Remote Control Of Distribution Patents (Class 455/3.03)
  • Patent number: 11687051
    Abstract: A method for configuring a target field device in an industrial plant by way of at least one mobile device including receiving configuration data characterizing the behavior of a source field device in the industrial plant from the source field device through the mobile device by way of a radio interface of the mobile device, which is also supported by the source field device, receiving at least one identification feature characterizing a target field device and/or function of the target field device in the industrial plant by a mobile device by way of a radio interface of the mobile device, which is also supported by the target field device checking by way of the mobile device, using the identification feature, whether the configuration data are suitable and/or intended for the configuration of the target field device, and in response to the configuration data being suitable and/or provided for the configuration of the target field device, transmitting at least a subset of the configuration data from the mob
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Juan Garcia, Ralf Hoell
  • Patent number: 11627630
    Abstract: The technique herein optimizes delivery performance from a content delivery network (CDN) edge node, preferably by using knowledge of radio link allocation behavior. According to the technique herein, an IP address of a cellular end user (or equivalent) is recognized by the CDN edge. Then, preferably by tracking idle times both in consecutive downloading bursts in the end user session and in an on/off style radio link allocation pattern, the CDN edge adjusts transport layer network protocol parameters. The approach (which leverages the cross-layer intelligence obtainable from existing CDN infrastructure) thus enables the transport layer protocol implemented at the edge to optimize the delivery performance over the cellular mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Akamai Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Byung K. Choi
  • Patent number: 11602991
    Abstract: A system comprising an interface module (IM) for receiving input and generating outputs, the IM being associated with processor (17) and memory (19); a controller module (18) (CM) that is operable independently of and communicatively connected to the IM and that is associated with processor (20) and memory (22) and that receives inputs and generates outputs to control accessories wherein each memory stores a copy of a parameter list (38) and rules governing generation of the outputs, wherein each of the IM and CM is configured such that responsive to each input, the processor of the respective module IM, CM defines a state in the associated copy of the list and communicates with the other module IM, CM to cause the state to be defined in the other copy, wherein each rule requires a state to be present in the list for generation of an associated output by each module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: ARB Corporation Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Bongard, Samuel Steward, Andrew Brown
  • Patent number: 11540010
    Abstract: Systems and methods for organizing and controlling the display of content, then measuring the effectiveness of that content in modifying behavior, within a particular temporal and special dimension, so as to minimize or eliminate confounding effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 11501633
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, a control system is provided for controlling electronic devices, the control system comprising: an ultra-wideband communication unit configured to receive ultra-wideband signals from the electronic devices, and a processing unit configured to select a specific electronic device among said electronic devices for further communication, wherein the processing unit is configured to select said specific electronic device using an angle of arrival of the ultra-wideband signals received from the electronic devices. In accordance with a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding control method for controlling electronic devices is conceived. In accordance with a third aspect of the present disclosure, a computer program is provided, comprising executable instructions that, when executed by a control system for controlling electronic devices, cause said control system to carry out or control a method of the kind set forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Ghiath Al-kadi, Michael Schober, Derek Park
  • Patent number: 11472021
    Abstract: A robotic system that can be used to treat a patient. The robotic system includes a mobile robot that has a camera. The mobile robot is controlled by a remote station that has a monitor. A physician can use the remote station to move the mobile robot into view of a patient. An image of the patient is transmitted from the robot camera to the remote station monitor. A medical personnel at the robot site can enter patient information into the system through a user interface. The patient information can be stored in a server. The physician can access the information from the remote station. The remote station may provide graphical user interfaces that display the patient information and provide both a medical tool and a patient management plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: TELADOC HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Wright, Fuji Lai, Marco Pinter, Yulun Wang
  • Patent number: 11457264
