Diverse Device Controlled By Information Embedded In Video Signal Patents (Class 348/460)
  • Patent number: 7821573
    Abstract: An imaging device outputs video data with an image signal obtained from imaging an object, records video data onto a record medium, reproduces video data therefrom, outputs first time information from a clock section, communicates with another device through a first communication interface according to a predetermined protocol, and exchanges video data with the other device. A video-device automatically obtains second time information as reference from the outside of the video-device, processes a video signal, communicates with the other device through a second communication interface according to the protocol, and exchanges video data with the other device. When connected through the first and second communication interfaces, the video-device transmits the second time information to the imaging device. The imaging device receives the second time information and sets a time for the clock section with the received second time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Onoue
  • Patent number: 7818778
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 7814516
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices;, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian D Maxson, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 7814511
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a t-commerce platform, which is linked to the content from a video signal that the user is currently watching. At some point during the broadcast of the content, a close-up of the product is shown. Simultaneous with this, a VBI-based trigger is added to the video signal of the broadcast. This trigger causes the television, a set-top box, or a similar device to capture in a memory, a “freeze-frame” of the image being shown. This action is transparent to the user while the video being displayed on the television is continuing normally. If the user chooses to perform an interactive “buy” transaction the saved image data is used as part of the interactive screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Index Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Macrae, Thomas E. Westberg
  • Patent number: 7813426
    Abstract: A digital broadcast transmitter/receiver, and a signal processing method thereof, includes a randomizer randomizing a dual transport stream which includes a normal data packet and a robust data packet and into which stuff bytes are inserted, a stuff-byte exchanger replacing the stuff bytes of the randomized data with known data, a first RS encoder performing RS-encoding of data output from the stuff-byte exchanger, a packet formatter performing an interleaving of the robust packet of the data output from the first RS encoder and reformatting the packet, an interleaver interleaving data output from the packet formatter, a trellis encoder performing a trellis encoding of interleaved data, a second RS encoder changing a parity by performing an RS encoding of the robust data of the trellis-encoded data, and a modulator modulating data output from the trellis encoder and RF up-converting the modulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eu-jun Park, Yong-sik Kwon, Yeon-woo Lee, Jin-hee Jeong
  • Patent number: 7808554
    Abstract: The present invention involves inserting a sequence of computer-like commands into a video signal stream (230) and which contain data processing instructions (401; 457; 500) and video test patterns (407; 452) in order to automate the integration, configuration, set up, adjustment, calibration and control of the components (131; 132; 133) in a video system, such as an HDTV, a studio video camera, or Telecine conversion of filmed content. The command source can be any video hardware signal source or any video program content, such as a DVD being played in a DVD player, a game console, game software, a Set Top Box or broadcast video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Displaymate Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond M. Soneira
  • Patent number: 7797718
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian D Maxson, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 7787050
    Abstract: A method and system for decoding and storing encoded control data delivered via the horizontal overscan area of a video signal. An interactive device performs behavior defined by control data encoded into a video signal that can be broadcast or played-back from video tape. The interactive device is equipped with a non-volatile memory that permits the control data to be stored for performance subsequent to, or during, the transmission session. The control data is delivered as a series of control data words that include genus codes identifying the interactive device to which the data word is directed. During a transmission session, control data words will be repeated, so that an interactive device receives several control data words with the same sequence number. Based on the relative gradings, the interactive device will replace previously received control data words of lower quality than subsequently received data words having the same sequence number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Craig S. Ranta, Harjit Singh, Jeffrey M. Alexander
  • Patent number: 7778441
    Abstract: The picture information of video can be used in various ways to identify the video or its topical subject matter. This enables numerous novel arrangements in which particular video of interest to a particular consumer can be discerned. A variety of other embodiments and features are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7769344
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 7747217
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 7734251
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 7724310
