Speech Controlled System Patents (Class 704/275)
  • Patent number: 9842589
    Abstract: A voice input device provided with an input section for inputting a voice of a user, a recognition section for recognizing the voice of the user inputted by the input section, a generation section for generating characters or a command based on a recognition result of the recognition section, a detection section for detecting a device's own posture, and an instruction section for instructing the generation section to generate the command when a detection result of the detection section represents a specific posture as compared to instructing the generation section to generate the characters when the detection result of the detection section represents a posture other than the specific posture. Accordingly, character input and command input during dictation is correctly distinguished, or more specifically unexpected character input during dictation is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Inutsuka
  • Patent number: 9834978
    Abstract: A power side door system for a motor vehicle includes a vehicle side door connected to a vehicle body and an actuator for displacing the side door between an open and a closed position. The system further includes a presence sensor to determine a change in presence of an individual in a seat position adjacent the side door. Further, the system includes a controller responsive to the presence sensor to control operation of the actuator. Advantageously the system automatically closes the door either after an individual enters the vehicle and occupies the seat or after an individual vacates the seat and leaves the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 9837075
    Abstract: A method for processing a voice command using a statistical dialog model determines a belief state as a probability distribution over states organized in a hierarchy with a parent-child relationship of nodes representing the states. The belief state includes the hierarchy of state variables defining probabilities of each state to correspond to the voice command and a probability of a state of a child node in the hierarchy is conditioned on a probability of a state of a corresponding parent node. A system action is selected based on the belief state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinji Watanabe, John R. Hershey
  • Patent number: 9836531
    Abstract: A systems and methods for determining crowd sentiment based on unstructured data are presented. The system includes scrapers that continuously scour a computer network to obtain one or more published documents and stores the documents in a document repository. The system further processes each of the documents through a filter (or percolator) to extract one or more system keywords, links and statistical information such as number of occurrences of the system keyword, rate of change and direction of change for each system keyword and crowd sentiment for the system keyword. The system further includes a keyword cache system for maintaining the system keywords so that up to date crowd sentiment is available upon demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BCO HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Batiste
  • Patent number: 9830907
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus and a method of controlling the display apparatus. The display apparatus includes: a signal receiver configured to receive a broadcasting signal; a display configured to display an image based on the received broadcasting signal; a sound receiver configured to receive a sound spoken by a user; a first sound recognizer configured to be supplied with power when the display apparatus is in a standby mode, and determine whether the received sound is a reserved word candidate having a high probability of corresponding to a reserved word; a second sound recognizer configured to be supplied with power when the received sound is determined as the reserved word candidate and to determine whether the received sound is the reserved word; and a controller configured to control the preset operation to be performed when the received sound is determined as the reserved word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-jun Ryu, Dong-Wan Kim, Jae-hyun Bae, Ki-hoon Shin, Nam-gook Cho, Byeong-seob Ko, Ki-beom Kim, Hee-seob Ryu
  • Patent number: 9830910
    Abstract: A computer system receives a voice command and applies one or more contextual filters produce avionics commands based on the voice command. Elements of the voice command are displayed for acceptance by a pilot before being implemented by an avionics system. Individual elements are reevaluated as necessary. Contextual filters include flight paths, flight phase, aircraft location, current weather conditions or information associated with a particular airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Shapiro, David L. Leedom, Nicholas M. Lorch
  • Patent number: 9830906
    Abstract: A speech recognition control device has a plurality of microphones placed at different positions, a speech transmission control unit, and a speech recognition execution control unit. The speech transmission control unit stores data based on the speeches which are input from the microphones and time data related to ranks among the microphones, assigns ranks to the plurality of microphones using the time data based on a preset condition, and transmits a speech data signal corresponding to the microphone to the speech recognition execution control unit in the order of the ranks. The speech recognition execution control unit executes the speech recognition process according to the order of the speech data signals transmitted from the speech transmission control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kojima Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Inose, Shinobu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9823748
    Abstract: An aspect provides a method, including: accepting, at an input component of an information handling device, input of a user; identifying, using a processor, the input of the user as controlling input; determining, using a processor, one or more control factors associated with the controlling input; classifying, using a processor, the controlling input as one of a permissible control action and an impermissible control action for an application running on the information handling device based on the one or more control factors; and performing an action selected from the group consisting of: accepting, at the input component, confirming input; and providing feedback to one or more users. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Aaron Michael Stewart, Corinna Paine Proctor
