Language Patents (Class 434/156)
  • Patent number: 10621997
    Abstract: An information providing system (1) has a sound receiver (22) that receives a guidance voice and generates a sound signal (SG); a text identifier (114) that identifies, from among registered texts representing contents of utterances of different guidance voices, a registered text that is similar to an uttered text (L) that represents a content of an utterance of one of the guidance voices (V), the uttered text having been obtained by analyzing the sound signal (SG) by use of speech recognition, and a sound outputter (26) that transmits distribution information (D) that indicates the registered text identified by the text identifier (114) to a terminal device capable of presenting to a user (U) guidance information (G) corresponding to the distribution information (D) from among pieces of guidance information (G) that correspond to the respective guidance voices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iwase, Yuki Seto, Takahiro Iwata, Shota Moriguchi, Tetsuro Ishida, Yumiko Ochi
  • Patent number: 10614806
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for determining application experience of a user based on paralinguistic information determined for the user. One embodiment presented herein includes a computer-implemented method, which includes receiving, at a computing device, one or more audio streams. Each audio stream includes audio from a user interacting with at least one page of an application. The computer-implemented method also includes generating paralinguistic information from at least one of the audio streams. The paralinguistic information characterizes acoustic aspects of the audio stream that are distinct from verbal content of the audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Indyk, Igor A. Podgorny, Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 10607501
    Abstract: A system for encouraging a child to learn to read, comprising a computing device and at least one physical manipulative, wherein the computing device can identify the physical manipulative and display at least one word relating to the physical manipulative. In an embodiment, a letter identification board with letter manipulatives is included, wherein a child can spell out a word on the letter identification board and the computing device shows an animation of the physical manipulative performing the action indicated by the word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Square Panda Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Butler, F Brian Iannce, Carey Lee, Hector Javier Farias
  • Patent number: 10593351
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system and method for estimating hormone levels and physiological conditions of a user by analysing speech samples of said user. A user device of the user may record specifics of speech and use these specifics of speech as a speech sample of user's utterance. The user device may transmit the speech samples to a backend system. The system may isolate phonation segments from the speech samples. The system may filter the one or more phonation segments. The system may isolate uttered speech segments from the one or more phonation segments. The system may perform an acoustic-phonetic analysis of the uttered speech segments. The acoustic-phonetic analysis may use plurality of features for the analysis. The IPA phonemes may be used to derive speech markers that correspond to specific hormones and levels thereof. The system may generate a hormone level report which is transmitted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Ajit Arun Zadgaonkar, Arun Shrihari Zadgaonkar
  • Patent number: 10592095
    Abstract: Systems and processes are disclosed for initiating and controlling content speaking on touch-sensitive devices. A gesture can be detected on a touchscreen for causing text to be spoken. Displayed content can be analyzed, and a determination can be made based on size, position, and other attributes as to which portion of displayed text should be spoken. In response to detecting the gesture, the identified portion of text can be spoken using a text-to-speech process. A menu of controls can be displayed for controlling the speaking. The menu can automatically be hidden and a persistent virtual button can be displayed that can remain available on the touchscreen despite the user navigating to another view. Selecting the persistent virtual button can restore the full menu of controls, thereby allowing the user to continue to control the speaking even after navigating away from the content being spoken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Clare T. Kasemset, Christopher B. Fleizach
  • Patent number: 10540956
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a training apparatus for speech synthesis includes a storage device and a hardware processor in communication with the storage device. The storage stores an average voice model, training speaker information representing a feature of speech of a training speaker and perception representation information represented by scores of one or more perception representations related to voice quality of the training speaker, the average voice model constructed by utilizing acoustic data extracted from speech waveforms of a plurality of speakers and language data. The hardware processor, based at least in part on the average voice model, the training speaker information, and the perception representation score, train one or more perception representation acoustic models corresponding to the one or more perception representations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yamato Ohtani, Kouichirou Mori
  • Patent number: 10534803
