Spelling, Phonics, Word Recognition, Or Sentence Formation Patents (Class 434/167)
  • Patent number: 10304354
    Abstract: A machine-delivered aural cloze exercise makes use of natural, connected speech and allows for a portion of the audio to be selected and obfuscated during playback, creating an aural cloze portion. The aural cloze portion is extended beyond its natural length an effective amount to make the exercise clear to the user. If the audio is accompanied by video, the video is extended uniformly during the aural cloze portion, and optionally, can also be obfuscated during the aural cloze portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: John Nicholas DuQuette
  • Patent number: 10276063
    Abstract: A multiplication wheel is disclosed herein. One selects a number on a first wheel, selects a number on a second wheel and aligns a tab of yet a third wheel to that of the first wheel. The third and top wheel has a plurality of portals which are covered by numbers. One selects the cover with one of the numbers in the multiplication problem, leading to the product of the two selected and aligned numbers from the first and second wheel (one of which is redundantly uncovered on the top wheel) and thus finds the product situated beneath, showing through from the second wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Engracio Usi
  • Patent number: 10276059
    Abstract: A method of facilitating learning of speech sounds is disclosed. The method may include generating, using a processor, a first plurality of sound-letter cards corresponding to a first set of phonemes. Further, each sound-letter card may include a speech sound and a spelling pattern. Furthermore, the generating may be based on one or more of a first criterion and a second criterion. According to the first criterion, the spelling pattern corresponding to a speech sound of a letter may include letters corresponding to a phoneme associated with the letter followed by schwa sound. According to the second criterion, the spelling pattern may include a plurality of letters, located at an onset position, corresponding to a phoneme associated with the speech sound. The method may further include displaying, using a display device, one or more of the first plurality of sound-letter cards based on a predetermined lesson plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Yoonsung Cho
  • Patent number: 10271006
    Abstract: An novel method of manually controlling concurrent audio data recording and playback machines using an electromechanical momentary switch, an electronic device capable of detecting changes in the state of said electromechanical momentary switch, an audio data recording device, and an audio data playback device, whereby said electronic device will, upon detecting each change of state in said electromechanical momentary switch, cause said audio data recording device to stop recording the current audio data sample and start recording a new audio data sample, and cause said audio data playback device to play back the audio data sample whose recording was just stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: William Glenn Wardlow
  • Patent number: 10134301
    Abstract: A toy has one or more LED light sources positioned on the toy so the light source illuminates beyond the toy. A toy to be worn on the human finger comprises a body includes an anchoring portion for receiving or locating a finger or fingers. A finger puppet toy permits for at least one of a reading tool and a light source or an enhancement of other toys or writings. A LED or other light source is operated on the toy to interact with photo-luminescent ink and other inks. A photo-luminescent ink and other inks are pre-printed or included in a decoration on the surface of another item such as a book or other toy. The toy is a reading tool or a light source or an enhancement of other toys or writings. The LED light sources include a black light and may include other LED lights of other colors. The lights are connected to a circuit board and an integrated power source, which are connected to a switch encased on the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Hannah Faith Silver
  • Patent number: 10109217
    Abstract: A speech assessment device and method for a multisyllabic-word learning machine, and a method for visualizing continuous audio are provided. By performing the step of starting the assessment mode, the step of selecting words to be assessed, the step of choosing to play or record, the step of recording, the step of visualization (including the step of picking out fundamental frequency, the step of defining analysis point, the step of transforming polygonal lines, and the step of simplifying the polygonal lines), the step of repeating, and the step of assessment, the speech assessment device and method for a multisyllabic-word learning machine are capable of providing assistance in oral language learning, and capable of rehabilitating patients with hearing impairment through visual aids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: CAPICLOUD TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ya-Mei Tseng
  • Patent number: 10099132
    Abstract: Moving image information is stored in a plurality of types in accordance with different actions of the subject, and a first moving image is switched to a second moving image by inserting an interpolation image that connects a frame image at the end of the first moving image to a frame image at the beginning of the second moving image. According to the present disclosure, a wide variety of actions performed by the subject can be expressed while using live-action moving images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SEGA SAMMY CREATION INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yamakawa, Akihiro Suzuki, Kazuya Suzuki, Kazutomo Sambongi
  • Patent number: 10071312
    Abstract: Moving image information is stored in a plurality of types in accordance with different actions of the subject, and a first moving image is switched to a second moving image by inserting an interpolation image that connects a frame image at the end of the first moving image to a frame image at the beginning of the second moving image. According to the present disclosure, a wide variety of actions performed by the subject can be expressed while using live-action moving images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SEGA SAMMY CREATION INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yamakawa, Akihiro Suzuki, Kazuya Suzuki, Kazutomo Sambongi
  • Patent number: 10074288
    Abstract: The discloser describes a method of displaying text as a reading training aid to activate a reader's comprehension monitoring. In embodiment, a user is presented with a title on a display, which disappears when text related to the title is shown to the user. After reading the text, the user must decide whether the title, which is no longer visible on the display, matched the content of the text. If a user answers incorrectly, they are presented with a waiting period before continuing. In other embodiments, the text of the paragraph is removed from the display before the user is asked to evaluate a summarization of the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Jane Offutt
  • Patent number: 10046242
