Means For Demonstrating Apparatus, Product, Or Surface Configuration, Or For Displaying Education Material Or Student's Work Patents (Class 434/365)
  • Patent number: 9764356
    Abstract: An acceleration sensation presentation apparatus includes: a frame to be worn on the head of a user; at least one or more weights provided to the frame; and a vibration driving unit configured to vibrate the weight to be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Higashino, Toshihiro Horigome, Akira Suzuki, Naofumi Goto
  • Patent number: 9761149
    Abstract: A presenter selection support apparatus including: a display unit configured to display one or more opinions input from each of a plurality of terminals; a selection unit configured to select any one of opinions that belongs to a certain group based on a predetermined criterion when the certain group among at least one group formed by being classified from opinions displayed in the display unit is designated; and an instruction unit configured to instruct a terminal, in which an opinion other than the selected opinion is input, to display a screen in which each of a plurality of items related to relevancy to the selected opinion is selectable, wherein the predetermined criterion is a criterion used to specify any one terminal based on the number of times that one item among the plurality of items is selected in the past in each of the plurality of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hidehiko Mayumi, toshio tanaka, Takeaki Kobayashi, Kenji Sakata
  • Patent number: 9704175
    Abstract: Systems and method for conversation management and opinion tracking systems, whereby a conversation management engine can generate on-line conversations based on rules sets such that the generated conversation and the content submitted by participants conforms to a conversation or debate style. The conversation management engine can further implement curation policies that can curate content presented to a conversation such that the presented conversation fits curation rules of the policies. An opinion tracking engine can identify opinions regarding conversation topics based on the submitted contents and detect differences or changes in opinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: WhoTheMan Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahram Moeinifar, Ali Ghafour
  • Patent number: 9643326
    Abstract: A shaving demonstration apparatus having a rotatable support surface. A drive unit is operatively connected to the rotatable support surface. A fixture is spaced apart from the rotatable support surface. A first shaving razor has a first handle having a central longitudinal axis, said handle mounted to the fixture. A first blade cartridge unit is mounted to an end of the first handle, and rotates about a torsional rotation axis with respect to said handle, wherein the central longitudinal axis and the torsional rotational axis are generally parallel. The first blade cartridge unit contacts the rotatable support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Marc Philip Ortins, Carmen Gallo, Eric Viveros Borges
  • Patent number: 9639262
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide self-revealing gestures that are designed to provide an indication of how to perform one or more different gestures. In at least one embodiment, an initiation gesture is received, relative to an object. The initiation gesture is configured to cause presentation of a visualization designed to provide an indication of how to perform a different gesture. Responsive to receiving the initiation gesture, the visualization is presented without causing performance of an operation associated with the different gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Gerrit H. Hofmeester, Orry W. Soegiono, Jennifer Marie Wolfe, Chantal M. Leonard, Holger Kuehnle, Moneta Ho Kushner
  • Patent number: 9550212
    Abstract: An acceleration sensation presentation apparatus includes: a frame to be worn on the head of a user; at least one or more weights provided to the frame; and a vibration driving unit configured to vibrate the weight to be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Higashino, Toshihiro Horigome, Akira Suzuki, Naofumi Goto
  • Patent number: 9531794
    Abstract: A method and system for playing web-based training content on a client computer system are provided. The method includes accessing previously downloaded web-based training content stored in a first memory coupled to the client computer system and playing a portion of the web-based training content on the client computer system while the client computer system is offline. The method further includes storing results associated with playing the portion of the web-based training content in a second memory coupled to the client computer system. The method further includes, in response to detecting the client is online, synchronizing results of the playing with a host computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Saba Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrey Pogodin, Roshini Unni, Land Ormiston
  • Patent number: 9526156
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for controlling a tracking device to follow a location of a performer on a stage. The tracking device may comprise a lighting fixture such as a high output video projector or an automated mechanical moving light such as a DMX lighting fixture to provide a followspot, or a microphone to record audio from a particular performer. The method comprises capturing a video feed of the stage using a camera, presenting the video feed on a display of a control device, receiving input data indicating a position of the performer in the video feed, translating the input data into the location of the performer on the stage, and adjusting the tracking device to follow the location of the performer on the stage. The control device thereby provides lighting operators with an intuitive interface readily implemented using cost effective commodity hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. LaDuke, Robert Scott Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 9396668
