Point Of Interest (poi) Or Landmark Patents (Class 701/426)
  • Patent number: 10299071
    Abstract: A system for exchanging GPS or other position data between wireless devices for purposes of group activities, child location monitoring, work group coordination, dispatching of employees etc. Cell phones and other wireless devices with GPS receivers have loaded therein a Buddy Watch application and a TalkControl application. The Buddy Watch application communicates with the GPS receiver and other wireless devices operated by buddies registered in the users phone as part of buddy groups or individually. GPS position data and historical GPS position data can be exchanged between cell phones of buddies and instant buddies such as tow truck drivers via a buddy watch server. Emergency monitoring services can be set up with notifications to programmable individuals in case an individual does not respond. Positions and tracks can be displayed. TalkControl simplifies and automates the process of joining talk groups for walkie talkie services such as that provided by Nextel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: X One, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Haney
  • Patent number: 10296525
    Abstract: Implementations relate to providing geographic locations related to user interests. In some implementations, a method includes receiving an indication of a user location and determining one or more subjects of interest to the user based on examining a collection of images associated with the user. The subjects of interest are determined by determining distinctive image characteristics that have a higher frequency in the collection of user images compared to a frequency of similar stored image characteristics of a population of images associated with multiple users. Site characteristics of a geographic area are obtained based on images captured in the geographic area. The site characteristics are compared to the subjects of interest and one or more geographic locations in the geographic area are determined that have site characteristics similar to the subjects of interest. The geographic locations are provided to be output by the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Brian Brewington, Sujoy Banerjee, Fritz Obermeyer
  • Patent number: 10267891
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring data includes an information platform to identify a navigational position of the information platform; a first near field communication (NFC) device attached to the information platform to transmit navigational position data; and a second NFC device to receive the navigational position data from the first NFC device through a NFC data transfer process to establish a navigational position of the second NFC device relative to the first NFC device and without further communication from the first NFC device. The information platform may be stationary. The information platform may be moving. The information platform may include any of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) platform, an inertial navigation system, and a cell phone. The NFC data transfer process may occur within one second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Frederick Webber, Eric Vinande
  • Patent number: 10238970
    Abstract: A game processing system that controls a display to display a plurality of graphic forms each indicating an identifier; identifies a trajectory of a continuously drawn input selecting a plurality of the graphic forms; identifies the identifiers of the graphic forms corresponding to the input trajectory; identifies at least a first command based on an arrangement of the identifiers when detecting an end of the input; and controls a game operation of attacking an opponent based on the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GREE INC.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Inamori
  • Patent number: 10234295
    Abstract: A system includes reception of first address data associated with a first location, the first address data comprising first geo-coordinates, determination of a first two or more candidate cities based on the first address data, identification of a first one of the first two or more candidate cities based on the first geo-coordinates, and generation of second address data associated with the first location based on the identified first one of the first two or more candidate cities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ronald Dupey, Jeffrey Woody, Prasanthi Thatavarthy
  • Patent number: 10225683
    Abstract: Examples are generally described that include methods and systems for providing a reminder and/or identifying availability of a good or service, or both. In many examples, a reminder may be provided when a computing device satisfies one or more criteria associated with a reminder request. For instance, a reminder may be provided when the location associated with a computing device is proximate a destination and when the direction of travel associated with a computing device indicates that the proximity of the computing device is increasing or decreasing relative to a predetermined location. In other examples, a computing device may be utilized to identify an entity that associated with a requested good or a requested service, or both. In some examples, a location associated with the computing device may be determined and servers associated with an entity within a range of the location may be searched to identify the request good or the requested service, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL VENTURES FUND 79 LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. Howard
  • Patent number: 10215577
    Abstract: A mapping system is disclosed that provides route guidance in the form of a map and verbal or textual directions which includes reference to both landmarks and personal contacts. Landmarks and contacts can be rated for suitability in providing route guidance. Depending on the rating, guidance using landmarks or personal contacts can be preferentially used in place of or to supplement guidance based on the underlying road network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Esther Abramovich Ettinger
  • Patent number: 10192239