  • Patent number: 9824686
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving the performance of voice recognition in a mobile device are provided. The method of recognizing a voice includes: monitoring the usage pattern of a user of a device for inputting a voice; selecting predetermined words from among words stored in the device based on the result of monitoring, and storing the selected words; and recognizing a voice based on an acoustic model and predetermined words. In this way, a voice can be recognized by using prediction of whom the user mainly makes a call to. Also, by automatically modeling the device usage pattern of the user and applying the pattern to vocabulary for voice recognition based on probabilities, the performance of voice recognition, as actually felt by the user, can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyu-hong Kim, Jeong-su Kim, Ick-sang Han
  • Patent number: 9817820
    Abstract: An item of information (212) is transmitted to a distal computer (220), translated to a different sense modality and/or language (222), and in substantially real time, and the translation (222) is transmitted back to the location (211) from which the item was sent. The device sending the item is preferably a wireless device, and more preferably a cellular or other telephone (210). The device receiving the translation is also preferably a wireless device, and more preferably a cellular or other telephone, and may advantageously be the same device as the sending device. The item of information (212) preferably comprises a sentence of human of speech having at least ten words, and the translation is a written expression of the sentence. All of the steps of transmitting the item of information, executing the program code, and transmitting the translated information preferably occurs in less than 60 seconds of elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NYTELL SOFTWARE LLC
    Inventor: Robert D. Fish
  • Patent number: 9809185
    Abstract: A system includes a processor in communication with at least one input, and configured to control at least one vehicle system. The processor is further configured to receive a command including a subjective element. The processor is also configured to access a mapping associated with a user from whom the command originated to retrieve a user-specific meaning, the mapping defining user-specific meanings for at least one subjective element. Further, the processor is configured to apply a user-specific meaning to an implementation of the command, such that a vehicle system is adjusted in accordance with both the subjective element and the user-specific meaning associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Randal Henry Visintainer, Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad, Dimitar Petrov Filev, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin
  • Patent number: 9804576
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a method for performing industrial automation control may include detecting, via a sensor system, positions and/or motions of a human in an industrial automation system, determining at least one derivative value from the detected positions and/or motions, and determining a possible automation command and an undesirable condition based upon the detected positions and/or motions and the at least one derivative value. The method may then include implementing a control and/or notification action based upon the determined possible automation command and the undesired condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Scott, Thong T. Nguyen, David A. Vasko, Marco Wishart, Travis Tidwell
  • Patent number: 9798302
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a method for performing industrial automation control in an industrial automation system. The method may include detecting, via a sensor system, positions and/or motions of a human. The method may then determine a possible automation command corresponding to the detected positions and/or motions, receive an automation system signal from at least one additional control component, and implement a control and/or notification action based upon the determined possible automation command and the received automation system signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Scott, Thong T. Nguyen, Suresh Nair, Timothy Roback, David D. Brandt
  • Patent number: 9799337
    Abstract: A microphone apparatus is provided. Whether an electronic signal converted from an audio signal is in compliance with a preset sound characteristic and a preset voice recognition information is determined. When the electronic signal is in compliance with the preset sound characteristic and the preset voice recognition information, an actuation control signal is outputted, so as to trigger an operation of an external circuit external to the microphone apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MERRY ELECTRONICS(SUZHOU) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao-Sen Chang, Shen-Hang Wei, You-Hsien Lin, Yung-Shiang Chang
  • Patent number: 9792084
    Abstract: A machine is configured to identify a media file that, when played to a user, is likely to modify an emotional or physical state of the user to or towards a target emotional or physical state. The machine accesses play counts that quantify playbacks of media files for the user. The playbacks may be locally performed or detected by the machine from ambient sound. The machine accesses arousal scores of the media files and determines a distribution of the play counts over the arousal scores. The machine uses one or more relative maxima in the distribution in selecting a target arousal score for the user based on contextual data that describes an activity of the user. The machine selects one or more media files based on the target arousal score. The machine may then cause the selected media file to be played to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GRACENOTE, INC.
