Common Carrier For Visual Means And Audio Recording Patents (Class 434/309)
  • Patent number: 9571753
    Abstract: Two parties have three distinct viewpoints of their relationship, from which assumptions emerge and working hypotheses about how to manage their relationship. The system, device, and method described herein include using a mobile device for understanding face-to-face human interactions. The process includes using a mobile device for recording an interaction with one or more other persons, whereby one or more of the participants use the mobile device to describe their viewpoints of the interaction. The participants can use the mobile device to receive immediate feedback for analysis, to compare viewpoints, to examine how the viewpoints are arrived, and to explore the viewpoints' consequences for the participants' relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: UfaceMe, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Ayers, William J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9481195
    Abstract: The greeting card of the present invention contains a user-interactive dial mechanism which can be manipulated to play different audio clips. The dial mechanism may be moveable, for example, between four different positions wherein moving the dial mechanism to each position triggers replay of a different audio clip at each of the four different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle Parkinson, Lynne Shlonsky
  • Patent number: 9262539
    Abstract: Two parties have three distinct viewpoints of their relationship, from which assumptions emerge and working hypotheses about how to manage their relationship. The system, device, and method described herein include using a computer system for understanding face-to-face human interactions. The process includes using a mobile device connected to a server in a network for reviewing an audio-video recording of an interaction with one or more other persons, whereby one or more of the participants use the mobile device to describe their viewpoints of the interaction. The participants use the mobile device to receive immediate feedback for analysis, to compare viewpoints, to examine how the viewpoints are arrived, and to explore the viewpoints' consequences for the participants' relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: UfaceMe, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Ayers, William J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9099011
    Abstract: Two parties have three distinct viewpoints of their relationship, from which assumptions emerge and working hypotheses about how to manage their relationship. The system, device, and method described herein include using computer system mediated learning tool for understanding face-to-face human interactions. The process includes using the learning tool in reviewing an audio-video recording of a face-to-face interaction with one or more persons, whereby one or more of the participants use the learning tool to privately describe their separate viewpoints of the interaction. The participants use the learning tool to receive immediate feedback for analysis, to compare viewpoints, to examine how the viewpoints are arrived, and to explore the viewpoints' consequences for the participants' relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: UfaceME, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Ayers, William J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8872654
    Abstract: A system for wireless multiple user access to a sensor comprises a sensor unit having a sensor element (e.g. a leak detector), a sensor user interface, and a sensor wireless transceiver that transmits information corresponding to the sensor output. One or more receiving units each receive the sensor information corresponding to the output of the sensor user interface, and provide that output to a receiver user interface. Multiple receiving units may be used, for example, by students receiving training on the use of a sensor unit. An instructor unit can provided to allow an instructor to review the sensor information and create instructional commentary that is transmitted to each of the student receiver units along with the sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Radiaulics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolaos I. Komninos
  • Patent number: 8872652
    Abstract: A system for wireless multiple user access to a sensor comprises a sensor unit having a sensor element, a sensor user interface, and a sensor wireless transceiver that transmits information corresponding to the output of the sensor user interface. One or more receiving units each receive the information corresponding to the output of the sensor user interface, and provide that output to a receiver user interface. The receiver may be located near the sensor unit, or may be located remotely from the sensor unit. Multiple receiving units may be used, for example, by students receiving training on the use of a sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Radiaulics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolaos I. Komninos
  • Publication number: 20130316320
    Abstract: A system and method of presenting context-sensitive learning assets, such as videos or other files, in a user interface. The user interface components send an identifier of the context of a user interface to a learning platform, which is used to identify content descriptors for the appropriate learning assets. The content descriptors are sent back to the user interface, where the learning assets described by the content descriptors can be viewed by the user. The system and method uses one of three modes for creating content descriptors. In Static Mode, a unique identifier is sent from the user interface and the content descriptors that are identified by that identifier are returned. In Dynamic Metadata-Driven Mode, metadata is sent, and rules determine which content descriptors are returned. In Dynamic Content-Driven mode, the entire page content being viewed is analyzed and specific search algorithms determine which content descriptors are returned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Point 8020 Limited
