Psychology Patents (Class 434/236)
  • Patent number: 9767470
    Abstract: A method includes presenting a media item to a test subject, the media item associated with a brand or product; presenting a series of sensory stimuli to the test subject; and, based on responses of the test subject to the series of stimuli, generating results suitable to inform a business decision related to marketing of the brand or product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Forbes Consulting Group, LLC
    Inventor: David Lowry Forbes
  • Patent number: 9754502
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a trainee to determine when the trainee subconsciously identifies an object previously associated with a desired trainee response includes attaching at least one biological response sensor to the trainee and receiving biological response data of the trainee from the at least one biological response sensor. The method further includes comparing the biological response data of the trainee to biological responses linked to different ones of a plurality of trainee responses using a processor in communication with the at least one biological response sensor, the plurality of trainee responses including the desired trainee response, and detecting trainee recognition of the object previously associated with the desired trainee response based, in part, on the biological response data being linked to the desired trainee response included with the plurality of trainee responses. The desired trainee response is below the conscious awareness of the trainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Information Flow Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Tammy Elizabeth Ott, Harry Bromberg Funk, Jesse Albert Hostetler
  • Patent number: 9744473
    Abstract: A densely stackable building block system comprises a stand and exactly five three-dimensional blocks. Each block is composed of four identical spheres. Configurations of the five blocks are different from each other. The five blocks are combinable with each other to form a detachable stacked arrangement shaped as a regular triangular pyramid. The stand is formed with ten concaves for accommodating a portion of a bottom layer of the stacked arrangement. The five blocks are stackable on the stand to form the stacked arrangement by at least four different sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Mei-Tsu Lin
  • Patent number: 9737255
    Abstract: This invention concerns measuring cognitive load. A word based input is produced by a person while performing a task (100). Predetermined grammatical features of the word based input are identified (104). Then, the identified grammatical features are weighted and combined to provide a measure indicating the person's cognitive load (106). The use of grammatical features represents a divergence from the known methods of providing a measure of a person's cognitive load. It is an advantage of the invention that by concentrating on the grammatical features it is able to provide an objective, non-intrusive measure of the person's cognitive load. Aspects the invention include a method, a computer system and software that are used to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL ICT AUSTRALIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Fang Chen, Muhammad Asif Khawaja, Eric Choi
  • Patent number: 9736423
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of video surveillance. Disclosed are a method and device for extracting surveillance record videos. In the present invention, the method for extracting surveillance record videos comprises the following steps: acquiring and storing lens viewsheds of cameras and an irradiation time period corresponding to each lens viewshed; extracting lens viewsheds corresponding to irradiation time periods that have intersection relationships with a query time period; calculating intersection relationships between the extracted lens viewsheds and a target location; obtaining a set of cameras corresponding to lens viewsheds that have intersection relationships with the target location; and extracting videos captured by the cameras according to irradiation time periods of the cameras in the camera set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jingxiang Hu, Furong Lin, Junshu Zhao
  • Patent number: 9734730
    Abstract: A multi-modal interaction modeling system can model a number of different aspects of a human interaction across one or more temporal interaction sequences. Some versions of the system can generate assessments of the nature or quality of the interaction or portions thereof, which can be used to, among other things, provide assistance to one or more of the participants in the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Ajay Divakaran, Behjat Siddiquie, Saad Khan, Jeffrey Lubin, Harpreet S. Sawhney
  • Patent number: 9721483
    Abstract: Medical treatment simulation devices are disclosed. One device includes an overlay, a tracheostomy structure, one or more tubes, at least one sensor, and at least one feedback device. The overlay is configured to be secured to a subject. The overlay is configured to cover at least a portion of a neck and upper torso of the subject. The tracheostomy structure is provided in a neck portion of the overlay. The one or more tubes are positioned within the overlay. The tubes are connected to the tracheostomy structure. The sensor is coupled to the tracheostomy structure and configured to detect a manipulation of the tracheostomy structure. The feedback device is coupled to the overlay. The feedback device is configured to provide feedback based on the manipulation detected by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: University of Delaware
    Inventors: Amy Cowperthwait, Joseph Biggs, Dominic Campagnola, Devon Bond, Edward Doll, Nathan Hott, Francis Rivera, Jenni Buckley, Liyun Wang
  • Patent number: 9715506
    Abstract: Injection of metadata using composite content. In an embodiment, one or more content items are received, and data is retrieved from a plurality of metadata sources. A visual depiction of metadata is generated for at least one of the content item(s) based on the retrieved data. A composite content item is generated to comprise at least a portion of each of the content item(s) and the visual depiction of the metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Screen Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Rosen, John Stallings, Robert A. Strickland, Jeff Symon, Kyle David Strickland
  • Patent number: 9672751
    Abstract: The invention provides a three-dimensional apparatus for problem solving, learning and presentation for modeling, teaching and illustrating exemplary problem solving or thinking. Some embodiments provide a puzzle-like form. Another preferred embodiment of the present invention provides for the building of a problem or topic or situation specific or custom learning or problem solving or investigatory or presentation aid. Embodiments of the invention may also incorporate or use electronic, digital, electro-mechanical, mechanical, electric or other devices, processors, controllers, or mechanisms, or input or output to or from such or similar elements, and wired or wireless or other networks or interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Zxibix, Inc.
