Item Configuration Or Customization Patents (Class 705/26.5)
  • Patent number: 11470853
    Abstract: Provided herein are exemplary embodiments including a computing device comprising a processor, a memory and a display, the computing device being configured to dynamically display a specific, structured interactive graphical user interface paired with a prescribed functionality directly related to the interactive graphical user interface's structure, the specific structured interactive graphical user interface configured to receive input information including an entry of a desired type of food to be prepared, and a desired characteristic of the food, the computing device processor automatically generating a food preparation parameter based on the received input information, and the computing device processor automatically generating a custom recipe for preparation of the food. Additionally, the specific structured interactive graphical user interface may be configured to receive an entry to modify the food preparation parameter or the custom recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: CocoTerra Company
    Inventors: Nathaniel Mark Saal, Karen Alter
  • Patent number: 11475497
    Abstract: A system and method for the aesthetic design of a modular assemblage, comprising means for providing a client graphic user interface for receiving an input for defining parameters of the modular assemblage, and for presenting an image of the defined modular assemblage; communicating a code to a server representing the defined parameters; at the server, in dependence on the communicated code, defining a set of graphic elements corresponding to the defined modular assemblage; communicating the graphic elements from the server to the client; and displaying, at the client, the graphic elements received from the server to represent the defined modular assemblage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Florelle, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Banschick, Andrei Gurulev
  • Patent number: 11468709
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an imaging device that captures a reference facial image used for determining a change in a facial expression, and a user facial image; a processor that determines an emotion in the user facial image based on an amount of the change in the facial expression from the reference facial image, and performs message support corresponding to the emotion in the user facial image; and a user interface that detects an input operation by a user without delay in setting a printing condition when a print job is executed in response to a request made by the user. The processor obtains the reference facial image captured by the imaging device at a time point when the user interface detects the input operation without delay and the facial expression is assumed to be a reference for the change in the facial expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Ayana Kutsuzawa
  • Patent number: 11455670
    Abstract: A computer system receives user-specified settings for a custom formulation of a personal care product, obtains manufacturing parameters for the custom formulation based at least on part on the user-specified settings for the custom formulation; and transmits the manufacturing parameters to a manufacturing computer system. The manufacturing parameters are configured to initiate or guide a manufacturing process to produce the custom formulation of the personal care product. The computer system also receives user-specified settings for a personal care device having at least one computer-controlled component, obtains operational parameters for the personal care device based at least in part on the user-specified settings for the personal care device; and transmits the operational parameters to a remote computing device in communication with the personal care device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Grégoire Charraud
  • Patent number: 11436654
    Abstract: In some examples, a computing device may display a build-to-order user interface to enable a default configuration of a configurable device to be modified. The computing device may receive modifications to the default configuration and modify the default configuration to create a modified configuration of the configurable device. The computing device may identify prebuilt devices with configurations matching at least a portion of the modified configuration. For example, the computing device may determine a score for individual prebuilt devices indicating how many options of the individual prebuilt device are similar or identical to corresponding options of the modified configuration of the configurable device. The computing device may display at least a portion of the matching prebuilt devices in a particular order that is based on the score associated with individual prebuilt devices. The computing device may receive a selection to acquire a particular one of the prebuilt devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea C. Coldwell, Nora H. Farouk, Jason B. Singh, Anil Kumar Kotha, Daniel Luna
  • Patent number: 11436446
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: obtaining from a user one or more data queries; identifying a product of interest in response to the one or more data query; examining a plurality of product records to determine a set of related products that are related to the product of interest, wherein the examining includes performing image analysis to extract one or more product topic classifier from product image data representing one or more product; and providing one or more output in response to the examining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 11438963
    Abstract: The present disclosure distributes processing capabilities throughout different nodes in a wireless network. Methods and apparatus consistent with the present disclosure increase the efficiency of communications in a wireless network because they help minimize the need to forward communications to other nodes in the network. Apparatus and methods consistent with the present disclosure perform a function of elastic content filtering because rating information may be stored in different memories of different mesh nodes according to rules or profiles associated with a wireless mesh network as responses to requests are sent back along a route in a wireless mesh network in a manner that may not increase an amount of network traffic. When, however, network traffic dips below a threshold level, additional messages may be sent to certain mesh nodes that update rating information stored at those certain mesh nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: SONICWALL INC.
