Switching Patents (Class 348/705)
  • Patent number: 10341722
    Abstract: A distributed indoor antenna system for over-the-air television reception includes technological improvements that increase signal quality on a display device. The system includes a plurality of active distributed antenna nodes and a reception gateway. The distributed antenna nodes are placed and oriented at various spaced-apart locations around a user's residence or other location of interest. Each of the plurality of active distributed antenna nodes includes an antenna, a demodulator, and a Wi-Fi converter. The plurality of active distributed antenna nodes receives the broadcast signals, decodes the broadcast signals, and transcodes the decoded broadcast signals into a Wi-Fi signal format. The reception gateway receives the transcoded broadcast signals and determines which signal or which signal combination to retransmit to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Edmund F. Petruzzelli
  • Patent number: 10334182
    Abstract: A multi-switch module expander includes a chassis that includes signal input ports and signal output ports configured to couple with signal input ports provided on a first multi-switch module and couple with signal input ports provided on a second multi-switch module. A splitting circuit is housed in the chassis and coupled to the signal input ports and the signal output ports. The splitting circuit is configured to provide signals received at each signal input port of the multi-switch module expander to respective signal input ports of the first multi-switch module and the second multi-switch module that are coupled with the signal output ports of the multi-switch module expander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Richard Tatem
  • Patent number: 10298643
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method may receive a seekable range position for the live edge of a live media program and a current playback time. A distance between the position and the current playback time is calculated and compared to three or more feature ranges. A first range is where the user is considered watching live, a second range is where the user is considered not watching live, and a third range is where the user state is not changed. The method enables a first feature that displays a first control indicating that the media program is in a live state for a first range. The method enables a second feature that displays a second control to allow seeking to the live edge for a third range. The method does not change whichever of the first feature or the second feature this is currently enabled for a second range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Toal, Esther Lee, Chuang Xie
  • Patent number: 10140828
    Abstract: A wireless camera system. One or more wireless bridges include a computing device, an internet-facing radio, and a second radio, a first radio within communication range of the second radio of the wireless bridge, and a third internet-facing radio responsible for transmitting video. One or more cameras are provided. A motion detection device coupled to the one or more cameras. In a first step the motion detection device detects motion of an individual approaching a dwelling, and in a second step if the motion detector detects the approach then the camera is turned on in sufficient time to take a face or body picture of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: August Home, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Johnson, Peter Fornell
  • Patent number: 10136127
    Abstract: In prior art documents, no consideration is given as to how to more faithfully preserve image (here and subsequently also termed “video”) data of larger size during transmission. Provided is an image transmission device for transmission of image data, characterized by having a compression processor for compressing image data, and an output section for outputting compressed data having been compressed by the compression processor, the output section outputting the compressed data separately during a first interval and a second interval different from the first interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAXELL LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Inata, Nobuaki Kabuto, Hironori Komi
  • Patent number: 10110949
    Abstract: A process that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying a location of a video cue frame within multimedia data based on metadata, an audio track or a combination thereof. The multimedia data is forwarded to a multimedia presentation device and the video cue frame is detected within the multimedia data based on its location. The video cue frame has an image portion including alternative multimedia content and an encoded message, wherein the alternative multimedia content is imperceptible during a normal display rate presentation at the multimedia presentation device. The alternative multimedia content is obtained by way of the video cue frame responsive to receiving a first selection of a first alternative display rate that differs from the normal display rate. The alternative multimedia content is forwarded to the multimedia presentation device based on the encoded message. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: David Nagorniak, Adam Gasper
  • Patent number: 9979781
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a receiving device, a receiving method, a transmission device, a transmission method, and a program, which allow an application program to be created in an optimum production environment. An AIT acquisition and analysis unit acquires mapping information in which a first directory structure, to be used in the case of transmitting a resource constituting an application program by a first transmission system, and a second directory structure, to be used in the case of transmitting a resource constituting the application program by a second transmission system, are associated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9967518