    Inventors: Aneesh Vartakavi, Peter C. DiMaria, Michael Gubman, Markus K. Cremer, Cameron Aubrey Summers, Gregoire Tronel
  • Patent number: 9792086
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for generating a speech recognition model for a media content retrieval system. The method causes a computing device to retrieve information describing media available in a media content retrieval system, construct a graph that models how the media are interconnected based on the retrieved information, rank the information describing the media based on the graph, and generate a speech recognition model based on the ranked information. The information can be a list of actors, directors, composers, titles, and/or locations. The graph that models how the media are interconnected can further model pieces of common information between two or more media. The method can further cause the computing device to weight the graph based on the retrieved information, wherein the weighted graph is further normalized to yield a normalized weighted graph to help with speech query searching of media content using speech recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Johnston, Ebrahim Kazemzadeh
  • Patent number: 9792902
    Abstract: A device including a speech recognition function which recognizes speech from a user, includes: a loudspeaker which outputs speech to a space; a microphone which collects speech in the space; a first speech recognition unit which recognizes the speech collected by the microphone; a command control unit which issues a command for controlling the device, based on the speech recognized by the first speech recognition unit; and a control unit which prohibits the command issuance unit from issuing the command, based on the speech to be output from the loudspeaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventors: Shuji Miyasaka, Kazutaka Abe
  • Patent number: 9779733
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media (transitory and non-transitory) are provided herein for reducing latency caused by switching input modalities. In various implementations, a first input such as text input may be received at a first modality of a multimodal interface provided by an electronic device. In response to determination that the first input satisfies one or more criteria, the electronic device may preemptively establish a session between the electronic device and a query processor configured to process input received at a second modality (e.g., voice input) of the multimodal interface. In various implementations, the electronic device may receive a second input (e.g., voice input) at the second modality of the multimodal interface, initiate processing of at least a portion of the second input at the query processor within the session, and build a complete query based on output from the query processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Dhruv Bakshi, Zaheed Sabur
  • Patent number: 9781262
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for voice-enabling a web application, wherein the web application includes one or more web pages rendered by a web browser on a computer. At least one information source external to the web application is queried to determine whether information describing a set of one or more supported voice interactions for the web application is available, and in response to determining that the information is available, the information is retrieved from the at least one information source. Voice input for the web application is then enabled based on the retrieved information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hardy, David E. Reich
  • Patent number: 9767672
    Abstract: Techniques for locating and identifying mobile devices are described. According to various embodiments, an ambient sound signal may be detected using a microphone of a mobile device. Thereafter, it may be determined that the ambient sound signal corresponds to a predefined user query for assistance in locating the mobile device. For the, a predefined response sound corresponding to the predefined user query may be emitted, using a speaker of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Vijay Thaker, Kamal Zamer, Jeremiah Joseph Akin, Joseph Vernon Paulson, IV, Praveen Nuthulapati, Jayasree Mekala
  • Patent number: 9767799
    Abstract: A voice recognition system, when deciding that a user is about to select a voice recognition result displayed on a screen while the system continuously recognizes a voice uttered, stops a display update of the recognition result on the display unit, thereby being able to prevent the recognition result from disappearing or from changing to other recognition result at the moment when the user is about to select the recognition result. This makes it possible to prevent a user from carrying out an unwanted operation, and to improve the convenience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Furumoto, Yuki Yamashita, Yuzuru Inoue, Masanobu Osawa
  • Patent number: 9769296
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a personalized Bluetooth device (e.g., headset) and a voice interaction control method thereof are described. According to one aspect of the present invention, the Bluetooth device is caused to maintain a voice contact list. Each item in the voice contact list corresponds to a phone number associated with a set of audio data (e.g., a voice or a predefined audio). Instead of dialing a phone number on a calling device (e.g., a cellular phone) being paired with the Bluetooth device, a user can speak to the Bluetooth device that is caused to search a corresponding phone number in the voice contact list. The number is then sent to the calling device to make a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Zgmicro Wuxi Corporation