    Abstract: Memorization systems and methods are provided. The systems and methods include outputting, at a hardware platform, an image sequence that forms an environment to facilitate memorization and displaying a controllable object in the image sequence as continuously moving along a path, and controlling a position of the controllable object within each image of the image sequence, based on a user input. Moreover, item objects may be displayed in the image sequence as obstacles in the path to block the controllable object. The obstacles may contain information suitable for memorization. In addition, systems and methods may include outputting an image representing a negative indicator in response to the controllable object selecting an incorrect action, or outputting an image representing a positive indicator in response to movement of the controllable object selecting a correct action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SYRIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (SAIP), LLC
    Inventor: Mehyar Abbas
  • Patent number: 10010284
    Abstract: A system for assessing a mental health disorder in a human subject, the system comprising: a display configured to display a series of natural test images to the subject; an input by which the subject can input a response, following the display of each test image, as to whether or not the test image satisfies a predetermined categorization criterion; a control processor configured to control the display of the test images by the display, to measure the duration of time from when each test image is initially displayed to when the corresponding response is input by the subject, and to generate a set of response data including the response times in respect of each of the test images; and a data processor configured to process the set of response data and to compare the processed response data with reference data to assess whether or not the subject has, or is likely to develop, the mental health disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: COGNETIVITY LTD.
    Inventors: Seyed-Mahdi Khaligh-Razavi, Sina Habibi
  • Patent number: 9934306
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for identifying query intent from a raw query. A method for identifying intent may include repeatedly separating and merging terms of a natural language expression based on a set of rule-based transpositions of natural language terms into one or more defined terms based on predetermined naming conventions for at least one software function. Thereafter, a cluster of previous search terms related to the defined terms may be identified, and the natural language expression may be associated with the identified cluster to create intent-based cluster information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Meyyammai Subramanian, Sayed Hassan, Anneliese Creighton Wirth, Michelle Follosco Valeriano
  • Patent number: 9916397
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to generating a retrieval condition for retrieving a target character string from texts by pattern matching. An aspect includes dividing a first text into words. Another aspect includes generating a converted character string by performing at least one of appending at least one character in at least either one of previous and subsequent positions of the target character string. Another aspect includes replacing at least one character of the target character string. Another aspect includes generating the retrieval condition for retrieval candidates in the words of the first text, the retrieval condition comprising determining that a retrieval candidate matches the target character string and does not match the converted character string based on a ratio of a part of the retrieval candidate which matches the converted character string and corresponds to the target character string is less than or equal to a reference frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emiko Takeuchi, Daisuke Takuma, Hirobumi Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 9801570
    Abstract: Generally, a method performed by one or more processing devices includes generating a graphical user interface that when rendered on a display of the one or more processing devices renders a visual representation of an environment and a visual representation of an object in the environment; retrieving an auditory stimulus with one or more auditory attributes indicative of a location of a virtual target in the environment; receiving information specifying movement of the object in the environment; determining, based on the movement of the object, a proximity of the object to the virtual target; adjusting, based on the proximity, one or more values of the one or more auditory attributes of the auditory stimulus; and causing the one or more processing devices to play the auditory stimulus using the adjusted one or more values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Daniel B. Polley, Kenneth E. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9747272
    Abstract: A computing device is described that outputs for display at a presence-sensitive screen, a graphical keyboard having keys. The computing device receives an indication of a selection of one or more of the keys. Based on the selection the computing device determines a character string from which the computing device determines one or more candidate words. Based at least in part on the candidate words and a plurality of features, the computing device determines a spelling probability that the character string represents an incorrect spelling of at least one candidate word. The plurality of features includes a spatial model probability associated with at least one of the candidate words. If the spelling probability satisfies a threshold, the computing device outputs for display the at least one candidate word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Ouyang, Shumin Zhai
  • Patent number: 9679496
    Abstract: Reverse Language Resonance methods are described for instructing a target language to a learner who speaks a native language. The methods may include providing to the learner a predetermined lesson comprising a lesson text of a plurality of lesson words that are exclusively in the target language. The methods may further include priming implicit memory of the learner. The methods may further include displaying the lesson text on a display and playing a recorded version of spoken words of the lesson text on an audio output while the lesson text is displayed. The methods may further include instructing the learner to perform Concurrent Triple Activity including simultaneously reading the lesson text on the display, listening to the spoken words from the audio output, and repeating the spoken words along with the recorded version into an audio input while the recorded version is playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Arkady Zilberman
  • Patent number: 9671946
    Abstract: Content is displayed on a touchscreen display of a computing system such as an electronic book reader. The content is displayed according to a setting for a first attribute (e.g., level of brightness) and a setting for a second attribute (e.g., day mode or night mode). In response to sensing a motion proximate to the touchscreen, the setting for the first attribute is changed to a different value. In response to a value for the setting for the first attribute crossing a threshold value (e.g., while the motion is being performed), the setting for the second attribute is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO, INC.
