Interface Attached Device (e.g., Interface With Modem, Facsimile, Computer, Etc.) Patents (Class 455/557)
  • Patent number: 10659949
    Abstract: A method for performing communication by a first communication device in a mobile communication system is provided. The method includes determining whether the first communication device is proximate to a nearby second communication device through a short-range communication link, enabling one of a first long-range communication link with a network or the short-range communication link with the second communication device based on the determination as to whether the first communication device is proximate to the second communication device, and receiving data from the network through the enabled one of the first long-range communication link with the network or the short-range communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soeng-Hun Kim, Kyeong-In Jeong, Sang-Bum Kim, You-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10658763
    Abstract: An array based communications system may comprise a plurality of element processors. Each element processor may comprise a combining circuit, a crest factor circuit, and a phase shifter circuit. The combining circuit may produce a weighted sum of a plurality of digital datastreams. The crest factor circuit may be operable to determine whether the weighted sum has a power above or below a power threshold. If the power is above the power threshold, the crest factor circuit is operable to reduce the power. If the power is below the power threshold, the crest factor circuit is operable to increase the power. The phase shifter circuit may introduce a phase shift to out-of-band components of the weighted sum according to the power increase or the power decrease by the crest factor circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Gallagher, Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 10641810
    Abstract: An apparatus including a sensing device configured to be coupled to an electrical outlet is provided. The sensing device can include a data acquisition receiver configured to receive electrical noise via the electrical outlet when the sensing device is coupled to the electrical outlet. The electrical outlet can be electrically coupled to an electrical power infrastructure. One or more electrical devices can be coupled to the electrical power infrastructure and can generate at least a portion of the electrical noise on the electrical power infrastructure. The data acquisition receiver can be configured to convert the electrical noise into one or more first data signals. The apparatus also can include a processing module configured to run on a processor of a computational unit. The sensing device can be in communication with the computational unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Sidhant Gupta, Ke-Yu Chen, Shwetak N. Patel
  • Patent number: 10629066
    Abstract: A control device (130) for controlling a domestic appliance system (100) comprises: a first remote controllable device (110), a second remote controllable device (120) and a remote control (150). The remote control typically comprises a pointing detection unit (140) configured for identifying a remote controllable device (110, 120) at which the remote control is pointing (156, 156?). The remote control is configured for commanding a read in response to a user input commanding a copy while the user points the remote control at the first device and the remote control is configured for commanding a write in response to a user input commanding a paste while the user points the remote control at the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Sandor Hurbertus Florentius Gordijn, Navin Hemchand Natoewal, Hendricus Theodorus Gerardus Maria Penning De Vries
  • Patent number: 10617234
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a zone for the interactive presentation of an object comprising a user interface, a processing unit and a robotic arm. A user chooses a command by means of the user interface. The latter will transmit the chosen command to the processing unit. Said processing unit will make the chosen command correspond to a predetermined sequence stored in its storage memory. The processing unit will next cause a robotic arm to execute said sequence. Said robotic arm will execute said sequence, the consequence of which will be the initiation of a demonstration of the object displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KEY INFUSER
    Inventor: Domitille Esnard-Domerego
  • Patent number: 10615886
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining that interference associated with a signal exceeds a threshold, determining at least one operating parameter associated with a user equipment to modify responsive to the determining that the interference exceeds the threshold, wherein the at least one operating parameter includes a frequency band that the user equipment uses to communicate or a clock signal frequency range of a clock of the user equipment, and transmitting a notification to the user equipment, wherein the notification includes an indication of the at least one operating parameter. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Haywood S. Peitzer, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., David Peitzer
  • Patent number: 10606542
    Abstract: An image display apparatus is disclosed. The image display apparatus includes a display, an interface unit to exchange data with a mobile terminal, and a controller configured to display an mirroring image received from the mobile terminal and to display additional information related to the mirroring image in a blank area other than a display area for display of the mirroring image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sai Manchinasetti, Samavarthy Challagali, Reddy Pratap Ratakonda, Chanabasappa Chitrali
  • Patent number: 10574709
