Location Display Patents (Class 455/457)
  • Patent number: 10747788
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining geographic clusters of geographical content may include computation of a first evaluation metric. The first evaluation metric may be descriptive of a distribution of geo-location points within a cluster of a plurality of geographic clusters. A second evaluation metric may also be computed that is descriptive of coherence of the plurality of geographic clusters. Geo-location points of the geographical content may be clustered based, at least in part on the first and second evaluation metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Kecskemeti, Robert Ormandi
  • Patent number: 10750013
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product, include receiving a request for registration from a service provider, upon the service receiver having authorized the request for registration, registering characteristic information of the service call in a user device of a service receiver, and upon a lapse of time, deregistering the characteristic information from the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keke Cai, Bai Chen Deng, Dongxu Duan, Zhong Su, Li Zhang, Xiaolu Zhang, Shiwan Zhao
  • Patent number: 10726086
    Abstract: An improved approach for returning aesthetically relevant search results is disclosed. A training set of images (e.g., designer-created images) is used to train a detection engine that detects items in the images as features. A classification engine is configured to analyze the features and generate classification indices for the features. A user can select an item, and the classification index for the feature corresponding to the item is retrieved. The classification index is used to identify result images, which can be returned ranked according user action data and other parameters, such as style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Houzz, Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Longbin, Le Kang, Lei Yao, Zhenyu Mao
  • Patent number: 10692539
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying video clips in a video clip repository that are of the same event are disclosed. Video clips are identified as being of the same event based on timestamps and geolocation stamps associated with the video clips. In one embodiment, authors of video clips receive messages that notify them of the existence of other video clips of the same event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Paul Hughes
  • Patent number: 10694322
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing anonymity in geographic data for probes using a variable mix zone in a geographic region includes a geographic database, a mix zone generator, and a pseudonym generator. The geographic database is configured to store one or more map features in the geographic region. The mix zone generator is configured to define a mix zone boundary having a size based on the one or more map features and monitor probe data for at least one probe. The probe data including a location within a predetermined distance of the mix zone boundary. The pseudonym generator is configured to select a pseudonym for the at least one probe in response to the location of the probe data and apply the pseudonym for the at least one probe in the geographic data when the at least one probe exits the mix zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Nirav Ajmeri, Raghavendran Balu, Bo Xu, Matei Stroila
  • Patent number: 10684718
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for a wearable electronic device, such as a bracelet, watch, wristband or armband that includes a circuit board coupled to a plurality of electronic components (which may include any type of components, elements, circuitry, etc.). One particular implementation of a wearable electronic device may include a strap portion and a display portion. The display portion may include a display; one or more input elements configured to receive one or more interactions that may be associated with: selecting a preconfigured message to communicate and selecting one or more other electronic devices to which to communicate a preconfigured message. The wearable electronic device may further include wireless communication circuitry configured to communicate a selected preconfigured message to one or more selected other electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Aleksander Magi
  • Patent number: 10685553
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for providing an output for an electronic device. In certain embodiments, an alert is output in accordance with a current alert mode, which are selected based on one or more environmental conditions. The environmental conditions may be detected using one or more environmental sensors. The alert can optionally include one or more of: an audio component, a haptic component and a visual component. One or more of alert components correspond to an aspect of the environmental condition detected by the one or more environmental sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Yang, Jonathan R. Dascola, Camille Moussette, Hugo D. Verweij, Jonah A. Harley, John B. Morrell
  • Patent number: 10684890
    Abstract: According to an example, a network deployment system facilitates deploying of cellular network infrastructure, including cellular network equipment for cellular sites and connection of the cellular sites to a backhaul network, or deploying of fiber optic network infrastructure. Workflows are generated and executed for deploying the network infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Fabrizio Sparapani, Paola Liuni, Marco Grigoletti, Donatella Enei
  • Patent number: 10657614