    Inventor: Zhuangzhi Duo
  • Patent number: 11423351
    Abstract: A blockchain of transactions may be referenced for various purposes and may be later accessed by interested parties for ledger verification. One example method of operation may comprise one or more of identifying a production date associated with a product, creating a unique code to represent the production date and the product based on a hash of one or more blocks of a blockchain, and forwarding the unique code to a verification server to verify the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Changrui Ren, Bing Shao, Ning Sun, Bo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11413528
    Abstract: A method for displaying a skin of a virtual character includes: displaying a matchmaking user interface (UI) for matching k user accounts online for gaming in the same virtual world, k being a positive integer; obtaining a customization parameter of a customized skin model of a target virtual character from a server when the target virtual character is present in virtual characters used by the k user accounts; loading n target skin component materials of the customized skin model according to the customization parameter, n being a positive integer; and displaying a gaming UI. The customized skin model is one of complete skin set models corresponding to the target virtual character and includes n skin components in a same style. The gaming UI includes the target virtual character located in the virtual world, the target virtual character wearing the customized skin model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tianyu Wang, Zidong Mo, Haichao Zhang, Yongliang Huang, Chuan Lv, Xiangya Feng
  • Patent number: 11403688
    Abstract: As an example, a software application executing on a computing device of a channel partner may access an application programming interface (API) hosted by a server to access a manufacturer's data. The computing device may provide criteria to the API to identify a subset of a set of configurations. The computing device may be used to select a particular configuration in the subset and to perform one or more modifications to the particular configuration to create a modified configuration. The computing device may use the API to access a verification module to verify whether the modified configuration can be built. If the modified configuration is unbuildable, the computing device may be used to make additional modifications to the particular configuration until the modified configuration is verified as buildable. The channel partner may place an order for a particular quantity of the modified configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Sathish Kumar Bikumala, Deepak NagarajeGowda, Bijan Kumar Mohanty
  • Patent number: 11347209
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for managing articles. The systems and methods described herein may comprise an example method for manufacturing an article. The systems and methods provides an end-to-end manufacturing value chain as a closed system and feedback loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventors: Graham Page, Anthony Perez, Angelique Dietz, Charles Rogers, Abolfazl Aghanouri, Subra Goparaju, Demitri Balabanov
  • Patent number: 11341563
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for optimizing and facilitating 3D printing services in a marketplace environment are provided. In one example, a system comprises a hosting system to enhance a 3D printing service marketplace environment including marketplace participants and a federated network of 3D printing service providers. In one aspect, operations include receiving a 3D printing request to print a 3D object selected from among a selection of 3D objects, responsive to the 3D printing request and the 3D object selected from among the selection of 3D objects, listing at least some of the 3D printing service providers based on a 3D printer identifier metric, wherein the 3D printer identifier metric includes one or more of a 3D printing quality metric, a 3D printer model number, a 3D printer serial number, and a 3D digital model type. The operations further include receiving a selection of a preferred 3D printing service provider from among the list of at least some of the 3D printing service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: John Tapley, Scott Leach, Nathalie Walton, Shakul Hameed Kajamohideen
  • Patent number: 11341559
    Abstract: A system for categorizing, visualizing, and recommending cannabis products based on objective data of the chemical composition of products is described. This system allows cannabis products to be visualized and compared based on their chemical composition, even by laypeople with little or no knowledge of the underlying objective data. A recommendation system is built upon this which can recommend products for consumption, including a user interface for receiving user input, which includes at least one of demographic data, desired level of psychoactivity, or prior experience with the product, a merchant interface for receiving merchant input, including at least one of general data descriptive of the regulated product, lab data descriptive of the regulated products chemical composition, and user data descriptive of subjective effects of the regulated product on a user; and a decision engine making a recommendation of product according to correlation of the lab data with the user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Leafly Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas Jikomes, Marc Brandon Hensley, Andrew MacRae, Matthew Bollen, Stephanie Smith, Adam Hilborn, Sam Starr, Renata Leao Duarte, Santiago Seira
