Language Patents (Class 434/156)
  • Patent number: 11559199
    Abstract: A visual stimulus for a set of contrast cards is provided which comprises a hollow outer circle, opposing and identical first and second arc segment within the outer circle which are symmetrical about the vertical diameter of the outer circle, a first filled-in circle and a second filled-in circle being identical in diameter to the first filled-in circle, each residing on opposite ends of the horizontal diameter of the outer circle and each being equidistant from the center of the outer circle, a filled-in center element having a rotational center on the center of the outer circle, the center element being symmetrical about both the horizontal and vertical diameter of the outer circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: New England College of Optometry
    Inventors: Dale Luisa Mayer, Barry S. Kran
  • Patent number: 11513822
    Abstract: Classification and visualization of user interactions with an interactive computing platform is provided by applying machine learning (ML) model(s) to user transcripts, the ML model(s) trained to classify interactions with an interactive computing platform, the user transcripts including user interactions between users and the interactive computing platform in progression of the users through tasks based on the user interactions, where the applying classifies the user interactions and identifies features of the user interactions, and building and providing a graphical user interface (GUI) of graphical elements for display on a display device, the graphical elements presenting visualizations of the user interactions and the identified features thereof relative to the tasks and progression of the users therethrough, the GUI including, for each of the tasks, a respective task element that reflects identified features of a set of user interactions of user(s) in progressing through that task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shikhar Kwatra, Smitkumar Narotambhai Marvaniya, Caleb Miles, Clement Decrop
  • Patent number: 11455476
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic language translation aid. The aid includes a receiver for receiving a language sentence in a first language. The translator translates the language sentence into both a literal translation and a correct translation in a second language. The display displays the literal translation and the correct translation. Preferably, the display is configured to display both translations concurrently so that an early language learner can obtain an immediate comprehension of individual word meaning through literal translation, and overall contextual meaning through the correct translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: TStreet Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Benjamin Price Almond
  • Patent number: 11450232
    Abstract: An electronic platform to generate and display blended multilingual content. The methods and systems can be employed in an educational environment to assist a user fluent in a native language in learning a target language. One or more blended combinations of content in the native language and the target language are generated and displayed to the user. A machine learning component can be used to evaluate performance data to execute adjusts to the level and type of blending applied to the blended combinations to increase and improve learning efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Transcendent International, LLC
    Inventor: William Z. Tan
  • Patent number: 11443646
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for providing an improved interactive and educational eBook platform through an improved eReader. The system provides a platform through which a book is transformed into an interactive, multi-language, assisted reading, read-aloud eBook and is displayed in an eReader with an improved graphical user interface that provides features which enhance the effectiveness of eBook learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: FATHOM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Lee B. German
  • Patent number: 11417236
    Abstract: Language education systems capable of integrating with a user's daily life and automatically producing educational prompts would be particularly advantageous. An example method includes determining a user's identity, detecting a language education subject, prompting the user with a language education message, receiving a user's response, and updating a user profile associated with the user based on the user's response. Methods may also include determining user state (including emotional, physical, social, etc.) and determining, based on the user state, whether to prompt the user with the language education prompt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Carl S. Marshall, Giuseppe Raffa, Shi Meng, Lama Nachman, Ankur Agrawal, Selvakumar Panneer, Glen J. Anderson, Lenitra M. Durham
  • Patent number: 11294898
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated content provisioning to a user device are disclosed herein. The system can include a memory including a user profile database containing information relating to a plurality of users and a content library database including a plurality of data packets. The system can include at least one server and a user device. The user device can: receive a request for content receipt; send an electrical signal containing a content request to the server; send an electrical signal containing hardware configuration data to the server; receive first data packets; launch evaluation software; evaluate received response data with the launched evaluation software; generate outcome data for a plurality of attributes of the received response data; and automatically deliver second presentation data received in second data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: PEARSON EDUCATION, INC.
