Speech Controlled System Patents (Class 704/275)
  • Patent number: 11069357
    Abstract: Techniques for lip-reading session triggering events are described. A computing device is equipped with lip-reading capability that enables the device to “read the lips” (i.e., facial features) of a user. The computing device determines when a triggering event occurs to automatically cause the computing device to switch from one input type to a lip-reading session. Lip-reading is also used in conjunction with other types of inputs to improve accuracy of the input. Machine learning is used to personalize the lip-reading capability of the computing device for a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neeraj Gupta
  • Patent number: 11069364
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for device arbitration using acoustic characteristics of a physical space, such as a user's household. The system generates a matrix of inter-device attenuation factors. The inter-device attenuation factors are determined using the attenuation experienced by a first device versus the attenuation experienced by a second device. Once the matrix is generated, an attenuation vector representing the attenuation corresponding to an input audio signal is determined and compared to the matrix. Based on the comparison, the system selects a device for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Michael D Souza, Ragini Prasad, Rick Carragher, Joseph White
  • Patent number: 11069343
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a voice activation method, an apparatus, an electronic device, and a storage medium thereof. The voice activation method includes: capturing a voice signal in a vehicle; calculating an acoustic score of an activation keyword extracted from the voice signal, the acoustic score being used for indicating authenticity of the activation keyword, the authenticity of the activation keyword being a probability that the activation keyword is used for waking up the electronic device to perform a voice activation operation, and a magnitude of the acoustic score being positively correlated to a magnitude of the probability; determining a voice activation threshold according to a noise level in the vehicle, a magnitude of the voice activation threshold being negatively correlated to a magnitude of the noise; and performing the voice activation operation when the acoustic score is greater than the voice activation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Qianbiao Xiang, Menglin Chen
  • Patent number: 11062691
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present systems and methods may provide techniques that provide the capability to automatically generate allowance intervals for voice personas that meet desired requirements for realism and fidelity. For example, a method for voice persona generation may be implemented in a computer system comprising a processor, memory accessible by the processor, and computer program instructions stored in the memory and executable by the processor, the method comprising: displaying to a user, a plurality of user-selectable voice persona parameters that control features of a synthesized voice signal, and displaying, in conjunction with each of at least some of plurality of user-selectable voice persona parameters, voice transformation allowance intervals of the voice persona parameters, accepting from a user, a selection of at least one user-selectable voice persona parameter, and generating a synthesized voice signal based on the selected at least one user-selectable voice persona parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vyacheslav Shechtman, Alexander Sorin
  • Patent number: 11064248
    Abstract: Devices and methods for routing content are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for routing content include receiving audio data representing a command from a first electronic device, determining content that is associated with the command, sending responsive audio data to the first electronic device, and sending instructions to the second electronic device to output the content associated with the command. In some embodiments, a method for routing contents includes determining a state of the second electronic device and sending instructions to output the content to a selected one of the first and second electronic devices based on the state of the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Soniya Jobanputra, Marcello Typrin, Mallory Trudell
  • Patent number: 11052761
    Abstract: A control device in a vehicle display system includes: a gazed image display output unit configured to display a normal gazed image in a part of each of main screen areas; a gazed image visual recognition determination unit configured to determine, based on a line-of-sight state, whether an occupant visually recognizes a normal gazed image in one of the main screen areas; and a main screen area selection unit configured to select, based on an input unit, the main screen area corresponding to the normal gazed image determined to be visually recognized by the occupant. Earlier selection display information displayed in an earlier selection main screen area selected earlier by the main screen area selection unit is displayed in a later selection main screen area selected later.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaki Saito, Kentaro Otomo, Atsushi Ishibashi, Yu Kawahara, Shinichi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11056108
    Abstract: An interactive method and a device thereof are provided. The method includes obtaining voice data of the object in response to determining that the object is facing the interactive device and is in the utterance state; and establishing an interaction between the object and the interactive device based on the voice data. The method solves the technical problems in which current interactions need to set up wakeup terms for interactive devices which are prone to false wakeups through the wakeup terms due to an existence of a relatively small number of wakeup terms. The above methods can implement the technical effects of remote interactions without the need of a wakeup term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Nan Wu, Ming Lei
  • Patent number: 11056117
