Language Patents (Class 434/156)
  • 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: 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: 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Patent number: 9020806
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards automated processes for generating sentence completion questions based at least in part on a language model. Using the language model, a sentence is located, and alternates for a focus word (or words) in the sentence are automatically provided. Also described is automated filtering candidate sentences to locate the sentence, filtering the alternates based upon elimination criteria, scoring sentences with the correct word and as modified the alternates, and ranking the alternates. Manual selection may be used along with the automated processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey G. Zweig, Christopher J. C. Burges
  • Publication number: 20150093726
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for tracking learning behavior and teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other complex communication needs and learning disabilities. A demonstration of a task having a plurality of steps is provided on a graphical display of a computing device (e.g., a smartphone or tablet computer). The computing device receives an indication of any prompts or reward reminders given to the individual when the individual performs the task. Data is collected and automatically stored regarding the individual's behavior while performing the task. Upon successful completion of the task, a message of praise and/or a reward may be provided to the individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Marie Duggan
  • Publication number: 20150064663
    Abstract: There are disclosed a computer readable recording media recording a language learning program to execute a method including a first step of receiving input of a first video file selected by a user in a computer, a second step of receiving input of a first text associated with the first video file, and a step of generating an execution file configured to execute the first video file and to stand by in a first state where a voice can be input after executing the first video file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Seung Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 8961183
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to an Audio-Story Engine that includes a repository of prerecorded audio files that, when played in a certain sequence, with user provided recordings placed throughout, tell a story. To obtain the user provided recordings, the Audio-Story Engine asks the user to make audio recordings of various words or phrases. For example, the Audio-Story Engine may ask the user a series of questions in order to record and store the user's audible responses. Upon completion, the Audio-Story Engine plays back a completed story that incorporates the user's audio recordings by playing an appropriate user recording after playing a prerecorded audio file. This is repeated several times in sequence to form a seamless, customized, audio story. In addition, the Audio-Story Engine may alter the pitch or sound of the user's recorded words to match the pitch of the prerecorded story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Anne Catherine Bates, Jason Paul Gahr, Adam Samuel Scheff, Jason Blake Penrod, Stephanie Farris Young, Timothy Jay Lien, Michael Anthony Monaco, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8956164
    Abstract: The invention teaches students all of the graphic representations of phonemes and orthography using a series of word charts (covering over 18,000 independent words) and integrated program materials. The graphic representations of phonemes are presented to a student according to the frequency of use in words and in the language, and the progressive dependence of one set of graphic representations of phonemes on another. The teaching methods of this invention provide a system for learning how to decode and encode as interchangeable skills. Thus, the student learns to reason out the sounds and spelling of thousands of words. Integrated program learning materials provide mnemonic devices to reinforce the learning in a systematic way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: InterEthnic, LLC
    Inventors: Beverly N. Terpstra, Susan Jean Mortimer
  • Publication number: 20150044304
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composition comprising: (i) one or more of uridine and cytidine, or salts, phosphates, acyl derivatives or esters thereof; and (ii) a lipid fraction comprising at least one of docosahexaenoic acid (22:6; DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5; EPA) and docosapentaenoic acid (22:5; DPA), or esters thereof, for use in the improvement of the composite NTB score. The invention also provides an improved NTB method comprising an optimized set of individualized tests, in particular for a (prodromal or mild) Alzheimer's or dementia patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Martine Groenendijk, Anke Bongers, Patrick Joseph Gerardus Hendrikus Kamphuis
  • Patent number: 8938383
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for allowing a test script to be played back correctly in a locale of different test language. The invention uses a synonymy dictionary storing the different appearances of the property value of a property in an object of a software product to be tested in different test locales; and compares the property value of the property in the object of the software product to be tested to the corresponding property value pre-recorded in a test script to detect whether they match each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Min Ding, Chi Qi, Xiao Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 8914278
    Abstract: A computer-assisted language correction system including spelling correction functionality, misused word correction functionality, grammar correction functionality and vocabulary enhancement functionality utilizing contextual feature-sequence functionality employing an internet corpus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ginger Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael Karov Zangvil, Avner Zangvil