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an HDTV, and a method for controlling adjustment of the HDTV, which make it possible to set control information of the HDTV easily at low cost without unpacking the TV set. Adjustment data is included in an INFO frame, transmitted from an external device, and written into a register of an HDMI receiver 14 through a video signal input terminal 13. Further, a microcomputer 15 reads the adjustment data and controls the adjustment of the HDTV 11 based on contents of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Norihiro Higashi
  • Patent number: 7720249
    Abstract: A watermark system includes an embedder, detector, and reader. The watermark embedder encodes a watermark signal in a host signal to create a combined signal. The detector looks for the watermark signal in a potentially corrupted version of the combined signal, and computes its orientation. Finally, a reader extracts a message in the watermark signal from the combined signal using the orientation to approximate the original state of the combined signal. While adapted for images, video and audio, the watermark system applies to other electronic and physical media. For example, it can be applied to mark graphical models, blank paper, film and other substrates, texturing objects for ID purposes, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 7715688
    Abstract: A broadcast receiver is provided which can prevent recording of uncopyable contents without failing to record copyable contents. A copy information detecting unit (4) detects copy control information attached to contents. A discriminating unit (5) discriminates the copyability or uncopyability. The contents recorded in a user-unreadable recording unit (6) is transferred to a user-readable recording unit (7) only if copyable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sugaya
  • Publication number: 20100109918
    Abstract: A device for use by a deafblind person is disclosed. The device comprises a first key for manually inputting a series of words in the form of a code, a second key for manually inputting an action to be performed by the device, a third key for manually inputting a user preference, and a fourth key for manually inputting communication instructions. The device further has an internal processor programmed to carry out communication functions and search and guide functions. The device has various safety and security functions for pedestrians or persons in transit. In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises an electronic cane known as an eCane. Also disclosed is a system for allowing a deafblind person to enjoy television programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Raanan Liebermann
  • Patent number: 7711045
    Abstract: A digital broadcast transmitter/receiver, and a signal processing method thereof, includes a randomizer randomizing a dual transport stream which includes a normal data packet and a robust data packet and into which stuff bytes are inserted, a stuff-byte exchanger replacing the stuff bytes of the randomized data with known data, a first RS encoder performing RS-encoding of data output from the stuff-byte exchanger, a packet formatter performing an interleaving of the robust packet of the data output from the first RS encoder and reformatting the packet, an interleaver interleaving data output from the packet formatter, a trellis encoder performing a trellis encoding of interleaved data, a second RS encoder changing a parity by performing an RS encoding of the robust data of the trellis-encoded data, and a modulator modulating data output from the trellis encoder and RF up-converting the modulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eu-jun Park, Yong-sik Kwon, Yeon-woo Lee, Jin-hee Jeong
  • Patent number: 7706565
    Abstract: The present invention provides digital watermarks through multiple channels. The channels can include, e.g., visible, ultraviolet and infrared channels. The non-visible channels can be selected to fluoresce either in the visible or IR/UV spectrums upon the appropriate illumination in the infrared or ultraviolet spectrums. The watermarks in the various multiple channels can cooperate to facilitate watermark detection or to authenticate an object in which the watermarks are embedded. In other implementations the multiple watermarks include so-called orientation components. A relative relationship between the orientation components is used to convey data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Steven W. Stewart
  • Patent number: 7707602
    Abstract: A method of providing rebroadcast programming includes encoding a rebroadcast program, specifying a preferred play time, and providing a broadcast that fits the preferred play time. The encoding of the rebroadcast program can use a replay plan which prioritizes portions of the rebroadcast. A priority can be assigned to commercials which have been made to be shortened or dropped, or an alternative commercial substituted, depending on time limitations. A rebroadcast packaging and playlist are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian John Cragun, Paul Reuben Day
  • Patent number: 7697068
    Abstract: A television signal receiving apparatus receives television signals including broadcast data signals and outputs the received data signals to a display device. The display device displays an image that has characters and/or pictures generated from the data signals. A communication unit of the receiving apparatus is connected to and communicates with an external device. A control unit controls the image to be displayed on the display device according to results of communication with the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuntaro Aratani, Yoshikazu Shibamiya, Shigeki Mori, Katsuhiro Miyamoto, Tomoyuki Ohno
  • Patent number: 7690017
