Cathode Ray Screen Display And Audio Means Patents (Class 434/307R)
  • Patent number: 6164971
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and systems for reenacting historical scenarios in a computer controlled data base and operating system wherein roles are segregated and processed to permit intervention of interactive role players for modifying the reenacted scenarios in accordance with their reactions and decisions on line as they view the scenarios. In this way, the role players get involved personally in the historical events reenacted to make the action and results more memorable, interesting and understandable. Different roles may be chosen to match the skills, capabilities and interest of the role players. The role players input decisions are substituted in the reenactment to conform with or change the course of history and feedback is provided to inform the role player of the impact introduced. Thus, grading or evaluation records for role players may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Grayden T. Figart
  • Patent number: 6164973
    Abstract: A method of developing processing system software media to provide at least one user with a display of at least one user controllable image such that the user causes the user controllable image to perform interactive, idiosyncratic, simulated, physical, movements on a display means. The invention includes the display of demonstrative image movements to which users cause interactive, idiosyncratic, simulated, physical, responsive movements to be made by user controllable images. Demonstrative image movements may be made by images of any previously or presently living things, objects and systems. The user controllable images are customized by the user with respect to its on-screen proportional dimensions and characteristics and its movements may be idiosyncratically controlled by the user and/or by pre-programmed, pre-stored, maintained means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Vincent J. Macri
    Inventors: Vincent J. Macri, Paul Zilber
  • Patent number: 6164975
    Abstract: An interactive instructional system realizing an eventstream based educational methodology and enabling an interactive, adaptive learning environment. Continuously tracking and evaluating learner interaction, the system creates and updates a profile of the learner's cognitive style and achievement level. Using this cognitive profile, the system adapts its presentations to the learner's cognitive style and demonstrated ability. Presentations take the form of eventstreams, which are branching sequences of multimedia objects called events. Some of the events contain substantially similar content presented in differing ways so that, using the learner's cognitive profile, the system can select the event that results in the greatest comprehension of the presented material. This selection is accomplished using a utility function that is based on the cognitive profile and that provides a measure of the teaching utility of each of the different cognitive styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Marshall Weingarden
    Inventors: Marshall Weingarden, Edward Ronald Griffor
  • Patent number: 6159014
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for training the cognitive and memory systems in a subject is provided. The apparatus and method incorporates a number of different programs to be played by the subject. The programs artificially process selected portions of language elements, called phonemes, so they will be more easily distinguished by the subject, and gradually improves the subject's neurological processing and memory of the elements through repetitive stimulation. The programs continually monitor a subject's ability to distinguish the processed language elements, and adaptively configures the programs to challenge and reward the subject by altering the degree of processing. Through adaptive control and repetition of processed speech elements, and presentation of the speech elements in a creative fashion, a subject's cognitive processing of acoustic events common to speech, and memory of language constructs associated with speech elements are significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Scientific Learning Corp.
    Inventors: William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Steven Lamont Miller, Bret E. Peterson, Paula Tallal
  • Patent number: 6160986
    Abstract: Interactive toy apparatus including:a toy having a fanciful physical appearance and including:at least one audio transducer; anda toy transceiver communicating with the audio transducer; anda computer including:a user input receiver;a user information storage unit storing information relating to a user's preferences received from a user via the user input receiver and relating to a user;a computer transceiver;a speech recognition unit receiving speech inputs from the user; andan interactive content controller employing the information relating to the user's preferences received via the user input receiver and stored in the user information storage unit and also employing the speech recognition output for providing interactive audio content to the user at the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Creator LTD
    Inventors: Oz Gabai, Jacob Gabai, Nimrod Sandlerman
  • Patent number: 6146143