    Abstract: Electronic natural language processing in a natural language processing (NLP) system, such as a Question-Answering (QA) system. A receives electronic text input, in question form, and determines a readability level indicator in the question. The readability level indicator includes at least a grammatical error, a slang term, and a misspelling type. The computer determines a readability level for the electronic text input based on the readability level indicator, and retrieves candidate answers based on the readability level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Devendra Goyal, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Priscilla Santos Moraes, Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10460730
    Abstract: A method of signaling speech signal related text messages on board an aircraft, a computer program product for carrying out such a method, an apparatus for signaling speech signal related text messages on board an aircraft, and an aircraft comprising such an apparatus. A method embodiment comprises: providing a speech signal related to an announcement to passengers of an aircraft; obtaining a text message containing text corresponding to spoken words of the speech signal; and signaling the text message to one or more devices on board the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Klose, Michael Luedtke
  • Patent number: 10446141
    Abstract: Systems and processes for processing speech in a digital assistant are provided. In one example process, a first speech input can be received from a user. The first speech input can be processed using a first automatic speech recognition system to produce a first recognition result. An input indicative of a potential error in the first recognition result can be received. The input can be used to improve the first recognition result. For example, the input can include a second speech input that is a repetition of the first speech input. The second speech input can be processed using a second automatic speech recognition system to produce a second recognition result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Krishnamoorthy, Matthias Paulik
  • Patent number: 10427065
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for assembling a set of connectable building blocks by using a computing device to access, from wireless communication elements in each block, general information regarding the set of blocks and specific information regarding at least one block of the set that is placed on a conducting mat and each block of the set that is connected to the at least one block on the conducting mat. Structural information regarding structures for assembly using the blocks is accessed based on the general and specific information. A process for assembling a selected structure using the blocks is generated based on all of the accessed information. A lighting element of the at least one block (or a connected block) and a lighting element of at least one block of the set that is not connected to any other block of the set is made to blink based on the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Karthika Murthy, Nischith Honnavar, Vishwa T. Kondaveeti
  • Patent number: 10430045
    Abstract: A method for automatically creating a short message and a portable terminal using the same includes extracting at least one word expected to be input from a database provided in the portable terminal when a message creation menu is selected. At least one input expected word that has been extracted is then displayed. At least one word that is recognized is selected from among the displayed at least one input expected word; and inputting the selected word to a text message creation window. A user can create a short message without having to input words one-by-one through a keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Jung Baek
  • Patent number: 10380909
    Abstract: A system for encouraging a child to learn to read, comprising a computing device and at least one physical manipulative, wherein the computing device can identify the physical manipulative and display at least one word relating to the physical manipulative. In an embodiment, a letter identification board with letter manipulatives is included, wherein a child can spell out a word on the letter identification board and the computing device shows an animation of the physical manipulative performing the action indicated by the word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Square Panda Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Butler, F Brian Iannce, Carey Lee, Hector Javier Farias
  • Patent number: 10303799
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods, computer program products, and systems for automatically generating a display to present different terms. Embodiments of the present invention can be used to identify a first and a second user using applications in a software as a service (SaaS) environment and store, for the first and the second user, a first term associated with the first user and a second term associated with the second user in the SaaS environment. Responsive to identifying the first term associated with the first user and the second term associated with the second user have functionally equivalent definitions, embodiments of the present invention can replace the second term associated with the second user with the first term associated with the first user and generate a display for the first term associated with the first user that replaced the second term associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rhonda L. Childress, Donna M. Hickey, Randy S. Johnson, John F. Kelley, Tedrick N. Northway, Bradley K. Wells
  • Patent number: 10296636
