To Output Device Patents (Class 455/41.3)
  • Patent number: 10292029
    Abstract: Systems and methods for autopairing a base portable electronic device and a dockable mod device in a modular device system includes detecting at the base device that the mod device has been docked to the base device, wherein such docking forms a wired connection between the base device and the mod device. Wireless communication parameters are received from the mod device at the base device over the wired connection, and the base device detects that the mod device has been undocked from the base device. The received wireless communication parameters are used thereafter at the base device to communicate wirelessly with the mod device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Boby Iyer, Olivier Meirhaeghe, Mary Hor-Lao
  • Patent number: 10269196
    Abstract: Techniques are described for controlling access based on pattern repetition. A rhythmic pattern may be communicated to a portable computing device of an individual, and played on the device using haptic and/or audio output. In response to the played pattern, the individual may attempt to repeat the pattern by tapping on a touchpad or other haptic input on a computing device. The entered pattern may be compared to the original pattern and, if the patterns correspond, the individual may be provided with requested access to a secure area and/or secure data. In some implementations, the pattern repetition technique may be employed to unlock a secure device based on a rhythmic pattern received at a different device such as an epidermal patch or other wearable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Amanda S. Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10247773
    Abstract: The disclosed systems, devices, and methods may provide for wireless testing of devices and, in particular, wireless testing of semiconductor devices comprising integrated circuits, memory, and logic circuitry that can be present on a wafer. The semiconductor devices can be tested for functional defects by applying one or more test patterns to the semiconductor devices. Further, for devices under test that do not have built-in wireless connectivity (for example, those that do not have a built-in Bluetooth low-energy engine), the disclosure describes systems and methods that the devices under test can use for external wireless connectivity (e.g., an external board having Bluetooth low-energy) on the low-bandwidth interface. In one example embodiment, for high-bandwidth scan testing, wireless connectivity modules (such as those implementing WiFi or WiGig) are described, which can be used to meet the bandwidth requirements of the one or more tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sankaran M. Menon, Rehan M. Sheikh, Rolf H. Kuehnis, John Michael Peterson, Asifur Rahman, Abram M. Detofsky, Mohsen Fazlian
  • Patent number: 10237426
    Abstract: A communication device communicates with an external apparatus including first and second Near Field Communication (NFC) circuits. The communication device includes a display configured to display information, a third NFC circuit, and a controller configured to cause display of first and second screens that prompt a user to carry out an operation for starting NFC communication. The first screen is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is not permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit, and the second screen is displayed in a state in which the third NFC circuit is permitted to perform specified communication with the first NFC circuit but is not permitted to perform specified communication with the second NFC circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Motoki Koshigaya
  • Patent number: 10225098
    Abstract: A device for supporting wireless communication is provided. The device may comprise a first Bluetooth chip for communicating with a Bluetooth device and a second Bluetooth chip for communicating with a client device. The second Bluetooth chip may be configured to receive advertising data of the Bluetooth device from the first Bluetooth chip and broadcast advertising data including the received advertising data of the Bluetooth device. The first Bluetooth chip and the second Bluetooth chip may be configured to establish communication links between the client device and the second Bluetooth chip, between the second Bluetooth chip and the first Bluetooth chip, and between the first Bluetooth chip and the Bluetooth device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cassia Networks Inc.
