Conferencing With Multipoint Control Unit Patents (Class 348/14.09)
  • Patent number: 11057443
    Abstract: A video conference apparatus includes a relay unit that is configured to transmit video image data acquired at a site of a first conference system to a second terminal provided in a second conference system and transmit video image data of the second conference system to a first terminal provided in the first conference system. The relay unit is configured to transmit only a combined video image of video images at respective sites of the first conference system to the second terminal as first video image data, and transmit a video image sent from the second terminal to the first terminal as second video image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Koga, Hiroshige Masuda, Keita Waseda, Satoshi Yashiki
  • Patent number: 11050801
    Abstract: During a call session between a first user equipment (UE) and a second UE managed by a call application server, the first UE can send a request to a conference application server to upgrade the call session to a meeting session. The conference application server can set up the meeting session. Once the first UE and the second UE have joined the meeting session with the conference application server, the first UE and the second UE can end their legs of the original call session with the call application server. The first UE and the second UE can transition their user interfaces from a call mode to a meeting mode upon joining the meeting session, such that users are seamlessly transitioned from a call to a meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Vinod Ravichandran
  • Patent number: 11038704
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provided herein can be used to improve the control, selection and transmission of data to a remote video conferencing environment, by use of a plurality of wired or wirelessly connected electronic devices. In one example, the transmission of data from a local environment can be improved by switching the source of visual inputs (e.g., cameras or display of an electronic device, such as laptop) and/or audio inputs (e.g., microphones) to the one or more appropriate visual and audio sources available within the local environment. The most appropriate visual and audio sources can be the sources that provide the participants in the remote environment the most relevant data giving the remote users the best understanding of the current activities in the local environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Andreas Franz William Atkins, Joseph Yao-Hua Chu, Henry Levak, Kevin Mclintock
  • Patent number: 11013989
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for independent audio volume control. An audio system that includes at least one audio output element may be configured for handling and outputting, via the at least one audio output element, combined-game-and-chat audio. The handling may include determining, based on user input, a mix setting for mixing together of a chat audio component and a game audio component to generate combined-game-and-chat audio signals; determining a corresponding volume setting applicable at an audio output element of the audio system; and determining based on a mixing related parameter, a delay for applying the volume setting in the audio output element. The mix setting may be determined based on a data set characterizing the audio system. Application of one or both of the mix setting and the volume setting may be controlled, such as based a plurality of ramp up or down steps, for gradual or stepped changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC.
    Inventors: Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari, Kevin Robertson, Scott Warren
  • Patent number: 11006232
    Abstract: An example playback device is configured to (i) receive, via a network interface, data representing a command to play back audio content, where the audio content is a first type of audio content, (ii) during playback of the first type of audio content via an audio amplifier configured to drive a speaker, apply a first calibration and a second calibration to playback by the playback device, where the first calibration at least partially offsets one or more acoustic characteristics of an environment surrounding the playback device when applied to playback by the playback device, and where the second calibration corresponds to the first type of audio content, and (iii) during playback of a second type of audio content via the audio amplifier configured to drive the speaker, apply a third calibration to playback by the playback device, where the third calibration corresponds to the second type of audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Hartung, Dayn Wilberding
  • Patent number: 11006075
    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: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventor: Avishay Halavy
  • Patent number: 10999089
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to communication bridging among disparate platforms in a remote communications environment. According to a specific example, a remote communications service module configured to provide remote communications services including a communication bridging service and another type of data communications services, in the remote communications environment. The communication server further comprises a uniform resource locator (URL) generation module configured to facilitate formation of the communication bridge by generating a URL associated with the communication bridge, and identifying chat room protocols associated with the first and second chat rooms. The server further comprises an assimilation and processing module configured to translate chat messages using the specifications for the first and second chat room protocols, and transmit chat messages between the first chat room and the second chat room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Soroker, Peter Hizalev, Bryan R. Martin
  • Patent number: 10965481