    Inventors: Sneha Patel, Anthony O'Donoghue
  • Patent number: 9582913
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a computing device to perform tasks such as highlighting words in an augmented reality view that are important to a user. For example, word lists can be generated and the user, by pointing a camera of a computing device at a volume of text, can cause words from the word list within the volume of text to be highlighted in a live field of view of the camera displayed thereon. Accordingly, users can quickly identify textual information that is meaningful to them in an Augmented Reality view to aid the user in sifting through real-world text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Wiggen Kraft, Arnab Sanat Kumar Dhua, Douglas Ryan Gray, Xiaofan Lin, Yu Lou, Sunil Ramesh, Colin Jon Taylor, David Creighton Mott
  • Patent number: 9472113
    Abstract: A computing device may provide a visual cue to items of content (for example, words in a book) synchronized with the playback of companion content (for example, audio content corresponding to the book). For example, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a content playback synchronization system for use with physical books (or other physical media). In an embodiment, the computing device may display a visual cue (for example, an underline, box, dot, cursor, or the like) to identify a current location in textual content of the physical book corresponding to a current output position of companion audio content. As the audio content is presented (i.e., as it “plays back”), the highlight and/or visual cue may be advanced to maintain synchronization between the output position within the audio content and a corresponding position in the physical textual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AUDIBLE, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Cho Hwang, Guy Ashley Story, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9116880
    Abstract: A processing system is described which generates stimulus information (SI) having one or more stimulus components (SCs) selected from an inventory of such components. The processing system then presents the SI to a group of human recipients, inviting those recipients to provide linguistic descriptions of the SI. The linguistic information that is received thereby has an implicit link to the SCs. Further, each linguistic component is associated with at least one feature of a target environment, such as a target computer system. Hence, the linguistic information also maps to the features of the target environment. These relationships allow applications to use the linguistic information to interact with the target environment in different ways. In one case, the processing system uses a challenge-response authentication task presentation to convey the stimulus information to the recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William B. Dolan, Christopher I. Charla, Christopher B. Quirk, Christopher J. Brockett, Noelle M. Sophy, Nicole Beaudry, Vikram Reddy Dendi, Pallavi Choudhury, Scott T. Laufer, Robert A. Sim, Thomas E. Woolsey, David Molnar
  • Patent number: 9058751
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, in certain embodiments, are computer-based language phoneme practice systems, products, programs, and methods comprising a digital processing device and a computer program that creates a language phoneme practice engine, wherein said engine comprises: a taxonomy of phonemes of a target language; a software module for providing an interface for practicing each said phoneme in said taxonomy, wherein said interface allows a learner to optionally access a visual representation and an auditory representation of each said phoneme in said taxonomy; and a software module for providing an interface for practicing each said phoneme in the context of the beginning, middle, and end of words of said target language, wherein said interface allows a learner to optionally access a visual and an auditory representation of each said word and each said phoneme in each said word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: AGE OF LEARNING, INC.