    Inventors: Daguang Gu, Fuyong Zhao, Kunpeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10216392
    Abstract: An information processing method and a first electronic device are provided. The method includes: triggering a communication unit of a first electronic device to perform a detection; acquiring a second state parameter of a second electronic device, if the communication unit detects that a device distance between the first electronic device and the second electronic device meets a preset condition; and controlling a display unit of the electronic device to display a second icon in a first interface with a first manner. The second icon is for representing the second electronic device, and the first manner is determined based on the second state parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10191700
    Abstract: A communication system may comprise an information processing device and a communication device. Communication between the communication device and the information processing device using the first wireless communication scheme may be performed. The communication device may send the connectable network identification information to the information processing device. Communication between the information processing device and the communication device using the second wireless communication scheme and using the second network may be executed, in case that the first network belongs is not included in one or more networks identified by the connectable network identification information. Communication between the information processing device and the communication device using the second wireless communication scheme and using the first network may be executed, in case that the first network is included in the one or more networks identified by the one or more connectable network identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kubota, Yoshitsugu Tomomatsu
  • Patent number: 10185543
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method, apparatus and computer program product are provided. The method includes determining one or more operating conditions of a device. A selection of a mode of operation of the device from at least a first mode and a second mode is facilitated based on the one or more operating conditions of the device. In the first mode, the device is configured to detect an operation input received from an audio source based on two or more audio sensors of the device. In the second mode, the device is configured to detect the operation input based on at least one of the two or more audio sensors and at least one non-audio sensor of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Miikka Vilermo, Koray Ozcan
  • Patent number: 10177819
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus, including a first near field communication unit that transmits a first wireless signal for performing first near field communication with a first communication object, a second near field communication unit that transmits a second wireless signal for performing second near field communication with a second communication object that is capable of being the first communication object, and a communication controller that controls the first and second near field communication units to perform the first or second near field communication with the first or second communication object when the first wireless signal and the second wireless signal are alternately transmitted, and existence of the first or the second communication object is continuously detected plural times through transmission of one of the first and second wireless signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuro Suzuki, Futoshi Ootaka, Miyuki Yamada, Misuzu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10157026
    Abstract: A communication system may comprise an information processing device and a communication device. Communication between the communication device and the information processing device using the first wireless communication scheme may be performed. The communication device may send the connectable network identification information to the information processing device. Communication between the information processing device and the communication device using the second wireless communication scheme and using the second network may be executed, in case that the first network belongs is not included in one or more networks identified by the connectable network identification information. Communication between the information processing device and the communication device using the second wireless communication scheme and using the first network may be executed, in case that the first network is included in the one or more networks identified by the one or more connectable network identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kubota, Yoshitsugu Tomomatsu
  • Patent number: 10146727
    Abstract: A multi-modulation scheme is provided that combines pulse-width modulation and phase modulation to transmit a plurality of GPIO signals as virtual GPIO signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lalan Jee Mishra, Richard Wietfeldt, Mohit Prasad, James Panian
  • Patent number: 10111074
    Abstract: A user sets a format of an advertise packet to be transmitted from a plurality of formats using a setting screen displayed on a printing apparatus, and the printing apparatus transmits an advertise packet according to the setting made via the setting screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Go Inoue
  • Patent number: 10111272
    Abstract: The concepts and technologies disclosed herein provide a vehicle system that can prompt a user to select a BLUETOOTH pairing type—normal or temporary. In response to receiving selection of a temporary BLUETOOTH pairing type, the vehicle system can prompt the user to select a trigger for terminating a temporary pairing period during which the user device and the vehicle system are to be temporarily paired, and the vehicle system can receive selection of the trigger. The user device and the vehicle system can be paired. The vehicle system can receive data associated with the user and can store the data in a vehicle memory. The vehicle system can monitor for activation of the trigger. In response to the trigger being activated, the vehicle system can terminate the temporary pairing period thereby unpairing the user device and the vehicle system and can delete the data from the vehicle memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kim Withers, Joseph Harten
  • Patent number: 10102260
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatuses are described for performing high speed translations of data. In an example embodiment, record layout detection can be performed for data. In another example embodiment, data pivoting prior to field-specific data processing can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IP RESERVOIR, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Lancaster, Michael John Henrichs, Terry Tidwell, Alex St. John, Kevin Brian Sprague
  • Patent number: 10104460
