Combined With Diverse Art Device (e.g., Audio/sound Or Entertainment System) Patents (Class 455/3.06)
  • Patent number: 10930257
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for providing a live lyrics overlay in a social messaging environment. The system can utilize advances in three-dimensional mapping technology that allow social messaging services, to offer real time video lenses or overlays to their users, and extends this three-dimensional mapping technology to support for lyrics. During creation of a video with lyrics lens overlay, the lyrics corresponding to a selected song are retrieved from a lyrics source, and are displayed within the video. For example, with the lyrics lens, a user can record an image of themselves on live video, singing along to a song clip, with the lyrics of the song displayed as if they appear to be coming from their mouths. The created live lyrics content can also be shared with other users of a social messaging environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Brendan O'Driscoll, Aidan Sliney, Craig Watson
  • Patent number: 10922113
    Abstract: A method for transferring data between at least two subscribers, at least one of the subscribers being located in a vehicle, the at least one vehicle-based subscriber providing at least one virtual machine or being configured as a virtual machine, the at least one virtual machine forming a server in a client-server communications network. Also disclosed is a communications network, a subscriber, and a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick Bartsch
  • Patent number: 10911198
    Abstract: Disclosed are a wireless transmitter and a reference signal transmission method that improve channel estimation accuracy. In a terminal, which transmits a reference signal using n (n is a non-negative integer 2 or greater) band blocks (which correspond to clusters here), which are disposed with spaces therebetween in a frequency direction, a reference signal controller switches the reference signal formation method of a reference signal generator between a first formation method and a second formation method based on the number (n) of band blocks. In addition, a threshold value setting unit adjusts a switching threshold value based on the frequency spacing between band blocks. Thus, the reference signal formation method can be selected with good accuracy and, as a result, channel estimation accuracy is further improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sun Patent Trust
    Inventors: Takashi Iwai, Sadaki Futagi, Tomohumi Takata, Daichi Imamura, Yoshihiko Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10904641
    Abstract: A method of transmitting an emergency alert message by a broadcast transmitter is discussed. The method includes encoding, by an encoder circuit, service data and signaling data; encoding, by a signaling encoder circuit, transmission parameter data, wherein the transmission parameter data includes encoding information of the service data; modulating, by a modulator, the encoded service data, the encoded signaling data, and the encoded transmission parameter data; and transmitting, by a Radio Frequency (RF) transmitter, a broadcast signal including the modulated service data, the modulated signaling data, and the modulated transmission parameter data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Jeongwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10898809
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for integrating supplemental overlay content within streaming video content that is to be broadcast to viewer devices. The overlay content to include in the streaming video content may be dynamically determined during video streaming and incorporated within individual frames of the video data, such as by a computing device of a user who is broadcasting his play of a video game or other activity, prior to the user's computing device sending those video frames (with embedded overlay content therein) to a streaming platform to be broadcast to potentially many viewers' devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: GumGum, Inc.
    Inventor: Maxime Nay
  • Patent number: 10893304
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a broadcast signal includes a tuner configured to receive a broadcast signal, the broadcast signal including service components of a broadcast service, service signaling information signaling the broadcast service and a service list table including information for bootstrapping the service signaling information; a hardware processor configured to parse the broadcast signal and obtain the service list table, the service signaling information and the service components of the broadcast service, wherein the service signaling information includes first session description data and second session description data, wherein the first session description data includes IP/UDP information identifying a Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (ROUTE) session in the broadcast signal, and the second session description data for the identified ROUTE session includes Transport Session Identifiers (TSIs) for identifying Layered Coding Transport (LCT) channels that carry the service
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minsung Kwak, Kyoungsoo Moon, Jangwon Lee, Woosuk Ko, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 10859393
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a processor and memory including computer program code, the memory and computer program code configured to, with the processor, enable the apparatus at least to: generate an indication of one or more communication network receiver upload zones for a road data gatherer along a planned route to be traveled by the road data gatherer, the indication determined according to a predetermined upload criterion, which takes account of the bandwidth capacities of communication network receivers along the planned route for the road data gatherer, to specify communication network receivers to be used by the road data gatherer for uploading of road data; and provide the indication to guide uploading of the road data gathered by the road data gatherer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Marko Tapio Tuukkanen