    Abstract: A system for simulating the operation of a vehicle, comprising a monitor for displaying a sequence of visual images; a plurality of control devices for the simulated vehicle for manipulation by an operator of the simulated vehicle; a computer, responsive to manipulation of the simulated vehicle control devices, for presenting a temporal sequence of visual images to the operator on the monitor which depicts the operation of the simulated vehicle along a roadway in a simulated environment; a mechanism for dynamically controlling weather effects in the simulated environment; and a mechanism for creating a traffic event in the simulated environment on demand during a simulation session and presenting the traffic event to the operator substantially immediately thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: FAAC Incorporated
    Inventors: Genevieve Huston, John Dibbs, Thomas McClelland, Scott Thompson
  • Patent number: 6146147
    Abstract: An interactive phonological and auditory skills improvement system is provided. The system includes a microprocessor, a display connected to the microprocessor, and a speaker connected to the microprocessor. Phonological game logic is run on the microprocessor, the phonological game logic provides at least one audible sound through the speaker and a phonological test regarding said at least one sound. A user responds to the phonological test which is graphically displayed on the display screen using an input device. Auditory game logic is also run on the microprocessor. The auditory game logic provides at least one audible sound through the speaker and an auditory test regarding said at least one sound. The user must respond to the auditory test using the input device. The auditory test is also graphically displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Cognitive Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Wasowicz
  • Patent number: 6144837
    Abstract: An electronic health monitoring system. A multimedia processor is a modified CD-ROM multimedia interactive television video game console which comprises a microprocessor, hardware, and software. One or more physiological data monitors are coupled to provide a signal representative of a user's physiological parameter to the multimedia processor through an isolated interface circuit. A hand-held program controller with directional buttons is operated by the user to control the various functions of the multimedia processor. A television is coupled to the multimedia processor to provide sound and a video display based upon output signals from the multimedia processor. Interchangeable compact disks (CD-ROM) comprise additional software. The software contained in the interchangeable compact disks enables the system to execute a variety of health related functions, to display high quality moving or still video images and to produce high quality sound accompaniment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Health Hero Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger J. Quy
  • Patent number: 6141529
    Abstract: A learning system is provided which includes a plurality of student units for use by students, a teacher unit for use by a teacher, and a plurality of master storage devices that store information reproduced by the student units. The learning system includes a computer for use also by the teacher that operates to control each of the student units. The computer also provides the feature of student tape auto compile in which the student units are controlled to record student responses/answers, selected student units are controlled to reproduce the respective recorded information in a predetermined format, and the master unit(s) is controlled to record the information output by the selected student units. Various user selections during student tape auto compile include which student recordings to be compiled, the compiling format (e.g., sequential by student, sequential by question number), amount of student recording time, and which master units are to be used during compiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Remschel
  • Patent number: 6139329
    Abstract: A karaoke system capable of performing distribution or delivery of new music without delay and providing high quality karaoke musical accompaniment and video image dedicated for each music well harmonized with the content of each music is disclosed. The karaoke system reproduces a recorded musical accompaniment of a music to sing together with a composite image of lyric words and background image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Daiichi Kosho, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mino, Masao Toyosawa
  • Patent number: 6135776
    Abstract: A new and improved learning system that contains a highly interactive environment rich with educational information. The new and improved learning system contains an interactive educational software program with a companion hands-on educational activities kit. The learning system includes software which guides the user through activities, instructions, and educational material. The program's virtual expert explains material. The program also consists of several virtual machines that the user interacts with. One virtual machine holds readily accessible entertaining and scientific facts; another holds a readily accessible glossary of scientific terms. There is also a virtual machine that functions as a laboratory journal for user input of desired observations and measurements. At the completion of the project, the software compiles the user's information into an accessible final report for reading and printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventors: Erol Erturk, Jessica Susan Toth
  • Patent number: 6126450
    Abstract: In a medical simulator system, a physical model such as a medical phantom is no longer required so as to execute a simulated medical treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Mukai, Masayuki Harada, Katsunobu Muroi
  • Patent number: 6125358
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple "correct" answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: AC Properties B.V.