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying and connecting complementary users of a language learning exchange are provided herein. One aspect includes registering through a computing device one or more users in a user community of an online language learning platform, the one or more users associated with profile information comprising user name, native language, and language of interest elements; receiving search terms associated with a first user; matching the first user with a complementary user based on the search terms and profile information; and presenting the first user and the complementary user with a learning exchange interface via which they each use local devices to communicate over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: WeSpeke, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Elchik
  • Patent number: 9245229
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for predicting and/or detecting occupancy of an enclosure, such as a dwelling or other building, which can be used for a number of applications. An a priori stochastic model of occupancy patterns based on information of the enclosure and/or the expected occupants of the enclosure is used to pre-seed an occupancy prediction engine. Along with data from an occupancy sensor, the occupancy prediction engine predicts future occupancy of the enclosure. Various systems and methods for detecting occupancy of an enclosure, such as a dwelling, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Kipp Avery Rogers, Abraham K. Ishihara, Shahar Ben-Menahem, Rangoli Sharan
  • Patent number: 9132691
    Abstract: Mass customization of articles with a customized composite or dimensional image created from one or more custom images, such as photographs, text, and the like. The customized composite image is automatically generated by interlacing, or otherwise combining, the one or more custom or personalized images, and is automatically placed or imposed in a digital template to form a print ready file. The print file is then digitally printed on a substrate and a lens is married thereto such that the composite image is viewable through the lens. Alternatively, the print ready file, or at least the customized composite image, is printed directly on the back of a lens such that the composite image is viewable through the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Travel Tags, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel S. Hirsch, David M. Gilbert, John Tomczyk, Anthony L. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9071714
    Abstract: A method of creating a lenticular imaging article. The method comprises printing an interlaced composite image according to a reference grid of a printer, providing a lenticular lens sheet having a plurality of parallel lenticular lines between a plurality of lenslets, selecting an acute angle for an intersection between the first and second axes according to a function of a resolution of the interlaced composite image and a pitch of the lenticular lens sheet, and positioning the lenticular lens sheet so that the intersection forms the acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: HumanEyes Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Assaf Zomet
  • Patent number: 9044995
    Abstract: An interactive whiteboard system that can be put on a desk or a floor surface is implemented. A reflection frame-equipped sheet in accordance with the present invention has a flexible sheet, and a retroreflective frame(s) that is/are fixed to given one side or given two opposite sides of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Ueda
  • Patent number: 9035971
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a communication unit to communicate with information processing apparatuses; an image synthesizing unit to synthesize a multi-segmented screen image composed of screen images of the information processing apparatuses; a projection unit to project the multi-segmented screen image onto a screen; a functional mode management unit to control switching between a normal projection mode and a multi-segmented screen operation mode; an image capture device to capture the multi-segmented screen image and a hand movement of an operator when switched to the multi-segmented screen operation mode; a designated screen image recognition unit to detect a hand movement of the operator based on the image captured by the image capture device, and to recognize a screen image designated as an active-target image; and a signal control unit to transmit a request of image data transmission to an information processing apparatus corresponding to the designated active-target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Aoki
  • Publication number: 20150132735
    Abstract: Some implementations may include a computing device to generate a presentation and enable rehearsing delivery of the presentation. The presentation may include multiple slides, with each slide having one or more visual elements, such as text or graphics. One or more notes sections may be created. Each of the one or notes sections may correspond to a visual element of the one or more visual elements. Time targets associated with each of the one or more visual elements may be received. During rehearsal, visual elements may be highlighted based on the time targets and/or a position of the visual elements on a slide may be identified based on the time targets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Darren Keith Edge, Ha Thu Trinh
  • Publication number: 20150132736
    Abstract: A aid for reading a picture book aloud to a group of students, while showing the pictures to the students. A teaching aid showing information about the content of the pages in a book, is mounted on the open covers on the book, facing away from the pages, so that the teacher can show the contents of the pages of a book to the students, and, while being positioned behind the book, and can still know what is being shown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: JOAN GILMORE
  • Publication number: 20150118670
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interactive educational system comprising a playground installation and a handheld computer device, where the playground installation comprises a three-dimensional physical object relating to an educational theme, and wherein the computer device comprises a digital educational content element relating to the same educational theme. The digital educational content element comprises a digital representation of the physical object of the playground installation thereby allowing a user to relate the physical object to its corresponding digital representation such as to increase the users understanding of the educational theme. The playground installation may comprise an ID element identifiable by the computer device for identification of the educational theme of the playground installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: KOMPAN A/S