    Inventors: Linda Shawn Higgins, James Ralph Heidenreich
  • Patent number: 9665832
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of systems, method, and computer programs for estimating affective response to a token instance of interest utilizing a predicted affective response to a background token instance. The affective response is computed based on the difference between a measured affective response of the user and the predicted affective response. Where the measured affective response is a measurement of the affective response of the user to a simultaneous exposure to both the background token instance and the token instance of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Affectomatics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 9658689
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for device interaction via a heads-up display determines an area of sight of a first entity employing a first heads-up display, and establishes interaction between at least one first device and the first heads-up display in response to detecting at least an impact of the determined area of sight on at least one second device. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for interacting with a device via a heads-up display in substantially the same manners described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen R. Bedell, Jr., Richard S. Gullo, Jr., Andrew C. Myers, Casey M. O'Meilia
  • Patent number: 9652035
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for device interaction via a heads-up display determines an area of sight of a first entity employing a first heads-up display, and establishes interaction between at least one first device and the first heads-up display in response to detecting at least an impact of the determined area of sight on at least one second device. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for interacting with a device via a heads-up display in substantially the same manners described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen R. Bedell, Jr., Richard S. Gullo, Jr., Andrew C. Myers, Casey M. O'Meilia
  • Patent number: 9654721
    Abstract: A system and method for providing personal content recommendations comprising a receiver to receive and collect one or more user commands at one or more modules, a processor to generate, at the one or more modules, one or more personalized recommendations based on the one or more user commands, and a transmitter to transmit the one or more personalized recommendations to be displayed at a display device in response to receiving one or more user inputs to display the one or more personalized recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Laxmi M. Patel, Japan A. Mehta, Senthil K. Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9652995
    Abstract: In one embodiment, one or more first computing devices receive, from one or more second computing devices associated with a first person, information concerning an activity, the information describing the activity, a reward associated with the activity, and a condition of the reward; transmit, to one or more third computing devices associated with the second person, the information; receive, from the third computing devices, a first response by the second person; and if the first response is an acceptance to the activity by the second person, then: receive, from the third computing devices, first sensor data relating to the activity; analyze the first sensor data to determine whether the condition of the reward is satisfied; and if the condition of the reward is satisfied, then transmit, to the second computing devices and the third computing devices, a second notice indicating that the condition of the reward has been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Naomi Hadatsuki
  • Patent number: 9629543
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for diagnosing declarative memory loss using mouse tracking to follow the visual gaze of a subject taking a visual paired comparison test. Also disclosed are methods for diagnosing dementia such as mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Yevgeny E. Agichtein, Elizabeth A. Buffalo, Dmitry Lagun, Cecelia Manzanares, Stuart Zola
  • Patent number: 9623324
    Abstract: New types of controllers allow a player to make inputs to a video game or simulation by moving the entire controller itself or by gesturing or by moving the player's body in whole or in part. This capability is typically accomplished using a wireless input device having accelerometers, gyroscopes, and a camera. The present invention exploits these wireless motion-sensing technologies to modulate the player's movement inputs to the videogame based upon physiological signals. Such biofeedback-modulated video games train valuable mental skills beyond eye-hand coordination. These psychophysiological training technologies enhance personal improvement, not just the diversion, of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Alan T. Pope, Chad L. Stephens, Nina Marie Blanson
  • Patent number: 9620028
    Abstract: The system provides a framework for developing process, project or problem-based learning systems that make use of social networking. The system provides a general purpose framework to create, manage, and deliver online instruction that supports learning methods consistent with social constructivist and experiential learning theories. The framework utilizes personal social software for collaboration, problem-solving, group work, and other activities consistent with those methods. The general framework, based on finite-state automata and other methods for determining similarity of learning objectives, provides individual creators the means to define, implement, and manage experiential instruction within a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Cricket Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Linda Dozier, Edmund J. Fish, Miles R. Gilburne, Nina Zolt
  • Patent number: 9620030
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for enhancing a working memory of a human is provided. A computing system having a processor executing instructions out of a memory device presents a plurality of selectable working memory domains corresponding to cognitive functions of a human brain, where each working memory domain is associated with a corresponding training game that is configured to enhance a selected working memory domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MIND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Matthew R. Peterson, Nigel Nisbet, Ki Karou, Nicholas Chen, Paul B. Blair, Delicia Woon, Marc Humpert