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for centrally and uniformly controlling the operation of a variety of devices, such as communication, consumer electronic, audio-video, analog, digital, 1394, and the like, over a variety of protocols within a network system and, more particularly, a control system and uniform user interface for centrally controlling these devices in a manner that appears seamless and transparent to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a command center or hub of a network system includes a context and connection permutation sensitive control system that enables centralized and seamless integrated control of all types of input devices. The control system preferably includes a versatile icon based graphical user interface that provides a uniform, on-screen centralized control system for the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Polly Stecyk, Brian Peterson, Brian Maxon, Pavel Houda, George E. Palmer, Shenta T. Pu, Martin Zanfino, Robert A. Perry
  • Patent number: 7680451
    Abstract: A method for providing a motion signal with a sound signal using an existing sound signal encoding format. The method comprises providing the motion signal, providing the sound signal, inserting the motion signal in an available data field provided in the existing encoding algorithm, encoding the sound signal with the inserted motion signal according to the existing encoding algorithm to generate an encoded bitstream sound signal and providing the encoded bitstream sound signal comprising the motion signal and the sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Roy, Bruno Paillard
  • Patent number: 7676056
    Abstract: An embedding-availability determining unit determines an availability of embedding data into an image based on an input/output characteristic of a predetermined feature amount related to a combination of an output device that outputs an image in which the data is embedded to a medium and an input device that inputs the image that is output to the medium. A result output unit outputs a result of determination by the embedding-availability determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hirotaka Chiba, Tsugio Noda
  • Patent number: 7668206
    Abstract: A method for automatically setting a time includes receiving a time set by a user and corresponding to a geographic region where a digital broadcast receiver is located, and then determining if a broadcast signal received by the digital broadcast receiver includes time information; if the broadcast signal includes the time information, calculating a difference between the set time and received time information; setting a time zone based on the difference in the digital broadcast receiver; and if a command to display time information is received, applying a time difference corresponding to the set time zone to the time information in the broadcast signal, which is received at the time the command is received, and displaying the resulting time information. A digital broadcast receiver using the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chul-jun Park
  • Patent number: 7660472
    Abstract: Methods and systems that help control when and how stereoscopic content should be viewed, based on both geometry of the viewing system and the geometry used to generate the content are shown. One example embodiment utilizes the specifications of the system used to capture the image data to determine the geometry of the image content, and encodes this content geometry along with the stored image data. This content geometry data is then analyzed by display systems to determine appropriate geometries for a viewing system. Data arranged according to one embodiment is a series of digitally stored video frames representing a stereoscopic prospective view of an image or scene. This prospective view was rendered using a specific content geometry, and this geometry is digitally encoded and stored with, or embedded in, the digital image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Headplay (Barbados) Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Simpson
  • Patent number: 7643508
    Abstract: In a system that provides decoding of A/V streams, this invention reduces switching delays between different streams by modifying the Program Identification (PID) values of the Audio and Video data to respective PID values that are already known by the decoder. This technique allows the decoder to stay in a run state when switching between A/V streams, thereby reducing channel change times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Jeff Furlong, Alistair John Parker, Sean Gordon Higgins, Gino Louis Dion
  • Patent number: 7633642
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus that receives data-broadcasting data and video data for displaying a motion picture. An output circuit is provided for outputting data while a moving image is displayed, wherein the data indicate that a printing-allowed image will be displayed later.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Shibamiya, Atsushi Mizutome
  • Patent number: 7602443
    Abstract: A method for modulating a video signal. Frames are selected from a plurality of frames for modulation. Intensity of a plurality of pixels of a plurality of scan lines of a field of the selected frames is altered according to at least one pattern or as designated by an adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Koplar Interactive Systems International, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael C. Reynolds, James G. Withers, Jesse J. Chounard, II
  • Patent number: 7586542
    Abstract: A method for modulating a video signal. Frames of a plurality of frames are selected for modulation. A first magnitude alternation pattern is designated for each of a first area of a field of the selected frames. A second magnitude alternation pattern is designated for each of a second area of the field of the selected frames. The intensity of a plurality of pixels of a plurality of scan lines of the field of the selected frames is altered as designated by either the first magnitude alternation pattern or the second magnitude alternation pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Koplar Interactive Systems International, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael C. Reynolds, Yousri H. Barsoum, Edward J. Koplar