  • Patent number: 10860187
    Abstract: A system and method of social interaction includes receiving interaction information for an interaction created by a first user of an electronic content work, the interaction information comprising an identification number of a portion of the electronic content work associated with the interaction. The system and method includes storing the received interaction information. The system and method also includes receiving a request from a second user requesting interaction information for a requested portion of the electronic content work. The system and method also includes sending the received interaction information in response to determining that the identification number associated with the received interaction information matches the identification in the request for interaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Inkling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M MacInnis, Robert Cromwell, Joshua John Forman, Kenneth Lorenz Knowles, Peter S Cho, Chatree Campiranon, Aaron Haney, Kevin Ballard, Scott William Kyle, Anne K Halsall, Jonathan Wight
  • Patent number: 10846048
    Abstract: An electronic device that coordinates a playback operation is described. In particular, an interface circuit in the electronic device may calculate, based on differences between transmit times when packets were transmitted by a second electronic device and receive times of the packets, relative drift as a function of time between a clock in the interface circuit and a second clock in the second electronic device. Then, the interface circuit may adjust, based on the relative drift, a clock circuit that provides the clock to eliminate the relative drift, and may determine a remaining time offset between the clock and the second clock. Next, the interface circuit may modify a future time when the electronic device is to perform the playback operation based on the remaining time offset to determine a corrected future time, and the electronic device may perform the playback operation at the corrected future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: EVA Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Lay, Adrian Harold Chadd, Haisong Wang, Shiwei Zhao, Li Li, Gaylord Yu
  • Patent number: 10840867
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for satellite volume control. An example method includes receiving an input at a playback device to adjust a volume for a plurality of playback devices that are grouped for synchronous playback of audio content, wherein the plurality of playback devices includes the playback device. The method also includes sending a first message over a network from the playback device to a device associated with the plurality of playback devices, the first message including information based on the input, wherein the information is used to adjust the volume of the plurality of playback devices. The method also includes receiving a second message at the playback device over the network, the second message including information for the volume of the playback device, wherein the volume is based on the adjusted volume of the plurality of playback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Dizon, Neil Griffiths, Luis R. Vega Zayas
  • Patent number: 10826634
    Abstract: A system comprises an intermediate communication platform that provides an interface to an Internet network; and a first server including: a port operatively coupled to the intermediate communication platform, processing circuitry, and a service application for execution by the processor. The service application is configured to: receive audio content recognition information from a first radio receiver of multiple radio receivers via the intermediate communication platform, wherein the audio content recognition information identifies audio content received by the first receiver in a radio broadcast; determine audio metadata associated with the received audio content recognition information; and send the audio metadata to the multiple radio receivers via the intermediate communication platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Kyle Carlock, Robert Michael Dillon
  • Patent number: 10806417
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging apparatus includes a radiation detector, a reader and a hardware processor. The radiation detector includes a substrate. On the substrate, radiation detection elements are arranged two-dimensionally. The radiation detection elements generate amounts of electric charges corresponding to doses of radiation by being irradiated with the doses of the radiation. The reader reads the amounts of the electric charges generated by the respective radiation detection elements as signal values, and generates image data based on the signal values. The hardware processor communicates with a portable terminal having a web browser, generates web content displayable on the web browser in response to a request from the portable terminal, and sends at least one of the web content and the image data to the portable terminal in response to the request from the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kubota, Kazuhiko Katsushima
  • Patent number: 10802789
    Abstract: An information processing device is provided with an information obtaining unit and a reproduction information transmitting unit. The information obtaining unit obtains first management information of content from a first reproducing device. The reproduction information transmitting unit, based on the first management information that the information obtaining unit has obtained, causes a second reproducing device to obtain reproduction information that reproduces content that the first reproducing device manages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiko Suyama
  • Patent number: 10798174