    Abstract: Disclosed is an information processing device capable of remote sharing with one or a plurality of other information processing devices. The information processing device acts as a reference information processing device, and includes a memory; and one or more processors coupled to the memory and configured to display one or more of the other information processing devices as a candidate for remote connection, the one or more of the other information processing devices being used by same participants as participants determined in the reference information processing device; prompt a user of the reference information processing device to select any of the one or more of the other information processing devices displayed as a candidate for remote connection; and remotely connect the reference information processing device to the selected one or more of the other information processing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeo Araki
  • Patent number: 10966040
    Abstract: An example playback device is configured to (i) receive, via a network interface, data representing a command to play back audio content, where the audio content is a first type of audio content, (ii) during playback of the first type of audio content via an audio amplifier configured to drive a speaker, apply a first calibration and a second calibration to playback by the playback device, where the first calibration at least partially offsets one or more acoustic characteristics of an environment surrounding the playback device when applied to playback by the playback device, and where the second calibration corresponds to the first type of audio content, and (iii) during playback of a second type of audio content via the audio amplifier configured to drive the speaker, apply a third calibration to playback by the playback device, where the third calibration corresponds to the second type of audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Hartung, Dayn Wilberding
  • Patent number: 10951947
    Abstract: The disclosed system implements techniques to identify activity in which attendees to a communication session likely have a greater interest. Prior to commencement of a communication session or during the communication session, the techniques enable a list of attendees to a communication session to be designated as a group for which detected activity has a priority with respect to being displayed. The designated list of attendees is a subset of a total number of attendees to the communication session. The system monitors streams associated with individual attendees on the list to detect an occurrence of a preset target event. The system configures a portion of a graphical user interface of the communication session to accentuate the stream that includes the occurrence of the preset target event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Thomas Faulkner, Sonu Arora, Santhosh Kumar Misro, Joshua George, Kevin Daniel Morrison
  • Patent number: 10951430
    Abstract: An electronic communication method and system are disclosed. Exemplary methods include using the second communication device, determining a presence of a first communication device, based on the step of determining the presence of the first communication device, using a cloud service, connecting the first communication device to the electronic communication, and using the cloud service, connecting the second communication device to the electronic communication. Exemplary methods and systems can provide a way to automatically extract meeting access information and seamlessly launch and/or log a user/participant into an electronic communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Fahrendorff, Ian Murchison, Logendra Naidoo
  • Patent number: 10931919
    Abstract: A video conference system, a video conference apparatus and a video conference method are provided. The video conference system includes a video conference apparatus and a display apparatus. The video conference apparatus includes an image detection device, a sound source detection device, and a processor. The image detection device obtains a conference image of a conference space. When the sound source detection device detects a sound generated by a sound source in the conference space, the sound source detection device outputs a positioning signal. The processor receives the positioning signal, and determines whether a real face image exists in a sub-image block of the conference image corresponding to the sound source according to the positioning signal to output the image signal. The display apparatus displays a close-up conference image including the real face image according to the image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Optoma Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Mao Tsui, Shou-Hsiu Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 10928895
    Abstract: Techniques for interacting with a first computing device based on gaze information are described. In an example, the first computing device captures a gaze direction of a first user of the first computing device by using an eye tracking device. The first computing device displays a representation of a second user on a display of the first computing device. Further, the first computing device receives from the first user, communication data generated by an input device. The first computing device determines if the gaze direction of the first user is directed to the representation of the second user. If the gaze direction of the first user is directed to the representation of the second user, the first computing device transmits the communication data to a second computing device of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Tobii AB
    Inventors: Daniel Ricknäs, Erland George-Svahn, Rebecka Lannsjö, Andrew Ratcliff, Regimantas Vegele, Geoffrey Cooper, Niklas Blomqvist
  • Patent number: 10917612
