Visual Information In Book Form Patents (Class 434/317)
  • Patent number: 10643484
    Abstract: A capacitive gesture recognition book includes a plurality of capacitive sensors concealed in a base cover of the book. The capacitive sensors detect changes in capacitance brought on by a finger of a user coming in proximity with the capacitive sensor. A processor located in the base cover includes a plurality of capacitive activation sequences and a plurality of corresponding responses stored therein. Upon detection of a stored capacitive activation sequence, the processor initiates activation of the corresponding response which may be playback of an audio file. The book includes a plurality of pages that contain graphics and/or words for a storyline. The graphics can include images intended to direct a user of a desired motion to be made that corresponds with activation of sensors in a manner stored as a capacitive activation sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventor: Mathew Long Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10334329
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods of providing content to a user via communications between a content provider and a user over a plurality of disparate communication channels are provided. Content is provided to a user via a first transmission channel for presentation. Metadata associated with the content identifies a content event trigger at a point in the content. The content is displayed using a first presentation system. When the content event trigger is reached, supplemental content is provided to the user via a second transmission channel. The supplemental content is provided to the user during continued presentation of the content, and the supplemental content is provided to the user using a content providing system that is wholly separate from the first presentation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph L. Spears
  • Patent number: 10249205
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products relate to special effects for a text source, such as a traditional paper book, e-book, mobile phone text, comic book, or any other form of pre-defined reading material, and for outputting the special effects. The special effects may be played in response to a user reading the text source aloud to enhance their enjoyment of the reading experience and provide interactivity. The special effects can be customized to the particular text source and can be synchronized to initiate the special effect in response to pre-programmed trigger phrases when reading the text source aloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Novel Effect, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew William Hammersley, Melissa Furze Hammersley
  • Patent number: 10220646
    Abstract: A method and system for enhancement of a readable media is disclosed and may include a housing configured to be removably attached to a readable media, a processor, a sensor coupled to the processor and connected to said housing wherein the sensor is adapted to sense a current position associated with the readable media by recognition with the processor of at least a part of the readable media, a memory storing therein an acoustic or other enhancement effects, an acoustic transducer, or a projector which reads out said acoustic enhancement into an acoustic stream or projects a visual effect and a memory storing therein an association between said enhancements and at least an indication of said position associated with the readable media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SparkUp Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Koren, Roei Simantov, Ido Leichter, Denis Simakov
  • Patent number: 10222963
    Abstract: A display apparatus which is capable of performing an initial setting and a controlling control method thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes an output unit configured to output a user interface (UI) which is controllable by a plurality of input modes, and a controller configured to set an input mode according to a user feedback type regarding the UI, and configured to output another UI which corresponds to the set input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yeon-hee Jung, Do-hyoung Kim, Se-jun Park, Yoon-woo Jun, Joo-yeon Cho, Sun Choi
  • Patent number: 10127823
    Abstract: An automatic page detection method for a print article and a print article using the same are provided in the present invention. The automatic page detection method for the print article includes the steps of: disposing N receiving units at N first preset position of a cover of the print article; disposing a transmitting unit at the second preset position of the cover of the print article; disposing N thin conductors respectively at N pages, wherein the a thin conductor is disposed between Kth first preset position of the Kth page and the second preset position of the Kth page; emitting a detection signal by the transmitter; and determining the present page according to the receiving unit(s) of the N receiving units which receive(s) the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Generalplus Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Li Sheng Lo
  • Patent number: 10007669
    Abstract: Systems and methods for exporting and automatically converting files that make up a digital content work from a first proprietary format to a second format, the second format being a format compatible with an open standards format. Such automatic conversion includes parsing a designated table of contents metadata file to build a list of the files referenced therein. For one or more respective files identified from the table of contents metadata file, each respective file is converted to an HTML5 file, from which a set of EPUB (or other open standards format) -compatible metadata files are created. The EPUB files include a manifest and a spine, which, together with the HTML5 files, are collectively packaged in an EPUB (or other open standards format) container file for distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Inkling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Forman, William Schwarzenbach