    Abstract: A smart city system, including: a functional system, a physical system, and an information system. The functional system is an expression form of functions of the smart city; the information system is an implementation way of the functions of the smart city; and the physical system is a physical support carrier for the implementation of the functions of the smart city. The functional system has a five-platform structure; the physical system has a five-layer structure; and the information system has a five-domain structure. Through the setting of these technical characteristics, a smart city system with clear system, definite functions, matching hardware, and clear information circulation can be constructed. The smart city system has a wide range of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CHENGDU QINCHUAN IOT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zehua Shao
  • Patent number: 10785519
    Abstract: An example apparatus to monitor media that is presented via a mobile device includes: an application monitor to determine when media presentation software is being executed by the mobile device; and a metering information collector to collect at least one of a signature or a code of the media presented by the media presentation software based on the media presentation software being executed by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David H. Wright, Kamal Nasser, Jeff L. Herrmann, Arun Ramaswamy, Brian Scott Mello
  • Patent number: 10785606
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method for use in a network node comprises sending a control information message to at least one wireless device that is in idle mode. The message comprises a mapping that maps a quasi co-location (QCL) assumption to a multicast transmission or multicast channel. For example, in certain embodiments, the multicast transmission or multicast channel is associated with a temporary multicast group indicator (TMGI), and the mapping maps the QCL assumption to the TMGI. The control information message causes the at least one wireless device to use the QCL assumption to decode the multicast transmission or multicast channel while in idle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Marco Belleschi, Stefano Sorrentino
  • Patent number: 10736140
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method, in a licensed assisted access (LAA) system, where a base station or user equipment (UE) performs a listen-before-talk (LBT)-based signal transmission, for transmitting and receiving an uplink signal between the UE and the base station, and an apparatus supporting the same. Specifically, the present invention discloses a method for a UE transmitting an uplink signal flexibly and efficiently based on LBT parameters indicated by the base station, and an apparatus supporting the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hanjun Park, Seonwook Kim, Joonkui Ahn
  • Patent number: 10736159
    Abstract: A display connection system may include a head unit provided in a vehicle, a plurality of display apparatuses provided in the vehicle to receive data from the head unit, and a mobile device configured to recognize a QR code generated by the head unit to establish connection with the head unit via Wi-Fi and to transmit display data to the head unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10726432
    Abstract: A method is provided to identify availability of a user and to prompt the user about a survey which is due on the user. The identification of availability is based on defined behavior patterns of the user. The survey is split into small components and provided to the user via multiple messaging applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Omkar Nath Bag, Saraswathi S. Perumalla
  • Patent number: 10713686
    Abstract: Provided is a process, including: obtaining, in memory of a first mobile computing device, a plurality of content items, at least some of the content items pertaining to respective different geographic areas; receiving, with the first mobile computing device, data indicating a user interaction with a given content item among the plurality of the content items; and in response to receiving the data indicative of the user interaction, transmitting a wireless signal from the first mobile computing device directly to a second mobile computing device that is different from the first mobile computing device, the wireless signal being indicative of the given content item and indicating that the given content item pertains to a given geographic area within range of the wireless signal transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: RetailMeNot, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Shiffert, Shaun Dubuque, Alexander M. Cheng, Jeffrey R. Rego, J. Seth Randle
  • Patent number: 10700740
    Abstract: A communication system and method includes a receiver for receiving a communication signal coupled through a physical medium in accordance with a protocol. An interface formed in a single substrate receives from the receiver an indication of the signal strength of the received communication signal. The interface also decodes the information contained in the received communication signal. For example, the interface sends the information decoded from the received communication signal to a first application for consuming the decoded information. The interface also sends the indication of the signal strength of the received communication signal to a second application for generating a quality determination of the physical medium in response to the indication of the signal strength of the received communication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Wonsoo Kim, Il Han Kim
  • Patent number: 10685411
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, systems and methods are provided for enabling parties to create, define, buy, and sell usage rights in radio frequency (RF) ranges, e.g., via a computerized trading exchange. The usage rights may comprise exclusive or shared ownership or lease interests. A government or other entity may initially offer on the exchange usage rights in radio frequencies owned or controlled by the government. The usage rights may be sold to market participants, e.g., through a competitive bidding process such as a reverse auction, Dutch auction, RFQ, or other methodology. Such rights may be transferred subject to government use, e.g., in emergency situations. Information associated with offered RF usage rights such as historical usage data, geographical reach, and available RF equipment may be published on the exchange. The exchange may also enable secondary trading of usage rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: John Zuckerman
