Remote Control Patents (Class 348/734)
  • Patent number: 11323763
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method of operating the same are provided. The display apparatus includes a display; a memory; and a processor configured to execute at least one instruction stored in the memory so as to: receive a channel control input; identify an image providing source of the display apparatus in response to recognizing the channel control input as a pre-designated input; generate a channel scroll user interface (UI) based on channel information corresponding to the image providing source of the display apparatus; and control the display to display the generated channel scroll UI. The channel scroll UI includes a plurality of channel items included in the channel information corresponding to the image providing source, and a current channel indicator indicating a current channel item from among the plurality of channel items, the current channel item corresponding to content currently displayed on the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-gu Lee
  • Patent number: 11295605
    Abstract: In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a Universal Control Engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the Universal Control Engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Brian Barnett
  • Patent number: 11237796
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for tailoring composite graphical assistant interfaces for interacting with multiple different connected devices. The composite graphical assistant interfaces can be generated in response to a user providing a request for an automated assistant to cause a connected device to perform a particular function. In response to the automated assistant receiving the request, the automated assistant can identify other functions that the connected device is capable of performing. The other functions can then be mapped to various graphical control elements in order to provide a composite graphical assistant interface from which the user can interact with the connected device. Each graphical control element can be arranged according to a status of the connected device, in order to reflect how the connected device is operating simultaneous to the presentation of the composite graphical assistant interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Roy Schairer, Triona Butler, Cindy Tran, Mark Spates, IV, Di Lin, Yuzhao Ni, Lisa Williams
  • Patent number: 11234040
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide an agent control system that includes a virtual version of a remote control. In one aspect, the disclosure describes an input history store that stores user input operations corresponding to received user inputs to a remote control located at a subscriber location and an agent controller associated with a service provider that generates a dashboard user interface (UI) that operates in part to display a virtual version of the remote control, one or more of the input operations corresponding to the received user inputs to the remote control at the subscriber location, and/or a recommended action to execute on the virtual version of the remote control. Other aspects are described in detail herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, Jenna Meushaun Taneak Smith, Megan Walls Dover, Anthony Joseph Insinga
  • Patent number: 11201758
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a control apparatus and method for a device that has been made intelligent through combination with Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent service (for example, smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car or connected car, health care, digital education, small retailers, security and safety-related service, etc.) which is based on IoT-related technology. A method for controlling a first device at the first device according to some embodiments of the present disclosure may comprise the steps of: receiving control state information on a second device from the second device; acquiring a control signal for the first device; on the basis of at least one of the received control state information and the acquired control signal, selecting one from among at least one or more stored control rules; and executing a control operation for the first device on the basis of the selected control rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Hong Kim, Kyoung-Jin Moon, Jae-Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 11182173
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and a power controlling method thereof are provided. The electronic apparatus may include a wireless communicator that communicates with a remote controller, a wired communicator that connects with an external input device and a processor that controls the wireless communicator to transmit a control signal to the remote controller for turning off power of the connected external input device in response to receiving a signal from the remote controller for turning off power of the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Je-hwan Seo, Jong-jin Park, Seung-il Yoon, Min-sup Kim, Hyun-kyu Yun, Kyung-ik Cho
  • Patent number: 11169771
    Abstract: Provided herein are system, apparatus, device, method and/or computer program product embodiments, and/or combinations and sub-combinations thereof, for transmitting messages to a display device based on detected audio output from the display device. In a given embodiment, a digital media player can transmit a message to the display device to control the audio output of the speaker using a transmission protocol, and transmit a set of instructions to the remote control device to confirm the display device processed the message by determining whether an attribute associated with the audio output from the speaker is within a predetermined threshold. In response to receiving a message that an attribute associated with the audio output is within a predetermined threshold, the digital media player can determine that the display device is enabled to receive communication via the transmission protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Martin Daly