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for enhanced voiceprint authentication. The method includes receiving an utterance from a user, and determining that a portion of the utterance matches a pre-determined keyword. Also, the method includes authenticating the user by comparing the portion of the utterance with a voiceprint that is associated with the pre-determined keyword. Further, the method includes identifying a resource associated with the pre-determined keyword while comparing the portion of the utterance with the voiceprint. Still yet, the method includes accessing the resource in response to authenticating the user based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Keil Perotti
  • Patent number: 11056127
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that includes a processing system having a processor and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, where the operations include determining parameters for adapting audio in the content to the device, wherein the device renders the content, and wherein the parameters are based on semantic metadata embedded in the content, adapting the audio in the content based on the parameters, and rendering the content, as adapted by the parameters, to represent a semantic in the semantic metadata. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Jason Decuir, Robert Gratz
  • Patent number: 11056114
    Abstract: A computer enabled method of controlling a secondary system with a primary system for taking commands that includes analyzing a historical database to create a probability factor for matching an initial commands to a primary device and a following interaction to generate secondary requests to a second device. The method further includes receiving a user command at the primary device, and determining whether the user command at the primary device matches at least one initial commands having above a threshold value for the probability factor linking the initial command to the primary device to the request the at least one secondary device. The method further includes sending a signal to activate the at least one secondary device to perform the request without requiring an activation command from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer M. Hatfield, Michael Bender, Jeremy R. Fox, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 11052919
    Abstract: A system for creating a digital map for driver assistance systems of a vehicle, includes a communications unit for exchanging messages between vehicles. A position acquisition unit acquires the position of the individual vehicle. A map unit stores and processes a digital map. A detection unit detects ambiguities of a driving situation in relation to a position in the digital map. Upon detection of an ambiguity, a message including map data and/or a warning message is/are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 11042615
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus displays a control, based on generation instructions of the control to accept a user operation, such that information indicating biometric authentication is requested is added to the control, executes a processing request corresponding to the control when the user operation on the displayed control is detected, and transmits, to a request destination of the processing request, data based on a result of biometric authentication using biometric information read by the information processing apparatus and stored biometric information. Information related to processing corresponding to the control is displayed based on the processing request and the data based on the result of the biometric authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kotaro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11042910
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing automated message exchanges using artificial intelligence are providing. In some embodiments, a message is generated by populating variable fields within a message template with corresponding data from a knowledge set and/or a lead data set. Lead data is the data known about the intended recipient of the message, whereas the knowledge set is contextual knowledge useful for the artificial intelligence. Once the message has been generated, the system waits for a response from the lead. Once the response is received, the AI algorithms may categorize the response and generate a corresponding confidence value for the categorization. The categorization and confidence level are utilized to determine which subsequent action the system takes. The actions consist of sending a follow-up message, a subsequent message in the series, requesting user input, or discontinuing messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: CONVERSICA, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin P. Brigham
  • Patent number: 11042599
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a method for identifying relevant messages in a conversation graph on a messaging platform includes transmitting, over a network, messages between a plurality of users on the messaging platform, generating a conversation graph based on relationships between the messages, where the conversation graph includes a plurality of messages related to a conversation, and the plurality of messages of the conversation graph include a root message and one or more reply messages connected to the root message. The method includes marking a subset of the plurality of messages of the conversation graph as relevant to the conversation, including marking a message from a user account having a credibility rating over a threshold level, and transmitting, over the network, digital information to render the subset of the plurality of messages on a user interface of a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Cohen, Kyle Maxwell, Stuart Hood, Cara Meverden, Coleen Baik, Marcel Molina
  • Patent number: 11042272
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to dynamically adjusting a UI based on the current modality. Layout features of a UI may be determined based on an input modality of a computing device. The arrangement of the UI elements may be determined based on the layout features and respective importance scores of the UI elements. The UI elements arranged based on the arrangement may be provided for display of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Deselaers, Victor Carbune, Daniel Martin Keysers