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle, a vehicle network disposed within the vehicle, and an entertainment system disposed within the vehicle wherein the entertainment system comprises at least one audio source. The entertainment system is configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one wireless earpiece to provide for streaming of audio to and from the at least one wireless earpiece. A method includes providing a vehicle having an entertainment system, wirelessly connecting the entertainment system of the vehicle to at least one wireless ear piece associated with an occupant within the vehicle, and streaming audio from the at least one wireless earpiece to the entertainment system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10089972
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a noise reduction method, the method includes: obtaining an acceleration signal of a mobile terminal when an audio output device is in a working state; determining, according to the acceleration signal, a vibration waveform of the mobile terminal when the mobile terminal vibrates; inverting the determined vibration waveform to obtain a noise reduction signal; and superimposing the noise reduction signal onto to-be-output audio of the audio output device. Therefore, noise generated by skeleton vibration is diminished or eliminated, so as to improve an effect of listening, by a person, to audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenlong Zhao
  • Patent number: 10091564
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to be worn on a body of user for athletic performance monitoring, and having a sensor for capturing data associated with an athletic activity being carried out by the user. The captured sensor data may be used to identify a break in an athletic training session being carried out by the user, and in response, to automatically pause playback of media content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Evan Swanson
  • Patent number: 10091765
    Abstract: A method for forwarding Bluetooth data, an electronic device, a Bluetooth device, and a Bluetooth system are disclosed. The method includes: in a Bluetooth communication process, receiving source data from a data output device as cached data, and forwarding the source data; and preferentially allocating a Bluetooth communication bandwidth to receive the source data if a data volume of the cached data is less than a first predetermined threshold; or preferentially allocating a Bluetooth communication bandwidth to forward the source data if a data volume of to-be-forwarded source data is greater than a second predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SMARTECH WORLDWIDE LIMITED
    Inventors: Yunhe Fu, Tony Xie, Mid Wang
  • Patent number: 10025553
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method, apparatus and computer program product are provided. The method includes determining one or more operating conditions of a device. A selection of a mode of operation of the device from at least a first mode and a second mode is facilitated based on the one or more operating conditions of the device. In the first mode, the device is configured to detect an operation input received from an audio source based on two or more audio sensors of the device. In the second mode, the device is configured to detect the operation input based on at least one of the two or more audio sensors and at least one non-audio sensor of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Miikka Vilermo, Koray Ozcan
  • Patent number: 10009255
    Abstract: A handheld wireless device makes a request for service from a server of a business on a global network, the request originating from the wireless device is automatically routed to the closest server of the business that is geographically closest to the location of the wireless device as determined by a GPS function in the device, or by a router server in the wireless network based on the group of cell towers being connected to by the wireless device, or based on the location of the wireless device in a global telephone network database, for faster access to the service and a response there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Tara Chand Singhal
  • Patent number: 10009447
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. An electronic apparatus comprises a panel, a piezoelectric vibrator, a component, and a cushioning material. The panel is located on a surface of the electronic apparatus. The piezoelectric vibrator is located on an inner surface of the panel. The component faces the piezoelectric vibrator. The cushioning material is located between the piezoelectric vibrator and the component such that a gap is formed between the piezoelectric vibrator and the cushioning material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko Nishiwaki, Yasuo Nambu, Shohei Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 9998181
    Abstract: A method, a system and an apparatus is configured for selectively accessing content at a device. A disabled NFC tag is attached to an electronic device capable of reading the NFC tag. While the NFC tag is disabled, the electronic device is able to read any other additional NFC tag as normal. When the disabled NFC tag is activated it is read by the electronic device and transmits stored data to the electronic device. In some embodiments, the NFC tag is activated by completing a circuit of the NFC tag. In some embodiments, the circuit is completed by depressing a button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Cellotape, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Testanero, Larry Tadashi Ino
  • Patent number: 9977933
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device that increases operability when writing information (for example, unique user information) that allows writing to a wireless tag from the outside. The electronic device of the present disclosure includes a storage device that stores first registered information; a wireless tag that stores second registered information; and a system-control unit that updates contents of the second registered information based on the first registered information; wherein the system-control unit updates contents of information other than information that allows writing when there is writing to the wireless tag from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hamakawa
  • Patent number: 9979497
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an audio playing method and apparatus based on Bluetooth connection. The method includes: receiving a first Bluetooth connection request sent from a first audio source device by a first playing device; responding to the first Bluetooth connection request, establishing a first Bluetooth connection with the first audio source device and notifying other playing devices of a target playing group including the first playing device to close Bluetooth function by the first playing device, wherein the target playing group includes at least one playing device communicating via a private network established in advance; and receiving first audio data from the first audio source device based on the first Bluetooth connection and forwarding the first audio data to the other playing devices of the target playing group via the private network by the first playing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shangbo Lin
  • Patent number: 9973639