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present application provides a system for efficiently managing navigation categories in a multi-site web environment. During operation, the system determines whether a category of a product is a synchronized category. A synchronized category is shared by a main site and a local site of the multi-site web environment. If the category is a synchronized category, the system copies the category from the main site to the local site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Bin Hu, Xiaoyun Gao
  • Patent number: 10262547
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for scoring a constructed response generated by a user and providing information on the user's writing behavior. A constructed response and associated electronic process log are received. The constructed response is processed to generate first feature values representative of aspects of the constructed response. The electronic process log is processed to generate second feature values related to the user's actions in generating the constructed response. A score for the constructed response is generated using the processing system by applying a computer scoring model to the first and second feature values. A rule of a rule engine that is satisfied is identified, the rule being satisfied when one or more feature values of the second feature values meet a condition associated with the rule. Information on the user's actions in generating the constructed response is provided based on the satisfied rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Paul Deane, Gary Feng, Mo Zhang, Jiangang Hao, Yoav Bergner, Michael Flor, Michael E. Wagner, Nathan Lederer, Yigal Attali
  • Patent number: 10254834
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to systems for generating identifiers. In particular, the systems and methods herein are configured to generate visual and/or aural identifiers for representing user response to stimuli. In a preferred embodiment, visual identifiers are generated from primary colors or shapes, wherein the primary colors and/or shapes can be blended or modified based on strength/weakness of the stimuli experienced by a user or across a plurality of users, while aural identifiers are generated from musical notes from any source such as preprogrammed stored notes or notes played live. Preferred embodiments of the invention are further configured to receive text or other non-visual identifier from a user in order to describe the response the user has to a stimuli; wherein the associated system is configured to convert the described response into an appropriate identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Diemsk Jean
  • Patent number: 10242092
    Abstract: Electronic natural language processing in a natural language processing (NLP) system, such as a Question-Answering (QA) system. A receives electronic text input, in question form, and determines a readability level indicator in the question. The readability level indicator includes at least a grammatical error, a slang term, and a misspelling type. The computer determines a readability level for the electronic text input based on the readability level indicator, and retrieves candidate answers based on the readability level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Devendra Goyal, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Priscilla Santos Moraes, Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10229609
    Abstract: Provided is a method, system, and/or non-transitory computer readable medium for providing learning content using a wordbook. A content providing method may include selecting a target word to be learned from a wordbook list, determining a content type of the target word based on a network state, and providing content associated with the target word using a push notification of the content type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventor: Ryan Kim
  • Patent number: 10223458
    Abstract: Techniques and solutions for provided for generating web content magazines. For example, a web content magazine can be generated by obtaining a user-specific interest model for a particular user, determining a reading time period, obtain web content that can be read by the user within the reading time period, processing the obtained web content to generate a web content magazine, and providing the web content magazine for display. The web content magazine can contain an amount of content that can be read by the user within the reading time period according to the user's reading speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Decker, Peter Frank Hill, Saral Jain
  • Patent number: 10223349
    Abstract: A processing system is described which induces a context free grammar (CFG) based on a set of descriptions. The descriptions pertain to a particular subject. Thus, the CFG targets the particular subject, and is accordingly referred to as a subject-targeted context free grammar (ST-CFG). The processing system can use the ST-CFG to determine whether a new description is a proper description of the subject. The processing system also provides synthesizing functionality for building an ST-CFG based on one or more smaller component ST-CFGs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Christopher B. Quirk, Pallavi Choudhury, Jurij Ganitkevic, Luke S. Zettlemoyer
  • Patent number: 10159314
    Abstract: A textile product (1) comprising individual elements (4) interconnected by a textile technique, characterized in that the interconnected individual elements (4) hold at least one decorative or functional element (2, 2?, 2?, 12, 12?, 22) between each other, e.g. by braiding in or braiding around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TEUFELBERGER GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
    Inventors: Rudolf Kirth, Susanna Schiemer, Christoph Ebel
  • Patent number: 10108600