    Abstract: Contextual or cumulative interpretation is applied to individual user queries to improve the accuracy of sponsored and/or non-sponsored search results. Queries are interpreted based on present features derived from a user query in the context of past features derived from qualified past queries such as those previously received during a user query session. Based on contextual interpretation, present features may be augmented using past features. A search is performed using augmented features instead of present features. Contextual interpretation of queries improves search system understanding of the context in which queries are submitted, which is particularly helpful when interpolating query intent to develop features not expressed in a query. Contextual interpretation permits queries to be interpreted and treated more uniformly and more intelligently. As a result, users and advertisers benefit from more precise sponsored and/or non-sponsored search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ankur K. Gupta, Arun Kumar Gnanamani
  • Patent number: 10168169
    Abstract: A method for calculating a distance to empty (DTE) when setting a path of navigation is provided. The method includes receiving path search cases from a navigation and determining whether the transmitted path search case is a path cancellation, a vehicle arriving at a destination, or the navigation searching for the path. The method determines whether the transmitted path search case is an initially set path or a reset path. When the transmitted path search case is none of the above the method determines whether there is a currently guided. When the path is initially set, the path is reset after, or the path is currently being guided, among the path search cases, a path reflected DTE is displayed through the navigation; and the path reflected DTE is calculated in real time and path reflected prediction fuel efficiency is calculated, after displaying the path reflected DTE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jin Hyung Lee, Sang Woo Lee, Yong Seok Park
  • Patent number: 10168155
    Abstract: A computing system is described that obtains, based at least in part on information included in at least one previous communication associated with a user of a computing device, an indication of a future location and a future time and event information associated with the future location and the future time. The computing system obtains a duration of time for the user to travel from a current location of the computing device to the future location, and, based at least in part on the duration of time, obtains a departure time at which the user is predicted to need to depart from the current location in order to arrive at the future location by an arrival time based on the event. The computing system outputs, for transmission to the computing device, an indication associated with the event and including information indicative of the departure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tom Carl Stamm, Dale Kris Hawkins, James A. Guggemos, Tushar Udeshi, Pablo Bellver, Emil Praun, Guang Yang, Andrew Kirmse, Gokay Baris Gultekin, Bill Connor, Keir Banks Mierle
  • Patent number: 10170084
    Abstract: A navigation application can generate and display a composite representation of multiple POIs when POI icons representing the POIs appear to be overlapping. Some embodiments display the composite representation when a certain zoom level is reached for a map including the multiple POI icons. In some embodiments, the navigation application can determine POIs that may be of interest to the user based on the user's attributes and activity history and generate the composite representation based on those attributes. The composite representation can include multiple POI icons that are displayed adjacent to each other such that a user of the navigation application can readily identify POIs that are likely to be of interest to the user within a region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel Van Os, Mikio Inose
  • Patent number: 10102221
    Abstract: An approach is provided for optimizing the generation of a location based search result. An optimization platform generates is also caused to initiate at least one second-location based search for at least one non-overlapping area of at least one first search area and at least one second search area to generate at least one set of new results. The optimization platform also designates at least one portion of the at least one first set of results as at least one set of old results. The optimization platform then returns at least one set of new results and the at least one set of old results as at least one second set of results for the at least one second location-based search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Marko Tapio Tuukkanen
  • Patent number: 10091646
    Abstract: Reduced resolution location determination for improved anonymity of a user location is disclosed. In some implementations, a first location of a computing device operating in a geographic area is determined. A population density of the geographic area is estimated. A grid overlay is generated, including a number of cells based on the estimated population density. Using the grid overlay, a second location is generated for the computing device that is less precise than the first location. The less precise second location can be used in a local search or other application to improve the anonymity of the user location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Lukas M. Marti, Stephen J. Rhee, Robert Mayor, Tadaaki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10025830
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for processing local search results. In one aspect, a method includes accessing data specifying for a first local entity respective sets of second local entities; determining from the respective sets of second local entities a composite set of second local entities ranked according to a composite order of relatedness to the first local entity; determining from the composite set of second local entities, a reference distance for the first local entity; and adjusting the composite order of the composite set of second local entities based on the reference distance for the first local entity and the respective distance of each geographic location of each second local entity from the geographic location of the first local entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Kumar Mayur Thakur, Mukund Jha