    Inventors: Doug Dohring, David Hendry, Stephanie Yost, Jerry Chiawei Chen
  • Patent number: 9043195
    Abstract: A system to teach phonemic awareness uses a plurality of phonemes and a plurality of graphemes. Each phoneme is a unique sound and an indivisible unit of sound in a spoken language, and each grapheme is a written representation of one of the plurality of phonemes. A plurality of distinct graphical images and a plurality of unique names are provided where each unique name is associated with one of the graphical images and represents a grouping of graphemes selected from the plurality of graphemes. The system uses a plurality of sets of display pieces having a plurality of individual display pieces. Each individual display piece includes at least a portion of one of the graphical images and the graphemes from the grouping of graphemes constituting the associated unique name. A predefined instructional environment defines a predefined spatial context and predefined rules governing the acquisition and utilization of individual display pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jaclyn Paris
  • Publication number: 20150140521
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a bag used for individuals with special needs (children and adults) and for typically developing children. The bag is used as a shopping list and schedules for what may happen on other community events to help with an easier transition on these activities for anyone that may need assistance. The inside of the bag contains storage for cards holding many product pieces. The front of the bag holds a small shopping list for those with decreased cognitive abilities. The inside of the bag may have additional hook sew-on fastener tape to provide for a longer shopping list for those with high cognitive abilities. The back of the bag has a large pocket holding product pieces once the user finds a product on their shopping list. The small pocket with flap is used to hold money, gift cards, credit cards, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Tarryl Susan Zdanky
  • Patent number: 9028256
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of visual motor response in a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to a subject on a display; (2) modulating the contrast of a predetermined section of the scene; (3) moving the predetermined section relative to the scene with the movement being tracked by the subject via at least one input device; (4) measuring a kinematic parameter of the tracked movement; (5) quantitatively refining the tracked movement; (6) determining the relationship between at least one of the scene and the quantitatively refined tracked movement; (7) adjusting the modulated contrast relative to the quantitatively refined tracked movement; (8) calculating a critical threshold parameter for the subject; and (9) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 9028257
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of word recognition sensitivity of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene, comprising a plurality of letters and a background, to a subject on a display; (2) moving the plurality of letters relative to the scene; (3) receiving feedback from the subject via at least one; (4) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (5) modulating the saliency of the plurality of letters relative to accuracy of the quantitatively refined feedback; (6) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (7) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Publication number: 20150111182
    Abstract: These magnetic, write-on/wipe-off letters, numbers, and geometric shapes enable a child to learn to write and spell quickly. Primarily, they are individual pieces that are packaged as a set and have a grooved write-on/wipe-off surface with a magnetic base, so as to adhere to any magnetic surface enabling them to be manipulated quickly and easily, which will accelerate the process of learning to write and spell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Sonya Janine Nelson
  • Patent number: 8997004
    Abstract: Techniques for real-time observation assessment are provided. The techniques, which are designed for educators, take advantage of handheld computers, desktop/laptop computers and Internet access in order to reduce the paperwork associated with conventional educational assessments. An array of instructional assessment applications are designed to run on handheld computers. The instructional assessment applications may be based on existing and widely used paper methodologies. A common Web-based platform for assessment application distribution, selection, download, data management and reporting is also provided. Users can then periodically synchronize instructional data (assessments, diagnostic results, notes and/or schedules) to the Web site. At the Web site, browser-based reports and analysis can be viewed, administered and shared via electronic mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Amplify Education, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Jason Berger, Gregory M. Gunn, John D. Stewart, Kenneth M. Gunn, Elizabeth Lynn, Nicole M. Adams, Anouk Markovits, Aaron Boyd
  • Patent number: 8986015
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of social cues sensitivity of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene, comprising a single facial expressions and a background, to a subject on a display; (2) adjusting the facial expression on the scene; (3) receiving feedback from the subject via at least one input device; (4) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (5) modulating the adjusted facial expression relative to the accuracy of the quantitatively refined feedback; (6) transforming the modulated facial expression; (7) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (8) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979545
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of social interactions nulling testing of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to the subject on a display, the scene comprising a plurality of body images and a background; (2) receiving feedback from the subject via at least one input device; (3) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (4) modulating the adjusted body image relative to the accuracy of the received feedback; (5) calculating a critical threshold parameter for the subject; (6) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Central Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979543
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of word identification latency of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene, comprising a plurality of letters and a background, to a subject on a display; (2) moving the plurality of letters relative to the scene; (3) receiving feedback from the subject via the input device; (4) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (5) modulating the movement of plurality of letters relative to accuracy of the quantitatively refined feedback; ((6) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (7) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assesment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979547