  • Publication number: 20140342320
    Abstract: A systems, methods, and products for language learning software that automatically extracts text from corpora using various natural-language processing product features, which can be combined with custom-designed learning activities to offer a needs-based, adaptive learning methodology. The system may receive a text, extract keywords pedagogically valuable to non-native language learning, assign a difficulty score to the text using various linguistic attributes of the text, generate a list of potential distractors for each keyword in the text to implement in learning activities, and topically tag the text against a taxonomy based on the content. This output is then used in conjunction with a series of learning activity-types designed to meet learners' language skill needs and then used to create dynamic, adaptive activities for them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Voxy, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine NIELSON, Kasey KIRKHAM, Na'im TYSON, Andrew BREEN
  • Publication number: 20140342321
    Abstract: Methods of conducting generative language training using a training corpus having a plurality of words and a plurality of stimuli are described. A stimulus is presented via an electronic display. A selection is received from visual representations of a plurality of the words represented on the display. It is determined whether the selected words correspond to the represented words in the stimulus. A mastery level can be determined based on correspondence of the responses and stimuli and the training corpus or sequence modified based on the mastery level. Another method includes receiving mastery-level data for multiple learners and determining a training sequence using relative difficulties determined from the mastery-level data. Another method includes determining a proficiency level using the correspondence of responses and, if the determined proficiency level corresponds to an intervention criterion, performing an intervention sequence including detecting word selections and unlocking inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventor: Oliver Wendt
  • Patent number: 8888494
    Abstract: One or more embodiments present a script to a user in an interactive script environment. A digital representation of a manuscript is analyzed. This digital representation includes a set of roles and a set of information associated with each role in the set of roles. An active role in the set of roles that is associated with a given user is identified based on the analyzing. At least a portion of the manuscript is presented to the given user via a user interface. The portion includes at least a subset of information in the set of information. Information within the set of information that is associated with the active role is presented in a visually different manner than information within the set of information that is associated with a non-active role, which is a role that is associated with a user other than the given user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Randall Lee Threewits
  • Patent number: 8870575
    Abstract: A language learning system including a storage module, a feature extraction module, and an assessment and diagnosis module is provided. The storage module stores training data and an assessment decision tree generated according to the training data. The feature extraction module extracts pronunciation features of a pronunciation given by a language learner. The assessment and diagnosis module identifies a diagnosis path corresponding to the pronunciation of the language learner in the assessment decision tree and outputs feedback information corresponding to the diagnosis path. Thereby, the language learning system can assess and provide feedback information regarding words, phrases or sentences pronounced by the language learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Sen-Chia Chang, Hsien-Cheng Liao, Jiang-Chun Chen
  • Publication number: 20140295383
    Abstract: I disclose processes and methods that by combining pictures in specific ways could boost, enforce, and optimize language learning. Herein I disclose the combination of several pictures all of them related to the same word in order to elicit said word in the observer. Also, by showing a word together with several photos, and by having to choose the photo/s related to the word, the observer can enforce the word learning process. Moreover, I describe the replacement headers of classical multi-choice questions with a photograph. I also show that by intermingling pictures and words, photos can become language units in the same token as conventional words. Finally as a practical embodiment of this method, I provide a game that can be both entertaining and educational.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8840400
    Abstract: In a communication between individuals having different levels of skill in a language, communication by the more skilled individual is controlled so as to keep it at a level understandable by the lesser skilled individual. For example, a native speaker's communication with a student learning his language (the target language) is monitored by an interface and compared with a stored model representing the student's knowledge and ability in the language. Should the native speaker communicate in a way that would not be understood by the student, for example, by using vocabulary or a sentence structure beyond the student's ability, the interface will notify the native speaker. The interface might then suggest an alternate word or sentence structure to the native speaker, inviting him to use the alternate communication. The native speaker can then substitute and send the alternate communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Keim, Jack August Marmorstein, Michael Scott Fulkerson, Ronald Bryce Inouve, Alisha Huber
