Graphical Representation Of Item Or Shopper Patents (Class 705/27.2)
  • Patent number: 10319017
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present provide a method, system and computer program product for collaborative co-shopping in e-commerce. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for collaborative co-shopping in e-commerce includes registering different shoppers in a database for collaborative co-shopping and selecting an item for sale in an e-commerce Web site on behalf of an online shopper. The method also includes determining from the database a location of the item in a brick and mortar store and detecting one of the registered different shoppers in proximity to the item in the brick and mortar store. The method yet further includes establishing a collaborative communicative session through the Web site over a network between the online shopper and the detected one of the registered different shoppers. Finally, the method includes transmitting messages regarding the item between the online shopper and the detected one of the registered different shoppers over the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Darrell O. Bleakley, Louis M. Demmler, Aditya A. Desai, Michael P. Etgen, Stephen Kenna
  • Patent number: 10282769
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present provide a method, system and computer program product for collaborative co-shopping in e-commerce. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for collaborative co-shopping in e-commerce includes registering different shoppers in a database for collaborative co-shopping and selecting an item for sale in an e-commerce Web site on behalf of an online shopper. The method also includes determining from the database a location of the item in a brick and mortar store and detecting one of the registered different shoppers in proximity to the item in the brick and mortar store. The method yet further includes establishing a collaborative communicative session through the Web site over a network between the online shopper and the detected one of the registered different shoppers. Finally, the method includes transmitting messages regarding the item between the online shopper and the detected one of the registered different shoppers over the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Darrell O. Bleakley, Louis M. Demmler, Aditya A. Desai, Michael P. Etgen, Stephen Kenna
  • Patent number: 10269055
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for matching user provided images that include representations of items with sellers of those items. A management service, as described herein, may provide a web site where users can post images, view images, share images, correspond with other users, etc. The management service may identify items represented in the images and determine one or more sellers that offer those items for sale. When another user requests to view the user provided image, the image, seller information identifying the seller determined to sell the item represented in the image, and/or a purchase control that may be selected by a user to initiate a purchase with the seller is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Pinterest, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Yamartino, Chao Wang, Sridatta Kaustubh Thatipamala, Yuan Wei
  • Patent number: 10262432
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein that allow users to take photographs of objects from any angle and perspective and a rectification algorithm will rectify the angled photos to create scaled top-views of the objects. Rectified objects in the photographs will appear as if they were taken from directly above the object at an exact distance away from the object. Rectified and scaled photos of objects may be further segmented and/or overlaid on top of each other to enable quick visual sizing comparisons between two or more objects and/or accurate dimensional measurements between two or more objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Gabriel Keilholz
  • Patent number: 10255380
    Abstract: Some examples include displaying a user interface that includes attributes and entities that are determined to be related to an input entity identified by a user. Further, some implementations include displaying a structured data table that identifies attribute values associated with the input entity and selected related entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jun Yan, Ning Liu, Lei Ji, Zheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10254234
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for product control of a product (20, 21), during or after a production process, at a transport arrangement (10, 11) which is arranged to transport the product (20, 21) to be controlled. The arrangement comprises a first camera arrangement (31) which is arranged to take at least one image of at least a part of the product (20, 21) when the product is in or at the transport arrangement (10, 11). The arrangement also comprises a first illumination arrangement (30; 60) which is arranged to emit light for detection by the first camera arrangement (31). The arrangement also comprises a computation unit which is arranged to receive said at least one image from the first camera arrangement (31) and to determine at least one geometrical property of the product (20, 21) based on said at least one image. The invention also relates to a method, a computer program and a computer program product for controlling a product which is transported during or after the production process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Optonova Sweden AB
    Inventor: Hans Ahlen
  • Patent number: 10235388
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a selection of an image in a user interface is received. Then information about the image is received. Then a look is identified for the image, wherein the look is a category for the image based at least in part on one or more visual attributes of the image as shown in the image The identified look is then compared with one or more item listings stored in a database to identify one or more matching item listings, the one or more matching item listings containing associated images that correspond to the look. Finally, the one or more matching item listings are displayed in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Zhang, Roy Leon Camp, Chenhao Alex Ma
  • Patent number: 10226148
    Abstract: A method for operating a beverage preparation machine, by which at least one coffee unit for dispensing coffee and an additive unit for dispensing a beverage additive is provided. A plurality of beverage variants are displayed by an at least partly graphical display in a selection mode, and the beverage preparation machine is controlled by a selection of a beverage variant, said selection being carried out by a user, such that the selected beverage variant is automatically prepared and dispensed from an outlet. The invention is characterized in that at least one selection region and a preview region are displayed in an at least partly graphical manner in the selection mode. A plurality of selectable beverage variants are displayed in an at least partly graphical manner in the selection region, and a current selection carried out by the user in the selection region is displayed in an at least partly graphical manner in the preview region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Franke Kaffeemaschinen AG
    Inventors: Sascha Roth, Robin Franke