    Inventors: Martin Harwar, Amar Shah, Arpan Shah
  • Publication number: 20130295533
    Abstract: An educational system and associated methodology links lyrical phrases with structural features of music creating educational tools for enhanced learning. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for enhanced learning includes lyrics customized to relay a lesson wherein the lyrics include one or more phrases of words. Structural features of music are tailored to function as an emotional stimulus while a visual display or rendering of the one or more phrases of words comprising the lyrics is presented to the user. The system further includes an audio presentation wherein a timing of the audibilization and visualization of the phrases that form the lyrics are synchronized with one or more structural features of music.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: LYRICS2LEARN, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy David Spartz
  • Publication number: 20130177891
    Abstract: An audio-visual learning device useful for learning materials such as foreign languages, physics, and chemistry. The audio-visual learning devices include special operating controls that enable a user to playback AV content by segments. Meta data is provided to enhance learning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: JOACHIM HAMMERSCHMIDT
  • Publication number: 20120315615
    Abstract: A method for assisting individuals with learning the names of others is characterized by the display and recognition of information relating to the person whose name is to be learned. Such information is stored in a database and then provided incrementally to the person who is trying to learn the names. The person is prompted to identify a selected individual from other individuals and an indication is provided when the person correctly identifies the selected individual. The method is particularly suitable for teachers seeking to learn the names of their students, for businesses seeking to learn the names of their customers and for organizations seeking to learn the names of their members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Hilker
  • Publication number: 20120276512
    Abstract: Embodiments of the claimed subject matter relate to devices, systems and methods using those devices used in improving the skill of one or more users, and more particularly, devices that can be used to view, record and playback activities which can be reviewed later and used for training feedback. One example includes positioning one or more audio or visual or audio visual recording devices having an unobstructed view of a performance area, recording video and/or audio of the one or more participants within the performance area over a period of time, processing the video and/or audio recordings and storing said recordings as a digital file format to one or more digital storage devices connected to a computer network, and allowing the stored digital files to be played and viewed over the computer network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Thomas Johnston, Paul Monette
  • Patent number: 8295957
    Abstract: There is provided a method of customizing an audio presentation for tailoring to a predetermined event sequence, one embodiment comprising identifying the predetermined event sequence from a predetermined event sequence database, associating a first audio asset with one or more selected events of the predetermined event sequence, synchronizing the timing of the first audio assets with the timing of the selected events, and linking the first audio assets to produce a customized audio presentation tailored to the predetermined event sequence. In one embodiment, the method includes downloading an interactive audio presentation content including an interactive audio presentation program, an audio assets database, and the predetermined event sequence database to a client computer. In one embodiment, a system for customizing an audio presentation tailored to a predetermined event sequence comprises a client computer, a client memory located on the client computer, and interactive audio presentation content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Holzberg, Edward Kummer, Jeffrey Voris, Joshua Rhoades, Seth Mendelsohn, Jarett Smith
  • Publication number: 20120237914
    Abstract: A method for teaching uses lectures performed at a remote location and transmitted to remote computers, in combination with remote teaching assistants. The method has the following steps: performing a lecture; capturing the lecture; transmitting the lecture to a plurality of remote locations either simultaneously with or at a later time than the lecture performance; providing students at each of the remote sites; providing an instructor at another remote site; displaying the lecture for viewing by the students; and providing remote educational support for the students by the instructor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 8160489
    Abstract: A karaoke device is included within an enclosure and having a voice pickup element integrated into the enclosure, the voice pickup element for converting sound waves into an electrical signal. An audio input signal passes into the enclosure and connects with an electronic circuit for amplifying the electrical signal, for controlling the amplitude of the electrical signal and for mixing the electrical signal and the audio input signal into a mixed audio signal which passes out of the enclosure. A video input signal passes into the enclosure and directly connects to a video output signal that passes out of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Jack Strauser