  • Patent number: 10667307
    Abstract: Techniques are described for automatically determining which of a plurality of target devices should be connected with a source device using data regarding ambient signals about the source device. For example, a request is received for an identifier to which a source device is to connect. Data is received describing at least one ambient signal detected by the source device. The data is compared with a plurality of target device profiles. It is determined that the data matches a target device profile of the plurality of device profiles. An identifier associated with the determined target device profile is returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mikhail Skobov, Christopher M. Barth
  • Patent number: 10659913
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software technology for providing access control with respect to bots is disclosed herein. In an implementation, an access control service monitors a location of a device with respect to a geographic area. In response to when the device has entered the geographic area, the service grants a bot associated with the geographic area with access to the device. The service may grant the bot with continued access to the device if an end-user conversed with the bot while it had access. However, the service may deny the bot the continued access to the device if the end-user did not converse with the bot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Amritansh Raghav
  • Patent number: 10649721
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) hub that coordinates playback of audio content is described. In particular, the A/V hub may calculate current time offsets between clocks in electronic devices and a clock in the A/V hub based on differences between transmit times of frames from the electronic devices and receive times when the frames were received. For example, the current time offsets may be calculated using wireless ranging by ignoring distances between the A/V hub and the electronic devices. Then, the A/V hub may transmit, to the electronic devices, one or more frames that include audio content and playback timing information, which may specify playback times when the electronic devices are to playback the audio content based on the current time offsets. Furthermore, the playback times of the electronic devices may have a temporal relationship so that the playback of the audio content by the electronic devices is coordinated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Eva Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylord Yu, Steven Stupp
  • Patent number: 10649722
    Abstract: An audio/video (A/V) hub that coordinates playback of audio content is described. In particular, the A/V hub may calculate current time offsets between clocks in electronic devices and a clock in the A/V hub based on differences between receive times when frames are received from electronic devices and expected transmit times of the frames. For example, the expected transmit times may be based on coordination of clocks in the electronic devices and a clock in the A/V hub at a previous time and a predefined transmit schedule of the frames. Then, the A/V hub may transmit, to the electronic devices, one or more frames that include audio content and playback timing information, which may specify playback times when the electronic devices are to playback the audio content based on the current time offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EVA Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylord Yu, Steven Stupp
  • Patent number: 10620721
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying locations and controlling devices are provided. For example, a user may indicate a location by aiming at the location from multiple positions in a physical space. The user may also identify a controllable device to control by aiming at the device. Example systems and methods include determining a first position within a three-dimensional space, receiving a first directional input, and determining a first ray based on the first position and first directional input. Example systems and methods also include determining a second position within the three-dimensional space, receiving a second directional input, and determining a second ray based on the second position and second directional input. Example systems and methods may also include identifying a location within a three-dimensional space based on the first ray and the second ray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Steven Goldberg, Charles L. Chen, Stefan Welker
  • Patent number: 10623857
    Abstract: A plurality of speakers are arranged within a listening space. An audio processor is configured to generate a plurality of sound zones within the listening space using the plurality of speakers. The audio processor is programmed to create zone audio signals to generate at least one bright zone in the plurality of sound zones, perform individual delay compensation to the zone audio signals to add additional delay to a subset of the plurality of speakers, the additional delay defined to adjust acoustical output from the subset of the plurality of speakers to match an amount of delay of a most-delayed speaker of the plurality of speakers to the plurality of sound zones, and transmit the zone audio signals to reproduce the at least one bright zone by the plurality of speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Markus E. Christoph, Matthias Kronlachner
  • Patent number: 10623797
    Abstract: The invention provides for the communicating and editing of media files in wireless portable devices. The invention enables a user to manipulate displayed media content and other types of information stored in a personal media device. A master device may be coupled to a display device such as a television display and bonded to a slave device. A user may through use of either the slave device or the master device manipulate media content. The modified media content may be displayed substantially simultaneously on the television display, the master device, and the at least one slave device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Conversant Wireless Licensing, S.a r.l.