  • Patent number: 9620027
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus, systems and methods for detecting neurological activity indicative of a dream state of a human. Many embodiments of the invention provide apparatus, systems and methods for detecting neurological activity of a human indicative of a dream state or the onset thereof and delivering an input to the user (such as an audio or other sensory input) during the dream state. Particular embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for detecting neurological activity indicative of the onset or occurrence of a dream state of a human and delivering an audio or other sensory input during the user's dream state. The audio input may be used for learning, delivering messages to the user's subconscious, and/or promoting a state of relaxation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Mir Imran, Joel M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9601026
    Abstract: A training program is configured to systematically drive neurological changes to treat depression, mood and anxiety disorders. In one embodiment, a reward renormalization game presents a plurality of stimuli, a subset of which are positively affective, and the remainder of which are neutral or negatively affective, and prompts a game participant to respond to the positively affective stimuli and ignore the remainder of the stimuli. In another embodiment, an inference renormalization game presents a plurality of stimuli, a subset of which are positively affective, a second subset of which are negatively affective, and a third subset of which are neutral and prompts a game participant to respond to both the positively affective stimuli and the negatively affective stimuli and ignore the neutral stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: POSIT SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Merzenich, Chung-Hay Luk, Mor Nahum, Thomas Matthew Van Vleet
  • Patent number: 9600831
    Abstract: A system for user association attribution may include one or more processors and memory. The one or more processors may receive information pertaining to relationship events that each correspond to a participant and one of several entities in a social network, allocate, for each relationship event, attribution values to touchpoints accessed by the corresponding entity prior to the relationship event. The processors may further determine a weight for each of the attribution values allocated to each of the touchpoints, where the weight for each of the attribution values is based at least in part on each of the relationship events for which each of the attribution values was allocated, generate an aggregate attribution value for each of the touchpoints based at least in part on the weighted attribution values allocated to each of the touchpoints, and provide, to the participant, each aggregate attribution value generated for each of the touchpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Linus Chou, Jonathan Klem, James H. Koh, James E. Stewart, Eric W. Ewald, Andrey Petrov, Carolyn R. Marshall, Paul Sliwowski, Paul J. Baker, Maciej Babinski, Jige Yu, Jacob B. Matthews
  • Patent number: 9602445
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations for providing real-time targeted messages are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Nikhil Chhaochharia, George Paulose Koomullil
  • Patent number: 9589475
    Abstract: An presentation generator is disclosed for generating presentations for interacting with a user on a personal topic of, e.g., the user's selection, wherein the presentations assist the user in obtaining a greater awareness of his/her motivations and/or behaviors relating to the topic. In one embodiment, the presentation generator generates and presents to the user textual observations, questions, and/or statements for the user's consideration. Such presentations use and/or are consistent with textual descriptions obtained from: (a) the results of one or more personality/motivation test results, and (b) user inputs, e.g., regarding the selected topic together with his/her confidence in the validity of such inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Geoffrey S. Lycas
  • Patent number: 9588159
    Abstract: An acquisition unit acquires first measurement values of the amounts of electric power of respective branch circuits or respective load devices and second measurement values of the amount of electric power of a master circuit provided for a building from a measurement device. An overall set unit obtains an overall reference value on the basis of a history of the second measurement values, and the unit receives a reduction target to set an overall target value on the basis of the overall reference value and the reduction target. An individual set unit sets an individual target value by distributing the overall target value set in the overall set unit to the amounts of electric power of the respective branch circuits or the respective load devices as allocation objects. A display instruction unit instructs display of the individual target value and the first measurement values acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Takehara
  • Patent number: 9582769
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs for estimating affective response to a token instance of interest. A measurement of affective response of the user to a temporal window of token instances is taken. A token instance belonging to the window is selected as a token instance of interest based on an attention level of the user, and is removed from the temporal window of token instances. A predicted affective response to the temporal window of token instances from which the token instance of interest is removed is computed. The affective response to the token instance of interest is computed based on the difference between the measured affective response of the user and the predicted affective response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Affectomatics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 9575616
