Transmission Control (e.g., Resolution Or Quality) Patents (Class 348/14.12)
  • Patent number: 10382832
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a first specifying unit that specifies a size of a display region of a video delivered by streaming, the video having a bit rate that is changeable during a playback; a second specifying unit that specifies a data amount of data temporarily stored for a period of the video to be next played back; and a third specifying unit that specifies a bandwidth in reception of the data. The information processing apparatus further includes a determining unit that determines a bit rate of the video that is played back based on the size, the data amount, and the bandwidth that are specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Fujii, Suresh Murali
  • Patent number: 10375354
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a request to establish an audiovisual streaming session between a first device and a second device; determining a level of network connectivity for a network associated with the first device or the second device; receiving data from the first device. The data may the data represent facial expressions of a user in a video captured by the first device. The data may be generated by the first device using the video based on: detections of a face and facial features of the user in the video and application of one or more subtractive filters using the detected face and facial features. The subtractive filters may be selected based on the level of network connectivity. The method may also include sending the data to the second device with instructions to process the data and display a representation of the user's facial expressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sai Sri Sathya, Pritesh Sankhe, Myshkin Ingawale
  • Patent number: 10375353
    Abstract: To provide an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program capable of producing the distance to a communication partner by using a three-dimensional expression to connect spaces, and realizing more comfortable communication. An information processing apparatus including: a reception unit configured to receive data from a communication destination; a generation unit configured to generate space image information in which an image corresponding to a space of the communication destination is disposed at a predetermined position in a three-dimensional space; and a display control unit configured to perform control such that the generated space image information is displayed on a display unit in a communication source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Sakai, Atsushi Izumihara, Daisuke Miki
  • Patent number: 10368136
    Abstract: Techniques are described for allocation hardware and/or bandwidth resources of a viewer device between a live streaming media content playback of a video player and a concurrently provided live chat. For example, the bandwidth used by the live chat can be adjusted based on the playback of the video player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aneeb Naveed Qureshi, Adam Paul DeRusha, David James Roy Erdmann, Samuel Scott Gigliotti
  • Patent number: 10291387
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method for configuring an infrared audio transmission system comprising a signal generator and a plurality of radiators connected to said signal generator, the method comprising at least one of said plurality of radiators: receiving (1050) a delay compensation configuration message; and storing (1060) an amount of delay to be introduced into subsequently radiated signals in accordance with the received delay compensation configuration message. The invention also pertains to a configuration node (100) for configuring radiators in such a system, configured to: transmit (1010) at least one test signal to the radiators; detect (1020) events triggered by the test signal; determine (1030) respective transmission delays between the node and the radiators on the basis of these reflections; and transmit (1040) a delay compensation configuration message over said network, the delays being included in the delay compensation configuration message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Televic Conference NV
    Inventor: M. Tracy Alan Bathurst
  • Patent number: 10225814
    Abstract: A method for managing audio during a conference includes receiving, at a first buffer of a mobile device, a first audio stream from a first device associated with a first participant of the conference. The method also includes receiving, at a second buffer of the mobile device, a second audio stream from a second device associated with a second participant of the conference. The method further includes generating a control signal at a delay controller of the mobile device. The control signal is provided to the first buffer and to the second buffer to synchronize first buffered audio that is output from the first buffer with second buffered audio that is output from the second buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Venkatraman S. Atti, Daniel J. Sinder, Nikolai Leung, Vivek Rajendran
  • Patent number: 10200602
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging apparatus including: a determination unit configured to determine presence or absence of an object in front of an imaging lens on the basis of first sensing data; and a decision unit configured to decide a behavior related to imaging processing through the imaging lens, on the basis of a result of the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Makita, Shigeto Matsuda, Kenji Takagi, Takaaki Nishio, Ryo Nakagawa, Masanori Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10182219