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a video conference endpoint may detect a one or more participants within a field of view of a camera of the video conference endpoint. The video conference endpoint may determine one or more alternative framings of an output of the camera of the video conference endpoint based on the detected one or more participants. The video conference endpoint may send the output of the camera of the video conference endpoint to one or more far-end video conference endpoints participating in a video conference with the video conference endpoint. The video conference endpoint may send data descriptive of the one or more alternative framings of the output of the camera to the far-end video conference endpoints. The far-end video conference endpoints may utilize the data to display one of the one or more alternative framings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Fjelleng Theien, Rune Øistein Aas, Kristian Tangeland
  • Patent number: 10911735
    Abstract: A system and methods for a CODEC driving a real-time light field display for multi-dimensional video streaming, interactive gaming and other light field display applications is provided applying a layered scene decomposition strategy. Multi-dimensional scene data is divided into a plurality of data layers of increasing depths as the distance between a given layer and the display surface increases. Data layers which are sampled using an effective resolution function to determine a suitable sampling rate and rendered using hybrid rendering, such as perspective and oblique rendering, to encode light fields corresponding to each data layer. The resulting compressed, (layered) core representation of the multi-dimensional scene data is produced at predictable rates, reconstructed and merged at the light field display in real-time by applying view synthesis protocols, including edge adaptive interpolation, to reconstruct pixel arrays in stages (e.g. columns then rows) from reference elemental images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Avalon Holographics Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Hamilton, Chuck Rumbolt, Donovan Benoit, Matthew Troke, Robert Lockyer, Thomas Butyn
  • Patent number: 10897599
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus may include at least one processor and storage accessible to the at least one processor. The storage may include instructions executable by the at least one processor to compare a first number of bytes sent from a first device as part of a video conference to a second number of bytes received at a second device as part of the video conference, where the first and second number of bytes may both pertain to a same portion of the video conference. The instructions may also be executable to, responsive to the first number of bytes not matching the second number of bytes to within a threshold, take one or more actions to assist in mitigating future loss of bytes for the video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Fardig, Lindsay Nelson, Sarah Kleinman, Shawn Sharp
  • Patent number: 10897618
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an encoding optimization application positions key frames within encoded video sequences based on shot changes. The encoding optimization application determines key frame location(s) based on shot change(s) included in a source video sequence associated with a media title. Each key frame location is associated with a different frame included in the source video sequence. For each of the key frame location(s), the encoding optimization application configures an encoding application to encode a frame of video content located at the key frame location as a key frame when performing encoding operations. Subsequently, the encoding optimization application causes the encoding application to perform encoding operation(s) on the source video sequence to generate a first encoded video sequence. During playback, the media title is switchable between a decoded version of the first encoded video sequence and a decoded version of a second encoded video sequence at the key frame location(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventor: Ioannis Katsavounidis
  • Patent number: 10880519
    Abstract: A panoramic video conferencing server is disclosed. The server is operational to capture an audio stream via an array of microphones. The captured audio stream is de-multiplexed to extract audio for a plurality of audio zones. A region of interest (ROI) is determined for a plurality of client devices to which a panoramic video is being streamed. The ROI is determined based on a zoom information which is inputted by any one of the client devices. A modified audio channel associated with the panoramic video being streamed to at least one of the client devices is generated for each of the client devices. The modified audio channel is adjusted to coincide with directionality of an audio corresponding to the associated region of interest (ROI) inputted by the at least one of said client device and the modified audio channel is adjusted to mute audio corresponding to the audio zones other than the audio zone associated with the ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Altia Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ram Natarajan, Aurangzeb Khan, Naveed Alam, Yashket Gupta, Lars Herlitz
  • Patent number: 10826801
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a method for inspecting a data stream. The method may include conveying the data stream through a multi-level data channel and inspection architecture. The architecture includes a multi-level data pipeline. The pipeline is formed from pipes arranged serially such that each output of one pipe provides an input to a successive one of the plurality of pipes. The pipeline receives the data stream at an upstream portion of the pipeline, and inspects the data in the data stream. Thereafter, the pipeline outputs inspected data at a downstream portion of the pipeline. The outputted inspected data becomes inputted date for a successive one of the pipes. A data manager may be configured to coordinate passage of the data into and out of the pipeline, and between one or more of the group of mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Narayanan, Manu Jacob Kurian
  • Patent number: 10826979