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of verbal memory of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to the subject on a display, the scene comprising a plurality of symbols and a background; (2) moving the plurality of symbols relative to the scene, the movement being tracked by the subject via at least one input device; (3) adjusting the saliency of the plurality of symbols relative to the tracked movement; (4) increasing the number of said plurality of symbols; (5) receiving feedback from the subject via said input device; (6) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (7) modulating the movement of the plurality of symbols relative to the accuracy of the quantitatively refined feedback; (8) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (9) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979544
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of word recognition sensitivity of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to a subject on a display, the scene comprising a plurality of letters and a background; (2) distorting the scene; (3) moving plurality of letters relative to the scene, the movement being tracked by the subject via at least one input device; (4) receiving feedback from the subject via the input device; (5) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (6) modulating the movement of plurality of letters relative to accuracy of the received feedback; (7) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (8) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979546
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of facial emotion nulling of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene, comprising a single facial expressions and a background, to a subject on a display; (2) adjusting the facial expression on the scene; (3) receiving feedback from the subject via at least one input device; (4) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (5) modulating the adjusted facial expression relative to the accuracy of the quantitatively refined feedback; (6) transforming the modulated facial expression; (7) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (8) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979542
    Abstract: A method and system is presented to address quantitative assessment of functional impairment in a subject, comprising: presenting a plurality of tests to a subject on a display, the tests comprising a series of scenes, the scene comprising at least one stimulus, wherein the scene may be associated with visual, auditory, and tactile stimulus arrays; modulating at least one spatial characteristic of at least one stimulus; receiving feedback from the subject via at least one input device; quantitatively refining the scene relative to the received feedback; calculating the relationship between at least one of the scene, the stimulus, and the quantitatively refined scene; adjusting the scene relative to the calculated relationship; determining equilibrated scene parameter of the subject; recording the equilibrated scene parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium; generating at least one diagnosis to the functional impairment associated with the equilibrated scene parameter; recommending treatment to the su
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8979541
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of spatial sequence memory in a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to the subject on a display, the scene comprising a plurality of elements and a background; (2) modulating the saliency of a predetermined section of said scene (3) receiving feedback from the subject via at least one input device; (4) modifying the saliency of the predetermined section; (5) adjusting a functional assessment parameter relative to the scene; (6) moving the predetermined section relative to the scene; (7) receiving refined feedback from the subject via the input device; (8) quantitatively refining the refined feedback; (9) calculating a critical threshold parameter for the subject; and (10) recording the critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • Patent number: 8974231
    Abstract: A method and system are presented to address quantitative assessment of letter identification latency of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to a subject on a display, the scene comprising a plurality of letters and a background; (2) moving the plurality of letters relative to the scene, the movement being tracked by the subject via at least one input device; (3) receiving feedback from the subject via the input device; (4) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (5) modulating the movement of plurality of letters relative to accuracy of the received feedback; (6) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (7) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph Duffy
  • 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: 8918718
    Abstract: A system for enhancing reading performance operates on a network-connected server with software executing from a non-transitory medium at the server providing an interactive interface for a user connected to the server via a browser link. There is a data repository coupled to the server. The interactive interface provides a word search exercise for the user for improving the user's reading performance, displays a passage comprising a first number of words and a search list with a second number of words that each appear at least once in the passage, the second number smaller than the first number, and when the user clicks on every word in the passage for a word that appears in the search list, that word is indicated in the list as found, until all the words in the search list have been indicated as found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: John Burgess Reading Performance System
    Inventor: John Burgess
  • Publication number: 20140335483
    Abstract: Social networking applications may be improved by incorporating a user's language proficiency to make content suggestions to the user. A language preference of a user, which may represent one of a plurality of signals, may be received. A signal may be, for example, an online activity of the user, a text generated or received by the user, or content requested by the user. At least one of the plurality of signals may be analyzed using a machine learning program. A machine learning program may be trained on data for a test group of users with a known language proficiency. A user-assigned language proficiency may be incorporated as a signal in training a machine learning program. The language proficiency of the user may be determined based upon the analysis of at least one of the plurality of signals. Content may be presented to the user based upon the language proficiency of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Kirill BURYAK, Luke Hiro SWARTZ, Andrew SWERDLOW, Cibu JOHNY
