Electrical Component Included In Teaching Means Patents (Class 434/169)
  • Patent number: 10319250
    Abstract: Speech synthesis chooses pronunciations of words with multiple acceptable pronunciations based on an indication of a personal, class-based, or global preference or an intended non-preferred pronunciation. A speaker's words can be parroted back on personal devices using preferred pronunciations for accent training. Degrees of pronunciation error are computed and indicated to the user in a visual transcription or audibly as word emphasis in parroted speech. Systems can use sets of phonemes extended beyond those generally recognized for a language. Speakers are classified in order to choose specific phonetic dictionaries or adapt global ones. User profiles maintain lists of which pronunciations are preferred among ones acceptable for words with multiple recognized pronunciations. Systems use multiple correlations of word preferences across users to predict use preferences of unlisted words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SOUNDHOUND, INC.
    Inventors: Kiran Garaga Lokeswarappa, Jonah Probell
  • Patent number: 10255822
    Abstract: A computer program product is provided for improving comprehension in rapid serial visual presentation. The product includes a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith executable by a computer to cause the computer to perform a method. The method includes determining, by a cognitive load estimator, a cognitive load of a plurality of words included in a rapid serial visual presentation by using at least one metric. The cognitive load is determined on any of a word level and a word sequence level. The method includes calculating, by a word presentation rate calculator, a variable presentation rate for the words based on the cognitive load. The method includes controlling, by a rate controller, a displaying of the words on a display in accordance with the calculated variable presentation rate. The rate controller temporarily reduces the variable presentation rate responsive to the cognitive load being above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew S. Aaron, Ellen E. Kislal, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 10243289
    Abstract: A communication module includes a plug connector provided with upper connection pins and lower connection pins. The upper connection pins and the lower connection pins include signal pins each connected to a signal line arranged in a module board, and ground pins each connected to a ground line arranged in the module board. An opposing interval between a terminal end of a rear end portion of each of the ground pins included in the upper connection pins, and a terminal end of a rear end portion of each of the ground pins included in the lower connection pins is longer than an opposing interval between a terminal end of a rear end portion of each of the signal pins included in the upper connection pins and a terminal end of a rear end portion of each of the signal pins included in the lower connection pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Sunaga
  • Patent number: 10242595
    Abstract: A system for operating a visually impaired accessible signage, the system comprising: an accessibility tag configured to attach to a signage or to a surface near the signage, store communication information, communicate with a mobile device and prompt display of information by the mobile device, wherein the information is gained from an information file, and a database configured to store at least one information file. Additional embodiments of the system and methods for use thereof are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Reuven Maman, Israel Maman
  • Patent number: 10223934
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method that includes capturing sound in a natural language environment using at least one sound capture device that is located in the natural language environment. The method also can include analyzing a sound signal from the sound captured by the at least one sound capture device to determine at least one characteristic of the sound signal. The method additionally can include reporting metrics that quantify the at least one characteristic of the sound signal. The metrics of the at least one characteristic can include a quantity of words spoken by one or more first persons in the natural language environment. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lena Foundation
    Inventor: Terrance D. Paul
  • Patent number: 10216825
    Abstract: A user device displays portions of an electronic publication for a user to read. The user device tracks the user's reading behavior of the portions of the electronic publication. The user device then suggests additional reading material for the user based on the user's reading behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George M. Ionkov, Dennis H. Harding, Aaron James Dykstra, Laura Ellen Grit, James C. Petts, Samuel A. Minter, Lindsey Christina Fowler, Yong Xi
  • Patent number: 10182758
    Abstract: A measuring device, including a device body, distance measuring units, optical measuring units and a processing unit, is provided. The device body includes a sensing reference surface adapted for a person to be measured to stand thereupon. The optical measuring units are disposed corresponding to the respective distance measuring units. Each of the distance measuring units transmits distance measuring signals to body areas of the person, so as to obtain distance information between each of the distance measuring units and the body areas of the person. Each of the optical measuring signal transmits measuring light to the person to be measured, and receives a measuring pattern formed through reflection of the measuring light from the person. The processing unit calculates and reconstructs a three-dimensional surface structure of the body areas of the person according to the respective distance information obtained from the distance measuring units and the corresponding measuring patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Yih Wu, Ta-Chun Pu, Yen-Liang Kuo