    Abstract: The present invention relates to technology that allows a logical grouping of client nodes using client identifiers in an Internet of things environment. An apparatus for grouping client nodes according to an embodiment of the invention can include: a manager unit configured that receives a connection request from a client node and assigns a particular MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) broker to the client node in response to the connection request; an MQTT brokerage unit that includes at least one or more MQTT brokers and receives from the client node the identifier information and subscribed topic information of the client node by way of the particular MQTT from among the at least one or more MQTT brokers; and a load processing unit that stores the received identifier information and the topic information in a database to newly connect the client node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: University-Industry Cooperation Group of Kyung-Hee University
    Inventors: Eui Nam Huh, Yong Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10805557
    Abstract: An object is to clarify a relation between a partial area on an image and a voice corresponding to the area when providing them to a user. A control section acquires an image such as a fisheye moving image stored in a storage section and a voice corresponding to this image from the storage section, specifies a partial area on a plane of the entire area of the acquired image, acquires a voice from a direction corresponding to the specified partial area among all acquired voices and outputs this voice from a loudspeaker section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10771272
    Abstract: Techniques for conducting a communication session include receiving, from a first device and in connection with a communication session, an indication of a bandwidth limitation on transferring data associated with the communication session, the first device being configured to generate a plurality of data streams associated with the communication session and to transmit the plurality of data streams to a second device; dynamically determining one or more operating parameters of the first device to reduce the amount of bandwidth required to transmit the plurality of data streams by eliminating one or more data streams, reducing an amount of bandwidth required by one or more data streams, or both based on bandwidth reduction criteria determined by the first device, the second device, or both; and directing the first device to transmit the plurality of data streams to the second device according to the one or more operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Arash Ghanaie-Sichanie, Sriram Srinivasan, Wei Xiong, Bin Wang
  • Patent number: 10747490
    Abstract: Provided is a method for displaying an image on a device. The method includes: acquiring, by a wearable device, use information indicating whether a user uses the device; determining at least a portion of an image displayed by the wearable device according to the use information acquired; and transmitting the at least a portion of the image determined to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hak-su Jeong
  • Patent number: 10726877
    Abstract: The present invention generates a compression invariant motion timeline for a video. For each second in the video, the method uses an identification procedure to determine a stored key frame size, a frame counter, and an accumulated size of frames. The method then calculates and stores a motion value for the second using the stored key frame size, the frame counter, and the accumulated size of frames. The motion values for each second may be used to construct a timeline for the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Verint Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Zvi Figov
  • Patent number: 10715736
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus including an image capturing unit capable of moving its imaging direction and a sound input unit including a plurality of microphones, a sound source direction detecting unit which detects a sound source direction based on sound data from the sound input unit, a control unit which performs processing related to image capturing, and, a vibration detecting unit which detects a vibration due to a contact on a housing of the image capturing apparatus, wherein, in a case where a vibration due to a contact is detected, the sound source direction detecting unit detects a direction of sound due to the contact, the control unit estimates a position of the contact on the housing, and the control unit sets the imaging direction of the image capturing unit to a direction based on the estimated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Toriumi, Kikuo Kazama, Nobuhiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10701344
    Abstract: Technology to display images with presence on a display device while reducing data communication volume. An information processing device includes: a communicator; a multiple viewpoint image generator configured to, based on a three-dimensional model of a subject the communicator receives from an external device, generate a display image including a viewpoint image corresponding to the perspective of multiple viewpoints; and a display controller configured to display the display image on a multiple viewpoint display device that displays images corresponding to multiple viewpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumasa Nakajima, Hiroshi Matsushita, Senichi Mokuya
  • Patent number: 10700883
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for teleconferencing with multiple participants using a computer device through which one locally present participant is connected with multiple remote participants, the computer device including one processor device and two output devices. One output device is configured as an optical display device and one output device, as an audio device. The output devices realize a conference environment for the participants. On the display device, a display area is depicted on which a conference environment is depicted and on which the participants in the teleconference are graphically represented by representatives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: VITERO GMBH