    Abstract: A transcoder resource retrieves content stored in a repository. The stored content can be encoded in accordance with a first encoding format. The transcoder resource transcodes the retrieved content into a second encoding format. To increase available capacity, the transcoder resource stores the content in the second encoding format as a replacement to the content encoded according to the first encoding format. The second encoding format can support a higher compression ratio than the first encoding format. Additionally, the transcoding can be performed as one of multiple tasks executed in parallel. In such an instance, during parallel processing, a content management resource interleaves execution of the main processing task and the background task of transcoding the content into the second encoding format. The transcoding task can be assigned a lower execution priority than one or more other tasks executed in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Albert Straub, Edward P. Galt, III
  • Patent number: 10078481
    Abstract: A computing device is described. The computing device a processor, a bus coupled to the processor, a graphics display device, coupled to the bus, to display graphics data, an interactive display device, coupled to the bus, to display bitmap image data and a manager module to manage the bitmap image data and transmit the bitmap image data to the interactive display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Kozaczuk, James Trethewey, Greg Kaine, Murali Veeramoney, Karen Stafford
  • Patent number: 10075739
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an information release method, apparatus, and system, and relates to the field of Internet technologies. The method includes: receiving, by a server, a release request sent by a first terminal that is playing a live video, where the release request carries audio information; determining, by the server, at least one second terminal that is currently playing the live video; and sending, by the server, a release notification that carries the audio information to the second terminal. The present disclosure can reduce an impact on acquisition of information in a live video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hongtao Zuo
  • Patent number: 10068546
    Abstract: An information terminal determines whether displayable resolutions of a display apparatus include a resolution of an aspect ratio other than a standard aspect ratio used for image data transmission in the case where apparatus information obtained from the display apparatus matches predetermined apparatus information, according to a determination result, selects a first resolution of an aspect ratio other than the standard aspect ratio or a second resolution of the standard aspect ratio, changes a resolution of the display apparatus to the selected resolution in the case where the apparatus information matches the predetermined apparatus information, and changes a resolution of the display apparatus to a recommended resolution of the display apparatus in the case where the apparatus information does not match the predetermined apparatus information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinaga Kato
  • Patent number: 10045079
    Abstract: An apparatus and a system are described herein. The apparatus includes logic to render a video. The apparatus also includes logic to adjust a feature of a video in response to a power consumption, wherein the logic to adjust a feature of a video is integrated into an operating system of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Changliang Wang, Yunbiao Lin, Radhakrishnan Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 10027900
    Abstract: Means which enables image conversion in which a plurality of conversion results can be output without once saving all of video-image data, which has been input from image-pickup means, in a storage medium is provided. A single line memory having a plurality of lines is used while switching the role thereof for a reading use by a video-image converting means and a use for inputting image data from the image-pickup means. The image converting means obtains an input image, which is in the line memory, and carries out conversion of the input image based on a conversion specifying means interpreted by an instruction decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Kido, Shoji Muramatsu, Hiroyuki Hamasaki, Akihiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10015440
    Abstract: A method for video image sharing and control includes activating video communication between electronic devices. Transmission of multiple video feeds is controlled using multiple cameras from a first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Prashant Desai
  • Patent number: 9998774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a signal transmission and reception device and a signal transmission and reception method. The signal transmission method, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: encoding UHD video data; encoding signaling information for signaling a UHD broadcasting service based on the encoded UHD video data; and multiplexing the encoded video data and signaling information, and transmitting the multiplexed data, wherein the signaling information contains identification information on a clear QAM UHD service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soojin Hwang, Jinpil Kim, Hyunmook Oh, Jongyeul Suh
  • Patent number: 9979931
