Simultaneously And On Same Screen (e.g., Multiscreen) Patents (Class 348/564)
  • Patent number: 10349833
    Abstract: A medical image managed by a medical information management system is displayed in a layout region that is displayed on a display of an information terminal, and thumbnail images of similar cases received from a case retrieval system are displayed in a case display region. In the layout region, a display box displaying a thumbnail image of a diagnosis object case and display boxes displaying thumbnail images selected from the thumbnail images displayed in the case display region are displayed adjacent to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji Kondo, Kazutoyo Takata, Kazuki Kozuka, Hirohiko Kimura, Toyohiko Sakai
  • Patent number: 10338412
    Abstract: A method including receiving information indicative of a first light preference profile, receiving information indicative of a second light preference profile, determining that the first light preference profile differs from the second light preference profile, determining a first light control setting based on the first light preference profile, determining a second light control setting based on the second light preference profile, determining a periodic light source actuation directive, causing sending of the periodic light source actuation directive to the light source, determining a first shutter control directive for the first near eye apparatus, causing sending of the first shutter control directive to the first near eye apparatus, determining a second shutter control directive for the second near eye apparatus, and causing sending of the second shutter control directive to the second near eye apparatus is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Kimmo Roimela, Antti Eronen, Arto Lehtiniemi, Jussi Leppanen
  • Patent number: 10306136
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an emission unit for emitting a projection image onto a subject, which is to be photographed, so as to allow the subject to perform a predetermined operation, a recognizing unit for recognizing operation performed by the subject, and an execution unit for executing a predetermined processing according to the operation of the subject that is recognized by the recognizing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Shunichi Kasahara, Ryo Takaoka, Atsushi Matsutani, Kanako Yana
  • Patent number: 10299008
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a computer-implemented method for generating closed captions via optimal positioning and character specific output styles. The method includes receiving a video input. The method generates closed caption data from the video input based at least in part on extracting text data from an audio portion of the video input. For each given frame of the video input that has closed caption data associated with the given frame, one or more characters who are speaking in the given frame are identified via facial recognition and audio tone matching. A respective text style for each given character that uniquely identifies the given character from the one or more identified characters is obtained. Captioning in the respective text style of each of the one or more identified characters is generated. The generated captioning is then inserted into the given frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Pasquale A. Catalano, Andrew G. Crimmins, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, John S. Werner
  • Patent number: 10296941
    Abstract: A system for distributing content includes a content distribution platform (CDP) analysis module configured to determine an optimal combination of one or more CDP components for distributing a specified content item based on at least one content item profile. A method of distributing content includes determining an optimal combination of one or more content distribution platform (CDP) components for distributing a specified content item based on at least one content profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Pujet, Chris McReynolds
  • Patent number: 10289733
    Abstract: Systems and methods for maintaining a model representing similarity between media assets. Control circuitry receives a first vector of values for a first media asset and a second vector of values for a second media asset. The control circuitry determines whether a user has viewed both the first and second media assets. In response to determining that the user has viewed both assets, the control circuitry determines a modeled similarity value representing modeled similarity between the first and second media assets. The control circuitry retrieves an observed similarity value representing observed similarity between the first and second media assets based on metadata and usage data for the assets. The control circuitry determines a modeling error value based on the modeled similarity value and the observed similarity value. The control circuitry updates the first vector of values and the second vector of values based on the modeling error value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Carmichael, Sashikumar Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 10250945
    Abstract: A replaying system includes a playing device and a processor. The playing device is configured to play multimedia data. The processor is coupled to the playing device. The processor is configured to control the playing device to replay data from a second time stamp to a first time stamp of the multimedia data according to a first instruction corresponding to the first time stamp. The processor is further configured to release the data from being replayed according to a second instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Yuan Liu, An-Chi Cheng, Huan-Chung Hsu
  • Patent number: 10244219