  • Patent number: 8827713
    Abstract: The present invention measures reading fluency, which is simultaneous decoding and comprehension. Whether or not a person is a fluent reader is determined by the size of the visual unit, or sting of letters, used in word recognition. In order to measure the size of the visual unit used in word recognition, a lexical decision task (“LDT”) is used in which short and long words are presented on a display device. The person determines if the string of letters formulates a word. The person enters their response on an input device and the results are recorded. A score is calculated that measures reading fluency. The ability to correctly identify a string of letters as a word using holistic processing, rather than letter-by-letter, is the hallmark of a fluent person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: University of Minnesota
    Inventor: Jay Samuels
  • Patent number: 8825492
    Abstract: The language-based video game places a player avatar into a game environment contained within a display field following a story narrative or an adventure for completing an objective. The gameplay reinforces pronunciation and writing of a given language. The display field includes a minor head graphic, as can be highlighted text in the given language, interactive text objects, and can include a control icon and a progress icon. The minor head graphic is a representation of a human head, or portion thereof, animated to show pronunciation of the highlighted text. As the player progresses through the game, the player encounters the interactive text objects that, upon activation, transform into useful objects for overcoming challenges present in the game environment, the interactive text object being the same as, substantially the same as, or corresponding to the highlighted text. Avatar movement and interactions are controlled through a control scheme via an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yousef A. E. S. M. Buhadi
  • Publication number: 20140242557
    Abstract: An audible dictionary device defined by a device housing having a multipart screen display, an lock button, a command button, a headphone jack, a keyboard, a speaker, and a detachable stylus. Internally, the audible dictionary device includes a power source, a processor, non-volatile memory, an internal database of reference information. In some embodiments, a network interface which enables the audible dictionary device to receive reference information from a network location is included in addition to or in the alternative of the internal database. The device executes a process by which words are looked up by a user, with the user then being provided with various reference information and be provided audibly in addition to on screen about the looked up word.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Aderonke Akinsanya, Sodjidassi Aziadapou
  • Patent number: 8794972
    Abstract: A standardized parsing and mark-up technique is provided for printings or displays of textual materials, including complex legal documents such as statutes or contracts, to enhance readability and understanding of same. A presentation may be provided in which textual terms indicating if-then statements are enhanced with at least one of a first-level if-then visual marking or a second-level if-then marking throughout the textual material before the text is presented. Textual terms indicating skeletal sentence structures are enhanced with a skeletal sentence visual marking throughout the textual material before the text is presented. A legend for the textual material may be provided having representations of the visual markings and their corresponding meanings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Lynn M. LoPucki
  • Patent number: 8788256
    Abstract: Computer implemented speech processing generates one or more pronunciations of an input word in a first language by a non-native speaker of the first language who is a native speaker of a second language. The input word is converted into one or more pronunciations. Each pronunciation includes one or more phonemes selected from a set of phonemes associated with the second language. Each pronunciation is associated with the input word in an entry in a computer database. Each pronunciation in the database is associated with information identifying a pronunciation language and/or a phoneme language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ruxin Chen, Gustavo Hernandez-Abrego, Masanori Omote, Xavier Menendez-Pidal
  • Patent number: 8784108
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, in certain embodiments, are computer-based language immersion teaching systems, products, programs, and methods for learners aged about 3 to about 10 years comprising a digital processing device and a computer program that creates a language immersion teaching environment, wherein said environment comprises a plurality of learning activities associated with a target language, and wherein said plurality of activities comprises: at least one learning activity based on a taxonomy of phonemes; at least one learning activity selected from: songs, chants, books, poems, puzzles, games, art activities, and printable activities; voiceover audio in said target language; and a software module for recording said learner's pronunciation and comparing it to one or more model pronunciations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Age of Learning, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug Dohring, David Hendry, Stephanie Yost, Jerry Chiawei Chen
  • Publication number: 20140199666
    Abstract: The Comprehension Normalization Method of the present disclosure exploits the differences in the meanings of words or ideas between Big Data sets to build insight. When the comprehension normalization method is performed between two big data sets, both data sets take turns rephrasing the material of the other data set in their own language of understanding. The act of rephrasing a foreign idea connects the data within the set doing the rephrasing in a way it had not been connected before. After two sets take turns rephrasing the data within, both sets will become more connected than ever before and more insightful to the researcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Hyperfine, LLC