    Inventors: David Yang, Jian Chen, Feng Zhu, Yuhong Feng
  • Patent number: 9767827
    Abstract: Unwanted audio, such as explicit language, may be removed during audio playback. An audio player may identify and remove unwanted audio while playing an audio stream. Unwanted audio may be replaced with alternate audio, such as non-explicit lyrics, a “beep”, or silence. Metadata may be used to describe the location of unwanted audio within an audio stream to enable the removal or replacement of the unwanted audio with alternate audio. An audio player may switch between clean and explicit versions of a recording based on the locations described in the metadata. The metadata, as well as both the clean and explicit versions of the audio data, may be part of a single audio file, or the metadata may be separate from the audio data. Additionally, real-time recognition analysis may be used to identify unwanted audio during audio playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Baptiste P. Paquier, Anthony J. Guetta, Aram M. Lindahl, Eric A. Allamanche
  • Patent number: 9764477
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable storage devices are for processing natural language commands, such as commands to a robotic arm, using a Tag & Parse approach to semantic parsing. The system first assigns semantic tags to each word in a sentence and then parses the tag sequence into a semantic tree. The system can use statistical approach for tagging, parsing, and reference resolution. Each stage can produce multiple hypotheses, which are re-ranked using spatial validation. Then the system selects a most likely hypothesis after spatial validation, and generates or outputs a command. In the case of a robotic arm, the command is output in Robot Control Language (RCL).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Svetlana Stoyanchev, Srinivas Bangalore, John Chen, Hyuckchul Jung
  • Patent number: 9769682
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for evaluating the quality of a communication session or of a communication path used for the communication session. One of the methods includes initiating a communication session between a first communications device and a second communications device, wherein initiating the communication session comprises routing session data for the communication session along a first communication path between the first communications device and the second communications device; generating, at the first communications device, a plurality of reference content samples; generating a recording of the communication session as received at a first destination along the first communication path; and evaluating a quality of the communication session or of the first communication path by comparing the plurality of reference content samples with the recorded communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Mikhail Nekorystnov
  • Patent number: 9749531
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an electronic device, image acquisition equipment, and image acquisition control method. The electronic device includes a main board, and an image acquisition equipment and a processor which are connected with the main board, wherein the image acquisition equipment has a first mode and a second mode, the image acquisition equipment including: a first imaging unit array for image acquisition in the first mode; and a second imaging unit array for image acquisition in the second mode; the first imaging unit array and the second imaging unit array are different; an image acquisition control module is set in the processor, and is used for controlling the image acquisition equipment to switch to the first mode or the second mode according to a mode switching instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD., LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junfeng Liu
  • Patent number: 9749447
    Abstract: Providing a distributed processing framework. Initially, the process begins by building a server process plug-in by invoking a code generation module to generate required boilerplate and cross-platform code. Then commencing a server process by loading plug-in code and giving it a thread of control. In addition, client machines discovering the existence of a plug-in code being executed. Further, one or more client applications running on a client server at least issuing commands to the plug-in code, monitoring the events of the plug-in code, update the properties of the plug-in code without information regarding the plug-in interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Spence
  • Patent number: 9720914
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer storage media are provided for generating rich navigational study aids for electronic books. For a particular section of interest in a document, one or more related sections for providing additional context to the particular section are determined. The related sections are ranked based on a score indicating significance to the particular section. Based on a user's information processing preference, a set of ranked navigational links to each related section is presented to the user for additional context related to the particular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Rakesh Agrawal, Krishnaram Kenthapadi, Anitha Kannan, Sreenivas Gollapudi
  • Patent number: 9720498