  • Patent number: 10223354
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for receiving a vocabulary that includes text data that is provided as at least a portion of raw data, the raw data being provided in a computer-readable file, providing word embeddings based on the vocabulary, the word embeddings including word vectors for words included in the vocabulary, clustering word embeddings to provide a plurality of clusters, each cluster representing an aspect inferred from the vocabulary, determining a respective association score between each word in the vocabulary and a respective aspect, and providing a word ranking for each aspect based on the respective association scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ruidan He, Daniel Dahlmeier
  • Patent number: 10196144
    Abstract: A fact checking system utilizes social networking information and analyzes and determines the factual accuracy of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with source information. The social networking fact checking system automatically monitors information, processes the information, fact checks the information and/or provides a status of the information, including automatically modifying a web page to include the fact check results. The fact checking system is able to be implemented utilizing a drone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 10157416
    Abstract: Methods for generating and sharing a virtual body model of a person, created with a small number of measurements and a single photograph, combined with one or more images of garments. The virtual body model represents a realistic representation of the users body and is used for visualizing photo-realistic fit visualizations of garments, hairstyles, make-up, and/or other accessories. The virtual garments are created from layers based on photographs of real garment from multiple angles. Furthermore the virtual body model is used in multiple embodiments of manual and automatic garment, make-up, and, hairstyle recommendations, such as, from channels, friends, and fashion entities. The virtual body model is sharable for, as example, visualization and comments on looks. Furthermore it is also used for enabling users to buy garments that fit other users, suitable for gifts or similar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: METAIL LIMITED
    Inventors: Tom Adeyoola, Nick Brown, Nikki Trott, Edward Herbert, Duncan Robertson, Jim Downing, Nick Day, Robert Boland, Tom Boucher, Joe Townsend, Edward Clay, Tom Warren, Anoop Unadkat, Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10147135
    Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a method. The system may provide a virtual fitting system. The system may store sizing data including a 3-dimensional model of a target. The system may then receive user input data indicating the selection of a test object. In response to this identification, the system may receive a 3-dimensional model of the test object. The system can then apply the test object model to the target model to create a virtual fit model, and provide the virtual fit model to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Wishne, Justin Smith, Karen Nickerson, Hannes Jouhikainen, Drew Jacobs, Marco S. Giampaolo
  • Patent number: 10147079
    Abstract: A payment handling system may operate to handle payments for the cost of a transaction in which one or more devices operate in an offline mode. The payment handling system may allow for merchant devices to make modifications to local versions of an open ticket while in an off-line mode. When a merchant device subsequently enters an online mode, the systems and techniques may operate to reconcile differences between the local versions of the open ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Philip Renke, Michael Wells White, Eric Dickeson Muller, Mathew Wilson
  • Patent number: 10134075
    Abstract: Comparative decision systems and methods are disclosed for gathering and mining data representative of purchase decisions. One disclosed comparative decision system detects when a user is comparing items and provides the user with the ability to create a research note storing comparative information for the alternative items. The system displays information about items according to a variety of factors. The user can customize the factors and enter information for each alternative item according to the various factors. Some information may be pre-populated by the system. The research note may be made visible to other users, and may be suggested to another user based on the note's expected helpfulness and relevance to that user. One disclosed method for mining data stored within research notes identifies which factors are given higher relative priorities by users considering a purchase. Another mining method analyzes the effects of price changes on item popularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer R. Rajyaguru, Terrence R. Nightingale, Marvin M. Theimer
  • Patent number: 10127606
    Abstract: In a system and method for searching, browsing, and visualizing items, a first image containing an item is received to be stored in an account associated with a user. The first image is processed using a processor to extract an image of the item from the first image. The image of the item is layered over a stream of video frames received from the client device to form a superimposed image. The superimposed image is caused to be displayed on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: John Tapley, David Beach
  • Patent number: 10109001
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides systems, methods, and devices for determining and displaying market relative positions and/or attributes of unique items. A visualization system for generating electronic visualizations of market-relative attributes of unique items comprises an item selection receiver, a visualization compilation engine, and a rendering engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: VAST.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Howard Levy, Thomas Wyatt Wilbur, Lauri Moore, Ron Maire Kurti, Benjamin David Cohen, Gary Joseph Marcotte
  • Patent number: 10101585
    Abstract: According to one of aspects, a display device includes: a display unit configured to three-dimensionally display an object by displaying images respectively corresponding to both eyes of a user by being worn; a detection unit configured to detect a real body that operates the object; and a control unit configured to change the object according to movement of the real body, and perform order processing for ordering a product corresponding to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Shigeki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10021082
    Abstract: A system includes at least one forms service computing device, the forms service computing device executing code to produce a user interface allowing access to the forms service, a user computing device in communication with the forms service computing device, the user computing device capable of displaying the user interface from the forms service computing device, and at least one file service computing device, wherein the file service computing device is in communication with the forms service computing device, the forms service computing device providing access to the file service computer device through the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SURVERYMONKEY INC.