    Abstract: A system for annotating words of a data corpus based upon attributes, items, and actions with Identigens (IDNs) from a Descriptive Dictionary, pairing the word's or their IDNs based on logical forming rules (CETLO Rules); determining if a selected plurality of paired words or IDNs (CETs) are grammatically and syntactically correct by matching IDNs from each pair of words. Optionally, identifying and annotating the individual entities (Entigens) that words are identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ENTIGENLOGIC LLC
    Inventor: Frank John Williams
  • Patent number: 10056062
    Abstract: A music application guides a user with some musical experience through the steps of creating and editing a musical enhancement file that enhances and plays in synchronicity with an audio signal of an original artist's recorded performance. This enables others, perhaps with lesser musical ability than the original artist, to play-along with the original artist by following melodic, chordal, rhythmic, and verbal prompts. The music application accounts for differences in the timing of the performance from a standard tempo by guiding the user through the process of creating a tempo map for the performance and by associating the tempo map with MIDI information of the enhancement file. Enhancements may contain MIDI information, audio signal information, and/or video signal information which may be played back in synchronicity with the recorded performance to provide an aural and visual aid to others playing-along who may have less musical experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: FIVER LLC
    Inventors: Brian Reynolds, William B. Hudak
  • Patent number: 9984045
    Abstract: A rendering optimizer captures content engagement feedback associated with a first interval during which electronic content is presented with a first set of rendering parameter values. The rendering optimizer adjusts at least one rendering parameter value of the first set of rendering parameter values by a step amount in a first direction to create a second set of rendering parameter values and captures content engagement feedback associated with a second interval during which the electronic content is presented with the second set of rendering parameter values. The rendering optimizer further adjusts the rendering parameter values to determine they result in an improvement in reading immersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Bacus, Lokesh Joshi, Joseph King, Stephen W. Swales
  • Patent number: 9984585
    Abstract: A method and system for constructive response grading for spoken language is disclosed. The method and system are computer implemented and involve a crowdsourcing step to derive evaluation features. The method includes steps for posting a speech test through an automated speech assessment tool, receiving candidate responses from candidates for the speech test; delivering the candidate responses to crowdsource volunteers; receiving crowdsourced responses from crowdsource volunteers, where the crowdsourced responses comprise a transcription of the speech test; deriving features from the transcription; and deriving a individual scores based on the features, where the individual scores are representative of pronunciation score, fluency score, content organization score and grammar score of the spoken language for each candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Varun Aggarwal, Vinay Shashidhar
  • Patent number: 9978072
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for automatically adding advertisements into a slide show data feed. The disclosure includes receiving a request for a slide show data feed and generating a modified slide show data feed from the original data feed. One or more advertisements are selected and inserted as slides into the modified slide show data feed. The modified slide show data feed is then transmitted to the requester. When rendered on the requestor's device, the modified slide show data feed displays the slides of the originally requested data feed along with the advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Tomi Blinnikka, Steven Horowitz
  • Patent number: 9953546
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for generating a sequence of commands from interconnected code blocks. In one aspect, a system includes a sequencer block that connects to a sequence of coding blocks representative of a control flow and establish data communication with the sequence of coding blocks. The sequencer block includes coding circuitry that receives coding data from the sequence of coding blocks coding data, the coding data representative of instruction code to which the coding blocks corresponds, and generates from the received coding data command data that is representative of a sequence of commands that corresponds to a control flow of which the code blocks in data communication with the sequencer block are representative and a communication subsystem that provides the command data to a controlled system that is external to the code blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jayme Ross Goldstein, Joao Santos Wilbert, Stavros Vranakis
  • Patent number: 9947322
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating human speech. Implementations may include: a microphone coupled with a computing device comprising a microprocessor, a memory, and a display operatively coupled together. The microphone may be configured to receive an audible unconstrained speech utterance from a user whose proficiency in a language is being tested and provide a corresponding audio signal to the computing device. The microprocessor and memory may receive the audio signal and process the audio signal by recognizing a plurality of phones and a plurality of pauses and calculate a plurality of suprasegmental parameters using the plurality of pauses and the plurality of phones. The microprocessor and memory may use the plurality of suprasegmental parameters to calculate a language proficiency rating for the user and display the language proficiency rating of the user on the display associated with the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents Acting for and on Behalf of Northern Arizona University