  • Patent number: 11172562
    Abstract: A system comprising: a controller configured to apply at least one illumination setting to at least one illumination source, thereby causing the illumination source to emit light according to the applied illumination setting; electronic storage accessible to the controller; and a locking device configured to generate a lock command pertaining to the applied illumination setting, wherein the system is configured to mark the illumination setting as locked in the electronic storage in response to the lock command; wherein the controller is configured to receive a control command pertaining to the applied illumination setting, and modify the applied illumination setting according that control command unless the illumination setting is marked as locked when it is received, wherein the illumination setting is not modified in response to that control command in that event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Remco Magielse, Antonie Leonardus Johannes Kamp, Leendert Teunis Rozendaal
  • Patent number: 11153662
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display device. The display device includes: a display; a communication interface; and a processor configured to establish a connection with an external device through the communication interface and receive a data packet from the external device through the established connection, obtain mode information of the display device, obtain advertising content for the external device based on identification information of the external device included in the data packet and based on the mode information, and control the display to display the obtained advertising content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jinkyu Yu
  • Patent number: 11144776
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for enhancing operability of a mobile apparatus. An information processing apparatus (2000) includes a first processing unit (2020), a second processing unit (2040), and a control unit (2060). The first processing unit (2020) generates information indicating an event detection position in accordance with a position on a surveillance image set in a first operation. The first operation is an operation with respect to the surveillance image displayed on a display screen. The second processing unit (2040) performs a display change process with respect to the surveillance image or a window including the surveillance image. The control unit (2060) causes any one of the first processing unit (2020) and the second processing unit (2040) to process the first operation on the basis of a second operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Ida, Hiroshi Kitajima, Hiroyoshi Miyano
  • Patent number: 11122334
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods and apparatus which allow users to remotely access content from other devices. One embodiment provides a method for presenting available content to a user via a television receiver. A first content selection menu is output for display that includes at least a first content selection item associated with locally accessible content and a second content selection item associated with an external device. Responsive to a request associated with the second content selection item, the method includes outputting for display a second content selection menu. The second content selection menu specifies at least one content item remotely available through the external device. A user provides a selection of the at least one content item and the television receiver receives the selected content item from the external device and outputs the selected content item for presentation by a presentation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bernard Anthony McCarthy, III
  • Patent number: 11102089
    Abstract: A method and system for constructing a content delivery network platform on heterogeneous resources are provided. The content delivery network platform includes a logic application layer and a basic resource layer. The construction method includes the following steps. After receiving an application creation request, the logic application layer determines actual resource configuration requirement information and resource type information of the application based on the application creation request, and sends the actual resource configuration requirement information and the resource type information to the basic resource layer. The basic resource layer creates a basic resource environment for the application based on the received actual resource configuration requirement information and the resource type information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: WANGSU SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lingxiang Tian
  • Patent number: 11102537
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting trigger events, such as an advertisement during a video program, and activating a remote control device in response to the prediction are described. By activating the remote control device at a particular time, the remote control device may save energy when listening for data from one or more terminal devices. The time to activate the remote control may be based on one or more factors, including the current presentation position and/or presentation speed of the video program. A remote control device may take additional actions the next time it listens for data, including illuminating backlights, turning on a display, displaying content on the display, interacting with other devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Gilson, Michael Sallas
  • Patent number: 11095932
    Abstract: A remote control device and a control method thereof are provided. The remote control device for controlling an external display apparatus includes: a communication unit configured to communicate with the external display apparatus; a sensor configured to detect a state of the remote control device; a display; and a processor configured to receive information on a content currently displayed by the external display apparatus through the communication unit, and to control the display to display a UI including a plurality of UI elements for controlling the external display apparatus, based on the information on the content and the state of the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyo-seung Park, Min-hyung Kim, Ga-min Park, So-yon You, Sang-joon Lee, Jun-woo Lee, Kyung-hwa Jung, Seong-wook Jeong