  • Patent number: 11037568
    Abstract: Audio message processing methods and apparatuses are provided, where a method may include a server recognizing types of communication messages transmitted between communicating counterparties; when a type of any communication message is an audio type, the server acquiring the any communication message, and converting the any communication message to corresponding text content; and upon determining that any communicating party has a conversion need for the any communication message, the server sending the text content to the any communicating party. Through technical solutions of the present disclosure, text conversion may be performed upon audio messages in advance, thereby increasing response speed for audio conversion requests of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Daping Zhang, Lili Zhang, Yixin Huang, Yun Chen, Jiandong Lai, Haohua Zhong
  • Patent number: 11037572
    Abstract: A speech recognition platform configured to receive an audio signal that includes speech from a user and perform automatic speech recognition (ASR) on the audio signal to identify ASR results. The platform may identify: (i) a domain of a voice command within the speech based on the ASR results and based on context information associated with the speech or the user, and (ii) an intent of the voice command. In response to identifying the intent, the platform may perform multiple actions corresponding to this intent. The platform may select a target action to perform, and may engage in a back-and-forth dialog to obtain information for completing the target action. The action may include streaming audio to the device, setting a reminder for the user, purchasing an item on behalf of the user, making a reservation for the user or launching an application for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Bradley Beal, Kevin Robert Charter, Ajay Gopalakrishnan, Sumedha Arvind Kshirsagar, Nishant Kumar
  • Patent number: 11035692
    Abstract: Technologies for pedometric sensing in footwear include a step tracker compute device. The step tracker compute device is to receive acceleration data indicative of movement of a foot of a user, generate energy contour data indicative of energy levels over time, based on the received acceleration data, determine dynamic energy thresholds indicative of peaks in the energy contour data, and detect steps of the user based on the dynamic energy thresholds and the energy contour data to generate step data. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mohsin Y. Ahmed, Suraj Sindia
  • Patent number: 11036441
    Abstract: A system and method for language-based multifunction peripheral control includes receiving a user selection of an electronic document via a user interface of wireless portable data device. User selected print settings are also received via the user interface for printing the selected electronic document. The selected electronic document is then printed in accordance with the user selected print settings. The user associates a verbal shortcut with their current print settings, and the verbal instruction and settings are stored associatively. When the user wishes to print again, they can select their document and issue verbal print instructions which include their verbal shortcut. Print settings associated with this verbal shortcut are retrieved from memory and the document is printed using the print settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Marianne Kodimer
  • Patent number: 11029694
    Abstract: An agent for navigating a mobile automated system is disclosed herein. The navigation agent receives a navigation instruction and visual information for one or more observed images. The navigation agent is provided or equipped with self-awareness, which provides or supports the following abilities: identifying which direction to go or proceed by determining the part of the instruction that corresponds to the observed images (visual grounding), and identifying which part of the instruction has been completed or ongoing and which part is potentially needed for the next action selection (textual grounding). In some embodiments, the navigation agent applies regularization to ensures that the grounded instruction can correctly be used to estimate the progress made towards the navigation goal (progress monitoring).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Yao Ma, Caiming Xiong
  • Patent number: 11030991
    Abstract: Disclosed are a speech processing method and a speech processing device, for performing speech processing by executing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and/or machine learning algorithms installed thereon, thus enabling the communication between a user terminal and a server in a 5G communication environment. The speech processing method according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes receiving a user spoken utterance, outputting a voice actor spoken utterance in a voice actor's voice having the highest degree of similarity with a user's voice by using a user-voice actor mapping learning model, the voice actor spoken utterance corresponding to the user spoken utterance, and performing speech recognition for the voice actor spoken utterance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jong Hoon Chae
  • Patent number: 11024290
    Abstract: Techniques for capturing spoken user inputs while a device is prevented from capturing such spoken user inputs are described. When a first device becomes incapable of capturing spoken user inputs intended for a system, a second device, for capturing such spoken user inputs, may be identified. The second device may be identified based on the second device being connected to a same vehicle computing system as the first device. The second device may be enabled to capture spoken user inputs, intended for the system, until the first device is again able to capture such spoken user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mitchell, Gabor Nagy
  • Patent number: 11024293