  • Patent number: 10152988
    Abstract: A mathematical model may be trained to diagnose a medical condition of a person by processing acoustic features and language features of speech of the person. The performance of the mathematical model may be improved by appropriately selecting the features to be used with the mathematical model. Features may be selected by computing a feature selection score for each acoustic feature and each language feature, and then selecting features using the scores, such as by selecting features with the highest scores. In some implementations, stability determinations may be computed for each feature and features may be selected using both the feature selection scores and the stability determinations. A mathematical model may then be trained using the selected features and deployed. In some implementations, prompts may be selected using computed prompt selection scores, and the deployed mathematical model may be used with the selected prompts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CANARY SPEECH, LLC
    Inventors: Jangwon Kim, Namhee Kwon, Henry O'Connell, Phillip Walstad, Kevin Shengbin Yang
  • Patent number: 10147336
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and products for language learning software that automatically extracts text from resources using various natural-language processing 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 related to a resource to implement in learning activities. Distractors may be of various types, which are dynamically selected from a distractor store depending on a learning activity chosen to meet a learner's needs. Distractors may vary in difficulty, and may be dynamically selected based on a learner's overall proficiency or based on a learner's abilities in specific language skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Voxy, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine Nielson, Kasey Kirkham, Na'im Tyson, Andrew Breen
  • Patent number: 10147414
    Abstract: A machine has a processor and a memory connected to the processor. The memory stores instructions executed by the processor to supply a name page in response to a request from an administrator machine. Name page updates are received from the administrator machine. The name page updates include participants and associated network contact information for the participants. A code is utilized to form a link to the name page. Prompts for textual name information and audio name information are supplied to a client machine that activates the link to the name page. Textual name information and audio name information are received from the client machine. The textual name information and audio name information are stored in association with the name page. Navigation tools are supplied to facilitate access to the textual name information and audio name information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Namecoach, Inc
    Inventor: Praveen Shanbhag
  • Patent number: 10135949
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and managing stories and sub-stories presented to a user's client device are described. In one example embodiment, a server system communicates a portion of a first story to a first client device based on a first client device association with a user segment assigned to the first story. The server system receives a first selection communication associated with a first piece of content of the first story, accesses a second story based on the selection, and communicates a portion of the second story to the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Pavlovskaia, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10129198
    Abstract: A method may include receiving, by a computing device associated with a user, a message from an origination source and receiving, by the computing device, an audio input. The method may also include determining, by the computing device and based at least in part on the audio input and contextual information, a probability that the user intends to send a response message to the origination source. The method may further include, responsive to determining that the probability the user intends to send the response message to the origination source satisfies a threshold probability, determining, by the computing device, that the user intends to send the response message to the origination source. The method may also include, responsive to determining that the user intends to send the response message to the origination source, generating, by the computing device and based on the audio input, the response message, and sending, by the computing device, the response message to the origination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Evan Nicklas Wu Malahy
  • Patent number: 10095775
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, a computer program product, and a computer system for identifying information gaps in corpora. A computer receives a document and extracts keywords from the document while filtering trivial keywords. The computer identifies and extracts top keywords detailed by the document using a topic modelling approach before determining whether the extracted top keywords exceed a threshold use frequency. Based on determining that the top keywords exceed a threshold use frequency, determining whether the top keywords have a relation to other entities within the document and, if so, determining whether the top keywords are defined within the document. Based on determining that the top keywords are not defined in the document, adding the top keywords to a list and defining the top keywords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brendan C. Bull, Scott R. Carrier, Aysu Ezen Can, Dwi Sianto Mansjur
  • Patent number: 9997085