    Abstract: In a video conference system in which at least a pair of terminal devices transmits and receives an image through a network, each of the terminal devices includes a face detection unit that detects a face from a first image which is a image captured by a camera, and a generation unit that generates a image in which a image of the face detected by the face detection unit is arranged around a image region of a second image, which is a image of a material used for a conference, in accordance with a relative position of the face in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Mukai, Yasutaka Wakabayashi, Seiichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9912844
    Abstract: A video signal output system includes a first video chip and a second video chip. The first video chip includes a first video signal output circuit and a simulation signal generating circuit. The simulation signal generating circuit outputs a first simulation signal and a second simulation signal. The second video chip includes a second video signal output circuit. The first video signal output circuit generates a first horizontal synchronization signal according to the first simulation signal, and generates a first vertical synchronization signal according to the second simulation signal. The second video signal output circuit generates a second horizontal synchronization signal according to the first simulation signal, and generates a second vertical synchronization signal according to the second simulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9906656
    Abstract: An image data transmission apparatus for transmitting image data of a plurality of planes, the image data transmission apparatus includes circuitry. The circuitry is configured to: deliver the image data to a common transmission line used for transmitting the image data of the planes; generate first timing signals indicating transmission timings of the image data of the planes for the respective planes, and generate a second timing signal indicating a transmission timing of the image data in the common transmission line based on the first timing signals for the respective planes transmitted through the common transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Arita, Shinya Nohdomi, Hidetoshi Suzuki, Katsunao Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9886235
    Abstract: An audio playback method used in an audio playback device is provided. The audio playback method includes steps outlined below. An audio playback command is received by a processing unit through a network communication unit. A total sound channel number of the audio playback device is determined by the processing unit. A piece of audio data having a specific sound channel number is retrieved by the processing unit through the network communication unit from internet, wherein the specific sound channel number is equal to or larger than the total sound channel number. Audio playback modules are controlled to play an audio by the processing unit according to the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: AmTRAN Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 9807422
    Abstract: A video encoding device includes a re-encoding picture type judgment unit which judges whether a picture is to be taken as a reference picture or not in a subsequent re-encoding process, and a refresh unit sets no refreshed unit area in the picture when the picture is judged by the re-encoding picture type judgment unit to be taken as a non-reference picture in the subsequent re-encoding process, but sets, when the picture is judged to be taken as a reference picture, a refreshed unit area in the picture to be taken as a reference picture so as to include an area corresponding to a refreshed unit area which should have been set in a picture to be taken as a non-reference picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Aoki, Yuzo Senda
  • Patent number: 9762955
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving multimedia data comprising program content and promotional content and forwarding the multimedia data is to a multimedia presentation device. A video cue is detected within the multimedia data, wherein the video cue is imperceptible during a normal display rate of the multimedia data. A selection for alternative display rate is received. Alternative content is forwarded to the display device responsive to the video cue and the selection for alternative display rate being different from normal display rate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, L.P.
    Inventors: David Nagorniak, Adam Gasper
  • Patent number: 9736566
    Abstract: An earphone line control device includes a power supply management unit, a filter unit, a switching circuit and a control unit. The switching circuit includes a switch in series with a resistance, a first end of the power supply management unit and an end of the filter unit are both connected to a power supply, a second end of the power supply management unit is connected to a first end of the control unit, the other end of the filter unit is connected to a second end of the control unit, a third end of the power supply management unit is connected to ground, a third end of the control unit is connected to ground, an end of the resistance is connected to the power supply, the other end of the resistance is in series with an end of the switch and connected to a fifth end of the control unit, and the other end of the switch is connected to a forth end of the control unit. When the switch is turned off, the control unit outputs a preset coded pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: 1More, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuanhong Hsieh, Boqing Lin, Xiaohong Sun
  • Patent number: 9736508
    Abstract: A digital television (DTV) receiving system includes an information detector, a resampler, a timing recovery unit, and a carrier recovery unit. The information detector detects a known data sequence which is periodically inserted in a digital television (DTV) signal received from a DTV transmitting system. The resampler resamples the DTV signal at a predetermined resampling rate. The timing recovery unit performs timing recovery on the DTV signal by detecting a timing error from the resampled DTV signal using the detected known data sequence. The carrier recovery unit performs carrier recovery on the resampled DTV signal by estimating a frequency offset value of the resampled DTV signal using the detected known data sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong Moon Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Byoung Gill Kim, Won Gyu Song, Jin Woo Kim, Hyoung Gon Lee