  • Patent number: 11070864
    Abstract: A device and method of automatically pausing media content executing on the electronic device are provided. Sound within an ambient environment in which the electronic device resides is monitored, and the sound in the ambient environment is compared to a prescribed sound threshold. Upon the sound in the ambient environment exceeding the prescribed sound threshold, execution of media content on the electronic device is automatically paused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Tomas Wässingbo
  • Patent number: 11057664
    Abstract: Techniques for providing instruction to devices in the network are provided. For example, based at least in part on the list of currently active devices and the command, a controller can determine a sequence of IR signals associated with at least one currently active device and transmit, utilizing an IR transmitter incorporated with the controller, the sequence of IR signals to one or more of the currently active devices. In another example, an audio command and location information can be received and used to determine where a controller should transmit an IR signal that corresponds with the audio command, based at least in part on the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L S Dodge, Charles Shearer Dorner
  • Patent number: 11054919
    Abstract: An apparatus of detecting a relative position may include first and second receivers configured to receive signals transmitted from a portable device; and a processor configured to determine a position where the portable device is located and a direction indicated by the portable device based on a strength of a first signal received by the first receiver and a strength of a second signal received by the second receiver. The processor may be configured to determine the position where the portable device is located based on a sum between the strength of the first signal and the strength of the second signal, and to determine the direction indicated by the portable device based on a difference between the strength of the first signal and the strength of the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyung Sun Lee, Jea-Sung Kim, Sang Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 11044352
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for an adaptive multi-protocol control of a device. A plurality of communication protocols suitable for communication with a particular device may be determined. A request may be received to control the device, such as a via a remote control, voice control, etc. A first communication protocol from among the plurality of communication protocols may be selected to transmit a first control signal. The first control signal may be transmitted to the device using the first communication protocol. In some implementations, a second communication protocol may be selected for transmitting a second control signal to the device, such as where the request may be associated with a plurality of control commands or where the device did not react to the first control signal. As a result, a device may be controlled using one or more communication protocols in an adaptive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventors: Ashish D. Aggarwal, Sharath H. Satheesh, Rahul D. Nakhate, Nino V. Marino, Vinod K. Gopinath
  • Patent number: 11033180
    Abstract: A laryngoscope system includes a body having a handle and an arm, a camera mounted on a distal end of the arm, and a removable blade having a channel sized to fit over the arm to couple the blade to the body. The blade includes a magnet, and a sensor disposed in the body is responsive to the magnet. The laryngoscope system also includes a processor disposed in the body and programmed to enable at least one monitoring function in response to a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Aircraft Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Douglas Colin Inglis, Matthew John Ross McGrath, Michael Ng
  • Patent number: 11016717
    Abstract: Techniques for casting electronic content, including identifying, at a first time, a first action by a user of a presenter device affecting rendering of a content item casted to a target device; determining that the presenter device is in a first casting mode at the first time; based on the presenter device being in the first casting mode at the first time, changing a rendering of the content item by the target device by causing the first action to be reported in real-time to the target device; identifying, at a second time, a second action by the user that affects a rendering of the content item; determining that the presenter device is in a second casting mode at the second time; and determining that the second action will not be reported to the target device based on the presenter device being in the second casting mode at the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Arvind Muthukrishnan, Prasad Thiruveedu, Sourabh Kukreja, Archana Saseetharan, Matthew Kyle Philpott
  • Patent number: 11012253
    Abstract: A controller for connecting to and controlling active units of smart devices according to a spreadsheet received from a programming device and stored in the controller's memory and current states received from other smart devices. The controller may operate to provide to programming devices the spreadsheet stored in the memory for restoring a cluster of smart devices. The controller may include a real-time clock and interpret spreadsheet formulas that include time parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Mordechai Teicher
  • Patent number: 11004331