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods are provided. A method includes determining, by a processor, a cognitive load of a plurality of words included in a rapid serial visual presentation by using at least one metric. The cognitive load is determined on any of a word level and a word sequence level. The method further includes calculating, by the processor, a variable presentation rate for the plurality of words based on the cognitive load. The method also includes controlling, by the processor, a displaying of the plurality of words on a display device in accordance with the calculated variable presentation rate based on a threshold by temporarily reducing the variable presentation rate responsive to the cognitive load being above the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Aaron, Ellen E. Kislal, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 9911355
    Abstract: Methods and a system are provided. A method includes receiving a plurality of words comprised in a Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. The method further includes determining a cognitive load of the plurality of words by using at least one metric. The cognitive load is determined on any of a word level and a word sequence level. The method also includes calculating a variable presentation rate for the plurality of words based on the cognitive load. The variable presentation rate is capable of being varied on any of the word level and the word sequence level. The method additionally includes controlling a displaying of the plurality of words on a display device in accordance with the calculated variable presentation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Aaron, Ellen E. Kislal, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 9886870
    Abstract: Methods and a system are provided. A method includes receiving a plurality of words comprised in a Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. The method further includes determining a cognitive load of the plurality of words by using at least one metric. The cognitive load is determined on any of a word level and a word sequence level. The method also includes calculating a variable presentation rate for the plurality of words based on the cognitive load. The variable presentation rate is capable of being varied on any of the word level and the word sequence level. The method additionally includes controlling a displaying of the plurality of words on a display device in accordance with the calculated variable presentation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Aaron, Ellen E. Kislal, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 9875669
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and products for language learning software that automatically extracts text from resources using various natural-language processing 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 related to a resource to implement in learning activities. Distractors may be of various types, which are dynamically selected from a distractor store depending on a learning activity chosen to meet a learner's needs. Distractors may vary in difficulty, and may be dynamically selected based on a learner's overall proficiency or based on a learner's abilities in specific language skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: VOXY, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine Nielson, Kasey Kirkham, Na'im Tyson, Andrew Breen
  • Patent number: 9870714
    Abstract: A learning apparatus can electronically provide content to a user via a display on the learning apparatus. The content can include stationary image elements and removable image elements at a plurality of locations on the display. When a user shakes the learning apparatus, the removable image elements may move away from the plurality of locations. The user can then select one or more image elements, and place them at locations on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Potts, Monica Brown
  • Patent number: 9827502
    Abstract: A video game includes a component that senses the presence and identity of proximate toys. Each of the toys includes an identification device such as an RFID tag. Each of the toys is also associated with a corresponding game character or object. The toys further comprise audio, visual and other effects, wherein said effects are activated when the toy is proximate the gaming platform or a peripheral to the gaming platform. Effects may also be activated based on characteristics of the game character or aspects of the game play sequence thereby enhancing the user's gameplay experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Leyland, I-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 9737813
    Abstract: A method for training a semantic ability of a subject, the method being performed by a computer the method comprising: a. Displaying a linguistic task to the subject on a display of the computer, said linguistic task comprising providing one or more words, wherein said linguistic task is directed to training the subject in a specific semantic skill or skills; b. Providing a plurality of linguistic clues to the subject, through the display of the computer, said plurality of linguistic clues comprising content capable of activating concepts related to said one or more words but wherein said content does not include said one or more words or synonyms thereof, wherein said linguistic clues are selected such that the subject integrates said plurality of linguistic clues to solve said linguistic task, wherein said linguistic clue comprises an image, audio, video, text or a combination thereof; c. Receiving a solution to said linguistic task by the subject through the computer; and d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Nili Metuki
  • Patent number: 9711064
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and products for language learning that automatically extracts keywords from resources 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 resources having text and then determine a text difficulty score that predicts how difficult the resource is for language learners based on any number of factors, including any number of semantic and syntactic features of the text. Training resources labeled with metadata may be used to train a statistical model for determining difficulty scores of newly received text. Resources may be grouped based on difficulty score, and groups of resources may correspond to language learners' proficiency levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: VOXY, Inc.