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for controlling a vehicle. A vehicle control apparatus includes a sensing unit that senses an eyeline of a passenger in a vehicle. The vehicle control apparatus also includes a controller. In some implementations, the controller identifies a window of the vehicle that corresponds to the sensed eyeline of the passenger, detects a window control action performed by the passenger, and controls the identified window to open or close based on the window control action performed by the passenger. In some implementations, the controller identifies a device of the vehicle that corresponds to the sensed eyeline of the passenger, and operates the identified device based on the sensed eyeline of the passenger, wherein the identified device is a multimedia device or a navigation device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sunryang Kim
  • Patent number: 9722806
    Abstract: Technologies for service discovery and media sharing are disclosed. A described technique includes receiving, at a first device, service information for a streaming service provided by a second device, the first device and second device being on different first networks, the first networks being different local multicast networks; inserting an entry in a multicast domain name system (mDNS) cache of the first device based on the service information such that the streaming service is (i) discoverable by the first device via a mDNS query and (ii) accessible through a second network that interconnects the first networks; and sending streaming information from the first device to the second device through the second network for the streaming service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Asurion, LLC
    Inventors: Tomer Dvir, Omri Haim, Omri Bruchim, Or Yagel, Jonathan Rauch
  • Patent number: 9715878
    Abstract: A method for arbitrating spoken dialog results includes receiving a spoken utterance from a user within an environment; receiving first recognition results and a first confidence level associated with the spoken utterance from a first source; receiving second recognition results and a second confidence level associated with the spoken utterance from a second source; receiving human-machine-interface (HMI) information associated with the user; selecting between the first recognition results and the second recognition results based on at least one of the first confidence level, the second confidence level, and the HMI information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Robert D. Sims, III
  • Patent number: 9711149
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a voice controlling method thereof are provided. The voice controlling method includes receiving a voice of a user; converting the voice into text; and sequentially changing and applying a plurality of different determination criteria to the text until a control operation corresponding to the text is determined; and performing the determined control operation to control the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-jin Han, Eun-hee Park
  • Patent number: 9711136
    Abstract: A speech acquisition unit 1 acquires an original speech uttered freely by a user. A speech data processing unit 7 processes an original speech signal to generate a processed speech signal. An acoustic model switching unit 4 determines one acoustic model from among a plurality of acoustic models 3-1 to 3-x, based on a recognition score for each language in which a speech recognition unit 5 performs a recognition process on time series data on an acoustic feature of the processed speech signal to be calculated by using the acoustic models 3-1 to 3-x for individual languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Seto
  • Patent number: 9704502
    Abstract: A cue, for example a facial expression or hand gesture, is identified, and a device communication is filtered according to the cue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Malamud, Paul G. Allen, Royce A. Levien, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Edward K. Y. Jung
  • Patent number: 9691383
    Abstract: This invention is directed to providing voice feedback to a user of an electronic device. Because each electronic device display may include several speakable elements (i.e., elements for which voice feedback is provided), the elements may be ordered. To do so, the electronic device may associate a tier with the display of each speakable element. The electronic device may then provide voice feedback for displayed speakable elements based on the associated tier. To reduce the complexity in designing the voice feedback system, the voice feedback features may be integrated in a Model View Controller (MVC) design used for displaying content to a user. For example, the model and view of the MVC design may include additional variables associated with speakable properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James Eric Mason, Jesse Boettcher
  • Patent number: 9671941
    Abstract: A computing device can utilize a recognition mode wherein an interface utilizes graphical elements, such as virtual fireflies, to indicate recognized or identified objects. Fireflies can be displayed near an input element to indicate that a recognition mode is available. When a user selects the input element, the fireflies can appear to emanate from the input element and disperse across the display screen. As objects are recognized, fireflies can create bounding boxes around those objects, or otherwise appear proximate those objects, to indicate recognition. The fireflies can again disperse as the objects fall out of view, and can begin moving towards new objects as features of those objects are identified as potential object features. A subsequent selection of the input element to exit recognition mode can cause the fireflies to appear to retreat to their original location in, or near, the input element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Thomas Gray, Charles Eugene Cummins, Russell Edward Glaser, Tito Pagan, Steven Michael Sommer, Brian Peter Kralyevich, Angela Kathleen Warren, Marc Anthony Salazar, Suzan Marashi