    Abstract: A content reproduction apparatus includes: a receiver that receives first information indicating a first content from a first user terminal capable of providing the first content, and receives second information indicating a second content from a second user terminal capable of providing the second content; a processing circuit including a control unit that creates a shared list including the first and second contents, based on the first and second information; and a transmitter that transmits the shared list to the first user terminal. The receiver receives first evaluation information from the first user terminal, the first evaluation information indicating a first evaluation for at least one content included in the shared list. The control unit decides a reproduction order of contents included in the shared list, based on the received first evaluation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihito Kashiwagi, Masafumi Kanada
  • Patent number: 10567823
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and/or system related to relevant advertisement generation based on a user operating a client device communicatively coupled with a networked media device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes determining that a user is likely viewing a networked media device and/or accessing a client device while viewing the networked media device, determining that the content currently being displayed on the networked media device is associated with a motion-video advertisement through an automatic content recognition algorithm applied to the networked media device, selecting an alphanumeric advertisement formatted for a display area of the client device based on contextual match between the motion-video advertisement and/or the alphanumeric advertisement, and/or delivering the alphanumeric advertisement to the client device while the motion-video advertisement is still rendering on the networked media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FREE STREAM MEDIA CORP.
    Inventors: Ashwin Navin, Omar Zennadi, David Harrison
  • Patent number: 10564454
    Abstract: A method for attaching display panel comprises: preparing a frame-shaped body comprising a first rod-like member and two second rod-like members, the two second rod-like members being substantially parallel to each other and crossing the first rod-like member; bonding the first rod-like member and the two second rod-like members to a given plane surface or a given curved surface; and moving a display panel having a width to be supported between the two second rod-like members from one of the ends of two second rod-like members towards the first rod-like member along a first surface of the two second rod-like members and a second surface of the two second rod-like members, the first surface and the second surface facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sakai Display Products Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10551992
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with transitioning are described. In one embodiment, a method comprises analyzing at least one interface to produce an interface analysis result. The method also comprises causing a transformation of at least one constituent element based, at least in part, on the interface analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Brendan Edward Clark, Ronald Charles Krosky, Matthew Franklin Clapper
  • Patent number: 10555273
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobile wireless communication device (101a-c) configured to communicate with a location management server (105) over a wireless communication network. The mobile wireless communication device (101a-c) is configured to be part of a cluster of mobile wireless communication devices managed on the basis of a clustering protocol, wherein the clustering protocol is configured to select one of the mobile wireless communication devices (101a-c) of the cluster of mobile wireless communication devices to be a cluster head for representing the cluster of mobile wireless communication devices. The mobile wireless communication devices (101a-c) of the cluster of mobile wireless communication devices are either in a network-connected mode or a network-idle mode relative to the wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH
    Inventors: Alexandros Kaloxylos, Oemer Bulakci, Konstantinos Chatzikokolakis, Panagiotis Spapis, Athanasia Alonistioti
  • Patent number: 10525334
    Abstract: An example device includes at least one camera and a touchscreen user interface including thumbnail images for a plurality of stored pictures and a first button for a communication operation for sending a picture corresponding to a selected thumbnail image to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Imaizumi, Takako Masaki
  • Patent number: 10523051
    Abstract: A power feeding unit includes: a power feeding electrode configured to be coupled through an electric field with a power receiving electrode of a power receiving unit; a power feeding section configured to feed the power receiving unit with power through the power feeding electrode; and a power feeding side communication section configured to communicate with the power receiving unit through the power feeding electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takanori Washiro
  • Patent number: 10511655
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for reducing power consumption of an Application Processor (AP) in an electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a first processor for supporting a first Internet Protocol (IP) Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) protocol stack, and a second processor for supporting a second IMS protocol stack. The first processor includes an AP for processing a multimedia service, and the second processor includes at least one of a Communication Processor (CP), a Modem Processor (MP), and a Baseband Processor (BP) for processing a communication service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Jeong Bae, Chin-Kyu Kang, Hye-Jeong Kim, Sang-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10498709