    Abstract: Various implementations for managing, monitoring, and promoting user development and effectiveness are described. In one example implementation, a system includes a management module, an assessment module, a content module, and a reporting module. The management module determines a goal for a plurality of users of an organization to meet and a workflow for achieving the goal. The assessment module determines an assessment of a first performance of the first user based on the workflow and personalizes an electronic resource to a need of the first user based on the assessment of the performance. The content module provides the first electronic resource to the first user for interaction and the reporting module generates a report describing the electronic resource and the assessment of the first performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK, LLC
    Inventor: Chet Dee Linton
  • Patent number: 9569982
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems to provide self-care and acclimation recommendations to a client device based on a unique health profile and environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Wendy Marie Thomas
  • Patent number: 9552743
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toothbrushing monitoring device (18). In order to obtain an efficient monitoring device, the monitoring device comprises: an input device (21), an acceleration sensor, a signal conditioner, a memory, a comparator which compares the numbers of brushing cycles registered by each teeth surface specific counter during brushing with corresponding reference values maintained in said memory, and an output device (27) which indicates that the brushing of the teeth region (L-U) in question is accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BRUSHGATE OY
    Inventors: Ulf Meriheinae, Ossi Kauppinen, Teijo Viljanen, Juha-Pekka Puurunen
  • Patent number: 9538948
    Abstract: A system and method that enables a person to unobtrusively assess their cognitive function from mobile device usage. The method records on the mobile device the occurrence and timing of user events comprising the opening and closing of applications resident on the device, the characters inputted, touch-screen gestures made, and voice inputs used on those applications, performs the step of learning a function mapping from the mobile device recordings to measurements of cognitive function that uses a loss function to determine relevant features in the recording, identifies a set of optimal weights that produce a minimum of the loss function, creates a function mapping using the optimal weights, and performs the step of applying the learned function mapping to a new recording on the mobile device to compute new cognitive function values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Mindstrong, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Dagum
  • Patent number: 9542452
    Abstract: A system and a method for identifying and ranking agents are disclosed herein. The system includes an analytics engine which retrieves information from external and internal databases. The analytics engine uses the information retrieved from these databases, in addition to one or more success factors or key attributes, to identify and rank prospective agents. The analytics engine can also match one or more prospective agents with a general agent and provide ranking and performance assessment reports for evaluating and following up on the agent's career development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Gareth Ross, Tricia Walker
  • Patent number: 9522335
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for executing an online game. One method includes an operation for executing a first game board for a first user and a second game board for a second user. The first game board is created when the first user plays the game for the first time and the second game board is created when the second user plays the game for the first time. The method further includes operations for detecting a visit by the second user to the first game board, and for detecting a request by the second user to place a game asset in the first game board. The game asset is installed in the first game board when the first user approves the request, and the second user obtains one or more game rewards when the first user interacts with the game asset while playing the online game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Kartik Ayyar, Revant Kappor, Kevin Dressel, Chris Antimary
  • Patent number: 9501943
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for providing a learning aid using pictorial mnemonics. The method can include receiving a first input including a selection of a content topic. The method further includes displaying a first pictorial mnemonic associated with the selected topic, wherein the first pictorial mnemonic comprises one or more sub-images, and a list of one or more attributes, wherein each attribute is associated with a corresponding sub-image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Picmonic, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Robertson, Ron Robertson, Adeel Yang, Nicole Pasteur
  • Patent number: 9474481
    Abstract: A system and method that enables a person to unobtrusively quantify the effect of mobility, physical activity, learning, social interaction and diet on cognitive function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: MINDSTRONG, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Dagum
  • Patent number: 9471892
    Abstract: A system stores report descriptors. The report descriptors are used in sections of reports. The reports include a report type and subject. The system generates a pseudo random number seed for use in selecting a first subset of the report descriptors for the reports on a first report subject, and stores the pseudo random number seed. The system retrieves the first subset of report descriptors for the reports on the first report subject based on the pseudo random number seed and subsequently generated random numbers, places the retrieved first subset of report descriptors into an XML string, and generates two or more reports relating to the first report subject using the first subset of report descriptors in the XML string. The two or more reports include at least two different report types, and each common section among the two or more reports includes the same report descriptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: PROFILES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: William L. Bramlett, Jr., Brian C. Giedt
  • Patent number: 9471877