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus having a function of remotely controlling a video display apparatus includes a communication unit that transmits a command related to setting of the video display apparatus and receives status information, a signal receiving unit that receives a signal output from a broadcast station and decodes a video content, a memory unit that stores a content of a command including a channel of the video content, and a display unit that displays the video content and various types of information. In this terminal apparatus, the communication unit transmits an identification code specific to the terminal apparatus when transmitting the command, and when the status information is received after a channel of the video display apparatus is set by remote control, the video content of the channel stored in the memory unit is decoded by the signal receiving unit and is displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 11445314
    Abstract: A control device is a control device for controlling a plurality of receiver devices for receiving a sound signal transmitted from a wireless microphone by radio, the control device includes an information acquisition part that acquires quality information indicating a quality of the sound signal received by the plurality of receiver devices, and a determination part that determines, on the basis of the quality of the sound signal indicated by the quality information, a non-output receiver device that does not cause a speaker to output the sound based on the sound signal out of the plurality of receiver devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroki Satoh, Alexander Lepges
  • Patent number: 11362798
    Abstract: A technology is described for increasing signal booster gain from a weak-signal far node in the proximity of a strong-signal near node. A first splitter can be coupled to a first interface port. A first channelized switchable first-direction parallel path can be coupled to the first splitter comprising a first channelized first-direction bandpass filter for a first subset of a selected first-direction band. A first switchable first-direction parallel path coupled to the first splitter can comprise: a switchable first-direction path comprising a first bandpass filter for passing the selected first-direction band; and a second channelized switchable first-direction parallel path comprising a second channelized first-direction bandpass filter for a second subset of the selected first-direction band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Wilson Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Ken Ashworth, Dale Robert Anderson, Ilesh V. Patel
  • Patent number: 11345313
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to aspects of authenticating a mobile device and providing a vehicle access key thereto when a previously registered mobile device is not accessible. In one aspect of the present disclosure, a method includes requesting at a first mobile device, access to a profile associated with controlling operations of a vehicle, the profile having stored thereon an access key for operating the vehicle, the access key having been previously installed on a second mobile device. The method further includes upon successful authorization, receiving the access key at the first device and operating the vehicle using the access key on the first mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Schubert, Tom Nelson, Michael Andrew Simons, Ali Hassani, Hamid Golgiri, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11205221
    Abstract: System and methods for management of third party satellite radio activation/deactivation by a vehicle rental service company, wherein satellite radio services may be provided in a rental car when requested by a customer. The systems and methods will enable activation of a satellite radio shortly before or at the start of the rental period, and activation may be altered by the vehicle rental service company in the event that the rental period is shortened or extended, or if the vehicle is exchanged. The systems and methods deactivate the satellite radio service at the end of the rental period. The systems and methods may also be used to activate or deactivate other equipment or services made available via a vehicle rental service company in response to a customer request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventors: Wing Yu Joseph Chan, Michael J. Caron
  • Patent number: 11096155
    Abstract: A method and system for allocating shareable wireless transmission resources. A resource pool is established. The resource pool is divided into a plurality of physical layer allocation units usable for wirelessly transmitting control information and traffic data. The allocation units are assigned at the media access control layer for the wireless transmission of the control information and traffic data. The system and method of the present invention also allows mobile stations to be dynamically grouped into multicast groupings to reduce system overhead resource requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Jianglei Ma, Ming Jia, Mo-Han Fong, Peiying Zhu, Wen Tong
  • Patent number: 10425521
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for executing a desired application on any screen of a mobile device by a simple operation without switching a screen. The apparatus for executing an application for a mobile device according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a text input unit; an application recognition unit for recognizing an application to be executed; a message recognition unit for recognizing an operation message to be performed in the application to be executed on the basis of the text which is inputted through the text input unit; a transmission instruction sensing unit for sensing an operation message transmission instruction of a user; a message transfer unit for transferring the operation message to the application when the transmission instruction sensing unit senses the operation message transmission instruction; and an application execution unit for executing the operation message transferred by the message transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventors: Min Chul Kim, Hyun Geun Jo