    Abstract: Provided are an infrared protocol-based infrared code transmission circuit, a chip, a remote control device and an air conditioner. The infrared code transmission circuit includes: a carrier duration control module; a processing module that is configured to configure the carrier duration control module according to a stage type of an infrared code to be transmitted in an infrared protocol, so that the carrier duration control module generates an enabling signal; a carrier generation module that is provided to generate a PWM-type carrier signal according to the stage type of the infrared code to be transmitted in the infrared protocol, and carry out a logic operation on the PWM-type carrier signal and the enabling signal to generate and transmit the infrared code to be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES (WUHAN) CO., LTD, GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI
    Inventor: Zhenxing Pan
  • Patent number: 10970850
    Abstract: A method and device for recognizing a motion of an object, the method including receiving event signals from a vision sensor configured to sense the motion, storing, in an event map, first time information indicating a time at which intensity of light corresponding to the event signals changes; generating an image based on second time information corresponding to a predetermined time range among the first time information, and recognizing the motion of the object based on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoobin Lee, Keun Joo Park, Kyoungseok Pyun, Eric Hyunsurk Ryu
  • Patent number: 10951750
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program product for controlling wirelessly controlled equipment, such as a ductless air conditioning system. A control module is provided comprising an optical source for generating an optical control signal. The control module enables a smartphone to control wirelessly controlled equipment of the type which is controlled by a remote-control device generating an optical signal. An electrical circuit generates electrical control signals to be coupled to the optical source, wherein the electrical circuit generates the electrical control signals depending on information received from a network connection. A wireless communications module communicates with the smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: VENSTAR, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Dushane, Mustafa Oransel
  • Patent number: 10939065
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for controlling display of a display apparatus are provided. The display apparatus includes a display; a communicator configured to receive control information from a remote control device; and a controller configured to control the display and the communicator. In a standby mode in which the display is powered off, the controller may control to change a state of the display apparatus from the standby mode into a pre-power on mode in response to first control information received from the remote control device, and the controller may control the display to display content in a normal mode which is changed from the pre-power on mode in response to second control information received from the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Geun-sam Yang, Seung-bok Lee
  • Patent number: 10932005
    Abstract: A system (100) for enabling a user to select media content in an entertainment environment, comprising a remote control device (110) having a set of user-activated keys and a speech activation circuit adapted to enable a speech signal; a speech engine (160) comprising a speech recognizer (170); an application wrapper (180) configured to recognize substantive meaning in the speech signal; and a media content controller (190) configured to select media content. Every function that can be executed by activation of the user-activated keys can also be executed by the speech engine (160) in response to the recognized substantive meaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: PROMPTU SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Jordan, Scott Lynn Maddux, Tim Plowman, Victoria Stanbach, Jody Williams
  • Patent number: 10924776
    Abstract: The system generates a display providing storyline information. The display includes, for example, a plurality of storyline identifiers, a plurality of time period indicators, and a plurality of episode indicators. Episode indicators indicate an episode having a segment of the storyline corresponding to a storyline identifier. The system may receive a user input selecting a storyline, or further filtering an existing storyline to tailor the displayed information more closely to a storyline of interest. The system updates the display to each reflect segments within episodes corresponding to the selected storyline identifier. The display may include a grid, with the storyline identifiers arranged along one axis and the time period indicators arranged along a different axis. The system may process metadata to determine storylines, and filter what information is displayed based on user input, the metadata, or both. Storylines include, for example, characters, locations, plots, teams, players, or other attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: George Grigore
  • Patent number: 10901689
    Abstract: A method for dynamic augmented reality interface creation is provided. The method detects an utterance from a user of an augmented reality device and determines an ambiguity level of the utterance. The method generates a set of visual artifacts based on the utterance and the ambiguity level. The visual artifacts are generated within an augmented reality use interface, with each visual artifact corresponding to a selectable function. The method detects an interaction with a first visual artifact corresponding to a first selectable function. The method modifies the augmented reality user interface in response to the interaction with the first visual artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Craig M. Trim, Shikhar Kwatra, Zachary A. Silverstein, Robert Huntington Grant
  • Patent number: 10904624