  • Patent number: 9956486
    Abstract: A game processing system that controls a display to display a plurality of graphic forms each indicating an identifier; identifies a trajectory of a continuously drawn input selecting a plurality of the graphic forms; identifies the identifiers of the graphic forms corresponding to the input trajectory; identifies at least a first command based on an arrangement of the identifiers when detecting an end of the input; and controls a game operation of attacking an opponent based on the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Inamori
  • Patent number: 9933273
    Abstract: A system includes a navigation device and a processor in communication with the navigation device and an output. The processor is configured to receive a plurality of POIs. The processor is also configured to search for at least a first of the POIs in first proximity to a route in the navigation device. Further, the processor is configured to, subsequent to the search for a first POI in first proximity, for each instance of the first POI in first proximity to the route, search for at least a second of the POIs in second proximity to the first POI. The processor is also configured to output any instances wherein each of the POIs are found to be in second proximity to at least one of the other POIs of the plurality of POIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ritesh Pandya, Charles Michael Broadwater
  • Patent number: 9921734
    Abstract: A context-sensitive viewing system is disclosed in which various data visualizations, also referred to a contextual views, of a common set of data may be viewed by a user on an electronic device. Data in the system may comprise data objects and associated properties and/or metadata, and may be stored in one or more electronic data stores. As a user of the system views and manipulates a first contextual view of a set of data objects, one or more other contextual views of the same set of data objects may be updated accordingly. Updates to the secondary contextual views may, in various embodiments, happen real-time. Further, the secondary contextual views may be visible to the user simultaneously with the primary contextual view. A user may switch from one view to another, and may manipulate data in any view, resulting in updates in the other views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Goldenberg, Brian Ngo, Bill Dwyer, Parvathy Menon, Gregory Martin, Zach Bush, Allen Chang, Mike Boland
  • Patent number: 9911400
    Abstract: An improve navigation application can generate and display a composite representation of multiple POIs when POI icons representing the POIs appear to be overlapping. Some embodiments display the composite representation when a certain zoom level is reached for a map including the multiple POI icons. In some embodiments, the navigation application can determine POIs that may be of interest to the user based on the user's attributes and activity history and generate the composite representation based on those attributes. The composite representation can include multiple POI icons that are displayed adjacent to each other such that a user of the navigation application can readily identify POIs that are likely to be of interest to the user within a region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel Van Os, Mikio Inose
  • Patent number: 9891063
    Abstract: A nomadic device may be configured to connect to a vehicle computing system (VCS) over a local connection and to a location service over a wide-area connection, receive point-of-interest data over the wide-area connection from the location service, and provide the point-of-interest data to the VCS over the local connection for use by a navigation application of the VCS. The VCS may be configured to connect over a local connection to a nomadic device configured to execute a location application to connect to a location service over a wide-area connection, receive user interface input requesting point-of-interest data for use by a navigation application of the VCS, and responsive to the input, send a command over the local connection to request the point-of-interest data from the location application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Bankowski, Edward Wehrman, Elizabeth Halash, Julius Marchwicki
  • Patent number: 9888343
    Abstract: A navigational system includes: a sender communication and data transfer device (“cdd”); a receiver cdd; a first cellular service having a first global positioning satellite (“GPS”) or multi-tower calculator (“MTC”) operating with the sender cdd; a second cellular service having a second GPS or MTC operating with receiver cdd; and an application server in operable communication with the first cellular service and the second cellular service, the application server including processing and memory operating with software programmed to enable a navigational route to be initiated by a user operating the sender cdd and, in cooperation with the first and second cellular services, generate and send the route to the receiver's cdd, wherein the route is selected from multiple route options, at least one of the route options using a location obtained by one of the first and second GPS's or MTC's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W. Connors
  • Patent number: 9870409
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Patent number: 9864783
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying and eliminating outlying point of interest search results to improve the readability of the mapped results are provided. One exemplary method includes obtaining, by one or more computing devices, a plurality of points of interest. Each point of interest has an associated location. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices, a distance score for each of the plurality of points of interest. The method includes determining, by the one or more computing devices, a distance ratio. The distance ratio compares the distance score associated with the point of interest having the distance score of greatest magnitude to the distance score associated with the point of interest having the distance score of second greatest magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jessa Deborah Mittleman