    Inventors: Katharine Nielson, Kasey Kirkham, Na'im Tyson, Andrew Breen
  • Patent number: 9665205
    Abstract: A touch emulator includes a transparent surface portion conformable to a touch screen of a device, the surface portion providing signals to the touch screen to emulate an input signal to the touch screen and includes a programmable controller that causes the surface portion to automatically provide specific signals at particular times to the touch screen to emulate user interaction with the device. The device may be a mobile device, such as a tablet with a touch enabled screen. The surface portion may provide signals that disrupt the capacitive electrical field of the touch screen. The programmable controller may be detachable from the surface portion. No signals may be provided from the programmable controller to the surface portion when the programmable controller is detached from the surface portion. The surface portion may provide screen protection for the touch screen. The touch emulator may receive touch input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: EVERNOTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew Sinkov
  • Patent number: 9649565
    Abstract: A video game system comprising a console (such as a game console, computer, mobile device or web site), a peripheral for a gaming platform, and a toy. The gaming platform is capable of identifying the toy and a character corresponding to the toy is depicted in the video game. The video game character corresponding to the toy has certain characteristics and/or attributes. The data for these characteristics and attributes is stored on a server accessible to each compatible gaming platform. As the user uses the character to play the video game, thereby altering the character's characteristics and attributes, the updated attributes are stored by the game system to the server connected to the game system. Updated character data is thereafter available to the user for subsequent game play via any gaming platform connected to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Leyland, Mary Schuyler
  • Patent number: 9653097
    Abstract: Provided herein is a sound output device 200 that includes a microphone 270, a speaker 280, and a processor 210. The sound output device 200 continues a conversation either autonomously or in accordance with an instruction from a server when the message accepted via the microphone 270 does not correspond to a first emotion, and ends a conversation either autonomously or in accordance with an instruction from a server when the message accepted via the microphone 270 corresponds to the first emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Hirose
  • Patent number: 9652991
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods are provided for automatically scoring the content of moderately predictable responses. For example, a computer performing the content scoring analysis can receive a response (either in text or spoken form) to a prompt. The computer can determine the content correctness of the response by analyzing one or more content features. One of the content features is analyzed by applying one or more regular expressions, determined based on training responses associated with the prompt. Another content feature is analyzed by applying one or more context free grammars, determined based on training responses associated with the prompt. Another content feature is analyzed by applying a keyword list, determined based on the test prompt eliciting the response and/or stimulus material. Another content feature is analyzed by applying one or more probabilistic n-gram models, determined based on training responses associated with the prompt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Educational Testing Service
    Inventors: Xinhao Wang, Klaus Zechner, Shasha Xie
  • Patent number: 9640083
    Abstract: A method for providing electronic content for a learning appliance is disclosed. The method includes selecting a learning appliance from a set of different learning appliances on a host site. The set of learning appliances is previously selected from a group of learning appliances. The electronic content package is received and is loaded into the learning appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Wood, Heather Regan
  • Patent number: 9579056
    Abstract: Detection of neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease can be accomplished through analyzing a subject's speech for acoustic measures based on human factor cepstral coefficients (HFCC). Upon receiving a speech sample from a subject, a signal analysis can be performed that includes identifying articulation range and articulation rate using HFCC and delta coefficients. A likelihood of Parkinson's disease, for example, can be determined based upon the identified articulation range and articulation rate of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated, Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: John Clyde Rosenbek, Mark D. Skowronski, Rahul Shrivastav, Supraja Anand
  • Patent number: 9536450
    Abstract: A visual training device includes a training image display unit that outputs a training image including a given first figure that appears at substantially irregular intervals of time at a particular position in a peripheral portion of a screen of a display, and an processed image output unit that superimposes the training image output from the training image display unit, on a video content received from an outside, and outputs a resulting image to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kenji Kimura, Satoshi Shioiri, Mitsuharu Ogiya
  • Patent number: 9437190