    Abstract: A sound and video processing system includes: a display, having a rectangular display region, that displays a video image in a circular video-image display region smaller than the rectangular display region; and a sound collector that collects sound. A processor generates emphasized audio data, in which sound is emphasized in at least one direction from a position of the sound collector toward at least one position corresponding to at least one designated location in the video image. In response to receiving designation outside the video-image display region, the processor displays a state display area or an adjustment operation area for the sound to be output from the speaker in a rectangular region which has a diagonal line extending from one of four corners of the rectangular display region to a center of the video-image display region and intersecting with a boundary line of the video-image display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sawa, Shinichi Shigenaga, Shuichi Watanabe, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Akitoshi Izumi
  • Patent number: 10244216
    Abstract: When projecting a video in conformity to the shape of a three-dimensional object using a projector, a pattern such as a grid is projected and the projected pattern is photographed, and then the position or shape of a projection object is calculated, whereby making it possible to apply appropriate geometric transformation to a projected video. However, when a grid is projected in superposition while video content is being displayed, the grid is visible to a viewer, and that the position or shape of a projection video cannot be calculated while a video content is being displayed. The present invention uses the freedom of color representation and the color redundancy of a color wheel, buries an invisible pattern not visible to human eyes in a video, and photographs the video in synchronism with the rotation of the color wheel, thereby making it possible to discriminate the buried invisible pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Tanaka, Mitsuo Nakajima, Haruhiko Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10194205
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, accessing, by a system comprising a processor, a content display configuration corresponding to a plurality of feed selections from a plurality of media content feeds, a plurality of display selections from a plurality of available displays, and a plurality of pairing selections assigning each feed selection of the plurality of feed selections to at least one display selection of the plurality of display selections, and transmitting a plurality of displayable content streams according to the content display configuration. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, Zachary Meredith
  • Patent number: 10171864
    Abstract: An interactive user interface (AW) of an interactive application is provided simultaneously with a programme display (P) within a display area of a television receiver, wherein a proportion of the display area occupied by the interactive user interface (AW) increases in response to user interaction with the interactive user interface (AW).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sky CP Limited
    Inventors: Davide Turi, Jeremy Worthington, Samuel Billaud, Anthony Davies
  • Patent number: 10127439
    Abstract: An object recognition apparatus and an object recognition method are provided. The object recognition method includes generating an input image based on an event flow of an object, generating a composite feature based on features extracted by a plurality of recognizers, and recognizing the object based on the composite feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Xiaotao Wang, Qiang Wang, Ping Guo, Shandong Wang, Wentao Mao, Guangqi Shao, Eric Hyunsurk Ryu, Kyoobin Lee, Keun Joo Park
  • Patent number: 10123087
    Abstract: A channel block switching system enables a viewer to browse linear channels by switching through blocks of channels as a group instead of switching one channel at a time. Each channel block is displayed as an arrangement of channel windows. Each channel window displays the linear video content of one of the channels in the channel block allowing the viewer to select a channel to watch based on the linear visual content rather than from a static image or a description of the content. The channel block switching system enables display of the channel block using the lowest available resolution. The channel block switching system allows the viewer to listen to the audio content of any channel in the channel block being displayed with the audio for the remaining channels being muted and, optionally, displaying closed captioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Ray Killick
  • Patent number: 10116050
    Abstract: One or more input signals are used to generate a Pseudo noise generator and re-inject the signal to obtain a more efficient method of control of a receiver using adaptive antenna array technology. The antenna array automatically adjusts its direction to the optimum using information obtained from the input signal by the receiving antenna elements. The input signals may be stored in memory for retrieval, comparison and then used to optimize reception. The difference between the outputs of the memorized signals and the reference signal is used as an error signal. One or multiple Modal antennas, where the Modal antenna is capable of generating several unique radiation patterns, can implement this optimization technique in a MIMO configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ethertronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Desclos, Sebastian Rowson, Jeffrey Shamblin
  • Patent number: 10080065
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for continuously providing preexisting default advertisement data to an end user device from a non-transitory computer readable memory in an end user network interface device, prior to the end user device connecting to an online destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William R Hurst
  • Patent number: 10070187