  • Patent number: 9855817
    Abstract: Vehicle operating systems for operating a vehicle having a driving seat for a vehicle driver and at least one passenger seat for passengers are described. The vehicle operating system may include one or more camera devices for shooting images of hand actions of the driver or images of hand actions of a passenger, and a storage device for storing operating signals corresponding to hand actions. A processing device may be configured to select the driver or the passengers as a gesture command operator, and to control the camera device to shoot hand action images of the selected gesture command operator. The command system may also be configured to convert the shot hand action images into corresponding operating signals according to hand action indicia stored in the storage device. The operating signals may be sent to execution devices, that execute the corresponding operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jen-Chieh Hsiao, Yong-Syuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9830571
    Abstract: A marketplace may be provided to allow posting of transport jobs and bidding on various aspects of the transport jobs. For example, a carrier may bid on transportation of cargo while fuel providers may bid on the fuel provision. In some arrangements, the carriers may solicit bids for a fueling portion of a transport job that they wish to bid on, have already bid on or have won. Transport may correspond to the physical conveyance of cargo from origin to destination and may include vehicle costs, driver costs, carrier fees and the like. Fuel costs may refer to the cost of fuel and/or pumping fees. A system may automatically generate suggested routes for transport and determine a projected amount of fuel needed for the trip. Additionally, the system may automatically identify potential or projected refueling locations and select refueling stations or providers based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventor: Ernest Blas Betancourt
  • Patent number: 9785648
    Abstract: A system for ranking geospatial entities is described. In one embodiment, the system comprises an interface for receiving ranking data about a plurality of geospatial entities and an entity ranking module. The module uses a ranking mechanism to generate place ranks for the geospatial entities based on the ranking data. Ranked entity data generated by the entity ranking module is stored in a database. The entity ranking module may be configured to evaluate a plurality of diverse attributes to determine a total score for a geospatial entity. The entity ranking module may be configured to organize ranked entity data into placemark layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Jones, Brian McClendon, Amin P. Charaniya, Michael Ashbridge
  • Patent number: 9778345
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for determining transit routes through crowd-sourcing, for determining an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of a vehicle of the transit route at a given location, and for providing predictive reminders to a user for catching a vehicle of the transit route. A server receives signal source information about wireless signal sources detected by user devices, including information about a first wireless signal source detected by some devices. The server determines that the first wireless signal source is moving. The server determines that the first wireless signal source is associated with a public transit route upon determining that the signal source information satisfies one or more selection criteria. The server stores information associating the first wireless signal source with the public transit route as transit movement data corresponding to the public transit route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: François M. Jouaux, Rama Krishna Chitta
  • Patent number: 9730008
    Abstract: A method for guiding location includes commencing a call between a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal requesting the collection of location information from the second terminal, receiving the location information of the second terminal and displaying on the first terminal a geographic information map displaying the location information, and the user of the first terminal transmitting to the second terminal direction information that is displayed on the geographic information map. As a result, more intuitive and convenient location guidance is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chan-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 9727270
    Abstract: A device for processing placement data according to the present invention is provided with an article data memory unit that stores article data including a configuration and a storage period of an article, a storage-region data memory unit that stores storage region data including a shape of a storage region where the article is placed, a temporal-spatial map data memory unit that stores temporal-spatial map data showing positions of the article and the storage region in space-time specified by a user, and a computation device that creates the temporal-spatial map data and acquires a placement position of the article in time series in the storage region using the article data, the storage region data and the temporal-spatial map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomotoshi Ishida
  • Patent number: 9710873
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to, among other things, providing point of interest item recommendations and/or map information. In some examples, a profile for a first user may be determined based at least in part on point of interest information. Additionally, point of interest associations may be received from one or more of a group of users, where at least one of the group is not the first user. Based at least in part on the determined profile of the first user and the received point of interest associations, a map route and/or map information associated with a route from a first location to at least a second location may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Hill