  • Publication number: 20120064499
    Abstract: Electronic devices with user interfaces, including but not limited to systems and methods for modifying screen content within a graphical user interface based upon user inputs are provided. Methods for providing visual lessons on an electronic device are provided. Such methods can involve one or more levels, with each level comprising one or more teaching concepts, and a number of levels corresponding to a course. These concepts can correspond to subtopics within an overall course subject. A user of an electronic device can be required to learn and master one or more concepts in a particular order, or in other instances the individual concepts within a level can be navigated in alternative sequences as specified by configurable program code of the technology. Lessons can be linked within an over-all story.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Twist Education, LLC
    Inventors: Stephan Samuelson, Henry Halff, Lawrence Halff, Todd Miller
  • Publication number: 20110244437
    Abstract: A method for assisting individuals with learning the names of others is characterized by the display and recognition of information relating to the person whose name is to be learned. Such information is stored in a database and then provided incrementally to the person who is trying to learn the names. The person is prompted to identify a selected individual from other individuals and an indication is provided when the person correctly identifies the selected individual. The method is particularly suitable for teachers seeking to learn the names of their students, for businesses seeking to learn the names of their customers and for organizations seeking to learn the names of their members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Hilker
  • Publication number: 20110207107
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for providing on-line textbooks to students. The method may use a server having a memory. The server memory may be loaded with an electronic bookshelf accessible by a student and by a teacher through a log-in procedure while accessing a log-in portal. The electronic bookshelf may be populated with standard electronic textbooks that may be accessed and downloaded over a network by the student, with each standard electronic textbook including at least one lesson plan for a given subject. The electronic bookshelf may also be populated with at least one customized electronic textbook that may be accessed and downloaded by a student. The customized electronic textbook may be further modified to create a student version and a separate teacher version, with the teacher version including supplementary material of interest to the teacher for the lesson plan contained in the customized electronic textbook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Complete Curriculum, LLC
    Inventors: Alison P. Cancilliari, Dino M. Cancilliari
  • Publication number: 20110171620
    Abstract: An audio/video interaction method whereby users interact with an output audio/video file is provided. The method includes obtaining input behaviors performed by a user on an audio/video file to serve as behavior information and storing the same in a behavior database thereof; and comparing predetermined behavior patterns in a database with the user's behavior information to obtain a feedback information and further analyzing the behavior information to generate corresponding statistical data, thereby providing feedback information upon the output of the audio/video file or providing the statistical data when the output thereof is discontinued.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: CHUNGHWA TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shi-Chuan Tzeng, Hung-Ju Lin
  • Publication number: 20110124264
    Abstract: An interactive toy for interacting with a user while a story is being read aloud from a book or played from a movie/video. The toy includes a speech recognition unit that receives and detects certain triggering phrases as they are read aloud or played from a companion literary work. The triggering phrase read aloud from the book or played in the movie/video may have independent significance or may only have significance when combined with other phrases read aloud from the book or played in the movie/video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jennifer R. Garbos
  • Publication number: 20100248204
    Abstract: Interactive media includes first and second pages having a transmitter and a user input, a speaker, a microphone, and a receiver in communication with the transmitters. The interactive media includes an electronic memory device and a processor in communication with the speaker, microphone, receiver, and memory device. A mode device is in data communication with the processor to cause the processor to alter between a recording mode in which the processor is controlled by recording programming in the processor and a playback mode in which the processor is controlled by playback programming in the processor. The recording programming causes the processor to actuate the microphone and store audio data input through the microphone in the electronic memory device to correspond to a selected page. The playback programming causes the processor to actuate the speaker to present the stored audio data corresponding to a selected page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Debra A. Meyering
  • Publication number: 20100240018