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for receiving, decoding, and simultaneously outputting multiple television programs and channels via television receivers. In various embodiments, one or more multi-video display modes may be provided by television receivers, including, for example, multi-video channel scanning display mode, a multi-video favorite channel scanning display mode, a multi-video swap command, a multi-video electronic programming guide (EPG), a multi-video digital video recorder (DVR) interface display mode, and a multi-video program/channel search display mode. Different multi-video display modes may be associated with different television data sources, and each display mode may have a corresponding layout that determines the number of different television selections (e.g., television channels and/or programs) to be displayed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 10070197
    Abstract: A method for improving quality of experience in a communication between a first plurality of video sources (Cam1, cam2, cam3) to a second plurality of video clients (C1, C2) via a video composing module (VSE) in between said first plurality of video sources and said second plurality of clients, and triggered by a dispatching unit (D) controlling which clients and video sources are participating in said communication, and which respective composed videos (VcompC1, VcompC2) are to be provided from said video composing module (VSE) to respective clients (C1, C2) of said second plurality, comprises the steps of :—receiving from said dispatching unit (D) client related parameters (CP1, CP2) indicating display and layout configuration of said respective composed video (VcompC1, VcompC2) to be provided to said respective client (C1, C2),—identifying a subset of video sources from said first plurality for being coupled to an intermediate video composing module (VSRR)—determining an optimized video feed configuration
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Gianluca Follesa, Steven Van Den Berghe, Hemi Trickey, Annelies Van Moffaert, David Diner
  • Patent number: 10063909
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide is provided in which advertisements may be displayed on program guide screens. Banner advertisements may be displayed above and below program listings. Panel advertisements may be provided adjacent to program listings. The advertisements may contain video. The advertisements may be used to promote television programs and conventional goods and services. When a user selects an advertisement, the program guide provides the user with an opportunity to order products or services, request information, set reminders for upcoming programs, view program descriptions, record programs, or take other such actions. Embedded advertisements may be provided within the program listings region and may be automatically displayed immediately adjacent to related program listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, Joel G. Hassell, Connie T. Marshall, Thomas R. Lemmons, Steven J. Reynolds, Robert A. Knee, Kenneth F. Carpenter, Jr., William L. Thomas, W. Benjamin Herrington, Steven C. Williamson, Michael D. Ellis, Donald W. Allison
  • Patent number: 10055866
    Abstract: Systems and methods for overlaying a second image/video data onto a first image/video data are described herein. The first image/video data may be intended to be rendered on a display with certain characteristics—e.g., HDR, EDR, VDR or UHD capabilities. The second image/video data may comprise graphics, closed captioning, text, advertisement—or any data that may be desired to be overlaid and/or composited onto the first image/video data. The second image/video data may be appearance mapped according to the image statistics and/or characteristics of the first image/video data. In addition, such appearance mapping may be made according to the characteristics of the display that the composite data is to be rendered. Such appearance mapping is desired to render a composite data that is visually pleasing to a viewer, rendered upon a desired display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Timo Kunkel, Ning Xu, Tao Chen, Bongsun Lee, Samir N. Hulyalkar
  • Patent number: 10051313
    Abstract: A content receiving device includes: a content receiver that acquires a content item; a request receiver that receives an acquisition request for a thumbnail; a generator; and a transmitter. The generator generates a thumbnail of the content item, which is acquired by the content receiver, in response to the acquisition request for the thumbnail being received by the request receiver. The transmitter transmits the thumbnail generated by the generator, to a transmission source of the acquisition request for the thumbnail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Gobara
  • Patent number: 10028006
    Abstract: A set top box includes a first tuner configured to receive a first signal representing media content transmitted at a first resolution and a second tuner configured to receive a second signal representing the media content transmitted at a second resolution. A processing device is configured to monitor the second tuner to determine if the second tuner is receiving the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Bazata
  • Patent number: 10021464
    Abstract: A video content type seamless switching system and method for synchronizing and displaying multiple types of video content in a single platform, such as a single video player, application, or other content player. Illustrative video content type switching may be between 2D and 360 degree formats coordinated by a switching controller. The switching controller may be configured to operate with television displays and associated control components, such as cable boxes, through implementation of the video content switching methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Aether, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikola Todorovic, Tye Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9998799