  • Patent number: 9860412
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes circuitry configured to obtain audio data of audio collected through a microphone, determine whether the audio data has a noise level equal to or less than a threshold to generate a determination result, record the audio data when the determination result indicates that the noise level of the audio data is equal to or less than the threshold, and add the recorded audio data to image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 9760178
    Abstract: One or more pages are displayed on a display. A page-turning gesture is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn that lifts a portion of the page is displayed on the display. One side of the lifted portion of the page is visible through the other side of the lifted portion of the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Georg Petschnigg, Jonathan Reed Harris, Joshua J. Hinds, Sabrina Boler
  • Patent number: 9700797
    Abstract: An electronic book apparatus displays an event invitation icon along with the contents of a book wherein the event invitation icon represents an event data that includes text files and/or game data files that relate to the contents of a specified part of the contents of the book. When a player selects the event invitation icon while reading the contents of the book, the apparatus presents the text as shown in the text files or executes a game from the game data files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Itahana, Motomu Toriyama
  • Patent number: 9666227
    Abstract: A soundtrack creation method and user playback system for soundtracks synchronized to electronic text. Synchronization is achieved by maintaining a reading speed variable indicative of the user's reading speed. The system provides for multiple channels of audio to enable concurrent playback of two or more partially or entirely overlapping audio regions so as to create an audio output having, for example, sound effects, ambience, music or other audio features that are triggered to playback at specific portions in the electronic text to enhance the reading experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Booktrack Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Paul Charles Cameron, Mark Steven Cameron, Rui Zhang, Andrew Russell Davenport, Paul Anthony McGrath
  • Patent number: 9609073
    Abstract: To generate stories for presentation to social networking system users, one or more story generation engines receives a set of actions of social networking system users. Various story generation engines output stories of different types that collect particular types of actions and arrange the actions in a specified format for presentation. The story generators may avoid selecting the same actions for different stories. Stories generated by the various story generators may be ranked and the ranking used to select stories for presentation to one or more social networking system users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Raylene Kay Yung, Daniel Schafer, Li Zhang, Serkan Piantino, Maxim Gubin
  • Patent number: 9569977
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a responsive book system comprising: a book comprising a detecting system, for detecting a current page from a plurality of detectable pages of the book (i.e., the opened page); a storage, for storing content associated with each of the detectable pages; and one or more remote responders, for playing and/or displaying the content associated with the current page. In another aspect, the present invention is directed to a responsive book method comprising the steps of: detecting the current page in a book from a plurality of pages; and playing and/or displaying, by a remote responder, content associated with the current page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: E.V.T.T. LTD
    Inventor: Moshe Binyamin
  • Patent number: 9536437
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods, systems, and storage medium associated with providing an electronic book for partial consumption are disclosed herein. In one instance, an electronic book, including prominent and non-prominent components, may be stored in memory of an electronic reader. In various embodiments, the electronic reader may monitor for an instruction from a user to transition between a skim mode of operation and a normal mode of operation. In various embodiments, the electronic reader may be placed in the skim mode of operation in response to detecting an instruction from the user to enter the skim mode of operation. While in the skim mode of operation, the prominent components of the electronic book may be filtered from the non-prominent components and presented, and presentation of the non-prominent components of the electronic book may be suppressed. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Chen, Michael Patrick Bacus, Rudy Darmawan
  • Patent number: 9491876
    Abstract: A device includes a housing body that has a top surface, a bottom surface, and an edge portion, where the housing body also houses a display screen. The device further includes a cover panel that has an inner surface and an outer surface, where the cover is pivotally attached to the edge portion of the housing body to move between a closed position that covers the display screen and an open position that uncovers the display screen. The cover panel includes a fold-out element that is attached to the inner surface of the cover panel and that is configured to open outward away from the display screen when the cover panel is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Vpak Technology
    Inventor: Richard L. Weber
  • Patent number: 9406340