    Abstract: A system for presenting a test to a user that includes portable hand-held media device and an application resident in the memory. The portable hand-held media device includes a digital memory, a user input and an output that includes a display. The application is configured to generate a test template that is configured to receive a test input. The test template includes a question input field for receiving a question; a plurality of answer input fields for receiving a plurality of answers corresponding to the question; and a correct answer indication input for receiving an indication which of the plurality of answers of a correct answer. The application is also configured to store a digital representation of the test onto the digital memory. The application is also configured to present a selected question of the plurality of questions to the user on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Damion A. Bethune
  • Publication number: 20100227304
    Abstract: A virtual school system includes a school management side system with a teacher's terminal and a server computer connected to the teacher's terminal by way of LAN, and a student side system including a plurality of student's terminals connected to the server computer by way of Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SRJ
    Inventor: Naoto Horikawa
  • Publication number: 20100167258
    Abstract: A book (100) includes a front cover (A), a back cover (B) and a plurality of intermediate sheets (1-11) disposed between the front cover (A) and the back cover (B) so as to define a plurality of printed pages (P1-P12), the covers (A, B) and the intermediate sheets (1-11) being bound, by means of a binder (20), on the left-hand edge of the book. A printed circuit board (30) with a plurality of LEDs (L1-L8) is disposed in the back cover (B), and slots (S) in the back cover (B) make the LEDs (L1-L8) visible. Through holes (F) are made in at least some of the intermediate sheets (2-11) to make visible the respective LED coinciding with the through hole (F). A magnetic page identifier (40) for identifying the pages that are being read is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: ROBOTOONS SRL
    Inventors: Graziano Giovanni RAVIZZA, Roberto GATTI
  • Publication number: 20100075287
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for delivering instructional information and include displaying instructional information on several visual displays prior to a triggering event and displaying the instructional information in an instructional varying display pattern on the at least three visual displays after the triggering event so a person viewing the instructional varying display pattern is unable to detect a repeatable pattern. Also included is displaying background information on each display not displaying instructional information. The background information is displayed with a background varying display pattern so a person is unable to detect a repeatable pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventor: Bernhard Dohrmann
  • Publication number: 20100066071
    Abstract: A method of making a book including interconnected electrical components, the method comprising the step of applying a conductive ink to a sheet of material to define a conductive track on the sheet from a point on the surface of the sheet to edge of the sheet such that the conductive track extends beyond the edge of the sheet generally in the plain of the sheet to form an electrical connection point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Emmanouil Kelaidis
  • Publication number: 20100028842
    Abstract: An interactive learning toy comprises: a main portion including a sensing and sound-emitting device, and plural sensed devices. The sensing and sound-emitting device includes a center processor unit connected to a speaker, a power, a memory, a sensor and a switch. The respective sensed devices include a memory and a sensor. By such arrangements, the interactive learning toy can emit different sounds when different sensed devices are attached to the main portion to improve the game and learning interest. In addition, the sensed devices can be designed in different forms corresponding to the passive audio data pre-recorded in the memory of the main portion to create a connection between the vision and audition to improve the learning effect and game interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Shu-Chuan CHIU
  • Publication number: 20090317784
    Abstract: A remote delivery system for delivering a lecture content given by an instructor to a remote location preliminarily, converts an instructor's document to an animation file, delivers to a student's terminal, automatically delivers, from the starting of a lecture, image sound data including an image and sound of the instructor, the number of the instructor's document selected by the instructor, location data of a pointer on a screen, character or figure data drawn on a whiteboard by the instructor and animation information included in the instructor's document, and displays on the student's terminal in real time by comparing an instructor document number and an animation information number preliminarily written in the animation file with delivered numbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventors: Wai Syou, Tetsuya Nakagishi, Keiji Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20090291424
    Abstract: A method for instructing a plurality of students, the method including: providing at least one central computer capable of simultaneously running a plurality of computer applications; providing at lease one central server in communication with the central computer; providing a plurality of student monitors and student input devices, each monitor and input device for use by a corresponding student and in communication with the central server; providing a instructor monitor and at least one instructor input device for use by an instructor, the instructor monitor and input device in communication with the central server; launching at least one application on the central computer; viewing the application on at least one of the master monitor and the plurality of student monitors; manipulating the application with at least one of said student monitors and student input devices; and monitoring at least one of the student monitors on the instructor monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph Welcome, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090181352