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system for performing a health check on a question answering system instance. The mechanism embeds a ground truth virtual checksum in a shared library accessible by the question answering system instance. The question answering system instance is trained using the ground truth virtual checksum as part of a ground truth including domain-specific ground truth. The ground truth virtual checksum comprises a test question, an answer to the test question, and a confidence level range for the answer to the test question. Responsive to a health check monitor triggering a health check servlet executing on the question answering system instance, the health check servlet submits a test question from the ground truth virtual checksum to the question answering system instance and receives a result answer and a result confidence value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary F. Diamanti, Iwao Hatanaka, Mauro Marzorati, William A. Mills
  • Patent number: 9449150
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are described that include accepting at least one attribute of at least one individual, querying at least one database at least partly based on the at least one attribute, selecting from the at least one database at least one prescription medication and at least one artificial sensory experience to address the at least one attribute of at least one individual, and/or presenting an indication of the at least one prescription medication and the at least one artificial sensory experience at least partly based on the selecting from the at least one database at least one prescription medication and at least one artificial sensory experience to address the at least one attribute of at least one individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9427185
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards monitoring user behavior on a computerized device for any deviation from normal or acceptable behavior that is likely to affect the user's mental state. A prediction model corresponding to features of one or more mental states may be compared with features based upon current user behavior. If the user's current behavior presents a mental state indicative of an uncharacteristic deviation from the normal or acceptable behavior, descriptive data associated with that mental state may be presented to the user in addition to a trusted individual, such as a health care professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Elad Yom-Tov, Eric J. Horvitz, Ryen William White, Munmun De Choudhury, Scott J Counts
  • Patent number: 9420083
    Abstract: A method for generating a notification on a mobile device is provided, including the following method operations: establishing a wireless connection between the mobile device and an activity monitoring device; receiving, at the mobile device, activity data from the activity monitoring device via the wireless connection; processing the activity data to determine an activity metric for a user of the activity monitoring device; comparing the activity metric against a predefined threshold, the predefined threshold being mapped to a notification message; determining, based on the comparing, that the activity metric has reached or exceeds the predefined threshold; displaying the notification message on the mobile device after determining that the activity metric reached or exceeded the predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Roberts, Nichiketa Choudhary
  • Patent number: 9396437
    Abstract: An interface apparatus, system and method for providing interaction over a communication network between a user and network entities are described. The interface apparatus includes a front-end communication system configured for receiving user input information and for outputting output signals in response to the input information. The interface apparatus also includes a communication processing system for coding the input information and forwarding it to the network entity. The interface apparatus can also include a front-end monitoring system for generating user state patterns indicative of the state of the user, a decision-making system for processing the patterns and taking a decision as to how to respond thereto. The interface apparatus includes a configuration and control system configured for reconfiguration and control of functionality of the interface apparatus and for reconfiguration and control of functionality of the network entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Mera Software Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitrii Maximovich Ponomarev, Nikolay Nikolaevich Mikhaylov
  • Patent number: 9378655
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and apparatuses for associating a user emotion with electronic media are described. Contact between a user of a device and a biopotential electrode array that is integrated with the device is detected. Electrodermal data of the user is acquired via the biopotential electrode array. The user emotion is derived based at least in part on the acquired electrodermal data. The user emotion is then associated with the electronic media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard O. Farley, Robert S. Tartz, Aniket A. Vartak
  • Patent number: 9378658
    Abstract: A meta-attention trainer for enhancing the meta-attention of a user. The trainer includes a processor coupled to a display device. The display device presents the user with a cognitive task that includes a stimuli. The cognitive task specifies a desired response to the stimuli. The processor assesses attentional control of the user in relation to the cognitive task, and generates an instruction and/or a feedback, based on the attentional control assessment, to the user, thereby enabling the user to reflect on the meta-attention of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Think-Now Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory V. Simpson, David E. Charron
  • Patent number: 9367196
    Abstract: Items of content may be organized into branched portions. From a current portion of an item of content, a branch may be selected, and the portion of the item of content connected by the selected branch to the current portion of the item of content may be conveyed. In this respect, multiple paths through the item of content may be achieved, each path including one or more portions connected to each other by one or more branches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AUDIBLE, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas S. Goldstein, Ajay Arora, Douglas C. Hwang, Guy A. Story, Jr., Shirley C. Yang
  • Patent number: 9367666