  • Patent number: 9723255
    Abstract: A signal switching system includes a first connector, a second connector, a switch unit, a first comparator, and a second comparator. The first connector is electronically coupled to a television. The second connector is electronically coupled to a video playback device. The first comparator is electronically coupled between the first connector and the switch; and the second comparator is electronically coupled between the second connector and the switch. The first comparator outputs a control command to the switch unit according to the voltage of the first connector, and the second comparator outputs a control command to the switch unit according to the voltage of the second connector. The switch unit selectively outputs a first signal or a second signal to the first connector or the second connector according to the control commands output from the first comparator and the second comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Chen
  • Patent number: 9693031
    Abstract: A system comprising a lead computer a plurality of receivers and transmitters for capturing audio and/or video signals and converting the audio and/or video signals to a transmittable form, wherein at least one of the plurality of receivers and transmitters is associated with at least one individual of a group, wherein the lead computer includes a computer processor for processing a selection of the group and a selection of the transmittable audio and/or video signals of the at least one individual transmitted over a network to the lead computer, wherein the lead computer includes a display device having one or more view windows for playing the selection of the group alongside the selection of the transmittable audio and/or video signals of the at least one individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FIRST PRINCIPLES, INC.
    Inventor: Keith A. Raniere
  • Patent number: 9681028
    Abstract: Modular digital camera systems, such as modular digital still and motion cameras are disclosed. Individual modules may be removed from the system and replaced, such as to benefit from upgraded technology, while preserving the remaining modules in the system. The modules may be disassembled and reconstructed to convert the physical form of the camera, such as between still configurations, motion configurations, ENG configurations, DSLR configurations and studio configurations. The modules may be used to add wireless capabilities employing standard wireless protocols to allow a variety of devices to control or communicate with the modular digital camera system. The wireless capabilities may also be used to present a soft interface for camera control to the user, exposing a variety of variables and controls to the user that may otherwise be difficult or impossible to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: RED.COM, INC.
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Peter Jarred Land
  • Patent number: 9674571
    Abstract: A method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver, which receives and processes a service being transmitted in non-real time, and a broadcast receiver are disclosed. Herein, the method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver includes receiving a signaling information table including additional information on contents configuring a non-real time service and a content identifier for each content, acquiring the additional information on contents and the content identifier for each content from the signaling information table, storing contents being downloaded through a FLUTE or an internet in a storage medium, based upon the additional information on contents and the content identifier for each content, and displaying a list of recordings including the contents stored in the storage medium, wherein a list of recordings screen displaying the list of recordings includes at least one of a content name, a channel name, a date of recording, and a content size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jun Hui Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Kwan Suk Kim, Chang Sik Yun
  • Patent number: 9660657
    Abstract: A spread spectrum clock generator includes: a phase comparing unit that receives a reference clock signal and a feedback clock signal, and generates a control voltage corresponding to a phase difference between the reference clock signal and the feedback clock signal; a voltage-controlled oscillator that oscillates at an oscillating frequency corresponding to the control voltage, and generates an output clock signal; a delta-sigma modulator that receives a waveform signal for controlling spreading of a spectrum of the output clock signal, and outputs bits larger than 1 bit based on the waveform signal; a control circuit that controls a multiplication number according to an output signal of the delta-signal modulator; and a divider that generates the feedback clock signal by dividing the output clock signal according to the multiplication number controlled by the control circuit, and supplies the feedback clock signal to the phase comparing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Fumiyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 9612129
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes outputting, by a computing device, media, and performing, by the computing device and prior to output of a first navigation instruction from a plurality of navigation instructions, an adjustment to the outputting of the media. In this example, the method also includes determining, based at least in part on a second navigation instruction from the plurality of navigation instructions, that an interruption condition will be satisfied until after output of the second navigation instruction, and responsive to the determining, maintaining the adjustment to the outputting of the media until after output of the second navigation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Albert Azose, Zuiena Kabir
  • Patent number: 9609039