    Abstract: In accordance with alphabet input method information for each user, a word formed of an alphabet string is registered in a word dictionary, in a state where “dotto” being added before each alphabet and one of a set of alphabets difficult to distinguish from each other like “M and N” and “B and P” is repeated twice. For example, a word “PAM” and a feature of time series corresponding to “dotto P P doddo A dotto M” are registered in association with each other. When a user performs a speech input of “PAM”, in accordance with the user's alphabet input method information, the user utters “dotto P P dotto A dotto M”. A speech recognition is performed on this sound data using the word dictionary corresponding to the user's alphabet input method information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kumai, Toshiyuki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9378650
    Abstract: Presented are a system and method for providing a graphical user interface (GUI) based modular platform having educational content. The method includes providing an interactive GUI on a computing device accessible by a user, receiving a first indication of a language being studied, displaying a GUI layer presenting a selection of level, unit, activity, and/or lesson, receiving a lesson selection, and computing a rating or score of the user's performance for the lesson. The system includes a control module, a language parser accessing content within repositories and providing language specific content, a syntax rule base providing language specific rules to the language parser, a lesson format base providing a lesson style to the control module, and a speech recognition system evaluating a user's utterance for pronunciation and sentence structure accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Naomi Kadar, Avraham Kadar, Nadav Kadar, Vincent Thomas J. Rowe, Avraham Kadar
  • Patent number: 9336189
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for using a hands free computing device. The device includes a processor, a head movement measuring component, screen, camera, microphone, and memory. Responsive to sensing an instruction by a user, an image is captured by the camera and displayed on the screen. There is recorded, using the microphone, an audible catch phrase provided by the user for the image. The audible catch phrase is converted to text that is superimposed on the image thereby making a fused image. The user identifies one or more remote recipients of the fused image by making one or more predetermined head movements to select from among recipient candidates. The fused image is communicated, with the text phrase formatted for scrambled display, to the one or more remote recipients. The fused image is displayed on remote devices associated with such recipients with the text phrase scrambled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Glu Mobile Inc.
    Inventors: Sourabh Ahuja, Lian Amaris, Liang Wu, Tao Tao
  • Patent number: 9317596
    Abstract: A method of automatically developing an ontology for product function and failure mode documentation for an apparatus. The apparatus is identified. A function-flow model is generated for the identified apparatus for identifying a composite structure of the apparatus. Functions and failure modes associated with the identified apparatus are enumerated. Failure data is obtained from a plurality of heterogeneous data sources. A semantic similarity module is applied to the enumerated failures by comparing a plurality of documents between the data sources. The semantic similarity module bridges a variety of terms used in the heterogeneous data to describe a respective failure. Failures associated with the enumerated apparatus functions are extracted from the plurality of documents between heterogeneous data sources. A composite of related terminology is generated for each identified failure mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Donndelinger, John A. Cafeo, Soumen De, Dnyanesh Rajpathak, Prakash M. Peranandam, Kay L. Darden
  • Patent number: 9201870
    Abstract: A method, system and computer-readable storage medium are provided for generating translated dynamic Web page content comprising a phrasebook storing source phrases and translated phrases, a Web server, and an application server that generates dynamic Web page content in response to Web page requests and includes a translation engine that replaces source phrases in the dynamic Web page with a corresponding translated phrase stored in the phrasebook. In another embodiment the phrasebook also stores translations in a second dialect so that source phrases in a dynamic Web page can be translated into two or more dialects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: James Edward Jurach, Jr., David Steven Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 9086782
    Abstract: A display-controlling device includes: a display-controlling unit that controls a display unit to display an image indicating an item selected upon receipt of an instruction at a receiving unit, wherein if a first image indicating a first selected item is displayed at a first position, and an item instructed to be selected changes from the first selected item to a second selected item, the display-controlling unit causes there to be displayed, without erasure of the first image, a second image indicating the second selected item at a second position, which position is reached from the first position by movement in the first direction by an amount based on a position of the second selected item as viewed from the first selected item, with simultaneous movement in a second direction other than the first direction by a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehiko Sasaki, Kyotaro Tomoda, Akira Ichiboshi, Masahiro Sato, Tsutomu Ishii
  • 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: 20150140525