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to guide an emergency dispatcher in responding to emergency calls where the incident location is not known. The systems and methods can include a locator diagnostic tool configured to facilitate thorough and consistent information gathering for calls where the incident location is not known. The locator diagnostic tool may traverse a logical tree configured to gather information that can aid in identifying the incident location and/or provide instructions to the caller that may allow the incident location to be identified. For example, the locator diagnostic tool may aid callers in locating devices designed to transmit their location. The locator diagnostic tool may traverse different logical paths depending on if the caller can speak freely or not, depending on if the caller or a third party is missing, and/or depending on the type of caller location (e.g., inside, outside, or underground).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Clawson
  • Patent number: 10659916
    Abstract: To determine whether a mobile device has entered a geo-fenced region, a first geo-location of the mobile device at a first time is identified. Also, a second geo-location of the mobile device at a second time is identified. A potential travel path of the mobile device is determined between the first geo-location and the second geo-location. The potential travel path is in at least two dimensions. A determination is made as to whether the potential travel path intersects with the predetermined geo-fenced region. If the potential travel path intersects the predetermined geo-fenced region by an amount that satisfies an intersection requirement, a determination is made that the mobile device entered the predetermined geo-fenced region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Bluedot Innovation PTY LTD
    Inventor: Filip Eldic
  • Patent number: 10645668
    Abstract: Provided are an indoor positioning system and method based on geomagnetic signals in combination with computer vision, including: a computer vision positioning module for acquiring a spatial image of a surrounding environment to create computer vision coordinates; a geomagnetic signal positioning module for detecting trajectories of the geomagnetic signals for creating geomagnetic signal coordinates; a map generating module including a database for storing the created computer vision coordinates and the created geomagnetic signal coordinates, and an inertial measurement unit for detecting a current position and a traveling trajectory, to generate a computer vision map and a geomagnetic data map; and a weighting module for calculating a computer vision weight and a geomagnetic signal weight based on the created computer vision coordinates and the created geomagnetic signal coordinates, and inputting the computer vision weight and the geomagnetic signal weight in a weight equation to estimate a present location
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: OSENSE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hung-Ya Tsai, You-Kwang Wang
  • Patent number: 10638280
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sharing real-time location information are disclosed herein. A computing device with processor(s) and memory displays a chat interface of a social networking platform for a conversation between a first user and a second user associated with the computing device. The computing device receives a location-sharing request from the first user to join a real-time location sharing group and, in response, displays a location-sharing message. After detecting a first user input on the location-sharing message from the second user of the computing device, the computing device replaces the chat interface with a location interface of the social networking platform, the location interface including a map overlaid with a first indicator corresponding to a respective real-time location of the first user and a second indicator corresponding to a respective real-time location of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Shan, Jun Wang, Pinlin Chen, Dacheng Zhuo, Ling Li, Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 10631118
    Abstract: Various approaches discussed herein enable techniques for managing privacy with respect to location-based operations, for example by receiving point of interest (POI) data corresponding to location data such as global positioning service (GPS) data at a computing device along with various location-based rules, which when satisfied, result in attribution events being generated that indicate various characteristics associated with POIs in the POI data. The attribution events are then sent to a server without compromising the location privacy of the computing device, because the location of the computing device is not included with the attribution events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Keerat Singh Sharma, Guthrie Chipman Collin, Chesley Bernard Coughlin, Timothy John Craycroft, Gerard Gjonej, Pramod Raghavendran
  • Patent number: 10631120
    Abstract: A power distribution box and method of communicating via the power distribution box are provided. A power input in the power distribution box is coupled to a power output to provide power to external devices. A gateway device supported by the housing of the power distribution box includes a wireless network module for communicating with power tools and a cellular module for communicating via a cellular network with a power tool monitoring system. The gateway may be removable from the power distribution box. A translation controller in the gateway enables communication between the wireless network module and the external network using the cellular module. The translation controller translates messages between the power tools and external network. The messages may include location data or operational data associated with the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Wade F. Burch, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Patent number: 10582342