    Inventors: John Reader Hubbell, Mark Stewart Nichols
  • Patent number: 6086377
    Abstract: A method and system for demonstrating the context of features of a product or service, receiving selections of those features from a user, and modifying the demonstration to show the consequences of the received selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald S. Pinder, Patricia A. Stolte
  • Patent number: 6086380
    Abstract: In a self-operated karaoke recording booth a user is provided with a selection of background scenes from which to choose and also with the option of having the lyrics of the karaoke selection displayed or suppressed. A video camera positioned at the user's eye level is located on the nonreflective side of a one-way mirror and is directed at a specified performer location through the one-way mirror, which is inclined at a forty-five degree angle relative thereto. Messages and video displays are provided to the user by a video display monitor connected to a computer that faces the reflective side of the one-way mirror and is also located at a forty-five degree angle relative thereto. The system is designed to maintain the visual focus of the performer directly into the lens of the video camera throughout the performance and to combine the video camera images with the background scene in such a way as to avoid a double exposure or phantom image of the performer against the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventors: Chia Chen Chu, Hong Lan, David Wung, Carl V. Price
  • Patent number: 6083007
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a data structure containing at least one field corresponding to a setting of a product includes a memory storing a plurality of queries corresponding to various configuration settings of the product. The memory includes a plurality of queries that are presented to a user of the product and/or a user of a training device associated with the product. The apparatus also includes a display for displaying the queries to a user and an input device for providing responses to the queries by the user. The apparatus may also include a training device having a plurality of lessons for training the user on the product. The training device may also include an exam having a plurality of questions that may be presented to the user to test the user's understanding of the product. A method of the present invention configures the lessons presented by the training device to the user and the questions asked by the training device according to the configuration settings stored in the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Carla C. Joliat, Charlotte Swartz
  • Patent number: 6083009
    Abstract: A karaoke service method by telecommunication system downloads karaoke data through a portable karaoke device and provides a karaoke service by using a radio data transmitting and receiving function of a mobile telephone network and a system thereof. In the method, it is judged whether a stored music executing mode or a new music down load mode is selected. A karaoke service server is connected to a public switched data network when the new music down load mode is selected. A file down load with respect to a selected music is requested. A file of a corresponding music selected is downloaded. According to the method, the karaoke device is connected to a karaoke service server having a simple communication protocol system and performs music files and a basic communication function and the karaoke service server reads music file information out of the data network and transmits the read music file information to the karaoke device. Accordingly, a small and inexpensive karaoke device can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventors: Ihl-Doo Kim, Sang-Ghil Lee, Sang-Cheol Han, Hun-Bum Ha
  • Patent number: 6077082
    Abstract: A patient simulation includes a patient generator for providing an image of a body of a patient on a display, where at least one portion of the body an be examined in greater detail; at least one communication device for allowing interaction between the patient and a user; and a behavior generator which causes the patient to appear to respond to treatment. The behavior generator includes psychological state data that allows the patient to react to the user's "bedside manner." Further, the simulation operates on a non-stop basis and in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Information Technology Center America, Inc. (ITA)
    Inventors: Sarah Frances Frisken Gibson, William Eric Leifur Grimson, Takeo Kanade, Ron Kikinis
  • Patent number: 6077084
    Abstract: A karaoke system capable of performing distribution or delivery of new music without delay and providing high quality karaoke musical accompaniment and video image dedicated for each music well harmonized with the content of each music is disclosed. The karaoke system reproduces a recorded musical accompaniment of a music to sing together with a composite image of lyric words and background image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Daiichi Kosho, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mino, Masao Toyosawa
  • Patent number: 6074215
    Abstract: A karaoke online system distributes karaoke data blocks having identification codes from a center station to a plurality of karaoke terminals through a broadcast network. In the center station, a transmitter broadcasts the karaoke data blocks with the identification codes to the broadcast network. In the karaoke terminal, a receiver receives the karaoke data blocks with the identification codes from the center station through the broadcast network. A buffer memory temporarily memorizes each of the karaoke data blocks received by the receiver. A storage device stores the karaoke data blocks after each of the karaoke data blocks is temporarily memorized in the buffer memory. A controller discriminates the karaoke data blocks while each of the karaoke data blocks stays in the buffer memory according to the identification codes attached to the karaoke data blocks for judging as to whether each of the karaoke data blocks should be transferred from the buffer memory to the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Kanehisa Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 6075967
    Abstract: Disclosed is an input device and method for interacting with motion pictures incorporating content-based haptic response. Content data relating to the motion picture is stored in a content data storage device while motion picture data is stored in a prerecorded image data storage device. A viewer input device is provided so that a viewer (end-user) can advance and reverse the frames on a display screen while substantially simultaneously, the content data is accessed and braking commands are sent to the viewer input device. The result is that the viewer is provided with haptic responses to the viewer's input through the viewer input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Interval Research Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Naimark, Robert L. Adams, Robert D. Alkire, Christoph Dohrmann, David J. Gessel, Steven E. Saunders
  • Patent number: 6068489
    Abstract: A karaoke amplifier is constructed for amplifying an audio signal to sound a karaoke performance while processing the audio signal according to a value of a control parameter to acoustically control the karaoke performance. An analog operating member is manually operable to set an initial analog value of the control parameter. An analog/digital converter converts the initial analog value into a corresponding initial digital value. A receiver receives correction data from an external data source. A memory memorizes the received correction data. A calculator arithmetically treats the initial digital value according to the correction data retrieved from the memory to calculate a corrected value of the control parameter. A signal processor processes the audio signal according to the corrected value of the control parameter and amplifies the processed audio signal to sound the karaoke performance which is acoustically modified according to the corrected value of the control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Nagata, Masao Yoshida, Satoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6062868
    Abstract: A sing-along data transmitting method includes the steps of providing a sing-along data center for supplying background video data and music data, and providing a plurality of sing-along data receiving terminals for receiving the background video data and music data fed from the sing-along data center. The next step is transmitting a plurality of background video data by way of a plurality of different channels, and transmitting music data of a plurality of melodies by way of at least one channel. The method further includes the step of transmitting a channel data indicating a channel through which said background video data corresponding to a selected music is being transmitted, with the channel data being transmitted together with music data. There is also provided a sing-along data transmitting/receiving system for carrying out the above sing-along data transmitting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Pioneer Electronic Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Toriumi
  • Patent number: 6064998
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple "correct" answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner. A robust business model provides support for realistic activities and provides examples with process sensitive help that guides a student to intuitively develop the appropriate next step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: AC Properties, B.V.