    Inventors: Okim Kang, David O. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9916587
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for automatically adding advertisements into a ticker. The disclosure includes receiving a request for a ticker data feed and generating a modified ticker data feed from the original data feed. One or more advertisements are selected and inserted as data items into the modified ticker data feed. The modified ticker data feed is then transmitted to the requester. When rendered on the requestor's device, the modified ticker data feed displays the data items of the originally requested data feed along with the advertisements in a scrolling ticker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Tomi Blinnikka, Steven Horowitz
  • Patent number: 9916380
    Abstract: Electronic natural language processing in a natural language processing (NLP) system, such as a Question-Answering (QA) system. A receives electronic text input, in question form, and determines a readability level indicator in the question. The readability level indicator includes at least a grammatical error, a slang term, and a misspelling type. The computer determines a readability level for the electronic text input based on the readability level indicator, and retrieves candidate answers based on the readability level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Devendra Goyal, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Priscilla Santos Moraes, Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9910912
    Abstract: Electronic natural language processing in a natural language processing (NLP) system, such as a Question-Answering (QA) system. A receives electronic text input, in question form, and determines a readability level indicator in the question. The readability level indicator includes at least a grammatical error, a slang term, and a misspelling type. The computer determines a readability level for the electronic text input based on the readability level indicator, and retrieves candidate answers based on the readability level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Devendra Goyal, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Priscilla Santos Moraes, Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9899013
    Abstract: The invention pertains generally to an effects pedal employing multiple sub-buffers implementing a switching mechanism between forward and reverse delay effects, particularly useful in the music industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: EarthQuaker Devices, LLC, Pittsburgh Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Ryan Stillman, Michael Thomas Mecca
  • Patent number: 9824479
    Abstract: The present invention relates to rendering texts in a natural language, namely to manipulating a text in a natural language to generate an image or animation corresponding to this text. The invention is unique mainly in that a sequence of animations is selected, semantically corresponding to a given text. Given a set of animations and a text, the invention makes it possible to compare the sequence of these animations to this text. It is unique in that text templates are used and an optimum sequence of these templates is determined. The idea of the template-based text rendering consists in that the text is manipulated to generate an image or animation with the aid of searching correspondences to a limited number of predefined templates. An animation according to certain style is selected in compliance with each template. Animations are sequentially combined into a single sequence of video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Timur N. Bekmambetov, Sergei V. Kuzmin, Anton A. Novosyolov
  • Patent number: 9766722
    Abstract: A user terminal device and a control method are provided. The user terminal device includes a display, a sensor configured to sense a user interaction on the display, and a controller configured to, in response to a user interaction being sensed by the sensor of a touch being made by an input device of a polyhedral shape that includes different touch patterns on each of a plurality of surfaces, control a function of the user terminal device according to a touch pattern on a touched surface among the plurality of surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mi-ra Park, Sung-bin Kuk, Hark-joon Kim, Sang-il Lee, Min-kyu Jung, Seong-hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 9727874
    Abstract: A system for remote servicing of customers includes an interactive display unit at the customer location providing two-way audio/visual communication with a remote service/sales agent, wherein communication inputted by the agent is delivered to customers via a virtual Digital Actor on the display. The system also provides for remote customer service using physical mannequins with interactive capability having two-way audio visual communication ability with the remote agent, wherein communication inputted by the remote service or sales agent is delivered to customers using the physical mannequin. A web solution integrates the virtual Digital Actor system into a business website. A smart phone solution provides the remote service to customers via an App. In another embodiment, the Digital Actor is instead displayed as a 3D hologram. The Digital Actor is also used in an e-learning solution, in a movie studio suite, and as a presenter on TV, online, or other broadcasting applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Ratnakumar Navaratnam