    Inventor: Fabian Kempf
  • Patent number: 10681309
    Abstract: A non-Skype multipoint control unit (MCU) is configured to operate differently for handling incoming streams from endpoints and outgoing streams from a Skype multipoint control unit. When passing incoming streams from non-Skype endpoints to a Skype conference, the non-Skype MCU acts as a gateway, passing the streams to Skype MCU as if they were coming from Skype endpoints. When receiving outgoing streams from Skype MCU, the non-Skype MCU acts as an MCU, transcoding, compositing, and scaling streams into continuous presence layouts for delivery to the non-Skype endpoints. Thus, non-Skype endpoints can participate in Skype conferences as if they were Skype endpoints, allowing a better user experience for both Skype endpoints and non-Skype endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Adams, Eric Nylander, Damian Diaz, Chad Alexander, Joanne Kubischta, George David, Matt Parker, Jozef Saniga, Ryan Hermanson
  • Patent number: 10673920
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for selecting a host facility for a communications session for a group of devices. In one aspect, a method includes partitioning the devices into multiple clusters. Each cluster is associated with a respective host facility that is estimated to provide each device in the respective cluster a specified quality requirement during the communication session. The method also includes accessing a weighting value for each cluster of the different clusters based on one or more attributes of the devices in each respective cluster of the different clusters, and selecting a group host facility, from the host facilities associated with the clusters based on the weighting value of each respective cluster and a predefined criterion, the group host facility to host the communication session for the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Aref Hassan, Sonu Arora, Omar Aftab, Bradford R. Clark, Danny Levin
  • Patent number: 10659729
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for optimizing video conferences. For instance, systems and methods described herein optimize both the transmission and display of one or more video conference data streams. Systems and methods described herein optimize the transmission and display of one or more video conference data streams by identifying a context associated with the one or more video conference data streams and optimizing the one or more video conference data streams based on the identified context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Oliver Pell
  • Patent number: 10659732
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing multi-party conference and a method for assigning an encoder in the apparatus are provided. The apparatus for providing multi-party conference according to one embodiment of the present disclosure includes: an image quality determination module configured to determine an image providing quality for a terminal connected to a multi-party conference created in the apparatus; and an encoder assignment module configured to assign an encoder to the terminal based on the image providing quality, wherein when an assignable encoder does not exist at the time of assigning the encoder, the encoder assignment module retrieves one encoder among previously assigned encoders and assigns the retrieved encoder to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-Won Jung, Jun-Ho Kang, Hee-Tae Yoon, Hong-Hyeon Lee, Ho-Sung Ahn
  • Patent number: 10659731
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing input data from one or more different input sources. The input sources include: one or more cameras, one or more microphones, and a social graph maintained by a social-networking system. Based on the input data, generating a current descriptive model for a current audio-video communication session that comprises one or more descriptive characteristics about (1) an environment associated with the current audio-video communication session, (2) one or more people within the environment, or (3) one or more contextual elements associated with the current audio-video communication session. The method also includes generating one or more instructions for the current audio-video communication session that are based the one or more descriptive characteristics; and sending the one or more instructions to a computing device associated with the one or more cameras and the one or more microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Francis Harrison, Eric W. Hwang, Rahul Nallamothu, Shahid Razzaq
  • Patent number: 10656896
    Abstract: Examples associated with display mapping are described. One example system includes a display mapping module. The display mapping module maps display components connected to the system to virtual channels to which the system is subscribed. A communication module transmits a content instruction to subscribers of a virtual channel. The instruction controls the subscribers of the virtual channel to display content associated with the content instruction on display components the respective subscribers have mapped to the virtual channel. A display module causes a display component mapped to the virtual channel to display content associated with the content instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Arun Kumar Paruchuri, Nelson L. Chang, Jason Jewell, Juan Pablo Sepulveda Lopez, Enrique Alejandro Pena Arenzana, Curtis N. Thetford
  • Patent number: 10649715
    Abstract: There is provided a control device that includes a control unit that executes a process of causing a speaker to stop speaking on a device toward which the speaker speaks on a basis of a result obtained by analyzing speech content based on a result of the speaker speaking toward the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Kawano, Miwa Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10650244
