Receiver Circuitry (epo) Patents (Class 348/E5.096)

  • Patent number: 10250940
    Abstract: A video stream control method, system, and a computer program product include analyzing a video stream to identify a section of the video stream where a condition will occur, delivering a notification that the condition will occur in the section of the video stream and modifying the video stream before the section of the video stream is played, and selecting a type of delivery of the section of the video stream based on a set of rules factoring the condition and user data at a time of the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maryam Ashoori, Elham Khabiri, Justin David Weisz
  • Patent number: 10187665
    Abstract: There is provided an event tag insertion system. The system includes a memory and a processor configured to receive a media content, receive an input from an event indicator device, the input corresponding to an event in the media content, generate an event tag, the event tag including the input from the event indicator device and a position of the event in the media content, and insert the event tag as metadata into the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Efthimis Stefanidis, Michael Strein, David Stankoski
  • Patent number: 10134227
    Abstract: A system and method that makes game content from a single online game accessible to users via multiple platforms. The multiple platforms may include virtual reality platforms and non-virtual reality platforms. Amounts of gameplay of the online game by the users via the virtual reality platforms may be monitored. The gameplay of the online game via the virtual reality platforms may be limited. As such, responsive to the amounts of gameplay by the users reaching gameplay thresholds, access to the online game through the first platform is restricted for the users until corresponding requirements are satisfied. The users may be able to play the online game via the non-virtual reality platforms while the gameplay of the online game via the virtual reality platforms is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Tomi Huttula
  • Patent number: 10108953
    Abstract: The systems, methods and apparatuses described herein provide a computing environment for completing a secure transaction. An apparatus according to the present disclosure may comprise a screen, a first switching device coupled to the screen, an input device, a second switching device coupled to the input device, a non-secure processor, a secure processor and a credit card reader operatively coupled to the secure processor. The non-secure processor may generate a message containing a purchase transaction request. The secure processor may receive the message, assume control of the screen and input device while the apparatus is operating in a secure mode, establish a secure connection with a server, receive payment information to be submitted to the server, digitally sign certain transaction information and submit the digitally signed certain transaction information to the server to complete the secure transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OLogN Technologies AG
    Inventors: Sergey Ignatchenko, Dmytro Ivanchykhin
  • Patent number: 10015432
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for displaying video streams, including receiving video data from a plurality of video stream by a frame controller in communication with a television display including a first picture and a second picture, and also receiving a television program summary list. The television program summary list includes television program data corresponding to the received video streams, and displaying the television program summary list in the second picture, and allowing the selection of a program from the television program summary list by a consumer, and displaying the selected video stream in the first picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9986174
    Abstract: A user easily recognizes, during the recording of a movie to which a predetermined effect is intended to be applied, a time point at which an effect-applied part starts or ends. An electronic apparatus includes an image capturing control unit configured to perform control to record a movie including at least a first recording period for applying a specific effect is applied and a second recording period to which the specific effect is not applied, and the second recording period is a period contiguous to the first recording period, in one recording period, and a display control unit configured to perform control to display, during recording the movie, an information display related to a time point at which the first recording period switches to the second recording period or a time point at which the second recording period switches to the first recording period, during recording the movie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichiro Matsushima
  • Patent number: 9893961
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for managing bundles of applications and services over a network between a server system and client computers. Related applications and services are bundled together in one package so that a user is able to quickly and easily configure a computer to perform a specified task. By combining both the applications and the services in one bundle, users no longer have to search the Internet for necessary components. Furthermore, additional features that allow portability of the bundled applications and services in addition to diagnostic monitoring are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Robert O. Keith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9697533
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to monitor media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a software development kit provider to provide a software development kit to enable an application developer to create an application developer to create a monitoring enabled application. The example apparatus further includes a monitoring data receiver to receive data collected from a media device executing the monitoring enabled application, the data collected via the monitoring enabled application, the collected data including a media identifier and at least one of a device identifier or a user identifier. The example apparatus further includes a data store to store the collected data, and a database proprietor interface to request demographic information from a database proprietor, the database proprietor interface to store the demographic information in association with the media identifier in the data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Madhusudhan Reddy Alla, Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 9693100
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for displaying video streams, including receiving video data from a plurality of video stream by a frame controller in communication with a television display including a first picture and a second picture, and also receiving a television program summary list. The television program summary list includes television program data corresponding to the received video streams, and displaying the television program summary list in the second picture, and allowing the selection of a program from the television program summary list by a consumer, and displaying the selected video stream in the first picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9596568
    Abstract: Approaches are described for controlling and filtering the display of content by computing devices. In particular, a mobile computing device can adjust the playing of media content (e.g., audio, video, images, games, ringtones) according to situational appropriateness and other environmental factors occurring around the device. For example, a mobile computing device such as a smart phone could use image and audio information captured by its sensors to determine that minors are present within the vicinity of the mobile phone, and filter certain portions of media content that would be deemed inappropriate for those minors. The environmental information can be determined based on data gathered by various sensors of the mobile device, including but not limited to cameras, microphones, global positioning system (GPS) devices, light sensors and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin E. Keller
  • Patent number: 9538247