    Abstract: A method for training a semantic ability of a subject, the method being performed by a computer the method comprising: a. Displaying a linguistic task to the subject on a display of the computer, said linguistic task comprising providing one or more words, wherein said linguistic task is directed to training the subject in a specific semantic skill or skills; b. Providing a plurality of linguistic clues to the subject, through the display of the computer, said plurality of linguistic clues comprising content capable of activating concepts related to said one or more words but wherein said content does not include said one or more words or synonyms thereof, wherein said linguistic clues are selected such that the subject integrates said plurality of linguistic clues to solve said linguistic task, wherein said linguistic clue comprises an image, audio, video, text or a combination thereof; c. Receiving a solution to said linguistic task by the subject through the computer; and d.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Nili Metuki
  • Publication number: 20150132726
    Abstract: A language learning system and a method thereof is provided, which creates a word database, a phrase database, and a sentence database. The phrases to be learned is identified based on the words the user learned before. The sentence to be learned is identified based on the words the user learned before, the phrases the user learned before, and the combination of the learned words and the learned phrases. That is, the words and phrases in the sentence to be learned are understood by the user. The sentence to be learned is shown in a list for the user to learn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: YU-CHUN HSIA
  • Publication number: 20150125835
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method that includes a camera, a display and a processor wherein the camera captures a series of environmental images of an object, device or structure as the object, device or structure is assembled or constructed and then environmental image sis compared with a reference image. In exemplary embodiments, a reference standard image is displayed and, a user proceeds to manipulate objects to try to conform to the displayed referenced image. Next, environmental images are captured and a processor then compares the detected images against the reference standard and provides feedback to the user in the form of output that reflects compliance with the standard or a deviation from the standard. The feedback is provided, inter alia on a display panel so that the user can either confirm that the assembly is in conformance with the standard or see a graphical representation of how the assembly deviates from the standard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David WITTICH, Ken BLACK-STEIN, Barbarba Banks WITTICH
  • 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: 20150104761
    Abstract: An automated grammar teaching system displays one or more sentences and allows a user to identify a location of a run-on sentence error within a sentence. The system further allows the user to correct the identified run-on sentence error. In an embodiment, if a user incorrectly identifies a particular portion of a sentence as a run-on sentence error, then the system displays remediation information to help the user understand the portion of the sentence that the user selected. In an embodiment, if a user provides an inaccurate correction to a run-on sentence error, the system displays remediation information to explain why the correction that the user input is inaccurate. Further, the automated grammar teaching system records, as historical data, a user's actions within the system. The system uses this historical data to identify what sentences, with what kinds of run-on sentence errors, the system should provide to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: APOLLO GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Brendon Towle, Michael Wasson, Linda Schmandt
  • Publication number: 20150104766
    Abstract: Techniques are described for an automated grammar teaching system that displays sentences and allows a user to identify pronoun errors or noun phrases that should be replaced with pronouns within the sentences, if any. The user may be asked to complete one or more of the following: to determine whether the sentences have a pronoun error or a noun phrase that should be replaced by a pronoun, to identify the type of the pronoun error, to identify the antecedent or core nouns that determine a plurality of the antecedent, to select a replacement sentence to best correct the pronoun error, and/or to locate an incorrectly displayed pronoun or a noun phrase and type a replacement pronoun. To guide the user, user responses may trigger the display of remediation information, which may include reasons why the user response is incorrect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Annalies Vuong, Michael Wasson
  • Publication number: 20150104760
    Abstract: An interactive scholastic teaching device may use first and second portions of a touchscreen for presenting problems and receiving answers to the problems from a user. The first portion of a touchscreen display is used for presenting one or more scholastic problems for a user during a problem session, and the second portion of the touchscreen display is used for recording one or more traces manually input by the user on the second portion of the touchscreen display during the problem session. A memory stores the one or more traces. The touchscreen display may also include a third portion having one or more touch buttons structured to accept input from the user during the problem session, which may also be stored in the memory, and associated with the stored traces. The traces may be stored in image form, moving image form, or in data that may be re-created to form a moving image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: EDISON GAUSS PUBLISHING INC.