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes a display that displays a message and a controller that controls a cooperative operation with the image forming apparatus. The controller causes the display to display the message when the controller detects a proximity of the portable terminal to the image forming apparatus, and causes the display to stop displaying the message that is displayed on the display when an intensity of radio wave for short-range wireless communication from the image forming apparatus becomes equal or smaller than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoko Sasase
  • Patent number: 9967687
    Abstract: To maintain favorable sound reproduction. In a car audio apparatus 6 which includes an inter-equipment communication unit 51 configured to perform communication according to each of a plurality of sound communication protocols Pv for transmitting a sound signal A3 of audio, and a reproduction processing unit 52 configured to reproduce the sound signal A3 received through the communication, and which receives the sound signal A3 from a smartphone 8 through communication according to any of the sound communication protocols Pv, the car audio apparatus 6 includes a priority storing unit 62 configured to store a priority of the sound communication protocols Pv in advance, and a sound signal input controlling unit 53 configured to, in the case where a sound communication request for transmitting the sound signal A3 is received from the smartphone 8, accept the sound communication request according to the priority of a sound communication protocol Pv of requested communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9965967
    Abstract: An RFID book detection system for school children may comprise a plurality of book jackets, at least an assignment system, and a school bag. The book jackets respectively fit around different books, and each of the book jackets has a corresponding RFID tag on a surface thereof. The assignment system is provided for saving and managing input information including at least a curriculum and RFIDs on the RFID tags, and the school bag used for placing the books comprises a sensor which is connected to the assignment system to check whether the books in the school bag are exactly the same as the next day's course schedule on the input curriculum saved in the assignment system. Thus, the child can scan the RFIF tags on the book jackets one by one before putting the books into the school bag, which helps child to learn packing his/her school bag independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: Changhua University of Education
    Inventors: Yu-Tzu Lee, Tsair-Rong Chen
  • Patent number: 9959436
    Abstract: In a reader for a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for near-field wireless communication, an antenna selection switch includes a plurality of antennae arranged with an extent within a predetermined range for transmitting and receiving data to and from an RFID tag, and selects one antenna to be used for transmission and reception of data from among the plurality of antennae. A detection part acquires, when a carrier wave transmitted from the RFID tag is received by any of the plurality of antennae, information indicative of an antenna selected by the antenna selection switch under the control of an antenna changeover controlling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masakazu Tanikawa, Katsuyoshi Onishi
  • Patent number: 9961708
    Abstract: Among other features, a communications device includes a wide area communications transceiver and a local wireless communications transceiver. The device is configured to recognize, via the local wireless communications transceiver, the presence of one or more peripheral wireless devices available for transferring data to the communications device. The device transmits to a remote site a list of the one or more recognized peripheral devices, and receives from the remote site an instruction to establish communications with a particular one of the one or more recognized peripheral devices. The device establishes communications with the particular recognized peripheral device in response to the received instruction, for example by pairing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GreatCall, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Stair
  • Patent number: 9952652
    Abstract: A virtual reality system is provided. A head mounted display apparatus is coupled to a host device via a transmission cable. A multimedia module receives multimedia content via a first signal path of the transmission cable. A multi-sensing module obtains sensing information regarding the head mounted display apparatus and the user. A power management device controls the power status of the multimedia module, the multi-sensing module, and the peripheral hub according to a power voltage via a third signal path of the transmission cable. The micro control unit detects in which mode the virtual reality system is operating according to the signal status of the first and second signal paths of the transmission cable to notify the power management device to control the power status of the multimedia module, the multi-sensing module, and the peripheral hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Chang, Mong-Yu Tseng, Nai-Jui Cheng
  • Patent number: 9933983
    Abstract: A first communication apparatus may comprise a first type of interface configured to function as an IC tag, a second type of interface, and a controller. The controller may cause the first type of interface to execute a sending operation. The sending operation may be executed by using a first wireless connection established between the first and second communication apparatuses. The sending operation may include an operation of the first type of interface to send network identification information to the second communication apparatus. The network identification information may be information to be used in a first wireless network to which both the first and second communication apparatuses belong. The controller may execute, after the first type of interface has executed the sending operation, a wireless communication of target data with the second communication apparatus via the second type of interface by using the first wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Yoshitsugu Tomomatsu, Hajime Okochi
  • Patent number: 9917956
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided that includes a controller configured to control a communication device to transmit, to an information processing terminal device, image processing information indicating a specific one of image processing operations that has been selected at a time when the controller starts establishment of communication with the information processing terminal device, control the communication device to receive execution instructing information from the information processing terminal device, and control a specific one of image processing executing devices that corresponds to the received execution instructing information to execute the specific image processing operation in accordance with the received execution instructing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirokazu Sato
  • Patent number: 9917731
    Abstract: A communication system that includes a base unit and one or more end units that communicate over a primary communication link using a first communication protocol and a secondary communication link using a second protocol. The secondary communication link may be a shorter range communication link than the primary communication link. The secondary communication link may be used to transmit and receive registration information, configuration settings, and status information between the end units and the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HM Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: David O'Gwynn