  • Patent number: 7548950
    Abstract: A first data-recording device (400) includes a network interface, a recording unit, and a group recording reservation notifying unit. The network interface acquires a group recording reservation instruction containing a recording reservation data and requesting that a recording reservation be set. The recording unit sets the recording reservation in accordance with the recording reservation data contained in the group recording reservation instruction that the network interface has acquired. The group recording reservation notifying unit distributes data same as the recording reservation data, to a second data-recording device (401) or a third data-recording device (402) through a network (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Yukio Numakami, Kenichiro Tada
  • Patent number: 7545441
    Abstract: A microprocessor in a digital broadcast receiver outputs image data displaying a menu in a sub-screen when instructed by a user to display the menu: if received broadcast signals are those of an HD broadcast, and if the image format of a television, to which data are output, is 1080i or higher, and further if the screen size of the television, to which data are output, is 37 inch or larger; namely if characters in the menu are unlikely to be corrupted even when the television displays the menu in the sub-screen, and if there is no possibility that characters in the menu become too small to be identifiable. Thereby, it becomes possible for the television to display the menu in the sub-screen if the user can identify characters in the menu even when the television displays the menu in the sub-screen. Accordingly, the user can input setting of menu items while watching broadcast images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7538819
    Abstract: Video image information is received in a signal including conditional access information. The conditional access information is associated with one of a plurality of picture resolution formats for recording, reproducing and displaying the video image information. The conditional access information in the received signal is decoded. A format for at least one of recording, reproducing and displaying the video image information is adaptively selected in response to the decoded conditional access information. The video image information is then processed using the selected format. The conditional access information may further include information indicating a predetermined time period during which reproduction of recorded video image information is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Karl Francis Horlander
  • Patent number: 7477320
    Abstract: A method and system for decoding and storing encoded control data delivered via the horizontal overscan area of a video signal. An interactive device such as a toy performs behavior defined by control data that can be encoded into a video signal. The toy is equipped with a decoder for extracting data from the horizontal overscan portion of the video signal, and a non-volatile memory that permits the control data to be stored for use after the video signal is no longer being received. The control data are delivered as a series of words that include genus codes and sequence codes. Genus codes identify the specific toy to which the word is directed, as more than one toy may receive the video signal. Error grading is used to minimize the effect of such signal deterioration, so the toy will replace previously received words if newer words are of higher quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Buresift Data Ltd. LLC
    Inventors: Craig S. Ranta, Jeffrey M. Alexander, Harjit Singh
  • Publication number: 20080311952
    Abstract: A mobile handset and method therefor automatically limit user selection of local broadcast channels to those that are active. Location-related information sourced by an external node, such as RNSS position information from RNSS satellites or a cellular identification value sourced by a network access node, and received on the handset is applied to identify active local TV channels and the mobile handset limits selection of local TV channels by a user of the mobile handset to the active local TV channels. Identification of active local TV channels includes a first instance identification based on a lookup operation performed on the mobile handset and a second instance identification based on an active channel query/response exchange between the mobile handset and a server node, wherein the second instance identification is applied to update the first instance identification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Edward Masami Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 7446816
    Abstract: A data broadcasting receiving terminal receives a data broadcasting signal from a broadcasting station to detect print-out data and a control signal associated with print-out from the data broadcasting signal. The data broadcasting receiving terminal, at a time point of the start of broadcasting, notifies an image forming apparatus of the detected print-out data and printing prohibition data included in the control signal associated with print-out. The data broadcasting receiving terminal acquires a preparation time required for print-out from the image forming apparatus and a time of restoration from a power saving mode and issues a command of printing start, in consideration of the time requirements, to the image forming apparatus so that print-out data is printed out at predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Tomita, Hideki Hino, Hideo Mae, Yuji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 7433488