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a method of creating and presenting a user interface comprising a Dynamic Mosaic Extended Electronic Programming Guide (DMXEPG) using video, audio, special applications, and service dynamic metadata. The system enables television or digital radio service subscribers to select and display of various programs including video, interactive TV applications, or any combination of audio or visual components grouped and presented in accordance with the dynamic program/show metadata, business rules and objectives of service providers, broadcasters, and/or personal subscriber choices, collectively referred to as mosaic element presentation criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: WEBTUNER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arthur Vaysman, Eduard Zaslavsky
  • Patent number: 10867603
    Abstract: An audio-video (AV) reproduction device that comprises at least one audio capturing device, at least one speaker, a memory, and circuitry. The memory stores setup information associated with first-time device setup of the audio-video reproduction device. The first-time device setup is associated with a plurality of configuration settings of the AV reproduction device. The circuitry controls the at least one speaker to output a message in the setup information, and controls the at least one audio capturing device to receive a user input based on the message. The circuitry compares the user input with at least one condition associated with the message. The circuitry configures a configuration setting from the plurality of configuration settings based on the comparison. The circuitry controls at least a function of the AV reproduction device based on the configured configuration setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Allison Burgueno, Lindsay Miller, Marvin Demerchant, Hyehoon Yi, Tracy Barnes, David Young, Yuko Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10864639
    Abstract: Described are machine vision systems and methods for simultaneous kinematic and hand-eye calibration. A machine vision system includes a robot and a 3D sensor in communication with a control system. The control system is configured to move the robot to poses, and for each pose: capture a 3D image of calibration target features and robot joint angles. The control system is configured to obtain initial values for robot calibration parameters, and determine initial values for hand-eye calibration parameters based on the initial values for the robot calibration parameters, the 3D image, and joint angles. The control system is configured to determine final values for the hand-eye calibration parameters and robot calibration parameters by refining the hand-eye calibration parameters and robot calibration parameters to minimize a cost function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Lifeng Liu, Cyril C. Marrion, Tian Gan, David Michael, Han Xiao
  • Patent number: 10863233
    Abstract: A host device (300) provides wireless docking to a dockee device (250). The host has a remote client unit (210) for providing at least one audio/video (AV) rendering function to an application (252) via remote server unit (251) in a dockee device. The host has transfer units (211,212,213,214) arranged for enabling transmitting a downstream of first AV data to the dockee device, and receiving an upstream of second AV data to be rendered from the dockee device. The host device has an AV router (310) for processing the downstream and the upstream so as to replace first AV data in the downstream by a predetermined pattern before transmitting the downstream to the dockee device, and replace at least part of second AV data in the upstream by at least part of the first AV data after receiving the upstream from the dockee device and before rendering the AV data. Advantageously required bandwidth is reduced in the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Koninkllijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Walter Dees, Henricus Theodorus Johannus Antonius Gerardus Van Der Sanden
  • Patent number: 10860736
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a media guidance application that provides advanced parental control features such as allowing parents to establish parental controls in a dynamic and individualized manner and allowing parents to track and/or limit the amount of time that a child views media content of a particular type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Makam Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah
  • Patent number: 10845956
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media to provide voice driven dynamic menus. One aspect disclosed is a method including receiving, by an electronic device, video data and audio data, displaying, by the electronic device, a video window, determining, by the electronic device, whether the audio data includes a voice signal, displaying, by the electronic device, a first menu in the video window in response to the audio data including a voice signal, displaying, by the electronic device, a second menu in the video window in response to a voice signal being absent from the audio data, receiving, by the electronic device, input from the displayed menu, and writing, by the electronic device, to an output device based on the received input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse Chand
  • Patent number: 10819664
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and product for chat-based application interface for automation. Using a natural language interface, receiving user input. Based on the user input, determining an automation process of a computer program having a user interface (UI), to be executed. The automation process is executed by utilizing the UI to input data thereto or execute functionality thereof. Additionally or alternatively, a conversation to be implemented by a natural language interface may be defined. The conversation is configured to obtain from the user one or more values corresponding to one or more parameters. The conversation is associated with a parameterized automation process depending on the one or more parameters. The parameterized automation process is invoked automatically by a natural language interface and using one or more values provided by the user to the natural language interface for the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: WALKME LTD.