    Abstract: A range of unified software authoring tools for creating a talking paper application for integration in an end user platform are described herein. The authoring tools are easy to use and are interoperable to provide an easy and cost-effective method of creating a talking paper application. The authoring tools provide a framework for creating audio content and image content and interactively linking the audio content and the image content. The authoring tools also provide for verifying the interactively linked audio and image content, reviewing the audio content, the image content and the interactive linking on a display device. Finally, the authoring tools provide for saving the audio content, the video content and the interactive linking for publication to a manufacturer for integration in an end user platform or talking paper platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kentaro Toyama, Gerald Chu, Ravin Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9377329
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sensor apparatus for detecting an object comprising a sensor head having a plurality of receiving spaces for individual sensor devices and a driving mechanism for providing a relative movement of the object relative to the sensor head in an advance direction during a detecting operation. The receiving spaces are arranged in a plurality of rows and columns, such that an array of receiving spaces with a rectangular pattern of the receiving spaces is formed, and the array of receiving spaces is tilted with regard to the advance direction such that the rows extend in a transverse direction relative to the advance direction and the receiving spaces of a successive row of the rectangular pattern are offset with regard to the receiving spaces of a preceding row of the rectangular pattern in a direction perpendicular to the advance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: ALLTEC Angewandte Laserlicht Technologie GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Joerg Kueckendahl, Daniel Joseph Ryan
  • Patent number: 9355487
    Abstract: A digital template animation kit is provided for generating a three-dimensional animation corresponding to a captured two-dimensional template. In embodiments, a template animation kit includes a template portfolio having template designs for coloring in by a user. A computing device executing a template animation kit application, such as a digital fashion portfolio kit application, may then capture an image of the user-completed drawings on each template design. In some embodiments, capturing an image of a template design includes identifying a coloring figure identifier, an upper page guide identifier, and a lower page guide identifier. In further embodiments, the captured images of two-dimensional template designs are applied to three dimensional digital templates for animation within a digital template animation environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Crayola, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Moll, Brian Nemeckay, Stephen Weiss
  • Patent number: 9317486
    Abstract: A computing device may provide a visual cue to items of content (for example, words in a book) synchronized with the playback of companion content (for example, audio content corresponding to the book). Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a content playback synchronization system for use with physical books (or other physical media). In an embodiment, the computing device captures images of the physical book and may display a visual cue (for example, an underline, box, dot, cursor, or the like) to identify a current location in textual content of the captured and displayed images of the physical book corresponding to a current output position of companion audio content. As the audio content is presented (i.e., as it “plays back”), the highlight and/or visual cue may be advanced to maintain synchronization between the output position within the audio content and a corresponding position in the displayed physical textual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: AUDIBLE, INC.
    Inventors: Guy Ashley Story, Jr., Nathan Garret Brothers, Ajay Arora, Douglas Scott Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9189150
    Abstract: An information processing device includes an input operation function identification unit configured to identify an input operation and a function performed on a display screen including at least two areas; an area determination unit configured to determine an area among the at least two areas of the display screen to which the input operation belongs; a function process unit configured to execute a process of the function corresponding to the input operation, with respect to the area determined by the area determination unit; and a display output unit configured to display, on the display screen, a result obtained by the process executed by the function process unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Nakatomi, Yuuji Kasuya
  • Patent number: 9075470
    Abstract: An electronic information device that does not start an operation unintended by an operator when a display of an object is changed while a contact to a touch sensor is detected, is provided. An electronic information device 1 includes a touch sensor 11, a display unit 14 configured to display the object, and a control unit 15 configured to, when deleting the object while the touch sensor 11 is detecting a contact at a position corresponding to a predetermined object area displayed on the display unit 14, control to disregard detection of the contact by the touch sensor 11 after deletion of the object until the contact is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Shinozaki, Makoto Tomizu
  • Patent number: 9064424
    Abstract: An audiovisual recording of a user reading a book aloud is generated for playback with a virtual book. A book reading user interface presents a virtual book concurrently with a current image of the user. The virtual book may be presented based at least in part on an aspect ratio of the virtual book. As the user reads the virtual book aloud, an audiovisual recording of the user is generated. In addition, synchronization information is recorded that enables the audiovisual recording to be synchronized with the presentation of pages of the virtual book during playback. The generated audiovisual recording is stored in a database and may be played back to a recipient on demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Jackson Fish Market, LLC