    Abstract: The invention includes a computerized method for providing a location based service, the method comprising reporting a location of at least one user client device to a location based service program, querying a database of location based applications of the location based service program to identify one or more location based applications associated with the location of the at least one user client device, and launching at least one of the one or more location based applications on the user client device so as to offer a user experience for the location of the user client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kiyokaz J. Kubo, Nicholas L. Farina
  • Patent number: 10552681
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) client terminal identifies initial location information for a location of a user. A scene picture associated with the location of the user is captured. Image matching is performed between the captured scene picture and scene pictures in a scene picture set. The scene picture set is generated based on the initial location information. Each scene picture in the scene picture set is associated with detailed location information. In response to the captured scene picture matching a particular scene picture in the scene picture set, refined location information for the location of the user is determined based on the detailed location information of the particular scene picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Xiaodong Zeng
  • Patent number: 10539424
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for navigating an indoor area such as an indoor transit system using a mobile device are described herein. The method may include navigating a network of indoor pathways and a plurality of access points for entering/exiting the indoor pathways. The indoor pathways may be mapped and may include a plurality of beacons distributed at designated locations throughout the indoor pathways. The beacons may be detected using a mobile computing device and an indoor location of the mobile computing device may be determined and depicted on the map of the indoor pathways. The location of the mobile computing device may be used to determine a route from the location of the mobile computing device to a destination in or adjacent the mapped indoor pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Roy, Murugan Gopalan, Arun Vijayakumari Mahasenan, Roshan Lawrence Valder
  • Patent number: 10515348
    Abstract: A device may receive, from automated teller machine (ATM) devices, information related to a capability of each of the ATM devices to provide cash, or a fee to be charged by each of the ATM devices in association with providing the cash. The device may receive, from a user device, a request to identify an ATM device of the ATM devices. The device may determine scores for the ATM devices based on the information related to the capability of the one of the ATM devices or the fee to be charged by the one of the ATM devices. The device may determine a rank for the ATM devices based on the scores for the ATM devices. The device may provide, to the user device and based on the rank, information identifying the ATM device or one or more other ATM devices of the ATM devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Zhe Liu, Kurry Tran
  • Patent number: 10460530
    Abstract: A method for trip validation includes receiving signals, on a vehicle, from one of a plurality of spaced stationary beacons on a transportation route, the signals including localization data for the respective beacon. A passenger identifier is received from a mobile communication device of a passenger on the vehicle via short range communication. Encrypted transaction data is generated, based on the user identifier, localization data, and a timestamp. The encrypted transaction data is transmitted to passenger mobile communication devices which relay the data to an associated server for processing. The method allows the location of a public transportation device to be identified without the need to provide GPS localization equipment on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Rémi Feuillette, Pascal Roux, Cédric Chapignac
  • Patent number: 10432739
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided for enhancing users' overall experiences with physical items by supplementing their physical experiences with digital experiences. According to an embodiment, a user uses an electronic device to scan a smart tag associated with an item to obtain an item identifier of the item. The electronic device sends the item identifier to a server, which selects digital content related to the item and sends the selected digital content to the user's electronic device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Jon H. Werner, Christian Dibenedetto, Amy Jones Vaterlaus, Stephen M. Vincent
  • Patent number: 10380664
    Abstract: A mobile application uses computer-readable instructions for exchanging, viewing or providing location sharing information in a context of a public group, a private group or both. The location sharing information may be made available to aid or enhance commerce-related activities performed by a merchant, a consumer or both. In another embodiment, a method for authenticating a private group permits an authenticating user to restrict the private group and selectively allow subsequent participants restricted access to the private group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan Gardner Trussel, James Stanton, Steve Miller, Craig Link, Yahor Pushkin
  • Patent number: 10375002
    Abstract: A user may express an interest in a set of individuals represented in a set of individual stores (e.g., friends in a social network and colleagues in an academic directory). Such individuals may send to the individual stores messages that are associated with a location, and the user may request, from respective individual stores, a presentation of the locations. According to the techniques presented herein, the messages from the individual stores may be aggregated, and the locations associated with the aggregated messages may be presented in a map, thereby presenting to the user the locations of the messages of the individuals irrespective of from which individual store each message was received. Additionally, the map may present the messages to the user, and upon receiving form the user a reply to a message, may send the message to the individual store from which the message was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Seung-Hae Park, Hisun Kim