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for personifying communications. According to at least one embodiment, the computer-implemented method for personifying a natural-language communication includes observing a linguistic pattern of a user. The method may also include analyzing the linguistic pattern of the user and adapting the natural-language communication based at least in part on the analyzed linguistic pattern of the user. In some embodiments, observing the linguistic pattern of the user may include receiving data indicative of the linguistic pattern of the user. The data may be one of verbal data or written data. Written data may include at least one of a text message, email, social media post, or computer-readable note. Verbal data may include at least one of a recorded telephone conversation, voice command, or voice message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson Lyman, Nic Brunson, Wade Shearer, Mike Warner, Stefan Walger
  • Patent number: 11024305
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include systems and methods for using image searching with voice recognition commands. Embodiments of a method may include providing a user interface via a target application and receiving a user selection of an area on the user interface by a user, the area including a search image. Embodiments may also include receiving an associated voice command and associating, by the computing device, the associated voice command with the search image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Dolbey & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis A. Weeks
  • Patent number: 11024314
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for acquiring and processing operation instructions. The systems and methods may include receiving a first operation instruction. The system may determine an application associated with the first operation instruction, and determine whether the first operation instruction satisfies one or more predetermined conditions, wherein the predetermined conditions are associated with the application. The system may also, responsive to determining that the first operation instruction satisfies the predetermined conditions, and after the second operation instruction is received, invoke the application, and transmit the second operation instruction to the application for execution. The system may also, responsive to determining that the first operation instruction does not satisfy the predetermined conditions, execute the first operation instruction as a standalone instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BANMA ZHIXING NETWORK (HONGKONG) CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Xiaodong Li, Hongxing Wu
  • Patent number: 11023201
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a touchscreen display exposed through a first portion of the housing, a microphone disposed at a second portion of the housing, a speaker disposed at a third portion of the housing, a memory disposed inside the housing, a processor disposed inside the housing, and electrically connected to the display, the microphone, the speaker, and the memory. The memory is configured to store a plurality of application programs, each of which includes a graphic user interface (GUI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In Jong Rhee, Ji Min Lee, Sang Ki Kang, Han Jun Ku, Sung Pa Park, Jang Seok Seo, In Wook Song, Won Ick Ahn, Kyoung Gu Woo, Ji Soo Yi, Chang Kyun Jeon, Ho Jun Jaygarl, Il Hwan Choi, Yoo Jin Hong, Ji Hyun Kim, Jae Yung Yeo
  • Patent number: 11019402
    Abstract: Systems, and methods are described to provide voice search in an elastic cloud environment communicating with a set-top box (STB) by receiving by a voice cloud search server pulse-code modulation (PCM) audio packets transmitted from the STB; sending the PCM audio packets to a natural language processing (NLP) service for converting to text; sending the text sets to an elastic voice cloud search server for querying an electronic program guide (EPG) service, channel and program data associated with the text sets wherein the EPG service to at least return identified channel and program data; in response to an identified return of channel and television program data, sending sets of text to a search service for performing an elastic search for related data from a plurality of different search sources and returning search results and error codes to a requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Wilde, Ashok Soni, Hawk McGinty, James Shuler, Lixing Zhang, Michael Disante, Narayanan Sekhar, Xiaomei Sun, Xinhua Yang
  • Patent number: 11019205
    Abstract: A method for engaging in an automated dialog with a user that includes: retrieving a preset dialog flow that includes various blocks directing the dialog with the user; providing a prompt to the user based on a current block of the dialog flow; receiving an action from the user in response to the prompt; and retrieving a classification tree corresponding to the dialog flow. The classification tree has a plurality of nodes mapped to the blocks of the dialog flow representing user intents. The processor computes a probability for each of the nodes based on the action from the user. A particular one of the nodes is then selected based on the computed probabilities. A target block of the dialog flow is identified based on the selected node, and a response is output in response to the identified target block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Conor McGann, Ioana Grigoropol, Mariya Orshansky, Ankit Pat
  • Patent number: 11018997
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an interactive communications system capable of generating a response to conversational input are provided. The interactive communications system analyzes the conversational input to determine relevant topics of discussion. The interactive communications system further determines which of the relevant topics of discussion can potentially lead to an unwanted end to a conversation. The interactive communications system redirects the conversation by providing responses to the conversational input that are intended simply to avoid the unwanted end to the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Scanlon, Douglas Fidaleo
  • Patent number: 11010566