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes extracting one or more portions from a first video stream of a first physical environment; transmitting captured video data via a first communication link to one or more electronic display devices disposed within a second physical environment, wherein the captured video data includes the one or more extracted portions and the captured video data includes a preview portion that includes a first portion of a frame of the first video stream; and transmitting a second video stream of a second field of view of the first physical environment to at least one of the one or more electronic display devices disposed within the second physical environment via a second communication link, wherein the second video stream is generated in response to a selection of the preview portion of the captured video data made by a user located in the second physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Mathieu Meisser, Remy Zimmermann, Mario Arturo Gutierrez Alonso, David Guhl, Nicolas Sasselli, Jean-Christophe Hemes, Stephane Delorenzi, Ali Moayer
  • Patent number: 10645137
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are configured to receive a video stream of a first peer involved in a video communication. A video stream of a second peer involved in the video communication is received. Image content of the video stream of the second peer is modified to create a modified video stream of the second peer. The video stream of the first peer and the modified video stream of the second peer are combined to create a composite video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Oliver Pell
  • Patent number: 10638022
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for displaying content on a displayable area that spans multiple panels of a multi-panel display. A method includes: (a) using a genlock signal to define a periodic write interval and a periodic output interval, and (b) during at least a portion of the periodic write interval, using a markup document to store a description of a frame of video content to a data storage unit, where the video content comprises first live video content represented by a first video stream. The also method includes: (c) during a portion of the periodic output interval using (i) the stored description of the frame, and (ii) the first video stream to display the frame on the displayable area. Further, the method includes (d) repeating operations (a) and (b) for one or more other frames of the video content to display the video content on the displayable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 10623657
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for automatically setting exposure levels in a session based on an active participant. In some embodiments, a method can include detecting faces of one or more participants in one or more images in a captured video feed at a location of the participants illuminated at one or more illumination levels at the location. The one or more detected faces can be associated with brightness levels of the one or more participants based on the one or more illumination levels at the location. Audio input can be received for the one or more participants at the location and a first participant can be identified as an active participant using the audio input. Further, an exposure level of the captured video feed can be set based on the first participant acting as the active participant according to a brightness level in the one or more images associated with a face detection of the first participant in the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Hellerud, Frode Tjøntveit, Lennart Burenius
  • Patent number: 10623753
    Abstract: Video streaming concepts are presented. In a first aspect, the video stream is formed as a multi-layered data stream with forming a set of one or more layers of the multi-layered data stream by copying from the coded version of the video content, while a composition of the at least one video is synthesized in at least a portion of pictures of a predetermined layer of the multi-layer data stream by means of inter-layer prediction. In a second aspect, inter-layer prediction is used to either substitute otherwise missing referenced pictures of a newly encompassed video by inserting replacement pictures, or portions of the newly encompassed video referencing, by motion-compensated prediction, pictures which are missing are replaced by inter-layer prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Schierl
  • Patent number: 10616724
    Abstract: Provided are a method, device, and non-transitory computer-readable recording medium for supporting relay broadcasting using a mobile device. It is possible to reduce a computing load of a relay device by distributing a computing load required to produce relay broadcasting content to a plurality of photographer devices and thus widen the range of photographer devices that may participate in relay broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: 39DEGREES C INC.
    Inventors: Seung Won Woo, Hyun Goo Park
  • Patent number: 10616642
    Abstract: A live video distribution system has an on-the-spot system including a video signal generating means for generating video signals of a plurality of systems having different display ranges and a communicating means, and a plurality of terminal apparatuses each including a video display means, a display range setting signal generating means, and a communicating means. The systems of the video signals and the terminal apparatuses are associated with each other, the on-the-spot system has a function to determine the display ranges of the video signals of the respective systems on the basis of display range setting signals generated by the terminal apparatuses associated with the respective systems, and a function to send the video signals. Each of the terminal apparatuses can send the display range setting signal, can receive the video signal of the system associated with the terminal apparatus itself, and can display a video image based on the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DAP REALIZE INC.