  • Patent number: 10397068
    Abstract: A multimedia communicator is disclosed. The multimedia communicator comprises a processing unit; and a storage device coupled to the processing unit. The multimedia communicator further includes a plurality of interfaces to allow the multimedia communicator to offer a user a plurality of services. The MMC which includes a microprocessor computing system may be located in a car, for example, or within a handset similar to handsets presently utilized for cell phones. The MMC may be connected to a WiFi Internet connection, a cellular network, a satellite radio or equivalent satellite network, or to other available wireless networks. Additionally, the MMC has the potential to interface with GPS signals as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Percept Technologies Inc
    Inventor: Scott W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10154368
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for providing system-acquisition parameters on standardized frequencies. One embodiment takes the form of a method for assisting mobile devices with system acquisition. The method includes, in each of two or more wireless coverage areas, broadcasting from a radio access network (RAN) on each of one or more predefined frequencies one or more sets of one or more system-acquisition parameters. The method also includes configuring one or more mobile devices with logic executable for, in response to detecting a triggering event, retrieving at least one of the sets of system-acquisition parameters on at least one of the predefined frequencies, and then using at least one retrieved set of system-acquisition parameters to attempt to acquire system connectivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Maulik K. Shah, Sachin R. Vargantwar, Jasinder P. Singh, Deveshkumar N. Rai
  • Patent number: 10142685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for organizing and controlling the display of content, then measuring the effectiveness of that content in modifying behavior, within a particular temporal and special dimension, so as to minimize or eliminate confounding effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Frederick J. Arsenault, Brian E. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10122851
    Abstract: A caller verification server receives a verification request message from a calling party via a data network. The verification request is associated with a communication from the calling party to a called device placed via a telephone network. The telephone network is logically separate from the data network. Thus, the verification request message travelling over the data network is said to be “out-of-band” relative to the telephone network. Responsive to receipt of the verification request message, the caller verification server generates a verification message indicating that the associated communication is verified as being from the calling party. The caller verification server sends the verification message to the called device via the data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hiya, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Klas Algard, Jonathan Orvin Nelson
  • Patent number: 9955361
    Abstract: A system for networking Wi-Fi Access Points in a Distributed Antenna System includes a plurality of Digital Access Units (DAUs). The plurality of DAUs are coupled and operable to route signals between the plurality of DAUs. The system also includes a plurality of Digital Remote Units (DRUs) coupled to the plurality of DAUs and operable to transport signals between DRUs and DAUs and a plurality of DAU ports and DRU ports. The system further includes a Framer/Deframer, wherein the cellular payload data is separated from the IP data and a network switch. The IP data from a plurality of DAU and DRU ports are buffered and routed to a plurality of DAU and DRU ports. Furthermore, the system includes a plurality of Wi-Fi access points coupled via a mesh network to Wi-Fi access points connected to a plurality of DRUs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dali Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sasa Trajkovic, Shawn Patrick Stapleton, Qianqi Zhuang
  • Patent number: 9860288
    Abstract: A user can specify particular news, weather, traffic, or other perishable content received on a particular Internet radio station or other media channel. The user can customize the station so that wherever the user is currently located, he can receive perishable content related to a preferred geographic location or other category. In some embodiments, a user can specify that a customized station plays local news from one city at the top of the hour, traffic from another city at 10 minutes past the hour, and music or other content at other times. The user can also customize the station to select the perishable content, or other original content, from the personal libraries of specified users. Thus, a user can customize not only the genre of content or select a particular local station, but can also modify the perishable content provided by the customized station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin R. Lockhart, Richard D. Wooden, Jeffrey D. Zigler, Jacqueline J. Lockhart
  • Patent number: 9839778
    Abstract: An implantable electric lead arrangement for a medical implant system includes an implantable electric lead with parallel lead wires wound in an elongated helix about a central longitudinal axis. At least one support wire is parallel to the lead wires and has a higher strain energy absorption capacity than the lead wires to mechanically strengthen the lead wires against external impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geratete GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Zimmerling, Fabrice Béal, Davide De Luca, Dominik Hammerer, Stefan Hofer, Philipp Schindler
