled to a first terminal device through a network. The image combining apparatus includes: a delivery section that delivers screen data that is image data for a screen to the first terminal device; a receiving section that receives first handwriting position information indicating a position of first handwriting information input to a screen based on the screen data on the first terminal device; a generation section that produces first handwriting image data that is the image data of the first handwriting information using the first handwriting position information; and a combining section that produces combined screen data by combining the screen data with the first handwriting image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yohei Fujita, Takeshi Fujita, Tetsuro Kutsuwada, Akira Masuda, Kohichi Nishide
  • Patent number: 9875410
    Abstract: A camera system includes: a camera configured to capture an image of a surveillance area; a microphone array which includes at least one microphone; and at least one processor configured to implement: a video processor which designates at least one subject in the image as a target; a beam-former which calculates a rotation angle of the microphone array based on a location of the subject; and a driving controller which rotates the microphone array toward the subject based on the rotation angle of the microphone array, wherein the beam-forming unit further performs signal processing on an audio input signal received through the microphone array rotated toward the subject and outputs an audio output signal corresponding to the audio input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jaeyoon Oh
  • Patent number: 9876987
    Abstract: A communication terminal receives display data for displaying certain data on a screen of a display device and image data of an optical-to-electrical-converted image from another communication terminal via a communication network, includes a storage part storing reception information indicating whether the display data has been received by the communication terminal and arrangement information indicating at least one of a size and a position of the image based on the image data, in a manner of associating with one another; a reception part receiving the display data and the image data; an extraction part extracting, based on the reception information, the corresponding arrangement information from the storage part; and a display control part displaying the image using the image data based on the arrangement information extracted by the extraction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinaga Kato, Kenji Tanaka, Shizu Kanauchi, Masaki Nakagawa, Alain Volmat, Takahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 9877105
    Abstract: A wireless audio system includes microphone devices that are established as part of a wireless communication network. A common radio signal is selected by the microphone devices from radio signals available in the environment. Respective sampling clocks are derived by the microphone devices based on the common radio signal. Audio signals are recorded by the microphone devices based on the respective sampling clocks that were derived. Related sampling microphone methods, devices and systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Isberg
  • Patent number: 9866800
    Abstract: A camera module is described that incorporates a rear portion, a front portion, a camera, a wireless antenna, and a wireless transceiver. The rear portion has a substantially circular cross section with a first diameter and includes a front surface and a rear surface. The front portion has a substantially cylindrical body with a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter and extends from the front surface of the rear portion of the camera module. The front portion also includes a front surface that is arranged opposite the rear surface of the rear portion of the camera module. The camera is configured to capture video data and is exposed at the front surface of the front portion of the camera module. The wireless antenna is arranged within the camera module. The wireless transceiver is coupled to the wireless antenna and the camera and is configured to communicate video data captured by the camera to a wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Duffy, Melissa D. McLean, Aamir S. Virani
  • Patent number: 9866793
    Abstract: An intelligent sensor assisted system that dynamically adapts to the video streaming needs of a network or sub networks of users in order to facilitate collaboration. This automated audio/video distribution system includes an identifier detector that allows the system to intelligently activate the cameras/audio devices located at a zone according to the user's needs. The system detects an identifier that is associated with a user. The system identifies all users in the cyberspace associated with the identifier. The system captures the audio/video of the user's activities at the zone. The system then transmits the audio/video feed to remote users in the cyberspace who share the same identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Arkansas State University—Jonesboro
    Inventors: Farhad Moeeni, Keane McGough
  • Patent number: 9866400
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of performing action(s) based on automatic participant identification. For example, participants of a meeting may be automatically identified independently from an invitee list for the meeting. In another example, participants of the meeting may be automatically identified even if such participants are not indicated by the invitee list. An action is performed with regard to the participants of the meeting based at least in part on the participants being automatically identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Walter Riley, Kae-Ling Gurr, Brett Delainey Christie, Joshua D. Maruska, Joshua Noble
  • Patent number: 9865281
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes determining a meeting has initialized between a first user and a second user, wherein vocal and video recordings are produced for at least the first user. The method receives the vocal and video recordings for the first user. The method analyzes the vocal and video recordings for the first user according to one or more parameters for speech and one or more parameters for gestures. The method determines one or more emotions and a role in the meeting for the first user based at least on the analyzed vocal and video recordings. The method sends an output of analysis to at least one of the first user and the second user, wherein the output of analysis includes at least the determined one or more emotions and the role in the meeting for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Tynan J. Garrett, Emily M. Metruck
  • Patent number: 9858727
    Abstract: A system and method in which information relevant to a Photovoltaic (PV) solar-site specific activity environment is displayed on the display screen of an Augmented Reality (AR) device as part of the surrounding environment, instead of on a separate computing device or an installation manual. The activity environment includes PV solar site-specific survey and feasibility analysis, installation and commissioning, Operation and Maintenance (O&M), and site overhaul/removal activities. Thus, relevant information is available to an installer/technician at their fingertips so that the installer/technician can continue the task they are involved in without losing focus. The AR device may record relevant data during site survey and note important points, accelerate installation and commissioning, make O&M more efficient, and record the complete process for ongoing improvement/management of the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Anil Ramachandran, Michael Herzig, Shawn Kerrigan
  • Patent number: 9848167
    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: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Dean Christian, David Marc Levine, Blair Harold Beebe
  • Patent number: 9843678
    Abstract: Visual assistance systems and related methods are disclosed. A visual assistance system includes a visual assistance service configured to receive and display images from a user device on an electronic display for a live assistant. The visual assistance service is also configured to transmit assistant audio from the live assistant conveying information derived by the live assistant's review of the images. A visual assistance system comprises a user device configured to capture and transmit the images to the visual assistance service. The user device is also configured to receive the assistant audio from the visual assistance service, and reproduce the assistant audio to a user of the user device. The user is registered with the visual assistance service as having at least a minimum level of visual disability. A method of operating the visual assistance system includes receiving the images from, and transmitting the assistant audio to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Conrad Arlo Maxwell, Richard Shields