  • Patent number: 9678660
    Abstract: An approach is provided for processing one or more user interactions and/or user gestures with the user interface element to a cause panning for specifying routes with location anchors for streets. A panning platform determines an input for specifying at least one panning operation over a mapping user interface. Next, the panning platform determines one or more map features rendered in the mapping user interface. Subsequently, the panning platform processes and/or facilitates a processing of the one or more map features to determine one or more parameters for the at least one panning operation, wherein the at least one panning operation includes a recentering of the mapping user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Maguy Jamain
  • Patent number: 9665872
    Abstract: Provided is a server apparatus capable of flexibly providing provision information of a store in accordance with a time range when the store can be used by a user. The server apparatus, on the basis of store information including at least any one of position information of a store which provide a product or service, use time information of the store and attribute information of the store, and user time range information user time range information indicating a vacant time range of a user, determines a combination in which the user can use the stores within the time range indicated by the user time range information, and transmits the provision information of the store in the determined combination to a terminal device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Mari Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 9659495
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program products are provided for automatically determining or fine-tuning bus service schedules for bus stops along a route. One example method includes causing reception of GPS data from a plurality of buses or uses from along a transit route, the GPS data comprised of a plurality of location points and associated temporal data, aggregating the location data by route and direction to determine a trip count, causing reception of at least one bus stop location, partitioning the associated temporal data into a number of clusters in accordance with the trip count, calculating a mean arrival time at the at least one bust stop for each cluster, and generating, using a processor, at least one service schedule for the at least one bus stop, wherein the mean arrival time of each cluster represents the service schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Leo Modica, Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 9628958
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that gather and store time-series location information or other time-series information of a user using a mobile electronic device such as a smart phone and place that location information or other information under control of the user. A variety of types of analytics may be applied to the location information by consent of the user, and results may be shared by electronic consent of the user in order to provide benefit to the user. The benefit may be commercial, personal, social, etc. The information may be stored in encrypted form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Paul McBurney
  • Patent number: 9607323
    Abstract: Provided is a goods information providing system, including: a first position acquisition section (4) for acquiring from a position information DB (31) position information on goods specified by a shelf ID read by a reading unit (22); a related goods extraction section (5) for extracting from a related goods information DB (33) a related goods related to the goods specified by the shelf ID; a second position acquisition section (6) for acquiring from the position information DB (31) position information on the extracted related goods; a recommended goods determination section (8) for determining, as recommended goods, from among the extracted related goods, the related goods selected based on a position of the goods acquired by the first position acquisition section (4) and a position of the related goods acquired by the second position acquisition section (6); and an informing unit (23) for informing of information on the determined recommended goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Soh Masuko, Shigaku Iwabuchi, Shinichiro Tosa, Jiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9568330
    Abstract: A method of generating a suggested navigation route with a navigation device includes storing in a memory of the navigation device a map database containing names and locations of roads in a road network and off-road trail data containing locations of at least one off-road trail provided by a user of the navigation device, and merging off-road segments of the off-road trail with the roads of the road network to create a combined map database containing off-road segments and road segments. The method further includes receiving a request from the user for generating navigation directions to a destination location input by the user, generating the suggested navigation route using data stored in the combined map database, the suggested navigation route containing a combination of off-road segments and road segments, and providing navigation assistance to the user for guiding the user along the suggested navigation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MITAC INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: Alexey Samsonov
  • Patent number: 9569440
    Abstract: A method and system for organizing content data by adding one or more identifiers that place the content data in context or provide additional details about the content. The method includes attaching a label to image data and classifying the image data based on the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Jason Wallace
  • Patent number: 9565292