    Inventor: Scott D. Tepavich
  • Publication number: 20150104764
    Abstract: Techniques are described for an automated grammar teaching system that displays sentences and allows a user to identify comma errors within the sentences, if any. The sentences may be presented as a set of sentences or a paragraph. When presented as a set, the sentences may employ similar or contrasting sentence structures to emphasize the application of the comma rules. The user may be asked to determine whether the sentences are correct or incorrect, to identify the locations of missing or extraneous commas, and in a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, to determine whether the conjunction joins two independent clauses. To guide the user, multi-level hints may be provided on request, and an incorrect user response may trigger the display of remediation information or a just-in-time hint. New sentences in the teaching system may be selected based on historical data maintained for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Murray, Linda Schmandt, Ryan Schwiebert, Sara Hinton, Scott Fraundorf, Alison Huettner, Pete Shell
  • Publication number: 20150104762
    Abstract: A grammar teaching system maintains and updates a mastery estimate for a grammar skill and displays an updated visual indication of this estimation. Based on user answers to grammar problems, the system updates the mastery estimate for the grammar skill. Also, a step of a grammar problem is associated with an ordered list of hints. When the user requests a hint for the problem step, the system identifies a position in the list of hints based on how many times the user has previously requested hints for the step. The system displays text that is from the hint at the identified position in the list. Further, a hint for a grammar problem step includes pointer information that refers to a portion of a sentence for the grammar problem. When the system displays the hint, the system highlights the portion of the sentence that is referred to in the pointer information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: APOLLO GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Clifton Luke, Joanna Morey, Brendon Towle
  • Publication number: 20150104763
    Abstract: A method is provided for teaching students to recognize and correct incomplete sentences (also referred to herein as “sentence fragments”). A user is presented with one or more user interfaces that teach a user to determine whether a sentence is a complete sentence or an incomplete sentence. The interface may present an explanation as to why the sentence is a complete sentence or an incomplete sentence. To help a user deduce whether a sentence is a complete sentence or an incomplete sentence, one or more interfaces may present a user with one or more detailed questions about the sentence. The one or more detailed questions may ask the user to identify one or more particular features and/or words in the sentence. A user may be presented with one or more user interfaces that teach the user how to produce a complete sentence from a sentence fragment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: BOB HAUSMANN, ALISON HUETTNER, ANDREYA PIPLICA, RYAN SCHWIEBERT, MICHAEL WASSON
  • Publication number: 20150104765
    Abstract: Techniques are described for an automated grammar teaching system that displays sentences and allows a user to identify parallel structure errors within the sentences, if any. The user may be asked to determine whether the sentences have a parallel structure error, to identify the items that should be made parallel in structure, to select items to be changed from the identified items, and to provide corrections to the selected items so that all the items form consistent parallel structures. Multiple parallel structures may be valid and accepted as correct for a given parallel structure error. To guide the user, user responses may trigger the display of remediation information, which may include reasons why the selected items are incorrect. New sentences in the teaching system may be selected based on historical data maintained for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Brendon Towle, Michael Wasson, Annalies Vuong, Linda Schmandt, Jesse Nesbella, Joanna Morey
  • Publication number: 20150099248
    Abstract: A system for reading improvement has a computerized server connected to a network and coupled to a data repository and software executing on the computerized server from a non-transitory medium. The software provides interactive interfaces including a first interactive interface enabling the user to select a reading game from a list of a plurality of reading games, and once the user selects a specific reading game, a second interactive interface is presented having a first window enabling the user to set parameters and initiate the selected reading game, with wherein reading material presented in a second window in the second interactive interface in a format specific to the selected reading game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: John Burgess
  • Publication number: 20150093727
    Abstract: A computerized system and method of teaching vocabulary to a student includes an application that provides words to the student that he or she has previously used in a writing effort. The previously words are utilized to automatically create an individualized vocabulary assignment. The user is instructed to learn the new vocabulary words by breaking the words into their suffixes, prefixes, roots and word origin and/or history. The student is encouraged to create a word history or etymology of the word to understand the history, the language of origin, and the language from which the word is borrowed. The student is then instructed to use the vocabulary word(s) in a sentence. A teacher, instructor or an online tutor may monitor the completion of the various assignments by the student and may also monitor how well the assignments are performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Chandler W. Symmes, Phil Wallingford
  • Publication number: 20150079555
    Abstract: A preliminary assessment of a child is provided to evaluate a child's risk of developing a reading disability. When the preliminary assessment determines that the child has a high risk of developing a reading disability, formal assessment of the child is recommended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: John F. Alexander