    Abstract: In one method embodiments, providing a transport stream to a client device, the transport stream comprising a head stream and a tail stream, the head stream and the tail stream each comprising a compressed video sequence; providing information in a transport stream packet associated with the head stream, the information configured to cause the client device to selectively control an output of at least one of a plurality of pictures of the head stream yet to be output from a decoded picture buffer (DPB) at an out-point from the head stream to the trail stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Arturo A. Rodriguez, Samie Beheydt, Jan Louis De Lameillieure, James Ka Sin Au
  • Patent number: 9503795
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that allow for providing targeted asset/advertisements for broadcast-wide programming feeds. The systems and methods allow network platforms to select among asset options provided with a content stream and/or replace assets in the content stream. In one arrangement, after selecting an asset, the asset is inserted into the content stream and the content stream is disseminated to subsequent network platforms (e.g., local platforms). At this time, the local platforms may insert local assets into the content stream in predetermined local asset insertion spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: INVIDI Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Sheehan, Michael Cristofalo, Bruce J. Anderson, Daniel C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9472240
    Abstract: A video editing method for a video editing device is provided. The method includes: obtaining an editing segment of a video, wherein the editing segment follows a first segment of the video and precedes a second segment of the video, the first segment includes a first picture, the second segment includes a second picture, and a short-term reference index of the second picture points to the first picture; setting a header of a third picture in the first segment, such that the first picture is moved from a short-term reference picture list to a long-term reference picture list when the header of the third picture is decoded; changing the short-term reference index of the second picture into a long-term reference index, wherein the long-term reference index points to the first picture in the long-term reference picture list; and encoding the video. Accordingly, the speed of editing the video is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Yan-Tsung Peng, Shih-Chia Huang, Bo-Hao Chen, Ming-Kai Jiau, Sy-Yen Kuo
  • Patent number: 9449122
    Abstract: A system for performing time conversions that includes a processor configured to generate a set of target time-series data from a set of source time-series data and a memory containing specification information relating to the set of target time-series data and also containing information relating to the set of source time-series data. The source time-series specification and the target time-series specification include time intervals between data values. The system also includes a time alignment algorithm used by the processor for converting the set of source time-series data to the set of target time-series data. The converting includes calculation of a set of cubic-spline interpolation constants and the cubic-spline constants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Haas, John Sismanis
  • Patent number: 9354074
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes outputting, by a computing device, media, and performing, by the computing device and prior to output of a first navigation instruction from a plurality of navigation instructions, an adjustment to the outputting of the media. In this example, the method also includes determining, based at least in part on a second navigation instruction from the plurality of navigation instructions, that an interruption condition will be satisfied until after output of the second navigation instruction, and responsive to the determining, maintaining the adjustment to the outputting of the media until after output of the second navigation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Albert Azose, Zuiena Kabir
  • Patent number: 9343105
    Abstract: Wide-band multi-format audio/video recording and production system with frame-rate conversion and methods performed by the audio/video production system. In one aspect, a method is performed by a portable video image recording device including an image sensor and high-capacity digital storage means supporting asynchronous access for recording and reproducing. The image sensor receives an input video image and the output of the image sensor is sampled using a sampling frequency of at least 30 megahertz to generate frames of video image data employing a first frame rate and having a first image dimension in pixels. A video program is recorded by processing the frames of video image data and storing video program content in a compressed progressive format using the high-capacity digital storage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Kinya Washino
  • Patent number: 9307189
    Abstract: A relay apparatus (10) is provided with: an image output unit (11); switches (SWa, SWb); a control unit (16) for controlling switches; and an obtaining unit (16) for obtaining a first CEC address associated with the relay apparatus if the relay apparatus is connected to an output apparatus (30). The control unit controls switches to select a signal channel connecting a first signal transmitting device (14) and a storage apparatus (20) if the first CEC address and a reproduction command are received. After connecting the relay apparatus and a unit (40), the control unit controls switches to select the signal channel connecting the first signal transmitting device and a second signal transmitting device (15) if the unit is in a video output state, and controls switches to select the signal channel connecting the first signal transmitting device and the image output unit if the unit is in a standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER DIGITAL DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Rin, Takeshi Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Satoshi Saitoh, Shinichiro Kinoshita, Tomoo Nishigaki
  • Patent number: 9277263