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products for transmitting digital media streams. In one aspect, a computer-implemented method includes identifying and transmitting a sequence of frames in a digital video transmission, the sequence of frames comprising an initial frame and subsequent frames corresponding to the initial frame, the subsequent frames comprising data that incrementally updates the initial frame, and initiating a new transmission of the sequence of frames to a new device after sending one of the subsequent frames in the digital transmission, the initiating comprising generating information to cause the new device to inhibit presenting the new transmission until after frames between and including the initial frame and the one of the subsequent frames have been received by the new device, and transmitting, to the new device, the information and the frames between and including the initial frame and the one of the subsequent frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephen Cheng, David Simmons, Srinivas Manapragada
  • Patent number: 9967500
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a system, comprising: a buffer configured to store a plurality of events, each event including a plurality of bits; an output circuit configured to output events from the buffer; and a controller coupled to the buffer and the output circuit and configured to: cause the output circuit to output a first event from the buffer; and select a second event from the buffer to be output by the output circuit after the first event based on bits associated with the first event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ilia Ovsiannikov, Hongyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9912425
    Abstract: Radio frequency (RF) communication circuitry comprises an RF transceiver and conflict detection circuitry. The RF transceiver includes a first communication path configured to down-convert received RF signals using a first local oscillator (LO) receive frequency; and a second communication path configured to down-convert received RF signals using a second LO receive frequency and to operate simultaneously with the first communication path. The conflict detection circuitry is configured to determine path crosstalk using the first and second LO receive frequencies and using a first LO transmit frequency used by the first RF transceiver or a second RF transceiver to up-convert electrical signals for RF transmission, and initiate a change of the first LO receive frequency by a first frequency shift value and a change of the second LO receive frequency by a second frequency shift value in response to the path crosstalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Laaser, Christoph Schultz, Christian Duerdodt
  • Patent number: 9904633
    Abstract: The present disclose provides a display system. The display system comprises a signal source unit a signal source unit, a transmission unit and a display unit. The signal source unit is complied with a first standard and used for providing an image signal. The transmission unit is coupled to the signal source unit, and used for transmitting the image signal, wherein the transmission unit has a plurality of pins. The display unit is complied with a second standard and coupled to the transmission unit. The display unit comprises a detection unit and a determination unit. The detection unit is used for detecting the plurality of pins. The determination unit is couple to the detection unit and used for determining voltage levels of the pins, determining the first standard according to the voltage level of the pins and configuring the display device into a corresponding mode according to the first standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: JunXin Qiu
  • Patent number: 9898663
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus is provided for capturing and processing images from an environment of a user. In one implementation, a system for facilitating collaboration between individuals includes a transceiver and at least one processing device. The at least one processing device is programmed to obtain and analyze one or more images captured by an image sensor included in a wearable apparatus. The at least one processing device is further programmed to detect, by the analysis, a visual trigger in an environment of a wearer of the wearable apparatus. The visual trigger may be associated with a collaborative action to be taken. The at least one processing device may be further programmed to use the transceiver to transmit an indicator relating to the visual trigger associated with the collaborative action to be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ORCAM TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Yonatan Wexler, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 9894311
    Abstract: In a wireless transmission system, a transmitter sends a plurality of data packets to a receiver. The transmitter identifies channel quality indicators corresponding to properties of a communication channel between the transmitter and the receiver. During operation, the transmitter adjusts one or more parameters that affect the Quality of Service (QoS) of data transmission between the transmitter and receiver to enable data transmission at different quality levels over a range of channel quality levels. In one embodiment, the transmitter sends data packets corresponding to video from a camera to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christopher Claus, Vivek Jain, Abtin Keshavarzian, Martin Schaut, Frederic Marcel Sejalon, Lakshmi Venkatraman
  • Patent number: 9888247
    Abstract: Systems and methods for encoding a video stream based upon identified regions of interest (ROI's) are disclosed herein. Standard video encoding schemes require a significant amount of unnecessary data in order to designate blocks to be skipped for a particular video frame of a video stream. Rather than encoding such skip or no skip information for each block (or sequence of blocks) for each frame, embodiments disclosed herein can encode the video stream based upon an identified ROI that represents an area of blocks that change and/or do not remain static from one frame to the next. Designating active areas in terms of the ROI can yield more efficient encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tero Mikko Rintaluoma, Sami Aleksi Pietilä