    Inventors: Johan Vu Lieu, Larry Le Kuang, Adam Harris Lichtenstein, Krishna Om Yoga Vemuri
  • Patent number: 9965801
    Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a method. The system may provide a virtual fitting system. The system may store sizing data including a 3-dimensional model of a target. The system may then receive user input data indicating the selection of a test object. In response to this identification, the system may receive a 3-dimensional model of the test object. The system can then apply the test object model to the target model to create a virtual fit model, and provide the virtual fit model to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Wishne, Justin Smith, Karen Nickerson, Hannes Jouhikainen, Drew Jacobs, Marco S. Giampaolo
  • Patent number: 9898444
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for comparing images of network pages using computer vision to identify changes that have occurred between two versions of a network page. A first plurality of segments in a first image representing a first version of a network page are identified and a second plurality of segments in a second image representing a second version of the network page are identified. It is then determined whether each segment in the first plurality of segments matches a respective segment in the second plurality of segments or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg Rybakov, Andre Young Moeller, Ram Prasad Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 9870582
    Abstract: A mobile device such as a tablet computer accesses a server to search a product catalog. The catalog is displayed as a broad classifications of products, which when selected result in the display of sub-classifications within the classification. Levels of searching are provided to the product level, and movement within each level is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: McMaster-Carr Supply Company
    Inventors: Ben Callanta, Hui Kang, Charleston Noble, Eric Olson, Tom Sherman, Alison Tisza
  • Patent number: 9836747
    Abstract: A shopper-tailored virtual model of a physical storefront where items are located in a configuration specific to customer preferences, and a single virtual model corresponds to a different shopper, with said product arrangement continuously improving with the shopper's history of purchases, is achieved through an intuitive user interface of a mobile computing devise. The user experience is designed to invite shoppers to browse through the storefront planograms with a fast paced passing motion, intuitive picking and throwing of products within the basket, buy full recipes and added search features, it allows for speedy yet large purchases. The system's social capabilities enables shoppers to create, suggest and share recipes with specific ingredients available in the retailer stores, with the added value of having said recipes delivered to the shopper's desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Simon Borrero
  • Patent number: 9830635
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides systems, methods, and devices for determining and displaying market relative positions and/or attributes of unique items. A visualization system for generating electronic visualizations of market-relative attributes of unique items comprises an item selection receiver, a visualization compilation engine, and a rendering engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Vast.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Howard Levy, Thomas Wyatt Wilbur, Lauri Janet Moore, Ron Maire Kurti, Benjamin David Cohen, Gary Joseph Marcotte
  • Patent number: 9824379
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile of a user, present the user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user during a communication exchange between the avatar and the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to engage in an e-commerce transaction, engage in a commercial exchange with a merchant system according to the e-commerce transaction, identify a commercial status of the e-commerce transaction from the commercial exchange with the merchant system, and present the user by way of the avatar the commercial status of the e-commerce transaction. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Madhur Khandelwal, E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Darnell Clayton
  • Patent number: 9824391
    Abstract: A solution is provided for a method for a user to shop online in a three dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) setting by receiving a request at a shopping server to view a shopping location, having at least one store, and displaying the shopping location to the user's computer in a 3D interactive simulation view via a web browser to emulate a real-life shopping experience for the user. The server then obtains a request to enter into one of the stores and displays the store website to the user in the same web browser. The store website has one or more enhanced VR features. The server then receives a request to view at least one product and the product is presented in a 3D interactive simulation view to emulate a real-life viewing of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: III Holdings 1, LLC
    Inventors: Elliott Glazer, Carol Lee Hobson, Elizabeth S. Deming, Coby Royer, Jeff S. Fehlhaber
  • Patent number: 9805503
    Abstract: A model generation machine may form all or part of a network-based system. The model generation machine may generate an item model (e.g., a 3D model of the item) based on a set of images of an item and based on a product model (e.g., a 3D model of a product of which the item is a specimen). The item may be available for purchase from a seller. The model generation machine may access the set of images, as well as a descriptor of the item. Based on the descriptor, the model generation machine may identify the product model. Accordingly, the model generation machine may generate the item model from the identified product model and the accessed set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sajeev Pillai