  • Patent number: 11328345
    Abstract: An integrated platform and associated interface(s) facilitate a transaction, such as a purchase of a vehicle or other item. The platform integrates information of multiple types received from various sources. Such information may be associated with a transaction, or possible future transaction, to purchase an item such as a vehicle. For example, the platform may receive and integrate information regarding user vehicle preferences, financing for the vehicle, insurance to cover the vehicle, total cost of ownership for the vehicle, prior vehicle trade-in information, dealer availability and price comparison information, user budget analysis, and/or other information. The platform presents information through interface(s), which are accessible through interface elements that each corresponds to a stage in the process to select and purchase an item. The displayed characteristics of each element are changeable to reflect the current status of the stage corresponding to the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Laura Elizabeth McCroskey, Shelly Dieckow Halsey, Cathy F. O'Sullivan, Josh Jason Medrano, Ann C. Tarrillion
  • Patent number: 11328495
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods for generating a vehicle wrap design. The method includes: obtaining customer information corresponding to an entity; generating, using the computing device, a vehicle wrap design for covering a vehicle based on the obtained customer information; generating, using the computing device, a three-dimensional rendering of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle wrap design is applied to the three-dimensional rendering of the vehicle; and causing a client device to display the three-dimensional rendering with the applied vehicle wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: WRAPMATE LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Loar, Jacob Atler Lozow
  • Patent number: 11327943
    Abstract: A method for building a cloud-based medical image database for the protection of patient information. A method for building a cloud-based medical image database and reading a medical image therefrom includes a acquiring a medical image of a patient by a medical device; separating patient information data from medical information data in the medical image; encrypting the patient information data using a block chain technique; separately transmitting the encrypted patient information data and the medical information data to a cloud database and storing the same in the cloud database; decrypting the encrypted patient information data stored in the cloud database, using the block chain technique; and reading the medical image to perform diagnosis and consulting for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Z-EMOTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minhwa Lee
  • Patent number: 11310965
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air flow method and system for plant growth and air purification within a grow room to optimize plant production and promote constant growth and quality. The grow room includes a first air mover, a second air mover, and a third air mover. The first air mover is configured to pull air upwards into a first air mover inlet and out of a first air mover outlet oriented away from the first air mover and proximate to the ceiling. The second air mover is configured to pull air into a second air mover inlet and out of the second air mover outlet, moving air towards the floor. The third air mover is to pull air into the third air mover inlet out of the third air mover outlet, moving air away from the third air mover in a horizontal direction towards an opposing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Tyler Miller, Mojave Morelli
  • Patent number: 11315444
    Abstract: A suitcase includes a case body. The case body is provided with rolling wheels and a pull rod. A foldable display screen is provided on an outer surface of the case body. The display screen includes a fixed first display unit and at least one second display unit which is foldable relative to the first display unit. When the display screen is in the folded state, the at least one second display unit is folded on and overlapped with the first display unit. After the at least one second display unit is unfolded relative to the first display unit, the display screen is in the unfolded state, and the display area of the display screen is equal to the sum of the first display unit and the at least one second display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shufu Li
  • Patent number: 11310665
    Abstract: The present disclosure distributes processing capabilities throughout different nodes in a wireless network. Methods and apparatus consistent with the present disclosure increase the efficiency of communications in a wireless network because they help minimize the need to forward communications to other nodes in the network by allowing different wireless nodes to receive and store content ratings regarding requested content in caches associated with respective wireless nodes. Apparatus and methods consistent with the present disclosure perform a load balancing function because they distribute content ratings to different nodes in a wireless network without increasing messaging traffic. As response messages regarding access requests are passed back to a requestor, cache memories at nodes along a communication path are updated to include information that cross-references data identifiers with received content ratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONICWALL INC.