  • Patent number: 9716964
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for modifying operation of computing devices to mitigate short-term impaired judgment using wearable devices. A short-range frequency reader coupled to a target device detects a wearable device in proximity to the reader, the wearable device comprising a short-range frequency antenna. The reader identifies a user wearing the wearable device. The reader receives biometric information of the user from the wearable device. The reader determines a level of operational impairment of the user by analyzing the biometric information. The reader modifies one or more operational functions of the target device based upon the level of operational impairment of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: FMR LLC
    Inventors: Xinxin Sheng, Hong Sun, Pei Gu
  • Patent number: 9715490
    Abstract: In an approach to automating multilingual indexing, a computer receives text of a conversation between at least two users. The computer detects at least one language associated with the text. The computer determines whether the language associated with the text is detected with a confidence level that exceeds a threshold. The computer retrieves text from one or more previous conversations between the two users. The computer detects at least one language associated with the text. The computer determines whether the at least one language associated with the text is detected with a confidence level that exceeds a pre-defined threshold. The computer analyzes the text using at least one of the detected languages to create one or more terms. The computer indexes the one or more terms and stores a boost value associated with each of the one or more indexed terms corresponding to confidence level of the detected language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Leonid Bolshinsky, Sharon Krisher, Eitan Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9706001
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for remote active window sensing of a display in a computing device and reporting of the same. The system includes a tool including a remote monitoring and reporting component configured to monitor active windows of one or more remote devices and provide a report to a presenter as to whether the active windows of the one or more remote devices are for a presentation of the presenter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fronz F. Batot, Adam R. Holley, Randy S. Johnson, Tedrick N. Northway, Howard N. Smallowitz
  • Patent number: 9659010
    Abstract: In an approach for generating a composite of images in multiple languages when a request is made to capture an image of a screen, a processor receives a request to capture a first graphical user interface (GUI) display of an application in languages available to the application. A processor iterates over GUI elements of the first GUI display to locate language bundle keys. A processor generates a second GUI display for the languages available to the application, wherein the second GUI display is a recreation of original images within the first GUI display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jenny J. He, Adrian P. Kyte, Joseph R. Winchester, Bei Chun Zhou, Jun T. Zhou
  • Patent number: 9552810
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and system for customizing speech recognition for users with accents. A spoken language of a user is identified. An indicator of a speech accent language can be initiated by the user using a computer. The indicator identifies the speech accent language and defines an influence of the speech accent language on the spoken language. Speech recognition characteristics are set according to the spoken language and the indicator. An automatic speech recognition (ASR) conversion is adjusted based on the speech recognition characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ella Belisario, Judith M. Combs, Peeyush Jaiswal
  • Patent number: 9542957
    Abstract: In a method and system for controlling voice communication of a first person with at least a second person via a communication network a first microphone receives and converts vocal utterances from the first person to a voice signal. A first processor generates a transmission signal by processing the voice signal. A transmitter sends the transmission signal to a receiver. The receiver generates a listening signal by processing the received signal and transmits the listening signal to a speaker. The speaker converts the listening signal to an acoustic signal to be perceived by the first person. In this method a second processor generates the listening signal from the received signal by branching the voice signal and adding the branched voice signal to the received signal. The branched voice signal may be subjected to variable attenuation and/or amplification before being added to the branched voice signal to the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Karl Klug
  • Patent number: 9502026
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, receiving audio data; determining that an initial portion of the audio data corresponds to an initial portion of a hotword; in response to determining that the initial portion of the audio data corresponds to the initial portion of the hotword, selecting, from among a set of one or more actions that are performed when the entire hotword is detected, a subset of the one or more actions; and causing one or more actions of the subset to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Sharifi
  • Patent number: 9501944