  • Publication number: 20140302465
    Abstract: A method for teaching a person, such as a child, to read aloud is disclosed. The method is implemented as a voice activated, visual software application that provides a visual display of a story as the person reads the words of the story. The method provides pronunciation assistance to the person, which in the software includes a simulated “teacher” that helps the person with assistance in reading the story. The method progresses through a sequence of story passages which together represent the entire story. The method progresses to each story passage upon successful completion of the current story passage by the person reading the story, such that the method will not allow the visual story to progress for the reader if a word is not read correctly out loud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew WATERHOUSE, Mary Allen MARSHALL
  • Publication number: 20140272822
    Abstract: Systems and methods for learning a high-level visual vocabulary generate inter-visual-word relationships between a plurality of visual words based on visual word-label relationships, map the visual words to a vector space based on the inter-visual word relationships, and generate high-level visual words in the vector space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yang Yang, Bradley Scott Denney, Juwei Lu, Dariusz Dusberger, Hung Khei Huang
  • Publication number: 20140278376
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods are provided for automatically generating recitation items. For example, a computer performing the recitation item generation can receive one or more text sets that each includes one or more texts. The computer can determine a value for each text set using one or more metrics, such as a vocabulary difficulty metric, a syntactic complexity metric, a phoneme distribution metric, a phonetic difficulty metric, and a prosody distribution metric. Then the computer can select a final text set based on the value associated with each text set. The selected final text set can be used as the recitation items for a speaking assessment test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Su-Youn Yoon, Lei Chen, Keelan Evanini, Klaus Zechner
  • 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: 20140220517
    Abstract: A group of vocabulary words are selected for students at an educational institution. The vocabulary words together with corresponding definitions are put on clothing items worn by different students at the educational institution. The students at the educational institutional are tested regarding the group of vocabulary words and their definitions are before the clothing is worn and some period of days after the clothing started being worn. Selected words from the group of vocabulary words are selected for removal from the group based on the results of the second testing. New clothing items with new vocabulary words together with corresponding definitions are worn by students at the educational institution in place of the clothing items with the word selected for removal from the group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Bailey
  • Patent number: 8784114
    Abstract: A computer system contains and displays a cartoon-like story with a plurality of displayed components (such as cartoon characters, play items, etc.) recognizable by a preschool student on a first portion of the display screen along with an accompanying voice message on the speaker. Written instructions for teachers to follow in a personal one-to-one interaction with one or more students are displayed on a second portion of the display screen. For some activities, the student may actually respond using the computer such as by touching a touch screen or using a mouse to select one of the displayed components in response to a request to select a displayed component having a predetermined aspect. For other activities the teacher enters the response of the student as observed by the teacher. When one or more correct responses are entered by the student or teacher, achievement of a goal can automatically be entered into the educational management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Assessment Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Bergan
  • Publication number: 20140199667
    Abstract: A method of automatically converting alphabetic text written in a text based language into a non-text based language. The method can include parsing the text to identify at least one word. The method also can include via a processor, identifying within a lexicon database data corresponding to the word, wherein the data corresponding to the word identifies at least one pictograph or symbol selected from a group of pictographs or symbols consisting of between twenty seven and thirty three distinct pictographs or symbols that visually look different than the text, wherein each pictograph or symbol corresponds to a unique speech sound of the text based language. The pictograph or symbol can be rendered in a view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Howard A. Engelsen
  • Patent number: 8777630
    Abstract: A method is presented to address quantitative assessment of facial emotion sensitivity of a subject, where the method comprises the steps of: (1) presenting at least one scene to the subject on a display, the scene comprising a plurality of faces and a background on a display, the plurality of faces comprising a plurality of facial expressions; (2) adjusting at least one facial expression on the scene; (3) receiving feedback from said subject via at least one input device; (4) quantitatively refining the received feedback; (5) modulating the adjusted facial expression relative to the accuracy of the received feedback; (6) (7) transforming the modulated facial expression; (8) calculating a critical threshold parameter; and (9) recording a critical threshold parameter onto a tangible computer readable medium. An apparatus for quantitative assessment of facial emotion sensitivity of a subject comprising a display device, an input device, a control device, and a tangible computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cerebral Assessment Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Duffy
  • 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: RE45322
    Abstract: A method of interpreting keypad input includes identifying a first letter of a target word from activation of an initial key, identifying a set of possible intermediate letters of the target word in response to non-activating traversal of associated keys of the keypad following activation of the initial key, identifying a last letter of the target word from activation of a final key following the non-activating traversal, and then determining the target word based upon the identified first, intermediate and last letters. The method is particularly useful in key input devices sensitive to non-activating finger position above the keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Levy