    Inventors: Maureen Therese Zabloudil, Kerry Russell Wills
  • Patent number: 6062867
    Abstract: A lyrics display apparatus wherein a display condition of the words of a song on a display device is gradually changed in accordance with a progression of a piece of music, the display condition of the song words is started to change on a basis of a memorized production timing data of each of the song words and changed in a predetermined amount at a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Torimura
  • Patent number: 6056555
    Abstract: A karaoke apparatus is responsive to a request of a music piece for producing karaoke accompaniment to accompany a live singing voice of the music piece while reproducing a background video associated with the music piece. In the karaoke apparatus, a sound source device produces the karaoke accompaniment of the music piece in response to the request. A storage device stores video data representative of a piece of the background video which is associated with the music piece. The piece of the background video has a time length normally longer than a time length of the music piece. A central processing unit variably designates a read start point from which the piece of the background video should be reproduced. A drive device is responsive to the request for accessing the storage device to reproduce the background video from the read start point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Tada
  • Patent number: 6053740
    Abstract: A lyrics display apparatus for indicating the words of a song on a screen of a display device, which is designed to memorize a lyrics data including a first line-change code for defining a predetermined number of words to be indicated on one line and a second line-change code for defining a segmental position of the words indicated on the line, to set a first display mode when the screen of the display device is able to indicate the number of words defined by the first line-change code on the one line, to set a second display mode when the screen of said display device is unable to indicate the number of words defined by the first line-change code on the one line, to control the display device in such a manner that the words defined by the first line-change code are indicated on the one line at the first display mode and that the line of the words defined by the first line-change code is changed to another line at the segmental position defined by the second line-change code at the second display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Nakata, Yasushi Kurakake
  • Patent number: 6052512
    Abstract: A student user of a client computer system uses a teaching process to promote development of cognitive skills of the student, and a supervisor uses a second client computer to remotely monitor the progress of the student. The teaching process presents various types of stimuli to the student and records student response data which correspond to the stimuli. In addition, the teaching process forms evaluation data from the student response data where the evaluation data represents a correlation between the student response data for respective stimuli and predetermined correct response data for respective stimuli. Furthermore, the teaching process modifies its own behavior according to the evaluation data to thereby tailor the behavior of the teaching process to the cognitive abilities of the student. The student response data is uploaded to a global student database which is accessible to a supervisor user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Scientific Learning Corp.