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for inserting advertising description data into an audio/visual data stream, the system including but not limited to a first server processor in data communication with a first computer program comprising instructions embedded in a computer readable medium, wherein the processor is configured to insert advertising trigger signal data into the audio/visual data stream at a super head office (SHO) and send the audio/visual data stream with trigger signal data to an end user client device; and a second processor at a VHO is configured to receive the audio visual data stream and trigger signal data from the first processor, generate a per-VHO multicast data stream and inject advertising description data into the per-VHO multicast stream upon detection of the advertising trigger data in the audio/visual data stream and send the per-VHO multicast data stream from the VHO to the end user client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Donald Smith, Kou-Hoi Liu
  • Patent number: 9172918
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for managing live video data. These include the likes of video management systems, camera servers, methods for providing access to video data, methods of operating camera servers, and software for allowing the implementation of such methods in a computer system. In overview, a video management system is configured such that, upon the failure of a camera server, cameras assigned to that server are automatically reassigned to a backup camera server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Sally-Anne Palmer
  • Patent number: 9131212
    Abstract: Each control period includes a right eye display period and a left eye display period. A driving circuit supplies grayscale potential based on a right eye image to each pixel in each of the three unit periods of the right eye display period, and supplies the grayscale potential based on a left eye image to each pixel in each of the three unit periods of the left eye display period. The driving circuit performs overdriving in two unit periods from the beginning of each display period, sets the polarity of a voltage applied to each pixel in the two unit periods from the beginning of each display period reverse in the right eye display period of the control period and in the right eye display period of the control period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiko Ito
  • Patent number: 9099963
    Abstract: An amplifier device includes a plurality of input terminals for receiving input signals (e.g. audio signals), a main switch, which switches over the input terminals so as to select one input terminal, an analyzer, which analyzes the input signals at respective timings so as to determine whether or not each of the input signals corresponds to a playback signal, a storage for storing a plurality of determination results in connection with the input terminals, a controller for controlling the main switch to select the input terminal whose input signal is newly determined as the playback signal, and an amplifier for amplifying the input signal of the selected input terminal. The analyzer performs frequency analysis on the input signals so as to determine the input signal including a specific frequency component having a high intensity as noise not forming the playback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Kotaro Nakabayashi
  • Patent number: 9049362
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus and a method of providing a photographed video converts a photographed video into two types of formats, stores the converted video, and transmits the video wirelessly in real-time. Therefore, a user stores a high quality video photographed by a photographing apparatus as well as broadcasts the photographed video in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin-su Myung
  • Patent number: 9041866
    Abstract: A receiving apparatus including a first communication unit that receives first image data from a transmission apparatus, a second communication unit that receives second image data from the transmission apparatus, a power supply unit that supplies power to at least one of the first communication unit and the second communication unit, and a control unit that causes a display device to display an image generated based on the first image data and the second image data, where the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to limit power supply to one of the first communication unit and the second communication unit in response to completion of the display of the image by the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Matsunaga, Noriaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9041865
    Abstract: A video switch system providing a collaborative environment for one or more users to share information. In the current embodiment, the video switch system enables users to quickly connect to the system, present information, have a video conference, or have a multi-user wireless video session, or a combination thereof, in a collaborative manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan J. McClymonds, Eric B. Snavely, Steffen Lipsky, Robert C. Wayner, Steven J. King, Randell E. Pate, Timothy J. Warwick, Patrick E. Young
  • Patent number: 9041814
    Abstract: An automatic tracking camera system includes: a rotating unit for panning and tilting an image pickup unit including a lens apparatus and an image pickup apparatus; a tracking object detector; a motion vector detector for detecting a motion vector of the object to be tracked; a capture position setting unit for setting a capture position of the object to be tracked in the picked up image; and a controller for controlling drive of the rotating unit. The controller controls the rotating unit in a capture mode to capture the object to be tracked at the capture position based on the motion vector detected by the motion vector detector after the tracking object detector has detected the object to be tracked in the picked up image, and a maintenance mode to continuously capture the object to be tracked at the capture position after the capture mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Takashima
  • Patent number: 9041863