    Abstract: A communication relay device that relays communication performed between an image processing device and an application server via a network includes: an exchange key generating unit that generates an exchange key, and transmits the exchange key to the image processing device and a license server; a relay information generating unit that generates relay information used for relaying the communication; a storage unit that stores the relay information; a communication relay unit that relays the communication; a backup unit that transmits the relay information to a backup server connected to the network; an exchange key authenticating unit that determines whether or not an exchange sequence start condition is satisfied, and, when satisfied, acquires the exchange key and transmits the exchange key to the license server; and a setting reflecting unit that acquires the relay information from the backup server, and stores the relay information in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masato Fujii
  • Patent number: 10491737
    Abstract: An electronic device, method, and non-transitory computer readable storage medium for sending a multimedia file are provided. The electronic device includes a memory for storing instructions; and a processor configured to execute the instructions to at least: based on user input for sending the multimedia file towards an external device being received, send address information of the electronic device and file information of the multimedia file towards the external device through a near field communication (NFC) circuit of the electronic device, activate a short-range communication circuit of the electronic device based on the address information and the file information of the multimedia file being sent; based on a connection request from the external device being received, connect the electronic device to the external device through the short-range communication circuit; and send, through the short range communication circuit, the multimedia file towards the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang-Yong Lee, Hyun-Su Hong, Jung-A Park, Jong-Hyun An, Doo-Yeon Lee
  • Patent number: 10481790
    Abstract: A device includes a display unit configured to display an on-screen keyboard for inputting data in a first input field from among a plurality of input fields, and to display on the on-screen keyboard identification information of at least one input field from among the plurality of input fields, except for the first input field; a user input unit for receiving a user input selecting one of a plurality of pieces of identification information of the at least one input field; and a control unit for determining the at least one input field whose identification information is selected as a second input field in which data is to be input via the on-screen keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-ju Lee, Yoon-woo Jun
  • Patent number: 10482058
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, a biometric sensing system is provided, comprising: a sensor module configured to generate sensing data; a processing unit configured to process data received from said sensor module; wherein the sensor module and the processing unit are communicatively coupled to each other via a universal synchronous asynchronous receiver transmitter (USART) communication interface. In accordance with a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding communication method is conceived. In accordance with a third aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding computer program is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Suwald, Arne Burghardt, Tobias Voigt
  • Patent number: 10474189
    Abstract: A top case assembly for a portable computer is disclosed. The assembly may include an integral unified (e.g., homogenous) top case formed from a single part. The integral top case provides an enclosure, frame and cosmetic exterior of the portable computer. The integral top case also serves as the primary structure of the portable computer. The assembly may include a variety of subassemblies such as keyboards, touchpads, circuit boards, and drives that are carried by the underside of the integral top case. The integral top case may be formed from aluminum slab that has been machined to form walls, openings, attachment areas and cosmetic areas of the top case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Theobald, Jonathan P. Ive, Bartley K. Andre, Christopher Stringer, Daniel J. Coster, John Raff, Ron Hopkinson, John Brock, Chris Ligtenberg, Michelle Rae Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10468747
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating a tunable accessory connected to a portable communications device. The method includes detecting, using an electronic processor, that a network signal is below a threshold and connecting, using a first switch connected to the electronic processor and a data connector port of a portable communications device, data signals received from the data connector port to radio frequency frontend. The method also includes determining, using an accessory electronic processor of the tunable accessory, a radio frequency band requirement of the portable communications device and tuning, using a matching tuning network controller of the tunable accessory, an external antenna of the tunable accessory. The method further includes connecting, using a second switch connected to the accessory electronic processor, a data connector output to the data connector port to external antenna signals received from the matching tuning network controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Leonid Tchvertkin, Haim Caspo, Shuki Levy, Arkady Subotsky
  • Patent number: 10459494