    Inventors: Hillel Cooperman, Jenny Lam, Walter Smith
  • Patent number: 9031493
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for correlating an electronic book with a narration. A correlation is determined between a first portion of the narration and a first segment of the text within the electronic book. The correlation is stored as instructions to present the first segment of the text with emphasis simultaneously with playback of the first the portion of the narration. A determination is made that a second portion of the audio recording, immediately following the first portion, does not match a second segment of the text that immediately follows the first segment. A correlation between the second portion and a component of the electronic book is determined and stored as instructions to present the component with emphasis simultaneously with playback of the second portion of the narration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Salomon Morton, Abraham Phelps Murray
  • Patent number: 9009051
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a reading aloud support apparatus includes a reception unit, a first extraction unit, a second extraction unit, an acquisition unit, a generation unit, a presentation unit. The reception unit is configured to receive an instruction. The first extraction unit is configured to extract, as a partial document, a part of a document which corresponds to a range of words. The second extraction unit is configured to perform morphological analysis and to extract words as candidate words. The acquisition unit is configured to acquire attribute information items relates to the candidate words. The generation unit is configured to perform weighting relating to a value corresponding a distance and to determine each of candidate words to be preferentially presented to generate a presentation order. The presentation unit is configured to present the candidate words and the attribute information items in accordance with the presentation order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kosei Fume, Masaru Suzuki, Yuji Shimizu, Tatsuya Izuha
  • Patent number: 8960936
    Abstract: A backlit storybook for the visually impaired comprises an audio and visual storybook including a book, a base, and an integral backlight. Each page of the book comprises images or words. The book is placed upon the base to enable each individual page to backlight the images and words to provide a high-contrast lighted character pattern easily readable by those with impaired vision. The system further includes a speaker for audio to play a corresponding narration and indicates when different pages should be turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Shelley A. Malcolm
  • Patent number: 8954328
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques and systems to provide a narration of a text in multiple different voices. Further disclosed are techniques and systems for providing a plurality of characters at least some of the characters having multiple associated moods for use in document narration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Kurzweil, Paul Albrecht, Peter Chapman
  • Patent number: 8952887
    Abstract: A method for producing an output in response to an interaction with a print element on a sheet is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes placing a sheet comprising a print element on a surface of a base unit. A user can then mark on the sheet in the vicinity of the print element with a marking instrument. An audio output that corresponds to the print element is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Wood, Tracey Hope Jedrzejek, Richard Glenn Freeman, Mark Flowers, Eric Thomas Shuler, Margaret E. Grunert, Jason Avery
  • Patent number: 8948892
    Abstract: A computing device may provide a control interface that enables the user to manage the synchronized output of companion content (e.g., textual content and corresponding audio content). For example, the computing device may display a visual cue to identify a current location in textual content corresponding to a current output position of companion audio content. As the audio content is presented, the visual cue may be advanced to maintain synchronization between the output position within the audio content and a corresponding position in the textual content. The computing device may adjust the speed at which the audio content is presented and the visual cue is advanced based at least in part on an input corresponding to the user's performance on a task (e.g., a speed on an exercise machine).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Audible, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy A. Story, Jr., Bruce N. Israel
  • Patent number: 8903303
    Abstract: An interchangeable story pillow book system having audio content playback has a book core structure having a spine member, a front cover member, a back cover member, a first page member, and a second page member. The book core structure resembles a book having pages. The system has an audio recording and output system having a microprocessor, a speaker, a microphone, a data storage component, a plurality of activation switches, a power source, and a data interface component. The system has a padded multi-page book sheath having a front cover sheath, a back cover sheath, a first page sheath, and a second page sheath. The book sheath is located over and onto the book core structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Marlene Garavito
  • Patent number: 8855545
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Pure Imagination, LLC
    Inventor: Michael W. Wallace
  • Patent number: 8849182
    Abstract: Methods and systems for measuring and gathering data relating to publication usage by participants in publication readership studies. Some methods and systems employ portable monitors carried by participants of the studies along with publications fitted with various devices, such as piezoelectric transducers, RFID tags and others devices and circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Alan R. Neuhauser, James M. Jensen, Jack C. Crystal, Jack K. Zhang, Daniel W. Pugh, Douglas J. Visnius, Eugene L. Flanagan, III