    Abstract: To improve cognitive comprehension of plots in videos and thus assist not only people with cognitive issues but also inattentive people that have trouble following along with the plot, information is sent about each scene in a video. By selecting “info” in a predetermined way, screen text is presented not about the entire show about rather about the current scene, such as a brief synopsis of what characters in the scene have done up to that point in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 9990124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal for efficiently sharing many images and a method of controlling therefor. In particular, the present invention relates to a mobile terminal including a touch screen, a memory configured to store a plurality of images, a wireless communication unit configured to transceive data with a counterpart terminal and a controller configured to control the touch screen to output a chat window including a history of messages transceived with the counterpart terminal, the controller, if a part of a plurality of the stored images is selected via the chat window, configured to control the wireless communication unit to transmit thumbnail images for the selected part of a plurality of the stored images to the counterpart terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Insub Shin, Wooseok Han, Sungho Kim
  • Patent number: 9971485
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method displaying, within a user interface, a view pane having a vertical direction and a horizontal direction, displaying, within the view pane, a first frame represented by a bounded region, wherein the first frame represents a container that comprises one or more objects, upon detecting a positioning of a cursor at a position in the poster frame, displaying an object of the one or more objects in the frame, the displayed object varying based on the position of the cursor, upon detecting a selection of the first frame, displaying a second frame, represented by a second bounded region, adjacent to the second frame, and displaying the displayed object in the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Fagans
  • Patent number: 9965559
    Abstract: Implementations provide an interface for initiating actions related to content the user is viewing on a mobile device. A method includes performing recognition on content captured from a display of a mobile device and identifying a plurality of entities in the content. The method may include issuing a query for each of the plurality of entities, ranking the plurality of entities based on the search results, generating an action card for at least some of the highest ranked entities, and providing the action cards for display on the mobile device. Alternatively or additionally, the method may include determining at least one contact in a contacts data store that corresponds to an entity and generating an action card for the entity, the action card having a first action that uses first information from the contacts data store and a second action that uses second information from the contacts data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: David Marcin, Rajan Patel
  • Patent number: 9961394
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive an image, a display configured to display the image, a communicator configured to perform communication with an external server and receive On-Screen Display (OSD) configuration information, and a controller configured to, when an OSD event occurs, extract an OSD configuration element from the displayed image, determines whether the extracted OSD configuration element matches the received OSD configuration information, and in response to determining that the extracted OSD configuration element matches the received OSD configuration information, obtain information regarding the displayed image from the extracted OSD configuration element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Sang-wook Lee, Chang-won Kim, Young-chun Ahn
  • Patent number: 9948973
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a broadcast stream is provided. The apparatus is configured to receive key information and additional information through the broadcast stream, select one of a plurality of predetermined functions based on the additional information, and perform the selected function in response to a control signal identified by the key information. The additional information may include link information such as a URL or telephone number, and the function may be selected based on a type of the link information. In some embodiments, the link information may be extracted from audio-visual data of a selected programme, using optical character recognition. The apparatus may connect to a secondary device to transmit information to the secondary device, and may receive information relating to the selected programme from the secondary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: John Adam, Arthur Simon Waller, Richard Wells
  • Patent number: 9930389
    Abstract: A system for customizing display of a plurality of advertisements on a display terminal through a television distribution network comprises a scheduling module, a media grid in communication with the scheduling module, a head-end in communication with the media grid, and a set-top box in communication with the head-end. The scheduling module schedules a plurality of time slots for airing the advertisements on a default power-up channel. The media grid stores scheduling information of the advertisements which are to be aired at the respective time slots allocated by the scheduling module. The head-end broadcasts the advertisements scheduled for a particular time slot onto a default power-up channel. The set-top box displays the default channel on the display device during a power-up of the set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Rajendra Kumar Khare
  • Patent number: 9894404
    Abstract: A multi-window user interface (UI) is presented in various configurations and operational uses to leverage the relatively large display canvas afforded by large screen display devices such as 4K or 8K displays. Along with the various “Multiview” aspects, content delivery techniques, content selection techniques, and level of service techniques also are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Martin Richman, Jason Clement