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including medium-encoded computer program products, for mapping cognitive to functional ability include receiving data regarding assessments of a cognitive ability and assessments of a functional ability; processing the received data to generate a map of one or more cognitive processes underlying the cognitive ability to a continuous-valued measure of the functional ability; and storing the generated map on a computer-storage medium to be used by a computer device in continuous-valued assessments of the functional ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Medical Care Corporation
    Inventors: William Rodman Shankle, Michael D. Lee, James P. Pooley
  • Patent number: 9361278
    Abstract: When a social networking system receives an image and associated text for presentation to one or more users, the social networking system determines how to present the text and the image. For example, the social networking system determines if to overlay the text onto an area of the image. A readability score indicating the readability of the text if overlaid onto an area of the image is determined based on attributes of the image and of the text. Using the readability score, the social networking system overlays the text onto an area of the image when presented to other users or presents the text adjacent to the image when presented to other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Matthew Marra, Christopher Struhar
  • Patent number: 9355569
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for providing a learning aid using pictorial mnemonics. The method can include receiving a first input including a selection of a content topic. The method further includes displaying a first pictorial mnemonic associated with the selected topic, wherein the first pictorial mnemonic comprises one or more sub-images, and a list of one or more attributes, wherein each attribute is associated with a corresponding sub-image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Picmonic Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Robertson, Ron Robertson, Adeel Yang, Nicole Pasteur
  • Patent number: 9355414
    Abstract: For each first entity of a subset of a number of first entities, an expected improvement of a predictive performance of a collaborative filtering model if additional ratings of the first entity in relation to a plurality of second entities were obtained is estimated. Particular first entities from the subset of the first entities of which to obtain the additional ratings in relation to the second entities are selected based at least on the expected improvements that have been determined. The additional ratings of the particular first entities in relation to the second entities are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Martin B. Scholz, George Forman, Rong Pan
  • Patent number: 9357240
    Abstract: A system provides programming and advertising to a video decoder such as a digital video recorder, computer system, software or hardware player, etc. When a user makes a request to skip a commercial by issuing a command such as 30 second skip forward, alternate media is provided. In some examples, an image advertisement is provided for a predetermined period of time either during the commercial break or when regular programming resumes. In other examples, a substitute commercial is shown. The substitute commercial may be shortened or compressed. The alternate media may be perceptually encoded in a video stream, hidden in a video stream, or provided in a separate stream. In some examples, survey based and neuro-response based data is used to evaluate and select alternate media for particular programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy
  • Patent number: 9342576
    Abstract: An information processing device is connected to multiple information processing terminals wherein multiple types of expressions exhibited by a user during playback of content are detected, evaluation of each played-back content is obtained, of the detected plurality of types of expressions a predetermined expression serving as a high evaluation index indicated by the user during playback of high evaluation content is identified, and the expression information serving as a identified high evaluation index and the information expressing evaluation as to each content are transmitted. The information device includes a receiving unit to receive expression information serving as the high evaluation index from multiple information processing terminals; a user identifying unit to identify a user indicating an expression of similar high evaluation index for the same content; a recommended content identifying unit to identify recommended content having a high evaluation to other similar users; and a transmitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mari Saito, Noriyuki Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Miyazaki, Yasuharu Asano, Tatsuki Kashitani
  • Patent number: 9332940
    Abstract: A sensor module can include a battery housing comprising a battery cavity sized and shaped to receive a battery. The battery cavity can be defined at least in part by a wall to be disposed about at least a portion of a periphery of the battery. A package housing can be disposed on the wall of the battery housing, the package housing smaller than the battery housing. An integrated device package can be disposed in or coupled with the package cavity. The integrated device package can include one or more integrated device dies. An interfacing feature can be coupled with the battery housing and extending transverse to the wall. The interfacing feature can be configured to transduce a biological signature into a signal to be processed by the integrated device package. An interconnect assembly can electrically connect the interfacing feature to the integrated device package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
    Inventor: David Frank Bolognia
  • Patent number: RE46481
    Abstract: A content reproducing apparatus is disclosed which includes: a sensor; a discrimination circuit configured to discriminate whether a movement of a user is a first movement or a second movement based on a detection output from the sensor; a storage configured to store contents; a reproduction circuit configured to reproduce the contents; and a control circuit configured to supply the reproduction circuit with contents retrieved from the storage in accordance with a discrimination output from the discrimination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Kenichi Makino, Akane Sano, Katsuya Shirai, Motoyuki Takai, Makoto Inoue