    Inventors: Bret E. Peterson, William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Paula Tallal, Steven L. Miller
  • Patent number: 6050822
    Abstract: The present invention, an Electromagnetic Locomotion Platform (ELP) system, is an electronically powered device which allows human-like activities to be performed in all three axes: x, y, & z, in a confined and localized a for the purpose of attaining total immersion (both visual and physical) into Virtual Environments. The ELP system allows humans the ability to walk, jog, run, crawl, etc. in a stationary position, thus the user can "walk forever to nowhere", similar to the basic function of a treadmill. This feature can be enhanced by having the user wear a helmet mounted display (HMD) which is coupled to a computer generated Virtual Reality (VR) system. The VR system provides external environments to the HMD and when synchronized with the movements of the individual on the ELP, it displays visual changes in the surrounding environment according to the movements generated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Jim A. Faughn
  • Patent number: 6042383
    Abstract: A portable electronic device assists persons with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders in performing daily living tasks. These tasks can include, e.g., making a bed, applying makeup, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and eating a meal, or hundreds of other tasks. The device is designed to allow users to develop a personal schedule of these tasks and special events. It alerts users at predetermined times to perform scheduled tasks and coaches and motivates the user in completing the tasks through text, audio and animation. The user is given a predetermined period of time to complete the task and rewarded with points if the task is completed on time. The device also records the user's performance of tasks and creates a task log of the user's performance over a given period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Lois J. Herron
  • Patent number: 6036498
    Abstract: A karaoke apparatus responds to a request for producing a karaoke music piece to accompany a live singing performance of words of the karaoke music piece by a karaoke player. In the karaoke apparatus, a storage device stores music data representing a plurality of karaoke music pieces and speech data representing speech sounds of words of the karaoke music pieces. An operation panel operates upon a request for designating a karaoke music piece to be performed. A tone generator retrieves the music data corresponding to the designated karaoke music piece from the storage device so as to generate music tones of the designated karaoke music piece to thereby accompany the live singing performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takayasu Kondo
  • Patent number: 6033226
    Abstract: The present invention is a an interactive multi-media training system which incorporates text, audio, and video graphics animation and other tools to teach an operator to use a machining or other tool. The training system includes a computer workstation to allow inputs from an operator, computer memory, and a training computer program operating on the computer and having a graphical user interface for interfacing the operator with the workstation and interactively training the operator to operate and perform tasks on the machine tool. The operator can provide inputs to the training system by various input devices such as a keyboard, cursor or mouse. The training system additionally includes interface software operating on the computer for controlling the machine tool and sharing access to and exchange data with the computer memory and a remote station linked to the computer memory for allowing an instructor to monitor and supervise the operator in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: George Nicholas Bullen
  • Patent number: 6022223
    Abstract: When the input output controller 22 receives request data through the modem 42, the input output controller 22 controls the memory controller 25 to retrieve an AV stream and a BGV stream from the memories and to transfer the streams to the multiplexer 30. The memory controller 25 retrieves a BGV stream from the BGV memories 26a, 26b, and 26c and an AV stream from the AV memories 27a, 27b, and 27c. When receiving the BGV stream and the AV stream, the multiplexer 30 divides the AV stream into a lyric stream and a music stream. The multiplexer 30 composes the lyric stream and the BGV stream into a video stream. The multiplexer 30 time-divisionally multiplexes the video stream and the music stream and outputs the multiplexed stream as a video/music stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignees: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Xing, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshinori Taniguchi, Takamitsu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6022222
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for learning a natural language through the visual depiction of grammar is described. The system employs icons that are strung together in sentences that exactly parallel the word order of the natural language being studied. Icons are used to represent all parts of speech, and also to provide a pictorial representation of tense and number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Mary Beth Guinan
    Inventor: Mary Beth Guinan
  • Patent number: 6019607
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for training the sensory perceptual system in a language learning impaired (LLI) subject is provided. The apparatus and method incorporates a number of different programs to be played by the subject. The programs artificially process selected portions of language elements, called phonemes, so they will be more easily distinguished by an LLI subject, and gradually improves the subject's neurological processing of the elements through repetitive stimulation. The programs continually monitor a subject's ability to distinguish the processed language elements, and adaptively configures the programs to challenge and reward the subject by altering the degree of processing. Through adaptive control and repetition of processed speech elements, and presentation of the speech elements in a creative fashion, a subject's temporal processing of acoustic events common to speech are significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventors: William M. Jenkins, Michael M. Merzenich, Steven Lamont Miller, Bret E. Peterson, Paula Tallal
  • Patent number: 6018732
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple "correct" answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: AC Properties B.V.