    Inventors: Zakariya Ahmad, Ryan Andrew Downey
  • Patent number: 11282511
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for automatic speech analysis comprising setting a target phrase, the target phrase comprising a target phoneme, the target phoneme having corresponding target values of a set of phonological features associated therewith, wherein each target value is one of: an indication that the phonological feature should be present, an indication that the phonological feature should be absent, or an indication that the presence of the phonological feature is not specified, receiving a speech signal, wherein the speech signal comprises a user's attempt to say the target phrase, analysing the speech signal to determine the phonological features present within a portion of the speech signal corresponding to the target phoneme and assigning a probability to each of the set of phonological features, comparing the probability assigned to each phonological feature based on the speech signal to the expected target value of that phonological feature within the phrase, determining a deviation from the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Vipul Arora, Aditi Lahiri, Henning Reetz
  • Patent number: 11276085
    Abstract: Context data pertaining to a target audience to which a product is to be demonstrated can be determined. The target audience can be classified based on the context data. Classifying the target audience can include selecting an audience type out of a predefined plurality of audience types. Customization data can be generated based on the selected audience type. The customization data can be configured to customize demonstration of the product to the target audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vinod A. Valecha, Krzysztof Rudek, Markus Blohberger
  • Patent number: 11222638
    Abstract: A communication device includes a calculation unit which calculates class probabilities that are probabilities an input speech belongs to a plurality of respective classified classes previously defined as types of speech contents, a plurality of response generation modules provided for respective types of responses each generates a response speech corresponding to the type, a determination unit which selects one of the plurality of response generation modules based on association probabilities and the class probabilities calculated by the calculation unit and determines the response speech generated by the selected response generation module as an output speech to be emitted to the user, the association probabilities being set for each of the plurality of response generation modules, and the association probabilities each indicating a level of association between the response generation module and each of the plurality of classified classes, and an output unit which outputs the output speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Nakanishi, Mina Funazukuri
  • Patent number: 11164595
    Abstract: A computer device obtains a plurality of terms uttered during a recorded communication between a plurality of parties, identifying information for one or more of the plurality of parties, and an identification of which recorded terms were uttered by each of the one or more parties. The computer device transmits data identifying one or more of the recorded terms, the one or more recorded terms uttered by each party of the one or more parties to be displayed as associated with the party, and the recorded terms being selectable. In response to one of the recorded terms being selected, the computer device transmits data identifying one or more representative utterance times that the selected term was uttered by at least one of the one or more parties, the selected term to be displayed as associated with the one or more representative utterance times along a time axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sayaka Furukawa, Hirokazu Yasumuro, Tomokazu Nakamura, Yukiko Whalen
  • Patent number: 11158206
    Abstract: An approach is provided that detect a section of a document that is currently being read by a user on a display device as well as the user's current emotional state. In response to determining, based on the detected current emotional state, that reading assistance would be helpful to the user, the approach identifies terminology within the section of the document that is currently being read by the user, retrieves assistive texts related to the identified terminology, and provides the assistive texts to the user at the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Roman Vaculin, Rema Ananthanarayanan, Seema Nagar, Kuntal Dey
  • Patent number: 11151899
    Abstract: The method includes receiving, from a user, a first speech input spoken in a first language; inferring a user intent based on at least the first speech input in the first language; based on the inferred user intent, generating one or more alternative expressions of the first speech input in the first language; and providing feedback to the user introducing the alternative expressions as a more preferred input to express the inferred user intent than the first speech input provided by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Donald W. Pitschel, Thomas R. Gruber
  • Patent number: 11030916
    Abstract: A design system includes a protocol of rules and a game apparatus. The game apparatus includes paper, cards, or an electronic device. The protocol includes instructions that prompt a user to create characters and environments. Characters may be paired with environments and goals are set for the characters. Obstacles are identified and solutions to the obstacles are created. A visual story is created based on the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Larissa Itomlenskis
  • Patent number: 10984796
    Abstract: In an approach to optimized interactive communications timing from computing devices, a set of system defaults is received. A verbal communications for an intended recipient is received. An activity data for the intended recipient is received. A criticality score of the verbal communication is determined based on the set of system defaults. An availability score for the intended recipient is determined based on the set of system defaults and the activity data. An optimal time to initiate verbal communications with the intended recipient is determined wherein the optimal time to initiate verbal communications occurs when the criticality score exceeds the availability score. The verbal communication for the intended recipient is initiated at the optimal time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Craig M. Trim, Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10964224
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing feedback on a user's writing behavior in generating a constructed response. An electronic process log for the constructed response is received. The electronic process log is processed to generate a vector having a predetermined number of elements. The vector comprises information related to the user's actions in generating the constructed response and includes (i) data indicating types of actions performed by the user in generating the constructed response, (ii) time points associated with the actions, and (iii) locations associated with the actions, each location indicating whether an associated action occurred within a word, between words, within a phrase, between phrases, within a sentence, between sentences, within a paragraph, or between paragraph. The vector is compared to one or more vectors associated with other constructed responses, and feedback is generated based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Mo Zhang, Jiangang Hao, Paul Deane