  • Patent number: 9875742
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of diarizing audio data using first-pass blind diarization and second-pass blind diarization that generate speaker statistical models, wherein the first pass-blind diarization is on a per-frame basis and the second pass-blind diarization is on a per-word basis, and methods of creating acoustic signatures for a common speaker based only on the statistical models of the speakers in each audio session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: VERINT SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Alex Gorodetski, Oana Sidi, Ron Wein, Ido Shapira
  • Patent number: 9865307
    Abstract: A recording device includes an imaging unit that takes a video, a recording time conversion processor that converts a frame rate of specified video data in the video so as to adjust the video to fall within a specified recording time, and a tag range processor that sets a tag range where a tag can be assigned in accordance with a level of importance to the video data, and the recording time conversion processor converts a frame rate at a first thinning-out rate that thins out a frame in a first video data range where the tag range is not set in the video data, and converts a frame rate at a second thinning-out rate that thins out a frame in a second video data range where the tag range is set in the video data in accordance with the level of importance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Matsuoka, Jiro Uzaki, Mizuki Ohara, Hideaki Onoda
  • Patent number: 9819907
    Abstract: Enterprise communication display systems enable proportional life-like images of people for videoconferencing and for entertainment productions. Life-like images are made possible by appearing in a 3D environment which may be the actual real 3D physical space of a room where imaged people are seen amongst a real environment with the use of see-through displays. People may also be viewed amongst a reflected foreground without the use of inclined reflective optics. A dual mode use large high-resolution display is configured for watching and working modes. A nano stem camera device for improved eye contact is detailed. The present invention also discloses methods for enterprise wide deployments for corporate, healthcare, education, and government communications, including hotel properties integrated with a property management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Steve H. McNelley, Jeffrey Machtig
  • Patent number: 9800842
    Abstract: A method for controlling video in a system includes receiving wirelessly at a stationary base station a low quality video from a mobile device, the mobile device configured to record both the low quality video and a high quality video of a same video stream, to store each of the low quality video and the high quality video, and to wirelessly transmit only the low quality video. The method includes analyzing the low quality video at the stationary base station and, based on the analysis, transmitting a signal to the mobile device to delete the low quality video and the high quality video from the mobile device, to allow overwrite of the low quality video and the high quality video from the mobile device, or to request transmission of the high quality video from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas J. Predmore, II
  • Patent number: 9794511
    Abstract: A video display hub is mounted in a common household area such as a kitchen or family room. During times that have been designated as being available for communications, devices in first and second households exchange and display blurred video, allowing users in each household to see vague shapes and movements of the other household. Upon noticing activity, a user in the first household may initiate a video conversation, causing the video from the first household to be unblurred and causing unobscured voice to be transmitted to the second household. A user in the second household may respond by allowing the video conversation to be fully enabled, allowing the video from the second household to be unblurred and unobscured voice to be transmitted back to the first household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Douglas McQueen, Meng Li, Eric Alan Breitbard, Robert Steven Murdock, Julien George Beguin, Gregory Michael Hart, David A. Limp, Scott Ian Blanksteen
  • Patent number: 9736458
    Abstract: A capture device is equipped with a stereo camera, and generates a plurality of demosaiced images of different sizes in which the left and right frame images have been reduced in stepwise fashion. A virtual composite image is generated that includes the plurality of demosaiced images, in which the pixel rows of the rows are pixel rows having undergone one round of connection. A host terminal sends to the capture device a data request signal designating a plurality of areas within the composite image, having a shared range in the longitudinal direction. The capture device clips out the designated areas, and sends to the host terminal a stream of a new composite image comprising only the clipped out areas. The host terminal cuts this into separate images, which are expanded into consecutive addresses in a main memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akio Ohba, Hiroyuki Segawa, Hideyuki Saito
  • Patent number: 9609027