  • Patent number: 9819989
    Abstract: Signals from a remote control device may be received in a first viewing area and retransmitted to a second viewing area to control customer premises equipment (CPE) devices in the second viewing area. In some embodiments, signals are translated for compatibility with the CPE devices in the second viewing area. A repeater in the first viewing area may receive infrared signals encoded with a remote control command and retransmit the remote control command with an RF signal to a receiver in the second viewing area. The repeater may be incorporated into a multimedia processing resource such as a set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 9473458
    Abstract: A connection method is provided. The method includes retrieving by a data retrieval device, unique data comprising an identifier associated with a wireless device. The unique data is transmitted to a router transmitting an authorization request and a configuration request for a configuration change to an authorization service. The authorization request is presented to a user and in response the user transmits an authorization code to the authorization service. In response, the router generates a virtual SSID and preconfigured firewall rules based on the unique data and the wireless device is automatically connected to the router based on the virtual SSID and the preconfigured firewall rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bartoszewski, Miguel A. Beher Valdivia, Zachary S. Herman, Kaleb D. Walton
  • Patent number: 9467819
    Abstract: A system and method for multicast servicing in a unicast subframe is disclosed. The method using a transmission station comprises the operation of setting up a multicast service on each of a plurality of mobile devices in a multicast group using a multicast cell radio network temporary identifier (MC-RNTI) with a common cell identifier (CID). The operation of allocating physical downlink shared data channel (PDSCH) resources for the multicast group using a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) masked by the MC-RNTI follows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Huaning Niu, Hujun Yin, Yujian Zhang, Geng Wu
  • Patent number: 9451028
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a method of selecting a communication profile for a vehicle telematics device to communicate over a vehicle electronics bus. The method includes receiving, at a server or a local computer, information identifying a vehicle to which the vehicle telematics device is to be connected. An indication of a communication profile to be loaded on the vehicle telematics device, or the communication profile itself, is sent from the server or local computer to the vehicle telematics device, wherein the communication profile includes communication related settings for the vehicle telematics device, the communication related settings corresponding to the vehicle electronics bus of the vehicle to which the vehicle telematics device is to be connected. The communication profile is then loaded on the vehicle telematics device, wherein the vehicle telematics device is field configurable to use one of multiple communication profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Zubie, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael John Rude
  • Patent number: 9424534
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a database of content and a content system. The database stores content related to a set of entities to be voted upon in a voting system, wherein there is at least one piece of content for each selection. The content system receives a vote of a user from the voting system and at least an identifier of a cellphone of the user and provides content related to the vote from the database to the cellphone. At least a portion of the content is playable on the cellphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Infomedia Services Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan William Medved
  • Patent number: 9407351
    Abstract: The invention relates to wireless repeater systems and methods. In embodiments, such systems and methods involve receiving a wireless transmission signal; and processing the wireless transmission signal using a digital signal processing facility (DSP); wherein the DSP is adapted to filter at least one sub-band of the wireless transmission signal using a digital bandpass filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Frank Pergal
  • Patent number: 9226024
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically transitioning content based on facial recognition, wherein the method may include receiving a signal from a camera, identifying a face of a viewer within an area, retrieving a user identifier associated with the face of the viewer, selecting a program, and displaying the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Benea, Andrej Cedilnik
  • Patent number: 9112849
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and/or devices for controlling media presentation at a shared media presentation system are described herein. In one aspect, a server system authorizes a first electronic device associated with a first user to control a media presentation system. A request to indicate availability of the media presentation system for use by one or more other electronic devices is received from a first electronic device. An authentication token for the media presentation system is sent to the first electronic device. Furthermore, a media control request including the authentication token is received from a second electronic device that is one of the one or more other electronic devices. In accordance with a determination that the authentication token permits access to the media presentation system, the server system sends a command corresponding to the media control request to the media presentation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Oskar Werkelin Ahlin, Karl Sigfrids, Per Eckerdal, Richard Titmuss, Evan Shrubsole, Jamie Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 9031255