    Inventors: Zhuangzhi Duo, Atul Dhablania
  • Patent number: 11303965
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for presenting a video of an item via a network page of an electronic marketplace provider. The video may depict the item in motion. The video frames may be included as part of an image file (e.g., a sprite sheet) such that presentation of the video at a user interface requires only a single download of the image file. A navigational interface may be provided to manipulate the playback of the video. Additional images may be provided with the video that individually depict stationary views of the item. The user may navigate between the navigational interface of the video and a number of selection elements corresponding to the additional images. Thus, efficiency of providing a video of an item is improved as is the ease of navigating between videos and images within an item detail page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Minne
  • Patent number: 11290391
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to an improvement in computer processing to achieve a new outcome in real time with lower processing requirements and more particularly to a system and method for optimal resource allocation implemented in real time with lower processing requirements to increase responsiveness. When an electronically formatted resource response is received by a central server processing subsystem, the electronically formatted resource response is analysed first for a unique offer identifier at entry to the central server processing subsystem to identify the offer and then for an accept or decline marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Skedulo Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Karina Appleby, Rita Manning, Ned Mules, Gustavo Oliveira, Revel Roestorf, Drew Taylor, Leila Watson, Brandon Winch
  • Patent number: 11288725
    Abstract: A system and method for the management of services offered to subscribers by service providers are provided. A service management component manages service plan options that are provided by one or more service providers and that are made available to subscribers. The service management component processes requests from one or more service provider components to dynamically update service plan information. Such requests may include requests to add or delete service plans, add or delete features to a service plan, add or delete rule sets associated with a service plan, and the like. In this embodiment, the service management component maintains various data stores associated with available service plans and with current subscriber information that facilitate a mapping of updated service plan options to subscribers. Accordingly, the service management component manages a framework that allows the management of the mapping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheida Saedifaez
  • Patent number: 11263532
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for predicting artists that create media content who are more likely to increase in popularity. Users are determined who requested playback of media content items associated with one or more generators of popular media content within a window of time. One or more early adopters are determined from these users based on a quantity of the one or more generators of popular media content whose media content items were requested for playback by the users. Artists that create media content who are more likely to increase in popularity than other artists that create media content are then predicted based on following further requested playback of media content items by the one or more early adopters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventor: Ludvig Fischerström
  • Patent number: 11257100
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for crawling feedback sources and generating a product improvement recommendation. In an embodiment, a Product Optimization Crawler and Monitor (POCM) system may crawl feedback comments from different sources such as an Internet source or a customer feedback database. The POCM system may apply artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and constraint modeling techniques to the feedback comments to identify product features as well as a feedback category corresponding to the product feature. The feedback category may include a positive, negative, or neutral feedback category. Using this information, the POCM system may generate a summary of the feedback from different sources and/or generate product improvement recommendation. The product improvement recommendation may include suggesting that a component from a first product be replaced with a similar component from a second product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Iuliia Konstantinova, Ralph Debusmann, Michail Vasiltschenko, Anton Snitko, Günther Fischer
  • Patent number: 11249706
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor, and the processor is configured to acquire, in printing processing for modeling a three-dimensional modeled object by forming respective images on recording media and stacking the recording media, a print job including at least one of two-dimensional image data for forming a two-dimensional image and three-dimensional image data for modeling a three-dimensional modeled object, an instruction of a user for the print job, and attribute information of a plurality of printing apparatuses that are candidates to perform the print job, and select a printing apparatus to perform the acquired print job from the plurality of printing apparatuses based on whether the image data contained in the print job is two-dimensional image data or three-dimensional image data, the attribute information, and the instruction of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Kimihiko Isobe