    Abstract: An electronic device, including: one or more hardware interfaces each for connecting to a signal source to receive at least one type of application resources; a control chip electrically connected to the one or more hardware interfaces, the control chip being configured to classify and integrate one or more types of application resources received through the one or more hardware interfaces, and generate a display signal for a main interface including a number of areas arranged according to a predetermined layout, wherein each area is configured to display information regarding a same type of the classified and integrated application resources, and different areas are configured to display information regarding different types of the classified and integrated application resources; and a display screen electrically connected to the control chip to display the main interface according to the display signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Chuan Wang, Xijie Shen, Zhaopeng Cheng, Yongjian Sun, Chuangqi Li, Jun Wan, Yi Ru, Feng Li, Xing Yan, Qingsong Dai
  • Patent number: 9019386
    Abstract: Switching device (1) for the alternating connection of at least one television camera (2) to one of at least two television camera control units (3) or for the alternating connection of at least one television camera control unit (3) to one of at least two television cameras (2); with the switching device (1) having connectors (4, 5) for the television camera(s) (2) and the television camera control unit(s) (3); and each connector (4, 5) having electrical supply contacts (6, 7) for the power and voltage supply of the television camera (2) through the television camera control unit (3); and having at least one optical contact (8, 9) for the transmission of information over fiberoptic cables between the television camera (2) and the television camera control unit (3); and with the switching device (1) having at least one power supply line switch (10) and at least one optical switch (11) and at least one switching control unit (12) to actuate the power supply line switch (10) and to actuate the optical switch (1
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Neutrik AG
    Inventor: Christian Ganahl
  • Patent number: 9013636
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a communication system, a transmitter, a receiver, a communication method, a program, and a communication cable for providing high-speed bidirectional communication while maintaining compatibility. When an HDMI (R) source performs bidirectional IP communication with an HDMI (R) sink using a CEC line and a signal line, a switching control unit controls a switch so that, when data is transmitted, the switch selects a constituent signal forming a differential signal output from a converting unit and, when data is transmitted, the switch selects a constituent signal forming a differential signal output from a receiver. When bidirectional communication is performed using only the CEC line, the switching control unit controls the switch so that the CEC signal output from the HDMI (R) source or the receiver is selected. The present invention is applicable to, for example, HDMI (R).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Nakajima, Hidekazu Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20150103253
    Abstract: There is provided a device control apparatus including an information acquisition section configured to acquire designation information for designating an output destination of a sound input from an external device, and an output control section configured to, in a case where the designation information designates, out of one sound output apparatus and another sound output apparatus, the another sound output apparatus, cause each of the one sound output apparatus and the another sound output apparatus to output the sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: SATOSHI HIGUCHI, MASAYOSHI OGURA
  • Patent number: 8988613
    Abstract: When the wireless communication connection with the display device is established and the ROM stores the display device identifier for uniquely identifying the display device and the setting information so as to be associated with each other, a control unit causes the format of the image to change by the video signal processing unit based on the setting information stored in the ROM and causes the image whose format is changed to be wirelessly transmitted to the wireless communication circuit unit, without performing request for transmission of the setting information to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takahisa Endo
  • Patent number: 8982282
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method of searching for a channel in the display apparatus includes a plurality of tuners and a plurality of antenna ports respectively connected to the plurality of tuners. The method includes receiving a channel search command; if the channel search command is input, searching for one of the plurality of antenna ports that is connected to a satellite antenna to receive a broadcasting signal, if one of the plurality of antenna ports is connected to the satellite antenna to receive the broadcasting signal, setting one of the plurality of tuners connected to the one antenna port, to a main tuner, and performing a channel search through the tuner set to the main tuner. Therefore, although an antenna port connected to one of the plurality of tuners initially set to a sub tuner, the display apparatus performs a channel search through the corresponding tuner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-hee Woo
  • Patent number: 8982281
    Abstract: An HDMI switch system determines whether or not to make a connection requested by an HDMI sink and whether to send video alerts to the sink based on AV stream format and sink capabilities. To these ends, the switch system includes a metadata abstractor to determine a sink's capabilities from EDID data and to characterize an audio-visual stream. These devices are used to either analyze an existing data stream, or construct a new data stream based on the sink's capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hydraconnect Sales LLC
    Inventors: David J. Schanin, Anthony Anzelmo