  • Patent number: 9913124
    Abstract: A method and system for searching for an electronic cigarette of a same type, the method comprises at least two electronic cigarettes performing a communication connection. The method comprises the following steps: S1, at least one electronic cigarette sends broadcast information carrying a type of the electronic cigarette to another electronic cigarette within a preset range; S2, the another electronic cigarette receiving the broadcast information determines whether the type carried by the broadcast information is the same as the another electronic cigarette's type, and performs a vibration alert if the type same. Via the present method, it can be quickly known whether an electronic cigarette user having a same electronic cigarette is present in the surroundings, and an enthusiast of an electronic cigarette of a same type can be found, enabling an electronic cigarette to no longer be an individual, and thereby improving user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9900921
    Abstract: A method of controlling communication of an electronic device is provided. The method includes detecting a first peripheral device through a first communication module of the electronic device, which supports a first communication type, acquiring group information on a group of peripheral devices, to which the first peripheral device belongs, based on first identification information of the first peripheral device, and detecting a second peripheral device belonging to the group through a second communication module of the electronic device, which supports a second communication type, based on the group information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moon-Ki Hong, Woo-Jin Park, Min-Ji Park, So-Young Youn
  • Patent number: 9872133
    Abstract: An adapter or bridging device that provides both a wired audio or audio and video female jack connectors for wired devices such as wired earphones, headphones and wired video headsets; as well as a wireless link to nearby handheld computerized devices such as mobile phones (e.g. smartphones). The device may be configured to be clipped to the user's clothing, as well as to interface with pairing control devices to easily form Bluetooth, WiFi, or other type wireless links. The device may also include at least one computer processor to manage the wireless link, control the attached wired headphones or video headsets, as well as perform compression and decompression functions as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Millind Mittal
  • Patent number: 9866728
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first near field communication unit that transmits a first wireless signal for performing first near field communication; a second near field communication unit that transmits a second wireless signal for performing second near field communication; and a communication control unit that controls the first and second near field communication units such that the first wireless signal and the second wireless signal are alternately transmitted, identification information of a user is acquired from a terminal device via the first near field communication when connection via the first near field communication is established in response to transmitting the first wireless signal, and identification information of the information processing apparatus is transmitted to the terminal device via the second near field communication when connection via the second near field communication is established in response to transmitting the second wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9866996
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and system for improving delivery of content to a user device can include: determining a resource identifier comprising beacon data associated with a beacon, wherein the resource identifier is associated with a content identifier identifying the content; broadcasting the resource identifier from the beacon to the user device; processing a resource request from a verifying entity, the resource request associated with the resource identifier; and transmitting a response to the resource request based on the first content identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Estimote Polska Sp. z o. o.
    Inventors: Jakub Krzych, Lukasz Kostka
  • Patent number: 9860370
    Abstract: There are provided a code reading unit for reading a code in a portable terminal, a first terminal side operating environment setting unit for analyzing a code, thereby acquiring first operating environment setting information required for connection to a relay device through Bluetooth and setting the first operating environment setting information to the portable terminal, a setting information generating unit 4 for generating second operating environment setting information required for connection to a telephone call control server through a wireless LAN to make a call, a second terminal side operating environment setting unit for setting the second operating environment setting information thus generated to the portable terminal, and transmitting the second operating environment setting information to the telephone call control server and registering the second operating environment setting information therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: E3 CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bingwei Yao
  • Patent number: 9860362
    Abstract: A method for controlling a cooking appliance using a mobile terminal that is separate from the cooking appliance, both of which have a controller and a BLE communication device, involves the following steps being performed: switching on the cooking appliance and the terminal, setting up a communication link between the two by means of a specified user process on the cooking appliance or on the terminal and confirming the set-up of the communication link by means of a user process by the user on the cooking appliance. A signal strength of the communication link between the two communication devices at the time of confirmation of the communication link on the cooking appliance is stored and is monitored during use. If the signal strength drops below a prescribed signal strength limit value, then user commands from the mobile terminal are blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: E.G.O. ELEKTRO-GERAETEBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Hannes Kuemmerle, Ewald Bayer, Jordi Alvarez Raventos, Kay Schmidt, Pierre Metzner, Steffen Weiss, Gerd Knappe, Oliver Zabel
  • Patent number: 9811692
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a security device. The security device determines whether the mobile device is inside or outside security zones defined around a device being carried around by a user and an access point disposed at or near a place where the user regularly visit by detecting presence or absence of the wireless connection therewith. The device further determines whether or not there is an ongoing scheduled event and whether the mobile device is at or near an event location. The device further assesses a risk level of an environment where the mobile device is currently disposed based on determination results, and executes one of preset security action controls in response to the risk level determined to allow the mobile device to perform a security action to alert the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Sahal Alarabi