  • Patent number: 9672818
    Abstract: Technology for improving the predictive accuracy of input word recognition on a device by dynamically updating the lexicon of recognized words based on the word choices made by similar users. The technology collects users' vocabulary choices (e.g., words that each user uses, or adds to or removes from a word recognition dictionary), associates users who make similar choices, aggregates related vocabulary choices, filters the words, and sends words identified as likely choices for that user to the user's device. Clusters may include, for example, users in a particular location (e.g., sets of people who use words such as “Puyallup,” “Gloucester,” or “Waiheke”), users with a particular professional or hobby vocabulary, or application-specific vocabulary (e.g., word choices in map searches or email messages).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan R. Bradford, Simon Corston, David J. Kay, Donni McCray, Keith Trnka
  • Patent number: 9674488
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus may include a user recognition unit to recognize a user in a captured image, and a behavior recognition unit to recognize a behavior of a user. In addition, the apparatus may include a generation unit to generate user behavior information including information of the recognized user and the recognized behavior of the recognized user. Further, the apparatus may include a communication unit to transmit the user behavior information to an external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Yusuke Sakai, Masao Kondo
  • Patent number: 9665560
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for representing a plurality of languages in a lexicon based on a unified language model. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention utilize a language model that focuses on commonalities within a particular language and between languages. Such commonalities may be based on rhyming of the words, other patterns within the words, and more generally, prosody of the words, phrases, and/or language overall. Prosody is commonly defined as the rhythm, stress, and intonation of the language when spoken. Using a language model defining such characteristics for one or more languages, embodiments of the present invention can define a lexicon for those one or more languages. In this lexicon, words and phrases of the one or more languages can be represented and classified into groups based on the commonalities between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zina Saadi
  • Patent number: 9666189
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method of controlling the vehicle are provided. The method includes recognizing a user speech to acquire a voice command and searching for a shortcut instruction that corresponds to the voice command. Further, the method includes executing a plurality of control instructions based on a control process of the shortcut instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jia Lee, Jung Mi Park
  • Patent number: 9665645
    Abstract: A system for managing a communications log of audio data transmissions received and/or transmitted by an ownship aircraft includes a display screen, a memory operable to store audio signals and data associated with audio data transmissions, and a processor coupled to the display screen and to the memory. The processor determines the transmission frequency and time of receiving each received audio data transmission and creates a plurality of discrete display messages that include text identifying the determined frequency and time of receiving each received audio data transmission. The processor causes the discrete display messages to be displayed on the display, where they are selectable for playback by a user. Once selected, the processor generates an audio reproduction of the stored audio signals associated with the selected discrete display messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrance R. Hawley
  • Patent number: 9646611
    Abstract: A computing device receives voice command inputs from a user. The device obtains a language processing result based on the voice command input. The result includes an intent and a set of arguments. The device also obtains a variety of different types of contextual information. An action is identified based on the intent, the arguments, and the contextual information, and the device then suggests the action by displaying a user selectable input mechanism that can be actuated by the user to perform the action. The device can automatically perform the action as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Vogel, Om Krishna, Jamie Yu, Venkateshwar Rao Thota, Julie C. Seto, Chenguang Yang, Annie Y. Bai, Darron J. Stepanich, Erez Kikin Gil
  • Patent number: 9648161
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving an input from an agent during a call with a caller where the input directs one or more processors to inject a recorded statement in the agent's voice into the call, and where the recorded statement in the agent's voice is stored in a computer-readable file. Obtaining the recorded statement in the agent's voice based on data associated with the input and in response to receiving the input. And causing the recorded statement in the agent's voice to be inserted into a media stream of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Vijay Jayapalan, Greg Yarbrough, Eric Smith