    Abstract: An approach is provided for optimizing the generation of a location based search result. An optimization platform generates is also caused to initiate at least one second-location based search for at least one non-overlapping area of at least one first search area and at least one second search area to generate at least one set of new results. The optimization platform also designates at least one portion of the at least one first set of results as at least one set of old results. The optimization platform then returns at least one set of new results and the at least one set of old results as at least one second set of results for the at least one second location-based search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Marko Tapio Tuukkanen
  • Patent number: 9557882
    Abstract: A context-sensitive viewing system is disclosed in which various data visualizations, also referred to a contextual views, of a common set of data may be viewed by a user on an electronic device. Data in the system may comprise data objects and associated properties and/or metadata, and may be stored in one or more electronic data stores. As a user of the system views and manipulates a first contextual view of a set of data objects, one or more other contextual views of the same set of data objects may be updated accordingly. Updates to the secondary contextual views may, in various embodiments, happen real-time. Further, the secondary contextual views may be visible to the user simultaneously with the primary contextual view. A user may switch from one view to another, and may manipulate data in any view, resulting in updates in the other views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Goldenberg, Brian Ngo, Bill Dwyer, Parvathy Menon, Gregory Martin, Zach Bush, Allen Chang, Mike Boland
  • Patent number: 9547373
    Abstract: Vehicle operating systems for operating a vehicle having a driving seat for a vehicle driver and at least one passenger seat for passengers are described. The vehicle operating system may include one or more camera devices for shooting images of hand actions of the driver or images of hand actions of a passenger, and a storage device for storing operating signals corresponding to hand actions. A processing device may be configured to select the driver or the passengers as a gesture command operator, and to control the camera device to shoot hand action images of the selected gesture command operator. The command system may also be configured to convert the shot hand action images into corresponding operating signals according to hand action indicia stored in the storage device. The operating signals may be sent to execution devices, that execute the corresponding operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER HONG KONG LTD.
    Inventors: Jen-Chieh Hsiao, Yong-Syuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9542691
    Abstract: A plurality of credentials is retrieved for a user by a computing device, wherein each of the plurality of credentials is associated with a loyalty program. For each loyalty program, itinerary data is retrieved from a server associated with the loyalty program using the credentials associated with the loyalty program from the plurality of credentials. The retrieved itinerary data retrieved for each of the loyalty programs is aggregated into an itinerary. The itinerary is presented to the user at the computing device. Loyalty points may be awarded to a user based on interaction with an application running on the computing device where the loyalty points may be redeemed for goods and services. Advertisers may be provided compensated based on the redemption of the loyalty point by users at their physical or virtual stores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: SIONIC MOBILE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ronald Duane Herman
  • Patent number: 9514714
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for kinetic mapping. A spatial interface, such as a map, may represent information according to an overview scale. If the spatial interface comprises a substantial amount of uninteresting content, such as a 100 mile stretch of highway, compared to interesting content, such as a 1 mile complex detour after the highway, then the interesting content may not be displayed at an adequate level of detail due to being displayed at the same overview scale as the 100 mile stretch of highway. Accordingly, points of interest within the spatial interface may be identified and encapsulated to create portals representing such information at relatively higher levels of detail. A kinetic geospatial interface comprising the portals (e.g., the detour) at a focused scale and non-portal information (e.g., the highway) at a collapsed scale (e.g., a lower level of detail than the focused scale) is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Donald A. Barnett, Romualdo T. Impas
  • Patent number: 9513136
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for creating, modifying, and viewing geographic areas and their corresponding routes and items of work. For example, an interface can be provided with a map display area and a route display area. The map display area and the route display area can be synchronized to create new routes, modify existing routes, and/or view information about various routes and/or items of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Santilli, Steve Snyder, Elisabeth Defronzo, Svetlana Inskeep, Joel Tantzer, Karen Levin
  • Patent number: 9514484
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for allowing a merchant to create offers for distribution via multiple distribution channels. The distribution channels may include social media networks and location based services. The method may include receiving offer parameters for generating the offer, generating offer data based on the offer parameters and merchant transaction data, and determining data subsets of the offer data for distribution through multiple electronic distribution channels. The systems and methods may include associating a transaction account of the account holder with the offer, monitoring a transaction of the transaction account, comparing with a criterion governing the offer, and generating a report for the merchant. The report may include various metrics of the offer, such as return on investment, tracking information on the number of repeat customers and new customers during an offer period, and may occur approximately real-time with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Mara K. Chomsky, David M. Greenspan, Randi Schochet, Elizabeth K. Vakil