  • Patent number: 9807771
    Abstract: A method of operating a base station such that the method comprises determining whether there are any mobile devices that are not associated with the base station that require protection from interference caused by downlink transmissions of the base station and setting a maximum permitted transmission power for the base station based on the result of the step of determining. A base stations operating according to this method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nicholas William Whinnett
  • Patent number: 9807221
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods that are effected in or by an electronic device in response to establishing and/or terminating a physical communications link are described. An electronic device may be entered into deep sleep and may include a power control circuit that activates the device out of deep sleep in response to establishing a physical communications link with a source of electric power, such as another electronic device. Either in combination with or separate from this, an electronic device may establish wireless communications with another electronic device in response to establishing and terminating a physical communications link with the other electronic device. The physical communications link may be used to transfer device identity data from one device to the other and thereby bypass the cumbersome “discovery” process common to conventional wireless communication techniques. Portable electronic devices and personal computing devices that are operative to perform the above are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Thalmic Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Bailey, Aaron Grant, Eric Philippe Bouchard
  • Patent number: 9794426
    Abstract: A mobile terminal that communicates with an image processing apparatus including a scanning function includes a display unit that displays a screen, a first instruction unit that, when the display unit displays a specific screen corresponding to the scanning function, instructs the image processing apparatus to activate a specific application corresponding to the scanning function, and a second instruction unit that, when the mobile terminal receives an instruction to perform the scanning function, instructs the image processing apparatus to perform the scanning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shukei Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9794402
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for updating device behavior based on user behavior. For example, a user device may receive activity information of a user. Based on the activity information, the device may identify a first activity level of the user. The device may receive an indication that a second device is receiving an incoming call. After receiving the indication of the incoming call, the user device may identify a second activity level of the user. The user device may infer the intent of the user with respect to interacting with the second device based on the relative activity levels and may provide instructions to the second device for changing a setting of the second device based on the inferred intent of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene Dvortsov
  • Patent number: 9794389
    Abstract: A hands-free Bluetooth system is described. The Bluetooth system comprises a base unit and a controller unit. The controller includes a built-in speaker, a built-in microphone and a control button configured to receive an action from a user and transmit a signal which corresponds to the action to the base unit. The controller unit automatically pairs through Bluetooth to the base unit and directs audio signals received from the base unit to the built-in speaker. The base unit pairs through Bluetooth to a smartphone. The base connects to an audio system through an audio connection. Upon receiving a signal for an incoming call through the smartphone, the base unit tests whether it is connected to the speaker of the audio system. If it is connected, the base unit directs the incoming call to the audio system. However, if it is not connected, the base unit directs the incoming call to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: R Kent Koeninger
  • Patent number: 9788288
    Abstract: A method for reducing power consumption is described. The method includes negotiating a receive window of a slave wireless device. The method also includes exchanging timing uncertainty information relating to a clock of the slave wireless device and a clock of the master wireless device. The method further includes transmitting a packet multiple times on a same frequency based on the receive window and the timing uncertainty information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Joel Benjamin Linsky, Brian Arnold Redding
  • Patent number: 9778891
    Abstract: A communication apparatus including a near field wireless communication unit which holds communication information regarding a communication sets a communication mode to be used for a wireless communication unit supporting a longer field wireless communication than a wireless communication using a near field wireless communication unit in accordance with write information written from an external apparatus to the near field wireless communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Kadota
  • Patent number: 9781545
    Abstract: A wireless communication system and related wireless devices are disclosed. The wireless communication system includes: a source wireless device configured to operably insert an auto-pairing request and one or more source Bluetooth device addresses into one or more predetermined advertising packets to form one or more target advertising packets, and configured to operably transmit the target advertising packets; and a destination wireless device configured to operably receive and parser the target advertising packets to extract the auto-pairing request and the one or more source Bluetooth device addresses. The destination wireless device performs an auto-pairing procedure with the source wireless device according to the auto-pairing request and the one or more source Bluetooth device addresses to establish a Bluetooth bond with the source wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventors: Wei-Feng Mao, Shi-Meng Zou, Chen-Hsing Lo, Chia-Chun Hung, Yu-Hsuan Liu, Chin-Chiu Li, Hou-Wei Lin, Yong Liu, Chun-Xia Guo
  • Patent number: 9769608
    Abstract: A method and a system for an external device with information about a task being performed by a user device are provided. The method includes receiving information about the task being performed by the user device, identifying a plurality of external devices located near a wearable device of a user of the user device, determining a first external device to continuously perform the task from among the plurality of external devices based on the information about the task and characteristics information about the identified external devices, and transmitting the information about the task to the first external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung-rai Oh, Ho-jung Lee