    Inventors: Jeanette Fich JESPERSEN, Soren SKOTT, Peter Christian Lovfold GRONFELDT, Henrik LINDBERG, Stig Mose HENRIKSEN, Torben HUNDEVAD
  • Publication number: 20150099258
    Abstract: A shaving demonstration method having a step of providing a first shaving razor with a shaving surface having at least one blade with a cutting edge. A transparent first surface is provided. The shaving surface the first shaving razor contacts the transparent first surface. Another step includes illustrating the shaving surface of the first shaving razor against the transparent first surface through a transparent second surface opposite the first surface. The first shaving razor is moved along the transparent first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Amanda Marie Romeu
  • Publication number: 20150099259
    Abstract: The present invention provides tablets with interconnection features and a system of multiple tablet assemblies removably interconnected to one another. The tablets may be removably mounted to a vertical surface or positioned on a horizontal surface. Features of the present invention allow a user to remove or move one tablet from the system without disrupting or moving the other tablets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Franco
  • Publication number: 20150079573
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for dynamically creating a story for playback using a plurality of storytelling devices. Embodiments identify a plurality of storytelling devices available to participate in a storytelling experience. User input associated with the storytelling experience is received. Embodiments further include retrieving a story template based at least in part on the identified plurality of storytelling devices. Additionally, embodiments dynamically create a first story by mapping actions from the retrieved story template to storytelling devices in the plurality of storytelling devices, based at least in part on the received user input, such that the plurality of storytelling devices will perform a respective one or more actions during playback of the first story based on the mapped actions from the retrieved story template.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Eric C. HASELTINE, Gary K.-W. LAU, Theodore W.-Y. LEUNG, Jason E. LEWIS, Guy A. MOLINARI, Deva D. VISAMSETTY, William D. WATTS
  • Publication number: 20150056599
    Abstract: A series of devices that allow for embedding of an image as a background while also affording the user the ability to write and print on the surface, with erasable capabilities, thus providing a multifunctional product for use in numerous industries. The devices are manufactured from predominately corrugated plastic. In one embodiment a one piece, removably attachable, cabinet system and graphic display system. In an additional embodiment, a writable board, or peg board comprising a front panel and a rear panel wherein the panels are interconnected by parallel rows, or corrugations, these panels include a writable and erasable surface. The present invention relates to assemblies of corrugated systems to better serve personal, business, and educational needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tim O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20150044662
    Abstract: An acceleration sensation presentation device which is attached to a vicinity of head of a user, the device including one or a plurality of spindles; and a spindle driving unit which generates a force in a direction different from a predetermined direction by moving the spindle in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naofumi Goto, Satoru Higashino, Akira Suzuki, Toshihiro Horigome
  • Publication number: 20150044661
    Abstract: Apparatuses for performing consumer testing and methods for using same are provided. Methods for administering consumer research are also provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides apparatuses having a rotatable platform with at least one divider separating the platform into at least two sections, where each of the at least two sections includes a life-like scenario configured for use by a consumer participant during a consumer research test. Such apparatuses provide flexibility and efficiency of time, space and cost for performing consumer research since the research may be performed in a timely fashion, in a number of different life-like scenarios, in a limited amount of space, and may be directly observed from one location or using one set of audio/visual equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Linda Grace Moore
  • Patent number: 8939772
    Abstract: A method for placing an absorbent article is provided. The method includes placing an absorbent article in an undergarment in a manner understood by the individual prior to wearing, capturing a still or video image of the absorbent article on the undergarment, and submitting the still or video image of the absorbent article. The consumer then receives output regarding the placement of the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Sion Agami, Miguel Alvaro Robles, Dean Larry Duval
  • Publication number: 20150024368
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to virtual environments and systems and methods for avoiding collisions or other conflicts. The invention provides systems and methods for collision avoidance while exposing a participant to a virtual environment by detecting a probable collision and making a shift in the virtual environment to cause the participant to adjust their motion and avoid collision. In certain aspects, the invention provides a collision avoidance method that includes exposing a participant to a virtual environment, detecting a motion of the participant associated with a probable collision, and determining a change to the motion that would nullify the probable collision. An apparent position of an element of the virtual environment is shifted according to the determined change, thereby causing the participant to adjust the motion and nullify the probable collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Everett Gordon King, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150004586