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an instance of a media modality controller of a communication system which is assigned to convey media modality control signals of a communication event to respective media modality agents of endpoints of the communication event without accessing respective call agents of the endpoints. The media modality controller instance is so assigned independently of a call controller of the communication system and responsive to an instruction received via the network. The media modality controller instance is released from said assignment responsive to the media modality controller instance returning a response to the received instruction while the call controller continues to operate in communication with the call agents of the endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Carl S. Olivier, Marek Laasik, Mihails Velenko, Sergei Zolotarjov, Andrei Jefremov, Sergey Sukhanov
  • Patent number: 9602821
    Abstract: For encoding, a frame of video data can be segregated into macroblocks, which can be segregated into slices, which in turn can be segregated into slice groups. A macroblock identifier (ID) can be associated with each of the macroblocks. When at least one slice from each of the slice groups has been encoded, the macroblock IDs associated with the encoded slices can be compared to determine an order in which the encoded slices are to be placed in an access unit for the frame. Of the encoded slices, the slice that includes the macroblock with the lowest macroblock ID will be placed in the access unit before the other encoded slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Harikrishna M. Reddy, Yiu Cheong Ho, Cheng-Chiang Chen
  • Patent number: 9578260
    Abstract: A digital photographing apparatus, computer readable medium, and a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, the method including selecting a template image; receiving an image including a subject and detecting the subject from the received image; and displaying the template image with an image of the subject included in a view area. The displaying may include displaying the template image with an image of the subject included in a view area corresponding to a location of the detected subject. The method may include designating a location of the view area on the template image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won-seok Song, Tae-hoon Kang, Jong-sun Kim, Myung-kyu Choi, Kwang-il Hwang
  • Patent number: 9553913
    Abstract: Performing a real-time application on a mobile device, involving communication of audio/video packets with a remote device. The mobile device may initially communicate the audio/video packets on a first communication channel with the remote device. During the real-time communication, the mobile device may determine if no packets have been received by the mobile device from the remote device for a first threshold period of time. If no packets have been received by the mobile device from the remote device for the first threshold period of time, the mobile device may establish a second communication channel for transmission of the audio/video packets with the remote device. In response to using the second communication channel, the mobile device may modify a resolution or bit rate of the audio/video packets transmitted to the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Yang, Xiasong Zhou, Hyeonkuk Jeong, Joe S. Abuan, Gobind Johar, Yichao Shen
  • Patent number: 9509947
    Abstract: Provided is a method for transmitting a file during a video call including steps of confirming a first bandwidth for file transmission when a file transmission event is generated during a video call; reducing video call data on the basis of the first bandwidth for file transmission; and transmitting the reduced video call data and the corresponding file data through a second bandwidth for the video call, with the first bandwidth being a partial area or an entire area of the second bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sang-Ki Kang, Ki-Choon Gong, Kyung-Tae Kim, Sung-Wan Youn
  • Patent number: 9497377
    Abstract: A digital camera includes a communicator that communicates with other digital camera, a receiver that receives a camera information of another digital camera and an imaging device that forms a digital image of an object. The digital camera further includes a processor that creates a digital image data from the digital image based upon the camera information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Ohmura
  • Patent number: 9490650
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that enable power regulation during wireless power transfer, such as during magnetic resonance (MR) charging of one or more devices from a power transfer device, while enabling the one or more devices to access a network drive via a routing mechanism while the network drive is operatively coupled to an apparatus that includes the power transfer device and the routing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Louis Stevens, Rongzhi Xing
  • Patent number: 9485466
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an architecture for establishing multi-participant video conferences. This architecture has a central distributor that receives video images from two or more participants. From the received images, the central distributor generates composite images that the central distributor transmits back to the participants. Each composite image includes a set of sub images, where each sub image belongs to one participant. In some embodiments, the central distributor saves network bandwidth by removing each particular participant's image from the composite image that the central distributor sends to the particular participant. In some embodiments, images received from each participant are arranged in the composite in a non-interleaved manner. For instance, in some embodiments, the composite image includes at most one sub-image for each participant, and no two sub-images are interleaved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hyeonkuk Jeong, Joe Abuan, Jim Normile