  • Patent number: 11249478
    Abstract: Systems and methods for addressing a user-reported vehicle condition are provided. In one example embodiment, a method includes receiving a service request for a vehicle service for a user. The service request is indicative of a location associated with the user. The method includes sending first control signal(s) to an autonomous vehicle that is configured to provide the vehicle service. The first control signal(s) indicate that the autonomous vehicle is to travel to the location associated with the user. The method includes receiving a communication indicative of an existence of a condition that reduces a suitability of the autonomous vehicle to provide the vehicle service. The condition is identified by the user. The method includes determining action(s) to be performed by the autonomous vehicle based, at least in part, on the existence of the condition. The method includes sending second control signal(s) to the autonomous vehicle to perform the action(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Poeppel, Nicholas G. Letwin, Sean J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 11250739
    Abstract: A portable cylindrical light box, including a strut, an advertising fabric, a fixed profile and a transparent film. An inner wall of the advertising fabric is sewn with a first silicone strip. An outer wall of the first silicone strip abuts the transparent film. A second silicone strip is adhered to the bending portion of an outer wall of the transparent film. The groove is provided on the strut. An outer wall of the fixed profile is fixed with a light bar including an adhesive layer, a soft base layer adhesively connected to the fixed profile by the adhesive layer, and an LED bead SMD fixed on the soft base layer. The upper and lower ends of the fixed profile are respectively mounted with a bottom plate assembly and a cover plate assembly fixedly connected to the upper end of the fixed profile by screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Guojun Pan
  • Patent number: 11222335
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a system and method for providing simplified checkout are provided. In example embodiments, an identifier that corresponds to a payment account of a user is received at a payment provider system. Account information from the payment account of the user is retrieved from a payment data storage of the payment provider system. The account information is used in a payment transaction involving a merchant system. A payment interface having transaction fields populated with the account information retrieved from the payment account of the user is presented to the user while the user maintains a presence on a webpage of a merchant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Shilpa Dhar, Jeff Harrell, Cody Evol, Cristina Escutia
  • Patent number: 11210037
    Abstract: A method for formatting an image sized for use with jewelry includes selecting a jewelry design from among a plurality of designs, selecting an image for reproduction, editing the selected image to fit in a virtual display frame representative of and corresponding to a physical frame of the selected locket, and generating a cutout layout of the edited image on a printable media of a predetermined size, which when printed, includes a reproduction of the selected image sized to fit the selected jewelry. Selecting an image may include selecting a digital image from a user's social media account. Also, the method may include generating user-directed queries related to at least one of lifestyle, passions, and interests, receiving responses from the user to the user-directed queries, and based on the received responses, generating suggested indicia for selection by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: MRK Fine Arts, LLC
    Inventors: Monica Rich Kosann, Rod G. Kosann, Ashley Kurose, Alexi Cassudakis, Cathleen Allen
  • Patent number: 11197055
    Abstract: Examples are described for integrating interface functionality with other experiences. For example, if a user is interested in a particular item of scheduled or on-demand content (e.g., a television series episode), the user may also be interested in a web page devoted to the television series and/or other extras such as cast interviews, news, related theme apps, and the like. These types of experiences may be integrated into an interface by presenting the experiences as supplemental services that may be presented and/or selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Arpit Mathur
  • Patent number: 11182836
    Abstract: A personalized stored value card and teaser presentation creation system includes a server included with instructions to generate a graphical user interface (GUI) on a second computing device, receive user-supplied content including at least one of user-supplied textual, audio, image, or video content, receive stored value card information associated with a merchant of a stored value card and a monetary amount to be associated with the stored value card, and transmit the received user-supplied content to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: E2INTERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Brett R. Glass, Nicole E. Glass