    Abstract: Improved data ingestion techniques are provided. A data set comprising records is received, where each record contains one or more fields. A group of fields is identified, where each of the fields has a common metadata attribute. Metrics are determined for the group based on metadata associated with each field, and weight values are assigned to each of the metrics. A natural language processing (NLP) measure and a discreteness measure are generated for the group of fields based on the metrics and the weight values. A processing workflow is selected to use when ingesting data from the group of fields into a corpus, based on comparing the NLP measure and the discreteness measure to one or more predefined thresholds, and each of the fields in the group of fields are processed using the processing workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Troy Biesterfeld, Andrew R Freed, Elizabeth Teresa Dettman, Jeremy J Salsman, Paul R Chmielewski
  • Patent number: 11010556
    Abstract: A method includes converting a user's utterance to text; encapsulating the converted text in a rheme object; searching, for each of a plurality of topics, for keywords in the converted text; determining a relevancy metric for each of the plurality of topics based on such searching; selecting one or more topics based on determined relevancy metrics; comparing some or all of the converted text to names in one or more patient lists or databases; identifying a unique patient whose name is contained in the converted; attaching an indication of the identified patient to the rheme object; effecting an action based on the selected one or more topics and the attached patient indication; and saving the topic in a conversation history with a reference to the identified patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ALLSCRIPTS SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Dreselly Thomas, William Loftus, Harry Wepuri, Arif Ogan
  • Patent number: 11003860
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to method, system, medium, and implementations for user machine dialogue. Historic dialogue data related to past dialogues are accessed and used to learn, via machine learning, expected utilities. During a dialogue involving a user and a machine agent, a representation of a shared mindset between the user and the agent is obtained to characterize the current state of the dialogue, which is then used to update the expected utilities. Continuous expected utility functions are then generated based on the updated expected utilities, wherein the continuous expected utility functions are to be used in determining how to conduct a dialogue with a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DMAI, INC.
    Inventors: Rui Fang, Changsong Liu
  • Patent number: 11004446
    Abstract: Intelligent assistant systems, methods and computing devices are disclosed for resolving alias identifiers. A method comprises receiving and parsing data comprising a current user input that includes an alias identifier. The data and/or other sensor data are analyzed to identify the user. Based at least on identifying the user and recognizing the alias identifier, usage pattern data comprising at least one previous user input that includes the alias identifier and corresponding context information is accessed. The usage pattern data is used to resolve the alias identifier to mean the alias identifier in an alias record of a known entity. Based at least on resolving the alias identifier, an output device is controlled to one or more of generate a message and perform an action with respect to the known entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Erich-Soren Finkelstein, Han Yee Mimi Fung, Oz Solomon
  • Patent number: 11003419
    Abstract: A system for refinement of a voice query interpretation interprets a voice query received at a voice-enabled device to identify commands responsive to the voice query for execution at the voice-enabled device, and enables refinement of the interpretation of the voice query through a graphical user interface generated and displayed at a GUI-capable device. The graphical user interface includes a set of selectable options relating to the voice query and identifying a refinement of the interpretation of the voice query to enable control and/or adjustment of commands to be executed by the voice-enabled device. For example, if one of the selectable options is selected, then a command associated with the selected option is identified and executed by the voice-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Philip Glenny Edmonds, Matthew Joseph Kane, Joshua Pham, Eder G. Bastos, Marcus Daniel Better, Adithya Kalyan Tammavarapu, Amilcar Andrade Garcia, Chen Ye Li, Adam Jonathan Shonkoff, Aaron Paul Harmon, Christopher Phair, Ching Chuan Sung
  • Patent number: 11003863
    Abstract: A system for training and deploying an artificial conversational entity using an artificial intelligence (AI) based communications system is disclosed. The system may comprise a memory storing machine readable instructions. The system may also comprise a processor to execute the machine readable instructions to receive a request via an artificial conversational entity. The processor may also transmit a response to the request based on a dialog tree generated from at least a model-based action generator and a memory-based action generator. The processor may further provide a training option to a user in the event the response is suboptimal. The processor may additionally receive a selection from the user via the training option. The selection may be associated with an optimal response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Brigham Hall, Weizhu Chen, Junyan Chen, Pengcheng He, Yu Zhao, Yi-Min Wang, Yuting Sun, Zheng Chen, Katherine Winant Osborne
  • Patent number: 11004013
    Abstract: Automated (autonomous) and computer-assisted preparation of initial training patterns for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based automated conversational agent system, such as an AI-based chatbot, includes a computer processor accessing a corpus of digital weighted conversation models representing text-based interlocutory conversations, wherein each digital weighted conversation model contains annotations and paths, and wherein each path in each digital weighted conversation model is associated with a weight; selecting a plurality of the conversations which meet at least one criteria and in which at least one path meets at least one weight threshold according to the plurality of digital weighted conversation models; converting the weights associated with the selected conversations into initial training pattern values according to at least one Artificial Intelligence (AI) based automated conversational agent system; and exporting the training pattern values to at least one Artificial Intelligence (AI) based aut