    Abstract: A multiple student behavior counter device configured to display and store student data, wherein the device includes a housing. The housing includes a display module coupled to the housing. The device also includes an instructional module coupled to the display module and configured to store student data. The instructional module includes a communication module configured to send or receive student data. In addition, the instructional module includes a storage module configured to store student data. The storage module is selectably removable from the device. Furthermore, the instructional module includes a teaching module configured to store teaching lesson plans for an instructor. The device further includes a data entry module in communication with the instructional module, wherein the data entry module may be configured to enter student data to the instructional module. The device also includes an audio module in communication with the instructional module and configured to display audio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Pauline Hood
  • Publication number: 20090162822
    Abstract: A mobile learning system and method therefor to provide video-based lectures to PDA devices over a network. To build a database, MIIME type PDA-compatible learning objects are generated from raw files (PowerPoint, MSWord, Macromedia Flash files) of an educator. The system includes a host server to provide an interactive server application to receive and convert raw files to audio/video presentations. Each learning object is classified according to a hierarchal educational structure and converted to a plurality of MIME files that match respective video platforms of a variety of PDA devices. The MIME files are tagged with authorship information, title, and/or other search parameters. A database stores these files on a network storage device for subsequent access by a learner's PDA. The system and method conveniently allow students to use their portable devices as a learning tool, and also enables a wider dissemination of expert instructional material throughout the world.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventors: Daanen T. Strachan, Shaun L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20090123900
    Abstract: A self-contained system containing a plurality of pages of printed content, incorporating means for detecting which page is being viewed by the reader, and incorporating means for producing supplementary auditory output related to the printed content of the pages, wherein the supplementary auditory content produced for any given page is determined by the sequence of pages previously viewed by the reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Michael W. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7516073
    Abstract: A control unit of an electronic-book read-aloud device reads book data and electronic-book data from an electronic bookmark and stores the read data in a storage unit. Further, the control unit sets a read-aloud-start position based on the electronic-bookmark data, reads the book data after the read-aloud-start position from the storage unit, and transmits the book data to a speech-output unit. The speech-output unit converts the book data into a speech signal and transmits the speech signal to a speaker through an amplifier. If the read-aloud processing is stopped, the control unit writes read-aloud-end-position data and read-aloud-date data into the electronic bookmark of the electronic book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kodama
  • Publication number: 20090029334
    Abstract: A classroom instructional tool allows an instructor to present a multimedia presentation on the tool while writing commentary on the same tool. The classroom instructional tool comprises of a front shell, a rear shell, attached to the front shell, a flat panel monitor attached to one of the sides of the rear shell, a computer housed within the other side of the rear shell, an internal whiteboard mounted on the front shell, an external whiteboard movably mounted on the front shell at a superior position than the internal whiteboard, and a camera attached to the rear shell at a position that is between one of the sides of the monitor and one of the sides of the rear shelf. The monitor, computer and the camera form a system of connectivity between them. The system of connectivity might be hardwired or wireless.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Antonio Macli, Mario Cantergiani
  • Publication number: 20090029335
    Abstract: An educational system and improved method for teaching students using lessons taught by both a live teacher and by recorded multimedia presentations. The teacher teaches a lesson to the students, and then, divides the students into subgroups assigned to different workstations. Each workstation can include a different but related recorded lesson stored on a recording medium and at least one recording playback device for playing audio and video recordings. After the live lesson, the students begin the recorded lessons at their assigned workstations. The students are required to watch and listen to a recorded lesson and are rotated among workstations to view and listen to each recorded lesson. To determine each student's mastery of the lesson, the students are tested on the subject matter presented by the recorded lesson. Students who fail to meet a predetermined level of performance on the test are required to repeat the lesson.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Anna Marie Gyaraki