    Inventor: Masahiro Izutsu
  • Patent number: 10616156
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the disclosure are directed to communication bridging among disparate platforms in a virtual office environment. According to a specific example, a virtual service module configured and arranged to provide virtual office services including a communication bridging service and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) conference services, in the virtual office environment. The VoIP communication server further comprises a uniform resource locator (URL) generation module configured and arranged to facilitate formation of the communication bridge by generating a URL associated with the communication bridge, and identifying chat room protocols associated with the first and second chat rooms. The VoIP communication server further comprises an assimilation and processing module configured and arranged to translate chat messages using the specifications for the first and second chat room protocols, and transmit chat messages between the first chat room and the second chat room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Soroker, Peter Hizalev, Bryan R. Martin
  • Patent number: 10616530
    Abstract: According to the present invention, by receiving, by a transceiver, videos from each of a plurality of clients, decoding, by a first processor, the plurality of videos, mixing, by a second processor, the plurality of decoded videos into a multipoint video, encoding, by the first processor, the multipoint video, multiplexing, by the first processor, the encoded multipoint video into a plurality of multipoint videos, and transmitting, by a transceiver, each of the plurality of multipoint videos to the plurality of clients, it is possible to dramatically reduce a CPU load for video quality calibration and mixing for large capacity videos, reduce video a processing delay time, and provide a higher quality multipoint conference video to a user by performing the video quality correction function, which is performed in the CPU, by using a higher-grade GPU in video processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Seung Han Choi
  • Patent number: 10592301
    Abstract: A method for providing communication between application programs running via devices connected to a same network is provided. The method includes an operation for connecting a first application program, which is running in a first device via a web socket server in the first device, with a second application program, which is running in a second device, and an operation for transmitting and receiving data between the second application program and the first application program via the web socket server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-Sun Ryu
  • Patent number: 10587756
    Abstract: An overlay network platform facilitates a multi-party conference. End users participate in the conference using client-based web browser software, and using a protocol such as WebRTC. According to this disclosure, an enhanced “audio” experience for the conference is providing by collecting and correlating microphone data from multiple co-located clients, and then constructing (at the platform) a three-dimensional (3D) sound profile of the room in which the clients are co-located. By processing in the platform (as opposed to locally at each client), the approach enables platform-side creation of an ad-hoc, high quality microphone array that identifies the relative positions and orientations of the microphones that are being used by the clients. Individual audio streams received from the microphones are combined, and the relative position information (of the individual microphones) is used to render a single audio stream that represents a high quality recording of the audio in the common physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Akamai Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Abhijit C. Mehta
  • Patent number: 10554700
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting another communication device during a communication session, adjusting without interruption the communication session to add the other communication device responsive to a determination according to conferencing information that the other communication device is authorized to join in the communication session, and controlling access by the other communication device to the communication session according to user input. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lattanzi, Steven M. Belz, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 10547908
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and stored instructions are provided for selectively incorporating feedback from a remote audience into live content. The feedback is incorporated into one part of a segment at the same time that another part of the segment is played to an audience. A feedback manager may receive feedback from audience members on a first part of the segment while a second, later part of the segment is being played to the audience by a client machine and while a third, even later part of the segment is being generated by a content manager. The feedback manager may then compare feedback data to stored criteria to determine whether or not to change the playing content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Errol Pinto, John Bennett, David Ting
  • Patent number: 10540971
    Abstract: During a video conference meeting, a virtual assistant may provide in-meeting assistance responsive to verbalized group intent. The virtual assistant may automatically perform actions, such as recording notes, creating calendar events, and obtaining information derived from previous meetings, in response to the detected group intent. The virtual assistant may also provide pre-meeting assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Blue Jeans Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Navneet Kumar
  • Patent number: 10531039
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for dynamically switching between at least two cameras in communication with a master device during a conference, where the at least two cameras are static and are associated with a device operable by a user. First and second video input is received from a first and a second camera and is then analyzed to identify first and second directional parameters of a face of the user. An algorithm is executed on the first and the second directional parameters to identify a first and a second coverage percentage of the face of the user. In response to comparing the first and the second coverage percentage, if the first coverage percentage is greater than the second coverage percentage, the second video input is disabled and the first video input is used to capture the face of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Gregory J. Boss, Jeremy R. Fox
  • Patent number: 10516852
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a video conference endpoint may detect a one or more participants within a field of view of a camera of the video conference endpoint. The video conference endpoint may determine one or more alternative framings of an output of the camera of the video conference endpoint based on the detected one or more participants. The video conference endpoint may send the output of the camera of the video conference endpoint to one or more far-end video conference endpoints participating in a video conference with the video conference endpoint. The video conference endpoint may send data descriptive of the one or more alternative framings of the output of the camera to the far-end video conference endpoints. The far-end video conference endpoints may utilize the data to display one of the one or more alternative framings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Fjelleng Theien, Rune Øistein Aas, Kristian Tangeland