    Abstract: The present invention teaches an interactive e-book with a coherent type of content presented in multiple formats as tailored to students of varied skill levels and needs to permit a diverse range of students to be presented with a uniform coherent body of instructional material. Further improvements include a system of regular interactive test modules to provide both comprehension feedback and to ascertain any adjustment in the content presentation as tailored to each student.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: KYLE TOMSON
  • Publication number: 20140377732
    Abstract: An online school provides video courses to students that are made up of an unordered group of video segments. The path sequence and quantity of the video segments from the group displayed to each student may be different and are determined by various factors including the student's previous knowledge, style of learning and course criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Gordon L. Freedman, Gordon Sean Freedman
  • Publication number: 20140377194
    Abstract: The present invention provides an oral care composition containing (a) a zinc citrate; and (b) a surface-active organophosphate compound. The present invention also relates to a method of preventing a stain from depositing on a tooth surface or other oral surfaces. The present invention further relates to a method of demonstrating stain-proof efficacy of an oral care composition, as well as a demonstration product comprising a substrate coated with hydroxyapatite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ross Strand, Yujun Li, Yiqun Zhang, Xiaoxiao Li
  • Publication number: 20140370489
    Abstract: A presenter narrowing apparatus includes: a display unit configured to display one or more opinions input from each of a plurality of terminals; and an instruction unit configured to instruct a terminal, in which an opinion other than a designated opinion among opinions that belong to a certain group is input, to display a screen in which each of a plurality of items related to relevancy to the designated opinion is selectable when the opinion which belongs to the certain group among at least one group formed by being classified from opinions displayed in the display unit is designated. In the presenter narrowing apparatus, the instruction unit allows the display unit to highlight an opinion input to a terminal, for which a timing at which one item among the plurality of items is selected satisfies a predetermined criterion, among the opinions that belong to the certain group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hidehiko Mayumi, toshio tanaka, Takeaki Kobayashi, Kenji Sakata
  • Patent number: 8905763
    Abstract: A demonstration device that provides interactive demonstrations receives user input during a demonstration session. The demonstration device causes a demonstration account or demonstration credential to be generated for a user based on the user input, the demonstration account or demonstration credential being associated with the demonstration session. The demonstration device transmits demonstration session information for the demonstration session to a demonstration server. The user is able to continue the demonstration session from another demonstration-capable device based on the demonstration account or demonstration credential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luhui Hu, Jonathan A. Leblang
  • Patent number: 8899990
    Abstract: Mounting systems can releasably secure display devices to preexisting surfaces for convenient installation and removal without external tools. A mounting system can comprise lower magnetic assemblies, upper magnetic assemblies, and a mounting sheet. The lower magnetic assemblies can be secured to a rear surface of a display device, for releasably attaching the display device to a preexisting surface. A bottom portion of the mounting sheet can be secured to the rear surface of the display device, while a top portion of the mounting sheet can remain loose from the rear surface. The upper magnetic assemblies can be provided along the loose top portion of the mounting sheet, for releasably attaching the display device to the preexisting surface. The upper magnetic assemblies can retain their connection to the preexisting surface as the display device is pulled away from the preexisting surface, until a threshold condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John Helton, Peter W. Hildebrandt, Michael Boyle, Douglas MacDonald, Paul A. Balogh, Dale Miller, Robert Bergman
  • Patent number: 8897707
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are described for bumping a mobile device, such as a smart phone, against a fixed poster board display at a store to initiate a download of coupons, advertisements, or other benefits to the mobile device. Products can be rated by a user's up/down bump or other bump patterns. Using accelerometer-based inertial measurements, multiple users can control multiple mouse cursors on a large display with their mobile devices in order to select information to be downloaded to their mobile devices. The multiple users can bump the display in order to select their items simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Patrick Faith, Mark Carlson, Ayman Hammad
  • Publication number: 20140342335
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for generating a personalized learning stream in a modular learning system. Learning applications are stored in the modular learning system, each associated with at least one application service. The modular learning system receives a performance request specifying one or more learning applications. After determining an availability of application services associated with the one or more specified learning applications, the modular learning system adds the specified learning applications to a learning stream associated with the learning user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicants: Monk Akarshala Design Private Limited, Monk Akarshala Inc.