  • Patent number: 9506771
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for creating, modifying, and viewing geographic areas and their corresponding routes and items of work. For example, an interface can be provided with a map display area and a route display area. The map display area and the route display area can be synchronized to create new routes, modify existing routes, and/or view information about various routes and/or items of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Santilli, Steve Snyder, Elisabeth Defronzo, Svetlana Inskeep, Joel Tantzer, Karen Levin
  • Patent number: 9506772
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for creating, modifying, and viewing geographic areas and their corresponding routes and items of work. For example, an interface can be provided with a map display area and a route display area. The map display area and the route display area can be synchronized to create new routes, modify existing routes, and/or view information about various routes and/or items of work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Santilli, Steve Snyder, Elisabeth Defronzo, Svetlana Inskeep, Joel Tantzer, Karen Levin
  • Patent number: 9494432
    Abstract: Various methods, apparatuses and/or articles of manufacture are provided which may be implemented to perform and/or otherwise support collaborative navigation between a plurality of mobile devices. In one example, a first mobile device, in response to a determination that at least a second mobile device is located within a threshold distance of the first mobile device, may obtain a navigation parameter indicative of an initial position and/or movement of the second mobile device which was determined based, at least in part, on a measurement from a sensor at the second mobile device. The first mobile device then affect a determined position and/or movement of the first mobile device based, at least in part, on the navigation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Payam Pakzad, Sameera Poduri, Hui Chao
  • Patent number: 9477961
    Abstract: A computer system that is adapted for: (A) displaying a geographical map on a display screen; (B) displaying a plurality of icons on the geographical map, each of which generally represents the current location of at least one individual; (C) allowing a user to select a group of the icons; and (D) after the user selects the group of icons, providing messaging functionality for allowing the user to send a common message to the respective portable computing devices of at least substantially all of the individuals who correspond to the selected group of icons. In particular embodiments, the system allows the user to send the message by executing a single activity, such as selecting a single button. The system may also be configured to approximate the current location of an individual based on the individual's current travel itinerary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Charter Solutions International
    Inventors: Thomas Pfeffer, Derek Beveridge, Vishrut Patel
  • Patent number: 9472192
    Abstract: Provided is a lightweight computational device that is configured to be in communication with a cloud both directly and via a smart computational device. The lightweight computational device receives a voice command from a user, wherein the lightweight computational device does not have adequate processing power to convert the voice command to a text command. The voice command is transmitted from the lightweight computational device to a smart computational device, wherein the smart computational device uses voice recognition to convert the voice command to a text command in the smart computational device, and transmits the text command for being processed by that cloud that provides at least one of voice recognition service and other services. The lightweight computational device receives a data response for the user from the cloud, via the smart computational device, based on the other services provided by the cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Chandler F. Ding
  • Patent number: 9443520
    Abstract: Provided is a lightweight computational device that is configured to be in communication with a cloud both directly and via a smart computational device. The lightweight computational device receives a voice command from a user, wherein the lightweight computational device does not have adequate processing power to convert the voice command to a text command. The voice command is transmitted from the lightweight computational device to a smart computational device, wherein the smart computational device uses voice recognition to convert the voice command to a text command in the smart computational device, and transmits the text command for being processed by that cloud that provides at least one of voice recognition service and other services. The lightweight computational device receives a data response for the user from the cloud, via the smart computational device, based on the other services provided by the cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Chandler F. Ding
  • Patent number: 9424371
    Abstract: A method, system, apparatus, and computer program product provide the ability to augment an as-built model. A CAD drawing of a project as well as a digital representation of a physical implementation of the project are obtained. A relationship that maps the digital representation to the CAD drawing is defined/established. A component of the digital representation is identified based on the relationship (e.g., and a database/catalog). Information about the identified component is transmitted to and displayed on a computer (e.g., a mobile device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Matthew Shear, James Matson Awe, Brian A. Pene, Eddy Kuo, Keshaba Chandra Sahoo