  • Publication number: 20080286727
    Abstract: A computerized method and/or system for training over a network is provided, the method and/or system comprising: sending an item, over the network for evaluation related to a trainee; requiring an evaluator to evaluate the item in an evaluation, the evaluation including information on why the evaluation was given; receiving the evaluation over the network; generating a report comparing the evaluation to other evaluations performed by other evaluators, the report including the information on why each evaluation was given; determining needed change(s) based on the report; determining how to achieve the needed change; and providing materials over the network on how to achieve the needed change to the evaluator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Lou Nemeth
  • Publication number: 20080227076
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and device for monitoring student progress may include providing a lesson selection menu for a user to select a lesson and providing a quantity selection menu for the user to select a quantity of lesson material to be rendered. The selected quantity of the selected lesson may be rendered on a computing device. A user input may be received indicating user progress toward completion of the rendered quantity of the selected lesson. Additionally, the user progress toward completion of the rendered quantity of the selected lesson may be communicated to at least one third party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Byron Johnson
  • Patent number: 7006786
    Abstract: Computer software and portable memory for an electronic educational toy designed to stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback, the educational toy including an enclosure enclosing a processor, data storage medium and a speaker and having a substantially flat surface, at least a portion of which comprises a work platform on which a child manipulates and places an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 6975832
    Abstract: A multi-media photograph album comprises a network of electrical conductors which connect with plural data storage devices storing audio data and/or image data. A user, via a user interface, selectively addresses the data storage devices. The user selects individual sound bites for immediate playback via a speaker in the photo album, or via transmission over a wireless link, for playback through an external audio device, for example a hi-fi system. Image data are retrieved from the data storage devices and sent via a wireless link to an image data storage device, e.g., a personal computer. The data storage device can be embedded within a photograph, or can be a separate data storage device attached to the album.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Guy de Warrenne Bruce Adams, David Mark Frohlich
  • Patent number: 6954199
    Abstract: A three-dimensional position locating system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the three-dimensional position locating system includes a housing including a substantially planar surface. The housing includes a first antenna element under the substantially planar surface. A stylus including a second antenna element is coupled to the housing. A processor is electrically coupled to the first antenna element and the second antenna element, and a three-dimensional structure overlies the first antenna element. An antenna coupling element is associated with the three-dimensional structure and an output device can be coupled to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Soto, Richard Freeman, Eric Shuler, Mark Flowers
  • Patent number: 6933928
    Abstract: This paperless book is portable and uses removable ROM devices to provide the visual and aural information displayed in the paperless book. The book can be read in a visual mode, as print, or in an aural mode, as the spoken word corresponding to the print, or in both visual and aural modes. The display mode may be conveniently shifted back and forth between visual and aural, for use, for example, by a counter who uses the book in the aural mode while driving and switches to the visual mode while riding on a train. In addition, the visual display may be manipulated affecting the appearance, for use, for example, by persons with reduced visual acuity. Movies also may be viewed using the paperless book. Finally, portions of the text may be enhanced by additional visual images, music or other sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Scott E. Lilienthal
  • Patent number: 6837521
    Abstract: A book with improved binding includes a front cover page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough, a rear cover page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough and at least one center page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough which is positioned between the front and rear cover pages. Each of the front, rear and center pages are constructed of foam material and the invention includes at least one binding cord which extends through each of the binding holes of the front cover page, rear cover page and center pages for binding the pages to one another in book format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Christian Nol Guy Legrand
  • Publication number: 20040191741