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DISCOURSE.AI, INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Eisenzopf
  • Patent number: 10997444
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for processing and recognizing non-contact types of human input to prevent contamination are generally described herein. In example embodiments, human input is captured, recognized, and used to provide active input for control or data entry into a user interface. The human input may be provided in variety of forms detectable by recognition techniques such as speech recognition, gesture recognition, identification recognition, and facial recognition. In one example, the human input recognition techniques are used in connection with a device cleaning workflow used to obtain data and human input during cleaning procedures while minimizing cross-contamination between the contaminated device or person and other objects or persons. In another example, the human input recognition techniques are used in connection with a device tracking workflow used to obtain data and human input while tracking interactions with and locations of the contaminated or uncontaminated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventors: Ward Sly, Stacy Lemmer, Terry Mistalski, Michael Petersen
  • Patent number: 10993655
    Abstract: A foot screening system configured to aid in screening a plantar surface of a foot of a user for sores, ulcers, and other signs of diseases. The foot screening system including a foot platform including a foot contacting surface configured to serve as a foot stabilizing device during a screening of a plantar surface of a foot of a user, a camera stabilizer platform configured to support a mobile computing device at a desired angle and distance from the foot platform, and a user interface configured to aid a user in capturing one or more images of the plantar surface of the foot of the user, flagging the one or more images for additional review, and uploading the one or more images to a network for access by a healthcare provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Swerdlow
  • Patent number: 10993057
    Abstract: A wide range, non-focused listening mode of a microphone of an electronic device can be set to be selectively less than a maximal range around the device. The microphone can be operated in the wide range, non-focused listening mode to detect a spoken trigger phrase. The microphone can then be operated in a narrow range, focused listening mode directed towards a location from which the spoken trigger phrase was detected in the wide range, non-focused listening mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David H. Hanes, Jon R. Dory
  • Patent number: 10986498
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for identifying a user in a multi-user environment. One of the methods includes receiving, by a first user device, an audio signal encoding an utterance, obtaining, by the first user device, a first speaker model for a first user of the first user device, obtaining, by the first user device for a second user of a second user device that is co-located with the first user device, a second speaker model for the second user or a second score that indicates a respective likelihood that the utterance was spoken by the second user, and determining, by the first user device, that the utterance was spoken by the first user using (i) the first speaker model and the second speaker model or (ii) the first speaker model and the second score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Raziel Alvarez Guevara, Othar Hansson
  • Patent number: 10986391
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a server which implements an interactive system are disclosed. The server includes a communicator which receives text information corresponding to a user voice collected at the display apparatus from the display apparatus, and a controller which extracts an utterance component from the text information and controls so that a query to search contents is generated using the extracted utterance component and transmitted to an external server which categorizes metadata of the content under each item and stores the same, in which the controller generates the query by adding a preset item to a criteria to search a content, when a number of criteria to categorize the content under an item corresponding to the extracted utterance component is less than a preset number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-wook Shin, Seung-min Shin, Sung-wook Choi, Hye-jeong Lee, Ji-hye Chung
  • Patent number: 10984034
    Abstract: A dialogue management system applies hierarchical classifiers and other natural language processing to dialogue input, and determines whether performance of an action is likely to occur. The dialogue management system may process dialogue input to assess a dialogue participant's current position in various hierarchies or other classification schemes associated with performance of a desired action. The system may then present results of the assessment to another dialogue participant or provide the results to another system. In some embodiments, the dialogue management system may automatically generate responses or questions designed to engage a dialogue participant and cause the participant to progress through the levels of a hierarchy toward performance of a desired action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cyrano.ai, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Douglas Sandland, Daniel Paris
  • Patent number: 10984783