    Inventor: Bridget Kelly Osetinsky
  • Patent number: 8777626
    Abstract: An interactive computer based system and method for multi-sensory learning to teach students to read, to write, to improve their fluency, and to improve their reading comprehension. The multi-sensory system combines phonics and reading comprehension to teach students how to decode the alphabet and understand what they read. The multi-sensory system can be individually customized and tailored to meet needs of an individual student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Maxscholar, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Levy, Deboarh L. Levy, Elliot G. Levy
  • Patent number: 8768697
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes measuring a disparity between two speech samples by segmenting both a reference speech sample and a student speech sample into speech units. A duration disparity can be determined for units that are not adjacent to each other in the reference speech sample. A duration disparity can also be determined for the corresponding units in the student speech sample. A difference can then be calculated between the student speech sample duration disparity and the reference speech sample duration disparity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Tepperman, Theban Stanley, Kadri Hacioglu
  • Patent number: 8758018
    Abstract: EEG-based acceleration of second language learning is accomplished by measuring via single-trial EEG a learner's cognitive response to the presentation (visual or auditory) of language learning materials and updating a user model of latent traits related to language-learning skills in accordance with the cognitive response. The user model is suitably updated with each trial, each trial being triggered by learner fixation on a portion of visual materials and/or a next phoneme in auditory materials. Additional discrimination may be achieved through the use of saccades or fixation duration features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Peot, Mario Aguilar, Aaron T. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8758017
    Abstract: Teaching material generation methods and systems to generate teaching material for language learning are provided. The system comprises a plurality of social circumstances, a plurality of contextual situations, a user interface and a processing module. The user interface receives a selection corresponding to at least one of the social circumstances, and a selection corresponding to at least one of the contextual situations. The processing module generates teaching material according to the selected social circumstance and the selected contextual situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Jing-Jing Chai, Li-Yuan Chen, Meei-Yuan Fann
  • Publication number: 20140170610
    Abstract: A method and system for teaching a user a target language includes developing and constructing variable potential paths of nodes representing an exchange between two participants in a dialogue, prompting and selecting a path of nodes through a conversation graph of the target language, the path of nodes defining a dialogue; and determining whether the user is ready to perform the dialogue that has been constructed and defined by the path of nodes, the determination being based on a user model which represents the user's current ability in and current knowledge of, the target language. If the user is ready to perform the dialogue, the path of nodes is executed to allow the user to perform the dialogue defined thereby; and if the user is not ready to perform the dialogue, training the user on one or more nodes of the path of nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Karl F. Ridgeway, Ronald Bryce Inouye, Gregory Keim, Kyle D. Kuhn, Jack August Marmorstein, Robin Smith, Brian Vaughn
  • Patent number: 8747115
    Abstract: An approach for building an ontology is provided. Based on a grammar, extracted complex triples are syntactically transformed to identify core terms. The syntactically transformed complex triples are semantically transformed into simplified triples referring to new terms that conceptualize the core adjectives, adverbs and verbs, and assigning the core terms to respective definitions and keys in a reference ontology, thereby retaining the semantics of the complex triples. Based on a meta-schema of the reference ontology, an enrichment transformation of the simplified triples is performed to create simplified and enriched triples by adding relations derived from a correspondence each term in the simplified triples has with the reference ontology and by adding representations of semantics of reference ontology definitions of the terms. The simplified and enriched triples are stored as an ontology representing knowledge in an application providing the free-form text from which the complex triples were extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Freddy Lorge, Matthew A. Pantland, Tom Rojahn
  • Patent number: 8744847
    Abstract: Certain aspects and embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for monitoring and analyzing the language environment and the development of a key child. A key child's language environment and language development can be monitored without placing artificial limitations on the key child's activities or requiring a third party observer. The language environment can be analyzed to identify phones or speech sounds spoken by the key child, independent of content. The number and type of phones is analyzed to automatically assess the key child's expressive language development. The assessment can result in a standard score, an estimated developmental age, or an estimated mean length of utterance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: LENA Foundation
    Inventors: Terrance Paul, Dongxin Xu, Jeffrey A. Richards