    Abstract: A talking book is combined with a talking, animated toy figure. Each includes a sound synthesizer, a digital memory including at least some speech data to be used by the synthesizer to produce speech and a processor to control the operations of the synthesizer. Each includes a speaker coupled with the synthesizer to actually produce speech and other sounds. The book includes two outer covers and two inner pages, each with some printing. Depressible switches are provided on the inner covers to cue the processor to generate sounds appropriate to the print near the depressed cover switch. Switches in a hinge pin received in hinge rings provided each cover and page to join the covers and pages together are depressed by cam surfaces inside the ring of the front cover and each page and signal, the processor the configuration of the book.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Ferrigno, Laurie Guiliano Duke
  • Patent number: 6792243
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a book device corresponding to at least one narrative story, including a spine, at least three pages pivotably connected to the spine, a sound producing apparatus, and a plurality of switch elements which activate the sound producing apparatus to play desired audio segments corresponding to a particular story element. Each of the pages contains illustrative material, such as text and/or pictures, and at least one of the pages is partially transparent, so that illustrative material on subsequent pages is visible to the reader through the transparent portion of the page. In another embodiment, the illustrative material is not affixed to the pages themselves, but takes the form of inserts which may be removed and interchanged, with the book device able to determine which story corresponds to the particular inserts being used and play the desired audio segments corresponding to that story.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: VTech Electronics Limited
    Inventors: Chi Chow Ka-wah, Frederick Tsang Lam-tak
  • Patent number: 6782238
    Abstract: A method for presenting media on an electronic device. A landmark is identified based on a landmark sensor of the electronic device. Media is selected based on the landmark. The media is presented on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Burg, Craig Sayers
  • Patent number: 6775517
    Abstract: An apparatus for the education and entertainment of infants includes a housing that supports a plurality of objects over a crib or playpen and which rotates the objects in a circle. An audio program includes a recitation of each object when it is disposed proximate an infant disposed in the crib or playpen. Accordingly, the infant learns to associate the speech aspect of the audio presentation with the objects through a pattern of continual visual and synchronized simultaneous audio repetition and reinforcement, thereby optimally learning the names of objects and possibly even contributing to the learning of speech syntax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Stephan Erich Hills Strebl, Caroline Kim Chipman
  • Patent number: 6755655
    Abstract: An electronic toy appliance for use with interchangeable graspable objects such as blocks or tiles, the toy appliance designed to stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 6729881
    Abstract: An electronic toy designed to stimulate the development of a child's mind using audio feedback, the toy comprising an object having a plurality of sides, the object adapted for lateral movement and rotational manipulation by a child on a substantially horizontal surface so that the child can laterally move the object on the substantially horizontal surface and select different sides of the object to face upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Tinkers & Chance
    Inventors: Brian I. Marcus, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 6697602
    Abstract: A talking book is combined with a talking, animated toy figure. Each includes a sound synthesizer, a digital memory including at least some speech data to be used by the synthesizer to produce speech and a processor to control the operations of the synthesizer. Each includes a speaker coupled with the synthesizer to actually produce speech and other sounds. The book includes two outer covers and two inner pages, each with some printing. Depressible switches are provided on the inner covers to cue the processor to generate sounds appropriate to the print near the depressed cover switch. Switches in a hinge pin received in hinge rings provided each cover and page to join the covers and pages together are depressed by cam surfaces inside the ring of the front cover and each page and signal, the processor the configuration of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert J. Ferrigno, Laurie Guiliano Duke
  • Publication number: 20040009460
    Abstract: A gear-driving device that allows the user to create an interlocking moving gear display that is coordinated with the subject matter in a book or on a page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: Peter Polick
  • Publication number: 20030227854
    Abstract: A low-cost lightweight portable display and listening stand is configured to display, demonstrate and sell media such as music compact disks (CDs) particularly at general retail outlets and directly by musicians to attendees of live performances and other public events. A bottom compartment accommodates a CD player that is set up to drive a headphone set that is made available to a user. An open bin located above the bottom compartment holds a small quantity of CDs packaged in individual “jewel-box” cases. A vertical panel, extending upwardly from a rear region of the open bin, provides display of sales literature or display of product, e.g. one of the packaged CDs, and provides a hanger for the headphone set. The display rack can be made integral or can be assembled from two or more component portions that can be separated and that can nest together for convenient storage, transportation or shipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventor: Deirdre L. Weaver