    Inventors: Seppo Pyhalammi, Kaj Haggman, Jouni Soitinaho, Tuomo Sihvola
  • Patent number: 10621229
    Abstract: A system for supporting a user's repetitive motion activity operates to manage cadence-based playlists identifying one or more media content items having a tempo corresponding to a user's cadence. The cadence-based playlists can be categorized by different tempi or tempo ranges that cover all likely cadences during the user's activities. A media-playback device is provided to acquire a user's cadence and retrieve a cadence-based playlist associated with a tempo or a tempo range corresponding to the cadence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Sten Garmark, Dariusz Dziuk, Owen Smith, Lars Christian Olofsson, Nikolaos Toumpelis
  • Patent number: 10616808
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a client device receives a set of network registration credentials configured to authorize access to one or more network services provided by a network server. The client device shares the set of network registration credentials with an external device (e.g., a peer client device or an access point) via D2D. In another embodiment, a device (e.g., the external device or a different device) receives the set of network registration credentials via D2D and interacts with the network server to access a network service using the set of network registration credentials. In another embodiment, the device shares the set of network registration credentials with another client device via D2D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Prashanth Mohan, Santhana Palanisamy, Manjunatha Subbamma Ananda
  • Patent number: 10600018
    Abstract: Data processing computer systems that may be adapted for processing data by, for example: creating an electronic record for a self-awareness training plan; facilitating the completion of one or more electronic activities by the user; gathering self-awareness data and performance data; automatically calculating an executive function score based at least in part on the self-awareness data and the performance data; digitally storing the performance data, the self-awareness data, and the executive function score; identifying one or more goals for the user based at least in part on the performance data and the self-awareness data; providing one or more strategies to the user; gathering strategy data for the user related to the provided one or more strategies; automatically evaluating the strategy data to calculate, for the user, an executive function progression score; and digitally storing the executive function progression score with the record for the self-awareness training plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ExQ, LLC
    Inventor: Sucheta A. Kamath
  • Patent number: 10602343
    Abstract: An international mobile subscriber (IMS) parameter configuration method, comprising: an application processor in a mobile terminal acquires an IMS identification code; from a baseband processor by means of a preset command; the application processor in the mobile terminal collects IMS configuration parameters and associates a mobile country code and a mobile network code in the IMS identification code with the IMS configuration parameters; the application processor in the mobile terminal transmits the mobile country code, the mobile network code and the IMS configuration parameters to the baseband processor; and the baseband processor in the mobile terminal receives the IMS configuration parameters from the application processor and configures the IMS configuration parameters of a corresponding service provider according to the mobile country code and the mobile network code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TCL COMMUNICATION (NINGBO) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tao Li
  • Patent number: 10587903
    Abstract: Provided are a rotatable display device and a method of displaying content using the same. The display device includes a display; and a controller configured to control the display to display first video content based on a first source, sense pivoting of the display while the first video content is displayed, and control the display, in response to the pivoting, to display second video content based on at least one second source different from the first source, the second video content being different from the first video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Han-jin Park, Su-min Kim, Seock-young Shim, Ji-eun Lee, Sung-min Lim
  • Patent number: 10575331
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which comprises: logic to privately compare one or more received Order Preserving Encrypted (OPE) signal strength (RSS) values, from a plurality of secondary users (SUs), with a OPE threshold value; a transmitter to send the comparison result to a fusion center (FC); and a receiver to receive the OPE threshold value from the FC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Oregon State University
    Inventors: Mohamed Grissa, Attila Yavuz, Bechir Hamdaoui
  • Patent number: 10560756
    Abstract: A new television broadcast model called a Broadcast Market Exchange (BMX) eliminates the inefficiency in spectrum usage, providing maximum flexibility in delivering content through either VHF (for fixed location receiving devices) or UHF (optimized for mobile receiving devices) transmission/propagation. In conjunction with the BMX, a wireless communications system architecture is provided to enable a broadcast augmentation channel. The augmentation channel provides supplementation of the Quality of Service (QoS) of a one way User Datagram Protocol (UDP) delivery environment. The augmentation channel may be comprised of one or more physical delivery mechanisms (wired or wireless), but can be effectively unified for increasing QoS and or scalable levels of service (additional essence) to improve the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Aitken, Michael J. Simon
  • Patent number: 10532288