    Abstract: Methods and systems for image alteration. A video signal having multiple images is accessed, and images are altered to blur the video signal based on a subscriber alteration request. The alteration request is selectable among a partial blur, a full blur, and a restore image. The request includes instructions to selectably blur a partial portion of an image by stretching a first portion, without stretching a second portion. The alteration includes accessing an alternation setting selected from a cycle of alteration settings, a group of preprogrammed alteration settings and combinations thereof. The blurred video signal is provide for presentation by subscriber equipment. The video signal is restored in response to a restorative event detected within the blurred video signal. The detecting of the restorative event includes determining a location of a scene change in the blurred video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Ryan Kenneth Conter
  • Patent number: 9491028
    Abstract: A chip-to-chip communications circuit which is particularly well-suited for short range wired RF communication from one integrated circuit (chip) to another is presented. The circuits preferably utilize multi-frequency quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) mechanisms for converting digital data bits from a parallel form into a serial analog stream for communication over a chip I/O connection. During a phase calibration cycle, a phase adjustment controller in the transmitter interoperates with a phase adjustment controller in the receiver, to adjust a phase locked-loop (PLL) circuit to correct for the phase delay arising in response to signal propagation between transmitter and receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Sheau Jiung Lee, Yilei Li, Wei-Han Cho, Mau-Chung Frank Chang
  • Patent number: 9479834
    Abstract: A system is provided for coordinating the presentation of program content received from a first network and a second network independent from the first network. The system uses heartbeat messages typically transmitted along communication paths to monitor the operation of the communications paths to transmit information necessary for stream switching to alternate programming or alternate sources of the same programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik J. Elstermann, Michael A. Casteloes
  • Patent number: 9479833
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a content supplying apparatus for supplying a video content to a content reproduction apparatus, including: a production section adapted to produce a video switch command for causing the content reproduction apparatus to execute a process regarding changeover of a video content to be reproduced; a broadcasting section adapted to broadcast a video content, in which the produced video switch command is embedded, through a broadcasting network; and a delivery section adapted to deliver the video content through the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9306688
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Eric Williams, Alan Hightower
  • Patent number: 9241135
    Abstract: Methods and systems for image alteration. A video signal having a plurality of images may be accessed. An alteration request may be received from a user. A portion of the plurality of images of the video signal may be altered to blur the video signal. The blurred video signal may be provided for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Ryan Kenneth Conter
  • Patent number: 8947465
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems, methods and devices for display-mode-dependent adjustment of image code values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Joseph Kerofsky
  • Patent number: 8913089
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems, methods and devices for increasing the perceived brightness of an image. In some embodiments this increase compensates for a decrease in display light source illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Joseph Kerofsky, Scott James Daly
  • Patent number: 8692941
    Abstract: A receiving apparatus 10 efficiently receives radio waves used for wireless communication. Four sides of the periphery of a back cover 4 are bent inward. The reflector 5 formed of a metallic material is disposed on the bent portion on the inner side of a housing. When radio waves are transmitted from the front of the receiving apparatus 10, the radio waves are reflected by the reflector 5 disposed on the back cover 4 and are directed toward the inside of the housing. The directed radio waves are received by a radio module 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shozo Horisawa
  • Patent number: 8650334
    Abstract: A source device such as a mobile phone terminal can provide more surely a user with a notification of a status of the source device. A mobile phone terminal (2) serving as the source device includes a command processing section (304) which issues a command which (A) has an event ID which designates a status of the source device and (B) causes a TV (1) to display the status of the source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yoshida, Tomohiro Nagano, Kenichi Kimura, Tadamichi Atsumi, Taisuke Hara, Shuji Daioku, Kyohichiroh Sawachika, Koji Osaki, Ryutaro Mashiko
  • Patent number: 8638397
    Abstract: A communication system is provided which implements more comfortable user operation where an electric apparatus which is remotely controlled by a remote controller (remote control apparatus) carries out processing operation in which an information recording medium is used. Remote controller data, remote controller controlling commands and reader/writer commands are placed into and transmitted by command data cmdDATA in packets of the same format. Further, reader/writer command data rwDATA and a reader/writer communication footer (parity for an error check and so forth) rwFT which have a longer data length are divided and placed divisionally into and transmitted together with the command data cmdDATA in communication packets. The transmitted data are received and merged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ueno, Kenichi Kabasawa, Akihiro Kikuchi, Takashi Tsurumoto
  • Patent number: 8587460
    Abstract: An A/D conversion apparatus includes first to M-th ADC connected in parallel converting an analog input signal to digital signals in response to M-phase sampling signals, a reference A/D conversion circuit that converts the analog input signal to a digital signal in response to a divided-by-(n×M+1) sampling signal; and a control unit that compares, for each period of (n×M+1) clock cycles, one of the digital signals from a corresponding one of first to M-th ADC with the digital signal from the reference ADC in a predetermined order of the first to M-th ADC, and generates a compensation control signal based on the comparison result for supply to the corresponding ADC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Hidemi Noguchi, Yasushi Amamiya
  • Patent number: 8570444
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a television receiver includes: a display; a circuit board; a housing; an antenna; and a shield. The display includes a display screen. The circuit board is located at a side of the display opposite the display screen. The housing is configured to house the display and the circuit board. The antenna is in the housing, and includes a communication portion and a ground portion. The shield is along a periphery of the ground portion in the housing, and is located between the antenna and the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Junichi Nonomura, Ryosuke Saito
  • Patent number: 8558716
    Abstract: A media client receives, from a remote control device, a signal to launch a selected interactive television application and sends, to the remote control device, a client program for reprogramming buttons on the remote control device. The media client sends, to the remote control device, a script, for button functions of the remote control device, which are based on the selected interactive television application. The remote control device executes the script on the client program to reprogram the buttons functions. The media client presents, on a display device, a button map that corresponds to the script, and receives, from the remote control device, a signal based on the scripting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Sudhanshu Sharma, Carl Randall Mosty
  • Patent number: 7693869
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for managing a serially presented set of items. The process displays a content for a given item for an amount of time based on user input in response to a user selection of the given item. The process identifies a dwell value for the given item based on a dwell time for the given item and a timing profile. The dwell time is the amount of time the content for the given item is displayed. The process removes the item from a plurality of content items in response to a determination that the dwell value for the item is less than a dwell threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William Edward Hutson, David Bruce Lection