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to provide for low-latency delivery and playback of audio are disclosed. In one embodiment, an example audio system includes multiple playback devices including a primary device and one or more secondary devices, whereby, the primary device establishes and controls a peer-to-peer network that connects, wirelessly or wired, to each of the satellite devices. An example audio device contains a channel selector, a control interface, and an audio interface. In some embodiments the control interface is used to transmit control information to another device on a first frequency channel, and the audio interface is used to transmit audio information to another device on a second frequency channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Beckhardt, Hrishikesh Gossain, Nicholas A. J. Millington, Jeffrey M. Peters
  • Patent number: 9008570
    Abstract: A method for transmitting a message by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method comprises receiving system information including a specific identifier from a network, receiving a request message from the network, and determining whether or not to transmit a response message to the network in response to the request message based on the specific identifier included in the system information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youngdae Lee, Sunghoon Jung, Seungjune Yi, Sungduck Chun, Sungjun Park
  • Patent number: 9002179
    Abstract: A mobile device running a mobile application accesses a remote content receiver to request the remote content receiver to retrieve a particular recording timer, and upon receiving the recording timer from the remote content receiver, establishes a radio communication link with a second mobile device and transfers the recording timer to the second mobile device over the established radio communication link. The radio communication link is preferably the Near Field Communication (NFC) link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christofer Hardy, Thomas Allan Yarborough
  • Patent number: 8996063
    Abstract: When a user gets interested in some music he/she listens to somewhere, for example, in a coffee shop, the user records that music in a memory provided in a portable terminal. A processor reads the information recorded in the memory and performs a predetermined process on it. The resultant information is stored on a storage device. The information stored on the storage device is then transferred to a remote server via a communication device. The remote server searches the database for the title of the music corresponding to the received information and returns the results to the terminal. Thus, the user can easily get information about the title of the music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: MobileMedia Ideas LLC
    Inventor: Yoji Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 8977408
    Abstract: A system for transferring driver profile settings has a communication interface, processor, storage device, and program in the storage device. The communication interface allows for network communications. The processor couples to the interface. Execution of the program from storage by the processor configures the system to perform functions. The system allows for transfer of a driver profile from the storage device to a vehicle for application on the vehicle. The driver profile specifies one or more preference settings for one or more configurable components of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Carlos A. Cazanas, Azam Khan, Terence John Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8959536
    Abstract: A method for providing applications to one or more requesting devices is provided. The method comprises a step of first receiving an application request from the one or more requesting devices. The method includes extracting details of the request. Further markup language structure for corresponding page of the application is generated. The markup language structure is generated by invoking page handlers which includes contacting business logic layer to get information required to be embedded in the corresponding page. The output page is then provided to the requesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Sanjoy Paul, Manish Jain
  • Patent number: 8958742
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for operating the same are discussed. The method for operating the mobile terminal includes displaying on the mobile terminal a remote control screen for remotely controlling an image display apparatus, entering a wireless audio reception mode if a wireless audio reception mode start signal is received during the displaying of the remote control screen, and displaying on the mobile terminal a wireless audio reception mode screen. Accordingly, it is possible to improve user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Seokhee Lee, Jeonghwan Hwang, Sunjung Hwang, Sungmok Shin
  • Patent number: 8948684
    Abstract: Methods and systems for selecting content for outputting on a mobile device during a program break in an Internet radio stream using mobile device location information. In one aspect, the methods and systems seamlessly select content for outputting on a mobile device during a program break in an Internet radio stream using mobile device location information and program break markers. In another aspect, the methods and systems select content for outputting on a mobile device during a program break in an Internet radio stream using mobile device trajectory information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: David D. Minter, Albert S. Baldocchi