    Abstract: A content, restored in an information processing apparatus, for replaying a content, such as a personal computer, is fed back to a drive device. The drive device detects an electronic watermark from the transferred restored content, and controls content outputting from the drive device. In this arrangement, an electronic watermark is reliably detected and content replay control is performed based on the detected electronic watermark in any type of coding including MPEG 2, MPEG-1, MPEG-4 regardless of type of coding or even if the content is encrypted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Kitani, Jun Hirai
  • Patent number: 7415430
    Abstract: A broadcast response system provides, e.g., a radio broadcast listener with the ability to obtain media content such as music or speech while listening to the radio. The user can respond to items in the radio broadcast such as advertisements, fund raising drives, or interactive listener polls during the broadcast. Data such as song title and artist, author or publisher and the IP address for the location where the digital version of the content is stored, can be transmitted using, e.g., the RBDS/RDS data stream. A reference number representing song title and artist, author or publisher and the IP address for the location where the digital version of the content is stored can also be employed for ease of implementation. This reference number can reside in a lookup table to be accessed by broadcast response server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Stratosaudio, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly M. Christensen, Barry D. Thomas, Thomas J. Smyth
  • Patent number: 7395031
    Abstract: Mobile device (3) and method for receiving and processing program-accompanying digital data, which are transmitted by a radio transmitter (1), for example a DAB transmitter, and of which at least certain comprise location parameters. The mobile device (3) includes a radio receiver (38), which can receive radio programs with program-accompanying digital data, and a position locating module (39) for establishing the current position, for example a GPS receiver. The mobile device (3) further comprises a filter module (37), by means of which, on the basis of the current position, determined by the said position locating module (39), location-specific information can be filtered from the received program-accompanying data, which contain, for example, order numbers, URL addresses or executable program data files. The received program-accompanying data can be filtered moreover by the said filter module (37) on the basis of a user profile (35) stored in the mobile device (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Swisscom Mobile AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Ritter
  • Patent number: 7379199
    Abstract: This invention relates to a producer of content who associates information for print control with the content such as a picture, before delivery. Specifically, a digital broadcast receiving device receives this content delivery, and the content is decoded by a data decoding unit via a broadcast receiving unit. A controlling unit judges print control information registered in association with the decoded content, performs image processing in accordance with this print control information, and transmits data for printing to a printing device. The printing device performs printing according to the received data for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata, Jun'ichi Kubota, Kaoru Murase, Yukio Yagi
  • Patent number: 7373218
    Abstract: An information distribution system capable of presenting an image photographed by a moving body, such as a robot or vehicle, selected by a user. The information distribution system includes moving bodies, local managers, and a global manager. When a user requests a connection with one of the moving bodies to the global manager through a portable terminal such as a portable phone, a menu generation section of the global manager generates a menu screen, and sends it to the portable terminal. The user selects one from the moving bodies through the menu screen, so that the portable terminal of the user connects with the selected moving body. An image photographed by a camera of the moving body is sent to the local manager, and information related to the image is superimposed on the image. Consequently, the superimposed image is sent to the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Sakagami
  • Publication number: 20080088735
    Abstract: A Social Media Platform and method are provided wherein contextual content, in real-time, is delivered to a user along with the original content from which the contextual content is derived.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Bryan Biniak, Brock Meltzer, Ata Ivanov
  • Patent number: 7360232
    Abstract: A remote device is capable to receive network address information, such as uniform resource locator (URL) addresses, and other supplemental content that are available along with television signal. A set top box coupled to a television receives the network address information via triggers. The set top box transmits a television program from a first channel to a television, and transmits network address information associated with a second channel to the remote device. After receiving the network address information, the remote device can display the corresponding supplemental content while a viewer is watching the first channel on the television. The supplemental content can include program-related address information and/or non-programming-related content. In another technique, the viewer can subscribe certain channels, such that supplemental content on the subscribed channels is obtained and stored, and can be made available to the remote device via the set top box or via a different communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Diego, Inc.