  • Patent number: 9894403
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) system including a head mounted display (HMD), a sensor or an input device, a selection module, a scoreguide module and a display module. The HMD displays a VR environment including sports content of a live game, a prerecorded game, or a sports channel. The sensor or input device is connected to the HMD and generates signals based on detection of at least one of movement of the HMD, movement of an eyeball of a user, voice communication of the user, or user contact with the input device. The selection module selects the sports content based on the signals and generates a selection signal indicating the sports content. The scoreguide module generates a scoreguide based on the signals. The display module displays the sports content in the VR environment based on the selection signal and displays the scoreguide in the VR environment based on the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Depies, Vikash Sharma, Aaron L. Goldstein, Charles W. Beeson
  • Patent number: 9875418
    Abstract: A method of detecting a biometric region, the method including receiving an input image; setting a plurality of regions of interest (ROI) corresponding to a plurality classifiers, respectively, the plurality of classifiers corresponding to a plurality of multi-stages, respectively, the plurality of ROIs having different sizes with respect to each other, each ROI of the plurality of ROIs including a biometric region of the input image; calculating a plurality of similarity values for the plurality of classifiers, respectively, based on the ROIs corresponding to the plurality of classifiers from among the plurality of ROIs; and detecting a first biometric region for a user authentication based on at least one of the plurality of similarity values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Wonjun Hwang, Changkyo Lee, Jaejoon Han
  • Patent number: 9858895
    Abstract: A method for adjusting screen brightness and system thereof are described. The method comprises: acquiring an attribute parameter of a screen image and a current screen brightness in a smartphone; comparing the attribute parameter of the screen image of the smartphone to the current screen brightness; and decreasing a screen display brightness when the attribute parameter is greater than the screen brightness; and increasing the screen display brightness when the attribute parameter is less than the screen brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HuiZhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cansong Li, Jinyi Zhao
  • Patent number: 9854312
    Abstract: Techniques are described that allow DVR users to create program shortcuts to different types of media content from content providers. A program shortcut comprises a reference to another media content. A user may generate a shortcut so that the user may easily find and return to media content without performing a new search. In addition, techniques may be used to automatically generate program shortcuts for a user based at least in part to user-indicated preferences or actions. Shortcuts may be generated to media content that is related to a preferred genre or media type specified by a user. Shortcuts may also be generated to content that is determined to be similar to content that is often viewed or recorded by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Margret Schmidt, Alex Liston, Shelly Glennon
  • Patent number: 9843762
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image display system, including a television having a screen, a sound projector, a control unit in signal communication with said screen and said sound projector, said control unit being configured for said sound projector to project one or more audible beams in a room towards one or more target paths. The system includes an optical instrument having a frame and a pair of lenses, detection means and transmission means, said detection means being designed to receive at their input an audio signal having a frequency falling in a 20-20 kHz frequency band and to output a processed signal, said transmission means being designed to receive at their input said processed signal, and to output a calibration signal. The control unit calibrates said sound projector according to said calibration signal generated by said optical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Alessandro Morcelli, Andrea Mario Onetti, Marco Angelici
  • Patent number: 9820012
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to seamlessly insert advertisements into media programs without a significant change in required bandwidth. A client device (e.g., a smartphone, a set-top box, etc.) may begin downloading and presenting a program to a user in real-time. Before a scheduled advertisement period, the client device may stop downloading the program and begin downloading the advertisement, while continuing to present the program from a buffer. As such, the client device may seamlessly transition from the program to the advertisement in accordance with the advertisement period. The advertisement may be downloaded at an enhanced rate so that the advertisement is completely downloaded prior to the termination of the advertisement period. As such, the client device may resume downloading the program before the advertisement is over, such that the client device may seamless transition back to the program once the advertisement is over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Punitma Malhotra, Johannes P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9788047