  • Patent number: 11182655
    Abstract: A transaction card includes an anodized card body having a front and rear face. Various information and security features may be provided on the front face and on the rear face. A magnetic stripe may be provided on the rear face of the anodized card body. The magnetic stripe may be adhered within a slot formed within the rear face of the anodized body. Alternatively, the magnetic stripe may be provided via an overlay that is adhered to the rear face of the anodized body, and the magnetic stripe may be integral with the overlay or adhered to the overlay after the overlay is applied to the anodized card body. The transaction card may also include a hologram. The hologram may be integral with the overlay or may be applied to the overlay that has been arranged on the anodized card body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ANOMATIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark A. Ormiston
  • Patent number: 11176565
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for semi-opaque sales with bundles of items. An example bundle can include hotel lodging and a bonus service, status, or item associated with that hotel. An system can identify a first bundle of a first base and bonus item, and a second bundle of a second base and bonus item. The system can present a semi-opaque offer comprising the first bundle, the second bundle, and a discount price, wherein the semi-opaque offer does not identify which of the first bundle and the second bundle will be sold at the discount price to the user upon acceptance of the semi-opaque offer, and wherein the discount price is a full price of the first base item. After receiving acceptance of the semi-opaque offer from the user, the system can disclose that the user has purchased the first bundle at the discount price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Bous
  • Patent number: 11170352
    Abstract: A game system includes a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to implement: a game process for a user to play a game; a purchase process for the user to purchase a virtual currency; a management process that manages purchase information of the virtual currency of the user, in association with user information; and a shop process that sets a virtual shop in which the user is able to obtain an item of the game by spending the virtual currency purchased. The processor implements the shop process including a process that makes a special shop different from a regular shop appear as the shop, based on the purchase information of the virtual currency of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Oochi, Akio Onda
  • Patent number: 11157996
    Abstract: A system includes a content generation subsystem that features a playlist controller and multimedia service logic. The playlist controller is configured to generate a presentation playlist that controls retrieval and playback of audio clips along displayable images. The multimedia service logic, in response to receiving at least a vehicle identification number from the playlist controller, (i) automatically determines vehicle option codes associated with the vehicle, each vehicle option code identifies an option installed on the vehicle; (ii) automatically translate the vehicle option codes into information that is used in recovery of a plurality of text descriptions directed to features of the vehicle, and (iii) automatically determine the a plurality of audio clip links corresponding to the plurality of text descriptions that are used in the formation of the playlist. The second plurality of audio clip links is greater in number than the first plurality of audio clip links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Autodata Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Perrier, Hans Otten, Robert Giguere, Andrew Awaijane
  • Patent number: 11106327
    Abstract: A method for providing real-time virtual experience of user interactions includes rendering a 3-D virtual environment based on one or more images of a physical environment including one or more representations of physical objects, receiving a user input to place a first preset virtual object at a space in the 3-D virtual environment, rendering the first preset virtual object, detecting, by the one or more cameras, a user's hand gesture interacting with the first preset virtual object, translating the user's hand gesture into an interaction with the first preset virtual object, identifying a first part of the first preset virtual object that is subject to the interaction with the first preset virtual object, concurrently displaying in real time on the display a representation of the user's hand gesture and a movement of the first part of the first preset virtual object caused by the interaction in the 3-D virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Suresh Mani, Yujie Zhu, Eyoha Girma, Chien-Hwa Hwang
  • Patent number: 11107138