  • Patent number: 9456023
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a camera image stored locally by a device is published by the device, over a network, to a content distribution subsystem configured to automatically distribute the camera image to one or more predefined destinations in accordance with a distribution service. The content distribution subsystem automatically distributes the published camera image to the one or more predefined destinations in accordance with the distribution service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, James Y. Hwang, Shadman Zafar
  • Patent number: 9420204
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a frame selection unit that selects a characteristic frame from image data representing one or a plurality of objects and including a plurality of frames, an object selection unit that selects a characteristic object from the one or the plurality of objects, a textual information generation unit that generates textual information that indicates at least one of a movement of the characteristic object and a sound from the characteristic object, and a display controller that displays an image of the characteristic frame with the textual information associated with the characteristic object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoko Koborita, Toru Fuse
  • Patent number: 9407950
    Abstract: Embodiments for controlling one or more external audio-visual devices are provided. In one example, a method comprises receiving a device command and determining an intent of the device command. The intent includes an action and an external device to perform the action. The method further comprises selecting a selected protocol for communicating the device command to the external device, where the selected protocol is selected from a plurality of supported protocols, and communicating the device command to the external device according to the selected protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ripin Natani, Eliezer Payzer, Brian Joseph Ewanchuk, John Thomas Kimbell, Brent Campbell, Paul Heidelman, Philip J. Nachreiner, Luis Delgado de Mendoza Garcia, Alexander Gurzhi, Yuriy Tarasov
  • Patent number: 9380272
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a server in communication with a camera located on a customer premises. The server is adapted to transmit Internet Protocol formatted video, containing a surveillance portion from the camera and an advertisement portion, to a customer premises device. A method for sending the Internet Protocol formatted video is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, Jr., Eric Harris
  • Patent number: 9332279
    Abstract: A method is used for encoding digital video data corresponding to a sequence of original input video frames. The method comprises: encoding a first original input video frame into an INTER-frame; decoding and reconstructing said INTER-frame into a reference frame; creating an INTRA input frame comprising information from both a second original input video frame and said reference frame; and encoding said INTRA input frame into an INTRA-frame. A digital video encoder system is used for encoding digital video data corresponding to a sequence of original input video frames by encoding the sequence of original input video frames using INTRA- and INTER-mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventor: Stefan Lundberg
  • Patent number: 9307339
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a display apparatus including a controller configured to detect a vocalized position in the video frame; and an audio processor configured to process an audio signal corresponding to the video frame differently according to a distance between the vocalized position and each of the plurality of speakers, create a plurality of audio output signals, and provide each created audio output signal to each of the plurality of speakers, and the controller controls the audio processor to change the each created audio output signal provided to the each of the plurality of speakers according to the moved vocalized position in response to the vocalized position being moved within the video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-woong Kang
  • Patent number: 9307200
    Abstract: A video conference endpoint detects faces at associated face positions in video frames capturing a scene. The endpoint frames the video frames to a view of the scene encompassing all of the detected faces. The endpoint detects that a previously detected face is no longer detected. In response, a timeout period is started and independently of detecting faces, motion is detected across the view. It is determined if any detected motion (i) coincides with the face position of the previously detected face that is no longer detected, and (ii) occurs before the timeout period expires. If conditions (i) and (ii) are met, the endpoint restarts the timeout period and repeats the independently detecting motion and the determining. Otherwise, the endpoint reframes the view to encompass the remaining detected faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Robert Grimsrud Aarrestad, Rune Øistein Aas, Kristian Tangeland
  • Patent number: 9288437