  • Patent number: 10356684
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for selecting an access point includes detecting a location and direction of motion of a mobile device, detecting a strength of signal from candidate access points and determining a location of such access points based upon at least one of the (i) location and direction of motion of the mobile device, (ii) access point location information known to the mobile device, and (iii) monitoring of the change in detected signal strength from candidate access points that occurs upon the movement of the mobile device. Embodiments of the system and apparatus way include a mobile terminal device or may include such a device and a plurality of access points that provide access to a network, such as a base station or a router that provide access to an enterprise network or a local area network that is connected to the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bizhan Karimi-Cherkandi, Farrokh Mohammadzadeh Kouchri, Schah Walli Ali
  • Patent number: 10299070
    Abstract: An application server may receive, from an administrative console, a message and a targeting specification. The targeting specification identifies at least one trait (e.g., ticket type, age, gender) shared by a group of targeted venue guests. The group of targeted venue guests is a subset of the plurality of venue guests of a venue. The application server then uses information obtained from venue guest devices corresponding to venue guests to identify who belongs to the group targeted venue guests as well as their corresponding targeted venue guest devices. The application server then transmits a message to the targeted venue guest devices. The message may further be transmitted according to a schedule set or triggers by the administrator console. The schedule may identify dates and times within which messages should be sent, while the triggers may identify locations that may trigger messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BLAZER AND FLIP FLOPS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Sebastian Sahadi, Benjamin Harry Ziskind, Jannis Raye Brea
  • Patent number: 10290020
    Abstract: Systems, device and techniques are disclosed for dynamically retrieving and monitoring geo-fence activity. A meta geo-fence may be identified based on a user device geolocation. The meta geo-fence having a radius that is dynamically generated to include previously defined geo-fences within or touching the meta geo-fence. User device geolocation may be monitored in relation to the defined geo-fences included in the radius of the meta geo-fence. A communication may be sent to the user device when the user device reports that the user device has entered or exited one of the previously defined geo-fences within or touching the radius of the meta geo-fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: David Porter
  • Patent number: 10278008
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for enabling location identification and related services in a premises. In one embodiment, location identification services are provided via a gateway device using data extracted from a wireless signal. The data is used to estimate a location of a device (based on comparison to previously gathered and/or reference data). In another embodiment, infrared (IR) or other short range wireless signals are broadcast from the client devices to a set-top-box (STB), and the STB or gateway correlates the signals to a location within the premises. A profiling process is used to establish specific locations within a premises, and associate location-specific services therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Peter Stern, Chris Cholas, Roger Graham Stafford
  • Patent number: 10264512
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a location of at least on of a plurality of electronic devices within an area of interest. The method includes, based on at least the location of the at least one of the plurality of electronic devices, determining signal strength at a plurality of points within the area of interest. The method includes providing a modification of the area of interest to improve the signal strength at one of the plurality of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Steven Belz, Constance Missimer, Greg W. Edwards, James H. Pratt, Michael Lattanzi
  • Patent number: 10262155
    Abstract: Examples are generally directed towards disabling features using a feature toggle associated with an application programming interface (API). A server receives an API request including one or more elements. An element is associated with a set of features. If a feature state of every feature within the set of features is an enabled feature state, the element state is an enabled element state and the request is validated. The validated request is executed and a response to the request is returned to the client. If at least one feature state of at least one feature within the set of features is a disabled feature state or a hidden feature state, the element state is a disabled element state and the request is invalided. The invalidated request is rejected and an error message is returned to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Hao Sun, Jim Pendergraft, Jichao Zhang, Link Yu, Wei Wang, Nicholas Wei
  • Patent number: 10255794