    Abstract: An embodiment of a wake-on-intent speech recognition device includes technology to detect one or more keywords in a digital representation of a spoken natural language utterance, determine an intent of the spoken natural language utterance based on the detected keywords, and provide the spoken natural language utterance to a speech recognition and interpretation system if the determined intent is to further process the spoken natural language utterance. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Wenda Chen, Jonathan Huang, Tobias Bocklet, Munir Georges
  • Patent number: 10976990
    Abstract: In one aspect a device-side audio handling input/output unit (DIO) of a hardware device writes audio data generated by the hardware device within a ring buffer. An input provided by a user for activation of a software program is received, and a notification that the software program is ready to accept the audio data is generated. A system-side audio handling input/output unit (SIO) additionally provides past audio data from the ring buffer to the software program. Other aspects also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Moore, Richard M. Powell, Alexander C. Powers, Anthony J. Guetta
  • Patent number: 10979244
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for preventing interruptions to a media viewing activity caused by operations performed in a household by network-connected devices. A media guidance application may determine that operations are being performed by an IoT device and may cause an interruption to media viewing. The media guidance application may prevent the interruption by extending or otherwise handling the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Rocio Ramirez, Denisse Breaux, Angel Merced
  • Patent number: 10978065
    Abstract: A static analysis performing method based on voice information may be provided that includes: receiving voice information from a user; determining user's intention to perform static analysis on the basis of the voice information; acquiring history information on static analysis performed in the past in accordance with the user's intention; determining a static analysis target on the basis of the history information; and performing the static analysis on the static analysis target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SURESOFT TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Hyun Seop Bae, June Kim, Seung-uk Oh, Min Hyuk Kwon
  • Patent number: 10979242
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure pertain to a personal assistant controller. In one embodiment, the present disclosure includes a computer implemented method comprising receiving a voice audio signal in the personal assistant controller, converting the voice audio signal into a target command corresponding to one of a plurality of personal assistants, wherein different personal assistants comprise different target command protocols for executing different operations on different network enabled appliances, and sending the target command for execution by a backend system corresponding to the one of the plurality of personal assistants, and in accordance therewith, performing an operation on the backend system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Alexander Ocher, Andrey Belyy, Viktor Lapitski
  • Patent number: 10978062
    Abstract: Techniques for presenting content by a voice-controlled device are described. In an example, the voice-controlled device is operatively coupled to a presentation device and supports dual mode functionalities. In a first mode, the voice-controlled device sends content for presentation at the presentation device. In a second mode, the voice-controlled device presents the content at a presentation interface of the voice-controlled device. Based on speech input from a user indicating an issue with a content presentation in the first mode, the voice-controlled device switches to the second mode and presents a message at the presentation interface indicating that subsequent content presentations would be presented at this interface. The voice-controlled device remains in the second mode until receiving additional speech input necessitating a switch to the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Valere Joseph Vanderschaegen, Kazim Das, Donald L. Cantrell, Johan Le Nerriec, Joseph Pedro Tavares
  • Patent number: 10971145
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a speech interaction feedback method for smart TV, a system and a computer readable medium. The method comprises: collecting audio stream of a speech query sent by a user and element information of a current interface of the smart TV; sending the audio stream and the element information of the current interface to a cloud server so that the cloud server generates an information response message carrying a target element, according to the audio stream and the element information of the current interface; wherein the target element is an element in the current interface hit by an intention of the speech query corresponding to the audio stream; receiving the response message returned by the cloud server; according to information of the target element in the response message, performing a preset effect display for the corresponding target element on the current interface, as an interaction feedback for the speech query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junnan Luo, Jing Li, Zhixi Chen
  • Patent number: 10972802
    Abstract: Systems, and methods are described to provide voice search in an elastic cloud environment communicating with a set-top box (STB) by receiving by a voice cloud search server pulse-code modulation (PCM) audio packets transmitted from the STB; sending the PCM audio packets to a natural language processing (NLP) service for converting to text; sending the text sets to an elastic voice cloud search server for querying an electronic program guide (EPG) service, channel and program data associated with the text sets wherein the EPG service to at least return identified channel and program data; in response to an identified return of channel and television program data, sending sets of text to a third-party search service for performing an independent search for related data and returning search results of video and image content which is then stripped of dynamic scripts to return to the STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Wilde, Ashok Soni, Hawk McGinty, James Shuler, Lixing Zhang, Michael Disante, Narayanan Sekhar, Xiaomei Sun, Xinhua Yang