    Inventors: Nir Nahum, Shlomi Sasson
  • Patent number: 10812903
    Abstract: A remote device includes or is configured as an automatic remote control system or device that detects at the remote device in an environment a sound level of audio output from a device. A desired sound level is identified from the detected sound level. The remote device dynamically detects in the environment a current sound level of the audio output. The detecting of the current sound level occurs subsequent to the identifying the desired sound level. The remote device compares the current sound level to the desired sound level, and generates a volume control signal in response to a result of the comparing. The remote device automatically controls, using the volume control signal, a volume of the device to continually maintain at the desired sound level the current sound level detected in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: David Wilson
  • Patent number: 10802604
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a mechanical switch that may include receiving an input from a user of a smart keyboard causing the mechanical switch to be in a closed position causing a microcontroller unit to be in an on state and the smart keyboard to be electrically enabled for use; monitoring the smart keyboard for additional input from the user; determining if a first threshold period has occurred in which the additional input from the user has ended; causing the microcontroller unit to be in an idle state; determining if a second threshold period has occurred in which the first threshold period has ended; causing the mechanical switch of the smart keyboard to be in an open position causing the microcontroller unit to be in an off state and the smart keyboard to be electrically disabled for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Karthikeyan Krishnakumar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 10798431
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server operably coupled to an internet protocol multimedia subsystem network and an interactive television system, where the server receives a session transfer request from a first communication device, where the session transfer request includes identification information associated with a second communication device, and where the server transmits a message to the second communication device and transmits a media adjustment message to a media resource server of the internet protocol multimedia subsystem network. The media content is adjusted and transmitted to the second communication device responsive to the media adjustment message, where the adjusted media content is generated by the media resource server based on the identification information associated with the second communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rittwik Jana, John F. Murray, Christopher W. Rice
  • Patent number: 10797982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a main electronic device for communicating within a network comprising an interface for enabling communication within the network and a controller for sending polling messages via the network to logical addresses via said interface in order to request information from at least one further electronic device. The present invention further relates to a method for operating a main electronic device for communicating within a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Pohlmann
  • Patent number: 10798443
    Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, television output, a processor, and memory. The set-top box may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display. The set-top box receives trajectory data from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device, which represents motion-based commands provided by a user. The set-top box evaluates the trajectory data and sends a command signal to the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Bill Fang
  • Patent number: 10796344
    Abstract: A first screen schedule for the linear delivery of video content is received and analyzed. The first screen schedule may include slots in which first screen advertisements could be displayed. Particular embodiments can then determine the feasibility of providing second screen advertisements based on the first screen schedule. Then, second screen advertisements that advertisers wish to display in conjunction with first screen advertisements are determined. When the linear delivery of the video content commences, particular embodiments monitor a messaging stream associated with the delivery of the video content. When an ad placement marker is encountered, an ad server may select a first screen advertisement. When the first screen advertisement is placed, the messaging stream identifies a first screen advertisement that is delivered. If the first screen advertisement has a corresponding second screen advertisement, particular embodiments output the second screen advertisement on a second screen environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Jehan Wickramasuriya, Venugopal Vasudevan, Faisal Ishtiaq
  • Patent number: 10798450
    Abstract: A method of identifying a set-top box connected to a display apparatus, including detecting network connection information, determining an internet service provider using the detected network connection information, and searching a stored set-top box list according to a priority corresponding to the determined internet service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong-ho Han
  • Patent number: 10764634