    Abstract: A portable electronic device comprises a main body and an antenna. The main body comprises a first casing, a second casing and a hinge, with the hinge connecting the first casing and the second casing so as to allow the first casing to be flipped relatively to the second casing. The antenna comprises a radiation structure and an excitation circuit. The radiation structure comprises a first metal layer and a second metal layer, with the first metal layer disposed at the first casing, the second metal layer disposed at the second casing, and a slot formed between the first metal layer and the second metal layer. The excitation circuit is disposed in the first casing, and comprising an electromagnetic wave emitting portion configured to emit an electromagnetic wave towards the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Ssu Han Ting, Chih-Cheng Li
  • Patent number: 10455477
    Abstract: A moving cellular communication system comprising at least one upgraded moving relay including at least two base station functionalities and at least one mobile station functionality and a relay resource manager, all co-located, wherein each base station functionality from among the at least two base station functionalities of the upgraded moving relay is operative to communicate via antennae with at least one mobile station thereby to define a first radio link therebetween, and wherein each base station functionality has a connection to its co-located relay resource manager, wherein each mobile station functionality of the upgraded moving relay communicates via antennae with a unit which has base station functionality thereby to define at least one second radio link, respectively, wherein the relay resource manager in each individual moving relay comprises a radio resource manager; and functionality for exchanging information with relay resource managers is included in moving relays other than the individual
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ELTA SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Yaakov Shoshan, Adi Schwartz, Gil Koifman
  • Patent number: 10436779
    Abstract: There is provided a biosensor for detecting pathogens in a sample. The detection is based on colorimetry. The biosensor comprises one or more particle supports and a magnetic material attached to a planar support. The biosensor embodies magnetic particles that are functionalized using a chemical substrate specific to the pathogens to be detected. The sensor may allow for a simultaneous detection of a plurality of pathogens in the sample. Also, the sensor may be disposable. Moreover, the sensor may be integrated in a portable detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Alfaisal University
    Inventor: Mohammed Zourob
  • Patent number: 10439429
    Abstract: A method for controlling a stand-alone modular microgrid unit, including: detecting connection between the microgrid unit and a first power source having a first capacity and a second power source having a second capacity larger than the first capacity; detecting a power demand of a load connected to the microgrid unit; in response to a total power demand from loads electrically connected to the microgrid unit falling below the first capacity, controlling the first power source to operate in a power supply mode and supplying power to the load; in response to the total power demand exceeding the first capacity, disconnecting the load from the microgrid unit, controlling the second power source to operate in a power supply mode, and in response to the second power source producing a threshold amount of power, electrically connecting the load to the microgrid unit and supplying power to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LEX PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Russell Ristau
  • Patent number: 10420085
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an MAP for an unsolicited grant to a modem in a wireless backhaul environment based on centralized small cell (cSC) data received at a modem termination system (MTS) is described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer Andreoli-Fang
  • Patent number: 10412465
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method to control playback of digital content are disclosed herein. In accordance with an embodiment, the system includes a first electronic device, which is configured to pair the first electronic device with a unique user account in a server. The pairing is performed by use of an application embedded in a physical storage medium. User viewing information, associated with a content item currently played through the physical storage medium, is communicated by the first electronic device to the server. The playback of the content item is resumed on login to the unique user account on a second electronic device from a last view state of the content item played through the physical storage medium by the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew Shenkler
  • Patent number: 10401502
    Abstract: A wireless device includes a wireless antenna, a power supply, and a movement sensor, the wireless device configured for triggered sending of wireless signals to one or more receiving devices to determine location of the wireless device, and the wireless device comprising a connection for external power, a connection for programming, and a connection for self-charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy B. Morford, Kenneth L. Tomaro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10403971
    Abstract: An antenna-includes a first radiator and a first capacitor structure. A first end of the first radiator is electrically connected to a signal feed end of a printed circuit board by means of the first capacitor structure, and a second end of the first radiator is electrically connected to a ground end of the printed circuit board. The first radiator, the first capacitor structure, the signal feed end, and the ground end form a first antenna configured to produce a first resonance frequency. An electrical length of the first radiator is greater than one eighth of a wavelength corresponding to the first resonance frequency, and the electrical length of the first radiator is less than a quarter of the wavelength corresponding to the first resonance frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Yu, Hanyang Wang, Jianming Li