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and system relating to video games with improved social networking features. In some aspects of the invention, the improved social networking features include allowing players to associate their virtual items and/or characters with one or more sponsor players. The association alters the attributes of the virtual items and/or characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Hall, Anthony Gowland
  • Patent number: 10530836
    Abstract: An image acquiring method includes: detecting whether a screenshot signal is triggered; sending a screenshot request to a server when the screenshot signal is triggered, the screenshot request including a user account and a target smart device identification, so as to enable the server to send the screenshot request to a target smart device based on the user account and the target smart device identification; and receiving a screenshot image from the server, the screenshot image being obtained by using the target smart device to perform a screenshot on an image displayed on the target smart device based on the screenshot request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Shiquan Zhou, Qiang Fu, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 10511557
    Abstract: A telecommunication and multimedia management apparatus and method that supports voice and other media communications and that enables users to: (i) participate in multiple conversation modes, including live phone calls, conference calls, instant voice messaging or tactical communications; (ii) review the messages of conversations in either a live mode or a time-shifted mode and to seamlessly transition back and forth between the two modes; (iii) participate in multiple conversations either concurrently or simultaneously; (iv) archive the messages of conversations for later review or processing; and (v) persistently store media either created or received on the communication devices of users. The latter feature enables users to generate or review media when either disconnected from the network or network conditions are poor and to optimize the delivery of media over the network based on network conditions and the intention of the users participating in conversations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: VOXER IP LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Katis, James T. Panttaja, Mary G. Panttaja, Matthew J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 10506001
    Abstract: Data sets are transmitted to mobile terminals, which are connected by a radio network to a data server connected to a data network, wherein the data server is configured to transmit the data sets via the radio network to terminals located in a radio cell of the radio network as a broadcast signal or optionally as an individual signal directed specifically to one or more terminals, wherein a total signal emitted into the radio cell contains a corresponding broadcast signal part and a corresponding individual signal part. In one embodiment, a user profile is associated with each of the terminals identified in the radio cell and the content of the data sets transmitted in the broadcast signal part in accordance with a determined broadcast signal part factor is compiled in accordance with the information stored in the user profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Lottermann, David Gozalvez Serrano
  • Patent number: 10498472
    Abstract: A broadcast response system provides, e.g., a radio broadcast listener with the ability to obtain media content such as music or speech while listening to the radio. The user can respond to items in the radio broadcast such as advertisements, fund raising drives, or interactive listener polls during the broadcast. Data such as song title and artist, author or publisher and the IP address for the location where the digital version of the content is stored, can be transmitted using, e.g., the RBDS/RDS data stream. A reference number representing song title and artist, author or publisher and the IP address for the location where the digital version of the content is stored can also be employed for ease of implementation. This reference number can reside in a lookup table to be accessed by broadcast response server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: STRATOSAUDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly M. Christensen, Barry D. Thomas, Thomas J. Smyth
  • Patent number: 10484115
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a digital input port configured to receive digital audio packets of main program service (MPS) audio; a modem operatively coupled to the digital port; an analog input port configured to receive an audio engineer society format (AES) audio signal that is a digitized version of the analog signal component of the frequency modulation (FM) hybrid radio signal; and an alignment unit configured to time-align the AES audio signal with the digital audio packets at the modem; wherein the modem is configured to generate the FM hybrid radio signal using the digital audio packets and the time-aligned AES audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Iannuzzelli, Adam Horowitz, Jeffrey R Detweiler, William E. Snelling
  • Patent number: 10452584
    Abstract: Methods and devices for connecting an accessory device to a connector port of a mobile communication device and automatically detecting an operational mode of the connector port are provided. The method includes implementing a USB Type-C device detection at an electronic processor of the mobile communication device and monitoring a first and second pin of the connector port for pull-up and pull-down signals from a connected accessory. The method also includes interrupting the USB Type-C device detection when a pull-down signal is detected and determining whether an accessory signal is detected at a third pin of the connector port. The method also includes implementing a LMR accessory detection when the accessory signal is detected and completing the USB Type-C device detection when the accessory signal is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Grobe Sachs, Ellis A. Pinder, Charles B. Harmke
  • Patent number: 10445993