    Abstract: An emergency response system (ERS) configured to acquire target terminal location data and emergency responder terminal location data, determine a horizontal distance measure between the emergency responder terminal and each of the plurality of target terminals, determine a vertical distance measure between the emergency responder terminal and each of the plurality of target terminals, engage a camera component of the emergency responder terminal to capture images of at least a portion of the surrounding real-world scene, providing such images for display on the touchscreen display of the emergency responder terminal, and/or providing a target terminal display object for display on the touchscreen of the emergency responder terminal such that, when an image provided for display spans a region of the real-world scene within which a target terminal is located, the target terminal display object dynamically overlays a segment of the image associated with the acquired target terminal location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Titan Health & Security Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vic Merjanian, Ryan Khalili, Eduardo Juarez, Ed Merjanian, Serene Nasser, Daniel Wallengren
  • Patent number: 10244031
    Abstract: Systems and methods of facilitating screen sharing of a user's computing device with a trusted contact are provided. A user may receive directions while driving by calling a friend and initiating a screen sharing support session during which a software application currently displayed on the user's device is transmitted for real-time display on the friend's device. The friend may provide control inputs to be executed by the software application on the user's computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Mandar Nilkanth Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10234299
    Abstract: A system and method that includes a user management device, a server, and executable instructions that provide geo-tracking routing from point to point in a geographical location and to geo-tracking of a user's progress by tracking user location via storing of waypoints along a route and developing a “return home” path for the user. The systems and methods described herein can be employed in a mapping system that may include various geo-tracking services, social networking services, and geo-tracking capabilities, and the determination of return paths, and utilizes Artificial Intelligence to map location, time, and user preferences. The method employs analysis of user trends and will recommend locations that the user will identify as useful. The user's interactive input will be age-agnostic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Osvaldo Morales
  • Patent number: 10228841
    Abstract: Various embodiments utilize a portable electronic device determining the relative physical location of a connected device and displaying a location indicator on a display of the portable electronic device. This location indicator can “point” to the connected device and provide an indication as to how far away the connected device is. The portable electronic device can facilitate user interaction with the connected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronnie Dan, Robert Cressey, Patricia Patitucci, Olivier Frebourg, Simon Dyke, Andrew Zamler-Carhart
  • Patent number: 10212541
    Abstract: Systems, devices, media, and methods are presented for selective location-based identity communication. The systems and methods identify a current location of a mobile computing device and detect a selection of a user interface element associated with the current location. The systems and methods cause presentation of a set of display elements corresponding to the current location and detect selection of a display element of the set of display elements. The systems and methods modify a display characteristic for the current location of the mobile computing device within a set of mobile computing devices based on the selection of the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Brody, Walton Lin, Andrew Lin, Evan Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10173140
    Abstract: Provided is an interactive gaming system and method. The system includes a mobile computing device operating a gaming application and an achievement engine communicatively coupled to the mobile computing device, wherein the achievement engine receives and stores data related to use of the gaming application. An electronic offer redeemable in a physical store is generated by the achievement engine and sent to the mobile computing device in response to a user completing a predetermined event in the gaming application operating. The system includes a tracking system located in a store associated with the interactive gaming system. The tracking system identifies the mobile computing device operating in the store and sends event data to the achievement engine in response to determining the user has performed an in-store trigger event. The mobile computing device receives gaming benefits in response to the achievement engine processing the event data received from the tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Ryan Van Briggle, Christopher Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 10154389
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating real-time location sharing are disclosed herein. A computing device with processor(s) and memory displays a chat interface of a social networking platform for a conversation between two or more users including a first user and a second user associated with the computing device. The computing device receives a location-sharing request from the first user to join a real-time location sharing group and, in response, displays a message corresponding to the location sharing request from the first user among a set of messages in a first region of the chat interface and displays a location sharing status banner corresponding to the location-sharing request from the first user in a second region of the chat interface, where the location sharing status banner is displayed with a first display characteristic indicating that the second user has not yet joined the real-time location sharing group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Shan, Jun Wang, Pinlin Chen, Dacheng Zhuo, Ling Li, Liang Wu
  • Patent number: 10149117