  • Patent number: 10398043
    Abstract: A handheld computing device that includes an enclosure having structural walls formed from a glass material that can be radio-transparent. The enclosure can be formed from a hollow glass tube or two glass members bonded together. A laser frit bonding process may be used to hermetically seal the two glass members together to create a water resistant electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Prest, Emery A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 10382927
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for text input for wearable devices. The method includes receiving a request for a text batch transfer for input text into a text box on an external device. The method also includes displaying a user interface including a text input box based on the received data. The method also includes receiving input text from the text input box on the user interface. The method also includes transmitting a batch of text from the external mobile device through the wireless communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naga R. Kandregula, Avinash Pillarisestty
  • Patent number: 10373476
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems and computer program products for preventing the loss of wireless accessories for mobile devices. Aspects include calculating, by a processor, a distance between a mobile device and at least one of two or more wireless accessories in communication with the mobile device an determining whether the distance between the mobile device and the at least one of two or more wireless accessories is greater than a first threshold distance. Aspects also include generating an alert by the mobile device that indicates that the at least one of two or more wireless accessories is greater than the threshold distance away from the mobile device based on a determination that the distance between the mobile device and the at least one of two or more wireless accessories is greater than the first threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Luke N. Buschmann, Brad Hoover, John Werner
  • Patent number: 10368457
    Abstract: Housings for electronic devices are disclosed. According to one aspect, adjoining surfaces of electronic device housings can be mounted or arranged such that adjoining surfaces are flush to a high degree of precision. The electronic devices can be portable and in some cases handheld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David Pakula, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Scott Myers, Tang Yew Tan
  • Patent number: 10353656
    Abstract: A user terminal device, a method for controlling the user terminal device, and a system for providing content are disclosed. The user terminal device may include a communicator configured to communicate with a display device, a detector configured to detect a distance between the user terminal device and the display device, a plurality of inputters configured to receive input of a user command, and a controller. The controller is configured to activate at least one of the plurality of inputters in response to a detection that the user terminal is within a predetermined distance with respect to the display device. The user terminal device may control an operation of the display device according to the distance between the user terminal device and the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byuk-sun Kim, Sang-hoon Eum, Young-deok Kim, Hyun-kyu Yun, Myoung-jun Lee, Byung-jo Jun, Jae-won Jung
  • Patent number: 10334602
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to method, system and apparatus for wireless communications between multiple wireless sensor nodes for wireless sensor networks. More specifically, disclosed are system and method that enable wireless communications between devices using different wireless transmission protocols, via one or more multi-channel intermediate devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SiTune Corporation
    Inventors: Marzieh Veyseh, Vahid Mesgarpour Toosi
  • Patent number: 10331083
    Abstract: A camera optical sensor is disposed at a distal end portion of a camera watch band that attaches a watch body to a user's wrist. The camera watch band is configured to be coupled to at least one side of the watch body, and the camera watch band includes an optical sensor or camera, and an operable connection to transfer data between the optical sensor and the display or other device. The band is flexible and may be manipulated by a user to aim an optical sensor disposed at the distal end portion of the camera watch band separately from the watch body. The display or other device functions as the viewfinder for the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Trevor J. Ness, Michael B. Wittenberg, Elizabeth B. Diaz
  • Patent number: 10310781
    Abstract: An image-processing apparatus includes a storage and a controller. The storage stores therein firmware for executing a plurality of image processes. The firmware includes a plurality of sets of sub firmware for executing respective ones of the image processes. The controller is capable of executing the image processes in accordance with the firmware. The controller is configured to perform: receiving update information about an update of the firmware from a server; when receiving an instruction to execute one of the image processes, determining whether the received update information includes specific information about an update of specific sub firmware which is one of the plurality of sets of sub firmware and is for executing the one of the image processes; and when determining that the received update information includes the specific information, notifying of notification information about the update of the specific sub firmware on the basis of the specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Okajima