  • Patent number: 9760906
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, may be used for sharing revenue associated with a multimedia object. A content item on a web page that includes one or more advertisements may be identified along with an owner identification and a sharing level associated with the content item. The owner identification is associated with an owner account. A web page revenue amount generated from the one or more advertisements on the web page is calculated along with a share revenue amount based on the web page revenue amount and the sharing level, and the share revenue amount is applied to the owner account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon P. Bauman, Leslie Chiang
  • Patent number: 9744466
    Abstract: An upsell engine that provides a purchaser of a first item the opportunity to purchase a second item that is related to said first item. The first item may be a virtual item and the second item may be a real world item related to or a representation of the virtual item. The upsell engine preferably tracks the preferences or personal information of the user in order to upsell real world representations of the virtual item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Robb Fujioka
  • Patent number: 9734218
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for rendering images of items in a ranked listing as a spiral on a network page. In one embodiment, a page builder ranks a listing of items according to a criterion provided by the user and generates a network page that depicts a spiral comprising a plurality of images, where each image is associated with one of the items in the ranked listing. The page builder arranges the images such that the image associated with the highest ranked item is located at the center of the spiral and the remaining images are arranged along a path of the spiral in decreasing order according to the ranking of the items associated with each of the respective remaining images. In addition, the page builder embeds a client side application that renders a shifting of the images when an image is selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Minsoo Oh, Mario Vargas Adoc, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9727834
    Abstract: A portable measurement system is described herein that provides accurate real-time data for a subject object at a job site. The acquired data may include photos, laser mapping, thermal images, sonar imaging, electronic measurements, or other types of measurement data. The system leverages commonly available remote control helicopters or other flying vehicles mounted with a camera or other equipment to acquire images or other measurement data that would be difficult to obtain without climbing onto a target structure or placing personnel in other dangerous situations. A portable platform is described herein that can include helicopters as well as other types of portable measurement devices that can fly or otherwise maneuver to capture measurement data at a job site. In many cases, these connected devices can provide near instant availability of captured data to a processing center or other remote location, reducing delays that are typical today.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Jerome Reyes
  • Patent number: 9646340
    Abstract: A method to help a user visualize how a wearable article will look on the user's body. Enacted on a computing system, the method includes receiving an image of the user's body from an image-capture component. Based on the image, a posable, three-dimensional, virtual avatar is constructed to substantially resemble the user. In this example method, data is obtained that identifies the wearable article as being selected for the user. This data includes a plurality of metrics that at least partly define the wearable article. Then, a virtualized form of the wearable article is attached to the avatar, which is provided to a display component for the user to review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jay Kapur, Sheridan Jones, Kudo Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 9552587
    Abstract: System and methods are provided to create representations of geographic areas. Such representations enable users to search for items and services of interest and to quickly locate and utilize such items and services. Representations are created using user preferences thus reducing the amount of information presented to a user, i.e., user preferences control the contents of a representation. Control APIs contained within a representation may be used to control devices represented in a representation or to manufacture them using 3-D printing technologies. Methods to learn user preferences via his movements and other actions and impose a user's preferences upon an environment are shown. Some details of the invention are described by applying the invention to problems in retail marketing and figures depicting an implementation illustrate certain aspects of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sensoriant, Inc.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9489400
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating one or more user interfaces that enable filtering of the contents of a collection of items based on user interaction with item images. For example, an initial configuration can be generated including image thumbnails corresponding to each of a number of items. One or more of the thumbnails may be selected by a user to indicate a desired filter range. When a user interacts with the thumbnails, for example, by selecting a thumbnail or range of thumbnails, the initial configuration and/or an associated collection of items for presentation may be updated to present images of items in the selected filter range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Yuji Haitani