    Abstract: A method is disclosed including determining at least one floor detection parameter based on a floor characteristic of a building; using the floor detection parameter in a floor detection process or providing the floor detection parameter for use in a floor detection process. Furthermore, a method is disclosed, including receiving at least one floor detection parameter determined based on a floor characteristic of a building, and using the at least one floor detection parameter in a floor detection process. According apparatuses, computer programs and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Aarne Johannes Wirola, Muhammad Irshan Khan, Pavel Ivanov, Jari Tapani Syrjärinne
  • Patent number: 10142792
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, presenting, in a map, an interaction region associated with a user, where the interaction region is determined according to a current location, an activity, a predicted future location, and a predicted future activity of the second user, and according to a relationship between the user and another users, where the interaction region represents a geographic area in which the user is determined to be available to meet with the other user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Greg W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 10101052
    Abstract: In some aspects, the subject technology relates to an “Eco-mode” on a thermostat. A button or other user interface element may be configured to activate and/or deactivate) the eco-mode on the thermostat. Upon selection of the eco-mode option, various energy-saving programs can be implemented on the thermostat. The energy-saving programs can be configured to adjust a temperature setting of the thermostat or to provide notifications to a user associated with the thermostat that implement various approaches for reducing energy consumption of a heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) system associated with the thermostat. The eco-mode button can provide users/consumers with a convenient way to save energy, without requiring the user to think of comfort tradeoffs that may need to take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: Ilan Frank, Daniel McCool, Tom Darci
  • Patent number: 10075806
    Abstract: A vehicle tracking system includes a remote portable wireless device. The system also includes a wireless transceiving device included in each of a plurality of vehicles, the wireless transceiving device in communication with a GPS device. The system further includes a server, capable of communicating with both the remote portable wireless device and each wireless transceiving device. The at least one server may receive a plurality of vehicle selections from the remote portable wireless device. The server may also determine a vehicle that corresponds to each of the plurality of selections, including a cellular phone number for each determined vehicle. The server may further transmit tracking instructions to each determined vehicle and receive GPS coordinates from each vehicle. The server may compare the received coordinates from each vehicle and report a deviance beyond a predetermined threshold to the remote portable wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Kleve, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10045155
    Abstract: A user terminal apparatus is provided. The user terminal apparatus includes a sensor configured to sense a movement of the user terminal apparatus, a storage configured to store a plurality of movement patterns and place information for each time period matching with each movement pattern, and a processor configured to, in response to the movement sensed by the sensor corresponding to one of the plurality of movement patterns, determine a place where the user terminal apparatus is located using a movement pattern corresponding to the sensed movement and place information matching with a present time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Du-seok Kim, Hyun-cheol Park, Jeong-jin Song, Seung-chur Oh
  • Patent number: 10037327
    Abstract: Geo-referenced and oriented media items may be used to determine a location of one or more points of interest depicted by the media items. A difference between an actual capture location and orientation and a reported location and orientation may be modeled according to one or more distributions, which distribution(s) may be used to assign one or more weights to each location in the world where such weight(s) may be considered to be a likelihood that a point of interest might have been seen by a capturing device. A density map may be acquired by superimposing the derived likelihoods, and a maximum, e.g., local maximum, may be determined to represent a location of a point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventor: Bart Thomee
  • Patent number: 10034328
    Abstract: An instruction to enter a scanning mode may be received at a communication device. The communication device may participate in several talkgroups. A determination may be made that at least one of the talkgroups is active. In response, the communication device may be set to a first active talkgroup. A determination may be made that a predetermined time has passed since the communication device was set to the first active talkgroup. In response, a determination also may be made that at least a second one of the talkgroups, other than the first active talkgroup, is active. In response, the communication device may be set to the second active talkgroup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: IRIDIUM SATELLITE LLC
    Inventors: Garrett Chandler, Daniel Tillet, Josh Miner, Luis Jordan
  • Patent number: 10028091