  • Patent number: 8976300
    Abstract: A display control apparatus receives an input of a video signal from an input device and makes a control that causes a video to be displayed on a display apparatus. The display control apparatus includes a capturing unit (410) configured to capture image data that represents a frame image of the input video signal; a signal detector (420) configured to detect whether the video signal is input and issue an instruction to cause the display apparatus to display the video or the frame image on the basis of a result of the detection; and a control unit (400, 430, 440, 450, 460) configured to generate the frame image from the image data captured most recently to cause the display apparatus to display the generated frame image when it is detected that the video signal is not input and the control unit receives the instruction to cause the display apparatus to display the frame image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kuangyi Zhu
  • Patent number: 8970789
    Abstract: There is provided a receiving apparatus. The receiving apparatus comprises, among other things, a transmitting unit that transmits a power-on command that instructs the transmitting apparatus detected by the detecting unit to turn on power when there is no connecting unit whose status signal has been changed from “unable” to “able” as a result of the determination made by the determining unit, the transmitting unit causing the determining unit to perform the determination again after transmitting the power-on command, and a control unit that, when there is a connecting unit whose status signal has been changed from “unable” to “able” as a result of the determination made by the determining unit, controls the selecting unit so as to select the connecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Tokoro
  • Patent number: 8970566
    Abstract: An image display apparatus for displaying an image produced by image signals on a display section includes: a plurality of input terminals for receiving each of the image signals supplied from a plurality of input sources; an input selector for selecting a predetermined input terminal from the plural input terminals; a judging section for determining whether the image signals have been inputted to the input terminal selected by the input selector; an operating section which receives requirement of search processing for determining whether the image signals have been inputted to each of the plural input terminals; an image signal correcting section which generates image signals for producing a source search screen indicating search status for each of the input source names corresponding to the input terminals; and a control section for displaying an image of the source search screen produced by the image signals at least on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20150042886
    Abstract: An electronic device connected with numerous first load medias and numerous second load medias. The electronic device comprises a processor and a 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 generates a second control signal, the switch mode establishes independent electronic connections between a specified first load media and all of the second load medias, thus, the specified first load media simultaneously connects and communicates with all of the second load medias.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHING-CHUNG LIN
  • Publication number: 20150042885
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selecting information from a video source to be displayed on at least a first common display screen in a collaborative workspace having a switching device, the method comprising the steps of providing a selectable control interface that includes at least one indicator that can indicate at least first and second different states, associating a video source with the switching device so that video information from the video source is presented to the switching device, when the video source is associated with the switching device, causing the at least one indicator to indicate a first state and when the selectable control interface is selected, causing the at least one indicator to indicate the second state and providing the video information from the video source to the common display screen via the switching device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Lewis Epstein, Brett Kincaid, Hyun Yoo, Suzanne Stage, Lukas Scherrer, Larry Cheng
  • Publication number: 20150029401
    Abstract: A method for controlling a network capable AV switching device 32 using a Zero Configuration Network protocol is claimed. The method uses a user created configuration data table 51 to create a plurality of virtual channels or devices 36 representing desired output states of the AV switching device 32. These virtual channels 36 are published to the network via a Zero Configuration Network protocol, such as Bonjour or UPnP. Each of these virtual channels 36 has a corresponding switching command list 54 for the AV switching device 32 that will be automatically activated when a connection to that virtual channel 36 is made. This allows the user to efficiently and simply control the operation of the AV switching device 32 through a single selection of one of the virtual channels 36.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Meiners
  • Publication number: 20150022722
    Abstract: An integrated computer, a computer system and an input/output signal automatic detecting method for the integrated computer are provided. After a signal terminal is inserted into a socket of the integrated computer, the integrated computer will detect if an external video signal can be received and then set the integrated computer in an input mode or an output mode accordingly. In the input mode, a display of the integrated computer will display images according to the external video signal. In the output mode, a graphic processor unit (GPU) of the integrated computer will provide a first internal video signal to the display and a second internal video signal to a display device coupled to the signal terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Elitegroup Computer Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Lun Yang, Shang-Chieh Chen