    Abstract: An Internet-Of-Things (IoTs) button device includes a button. A server provides custom user configuration of the button device for an event. The server interacts with a display device associated with the event to display on a display of the display device questions, games, competitions, and/or surveys in real time during the event. The button when depressed by a user reports a button identifier and a response signal that is mapped to components of the questions, games, competitions, and/or surveys. Real-time results for the questions, games, competitions, and/or surveys drive the real time displaying of information on the display of the display device during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Joseph Lamont Gauld
  • Patent number: 10447221
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for satellite volume control. An example method includes receiving an input at a playback device to adjust a volume for a plurality of playback devices that are grouped for synchronous playback of audio content, wherein the plurality of playback devices includes the playback device. The method also includes sending a first message over a network from the playback device to a device associated with the plurality of playback devices, the first message including information based on the input, wherein the information is used to adjust the volume of the plurality of playback devices. The method also includes receiving a second message at the playback device over the network, the second message including information for the volume of the playback device, wherein the volume is based on the adjusted volume of the plurality of playback devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Dizon, Neil Griffiths, Luis R. Vega Zayas
  • Patent number: 10448133
    Abstract: A wireless microphone or wireless in-ear monitoring system. The system has at least one transmitting and/or receiving unit, which comprises at least two antenna modules, each of the antenna modules having an output plug unit, as well as a combining unit with an input interface. Output signals of the at least two antenna modules are received via the input interface of the combining unit. This is done for those input plug units that are inserted into the input interface of the combining unit. This is carried out in order to execute diversity processing of the signals of the antenna modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan Watermann
  • Patent number: 10402153
    Abstract: Example implementations may relate to creation and control of channels. In particular, a computing device may receive a first channel-addition request indicating content from a first audio-provider service and may responsively send to a server an instruction to establish a first channel that provides access to content from the first audio-provider service via an application-program account. With this arrangement, a subsequent second channel-addition request may then similarly lead to establishment of a second channel that provides access to content from the second audio-provider service via the application-program account. After channel-additions, the device may determine a first selection of the added first channel and may responsively cause content from the first audio-provider service to be output by an audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Seth Raphael, Ben Murdoch, Matthew David Tait, Cody Sumter
  • Patent number: 10404848
    Abstract: Provided are a handy terminal device and a remote control method which have good usabilities. It includes a position information acquiring unit that acquires position information on the terminal device, a height information acquiring unit that acquires height information on the terminal device, a direction detecting unit detecting the direction to which the terminal device is pointed, a tilt detecting unit that detects the tilt of the terminal device, and a memory unit that stores the position information and height information on electric equipment. The height information on the terminal device is calculated from the position information and height information on the electric equipment stored in the memory unit and from the position information on and tilt of the terminal device, and the height information acquiring unit is calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Yasunobu Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10397039
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for detecting and monitoring fall-down actions and other transient motions are disclosed. In one example, a system for monitoring a transient motion in a venue is disclosed. The system comprises a transmitter, a receiver, and a transient motion monitor. The transmitter is located at a first position in the venue for transmitting a wireless signal through a wireless multipath channel impacted by the transient motion of an object in the venue. The receiver is located at a second position in the venue for: receiving the wireless signal through the wireless multipath channel, and obtaining a time series of channel information (CI) of the wireless multipath channel based on the wireless signal. The transient motion monitor is configured for: monitoring the transient motion based on the time series of CI, and triggering a response action based on the monitored transient motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ORIGIN WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Feng Zhang, Chen Chen, Qinyi Xu, Beibei Wang, Chenshu Wu, Hangfang Zhang, Chau-Wai Wong, David N. Claffey, Chun-I Chen, Hung-Quoc Duc Lai, Zhung-Han Wu, Min Wu, Yi Han, Oscar Chi-Lim Au, K. J. Ray Liu
  • Patent number: 10390199
    Abstract: Mobile devices, methods, and computer-program products are provided for prioritizing data sets. A transmission is received from a proximity broadcasting device. The transmission is a data packet that includes a unique identifier corresponding to the proximity broadcasting device. A proximity broadcasting system corresponding to the proximity broadcasting device is identified based on the unique identifier. At least one transaction data set corresponding to the proximity broadcasting system is selected from among a plurality of transaction data sets. The at least one transaction data set is prioritized above the remaining transaction data sets in a hierarchical order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Kai P Johnson, Ryan L Watkins