    Abstract: An application server may receive, from an administrative console, a message and a targeting specification. The targeting specification identifies at least one trait (e.g., ticket type, age, gender) shared by a group of targeted venue guests. The group of targeted venue guests is a subset of the plurality of venue guests of a venue. The application server then uses information obtained from venue guest devices corresponding to venue guests to identify who belongs to the group targeted venue guests as well as their corresponding targeted venue guest devices. The application server then transmits a message to the targeted venue guest devices. The message may further be transmitted according to a schedule set or triggers by the administrator console. The schedule may identify dates and times within which messages should be sent, while the triggers may identify locations that may trigger messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: BLAZER AND FLIP FLOPS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Sebastian Sahadi, Benjamin Harry Ziskind, Jannis Raye Brea
  • Patent number: 10028196
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for selecting an access point includes detecting a location and direction of motion of a mobile device, detecting a strength of signal from candidate access points and determining a location of such access points based upon at least one of the (i) location and direction of motion of the mobile device, (ii) access point location information known to the mobile device, and (iii) monitoring of the change in detected signal strength from candidate access points that occurs upon the movement of the mobile device. Embodiments of the system and apparatus may include a mobile terminal device or may include such a device and a plurality of access points that provide access to a network, such as a base station or a router that provide access to an enterprise network or a local area network that is connected to the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bizhan Karimi-Cherkandi, Farrokh Mohammadzadeh Kouchri, Schah Walli Ali
  • Patent number: 10015636
    Abstract: A mobile device comprising at least one processor configured to perform acts of obtaining position information for at least first and second positions of the mobile device along a route; obtaining communication quality information for at least a third position of the mobile device, the communication quality information calculated based on the route and the obtained position information; and causing the mobile device to display the obtained communication quality information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichiro Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10009390
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a system and method for sharing, broadcasting, or publishing information by a user from a location in real-time and allowing one or more users near that location to directly respond to and directly communicate with the sharing, broadcasting, or publishing user. A computing device, for example, may receive a request for assistance from a first user computing device and determine a geographical location corresponding to the first user computing device. The computing device may publish the geographical location. The computing device may also receive a response to the request for assistance from a second user computing device and may determine whether the response indicates a request to establish communication with the first user computing device. Based on the determination, the computing device may establish direction communication between the first user computing device and the second user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Hashington GCV
    Inventor: Christophe Laurent
  • Patent number: 10009872
    Abstract: An operating method of a mobile device includes determining a plurality of moving directions of a mobile device corresponding to a plurality of time points according to an acceleration sensing signal; determining a plurality of distances between the mobile device and an external wireless signal transmitter corresponding to the time points according to a wireless signal from the external wireless signal transmitter; calculating an average moving speed of the mobile device according to the moving directions and the distances between the mobile device and the external wireless signal transmitter; estimating an estimating moving direction of the mobile device according to the moving directions; and selectively outputting an operating requirement according to the average moving speed and the estimating moving direction of the mobile device, to make an external device operates an instruction corresponding to the operating requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Cheng-Yang Lin, Jing-Ming Chiu, Hsiao-Chen Chang, Chien-Chung Chiu
  • Patent number: 10003989
    Abstract: A measuring device for over the air power measurements is provided. It comprises a power sensor unit, which is configured for measuring a power of a signal emitted by a device under test over the air and an indication unit which is configured for indicating the measured power optically. Moreover, the measuring device comprises a common housing, which encompasses the power sensor unit and the indication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Adam Tankielun, Alexander Pabst
  • Patent number: 9998587
    Abstract: Rearranging a set of generated application display panels is provided. A set of application display icons corresponding to a set of mobile applications installed on a mobile data processing system having matching keyword tags with a geolocation keyword tag corresponding to a defined geographic area is inserted into a set of generated application display panels. The set of generated application display panels with the inserted set of application display icons corresponding to the set of mobile applications having the matching keyword tags is rearranged based on the geolocation keyword tag corresponding to the defined geographic area. The rearranged set of generated application display panels with the inserted set of application display icons corresponding to the set of mobile applications having the matching keyword tags is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franck Barillaud, Insoo Cho, Daniel Christiani, Mark R. Thill, David S. Zhang
  • Patent number: 9992651
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing a message and/or content using location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dohy Hong, Kyungwhoon Cheun