    Abstract: Methods for producing military decoration racks are described. In one embodiment, the method includes storing regulation data in a data storage unit, receiving user input for creating a military decoration rack design from a user via an input interface of a kiosk, translating the user input into input data, transforming the input data and the regulation data into rack data, producing a visual representation of the military decoration rack, displaying the visual representation to the user, transmitting the rack data to a production facility in electronic communication with the kiosk, and producing the military decoration rack via the production facility. The regulation data may include military decoration rack regulations, the kiosk may include a display unit and a processing unit configured to execute instruction data. The processing unit may be in electronic communication with the data storage unit. The instruction data may include an input module, an arrangement module, and a display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Jared Zabaldo
  • Patent number: 11097486
    Abstract: A method of 3D print modelling includes: generating a point cloud representation of a target virtual object for 3D printing, generating a voxel representation of the point cloud by adding a respective first voxel when a respective first point from the point cloud representation is located in the notional volume occupied by that first voxel, assigning a first colour associated with the first point to the faces of the first voxel, and if a second point from the point cloud representation is located within the volume of the first voxel, assigning a second colour associated with the second point to a respective face of the new voxel corresponding to the normal of the second point; and thickening the voxel representation of the point cloud by generating a duplicate voxel adjacent to the first voxel along a first axis passing through two opposing faces of the first voxel respectively having the first and second colours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew James Bigos
  • Patent number: 11082578
    Abstract: An image connection system including an information gathering unit that gathers information on an image to be captured, an image requesting unit that requests the capture of an image from at least one mobile communication device at a predetermined location for a predetermined fee, an image routing device that routes an image form at least one mobile communication device to the requesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Voula Behlis
  • Patent number: 11074643
    Abstract: Various product-configuration-related implementations are described herein. In one example implementation, a selection of a product is received. A plurality of sections associated with the product is determined. One or more option groups are determined for each of the sections. Each of the option groups includes one or more options for the product. A product configuration page is generated and provided for presentation to a user. The product configuration page includes a navigation panel. The navigation panel includes a plurality of tabs. Each tab in the plurality of tabs represents a certain section from the plurality of sections and includes one or more indicators corresponding to the one or more option groups included in the certain section. Each of the one or more indicators visually indicates whether an option from a corresponding option group has been selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Model N, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ellithorpe, Yihua Ding, Manfred Hettenkofer, David Cadwallader, Jenny Chang
  • Patent number: 11072122
    Abstract: A system and method for manufacturing objects in an automated fashion to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of manufacturing technologies. The system may be comprised of one or more web-accessible servers, one or more clients that may communicate with the server, and one or more manufacturing apparatuses that may communicate with one or more clients or servers. The server turns designs into manufacturing instructions using user-specified settings and databases of manufacturing parameters for particular apparatuses and/or manufacturing methods. The system may facilitate communication and revision of designs, manufacturing parameters, or manufacturing instructions between the user and the owner or operator of the manufacturing apparatus. The client may facilitate communication between the server and manufacturing apparatus, may monitor the manufacturing apparatus, and may be physically internal or external to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Jabil Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Walker, John Feusi
  • Patent number: 11023437
    Abstract: Data can be stored based on one or more indications and one or more other storage criteria. The indications can effectively indicate or identify a storage level for storing data in a multi-storage system. The indications, however, need not be the only basis for storing the data object in a multi-storage system as one or more other storage criteria can also be considered. As a result, the indication can be used to effectively influence data storage but other storage criteria can be used as well to prevent adverse effects caused by undue influence and to ensure the overall efficiency of the system. Also, the one or more other storage criteria can be evaluated or revaluated on a continual basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Teradata US, Inc.