    Inventor: Samridh Kapoor
  • Publication number: 20140342336
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for generating a personalized tutoring stream in a modular learning system. Learning applications are stored in the modular learning system, each associated with at least one application service. The modular learning system receives a performance request specifying one or more learning applications. After determining an availability of application services associated with the one or more specified learning applications, the modular learning system adds the specified learning applications to a tutoring stream associated with the tutoring user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicants: Monk Akarshala Design Private Limited, MONK AKARSHALA INC.
    Inventor: Samridh Kapoor
  • Publication number: 20140342344
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sensory-type learning are disclosed. An apparatus for sensory-type learning comprises: a video divider configured to divide a video of a recorded learner into a plurality of blocks, and divide the video which has been divided into a plurality of blocks into previously set time intervals; a differential video extractor configured to extract a differential video; an object domain generator configured to generate a first object domain, which is a single object domain; a contact determiner configured to determine whether the first object domain came into contact with a second object domain pertaining to a background object appearing on a screen; and a movement controller configured to apply the change in animation to the background object and control the apparatus for sensory-type learning to execute a previously set movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Young Hoon Lee, Chan Hui Kang, Jong Cheol Kim, Hyun Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20140335976
    Abstract: A training system for skill development may include a device that includes a casing having an internal housing and an outside surface. A plurality of number displays may be enclosed within the internal housing of the casing. A circuit board may be enclosed within the internal housing of the casing and connected to the plurality of number displays. A power source may be attached to the casing. At least one upper arm comprising an upper arm joint may be attached to the outside surface of the casing. At least one lower arm comprising a lower arm joint may be attached to the outside surface of the casing. A fastening device may be attached to the at least one lower arm. The training system may be placed on a surface and be used to help develop the skill of a person keeping their eyes up while performing a function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ryan Michael Hiller, Leonard Guy Morrow, JR., Randy John Shepler, Paul Edward Seeley
  • Patent number: 8879978
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein can determine sequences for educational units by evaluating entropies of multiple potential sequences and biasing selection of next units towards those associated with high sequence entropies. Further, an analysis can determine which units are under-represented (relative to a target proportion) in a past sequence and bias towards inclusion of an under-represented unit in the sequence. The available units that are considered for potential selection can include those matched to a learner's skill (e.g., such that all pre-requisite units have been mastered but the unit itself has not been mastered). Thus, techniques can generate sequences of units that promote unit variation and nonetheless conform to relative unit frequencies and skill level appropriateness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pearson Education, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall Bamhart
  • Publication number: 20140315182
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to the display of visual media by a media display stand apparatus and related methods. The apparatus accommodates and displays visual media, while simultaneously exposing the end-user participant to the presence of eye(s) or eye-like graphical representations. By including eye(s) or eye-like graphical representations, the end-user participant is motivated and encouraged to engage in desired behavior at higher frequency rates and longer durations than would otherwise occur in the absence of such eye(s) or eye-like graphical representations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: NASHVILLE MUSIC STAND COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS, MARTIN J. STROBEL, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140302479
    Abstract: An instructional system for placing headgear on an animal such as a horse including a headgear assembly such as a halter or bridle, wherein the headgear assembly further includes multiple interconnected structural components; and a plurality of individual color-coded sleeves releasably mounted on certain of the independent interconnected components, wherein the color of each of the color-coded member corresponds both to a predetermined location on the head of the animal and to a particular step in a predetermined method for placing the headgear assembly on the head of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Dawn LANE
  • Patent number: 8856036
    Abstract: A method of enabling adaptable demonstrations of products provides products with an internal communications network among at least two components, and includes distributing the products to vendors in different markets, providing to each vendor at least one smart device capable of assuming control of a component in the products, and distributing demonstration software to the vendors having smart devices. The demonstration software is unique to the vendor and/or the market so that the smart devices in different markets or among different vendors can be uniquely adapted to cause demonstration of the components in the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Philip A. Molloy
  • Patent number: 8845337
    Abstract: A demonstration device provides a demonstration session for an interactive demonstration. The demonstration device receives a request to share the interactive demonstration along with an identification of at least one of a social network account, an email address or a network location from the user by the demonstration device. The demonstration device shares the interactive demonstration by causing a link to the interactive demonstration to be sent to at least one of the social network account, the email address or the network location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luhui Hu, Jonathan A. Leblang