  • Patent number: 8909217
    Abstract: An apparatus for wirelessly connecting a smartphone to a remote FM radio system, for controlling playback of audio content delivered wirelessly to the smartphone via a wide area network, on the remote FM radio system. An apparatus housing receives a DC power signal from a remote DC power source. A control panel has a display and controls for controlling playback of the audio content on the remote FM radio system, at least one of the controls performing a function in common with a playback control appearing on a display of the smartphone. An electronic subsystem communicates with the control panel and wirelessly receives audio content from the smartphone, and communicates the audio content as an FM signal via a user playback command input at the controls of the control panel, to the remote FM radio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Myine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Massimo Baldini, Thomas R. Denton, Jacob R. Sigal
  • Patent number: 8886774
    Abstract: There is provided a remote control device including: a communication unit that can perform communication through a network; a remote control unit that can transmit one or more control commands to a controlled device in response to an operation by a user; a storage unit that stores control command information specifying the one or more control commands to be transmitted from the remote control unit; and a setting unit that sets the control command information to the storage unit based on a result of communication by the communication unit with a controlled device through the network, wherein the setting unit detects a controlled device connected to the network by transmitting a device search signal from the communication unit, acquires device information of the detected controlled device from the controlled device, and decides the control command information to be set to the storage unit based on the acquired device information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Sokabe, Hiroki Inamitsu, Takahiro Ushioda, Naoki Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8886112
    Abstract: A personal media device including a broadcast receiver that receives broadcast media and broadcast media data from a broadcast source where the broadcast media data includes a media identifier associated with the broadcast media. The media device also includes a data transceiver that sends a retrieval request to a media server for enhanced media data where the retrieval request includes the media identifier and receives the enhanced media data via a wireless data channel. The media device further includes a processor that performs a media device operation in response to the received enhanced media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee, Michael Ingazio Ingrassia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8874026
    Abstract: A system of capturing real-time audience interaction via a web-based user interface and automatically adjusting a radio station's programming through a unique direct interface with the radio station's studio operating system and/or music scheduling system. The web based user interface is accessible through a computer, mobile, cellular, and social media site or web-connected car dashboard. Audience participation is collected and processed using an algorithm to determine how a radio station's programming should be manipulated to fit the preferences of the audience. The invention allows the audience to determine which selection should play next on the air, prioritize which elements should play on the air, to play audio on demand, and to upload audio selections, and provides instant alerts, such as by SMS texting, IM, E-mail, and Social Media when a listener's selection is about to play on the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Listener Driven Radio LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Anstandig, Brian Seeders
  • Patent number: 8856837
    Abstract: A method and system of facilitating tuning to content and/or signal streams, including capabilities to facilitate tuning when traveling from one geographical location to another where the different geographical areas may be rely on different identifiers to facilitate locating the content and/or signaling of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Clarke Stevens
  • Patent number: 8843056
    Abstract: A media device including a broadcast receiver that receives broadcast media from a plurality of broadcast sources where the broadcast receiver is tunable to a first broadcast source. The media device also includes a data store that stores a list of contact identifiers where each contact identifier is associated with a broadcast source. The media device includes a user interface that: i) provides a prompt to a user to enable the user to initiate contact with the first broadcast source, and ii) receives a user indication to initiate contact with the first broadcast source. The media device further includes a transceiver that initiates the contact with the first broadcast source by sending a communications session request via a communications network to the first broadcast source that includes a contact identifier associated with the first broadcast source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Allen P. Haughay, Jr., Ryan Perry
  • Patent number: 8839293
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8811889