    Abstract: A method, executed by a processor, is used to determine presence of a viewer at a media device. The method includes receiving viewer biometric data captured by a biometric capture device associated with the media device; determining a category of the viewer based on the captured viewer biometric data; comparing the captured viewer biometric data to a reference to determine a possible identity of the viewer, by: determining a presence probability for the viewer based on a match between the biometric data and the reference, and determining a confidence level for the probability; and when the probability and confidence level equal or exceed a threshold, determining the viewer is present at the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ken Krieger, Andrew Joseph Alexander Gildfind, Nicholas Salvatore Arini, Simon Michael Rowe, Raimundo Mirisola
  • Patent number: 10740785
    Abstract: A split and merge advertisement method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium, include splitting a first advertisement to be played on a second device when a moving user of a first group of users moves from a proximity of a first device to a proximity of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saritha Arunkumar, Kuntal Dey, Nizar Lethif, Enara C. Vijil
  • Patent number: 10741060
    Abstract: Various implementations include approaches for controlling content via a playback device. In a particular implementation, a remote control device includes: a keypad having a set of actuatable buttons for controlling a playback device; and a control module, where the remote control device is operable in a plurality of different operating states, and where the control module is configured to highlight one or more distinct subsets of the set of actuatable buttons at the keypad based upon a current operating state of the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lino Antony Pucci, Douglas Jeans Cunningham, II, John D. Joyce, Brian Robert White, Paul William Larsen
  • Patent number: 10742442
    Abstract: In a cluster of smart devices, an active device is selectably operable in either a hub-based mode under commands received from a control hub, or in a hub-less mode, where the active device autonomously decides how to respond to current states reported by other smart devices of the cluster. Optionally, an active device operating in hub-based mode automatically switches to hub-less mode upon failing to communicate with the control hub or upon detecting malfunction of the control hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Mordechai Teicher
  • Patent number: 10728493
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing interference between content play and video recording among multiple devices located proximate to each other. Microphones of devices recording video are muted, or content play is interrupted, according to the actions of a majority of nearby devices. For example, if most devices are recording video, content play may be interrupted to prevent the video from unintentionally recording unwanted sounds from play of the content. Conversely, if most devices are not recording video, only those devices which are may have their microphones muted. Actions to reduce interference may be taken according to the current behavior of a majority of proximate devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc
    Inventors: Gaurav Gandhi, Kuppappa Dandappa Harijan, Siddhartha Pande, Deviprasad Punja, Madhusudhan Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10719591
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed a data processing system for authenticating packetized audio signals in a voice activated computer network environment. The data processing system can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of auditory data packet transmission over one or more computer networks by, for example, disabling malicious transmissions prior to their transmission across the network. The present solution can also improve computational efficiency by disabling remote computer processes possibly affected by or caused by the malicious audio signal transmissions. By disabling the transmission of malicious audio signals, the system can reduce bandwidth utilization by not transmitting the data packets carrying the malicious audio signal across the networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ken Krieger, Andrew Joseph Alexander Gildfind, Nicholas Salvatore Arini, Simon Michael Rowe, Raimundo Mirisola, Gaurav Bhaya, Robert Stets
  • Patent number: 10721430
    Abstract: A display device includes a display unit configured to display a plurality of pieces of content received from a plurality of source devices connected to the display device; and a control unit configured to receive a control activation request for a first source device of the plurality of source devices from a remote control device, activate control of the first source device in response to the received control activation request, and control an operation of the first source device in response to the signal received from the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyojung Oh, Seunghun Lee
  • Patent number: 10713389
    Abstract: An aspect provides a method, including: accepting, at an input component of an information handling device, input of a user; identifying, using a processor, the input of the user as controlling input; determining, using a processor, one or more control factors associated with the controlling input; classifying, using a processor, the controlling input as a permissible control action for an application running on the information handling device based on the one or more control factors; and committing, using a processor, the permissible control action responsive to the classifying. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Aaron Michael Stewart, Corinna Paine Proctor