  • Patent number: 8801042
    Abstract: An improved learning aid in the form of a book, the book includes a front cover, a back cover, and a plurality of pages intermediate the front cover and the back cover. The plurality of pages, front cover, and back cover are conventionally bound together along one longitudinal side by a binding means. The back cover includes an outer side disposed with a plurality of sections. Each of the sections printed text framed by a text identification and sequence indicator, wherein the printed text is a complete reproduction of the text printed on a particular numbered page of the plurality of pages of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Patricia A. Lyver
  • Patent number: 8792818
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recording and editing audio books which indexes the text and audio recording to one another. This allows for ease in locating a portion of the audio recording corresponding to a portion of text. The audio portion can then be edited. Images can be integrated into the text. These images can be included in the completed file for multimedia presentation. The indexing can also be used for ease in placing various takes in the correct sequential order in the master recording. The original audio recording is maintained unchanged while, changes from editing are contained in a separate file. The method and apparatus can also be used to generate compressed audio and text files for ease of forwarding via e-mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Allen Colebank, Kevin Colebank
  • Patent number: 8763905
    Abstract: A data processing system applying optical identification devices includes a printed matter having a plurality of encoded data printed thereon; an optical identification device for reading at least one encoded data from the printed matter; and a data processing device coupled to the optical identification device and storing a plurality of content data for reading the at least one encoded data through the optical identification device, obtaining at least one first data corresponding to an operation and one second data corresponding to one of the content data from the read encoded data and performing the corresponding operation of the first data on the one of the content data that the second data corresponds to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: Wei-Shen Lin, Chia-Ching Lu, Tsun Ku, Wen-Tai Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20140170625
    Abstract: A method for facilitating an interactive story includes a computer receiving data representative of an event in a story, the event corresponding to a first page number of a book. A computer communicates a task based on the event. A computer receives data representative of a response to the task. A computer determines a next event in the story based on the response. A computer communicates a second page number of the book, the second page number corresponding to the next event in the story.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Neadom Tamar Medina
  • Patent number: 8737908
    Abstract: The current invention promotes accountability in reading, in terms of spatial, causal, temporal, protagonist, and intentionality elements of a story. A book with interactive maps was developed to emphasize the spatial and other dimensions of stories and encourage more spatial mental models, and generally more accurate situation models of the story. The interactive maps were printed on microdot paper and interspersed throughout the book, sometimes with successful completion of the activities required to obtain the page number of the next section of the book, which had been reordered in a non-sequential manner. Wireless electronic pens with cameras track X-Y location information from the microdot paper. Auditory feedback may be provided through a secondary device, like a personal computer, or directly using the electronic pen. The interactive book was tested on a group of sixth-grade students and found to reinforce spatial accountability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventor: Glenn G. Smith
  • Patent number: 8649728
    Abstract: A finger-sensing apparatus (23) and a method with a page detection mechanism (47). The apparatus (23) comprises a finger-sensitive substrate (26) having a plurality of keypads (30), a page detection mechanism (47), a control circuit (31) and a pliable media (25). When a finger (33) of a user is proximate to a keypad (30), the control circuit (31) detects a change in a characteristic at the keypad (30). The page detection mechanism (47) determines a page (24) exposed to the user and sends the information to the control circuit (31). The characteristic is a capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Oxbridge Creation Limited
    Inventor: Chak Lam Peter Yip
  • Publication number: 20140038154
    Abstract: Method, system, and computer program product for performing an operation for automatic electronic book augmentation. The operation presents an electronic book via a display screen of an electronic device, and identifies user preferences. The operation then determines a current reading position of a user within the electronic book. The operation then identifies, based on the user's current reading position, a context within the electronic book. The operation then identifies, based on the context and the user preferences, sensory effects to enhance the user's experience. The operation then outputs the sensory effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Sean T. Brownlow, Nathan G. Faiman, Michael T. Kalmbach, John E. Petri, Kevin Wendzel
  • Publication number: 20140011175
    Abstract: A printed article comprises a sheet or cover and an electronic device housed in the in the sheet or cover for providing audio content, the device comprising a user interface for controlling playback of the audio content and a connector for coupling with a corresponding connector for providing an audio signal to a peripheral audio device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: NOVALIA LTD.