    Abstract: Exemplary systems and methods provide a media guide graphical user interface having distinct views dedicated to presenting different sets of information about media content distributed by way of a media service, such as a first view dedicated to presenting information about media programs scheduled for distribution by way of a media service during one or more time slots that overlap a current time and a second view dedicated to presenting information about media programs scheduled for distribution by way of the media service during one or more time slots that are temporally subsequent to the one or more time slots that overlap the current time. In certain examples, a requested view of the media guide graphical user interface is dynamically populated with a select set of categories and category-specific media programs based on one or more predefined selection factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, George M. Higa, Anthony Lemus
  • Patent number: 9773258
    Abstract: A method of upselling ordering items includes: in response to detection of a patron at or approaching an ordering terminal, capturing N sets of identification data for the patron using N passive patron identification systems, respectively, wherein N is an integer greater than one; calculating an overall confidence value indicating a level of confidence that the patron is associated with a unique patron identifier based on N comparisons of the N sets of identification data with N sets of stored identification data, respectively, associated with the unique patron identifier; based on the unique patron identifier, retrieving stored data indicative of an ordering item that is to be subliminally suggested to the patron during ordering; using the ordering terminal, displaying an ordering menu; and, when the overall confidence value is greater than a predetermined value, subliminally suggesting the ordering item to the patron while the patron places an order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Nextep Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Woycik, Marshall Bruce Cummings
  • Patent number: 9773349
    Abstract: Techniques of active parallax correction are disclosed. In some embodiments, a first gaze direction of at least one eye of a user is determined. A determination about virtual content can then be made based on the first gaze direction, and the virtual content can be caused to be presented to the user based on the determination. In some embodiments, making the determination comprises determining a first location on a display surface at which to display the virtual content. In some embodiments, the virtual content can be caused to be displayed on the display surface at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 9762948
    Abstract: A home screen display unit displays a global navigation screen 12 that is located on an upper layer with respect to a screen transition and that is used for selecting a category of content to be processed. The home screen display unit displays a content zone screen 18 that is located on a lower layer with respect to a screen transition and that is used for selecting a piece of content to be processed from among a plurality of pieces of content corresponding to the category selected in the global navigation screen 12. If a specific piece of content is selected in the content zone screen 18, a game screen display unit displays a screen of the selected content. The home screen display unit displays, in the global navigation screen 12, an image of at least a portion of the content zone screen 18 with image quality lower than that in the case where the image is displayed in the content zone screen 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: George Arriola, Anahi Bagu Casas, Shinji Kimura, Shigeru Enomoto, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Motoki Kobayashi, Shuji Hiramatsu, Yumiko Tanaka, Taku Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9756384
    Abstract: An electronic device can connect to and communicate with multiple independent load medias. The electronic device comprises a processor and a first switch module. The processor is capable of switching between a first working mode and a second working mode. Under the second working mode, the processor can generate a second control signal whereby independent connections are established between at least two load medias and the first switch module. The processor processes the signals from the selected load medias simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Ching-Chung Lin
  • Patent number: 9690782
    Abstract: The technology described herein employs techniques for overlaying (superimposing) translated text on top of (over) scanned text in realtime. The technology recognizes text in an image and identifies a first language in which the text is written. The technology translates the text into a second language and generates an overlay in the second language. The overlay is then inserted into the display over the text in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Magdalena Vukosavljevic, Ruchita Bhargava, Matthew S. Ashman, Ivan Stojiljkovic, Pavle Josipović, Djordje Nijemcevic, Milan Vugdelija
  • Patent number: 9674477
    Abstract: Provided is a broadcasting receiving apparatus and a control method thereof capable of receiving recommendation information, the control method of a broadcasting receiving apparatus receiving recommendation information about a broadcasting program; comparing a time of confirming the recommendation information and a broadcasting time of a recommended program included in the recommendation information; and supplying a function of the broadcasting receiving apparatus for using the recommendation information to correspond to a comparison result. Accordingly, a broadcasting receiving apparatus and a control method thereof capable of supplying a broadcasting service having an improved user convenience is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Jin-ho Yim, Seung-chul Shin, Hee-jeong Bae, Kyoung-nyo Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 9672370
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for sharing digital media with a space. One of the methods includes receiving a request from a first user to provide digital media for presentation in a first physical space, the request identifying the digital media and a group of authorized users allowed to view the digital media. Sensors in the first space identify the authorized users located in the first physical space. That only authorized users can view the digital media is determined from the sensors. The digital media is provided for presentation in the first physical space while determining that only authorized users can view the digital media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thor Lewis, Barbara Petit