    Abstract: A communication device includes a determination unit that determines whether there is a speaker in different hubs by using sets of sound-related information that are transmitted from the respective different hubs via a communication network; and a display unit that displays, in a predetermined size on a display surface, an image that is transmitted from a different hub in which the determination unit determines that there is no speaker, and that displays, in an enlarged size larger than the predetermined size on the display surface, an image that is transmitted from a different hub in which the determination unit determines that there is a speaker. When the determination unit determines that there are speakers in multiple different hubs, the display unit collectively displays, in the enlarged size on the display surface, multiple images that are transmitted from the respective different hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Goto
  • Patent number: 9277175
    Abstract: A temperature of a mobile telephone set is detected, and when the temperature exceeds a predetermined first threshold, a video signal encoding unit (21) is changed from the predetermined normal encoding rate to a reduced encoding rate, which is lower than the predetermined normal encoding rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventor: Hideo Sano
  • Patent number: 9253532
    Abstract: A participation device in a multiparty conference call may act as a server device and/or a client device for two-way audio and video (AV) streaming. A server device may encode a requested AV stream into a set of different encoding profiles that may be dynamically determined based on the varying channel conditions and device capacities of the client devices. At least a portion of differently encoded AV streams is selected and dynamically communicated to the client devices for display. Session parameters are determined according to the varying channel conditions and the device capacities of the client devices to create intended sessions. The selected encoded AV streams are communicated utilizing segment-based adaptive streaming techniques such as HTTP. A client device may access to a HTTP session to download an expected AV stream from the server device. The downloaded AV stream may be decoded into different decoding profiles for display as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xuemin Chen, Yong Li, Arlen J. Kirchoff, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9225938
    Abstract: We describe a system for automatic setup of an audio/computer teleconference. The system comprises node units each having a phone connection, a telephone network connection, at least one computer network connection; and a system control server. The node unit comprises code to: transmit an outgoing audio announce message into a potential conference call via said telephone network audio connection, identifying the node unit; receive via the network audio connection an incoming audio announce message from a conference call to which the node unit is already connected; determine from the incoming message, an identifier for a remote node unit connecting to the conference call; and transmit to the server, via the computer network, identifiers for the local and remote node units. The server comprises code to: receive the node unit identifiers and provide computer equipment connection data to computer equipment at node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Starleaf LTD
    Inventors: David John Gwilt, Alexander Edward Nancekievill
  • Patent number: 9182579
    Abstract: A device for taking long-distance images includes, successively: a catadioptric optical system and an optical system to shape the beam positioned close to the first image generated by the catadioptric system, which adjusts the exit aperture of the catadioptric system on a second image of the aperture in an image space of a variable focal length optical system. The catadioptric optical system and the optical system to shape the beam generates a third image of the observed scene. A focal plane is superposed over an image plane of the catadioptric optical system and the optical system to shape the beam. A projection lens receives the light beam output by the variable focal length system and forms a fourth image of the observed scene at the focal plane of the projection lens. An image sensor is positioned at the focal plane of the projection lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: SYT TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Mehmed Yilmaz, Franck Taton
  • Patent number: 9094226
    Abstract: A demarcation point unit connected between a home network backbone and an external network. The demarcation point unit includes a blocking filter and splitter. The blocking filter receives a home network signal from the home network backbone and an external signal from the external network. The blocking filter separates the home network signal from the external signal, and returns the home network signal back to the home network backbone. The splitter has an input and at least two outputs. The input of the splitter receives the home network signal from the blocking filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Avi Kliger, Rami Kopelman, Nachum Avishay, Alon Shtern, Amir Wassermann
  • Patent number: RE45982
    Abstract: Method and device for transmitting information between electronic devices, which are able to send and to receive information as well as be in wireless communication connection with each other. In the method an active communication connection is identified and in case the communication connection is active following phases are carried out: the first earlier mentioned electronic device sends automatically the information the user of the earlier mentioned device has chosen as a response to the identified communication connection and the earlier mentioned information is automatically presented by the other electronic device to the user of the other electronic device as a response to the identified communication connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Topi Koskinen, Juha Kalliokulju