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing broadband signals to a portable user device is disclosed. Broadband signals, such as satellite radio signals, are received at a base station having a plurality of antennas. The content of the broadband signals are then encoded using space time coding (STC), and the STC encoded broadband content is transmitted from the plurality of antennas via a first wireless network protocol. The STC encoded broadband content can be received at a portable user device having a plurality of antennas or at a wireless access point having a plurality of antennas, which then transmit the broadband signals via a second wireless network protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Alfred, Joseph M. Sommer
  • Patent number: 8798574
    Abstract: Provided is an information broadcasting system for broadcasting information to subscribers of the system. The system includes an information receiving module that is configured to receive information from a monitoring authority, and an information transmitting module that is configured to receive the information from the information receiving module. The transmitting module is also configured to transmit coded data relating to the information to relay stations in at least one pre-selected geographical location to be relayed to subscribed communications devices in said at least one pre-selected geographical location. The coded data is configured to correspond with at least one information component stored on said communications devices such that on receipt of the coded data, the subscribed communications devices generate a notification corresponding to said at least one information component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Neil Heinrich Wienand
  • Patent number: 8798524
    Abstract: The invention relates to a technique for controlling the distribution of content items such as advertisements, news, etc., to user devices in a mobile communications network. A method embodiment of the technique is performed in a distribution control gateway of the mobile communications network and comprises the steps of receiving, from a content provider server, a target user indication indicative of one or more target user devices for presentation of a content item; accessing a provider registry for determining a provider authorization of the content provider server; accessing a user registry for determining a user authorization for receiving the content item from the content provider server; and initiating a transmission of the content item to one or more of the target user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Jakob Saros, Tommy Arngren
  • Patent number: 8787882
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for adjusting resource profiles which are used by user equipment (UE) to pre-fetch assets from content providers. In one embodiment, a recommender system receives a resource profile from a UE. The resource profile indicates content providers that have assets for the UE to download in advance during a pre-fetch operation. The resource profile also defines a percentage of UE resources allocated to each of the content providers for downloading the assets during the pre-fetch operation. The recommender system then adjusts the percentages of the UE resources in the resource profile for the end user to generate an updated resource profile for the end user, and transmits the updated resource profile to the UE for use in one or more subsequent pre-fetch operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Shahid Akhtar
  • Patent number: 8787961
    Abstract: The present invention is a safety and tracking system that includes a master or master control unit with visual and audible signal intensity indicators, a numerical indicator, a plurality of manual control buttons that provide input data to the master control unit, a plurality of indicator lights with audible sounder, a controlled gain antenna array that exchanges, sends and receives the input data, a transceiver that provides a communications link between the master control unit and a locator tag and a microprocessor. There are also one or more corresponding target or locator tags that include a panic button, an indicator lights with a sounder, an antenna that exchanges, sends and receives the input data, a transceiver and a microprocessor to coordinate the input data to the master control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gene Ryan Skalicky
  • Patent number: 8788656
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example and includes receiving a data stream; determining a prediction of the amount of resources used to cache the data stream at a network element; identifying current resources being consumed by the network element; and determining whether to cache the data stream based on a sum of the current resources being consumed and the prediction of the amount of resources used to cache the data stream at the network element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Moreman, Allen G. Ivester, Rusli Tjong
  • Patent number: 8776143
    Abstract: The present invention provides a data processing method, the data processing method including receiving a broadcasting signal where mobile service data are multiplexed with main service data, extracting transmission-parameter-channel signaling information and fast-information-channel signaling information from a data group within the received mobile service data, parsing first program table information describing virtual channel information of an ensemble and a service provided by the ensemble using the fast-information-channel signaling information, the ensemble corresponding to a virtual channel group of the received mobile service data, obtaining information representing that second program table information, which includes a descriptor describing event information of the mobile service data, is received, from the first program table information, parsing the second program table information, and storing the event information and displaying service guide information including the event information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hui Sang Yoo, In Hwan Choi, Chul Soo Lee, Jae Hyung Song, Pil Sup Shin