  • Patent number: 10956471
    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: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Devendra Goyal, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Priscilla Santos Moraes, Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10888271
    Abstract: Computer implemented biofeedback is used to facilitate discussions. Preferred embodiments include the steps of identifying a concept used by at least one of the participants during a discussion, sourcing additional content from outside the discussion, detecting use of a trigger expression by one of the participants, and then further to detecting use of the trigger expression rendering at least some of the additional content to one or more of the participants as an electronic biofeedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Louise M. Falevsky
  • Patent number: 10891252
    Abstract: A method and device for pushing an electronic book. the method comprises: obtaining reading duration information sent by multiple terminals (210), the reading duration information comprising identity information of the terminals, identifier information of electronic books read by users of the terminals, and reading time information corresponding to the identifier information; determining, according to the reading time information, reading preference information of the terminals corresponding to the identity information and average reading durations of the electronic books corresponding to the identifier information (220); and pushing a first electronic book to a first terminal according to the reading preference information and the average reading durations (230), the average reading duration of the first electronic book matching the reading preference information of the first terminal. By means of the method and the device, targeted pushing of electronic books is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: Beijing Jingdong Shangke Information Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing Jingdong Century Trading Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying Zhong
  • Patent number: 10864347
    Abstract: A method of changing or reducing accent, and/or improving accent by increasing the neuroplasticity of the brain using a repeating beat frequency pattern, while exposing the brain to proper pronunciation of words, phrases, sounds, and/or intonations during such increased neuroplasticity. The method includes presenting a relaxing audio segment that induces a relaxed receptive state in the language speaker, and then presenting a training audio segment that presents at least one model speaker pronouncing at least portions of speech in accordance with a target accent, while presenting the repeating beat frequency pattern. The relaxing audio segment can include instructions to promote relaxation in the listener's native language or in the target language. The method thereby enables learning pronunciations that are deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, so they sound natural and effortless when used. The method can be synergistically combined with more conventional methods of language learning to great benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Erfan Amidi
  • Patent number: 10754507
    Abstract: Techniques for providing notifications to user devices for the purpose of re-engaging users in content items they are consuming, such as electronic books, movies, videos, and the like. For instance, the techniques may calculate a frequency at which a user reads an electronic book. If the user does not request to read this electronic book for an abnormal amount of time, the techniques may provide a notification encouraging the user to again read the electronic book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Otis Yeager Chandler, Jessica Kathleen Quinn Donaghy, Seth Gershom Goldstein, Jeffrey Paul Helbling, Peter Thomas Killalea, Brian Mitchell Percival
  • Patent number: 10755209
    Abstract: Gradually automation of a workflow by a configuration change management system is provided by a first workflow template having a relatively low level of automation and complexity in which at least a plurality of tasks require manual input, manual response, or manual approval, operating the first workflow by a workflow automation system engine, monitoring a measurement of the maturity level of the process during the operation the first workflow, and responsive to detecting the maturity level meeting pre-determined benchmark, automatically selecting, engaging, and operating a second workflow template which increases automation by automating one or more subprocesses, adding one or more subprocesses, or eliminating one or more subprocesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Puthukode G. Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10741089
    Abstract: This invention is an apparatus and a method for language training and general entertainment and role-playing. It employs a digital processing system plays back audio or audio-visual program material, using special software to selectively direct the audio of this playback through the system's speakers or a headset, with the user taking the headset audio—in particular speech—as a model and prompt to repeat this speech. The user plays the role of the speaker in the program material, and the software further permits the user to record, in audio or audio-video, her dubbing efforts along with the program material, producing a version of the program material with the user's voice recorded in place of, or in conjunction with, the voice of a character in the program material. The user's recorded performance can also be overlaid onto the original program material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Carl Wakamoto
  • Patent number: 10720158
    Abstract: Methods of low power detection of an activation phrase are described. A microphone system comprises dedicated hardware logic for detecting a pre-defined activation phrase in an audio stream received via a microphone. If the pre-defined activation phrase is detected, the hardware logic sends a trigger signal to activate a module, such as a main speech detection module, which is external to the microphone system and which may be in a low power standby state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Benjamin James Kerr
  • Patent number: 10672296
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device, a teaching aid, and a platform for computing mathematics, and the method for providing the same, which especially provides a method for making the meanings of mathematical equations intuitively and stereoscopically understood by computing various mathematics and expressing their processes with engraving objects (e.g., cube, block, etc.), a computing device/teaching aid for providing the method and the platform for providing various services through a mathematical computation using engraving objects. In particular, the teaching aid for computing mathematics provides a sequence board and a plurality of cubes which are arranged and rearranged on the sequence board, so that various mathematical problems and computing processes for the mathematical problems can be visually expressed in three-dimension and a user can intuitively understand the principles and solutions of the mathematical problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: EQUALKEY CORP.
    Inventor: Bong Han Cho
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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