    Inventors: Benoit Patrick Bertrand, Kerry Russell Wills
  • Patent number: 6007338
    Abstract: A realistic roller coaster simulator is disclosed having one or more passenger seats equipped with a safety harness and mounted for 360 degree rotational movement along at least two axes for simulating the motion of a roller coaster. A controller is provided for controlling and coordinating the motion of the simulator with a simulation controller which generates to the passenger synchronized audio and visual effects which would be experienced by a passenger on a roller coaster of a predetermined design. Linked to the simulator is a design station where a passenger can design his or her own roller coaster. Upon entering the simulator station, the passenger's design can be accessed from memory and selected for simulation on the simulator vehicle. Upon initiation of the simulation, the passenger can experience in real time the visual, motive, audible and other effects (such as wind, heat, cold, water, etc.) of the simulated roller coaster ride which the passenger has designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. DiNunzio, Thomas K. Morris, Steven A. Elliott, Joseph O. Garlington, Raul S. Fernandez, Susan M. Bryan, Kevin R. Rice, William G. Redmann, Kenneth D. Salter
  • Patent number: 5997308
    Abstract: In accordance with the progress of a performance, a CPU 10 supplies word data indicative of words to be displayed. The CPU obtains a color change function passing coordinates which are specified by color change function data indicative of: a length of each of sections which are obtained by dividing a word display region to be displayed in accordance with the word data; and a time period required for changing a color of the section. The CPU instructs a color change in accordance with the color change function. A video circuit 18 changes the color of the words which are displayed on the basis of the word data, in accordance with the color change instructions, and a monitor 19 displays the words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Youji Semba
  • Patent number: 5993220
    Abstract: A karaoke system is provided with a reproducing section and a remote control device. The reproducing section at least reproduces an accompaniment signal. The remote control device controls the operation of the reproducing section and is provided with an input section, a storage and a sending section. A control signal for controlling the operation of the reproducing section and information showing the order of reproducing an accompaniment signal by the reproducing section are input from the input section. The storage stores reservation information showing the order of reproduction and the personal information of a user both input via the input section. The sending section sends at least one of reservation information and the personal information of a user both stored in said storage to the reproducing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Nakamura, Hideki Nakano
  • Patent number: 5993216
    Abstract: A fixed or portable multi-functional enclosure that is card-operated, climate controlled, and provides a quiet work place for use by students or businessmen. The enclosure has a generally semi-oval shaped housing comprising a front portion including a front cowling, a central portion with a curved door, and a rear portion with a lower section and a rear lid. The enclosure housing includes three magnetic card readers located on the opaque front cowling, the curved door, and the rear lid. The central portion includes an ergonomically designed seat or chair and a curved console containing a computer monitor. The ergonomically designed seat or chair is tiltable and is dimensionally adjustable up, down, forward, and backward. The console includes a fiber optic camera, a computer monitor, a computer printer, a modem, a facsimile machine, and a phone speaker. Positioned on the console are connection ports for a VOX head phone set and a virtual reality head set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Robert B. Stogner
  • Patent number: 5991594
    Abstract: An electronic book is provided including a plurality of PCMIA cards each with read only memory having a unique text permanently stored therein. Further provided is a portable unit comprising at least one speaker for allowing the transmission of audio signals upon the receipt thereof, a PCMCIA interface slot formed in the housing for allowing the downloading of the text of the PCMCIA card, and a speech processor/synthesizer connected to the speaker for transmitting audio signals thereto upon the receipt of text stored in the PCMCIA card. Such audio signals are representative of speech corresponding with the text. Further provided is a control mechanism adapted to download the text located within the PCMCIA card via the PCMCIA interface and further transmit the same to the speakers and the display whereby the audio signals are continuously transmitted and a user may view the text via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventors: Helmut Froeber, Hong Kim
  • Patent number: 5991133
    Abstract: A compact video cassette player for children is provided including a housing with a front face, a rear face, a top face, a bottom face and a pair of side faces. The top face has a handle mounted thereto. A light assembly is equipped with a lamp for illuminating upon the receipt of power. Further included is a video cassette player assembly having a display mounted on the front face of the housing; a plurality of control buttons including a start button, stop button, rewind button, eject button and actuator button; and a speaker positioned on the housing. The video cassette player assembly also has a video cassette player mechanism having an inlet for receiving a video cassette so as to display video and audio signals from the video cassette via the display and the speaker, respectively, in accordance with the depression of the control buttons. Further, a power unit is provided for supplying the light assembly and video cassette player assembly with power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Alice L. Myers
  • Patent number: 5980261
    Abstract: A karaoke system for providing improved services with customers, utilizing inherent network resources of a large-scale communication karaoke system is disclosed.The karaoke system according to one aspect of the present invention has a host apparatus 2 and a plurality of remote terminal apparatuses 1 for playing karaoke music communicating with the host apparatus via a communication network 3. Each of the remote terminal apparatuses 1 stores karaoke data transferred from the host apparatus 2 and plays the karaoke data selected from among the stored karaoke data by a speaker 11 and a CRT display 15.The host apparatus 2 stores a plurality of records of customers of the karaoke system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Daiichi Kosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mino, Masao Toyosawa