  • Patent number: 9648358
    Abstract: Methods and systems that provide enhanced personal video recorder (“PVR”) and interactive television program guide (“IPG”) functionality are provided. An interactive television application may be used to display a list of PVR recordings, schedule recordings to a PVR, configure recordings, view a list of scheduled recordings, configure recording settings, or select delete priority settings for recordings. The application may integrate pay-per-view and PVR functionality. The application may send user notifications for changes that are to be made to the recording content of a PVR. Live programming may be buffered by the application using straight buffers that are created for each new program. Parallel buffers for concurrent programs may be implemented using multiple tuners. Straight buffers may be used in managing or controlling the flow of programming. Television content may be automatically paused when a user is engaged in using the application. Multiple IPGs for different users of a PVR may be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Danny R. Gaydou, M. Scott Reichardt, Joseph P. Baumgartner, William L. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9621936
    Abstract: Log information includes items of information that identify one or more of program titles and performers that are selected by a user as being preferred. Identifiers are displayed, where each of the identifiers identifies an item of information included in the log information. An input to select one of the identifiers is received, and broadcast information for the program title or performer corresponding to the selected identifier is acquired. The broadcast information includes one or more broadcast times of contents that have the program title or that include the performer. The broadcast information is displayed to include the one or more broadcast times and an input is received to select a broadcast time of a content. Detailed information for the content and the broadcast time are displayed when the input to select the broadcast time of the content is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Junya Ohde, Kazuhito Sumiyoshi, Hideki Asazu, Tomoyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9596366
    Abstract: Providing video mail to and from residents of controlled-environment facilities may include presenting a resident or non-resident a user interface and receiving a selection to send video mail. Whereupon, the user may be offered a selection to either upload a video or image or to capture a video or image. A selection by the user is accepted and in response to a selection to upload a video or image file, the user may be presented a file selection interface to enter a video or image filename and/or browse for a video or image file. In response to a selection to capture a video or image, the user may be presented a video or image capture interface for capturing the video or image, such as by using a camera of the host device. The selected or recorded video or image may then be uploaded and presented to the recipient for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Smith, Russell Wayne Roberts, Ligit Koodarathil Mathew
  • Patent number: 9571881
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a video electronic programming guide (“video EPG”) may include outputting a primary program for display on a display screen, receiving a command to activate the video EPG, and in response to receiving the command, outputting a plurality of widgets for display on a display screen. Each of the plurality of widgets may represent a category of broadcast programs. Systems and methods may include receiving a widget selection for one of the plurality of widgets and outputting a video menu corresponding to the selected widget for display on the display screen. The video menu includes a plurality of video scenes, whereby each of the plurality of video scenes represents a broadcast program categorized in the selected widget. Systems and methods may include receiving a program selection for one of the plurality of video scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA PVT LTD.
    Inventors: Mohammed Rasool, Yatish Raikar
  • Patent number: 9560406
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, identifying a stereoscopic preference from a user profile associated with a user of a viewing apparatus, receiving a stereoscopic media program, generating an adapted media program by adapting one or more presentation aspects of the stereoscopic media program according to the stereoscopic preference, and presenting at a presentation device the adapted media program according to a time-division multiplexing or space-division multiplexing scheme for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, William A. Brown, Nadia Morris, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: RE47327
    Abstract: An image display device and a method for operating the same is disclosed. The method of controlling the display device may include displaying a video on the display received through a channel of a broadcast signal tuned by a tuner or over a network. The first and second multifunctional menu screens may be configured to include at least one of a first card object configured to display a scaled image of the video, a second card object that includes at least one link to tune to one or more channels of the broadcast signal or the network, or a third card object that includes at least one link for connecting to a content provider or to a storage device, wherein the first multifunctional menu screen is configured to be different than the second multifunctional menu screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Sangseok Lee