  • Patent number: 10298728
    Abstract: A case, an accessory and a system for wirelessly pairing, storing and charging an adjunct camera to a handheld electronic device, such as a smartphone. A software application on the device controls the adjunct camera. In one embodiment, the case provides a telescopic rod to elevate the adjunct camera. In another embodiment, the telescopic rod attaches to the smartphone directly. In another embodiment, the case provides a cable on a retractor reel operative for connecting the adjunct camera to the case. The adjunct camera is selectively detachable from the case and attachable to a user or other object for hands-free operation once the software app is engaged. The case or the accessory, the adjunct camera, the electronic device and the app comprise a system for capturing, streaming and saving video and photos by expanding the reach of the native camera function of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Case Cam LLC
    Inventor: Angelo DiLaura
  • Patent number: 10297895
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for generating first electromagnetic waves and directing instances of the first electromagnetic waves to an interface of a transmission medium to induce propagation of second electromagnetic waves having a dominant non-fundamental wave mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10292244
    Abstract: An electronic 2-way communication module suitable for 2-way communication with a luminaire is disclosed. The module may be installed into the power supply to the luminaire, and includes a housing assembly, live and neutral power input terminals, live and neutral power output terminals, a power supply unit, a dimmer unit controller, a wireless communication interface adapted to receive data/operating instructions and to relay data to a remote repository, and a wired connection between the electronic 2-way communication module and the luminaire. The wired connection may provide the 2-way transmission of data between the module and the luminaire and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Gooee Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10285032
    Abstract: A communication apparatus that performs wireless communication with an external apparatus includes a display control unit to control a display unit so as to display a help screen for providing an explanation of an operation of the external apparatus, and a detection unit to detect a wireless signal transmitted from the external apparatus while no network with the external apparatus is formed. When operation information corresponding to a user operation on the external apparatus is included in a wireless signal detected by the detection unit, the display control unit controls the display unit so as to display the help screen corresponding to the operation information while no network with the external apparatus is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10278035
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for processing a communication. For example, a method may include a processor of a first mobile device receiving a communication for the first mobile device from a third-party device, the communication including a textual content, modifying the communication based upon a pairing profile associated with a second mobile device to create a modified communication, and forwarding the modified communication to the second mobile device via a wireless connection in accordance with the pairing profile. The method may further include the processor receiving a content responding to the communication from the second mobile device and transmitting a response message including the content to the third-party device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Ginger Chien
  • Patent number: 10268335
    Abstract: A user is presented with a digital magazine through a user interface of his/her client device. By monitoring the user's interactions with the digital magazine or content of the digital magazine, action with the user interface can be used to progress the user to discovery of and access to similarly grouped functionality, e.g., a reader category, a communicator category, and a curator category. For example, each category of user interactions can represent a different set of functions of the digital magazine. Based on the user interactions, a skill level of the user in each of the categories can be determined. One or more functions of the digital magazine can then be selected for presentation to the user based on the user's skill level in each category. The user interface of the digital magazine can then be modified to include the additional functions of the digital magazine, and the digital magazine can be presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Flipboard, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Tchun Jia Lee
  • Patent number: 10262120
    Abstract: Access to a device that is associated with a display such as a visual projection device, is permitted based on data included in data bearing records. The device operates as a receiver and has an address associated with receiver circuitry in the device. The device operates to generate at least one data bearing record including a quick connect code value that corresponds to the receiver device address. The quick connect code value in the data bearing record is used by a transmitter device to send wireless signals to the receiver device to produce visual outputs from the display associated with the receiver that correspond to current visual outputs from a display associated with the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SQUIRRELS LLC
    Inventors: David Stanfill, Andrew Gould
  • Patent number: 10255258