  • Publication number: 20140287401
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to model figures of beings or objects, such as animate and inanimate objects. Animate objects include living beings, such as humans, animals, plants. Such models may comprise a wire frame formed of body segments movably connected with three-way, two-way and one-way joints. The frame may be wrapped with an additional wire. The joints may also include multi-axial joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher T. Hardy, Keying Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140272915
    Abstract: An acceleration sensation presentation apparatus includes: a frame to be worn on the head of a user; at least one or more weights provided to the frame; and a vibration driving unit configured to vibrate the weight to be moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Higashino, Toshihiro Horigome, Akira Suzuki, Naofumi Goto
  • Patent number: 8834176
    Abstract: A plant management method using augmentation reality is provided. A method for providing a plant management screen overlaps and displays a real image of facilities in the plant and a virtual image indicating a facility to check. Hence, by displaying the facilities in the plant using the augmentation reality, the facility inspector can detect and access the facility having a problem more easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Ji Eun Jung, Byung Hun Song
  • Patent number: 8838015
    Abstract: A method includes receiving data associated with a characteristic of a set of students from a educational delivery system. The characteristic can include, for example, a demographic characteristic, a geographical location, a score of an assessment associated with a learning objective from the plurality of learning objectives, a time to complete the assessment, a number of attempts to complete the assessment and/or an indicator of knowledge of the learning objective based on prior educational experience. A first group of students and a second group of students are automatically selected from the set of students based on the data such that first group of students is substantially identical to the second group of students. A first educational material is delivered to the first group of students. A second educational material is delivered to the second group of students.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: K12 Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Jay Packard, Benjamin Patrick Graff, Adam Paul, Bror Valdemar Haug Saxberg
  • Patent number: 8825492
    Abstract: The language-based video game places a player avatar into a game environment contained within a display field following a story narrative or an adventure for completing an objective. The gameplay reinforces pronunciation and writing of a given language. The display field includes a minor head graphic, as can be highlighted text in the given language, interactive text objects, and can include a control icon and a progress icon. The minor head graphic is a representation of a human head, or portion thereof, animated to show pronunciation of the highlighted text. As the player progresses through the game, the player encounters the interactive text objects that, upon activation, transform into useful objects for overcoming challenges present in the game environment, the interactive text object being the same as, substantially the same as, or corresponding to the highlighted text. Avatar movement and interactions are controlled through a control scheme via an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Yousef A. E. S. M. Buhadi
  • Publication number: 20140227676
    Abstract: An interactive educational and entertainment system comprised of a toy as an avatar in the physical world and a digital environment, where the represented avatar has a corresponding physical toy. The system enables three way communications among the player, the physical toy and the digital environment or the avatar presented in digital environment. The physical toy acts as a bridge to transfer the state in physical world to digital world and vice versa. The physical toy is capable of measuring the activities and actions of physical player directly or indirectly, transfer the collected data to the virtual space and also use the recommendations from virtual space to engage/coach the human player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Science Ranger Corp.
    Inventors: Hyduke Noshadi, Cyrus Alexander Azima
  • Publication number: 20140220544
    Abstract: An electronic clipboard with an optional associated remote personal unit worn by a player. The clipboard can include a flat electronic unit with an optionally writeable flat display. The associated unit can be a wrist or other unit with a small display worn by a player. A protective cover can be pulled over the display to protect it during play. Plays from a library of plays, or plays written on the electronic clipboard, can be transmitted by radio to the remote personal unit and displayed. The electronic coach's clipboard that could store and recall images of plays that the coach could carry or have immediately available. Optionally real-time game photographs can be displayed on the coach's electronic clipboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jarvis Luster
  • Patent number: 8798519
    Abstract: A system including an object-oriented programming language for building state-based applications with flow control, event loops, measures of similarity, and Boolean logic to dynamically control the interaction between members in a social network around content and, in particular, project-based activities, where the system collects and groups individuals who are members of a social network, projects or assignments and their content, and activities or processes within projects based on the attributes of the objects and runtime events to create a social context for learning or for other interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Epals, Inc.
    Inventors: Linda T. Dozier, Edmund J. Fish, Nina Zolt, Miles R. Gilburne
  • Publication number: 20140205992
    Abstract: A system for demonstrating a path of a projectile comprises a flexible wire, a first attachment device connected to a first end of the flexible wire, a second attachment device connected to a second end of the flexible wire, a coupling assembly comprising a trajectory rod attachment device configured to attach to a trajectory rod and a wire attachment device movably connected to the trajectory rod attachment device and configured to attach to the flexible wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan P. O'Keefe