  • Patent number: 9645707
    Abstract: Techniques for event processing include receiving notification at a navigation service of a first event regarding an interaction with a user interface element of a user interface of an application. The notification includes parameter(s) a navigation point in the application. Responsive to receiving the notification, first processing is performed by the navigation service, including identifying first target code invoked for updating the user interface to include a content view associated with the navigation point, identifying alternative views associated with the navigation point and a first alternative view as a default view, and transferring control to the first target code to update the user interface whereby additional information indicating the first alternative view and the alternative views is provided to the first target code to displays data for the navigation point in accordance with the first alternative view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Scott E. Joyce, Timothy Cox, Donald Labaj
  • Patent number: 9647888
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an interface device to control an appliance through a network. The interface device can be device-agnostic and can be incorporated into any suitable appliance. Upon initialization, the interface device can determine the capabilities of the attached appliance and send out update information that can be received by a controller. The controller can send commands designated to control the appliance, which are received by the interface device and translated into appropriate commands that are transmitted to the appliance. The interface device can turn the appliance into a network device, such as a home automation network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BELKIN INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Yong Kim, Venkata Subba Rao Pathuri, Francis Michael Kelly, David Allen Glawson, Jason Lynn Whitney
  • Patent number: 9635164
    Abstract: A remote control for an electronic device includes a memory for storing a first digitized voice file and a second digitized voice file and a wireless communication module for establishing wireless communication with the electronic device. The remote control also includes first and second user accessible buttons associated with the first and second user accessible buttons, respectively. The remote control also includes a computer processor configured to execute non-transitory instructions to detect a user actuation of one of the first and the second user accessible buttons, retrieve a one of the first and second digitized voice files that is associated with the actuated user accessible button, and transmit the retrieved digitized voice file for delivery to the smartphone in order to remotely trigger a verbally invokable action on the smartphone without verbally speaking a command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: W. Travis Smith, Dan L. Dalton, Michael E. Jebb
  • Patent number: 9630093
    Abstract: Method for physiologically modulating videogames and simulations includes utilizing input from a motion-sensing video game system and input from a physiological signal acquisition device. The inputs from the physiological signal sensors are utilized to change the response of a user's avatar to inputs from the motion-sensing sensors. The motion-sensing system comprises a 3D sensor system having full-body 3D motion capture of a user's body. This arrangement encourages health-enhancing physiological self-regulation skills or therapeutic amplification of healthful physiological characteristics. The system provides increased motivation for users to utilize biofeedback as may be desired for treatment of various conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Alan T. Pope, Chad L. Stephens, Tyler Habowski
  • Patent number: 9633383
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating payment of a bill are described. The methods use voice and context recognition to create an inventory of items for a specific user. When it is time to split the bill among a group at a table, each user is apportioned their share of the bill based on their inventory so that each user pays for what they ordered. The users may decide to split the bill differently, such as equally among themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 9629201
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a human control interface (HCI) for one or more devices in a wireless network. A first device in the wireless network determines an amount of noise in the wireless network, and selects one of a plurality of sounding techniques based at least in part on the determined amount of noise. The wireless communications device further detects a pattern of Doppler shifts in a received set of wireless signals using the selected sounding technique, and identifies a Doppler signature based at least in part on the pattern of Doppler shifts. The wireless communications device then associates the Doppler signature with a user input for controlling a second device in the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Xuetao Chen, Eyal Hochdorf
  • Patent number: 9626150
    Abstract: A computing device detects a user viewing the computing device and outputs a cue if the user is detected to view the computing device. The computing device receives an audio input from the user if the user continues to view the computing device for a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Evan Scheessele