    Inventor: Kate Stone
  • Patent number: 8621349
    Abstract: A system for processing a visual capture operation as described. The system receives an indication of a visual capture operation performed from a rendered document. The indication specifies both a text sequence capture As part of the capture operation and a supplemental marking captured as part of the capture operation. The system determines an action to perform in response to receiving the indication, based both upon the text sequence specified in the indication and the supplemental markings specified by the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Dale L. Grover, Clifford A. Kushler, James Q. Stafford-Fraser
  • Publication number: 20130337427
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic book, as well as a method and device for identifying electronic book page numbers. The method includes positioning trigger pins and a contact end on a book spine. The contact end is electrically connected to a controller. When a page of the electronic book is flipped, two contact ends of a soft circuit, which is closely affixed on the book spine, are made conducting by squeezing a positioning trigger pin. The conduction signal of the contact ends are received and the page number of the flipped page is identified according to the received signal. The preset content of the book page is played through the controller which is electrically connected to the soft circuit. Positioning trigger pins and the contact end are arranged on the low parts of the book spine surface, which is formed naturally by mounting and bending pages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Ziwen ZHONG
  • Patent number: 8596640
    Abstract: A method of play, wherein play emphasizes storytelling and story recounting abilities, and wherein the method comprises: (a) providing a gaining device which provides for: a plurality of subject elements, wherein each subject element from the plurality of subject elements comprises a topic for a particular story; and a plurality of situational elements, wherein each situational element from the plurality of situational elements qualifies the subject element; (b) pairing a subject element from the plurality of subject elements with a situational element from the plurality of situational elements; and (c) providing a story based on the paired subject element and selected situational element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jacob G. R. Kramlich
  • Publication number: 20130316321
    Abstract: An interactive printed article includes a cover and a plurality of printed leaves on which a plurality of touchpoints are distributed. A particular printed leaf among the plurality of printed leaves includes first and second viewed surfaces and first and second inner surfaces and has a touch sensor incorporated therein proximate to a touchpoint among the plurality of touchpoints. At least one of the first and second viewed surfaces has content printed thereon, and at least one of the first and second inner surfaces has a conductive trace formed thereon. The interactive printed article further includes an electronics package electrically coupled to the conductive trace that initiates presentation of a particular presentation corresponding to the touchpoint in response to detection via the touch sensor of selection of the touchpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: SmartBound Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Austin Herz
  • Patent number: 8594557
    Abstract: An electronic learning device for receiving a book having a plurality of successive page spreads, at least one page spread having selectable content and an optically readable page identifier. The device includes a housing configured to receive the book, a position sensor in the housing configured to determine the location of the selectable content on the at least one page spread, an optical sensor in the housing configured to irradiate and detect the page identifier on the at least one page spread and control electronics in the housing operatively coupled to the optical sensor and to the position sensor and configured to synchronize sequential operation of the position sensor and the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Taylor, James P. Meade, Christopher D. Cimerman, Stephen M. Ernst
  • Patent number: 8563880
    Abstract: An inexpensively-produced operating tool to which information about the direction of the operating tool or various kinds of identification information can be provided, and in which a switch can be provided. An operating tool (100), which is placed on the detection plane of a conductor detector capable of detecting a conductor by detecting a change in coupling coefficient of loop coil groups crossing each other, comprises a plurality of conductor pieces (102). The conductor piece has, for example, a circular shape, a rectangular shape, or a ring shape. At least a part of the plurality of conductor pieces may be arranged in a predetermined pattern such that the conductor detector can detect the direction of the operating tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Newcom, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8538318
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided relating to delivering audio content for an interactive electronic book system, including a book with a plurality of pages with overlaying magnets affixed thereto, a magnetic sensor, a temperature sensor, a speaker, a computer with calibration and temperature compensation data stored in non-volatile memory, and audio content related to the pages of the book, such that the computer determines which page the book is open to and causes the speaker to deliver audio content related to the open page. Apparatus and methods are provided for calibrating an electronic book system including temperature compensation steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Pure Imagination, LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Wallace, Philip Trevor Odom
  • Patent number: 8529265
    Abstract: A system and method for teaching combining letters, images and sounds. A keyboard having letters on keys has sounds associated with each key. Keys for words used in a lesson may be highlighted to provide clues how to spell a word. Sounds associated with a selected word may be played upon the successful completion of spelling of the word on the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Kayla Cornale
  • Publication number: 20130209981
    Abstract: Trigger point information is generated for an eBook to play sounds in an eBook. A request for trigger point information is received from a client. The eBook is analyzed to determine trigger point information for the eBook. The trigger point information includes location information identifying a location of a trigger point in the eBook. The trigger information also includes sound information indicating a sound to play at the trigger point. The determined trigger point information is transmitted to the client in response to the request for trigger point information. The client is configured to track a user's reading location in the eBook and play the sound indicated by the sound information responsive to the user reading the eBook at the location of the trigger point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Newell
  • Patent number: 8505245
    Abstract: The invention can be efficiently used for intensively learning different disciplines, including foreign languages, and for forming and automating operational skills of professionals in different field of activity. It makes it possible to obtain a technical result and a high-quality intensive training. The use of a training aid is developed according to a synergetic theory in the form of a synergetic training device and makes it possible to provide a synergetic variant of intensive training. The synergetic training device is embodied in a dynamic technical device consisting of several soundproof booths which comprise training facilities and technical means using a sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Miroslav Valerjevitsh Bobryshev, Irina Evgenjevna Bobrysheva
  • Publication number: 20130177892
    Abstract: A computing device may include a display, a memory to store electronic book data having a plurality of different content layers each associated with a different content difficultly level, and a processor coupled to the display and the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013