    Inventor: John Mark Morris
  • Patent number: 11023774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a computer-based system for supporting Product Customer Support Systems by means for parameter-free and fully unsupervised: clustering of a selected set documents (e.g., based on a query from some database) with unknown ontology (e.g., cases from Customer Support System); building a taxonomy for sets of documents with unknown ontology/taxonomy; enabling a semi-supervised tagging/navigation/recommendations for documents and cross-learning using auxiliary sources (e.g., linking other fields/metadata in Customer Support Systems such as Knowledge DataBase).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: THOMSON REUTERS ENTERPRISE CENTRE GMBH
    Inventor: Nikolai Nefedov
  • Patent number: 11010964
    Abstract: A method for generating a three-dimensional graphic file including extracting, from data of a group of three-dimensional graph description objects including identical attribute features, data portions of the identical attribute features to form a shared description file shared by the group of three-dimensional graph description objects; extracting a data portion of a unique attribute feature of each three-dimensional graph description object in the group of three-dimensional graph description objects respectively to form a separate description file corresponding to each three-dimensional graph description object; and combining the shared description file with any of the separate description files according to requirements for displaying a three-dimensional graph to form a complete three-dimensional graph description file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Shanbin Jiang
  • Patent number: 11003407
    Abstract: The present invention related to a media transfer system comprising a user terminal and a network storage device communicable over a network. The user terminal is adapted to provide a network address and a session ID identifying the network storage device to a mobile device. The network storage device is adapted to receive media data from a mobile device under the session ID. The user terminal is adapted to interrogate the network storage device and download any media data uploaded under the given session ID, provide a customisation interface to allow the user to customise a product with any downloaded media, and upload the customised product design to the network storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Europa N.V.
    Inventor: Deon Botha
  • Patent number: 10994980
    Abstract: A drink vending apparatus is disclosed. A user provides user commands from a smart device to a control unit that comprises drink requests from the user. In response thereto, ingredients are dispensed from ingredient cartridges into a mixing container, and the mixed ingredients are dispensed from the mixing container into a receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Somabar, Inc.
    Inventors: Ammar Jangbarwala, Dylan Purcell-Lowe
  • Patent number: 10991028
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for generating and surfacing product collections having multiple products grouped under a single product identifier. Example methods may include receiving, from a user device, a request for product information and determining the product information. The product information may include at least a first product having a first product identifier. Certain methods may include determining, based at least in part on the first product identifier, a product collection. The product collection includes a group of second products and a second product identifier. The group of second products may be associated with a themed event. Certain methods may include generating a product presentation including the first product and the product collection and sending the product presentation to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Colleen Maree Aubrey, Kristiana Helmick, Jean-Luc Nahon, Pedro de Jesus Rodriguez Valadez
  • Patent number: 10984606
    Abstract: A change in orientation or reorientation operation is applied to 3D models while maintaining constant zoom level of model display. The orientation is provided by a computer-based tool or GUI widget formed of a transparent container element and a miniaturized depiction of the 3D model. The transparent container element encapsulates the miniaturized depiction and enables see through view of the miniaturized depiction illustrating real time orientation of the 3D model. The container element is user-interactive to effect change in orientation of the 3D model concurrently displayed in a work area of a screen view. The zoom level of the displayed 3D model in the work area remains constant avoiding or omitting zoom to extents throughout user interaction with the GUI widget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DASSAULT SYSTEMES SOLIDWORKS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Priya Dalmia, Amina M. Roderick
  • Patent number: 10984454
    Abstract: To provide an advertisement distribution method of determining a distribution destination of an advertisement of a product that has a low direct relevance to execution pieces of information collected from home appliances. The advertisement distribution method includes: a collecting step of collecting, from each of one or more of home appliances owned by each of users, one or more pieces of execution information each indicating a function that has been executed by the home appliance; a detecting step of, with respect to each user, detecting an unused function that has not been used in each home appliance by analyzing the collected pieces of execution information and functions of the home appliance; and a transmitting step of extracting a user who is expected to purchase a product based on a detection result, and transmitting an advertisement to one or more of the home appliances owned by the extracted user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yuichi Futa, Takahiro Yamaguchi, Motoji Ohmori, Natsume Matsuzaki, Masayuki Kozuka, Masaya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10977705
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure with a sole member. The sole member can be manufactured using a system that modifies the heel cushioning of the sole member over a series of footwear purchases. The modifications can be configured to correspond to a customer's evaluation of the heel cushioning previously purchased. The sole member can include a set of apertures that are formed along various surfaces of the sole member to adjust the cushioning characteristics of the sole member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Cook, Shane S. Kohatsu, Bret Schoolmeester, Daniel T. Rowe