  • Patent number: 5980256
    Abstract: The invention provides a motion simulating device which provides the user with full freedom of motion. Ideally, the motion is coordinated with the user's senses. The motion simulating device may include a generally spherical capsule supported by a number of rollers, at least one of which is a multi-directional active roller which frictionally engages the spherical capsule. This causes the spherical capsule to rotate in any desired direction. The capsule may have mounted within it an interactive solid, which may take the form of an omni-directional treadmill for supporting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: David E. E. Carmein
  • Patent number: 5977951
    Abstract: An educational computer system includes a computer, a display device, a remote control character, and a wireless modem for communication between the computer and the remote control character. The remote control character can move and speak in response to signals from the computer, thereby allowing the remote control character to interact with the user and with characters displayed on the display device. When a program is run, the computer determines whether the remote control character is available. If it is not, the computer substitutes an animated character that is displayed on the display device. The computer periodically checks for the remote control characters while displaying the animated character. If the remote control character becomes available, the animated character is discontinued and the computer begins sending voice and movement information to the remote control character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Damon Vincent Danieli, Kenneth Ray Robertson, Timothy Edward Wood
  • Patent number: 5967792
    Abstract: An automatic performance apparatus for conducting a minus-one performance so that a minus part can be automatically changed in accordance with a performance conducted by the user, the apparatus includes a tone generator which synthesizes musical tones of a plurality of parts based on performance data including performance data of the parts, a MIDI input section which externally captures MIDI data including a program change which designates a tone color related to a part, a selected part judging section which specifies the part corresponding to the MIDI data based on the program change, a mute control section which eliminates performance data of the part specified by the selected part judging section from the performance data, and a performance converting section which inserts the MIDI data into the part from which the performance data are eliminated are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5964593
    Abstract: A computer toy for infants that promotes normal speech development by facilitating the infant's experimentation with babbles and other elementary sounds. Additionally, the toy provides an enriched environment for language learning by prompting the infant with a repertoire of verbal sounds including phonemes, syllables, and simple spoken words. The toy includes a microphone input device for detecting vocalizations by an infant and an audiovisual output device for providing feedback to the infant including the immediate playback of the infant's own vocalizations, and a control means for transforming detected vocalizations into instructions for use by the audiovisual output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Hannah R. Cohen
  • Patent number: 5961333
    Abstract: User-actuated systems for retrieving and presenting information on a particular subject and/or information employable in a learn while doing mode on the performance of a specified task. The systems include a laser-readable, encoded, data storage device; a player for retrieving data from the storage device; and a screen on which the retrieved information can be displayed. Onboard controls allow the system user to reach the information of concern, to repeat the presentation of that information, and to otherwise navigate through the available choices in a fashion which best meets his or her needs. An optional remote control allows the system user to accomplish the same functions, while being freed from the location of the system module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventors: Robert G. Harrison, Robert D. Lamson
  • Patent number: 5961541
    Abstract: An exoskeleton for the support of a patient's body is jointed opposite the hip and knee articulations, and is provided with a number of small actuators that are designed to move jointed parts of the exoskeleton in accordance with the human gait. A control unit is programmed to control the operation of the actuators so as to impress on the exoskeleton the movements of the human gait. A remote control for operation of the control unit allows the patient to transmit commands to the unit in order to start or stop the lower limbs, as well as to adjust the step speed. An electronic virtual reality unit transmits to the patient, through a special helmet, virtual reality pictures and stimulation interactive with the walking movement that is impressed by the exoskeleton on the patient's body. A framework can be used to steady and support the person and allow the person to walk at the same time, and has grips having operating push buttons for the remote control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Benito Ferrati
  • Patent number: 5957695
    Abstract: In accordance with this invention, a remote control for an interactive media can include a printed publication and/or a storage media and/or a data button. One embodiment of a remote control includes a printed publication (such as a book, magazine or a catalog) and one or more buttons physically attached to the printed publication to allow users to remotely control use of associated electronic content by a host device. Another embodiment of a remote control has a housing capable of removably holding a storage media encoded with electronic content associated with a button of the remote control. Yet another embodiment of a remote control has at least one data button which permits the user to select the data to be displayed by the host device. An autostart driver in the host device detects insertion of a storage media into a peripheral and automatically starts an application. The application interprets button codes transmitted by the remote control and displays the results or initiates other events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: TV Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Peter M. Redford, Donald S. Stern