    Abstract: A system and method for assisting individuals in developing and refining memory skills is disclosed. The computer-base memory enhancing system provides users with a memory enhancing process, memory enhancing interface, memory enhancing files, and memory enhancing methods that provide users with tools to enhance memorization. Among the features and functionalities associated with the computer-base memory enhancing system are: (i) a memory enhancing method that suggests components from queries, (ii) a memory enhancing method that suggests component structures for arranging components, and (iii) a memory enhancing method that superposes components in real-world locations (“the augmented reality memory enhancing method”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Sebastian Roberto Boneta, Alfonso Luis Boneta
  • Patent number: 9495077
    Abstract: A display device that displays electronic books includes a display unit configured to display information indicating that an unread electronic book is present, in a case that an application for displaying contents of an electronic book is not full-displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayoshi Sasaoka, Akihiro Azuma, Mitsukuni Tanya
  • Patent number: 9405398
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a touch sensitive display are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for operating a touch sensitive display is provided that includes detecting a plurality of inputs via the touch sensitive display, interpreting, using at least one compute processor, each input in accordance with a location of the associated input on the touch sensitive display and a gesture of the associated input, generating a display based on the interpretation; updating a state of objects displayed on the touch sensitive display based on the interpretation, determining whether to generate an output to another device based on the interpretation, sending the output to the other device based on the determination, and displaying the generated display on the touch sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: FTL LABS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Alton White, Leonard Arthur White, Christopher Lewis Templeman
  • Patent number: 9336204
    Abstract: Techniques are described for delivering electronic literary content in a way that adjusts the reading level of the content for the reader while maintaining the overall story context. The adjustment may be made in response to a request by a user or automatically without any user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristin Ann Amundsen, Timothy Albert Laferriere, Troy Franklin Thacker, Nathaniel John Reid, Erick Craig Pierce, Wayne Claus Heaney, Quan Gan, Tommy Lee Bennett
  • Patent number: 9330164
    Abstract: An electronic platform allowing users to form and organize groups of member profiles, which contain a number of biographical categories (e.g., name, address, etc.) and a personal photo. The electronic platform incorporates many different methods of testing the user to assist in the memorization of the faces and biographical information of the members of the group, i.e., electronic flash cards (one sided or two sided), multiple choice quizzes, etc. The users then may either create their own custom tests or they may use predesigned quizzes generated by the electronic platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Andrew Wills Edwards
  • Patent number: 9226677
    Abstract: The present invention is a visual cuing device which allows users to rapidly and easily identify ECG/EKG cardiac arrhythmias and twelve lead ECG/EKG arrhythmias. A visual cuing device contains a plurality of panels with a plurality of graphically displayed ECG/EKG abnormalities alternated with visually high-contrast, solid colored text sections. A visual cuing device may also contain additional tools, such as a heart rate reference line, time reference line or baseline window to aid in analysis and interpreting ECG/EKG strips. A visual cuing device may also be adapted to display using a touch screen or other user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: EKG Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Krause
  • Patent number: 9031829
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein facilitate multi-lingual communications. The systems and methods of some embodiments enable multi-lingual communications through different modes of communication including, for example, Internet-based chat, e-mail, text-based mobile phone communications, postings to online forums, postings to online social media services, and the like. Certain embodiments implement communication systems and methods that translate text between two or more languages. Users of the systems and methods may be incentivized to submit corrections for inaccurate or erroneous translations, and may receive a reward for these submissions. Systems and methods for assessing the accuracy of translations are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Machine Zone, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Leydon, Francois Orsini, Nikhil Bojja
  • Publication number: 20150118661
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computing technologies for diagnosis and therapy of language-related disorders. Such technologies enable computer-generated diagnosis and computer-generated therapy delivered over a network to at least one computing device. The diagnosis and therapy are customized for each patient through a comprehensive analysis of the patient's production and reception errors, as obtained from the patient over the network, together with a set of correct responses at each phase of evaluation and therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Pau-San Haruta, Charisse Si-Fei Haruta, Kieran Bing-Fei Haruta