    Abstract: A method, processing system and computer readable medium are disclosed for modifying a form. In one particular aspect, the method includes the a processing system performing the following steps: transferring form data indicative of at least part of a form to a plurality of user devices; receiving, from the plurality of user devices, user interaction data indicative of user interaction with at least part of the form; analyzing the user interaction data to determine a user effort metric in relation to user interaction with at least part of the form; and outputting, based on the user effort metric, one or more recommended modifications to the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Avoka Technologies Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Derek John Corcoran
  • Patent number: 10257705
    Abstract: This document describes, inter alia, techniques for configuring or setting up a wireless device. As an example of the features described herein, a first wireless device may be used to configure a second wireless device as follows: the first wireless device may detect that the second wireless device is available and is configurable; the first wireless device may connect to the second wireless device and transmit configuration information to the second wireless device, where the configuration information includes credentials that may be used to access a wireless network (e.g., a password to access a Wi-Fi network); the first wireless device and the second wireless device may then both connect to the wireless network, using the credentials; once both devices are connected to the wireless network, the first wireless device may verify that the second wireless device has been correctly configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Bradley, Andrew W. Burks, Gregg J. Golembeski
  • Patent number: 10251122
    Abstract: A device comprises a chip storing a first subscription relating to the first mobile network operator in a home country. The chip stores a second subscription relating to a second mobile network operator and associated with a preferred communication technology. The chip receives location information and analyses whether an extended cell identity value is present within the location information. The chip detects, based upon the analysis, a currently available communication technology relating to a second mobile network. The chip compares the currently available communication technology to at least one preferred communication technology. If the currently available communication technology matches at least one preferred communication technology, then the chip switches to a second subscription associated with the preferred communication technology. The chip sends to the device at least one identifier relating to the second subscription related to the second mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventor: David Corradino
  • Patent number: 10248399
    Abstract: An electronic device including a memory is disclosed. The memory stores instructions controlling the electronic device to acquire information on a first external electronic device, access a server storing a software program related to the first external electronic device, receive at least a portion of the software program related to the first external electronic device from the server through the communication interface, install the at least a portion of the software program, transmit the at least a portion of the information on the first external electronic device and/or at least one part of the received at least a portion of the software program to a second external electronic device, and provide a user interface to the display using the installed at least a portion of the software program. The user interface is used for the second external electronic device to perform an operation related to the first external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Seokhyun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10244061
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for updating the time-related information in a post to make it more relevant for the requester on a subsequent retrieval of the post. A post with a reference to an event or activity (e.g., “leaving for Florida in 3 days”) is identified using natural language processing. Upon receiving a request from a requester to retrieve the post prior to the expiration of the event/activity, the post is updated by substituting a time countdown in the post with an up-to-date time countdown or with a current status of the referenced event/activity. If, however, the request is received after the expiration of the event/activity, then the post is removed or updated with an indication that the referenced event/activity has expired. In this manner, the requester will be receiving more accurate and relevant time-related information concerning the event or activity referenced in the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Brooks, Jeffrey N. Eisen, Scott H. Prager
  • Patent number: 10244062
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for updating the time-related information in a post to make it more relevant for the requester on a subsequent retrieval of the post. A post with a reference to an event or activity (e.g., “leaving for Florida in 3 days”) is identified using natural language processing. Upon receiving a request from a requester to retrieve the post prior to the expiration of the event/activity, the post is updated by substituting a time countdown in the post with an up-to-date time countdown or with a current status of the referenced event/activity. If, however, the request is received after the expiration of the event/activity, then the post is removed or updated with an indication that the referenced event/activity has expired. In this manner, the requester will be receiving more accurate and relevant time-related information concerning the event or activity referenced in the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Brooks, Jeffrey N. Eisen, Scott H. Prager