  • Patent number: 9418706
    Abstract: A method of displaying a plurality of items is described. The items are arranged in a plurality of hierarchical levels, each of the hierarchical levels comprises a plurality of sets of items, each set comprising at least one of the plurality of items and each item has associated therewith at least one other item in another hierarchical level. An item within a first hierarchical level is selected (step 206), at least two sets of items of at least one second hierarchical level (the second hierarchical level being a level lower than the first hierarchical level) are arranged in an order determined by the selected one of the items (step 208) and the ordered sets of items are displayed (step 210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Ronaldus Hermanus Theodorus Oosterholt
  • Patent number: 9400835
    Abstract: The semantics of a relational database may be modeled using an entity-relationship (ER) diagram that represents entities and the relations between the entities. Systems and methods are provided for automatically composing meaningful thumbnails/composited images or visuals from ER diagrams and their associated databases by using the semantics of the underlying data model. First, the most meaningful relations in which a given data element participates are extracted. Second, composited images are composed depicting these relations using a domain-specific visual language and rendering techniques based on the relative weighting of the relations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Vidya Setlur
  • Patent number: 9373025
    Abstract: Information from a position and/or gesture detection system can be embedded in a Web page, or other such presentation of content, and used to select or otherwise interact with content on the page. In some embodiments, video is captured and displayed showing a current view of the user. Position data corresponding to the video is provided and used to determine directions and extents of motion without having to do significant amounts of image processing. The position data is used to determine locations on the page where the user is attempting to provide input, such as to select an item of content. The content can be modified and/or rendered to appear to be associated with the user in the rendered view. Information from multiple gesture systems can be combined on a single page, and information from one or more gesture systems can be shared among multiple pages and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Amacker, Joel D. Tesler
  • Patent number: 9338018
    Abstract: A system and method that include receiving a communication pricing query; mapping the communication pricing query to a billable item; resolving a price of a billable item within a set of hierarchically defined pricing models with sparse overrides, wherein each pricing model is defined for a set of billable items; and returning the price of the billable item in a response to the communication pricing query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Twilio, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hageman, Adam Ballai, Timothy S. Milliron
  • Patent number: 9245499
    Abstract: Processing a set of images is disclosed, including: receiving a set of images; and searching for a representation of a user's face associated with the set of images and a plurality of sets of extrinsic information corresponding to respective ones of at least a subset of the set of images. Rendering a glasses frame is disclosed, including: receiving a selection associated with the glasses frame; rendering the glasses frame using at least a representation of a user's face and a set of extrinsic information corresponding to an image in a recorded set of images; and overlaying the rendered glasses frame on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Ditto Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Surkov, Dmitry Kornilov
  • Patent number: 9213682
    Abstract: A method for creating a conforming business document by auditing is provided. The method may include creating at least one presentation rule. The presentation rules may govern the some or all of the parameters of the elements in a presentation. A business document may be compiled from multiple data sources or existing documents. The existing documents are preferably created within a conforming template but may be non-conforming. A conforming template may follow the presentation rules. Software may be used to construct the business document which may be in the form of slides. The software may be augmented by a plug-in. The plug-in may scan the business document. The plug-in may allow the user to select some or all of the presentation rules that have been broken in an auditing panel. The plug-in may edit the slide so that the slide conforms to the selected presentation rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: David Guth, Peter J. Lasne, Andrea B. Magnuson, Kellie A. Bickenbach
  • Patent number: 9201946
    Abstract: A disclosed system, method, and computer-readable storage medium automatically identify, cluster, and cross-reference various editions of an application. The editions are clustered and associated with a canonical application structure describing the general functionality of each edition in the cluster. When an application search query is received from a client device, one or more canonical applications corresponding to the query are identified and provided to the client device. Enhancing the relevancy of search results by merging several editions of an application into one canonical application structure reduces unwanted and redundant results on a search result page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Quixey, Inc.