    Inventor: Slade Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20080086756
    Abstract: An electronic device is configured to perform different actions (e.g. playing media content) for an alarm in response to a received broadcast signal. The broadcast data received by the device is used to determine what action to perform when the alarm is triggered. The action to be performed may change based on the received broadcast data. For example, different media content may be selected in response to the received broadcast data. The action may also relate to modifying the playback of the media content in response to the broadcast data. The device may also be configured to quantize values into ranges for selection of the appropriate media as well as modify playback of the media in response to the broadcast data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Kagle, Holly H. Kemp
  • Publication number: 20080066113
    Abstract: A video signal is provided to a set top box. An instruction to record a specified portion of the video signal, thereby creating a video sample, is provided to the set top box. The video sample is received from the set top box. Reference video corresponding to the video sample is obtained. A comparison of the video sample and the reference video is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Skelly
  • Patent number: 7342966
    Abstract: A MPEG table data structure includes a data portion and a header. The header includes an action identifier field, and the action identifier field relates to data that identifies an action to be carried by a receiver/decoder receiving the MPEG table data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Lepine, Philippe Chouteau, Antoine Burckard
  • Patent number: 7342612
    Abstract: A communication and control system includes a command device for generating a command signal and an input device for generating a data signal. A first device of the system receives the command and data signals to generate a transmission signal. A second device of the system receives the transmission signal and extracts the command signal and the data signal from the transmission signal. The system also includes a target device, which is controlled as a function of the command signal, and an output device, which receives the data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jay H. Connelly, Herman D'Hooge
  • Patent number: 7343024
    Abstract: The present invention relates to embedding data in material. Material means one or more of video material, audio material and data material. Video material in this context may be still images or moving images. There is provided an apparatus comprising a transformer for transforming transform domain data into spatial domain data and a combiner for receiving material and combining said spatial domain data with said material to form data embedded material. Hence, the material is not subject any transformation at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Sony United Kingdom Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Tapson
  • Patent number: 7324159
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, a controlling device (110), a controllable device (130) and an arrangement (100) for communicating a command from the controlling device (110) to the controllable device (130). A watermark is generated comprising the command, and embedded in a signal (120) representing an audio or video fragment. The controllable device (130) receives the signal (120) comprising the command, and decodes and executes the command therefrom. Also disclosed is a method of presenting an advertisement which involves sending a command related to presenting the advertisement using the above-mentioned method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jan Eveleens, Gerardus Cornelis Petrus Lokhoff, Arnoldus Johannes Lucas Maria Maandonks
  • Publication number: 20080007652
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a projection screen. The screen includes a soft thin elastic transmission sheet having an elongation rate of 50% or more and high transmissivity, the elastic transmission sheet constituting a front surface of the screen, and a thin image sheet for focusing an image projected from a projector, the image sheet constituting a rear surface of the screen. The image sheet may serve as a transmission sheet or a reflection sheet. The image sheet may be directly formed at the screen, or the image sheet may be a hard film attached to the rear of the elastic transmission sheet. A vibration plate is disposed at the outside of the image sheet. Consequently, incident image is transmitted or reflected without any interference with external light, and therefore, it is possible to increase the brightness of the screen by two to five times as compared to a conventional screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 7283180
    Abstract: A computer comprises: a central processing unit (CPU) driving an operating system (OS); a television (TV) receiver part for receiving external television signals; a storage unit for storing the television signals therein; a reserve-recording set-up part for setting up reserve-recording conditions for the television signals; a record-controlling part for storing the television signals in the storage unit according to the set-up reserve-recording conditions; and a power control part for controlling power supply to allow switching between a normal mode and a power saving mode, and for switching from the power saving mode to the normal mode according to the set-up reserve-recording conditions when a time set-up for reserve-recording approaches, wherein the computer system supplies power to the central processing unit in the normal mode, whereas it does not supply power to the central processing unit in the power saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Beom Choi