    Inventors: Liron Shapira, Tomer Kagan, Nicolas Tarleton
  • Patent number: 9201413
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a design and manufacturing system for protective patient footwear, as well as related methods. The system includes suitable hardware, software, and related peripherals, which function to acquire data related to the patient's particular footwear needs, such as by three-dimensional scanning. A design subsystem interfaces with the inputted data to permit the resulting design to reflect particular foot conditions in the design and subsequent manufacturing process. A manufacturing subsystem receives the resulting design and includes hardware and software to manufacture the protective patient footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jason R. Hanft
  • Patent number: 9196003
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed for enabling pre-purchase feedback. Within the method, a primary customer carrying a first computing device may be received within a brick-and-mortar store. A computer system corresponding to the store may receive via the first computing device an instruction to share with a secondary customer data describing a proposed purchase of one or more products. The computer system may then pass the data to a second computing device corresponding to the secondary customer. The computer system may also receive, via the second computing device, feedback corresponding to the proposed purchase and pass the feedback to the first computing device. Accordingly, the primary customer may receive pre-purchase feedback from the secondary customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9183583
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable a computing device to perform tasks such as processing an image to recognize text or an object in an image to identify a particular product or related products associated with the text or object. In response to recognizing the text or the object as being associated with a product available for purchase from an electronic marketplace, one or more advertisements or product listings associated with the product can be displayed to the user. Accordingly, additional information for the associated product can be displayed, enabling the user to learn more about and purchase the product from the electronic marketplace through the portable computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaofan Lin, Arnab Sanat Kumar Dhua, Douglas Ryan Gray, Atul Kumar, Yu Lou
  • Patent number: 9135652
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically importing retail grocery products into an electronic shopping list by importing the ingredients listed on a recipe card, page in a recipe book, or the like. The recipe card may contain an identifier code that is uniquely associated with that recipe. The identifier code may be presented on the recipe card as a bar code. The system includes a database of recipes that returns a list of products when queried with a recipe identifier code. A user may scan or otherwise import the recipe identifier code through a mobile computing device, which then presents the ingredients as products in an electronic shopping list. The electronic shopping list may be implemented in a smartphone app.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9128516
    Abstract: Systems and methods for design and use of models can have models with rigging, controls, avars, etc., but can also have controls that are themselves models, thus leading to a hierarchy of models and rigging usable for controlling models in an animation system wherein models correspond to elements or objects for which computer-generated graphics are to be rendered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: PIXAR
    Inventor: Brian Green
  • Patent number: 9122704
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a geographic position of a wireless device. Data input by a user while the user is located at the geographic position of the wireless device is received. The data is associated with a landmark at the geographic position. The data is provided to a database based on the geographic position. A wireless device includes a transmitter configured to transmit a geographic position of the wireless device to a database. A receiver is configured to receive data input by a user of the wireless device while the user is located at the geographic position of the wireless device. The data is associated with a landmark at the geographic position of the wireless device. The receiver is configured to automatically receive information associated with the landmark from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Smarter Agent, LLC
    Inventors: Brad W. Blumberg, Eric M. Blumberg
  • Patent number: 9076074
    Abstract: A system and method for processing a digital image. A digital image and a definition of a segment therein may be obtained. A sampling area may be defined wherein the sampling area at least partly overlaps with the segment. A characteristic value for the sampling area may be determined The image may be represented based on the characteristic value. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Superfish LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Chertok, Adi Pinhas
  • Publication number: 20150149329
    Abstract: An online application store may include an interface that provides collections to users of the application store. In one implementation, a webpage may be provided that presents, to a user of the online application store, a number of applications that are available, to the client, as applications for installation. The webpage may provide a visual interface that includes a first section that includes graphical representations of at least some of the applications; and a second section that provides an identification of one or more collections that each correspond to a subset of the applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jia Wei Tam, David Notario, Shannon P. Guymon, Michael Reutov, Lennart Kolmodin, Dmitry Chernenkov
  • Publication number: 20150149328
    Abstract: An image identifying method for offline and online synchronous operation is disclosed. When the mobile device focuses on an recognition target, images frames of an recognition target are retrieved and sent to an recognition server. The mobile device executes an offline recognition operation, and synchronously an recognition server executes an online recognition operation. A plurality of the matching data is saved in the mobile device, and a plurality of recognition data is saved in an recognition server, wherein the recognition data larger than the matching data. When the mobile device firstly generates the recognition result, the recognition result is displayed for user searching reference. If the mobile device receives an recognition result from the recognition server before the mobile device completing the recognition, the recognition result replied form the recognition server is displayed on the display monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: VISCOVERY PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: CHUN-CHIEH HUANG, HSIN-YU LIN, CHAO-HENG HU
  • Publication number: 20150142618
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements involving portable devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, are disclosed. Exemplary arrangements utilize the camera portions of such devices to identify nearby subjects, and take actions based thereon. Others rely on near field chip (RFID) identification of objects, or on identification of audio streams (e.g., music, voice). Some of the detailed technologies concern improvements to the user interfaces associated with such devices. Others involve use of these devices in connection with shopping, text entry, sign language interpretation, and vision-based discovery. Still other improvements are architectural in nature, e.g., relating to evidence-based state machines, and blackboard systems. Yet other technologies concern use of linked data in portable devices—some of which exploit GPU capabilities. Still other technologies concern computational photography. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez